Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) on ‘how love gets you through’ even when your back is ‘against the wall’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) on ‘how love gets you through’ even when your back is ‘against the wall’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“We had an opportunity to show the world how we love on each other, how black people with all of the injustices and always feeling like our backs are up against the wall, we still find some way to laugh, to dance even with all of that,” explains Regina King about the familial love at the heart of “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Watch our exclusive video interview with King above.

Based on a novel by James Baldwin, “Beale Street” stars KiKi Layne as Tish Rivers, who fights to free her boyfriend Fonny (Stephan James) from prison after he’s falsely accused of a crime in 1970s New York City. King plays Tish’s mother Sharon, who is just as determined to prove Fonny’s innocence. “No matter what your background is,” says King, “you can relate to family support, how love gets you through things” and how love can
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The One Way 'Beale Street' Costume Designer Strayed From James Baldwin's Book

The One Way 'Beale Street' Costume Designer Strayed From James Baldwin's Book
Costume designer Caroline Eselin-Schaefer says she and director Barry Jenkins wanted to honor James Baldwin by staying true to the clothing descriptions in his book If Beale Street Could Talk.

"Early start and visions came straight from James Baldwin," Eselin-Schaefer tells The Hollywood Reporter of the film adaptation. “Wherever James Baldwin is descriptive of clothing in the book, we wanted to honor it.” His story, in 1970s New York, centers on young couple Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), the latter of whom is sent to jail for a rape he did not commit. Tish then ...
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Sunday in the Link with George

This link roundup was intended for last night, hence the title. We cannot be bound by time here at Tfe

Jake Gyllenhaal omg he's joined instagram and on his second post he's singing Sondheim with Annaleigh Ashford. L-o-v-e

• Vulture a fun interview with Patrick Wilson on Aquaman and much more

• Talkhouse Bruce Labruce on underknown Canadian Christmas thriller The Silent Partner

• Mnpp Stephan James eight times

• Jezebel Oscar-nominated actress/ sometime director Sondra Locke (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) has died but the obituaries are all about her turbulent relationship with Clint Eastwood

• THR Netflix is making a Dark Crystal prequel with Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel as the lead gelflings

• Av Club more Emmy rule changes around what counts as a TV movie

• Deadline Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan to star in a lesbian romance

• Variety Lumiere award nominations from France (not to be confused with the
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Diverse Lineup of Actors Jostle for Awards Attention

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Diverse Lineup of Actors Jostle for Awards Attention
It’s been less than four years since #OscarsSoWhite became a hot topic at the Academy Awards after 2015 films like “Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” failed to land major nominations for people of color. In the time since, the Academy has made conscious efforts to diversify the voting body; the governing body voted unanimously to double female and minority members by 2020. And risk-averse Hollywood seems to finally be learning that telling stories where the characters represent the real world can pay off — take the success this year of “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Black Panther” and “BlacKkKlansman,” just to name a few.

This year saw many wonderful performances by actors of color in all categories. The always amazing Viola Davis led a quartet of tough ladies in “Widows,” while newcomer KiKi Layne was a marvelous discovery as an unwed pregnant girl in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” “Roma’s” Yalitza Aparico is
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Golden Globes: Star Power and Limited Space Shut Out Worthy Contenders (Column)

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Golden Globes: Star Power and Limited Space Shut Out Worthy Contenders (Column)
For as scattered as the Golden Globes can be, there are at least a couple of constants when it comes to the nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has proved time and again that its favorite kind of actors to reward tend to come from two extreme sides of the spectrum: talented first-timers and huge household names. If a project stars someone who is truly new and/or shiny, chances are that the HFPA will pay ample attention come nomination time.

The 2019 TV noms largely stuck to this rule. The Globes honored such movie stars as Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”), Jim Carrey (“Kidding”), Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”) and Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) for their exemplary TV work, while such favorites as Laura Dern (“The Tale”) and Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) returned.

On the other side of the coin, two of the acting noms went
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Announcing the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations!

Announcing the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations!
It's already time to start thinking about award season! On the morning of Dec. 6, the Golden Globes announced which movies and TV series would be up for awards in 2019. See the nominees below, and find out who wins during the 76th annual ceremony, which will be hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh on Jan. 6.

Movies

Best Motion Picture, Drama

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

If Beale Street Could Talk

Black Panther

A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy

The Favourite

Green Book

Vice

Mary Poppins Returns

Crazy Rich Asians

Best Actor, Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity's Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Actress, Drama

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Glenn Close, The Wife

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali,
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Announcing the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations!

It's already time to start thinking about award season! On the morning of Dec. 6, the Golden Globes announced which movies and TV series would be up for awards in 2019. See the nominees below, and find out who wins during the 76th annual ceremony, which will be hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh on Jan. 6.

