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Local News Site Officially Declares April 25 As 'Moonlight' Day In Los Angeles

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On Tuesday morning, aerial dancers will scale Los Angeles City Hall in sweet celebration of middlebrow entertainment as the mayor officially declares April 25 as "La La Land" Day in Los Angeles.

Director Damien Chazelle, composer Justin Hurwitz, production designers David and Sandy Wasco, and choreographer Mandy Moore (not that Mandy Moore) are all expected to attend. Coincidentally, tomorrow's date also coincides with the movie's release on DVD and Blu-ray, essentially making the early morning dedication a city-sponsored DVD marketing event that no one could even get the film's stars to show up to.

Everyone has a breaking point, and we have finally reached ours. We sat through the endless Awards Season campaign, the countless La La Land references during Mayor Eric Garcetti's announcement on the reopening of Angel's Flight, the filming location maps, the Freeway Scene dissections and the Hollywood Bowl concert announcement, but we will celebrate La La Land no further.

Forget this milquetoast song and dance! We are done with white jazz. With all the power vested in us as a website devoted to all things Los Angeles, we are officially declaring April 25 to be "Moonlight" Day in the great City of Los Angeles. We don't care that the movie was filmed and set in Miami—an LGBT coming-of-age drama with a black cast receiving the widespread acclaim it deserves and winning Best Picture IS what makes Hollywood great. Plus, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was actually edited in Los Angeles! And writer-director Barry Jenkins lives in our fine city.

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Detailed celebration plans to follow as soon as we come up with them!

Moonlight was officially released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 28, 2017 and can be purchased here.

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