Layne, Domingo Talk Bringing Baldwin to Life in ‘Beale Street’

Courtesy of Annapurna Pictures After a platform release, Oscar-winning writer-director Barry Jenkins’ third feature, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” rolls into 65 theaters this Christmas. Based on the 1974 novel by James Baldwin, “Beale Street” is the first narrative film to be based on one of the legendary writer’s works. The film follows a young [...]

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Barry Jenkins Talks Making ‘Beale Street’ After Winning Oscar

Courtesy of Annapurna Pictures In 2016, underdog Barry Jenkins took the American film scene by storm with his sophomore feature “Moonlight.” The film became the best-reviewed film of the year and won three Academy Awards — including Best Picture. It was the first Best Picture winner with an all-black cast, as well as the lowest-budgeted [...]

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‘Widows’ a Troubled Marriage Between Ambition and Genre

Courtesy of Merrick Morton. A group of brooding men teams up to pull off the impossible task of stealing a large chunk of cash from a heavily guarded safe. Some live and some die, but someone goes home with the loot. It’s a classic setup in Hollywood genre filmmaking, from the postwar Noir era to [...]

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Carpenter, Curtis Return to Give ‘Halloween’ a New Shape

Courtesy of Universal Pictures In 1978, writer-producer Debra Hill and director John Carpenter put their heads together to give horror a new name. That name was Michael Myers, the most terrifying slasher villain since “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”’s Leatherface. Grossing an adjusted $46 million on a $300,000 budget, Carpenter’s “Halloween” stands as one of [...]

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