Movies

Best Motion Picture, Drama

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

If Beale Street Could Talk

Black Panther

A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy

The Favourite

Green Book

Vice

Mary Poppins Returns

Crazy Rich Asians

Best Actor, Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity's Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Actress, Drama

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Glenn Close, The Wife

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali,
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'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' scores top December launch for animated film in North America

'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' scores top December launch for animated film in North America
Barry Jenkins’ awards contenders If Beale Street Could Talk scores $56,119 average in debut weekend.

Updated: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse scored the highest December debut weekend for an animated film thanks to an estimated $35.4m weekend that more than doubled the number two debut of Clint Eastwood’s drama The Mule.

Annapurna scored with Barry Jenkins’ awards contender If Beale Street Could Talk, which opened at number 20 on $224,476 in four venues for an excellent $56,119 average. The James Baldwin adaptation centres on a young pregnant woman in 1970s Harlem desperately trying to get her fiancé off a wrongful charge of rape. Regina King
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office
Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” follow-up “If Beale Street Could Talk” arrived at the indie box office this weekend, earning $219,173 from its four screen-start for a per screen average of $54,793.

While it’s barely more than half of the $100,000 average made by “Moonlight” two years ago, it’s still a solid start from distributor Annapurna, which is looking for a major arthouse hit sollowing the departure of its film division head and the removal of two films from their release slate. Annapurna will expand “Beale Street” to 65 screens in time for Christmas a week from Tuesday, and will also release the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” wide.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name and stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James as Tish and Fonny, a couple whose relationship is tested after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit, putting
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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Soars Toward $35-40 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Soars Toward $35-40 Million Debut
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is swinging into theaters on a high note.

Sony-Marvel’s latest output is launching to $42 million from 3,813 North American locations in its debut, though other more conservative estimates place that number at $35.5 million. The animated superhero story picked up $12.6 million on Friday, easily leading the pack for the weekend.

The film, which takes place in the shared “Spider-Verse,” follows a Brooklyn youth (Shameik Moore) who becomes one of many Spider-Men that must battle the villain Kingpin. “Spider-Verse” also features the voices of Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn with Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn and Liev Schreiber. The pic has a 97% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes after earning rave reviews, and an A+ CinemaScore.

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman directed from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney
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Barry Jenkins on the Biblical Language of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ Jean-Luc Godard, and ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Bringing James Baldwin to the big screen is no easy task, but two years after the success of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins does so vividly with If Beale Street Could Talk, a Harlem-set love story following the tribulations and passion between Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James). “Barry Jenkins has created a film both tender and tough, with a time, a place, and a story to lose oneself in,” Christopher Schobert said in his review. “Sublime in its depiction of an emotional connection and subtle in its layers of systematic oppression, Beale Street is a major work from a filmmaker whose gifts are clearly boundless.”

We spoke with Jenkins about the process of adapting Baldwin’s novel into a film. He admits it was impossible to unpack every bit of meaning from the novel, but where ideas couldn’t translate to images, he worked with composer Nicholas Britell to create musical vehicles for those ideas.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Collaboration, the Film’s Centerpiece Moment, and More [Interview]

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Collaboration, the Film’s Centerpiece Moment, and More [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 post ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Collaboration, the Film’s Centerpiece Moment, and More [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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How Can the Camera Show Love? Cinematographer James Laxton on Shooting If Beale Street Could Talk

Cinematographer James Laxton’s latest project, If Beale Street Could Talk, marks a further step in his collaboration with director Barry Jenkins. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, it follows a troubled romance between Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) in the New York City of the early 1970s. If Beale Street Could Talk screened at the closing night celebration at the recent Camerimage Festival, where Laxton had a packed schedule. He participated in a two-part panel,”The Language of Cinema Is Image,” conducted a four-hour Arri Master Class on large-format digital capture, presented a Creative Light Experts roundtable, and […]
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How Can the Camera Show Love? Cinematographer James Laxton on Shooting If Beale Street Could Talk

Cinematographer James Laxton’s latest project, If Beale Street Could Talk, marks a further step in his collaboration with director Barry Jenkins. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, it follows a troubled romance between Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) in the New York City of the early 1970s. If Beale Street Could Talk screened at the closing night celebration at the recent Camerimage Festival, where Laxton had a packed schedule. He participated in a two-part panel,”The Language of Cinema Is Image,” conducted a four-hour Arri Master Class on large-format digital capture, presented a Creative Light Experts roundtable, and […]
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TV's 7 Rising Stars Poised For a Breakout in 2019

