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



Barry Jenkins Spirit Awards

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
WINNER: Sorry to Bother You
The Tale
We the Animals

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
Thunder Road

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

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

Best International Film
Burning (South Korea)
The Favourite 
(United Kingdom)
Happy as Lazzaro 
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, 
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 first full-length trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ reveals the adventures of Woody and Forky



Toy Story 4

If you had told me a couple years ago that a fourth Toy Story movie following the adventures of a Woody stuck in an existential crisis and a depressed, suicidal spork was coming out, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Wait, no. I definitely would’ve laughed in your face!

However, as evidenced by the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, that’s exactly the case here, and I can’t believe just how fucking weird and emotional this thing looks. Like, Toy Story 3 was already weird and emotional enough with the whole “toys making peace with death” trope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever the hell Pixar has in store with this sequel.

Toy Story 4 seems to pick up shortly after the events of the previous film follows the gang (including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale) as they embark on a road trip adventure with Bonnie and her family. However, things take a turn for the worst when Woody and Forky end up on an unexpected detour, leading them down a shocking path of surprises.

Look, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not excited for Toy Story 4, because I am, but I also can’t help but continue to question the necessity for this sequel, especially when it seems to be recycling the same narrative arcs from both the second and third films. Plus, we can all pretty much agree that Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy, right?

I guess we’ll find out if Toy Story 4 can do the rest of the trilogy justice when it opens in theaters on June 21.

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Production on Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded adaptation of ‘Dune’ is officially underway



Denis Villeneuve Dune

After casting literally every person imaginable in Hollywood, Warner Bros. announced today that production is officially underway on Denis Villeneuve’s eagerly awaited adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi novel Dune.

If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (played by Call Me by Your Name heartthrob Timothée Chalamet), “a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.”

As for that star-studded cast, in addition to Chalamet, we have the likes of Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem, with Chang Chen still in negotiations to join.

Not only has Villeneuve assembled a talented group of individuals in front of the camera, but behind it as well. He’s collaborating for the first time with cinematographer Greig Fraser (sorry, Roger Deakins), costume designer Jacqueline West (The Revenant), production designer Patrice Vermette (Arrival), editor Joe Walker (Blade Runner 2049), VFX supervisor Paul Lambert (First Man), and last, but not certainly not least, composer Hans Zimmer.

Look, I know, there’s a lot of really cool shit coming out next year, but if Dune, which is currently set to hit theaters on November 20, 2020, isn’t at the top of your most anticipated list, then what in the absolute fuck is wrong with you?

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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ gets a very unfortunate new poster



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Just before the weekend, word broke that we would be getting the long-awaited first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Monday morning. However, it appears those initial rumors were mistaken, and we won’t be getting the trailer until later this week. But we do have a very unfortunate new poster to hold us over until then!

In what is perhaps one of the most “graphic design is my passion”-looking posters ever, we see Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio leaning on…something? I mean, they’re standing out in the open. What the hell could they possibly be leaning on? And what exactly is going on with Brad Pitt’s head? Did they photoshop it onto someone else’s body? I have so many questions and not very many answers.

Regardless of this weird ass one-sheet, I’m still extremely psyched for whatever Tarantino has in store for us with his ninth feature, which stars Pitt and DiCaprio as a stuntman-actor duo struggling to make it in a Hollywood that they don’t really recognize anymore. But DiCaprio’s character has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).

The film’s star-studded cast also includes the likes of Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Nicholas Hammond, Clifton Collins, Keith Jefferson, Emile Hirsch, and the late Luke Perry in what will be one of his final roles.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters this summer on July 26. Check out that newly released one-sheet below and be sure to stay tuned for the trailer later this week.

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