Barry Jenkins, who won an Oscar for co-writing his Best Picture winner Moonlight, hasn’t made a movie since he wrote and directed the beautiful, heartbreaking adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk in 2018. He’s still hard at work adapting Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad into a TV series for Amazon, and now he’s been hired for yet another adaptation, this time by Netflix.
Jenkins will write the screenplay for Virunga, a live-action feature film adaptation of the 2014 documentary which has the same name. Leonardo DiCaprio, who executive produced that documentary, is on board this version as a producer. Read More »
The history of Hollywood has been chronicled endlessly in various kinds of feature and television documentaries. But Ava DuVernay‘s film collective ARRAY is getting a little more specific with a new documentary series called They’ve Gotta Have Us, focusing on art, activism and race as it pertains to black cinema in Hollywood. The series features an assembly of some of the most influential black actors, actresses, writers and directors over the years, all talking about the evolution of black cinema and its major milestones. See some of them in the They’ve Gotta Have Us trailer below. Read More »
The quality of Daniel Craig’s James Bond movies has varied dramatically since his stellar debut in Casino Royale, wavering with Quantum of Solace, recovering with Skyfall, and then dropping off the deep end with Spectre, probably the worst entry of his tenure. But one of the high points of the previous two movies has been Naomie Harris as Miss Eve Moneypenny, who’s a capable field agent in these films instead of merely filling the character’s traditional role as Bond’s secretary.
Moneypenny has another fan in the form of Harris’s Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, because according to recent interviews from Harris, Jenkins actually pitched a Moneypenny movie to Barbara Broccoli at Eon Productions – but Broccoli “wasn’t so down for it.” Read Harris’s quotes below. Read More »
Barry Jenkins is ready for his If Beale Street Could Talk follow-up. The acclaimed filmmaker will helm a biopic of Alvin Ailey, the African-American choreographer and activist who helped popularize modern dance. Fox Searchlight will distribute, so I hope that means they’ll use their sweet Disney money to properly promote the film and get bigger audiences to see it – something that didn’t happen with the incredible Beale Street.
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The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards were last night, honoring the best in independent cinema before Hollywood gathers for the Academy Awards. Even though some movies that ended up nominated for Oscars took home trophies last night, the best thing to come out of the 2019 Indie Spirit Awards winners was the love shown to If Beale Street Could Talk. The film from Barry Jenkins movie that didn’t get anywhere near the amount of accolades it deserved from the Academy Awards, but last night it took home Best Feature and Best Director, not to mention further affirmation of Regina King‘s work as Best Supporting Actress.
Get the full list of 2019 Indie Spirit Awards winners below. Read More »
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is back with another knockout drama: If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of author James Baldwin’s celebrated novel. The film tells the story of Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), a young black couple who are deeply in love and trying to make it in New York City in the 1970s. But when Fonny is falsely accused of rape, Tish is left to fight to clear his name – and fighting against systemic racism is never easy. (I encourage you to read our review from TIFF here.)
Last month, I sat down with Jenkins to talk about life post-Moonlight, how spontaneity and collaboration resulted in some of Beale Street’s most memorable moments, the challenge of adapting such a beloved novel, his work in television (including Dear White People and his upcoming adaptation of The Underground Railroad), and more. Read our full Barry Jenkins interview below. Read More »
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of the novel by James Baldwin. Romantic and tragic, Beale Street is gorgeous and emotionally stirring – the type of movie that only comes along every so often.
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Barry Jenkins‘ beautiful, heartbreaking and altogether wonderful If Beale Street Could Talk gets a final trailer to hold you over until December. Jenkins, the director of Moonlight, has once again created one of the year’s best films – a gorgeous adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. Watch the final If Beale Street Could Talk trailer below.
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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is back behind the camera with If Beale Street Could Talk, the first major big screen adaptation of the work of author James Baldwin. It’s a surprising project for the director, mostly because James Baldwin’s estate, managed by sister Gloria Karefa-Smart, consistently says no to film adaptations of James Baldwin’s stories. A new If Beale Street Could Talk featurette explores why this story is so revered, and how Barry Jenkins has turned it into a film that will undoubtedly be a key player this awards season.
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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is back with If Beale Street Could Talk, adapted from the James Baldwin novel of the same name. Jenkins’ film follows a pregnant young woman hoping to clear her fiancé’s name after he’s imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Watch the new If Beale Street Could Talk trailer below.
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