TV's 7 Rising Stars Poised For a Breakout in 2019
Each year, a handful of fresh faces stun on the TV screen. Australian newcomer Eliza Scanlen did it this past year with her juicy role opposite Amy Adams in HBO's Sharp Objects, as did Stephan James via his starring part in Amazon's Homecoming with Julia Roberts. As the "Peak TV" era shows no signs of slowing down, 2019 is sure to usher in a new crop of breakout stars. Among those positioned to reach a new level of fame are model-turned-actress Hunter Schafer (HBO's Euphoria), Dunkirk discovery Barry Keoghan (FX's Y) and Olivia Hussey's daughter ...
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Barry Jenkins cements himself as an essential voice with “If Beale Street Could Talk”

From the moment anyone in the industry saw Moonlight, it was clear that Barry Jenkins was going to be a force in Hollywood. Before it had Oscar buzz, before it was an awards season darling, and before it made Jenkins an Academy Award winner (not to mention before it took home Best Picture), it was just a phenomenal movie that heralded a filmmaker who had found an essential voice. Now, with Jenkins’ latest hitting screens in If Beale Street Could Talk, that voice has been unleashed again. A one of a kind writer and director, Jenkins is having a conversation with his audience that few other creative forces in the industry are having. The film, adapted from the James Baldwin novel of the same name, is a drama, while also a romance, and at the same time a look at the criminal justice system. Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) is a
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Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

by Murtada Elfadl

If Beale Street Could Talk starts with Fonny (Stephan James) asking his girlfriend Tish (Kiki Layne) “Are you ready for this?” I have been ready for a James Baldwin film adaptation for many years. Since I read "Giovanni’s Room" as a young teen and my mind was opened to queer stories. Since I was given "The Fire Next Time" to read as I made the decision to immigrate to the United States, so that I know what I was getting myself into. "Another Country" remains my favorite novel of all time. I am biased for Baldwin, for his writing, for his ideas, for his power, so I was excited for this film. I was also afraid. Will Barry Jenkins be able to interpret Baldwin’s howls of anger and despair as loud as I heard them reading Baldwin’s prose? I needn’t have worried.

Set in early-1970s Harlem,
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Oscars 2019: Best Editing Predictions

Oscars 2019: Best Editing Predictions
This award season the best editing navigated complex mood swings in capturing love and pain in such Oscar contenders as “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Favourite,” “First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Green Book,” and “Widows.”

Several movies started off strong with the bold opening, including the mopping of water in the credit scene in “Roma,” the perilous X-15 flight in “First Man,” and the juxtaposition of Viola Davis in bed with Liam Neeson with the botched heist in “Widows.”

Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white childhood remembrance of things past, establishes a rhythm as well as a cleansing metaphor about life and memory with the flow of water in the opening. Cuarón, who served as editor with co-editor Adam Gough, created a dance with his pacing, making the viewer a voyeur in a family drama filled with daily adventures that ebb and flow in intensity.

The director meticulously
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Barry Jenkins Back With ‘Beale Street’; Lars Von Trier Has ‘House That Jack Built’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Barry Jenkins Back With ‘Beale Street’; Lars Von Trier Has ‘House That Jack Built’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk from writer-director Barry Jenkins is among the headlining Specialty rollouts this weekend. Beale Street is the first title to come from Annapurna’s three-year production deal with Plan B Entertainment. The film will have a somewhat slow rollout before going wide later next month. IFC Films is going out day and date with Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s Cannes premiere The House That Jack Built, starring Matt Dillon. The film had select directors-cut showings one day last month, which resulted in an MPAA dressing-down. And Sony Pictures Classics is opening fellow Cannes premiere, Capernaum, which is Lebanon’s foreign-language Oscar entry. Spc is touting the performances of its young cast as among the “best ever” for child leads.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Director-writer: Barry Jenkins

Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Dave Franco, Diego Luna,
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Film Review: Barry Jenkins Grapples With James Baldwin’s Prose in Powerful Drama

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Film Review: Barry Jenkins Grapples With James Baldwin’s Prose in Powerful Drama
Faith in a very pure romantic attraction between two people was the dramatic core of Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” and that same faith is the animating principle of his much-anticipated follow-up, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a rich but very unwieldy adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel.

Moonlight” originated in a story from the gifted playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Jenkins was able to make the narrative of that sensitive film his own by applying a poetic kind of stealth to the subjective visuals. But Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” makes for a much more demanding and intimidating authorial basis for a movie.

Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) and Fonny Hunt have known each other since they were children. Jenkins’ film, like Baldwin’s novel, is told from Tish’s point of view and moves backward and forward in time in a way that suggests puzzle pieces scattered out on a table.
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