barry jenkins directing lion king

How did Disney manage to land an Oscar-winning filmmaker like Barry Jenkins to direct a Lion King prequel? The idea was also a surprise to Jenkins, who admitted in a recent interview that he was skeptical of boarding a Disney “live-action” remake/prequel of an animated classic like The Lion King. But three key factors managed to make him change his mind.

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the underground railroad teaser new

Barry Jenkins has unveiled another The Underground Railroad teaser, and like the two teasers released before this, it’s gorgeous, haunting, and affirms that this is going to be the very definition of must-see TV. The series is set in an alternate history where the Underground Railroad was a real, physical secret railroad, with actual tracks and tunnels tucked away underground. Watch the latest teaser, subtitled Speak Upon the Ashes, below.

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The Underground Railroad Teaser

Everyone learns about The Underground Railroad in school as a network of secret routes and safe houses used to help enslaved African-Americans escape out of slavery into the free states of the North and Canada. But what if The Underground Railroad wasn’t merely a metaphor, but rather an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors riding on secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the southern soil, taking slaves on the first journey of their free life?

That’s what Moonlight director Barry Jenkins‘ series adaptation of The Underground Railroad, based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, imagines. A new teaser introduces us to one of the story’s main characters: Cora Randall, played by Thuso Mbedu. In addition to being a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, Cora isn’t exactly welcome in the circles of other African-Americans either. Meet Cora in The Underground Railroad teaser below. Read More »

the underground railroad teaser

Barry Jenkins just gave us our first teaser for The Underground Railroad, and it’s stunning. This isn’t a traditional teaser, but it so much more effective than just a series of random shots cut together. By gathering a large cast of characters together in one spot and overlaying that footage with some beautiful music from  Nicholas Britell, Barry Jenkins has immediately caught our attention. Watch The Underground Railroad teaser below.

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the underground railroad first look

Barry Jenkins is a busy man. In addition to preparing to take the helm for Disney’s The Lion King follow-up, the Oscar-winning director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk is making his foray into television. Amazon Studios unveiled the first images from Jenkins’ first-ever TV series The Underground Railroad, a drama based on Colson Whitehead’s novel of the same name. See The Underground Railroad first look images below.

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the lion king sequel

Disney is returning to Pride Rock again. The House of Mouse is developing a follow-up to Jon Favreau’s 2019 CG-animated remake of The Lion King and has tapped Oscar-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins to helm the follow-up. It’s unclear if the film will adapt the direct-to-video animated The Lion King II, or if it will include the film’s all-time banger of a song, “One of Us.” If not…deception and disgraceRead More »

the knick season 3

The Knick, one of the best shows of the 21st century, is coming back. Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, the Cinemax series ran for two seasons, with Steven Soderberg directing all 20 episodes. Cinemax canceled the show after two seasons, but Soderbergh and company were able to wrap things up, albeit in surprising, often unsettling ways. Still, fans have longed for more, and it sounds like we’re finally going to get it, thanks to Barry Jenkins and Knick star André Holland.

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The Matrix - Slow Motion in Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, learn about the history of slow-motion in movies and how its place in cinema has evolved over the years. Plus, watch Moonlight director Barry Jenkins chat with director Spike Lee about Da 5 Bloods and a myriad of other topics in an hour-long chat. And finally, watch a special tribute to a fallen character from the first season of Solar Opposites. Read More »

Barry Jenkins and Leonardo DiCaprio movie

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 »

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They've Gotta Have Us - David Oyelowo

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 »