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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk, 2018.

Directed by Barry Jenkins.

Starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Regina King, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, and Brian Tyree Henry.

Synopsis:

Childhood sweethearts Tish and Fonny live in Harlem in the 1970s and are planning a life together, despite difficulties finding a home. The celebrations when Tish discovers she’s pregnant are short lived when Fonny is arrested for rape, a crime he didn’t commit. And now Tish has a desperate fight on her hands to prove his innocence. Based on the novel by James Baldwin.

When your second feature starts out as a sleeper hit at festivals and takes off like a rocket to win the Best Picture Oscar, where do you go next? The only way has to be down, surely. And for many directors it is, but they’re not Barry Jenkins.
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees

  • Variety
‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, recognizing music in film, TV, video games, commercials, and trailers, today announced nominees for its 2018 edition. Among the nominates films are Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Quincy,” and more.

The ceremony will feature presentations, performances, and a special achievement award. Past honorees include Diane Warren, Smokey Robinson, and Glen Campbell.

Hmma nominations are selected by an advisory board and selection committee which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, Naras, and performing rights organizations.

The awards will be held at the Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, Nov. 14. A portion of proceeds benefit Education Through Music – Los Angeles.

A list of the visual media nominees are below:

Original Score – Feature Film

Alexandre Desplat – “The Sisters Brothers” (Annapurna)

Carter Burwell – “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
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Trailer for ‘Vice’ reveals Adam McKay’s biopic of Dick Cheney

Earlier today, at long last the Trailer dropped for Vice. Yes, after having spent most of the year as a speculated X factor, Adam McKay’s latest film has revealed itself to us. Making a movie about Dick Cheney would be a risky endeavor for anyone, though McKay is pretty fearless. As such, we have an A-list filled look at one of the most controversial men of the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, we potentially have a very Academy Award friendly flick. More on that in a bit, and of course you’ll be able to see the Trailer at the end of this piece, but first…we discuss! The film is, of course, a biopic of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), in all his shady glory. The official synopsis on IMDb is simply: “The story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies
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Middleburg Film Festival Announces Its (Oscar-Seeking) Lineup

by Nathaniel R

The Middleburg Film Festival is one of The Film Experience's favorite stops on the road to Oscar. It's only one weekend long (like Telluride) and takes place in scenic Virginia, just one hour from DC, at the Salamander Resort and Spa. The festival began in 2013 and has been upping the ante each year Inbetween movies you can go horseback riding, visit the charming town and its wineries, or go for walks on the grounds.

One of my favorite events, unique to this festival, is a concert featuring a famous film composer -- the Nicholas Britell concert last year was just phenomenal. This year, they're throwing a bit of a curveball since the event will be in honor of a songwriter instead. Nine-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren will be performing some of her work.

Diane Warren

The lineup this year is as follows and tickets are now on sale.
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The Color of Money: Depicting Poverty from a New Perspective

  • MUBI
Think pink. What comes to mind? Perhaps Molly Ringwald’s polka-dot number designed to seduce the rich boy at her preppy school. Or the candy floss colored facade of Wes Anderson’s dollhouse-esque Grand Budapest Hotel. Or the French fondant fancy aesthetic of Marie Antoinette. Or the excessively stylised nursery in The Wolf of Wall Street and that hot pink bodycon dress that put Margot Robbie on the map. Or the tremendously tailored two-piece worn by Natalie Portman’s Jackie Kennedy, before it’s ruined by her dead husband’s splattered blood. Although the implications of the color pink run the gamut from delicate and pristine to trashy provocation (see the ribbed vest top in Erin Brockovich), it features considerably in cinema in coloring the world of the rich or royal and in a wider sense, the use of color favors evocations of abundance and opulence. However, there have been
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Trailer Previews Barry Jenkins’ Harlem-Set Love Story

Following the first teaser tied to James Baldwin’s birthday and this new trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry JenkinsMoonlight follow-up premiered to a rapturous response at Tiff. Now ahead of a U.S. premiere at New York Film Festival–the first time they will present a film at the Apollo Theater–Annapurna’s new trailer dives deeper into the story of a woman in Harlem, who is preparing for the birth of her child while her fiancée is in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

Christopher Schobert said in his Tiff review, Like Moonlight, it is visually splendiferous with colors so vivid as to recall the heyday of Wong Kar-wai, but this technical mastery is not confined to the look. The music mixes classic jazz with a central theme from composer Nicholas Britell that is achingly beautiful. As with Moonlight, its cast is a
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Tiff Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is an Exquisite, Painful, and Timeless Love Story

