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Exclusive: 'La La Land' is musical follow-up for 'Whiplash' filmmaker
Exclusive: 'La La Land' is musical follow-up for 'Whiplash' filmmaker

Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” was the toast of this year's Sundance Film Festival, sweeping top prizes that set it up for a potentially nifty commercial and awards run when it hits theaters later this year. Now its writer-director, first-timer Damian Chazelle, is looking to capitalize on the heat with a new project, titled “La La Land,” according to a person familiar with the project who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about it publicly. Described as a romantic musical set in L.A., the script centers on an aspiring actress and jazz musician who fall in love but see their relationship tested by the high-stress environment...

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