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Lovely Full-Length Trailer for Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

"These are our children, and we gotta set them free." Annapurna Pictures has debuted the new full-length official trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, the latest exquisite film made by very talented filmmaker Barry Jenkins (of Moonlight and Medicine for Melancholy). Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name, If Beale Street Could Talk is about a woman in Harlem desperately trying to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while she is carrying their first child. Kiki Layne stars as Tish, along with Stephan James as her fiancé "Fonny", and the exceptional full ensemble cast includes Teyonah Parris, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein, Michael Beach, Finn Wittrock, Aunjanue Ellis, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, and Emily Rios. I saw this film at Tiff and it's pure bliss - I wrote: "it's a gorgeous film, visually and emotionally, and I didn't want it to end.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Barry Jenkins Turns James Baldwin Novel Into a Masterful Poetic Romance — Tiff

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Barry Jenkins Turns James Baldwin Novel Into a Masterful Poetic Romance — Tiff
While “Moonlight” engaged with the internal struggles of closeted Miami boy across a vaguely defined era, “Beale Street” is firmly rooted in a time and place: Civil Rights-era Harlem, where 19-year-old Tish (extraordinary newcomer Kiki Layne) contends with the news that she’s pregnant with child of her 22-year-old boyfriend Fonny (Stephan James) while he’s behind bars. Accused of a rape that evidence suggests he couldn’t have committed, Fonny begins “Beale Street” as the epitome of everything holding Tish back from the life she wants for herself. He’s a victim of the system that keeps all of them — Fonny, Fish, and their respective families — from achieving a degree of emotional satisfaction that they chase in every scene.James Baldwin’s 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” depicts the experiences of a pregnant black teen in Harlem with a cinematic quality that practically reads like a screenplay. It
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Barry Jenkins Stays Faithful To James Baldwin Novel In ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Adaptation – Toronto Studio

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Barry Jenkins Stays Faithful To James Baldwin Novel In ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Adaptation – Toronto Studio
Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins made a stop at the Deadline Studio ahead of the Toronto Film Festival premiere of If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of the 1974 novel by James Baldwin. The story follows a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while pregnant with their first child.

“There was something very pure about young black love that was depicted and also the family dynamic of the Rivers and the Hunts families,” said Jenkins about why he decided on this piece out of Baldwin’s numerous works. “It just grabbed me.”

Jenkins made waves with his 2016 Oscar-winning Moonlight, and although there is much anticipation surrounding his followup, the director isn’t really feeling the pressure.

“When I adapted the book, I wrote it the same time I wrote Moonlight. I didn’t have the rights. It created a pressure-free environment so
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Adds Joshua Jackson, ‘Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson, Adepero Oduye & More

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Exclusive: There is a tremendous real-life tragedy and injustice at the heart of Central Park Five but there is also an extremely deep bench of talent for the Ava Duvernay directed Netflix limited series with Joshua Jackson, Christopher Jackson and 12 Years A Slave’s Adepero Oduye now onboard.

The Affair star, Hamilton’s George Washington and Bull regular and The Big Short actress are also joined by Queen Sugar’s Omar Dorsey, Emmy winner Blair Underwood and Famke Janssen in the four-episode series, I’ve learned.

Power‘s William Sadler and Into The Dark‘s Aurora Perrineau will be part of Central Park Five too. Respectively, the duo will play a NYPD detective and the girlfriend of the Freddy Miyares portrayed Raymond Santana Jr.

Also starring Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman, Central Park Five runs from 1989 when five Harlem teens were incorrectly convicted first in
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Finishes Casting Its Central Park Five

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Finishes Casting Its Central Park Five
Ava DuVernay’s “Central Park Five” has rounded out its cast with the final members of the Netflix limited series’ titular lineup.

The streamer announced Friday it has added Chris Chalk (“Gotham”) as Adult Yusef Salaam and newcomers Freddy Miyares and Justin Cunningham as Adult Raymond Santana and Adult Kevin Richardson, respectively. Those three join the previously announced Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo (Adult Antron McCray) as the adult versions of the “Central Park Five.”

Meanwhile, Ethan Herisse (“Miss Virginia”) will play Young Yusef Salaam, Marquis Rodriguez (“Chicago Fire”) will play Young Raymond Santana, Jr., Caleel Harris (“Goosebumps 2”) will play Young Antron McCray and Asante Blackk will play Young Kevin Richardson. Those four, along with Jerome (who is playing the young and adult versions of Korey Wise), will portray the teenagers wrongfully accused in 1989.

Also Read: Ava DuVernay's 'Central Park Five' Drama Adds Niecy Nash, 4 More to Cast
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Series Rounds Out Cast to Play Titular Young Men

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Series Rounds Out Cast to Play Titular Young Men
Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series based on the infamous “Central Park Five” cast has finished casting the young men at the center of the drama.

