Barry Jenkins Next Movie

As you might expect from the creator of this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been keeping busy. He hopped over into the TV world to direct the fifth episode of Justin Simien‘s excellent Netflix series Dear White People, and Jenkins is staying in that medium to write and direct a small screen adaptation of Colson Whitehead‘s best-selling novel The Underground Railroad for Amazon.

But fear not, movie lovers, because Jenkins won’t be in the TV realm for long. He’s just set up his next movie: an adaptation of James Baldwin‘s acclaimed book If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Wrong Answer

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are two of the most exciting collaborators working in Hollywood today because they’re telling stories from a perspective that doesn’t align with what the industry unfortunately considers the default (ie. stories from a white male POV). Creed, their entry into the Rocky franchise, was one of the best blockbusters of 2015, but go back and watch 2013’s Fruitvale Station for the best sense of how they approach storytelling from a unique angle. And the pair is also working together on next year’s Black Panther, which could be one of the biggest films of 2018.

Now, word has come out that the director and actor are reuniting for another smaller scale, non-franchise movie called Wrong Answer, based on the real life story from a few years ago of middle school teachers caught in an epic cheating scandal.
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James Gray sci-fi movie

For years, Brad Pitt and filmmaker James Gray (The Immigrant) have talked about working together. Pitt almost appeared in We Own the Night, as well as a scrapped project of Gray’s, The Grey Man. At one point, the actor was even going to star in the director’s new epic, The Lost City of Z, but he decided to remain behind-the-scenes as a producer with his production company, Plan B.

His banner is also behind Gray’s next film, Ad Astra (translation: “Through hardships to the stars”), which Pitt is now confirmed to star in. Below, learn more about the James Gray sci-fi film.

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Ben Stiller Mike White Brad Status

It’s been almost a decade since we’ve seen Mike White direct a feature film. Of course, the screenwriter behind The Good Girl and School of Rock has been busy since Year of the Dog. Most notably, he created and wrote HBO’s Enlightened, a beautiful, often heartbreaking show that didn’t last long enough. He directed six episodes of the series, but now he has another feature in the works. Ben Stiller is in final negotiations to star in White’s Brad Status as a man confronting his failures.

Below, learn more about the Mike White project.

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black-hole-cover

It’s a good day for those who like to see films based on some of the more serious and/or challenging comics out there. We got word that a film adaptation of the first arc in Ed Brubaker’s great Criminal series is still in the works, now with Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil) directing. And now the once-dead adaptation of Charles Burns‘ wild and very unsettling graphic novel Black Hole is back on, with David Fincher again set to direct.

This Black Hole has nothing to do with space, or with a Disney sci-fi film. It is sourced from a serialized graphic novel in which Charles Burns visualized a set of Seattle high school kids who are all touched by “the bug,” a sexually-transmitted mutagen that has some pretty shocking effects on those that carry it. Picture a hybrid of Dazed & Confused and Less Than Zero filtered through early Cronenberg and you’ll kinda get the idea. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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