Comparing a director’s latest film to his or her previous effort is almost always unwise, or at least, a bit foolish. When both films are extraordinary achievements, however, pondering the works in tandem seems fruitful. This is certainly true when looking at Barry Jenkins‘ newest film, If Beale Street Could Talk, and his last, Moonlight. The latter deservedly took home an Oscar for Best Picture, and heralded Jenkins as a filmmaker whose empathetic touch knows no bounds. Now comes his James Baldwin adaptation, which reaches the same magnificent emotional register as Moonlight. Jenkins has written and directed an exquisite, timeless film about a place and historical period—Harlem in the 1970s—that feels painfully connected to the present.

Like Moonlight, it is visually splendiferous with colors so vivid as to recall the heyday of Wong Kar-wai, but this technical mastery is not confined to the look. The music mixes
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Tiff 2018: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Dir. Barry Jenkins (2018)

If Beale Street Could Talk review: Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning home-run Moonlight with a feature adaptation of the James Baldwin novel, a beautifully crafted love story in 1960s New York.

If Beale Street Could Talk review [Tiff]

So, follow Moonlight then, Barry. With such a steep hill to climb for his first film since his 2016 sleeper bagged the prestigious Best Picture Oscar from the clutches of La La Land, Jenkins chooses James Baldwin’s 1974 novel to adapt for the screen, a tragic tale of love, family, life and loss in the streets of Harlem.

We meet Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) at the start of the film, former childhood friends who have known each other forever, but have fallen in love and plan a big future. Tish is part of a loving family, but it’s clear that Fonny has chosen a different path than that of the wishes of his.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: A Story Lost Between Love and Hate | Tiff 2018

On the surface, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk seems like a surefire winner. James Laxton's cinematography is lyrical and gorgeous. Nicholas Britell's score is melancholy and haunting. The performances are deep and devoted. The tone is achingly earnest. And yet Jenkins’ latest movie is less than the sum of its parts. Jenkins attempts to tell both a love story and a story about racial injustice, and yet both narratives end up feeling rote and predictable with neither being served in a way that would give them a badly needed spark. …
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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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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Barry Jenkins Delivers Stunning Romance With Aftertaste of Injustice

  • The Wrap
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Barry Jenkins Delivers Stunning Romance With Aftertaste of Injustice
For his follow-up to the Best Picture winner “Moonlight,” director Barry Jenkins delivered a vivid and deeply romantic adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival.

The film is a bold and elegant celebration of young black love in the face of a Harlem rife with police corruption. The leads, Canadian actor Stephan James and newcomer KiKi Layne, received a standing ovation alongside Jenkins after credits rolled at the Princess of Wales theater.

Stephan and Layne play 19-year-old Tish and 22-year-old Alfonzo, lifelong friends whose soul connection is so pure that Jenkins paints it as divine — even as the sociopolitical climate of their time threatens to tear them apart.

Also Read: 'Life Itself' Film Review: Dan Fogelman's Roided-Out Tearjerker Is Darkly Satisfying

Tish is a good girl from a hardworking Harlem family, represented in salt-of-the-earth performances from Regina King,
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Trailer for “If Beale Street Could Talk” screams Oscar

It only takes one film to change your life. For filmmaker Barry Jenkins, Moonlight took him from struggling to get a movie off the ground to winning Best Picture. Now, he’s an auteur who can pretty much set anything up that he desires. For his follow up to that Oscar winning flick, he’s chosen to adapt the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Late last week, a Trailer dropped that suggests Jenkins will firmly be in the awards race again. You’ll be able to see it at the end of this piece, but first…let us discuss just how far Jenkins can go with his latest work. The movie is an adaptation of Baldwin’s novel of the same name. IMDb has a small plot summary that says the following: “A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ First Trailer: Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins Returns After ‘Moonlight’ Breakout

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ First Trailer: Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins Returns After ‘Moonlight’ Breakout
Barry Jenkins conquered the 2016-2017 awards season when “Moonlight” won Oscars for best picture and best adapted screenplay, and now the writer-director is back in the awards race with the upcoming “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The drama is adapted from James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name and is being distributed by Annapurna Pictures.

“If Beal Street Could Talk” stars Kiki Layne and Stephan James as Clementine “Tish” Rivers and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt, two romantic partners forced apart when Fonny is falsely accused of rape. When Tish finds out she is pregnant while Fonny is in prison, she races against the clock with help from her family and her lawyer to find evidence to exonerate Fonny.