Based on a true story, the series will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color five teenagers from Harlem–Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise–who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

Chris Chalk will play the adult Salaam, while Freddy Miyares and Justin Cunningham will play the adult Santana and the adult Richardson, respectively. Together, they will star alongside previously announced Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo. Adepo will play the adult McCray, while Jerome will portray both the adult and young Wise. Ethan Herisse will play the young Salaam, Marquis Rodriguez will play the young Santana, Caleel Harris will play the young McCray, and Asante Blackk will play the young Richardson.

The seven new
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‘Central Park Five’: Chris Chalk, Ethan Herisse Among 6 Male Leads Cast In Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series

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‘Central Park Five’: Chris Chalk, Ethan Herisse Among 6 Male Leads Cast In Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series
Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Netflix drama has unveiled its leading men. Chris Chalk (Gotham), Ethan Herisse (Miss Virginia), Marquis Rodriguez (Chicago Fire), Caleel Harris (Goosebumps 2), and newcomers Freddy Miyares and Justin Cunningham have signed on to Netflix’s limited series from A Wrinkle in Time and 13th director DuVernay.

Chalk will play Adult Yusef Salaam; Miyares and Cunningham will play Adult Raymond Santana and Adult Kevin Richardson, respectively. Together, they will star alongside previously announced Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo (Adult Antron McCray) as the adult men in the Central Park Five case. Jerome will portray Adult Korey Wise in addition to Young Korey Wise.

Ethan Herisse will play Young Yusef Salaam; Marquis Rodriguez (Chicago Fire) will play Young Raymond Santana, Jr.; Caleel Harris (Goosebumps 2) will play Young Antron McCray; Asante Blackk will play Young Kevin Richardson. Together with Jerome, they will portray the young teenagers wrongfully accused
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Quantico

Network: ABC

Episodes: 57 (hour)

Seasons: Three

TV show dates: September 27, 2015 -- August 3, 2018

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Masri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington, Graham Rogers, Anabelle Acosta, and Josh Hopkins.

TV show description:

This thriller series is set at the Federal Bureau of Investigations Virginia training academy, Quantico, and follows its newest young recruits.

The best, brightest, and most vetted recruits are sent to what is essentially the country's toughest boot camp and grad school rolled into one. They begin a grueling training regime that will push them beyond their limits both mentally and physically. All of the recruits have their own reason for joining. For Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra), protecting her country has always been her dream.

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Niecy Nash, Pitch's Kylie Bunbury and More Join Netflix's Central Park Five

Niecy Nash, Pitch's Kylie Bunbury and More Join Netflix's Central Park Five
Niecy Nash is sinking her claws into the true-crime genre.

The actress is one of five women to join Netflix’s upcoming miniseries Central Park Five, the streaming giant announced Friday.

The four-episode, scripted series will tell the story of a 1989 case in which five Harlem teenagers — Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Korey Wise and Raymond Santana — were wrongfully accused of raping a female jogger in New York’s Central Park. The case became a tabloid sensation that ended with the teens’ conviction and prison sentencing — but after another man confessed to the crime years later, the five men were exonerated and released.
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Drama Adds Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Storm Reid To Cast

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Drama Adds Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Storm Reid To Cast
Ava Duvernay’s Central Park Five Netflix drama series is rounding out its cast with a powerful female lineup. Niecy Nash (Claws), Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico), Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake (Crown Heights) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) have joined the limited series in supporting roles.

Based on a true story that gripped the country, the limited series will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four episode limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York. The limited series will be released on Netflix on 2019.

Nash will play Delores Wise,
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Drama Adds Niecy Nash, 4 More to Cast

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Drama Adds Niecy Nash, 4 More to Cast
Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Storm Reid have all joined Netflix’s “Central Park Five” limited series from Ava DuVernay, the streamer announced Friday.

Nash, who currently stars on the TNT drama “Claws,” will play Delores Wise, mother of Korey Wise. “Quantico” alum Ellis will play Sharone Salaam, mother of Yusef Salaam.

Bunbury (“Pitch”) will play Angie Richardson, sister of Kevin Richardson; Blake (“Crown Heights”) will play Linda McCray, mother of Antron McCray; and “A Wrinkle in Time” star and DuVernay go-to Reid will play Lisa, a friend of Korey Wise.

Also Read: Ava DuVernay Teaming With Netflix on Central Park Five Series

The five actresses join a cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo.

Written and directed by DuVernay, the four-episode series will adapt the true story of the five teenagers of color from Harlem — Antron McCray,
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‘Wrinkle in Time’ Star, Niecy Nash Among Five to Join Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Series

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‘Wrinkle in Time’ Star, Niecy Nash Among Five to Join Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Series
The cast of Ava DuVernay’s “Central Park Five” series at Netflix continues to make impressive additions to its cast.

Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Storm Reid have all been cast in the show in supporting roles.

Based on a true story, the series will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color five teenagers from Harlem–Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise–who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

Nash will play Delores Wise, mother of Korey Wise. Ellis will play Sharone Salaam, mother of Yusef Salaam. Bunbury will play Angie Richardson, sister of Kevin Richardson. Blake will play Linda McCray, mother of Antron McCray. Reid will play Lisa, a friend of Korey Wise.

They join previously announced cast members Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo.

Reid
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Ava DuVernay's 'Central Park Five' Series Adds Niecy Nash, Storm Reid and Kylie Bunbury

Ava DuVernay's 'Central Park Five' Series Adds Niecy Nash, Storm Reid and Kylie Bunbury
More stars are lining up to board Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five limited series.

Niecy Nash (Claws), Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico), Kylie Bunbury (Pitch), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Crown Heights) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) have all been cast in the four-episode Netflix series, which will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. They join previously cast stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo.

Central Park Five will center on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray,...
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First Trailer for Barry Jenkins' Baldwin Film 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

"The things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me to all the people who were alive." To celebrate James Baldwin's birthday today, Annapurna Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, the latest film from very talented filmmaker Barry Jenkins (director of Moonlight and Medicine for Melancholy). Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name, If Beale Street Could Talk is about a woman in Harlem desperately trying to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while she is carrying their first child. Kiki Layne stars, along with Stephan James, and the full ensemble cast includes Teyonah Parris, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed Skrein, Michael Beach, Finn Wittrock, Aunjanue Ellis, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, and Emily Rios. Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic. Jenkins is back with something just as powerful and I can't wait.
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
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Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall.

Actors

Hiam Abbass – “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Visitor

Damián Alcázar – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Naveen Andrews – “Mighty Joe Young,” “The English Patient

Gemma Arterton – “Their Finest,” “Quantum of Solace

Zawe Ashton – “Nocturnal Animals,” “Blitz

Eileen Atkins – “Gosford Park,” “Cold Mountain

Hank Azaria – “Anastasia,” “The Birdcage

Doona Bae – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host

Christine Baranski – “Miss Sloane,” “Mamma Mia!”

Carlos Bardem – “Assassin’s Creed,” “Che”

Irene Bedard – “Smoke Signals,” “Pocahontas

Bill Bellamy – “Any Given Sunday,” “love jones”

Haley Bennett – “Thank You for Your Service,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Aunjanue Ellis

A lot of actors, a Lot of them, are so great that they kind of light up the screen when they take the stage. But then again a lot of them are great but don’t seem to get enough credit for what they do, even when they account for a lot of why Hollywood is still such a popular institution. Aunjenue Ellis has been around for a while and that tends to mean that she’s done and seen a lot in her career, which would be true. The idea that she’s not given the same level of importance as anyone

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Aunjanue Ellis
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Lovecraft Country adds Courtney B. Vance, Elizabeth Debicki and Aunjanue Ellis

Deadline is reporting that Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story: The People vs. Oj Simpson), Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico) and Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) have signed on to star in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, a new straight-to-series drama from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.

Based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff and penned by Misha Green (Underground), the series focuses on 25-year-old Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), who joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Vance is set to play Uncle George Black, who is described as “more like a father to Atticus. Warm, funny,
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TVLine Items: Bachelor in Paradise Is Back, Fosters Spinoff Casting and More

Get ready for another summer of sun-dappled hook-ups: Bachelor in Paradise will return for Season 5 on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 8/7c on ABC. New episodes of the Bachelor offshoot, which sees former contestants get another chance at love while living together in a Mexican beachfront resort, will then air Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 to 10 pm.

BiP‘s premiere will be followed at 10 pm by the debut of the reality series Castaways, in which 12 individuals are dropped alone throughout various islets in Indonesia and challenged to survive.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The Fosters spinoff Good Trouble has
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TV News Roundup: Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Elizabeth Debicki Join HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’

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In today’s roundup, HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” adds new cast members including Courtney B. Vance and Elizabeth Debicki, while NBC reveals its fall premiere dates.

Casting

Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, and Elizabeth Debicki have signed onto HBO‘s “Lovecraft Country,” playing George Black, Hippolyta Black, and Christina Braithwhite respectively. The series is based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff that follows Atticus Black as he travels on a roadtrip across 1950s Jim Crow America with his friend Letitia and Uncle George in search of his mother and father. Previously announced cast members include Jonathan Majors as Atticus Black, Jurnee-Smollett Bell as Letitia “Leti” Dandridge, and Wunmi Mosaku as Ruby Dandridge. Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams serve as executive producers.

Dates

NBC has announced upcoming premiere dates for the 2018-2019 fall schedule including the return of “The Voice” with coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton
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