‘Whiplash’ and the Troubling Notion of Success by Any Means Necessary

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-Doc Coyle

In the wake of three wins at the Academy Awards highlighted by J.K. Simmons seemingly inevitable taking of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, jazz master class meets boot camp themed film, Whiplash, is very fresh in my mind. Like many other viewers, I have to say that I flat-out loved the film, and also like many others, the film affected me in a very personal way. Read more…

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‘Whiplash’ Director Damien Chazelle Talks Being the Oscars’ Underdog

If you asked director Damien Chazelle at Sundance 2014 if he could imagine himself getting fitted for a suit for the Oscars this weekend, he’d probably laugh it off. The Rhode Island native, who graduated with a degree from Harvard’s Visual and Environmental studies program in 2007, moved to L.A. a few years ago, taking every writer-for-hire gig he could find. It wasn’t until he linked up with Jason Reitman and J.K. Simmons to make the little indie film that could, Whiplash (available on Blu-ray Feb. 24), that success began to barrel his way.
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Whiplash Star Miles Teller Shows Off His Dance Moves


Miles Teller is certainly on his way to becoming Hollywood’s next It Boy, so it’s a complete miracle that I ran into him today in the VH1 elevator! Since he was so mean and scary in Divergent, I must admit I was a little scared. But luckily he was so nice and chill in person, which totally relaxed me, too! (Well, as relaxed as I can be in the elevator.)

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You Don’t Have To Like Jazz To Be Entranced by Whiplash


One of the buzziest films of the year is Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, who go head-to-head in a story about a young jazz drummer and his ruthless instructor. The film takes off from its opening scene, building both the tempo and tension for much of its 106 minutes before leaving audiences stunned by the pair’s relentless nature.

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I Love You, I’m Dying: 10 Movie Romances That End in Untimely Death

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Everybody loves a good love story — the kind that tugs at your heart, for real. The kind that makes you believe that the truest love transcends all obstacles! In the movies, there’s absolutely no more effective way to make this point than to have one-half of the couple die tragically.

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Stop Digging! Ansel Elgort Says Shailene Woodley Doesn’t Actually Taste Like Dirt

Earth Mother Shailene Woodley has been known to preach the benefits of natural beauty products and a cell phone-free lifestyle. From her published quips about eating clay to giving her vagina its recommended dose of vitamin D, she’s become the go-to celeb when outlets are in need of a quirky quotable. Because of her growing reputation, there have been exaggerated stories about Woodley (and her love scenes) that current costar Ansel Elgort made a point to shoot down during our recent interview. Sigh. Being quick to come to his lady’s defense is always something we look for in a leading man.

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Would The Guys Of That Awkward Moment Ever Break Up With A Girl By Text?

When casual dating creeps toward something serious, what do you do? Sit down somewhere quiet and have “the talk,” or fake your own death and change your phone number? That’s the question That Awkward Moment (in theaters Friday) explores from the male perspective. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Zac Efron play three single twentysomethings in New York–which is not much of a stretch considering they’re three twentysomethings who filmed in New York. So… how do they play the dating game? Would they treat prospective girlfriends the same way their characters do?

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That Awkward Moment’s Miles Teller Is About To Rule 2014

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’ve been lusting after Zac Efron for ages now and Michael B. Jordan has been our number one crush since we saw Fruitvale Station last summer, but who’s the third guy in the new romantic comedy, That Awkward Moment? That would be Miles Teller. If he’s somehow slipped under your radar in the past, he’s about to explode onto screens in 2014. There’s a reason why film critics are hyping him as the next John Cusack, and we want to give you all the deets on him so you can say, “I liked him before it was cool.”

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