Jenkins adapted Baldwin’s novel himself and is reuniting with several of his Oscar-nominated “Moonlight” collaborators, including editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders, cinematographer James Laxton, and composer Nicholas Britell. The supporting cast includes Teyonah Parris,
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Critics Pick the Best TV Soundtracks of the Year (So Far) – IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What’s the best new overlooked show of 2018 so far?

Ben Travers (@BenTTravers), IndieWire

The best score of 2018 belongs to Nicholas Britell for his work on “Succession.” The best soundtrack, though, comes from “Dear White People” (with “Legion” and “Atlanta” giving it a run for its money). Soundtracks enhance the story by providing punctuation marks, setting tone, and guiding (without manipulating) emotions through existing music choices. The aptly named “Dear White People Vol. 2” does precisely that. Few series are deft enough to place Erykah Badu so close to Jaden Smith, and fewer still pull in a key musical moment from a cast member — Ashley Blaine Ferguson just kills “Tyrone.”

My second choice is a tie between HBO’s “Barry” which music supervisor Liza Richardson kills it for song
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Album Review: Christina Aguilera’s ‘Liberation’

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Album Review: Christina Aguilera’s ‘Liberation’
What is Christina Aguilera feeling emancipated from? you may ask, digging into “Liberation,” her first album in close to six years. One track offers some tantalizing clues. “I ain’t built for no fake shit,” she wails, almost gutturally, over rock guitars and faux crowd noise produced by Anderson .Paak. “It’s good pay,” she additionally points out, but “I can’t move with these chains on me / I had to get free. … This ain’t a game to me.” The song title: “Sick of Sittin’.” Now, if it were any other star expressing an animus toward chairs, we might think she was speaking figuratively. But it doesn’t take much reading between the lines to divine that this openly disenchanted ex-“Voice” jurist really has written one of the few breakup songs ever to celebrate splitting up with a TV show.

There are other titular connotations along the way.
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Ocean’s 8 opens to a franchise high at the domestic box office

Warner Bros.’ all-female Ocean’s spinoff movie Ocean’s 8 took top spot at the domestic box office this past weekend, knocking Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2 into second and third place respectively.

The Gary Ross-helmed heist caper banking $41.5 in North America million to set a new high for the series, topping the previous record of $39.1 million set by Ocean’s Twelve back in 2004.

Ocean’s 8 also opened in 16 international markets, banking a further $12.2 million for $53.7 million worldwide. It will make its way here to the UK on June 22nd.

See Also: Read our reviews of Ocean’s 8 here and here

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna
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Meet Debbie Ocean’s crew in new Ocean’s 8 trailer

Earlier this week we got a batch of images from Ocean’s 8 [take a look here], and now we’ve got another trailer for Warner Bros. upcoming female-led Ocean’s spinoff which runs through the all-star cast which includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bondham Carter; check it out here…

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming “Dude”), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing. Filming
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Ocean’s 8 gets a batch of new images

With just two weeks to go until the Us release of Ocean’s 8, Warner Bros. has revealed a batch of new images from Gary Ross’ upcoming female-led Ocean’s spinoff featuring Sandra Bullock, James Corden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, and Rihanna; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Ocean’s 8 here

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming “Dude”), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing,
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Box office tracking suggests Ocean’s 8 will steal a big opening weekend

Opening weekend numbers have always been important to the success of a summer blockbuster, but now we live in an age where the pre-release tracking can also have a huge impact on the way a film is received, so if the buzz on Ocean’s 8 is to be believed, then Warner Bros./Village Roadshow will be pretty pleased with the figures that Deadline is reporting.

Opening on June 8th in the Us, industry number crunchers have it projected as high as $45m for the weekend. It’s a number comparable with the last gender switch franchise reboot, Ghostbusters, which opened with $46 million ($128.3 million domestic total) in 2016. While that film was deemed a commercial flop, largely thanks to the $140 million budget, Ocean’s 8 is estimated to have cost in the region of $70 million, so this will be a big score for the studio.

See Also: Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean assembles
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Ocean’s 8 character posters showcase Debbie Ocean’s crew

With the Us release of Ocean’s 8 just a month away, a batch of characters poster have arrived online for the upcoming female-led Ocean’s spinoff featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Ocean’s 8 here

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming “Dude”), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing.
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