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Watch the stunning new trailer for Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel – the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.  Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable …

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New ‘Beautiful Boy’ trailer starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell

Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for Beautiful Boy, starring Academy Award nominees Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and it’s a tear-jerker. The film, which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff and chronicles the heartbreaking and …

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Toronto Review: ‘Boy Erased’ (★★★½)

Joel Edgerton has crafted a compassionate family drama with extraordinary performances from Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe In Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s best-selling memoir of the same name, Jared, a 19-year old college student, is whisked away from his Arkansas home in the dark, early hours of the morning by his mother to 12-day gay conversion …

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Academy reveals Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting winners

Scripts to be performed at live read in November Three individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 8, …

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First look: Brie Larson is ‘Captain Marvel’ teaser trailer and poster

Higher. Further. Faster. The next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here as Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Room) stars as in an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the MCU that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two …

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ top 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

Game of Thrones managed another Drama Series win after losing both writing and directing for a total of 10 wins including its haul from last week’s Creative Arts Emmys. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel made a near sweep of the comedy awards, taking home Lead Actress for Rachel Brosnahan, Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein, writing and directing for show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino …

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2018 TIFF: What Did We Like and What Did We Learn

As awards watchers, the Toronto International Film Festival is the biggest jumping off point for Oscar season. Venice and Telluride come first (just by a few days) but TIFF’s size and stature mark it as the premiere festival for films of all kinds – Hollywood, independent, foreign language and documentary – to begin or build their buzz as we enter …

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Toronto Film Festival Winners: ‘Green Book’ drives into the Oscar race

The Peter Farrelly race relations road comedy Green Book, starring Academy Award winner Mashershala Ali (Moonlight) and Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic) has won the top prize at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. The win gives the film a massive boost in the Oscar race, where for many people it …

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Toronto Review: ‘Green Book’ (★★★)

Peter Farrelly’s race relations road movie may be safe and conventional but winning performances from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali make it a crowdpleaser “Inspired by a true story” as an opening title card often says more about what a film is not about rather than what it’s about. An even looser term than “based,” we know going in that …

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Toronto Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (★★★★)

KiKi Layne and Stephan James in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with another masterpiece;  a lush, visual love story and the first ever film adaptation of James Baldwin’s work It doesn’t take long to fall in love with Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. In the film’s opening shot, a gorgeous crane movement …

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