Sarah wrote about what she calls the “escapism bounce” yesterday in her post about the Patriots Day trailer. The box office this past weekend in North America saw a big bump from the same period last year. Fantastic Beasts opens this weekend and is expected to bring in as much as $80 million on the high side in North America, for an expected total of $200 million worldwide. Given the movie’s solid reviews, it should be able to sustain good numbers through American Thanksgiving. More than ever people want to get into a theatre and float away for a couple of hours. Which is what they’re hoping for La La Land when it opens in December. And there is actual floating in the movie.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling cover the new issue of Variety for La La Land this week. And, as Sarah points out, when the two are asked why they think audiences have responded to the film the way they have, she acknowledges the escapism bounce:

“I feel these have been a really rough times. To have something so transporting that brings you joy and nostalgia and hope and heartbreak for two hours is something that’s really special and needed right now. They also created a world that’s so beautiful and would be vibrant and exciting at any time, but right now it’s nice to be part of something that has this kind of joy in it.”

Emma and director Damian Chazelle were at the AFI Fest screening of La La Land last night. Her dress is Armani Prive. It reminds me a little of Anna Wintour’s Chanel at the MET Gala a few years ago when the theme was superheroes, just in the shoulders:

As for Ryan Gosling, I guess he’s still shooting Blade Runner but he and Emma did talk to Variety about the whole “Hey Girl” thing. He claims he’s never ever said that. Although what cracked me up was Emma’s response to it:

“I don’t even understand,” she says to him. “I mean, you’re great but why have you become this — why? Do you at least get paychecks on your coloring book?”

Is this the internet’s version of loving something so hard you squeeze it to death?