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At the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, ‘Beale Street’ wins the top honors

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The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards were well underway in Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon with Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk winning some of the top honors, including Best Feature, Best Director for Jenkins, and Best Supporting Female for Regina King.

The annual awards ceremony, which is now in its 34th year, takes place the day before the Oscars each and every year and honors “artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality.”

Other 2019 Spirit Award winners include Ethan Hawke, who won Best Male Lead for his performance in Paul Schraeder’s First Reformed, Glenn Close, who won Best Female Lead for her Oscar-nominated performance in The Wife, and Richard E. Grant, who won Best Supporting Male for his Oscar-nominated performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

You can check out the complete list of 2019 Film Independent Spirit Award winners below.

Best Feature
Eighth Grade
First Reformed
WINNER: If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here

Best First Feature
Hereditary
WINNER: Sorry to Bother You
The Tale
We the Animals
Wildlife

Best Director
Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
WINNER: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Best Female Lead
WINNER: Glenn Close, 
The Wife
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Regina Hall, Support the Girls
Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline
Carey Mulligan, Wildlife

Best Male Lead
John Cho, Searching
Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
WINNER: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Christian Malheiros, Sócrates
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

Best Supporting Female
Kayli Carter, Private Life
Tyne Daly, A Bread Factory
WINNER: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
J. Smith-Cameron, Nancy

Best Supporting Male
Raúl Castillo, We the Animals
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
WINNER: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade
John David Washington, Monsters and Men

Best Screenplay
Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, and Wash Westmoreland, Colette
WINNER: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Best First Screenplay
WINNER: Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Christina Choe, Nancy
Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds
Jennifer Fox, The Tale
Laurie Shephard and Quinn Shephard, Blame

John Cassavetes Award
A Bread Factory
WINNER: En el Séptimo Día
Never Goin’ Back
Sócrates
Thunder Road

Best Documentary
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons
On Her Shoulders
Shirkers
WINNER: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best International Film
Burning (South Korea)
The Favourite 
(United Kingdom)
Happy as Lazzaro 
(Italy)
WINNER: Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Editing
WINNER: Joe Bini, 
You Were Never Really Here
Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates, and Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals
Luke Dunkley, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill, and Julian Hart, American Animals
Anne Fabini, Alex Hall, and Gary Levy, The Tale
Nick Houy, Mid90s

Best Cinematography
Ashley Connor, Madeline’s Madeline
Diego García, Wildlife
Benjamin Loeb, Mandy
WINNER: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria
Zak Mulligan, We the Animals

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)
WINNER: Suspiria

The Bonnie Award
WINNER: Debra Granik

Tamara Jenkins
Karyn Kusama

Producers Award
Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams
Gabrielle Nadig
WINNER: Shrihari Sathe

Someone to Watch Award
WINNER: Alex Moratto, 
Sócrates
Ioana Uricaru, Lemonade
Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals

Truer Than Fiction Award
Alexandria Bomback, On Her Shoulders
WINNER: Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
Ramell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure

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20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.

Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.

In addition to Ford, the film’s cast ensemble cast also includes the likes of Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell, Scott MacDonald, and Cara Gee.

Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.

The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.

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Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.

Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.

The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard

Rating: R for violence and language throughout

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
  • “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
  • “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
  • “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
  • “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
  • “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh

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Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series

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Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.

The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.

Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.

Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.

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