Alvin Ailey biopic

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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2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners

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 »

Barry Jenkins interview

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 »

if beale street could talk review

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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if beale street could talk trailer final

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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If Beale Street Could Talk Featurette

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.

Watch the extensive If Beale Street Could Talk featurette below. Read More »

if beale street could talk trailer

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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if beale street could talk jake gyllenhaal

On top of being an uber-talented actor and the thinking girl’s heartthrob, Jake Gyllenhaal has now ascended to becoming this fall movie season’s behind-the-scenes hero.

Gyllenhaal made headlines earlier this summer for having a part in getting Jamie Lee Curtis to return as Laurie Strode for the Halloween reboot, which helped make it one of the most anticipated movies of the season. And now he’s revealed to have helped get Barry Jenkins‘ adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk to the big screen — and it happened almost by accident.

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If Beale Street Could Talk Trailer

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins just revealed the first teaser trailer for this next film, If Beale Street Could Talk, and it looks incredible. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, the film focuses on a woman trying to free her falsely accused husband from prison. Watch the If Beale Street Could Talk trailer below.

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Barry Jenkins Underground Railroad

Last March, we wrote about how Moonlight director Barry Jenkins was teaming up with Amazon to adapt Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel The Underground Railroad for television. But a new press release confirms that Jenkins will direct every episode of the upcoming limited series. That’s great news for all the Jenkinsians out there – that’s what all the hardcore Barry Jenkins fans call themselves, right? Read More »