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Brian Tyree Henry Boards ‘Flint Strong’ As Boxing Drama Finds New Studio Home, Restarts Shooting (Exclusive)

Flint Strong is back in the ring. The boxing drama, starring Ryan Destiny and being directed by Rachel Morrison, will resume production next week after getting sidelined two years ago due to a Covid shutdown and a switching of studios. Brian Tyree Henry, who co-stars in Atlanta and appeared in If Beale Street Could Talk, […]

Nantucket Film Festival to Honor Barry Jenkins, John Turturro, Ramin Bahrani and Cooper Raiff (Exclusive)

The 2022 Nantucket Film Festival is set to honor Barry Jenkins, John Turturro, Ramin Bahrani and Cooper Raiff during its 27th edition, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Jenkins, who recently co-wrote and directed all 10 episodes of The Underground Railroad, will receive the Screenwriters Tribute Award. An Oscar winner for Moonlight, Jenkins is set to […]

‘True Detective’ Season 4 in the Works at HBO With Barry Jenkins

True Detective is inching closer to a formal comeback at HBO — without creator Nic Pizzolatto at the helm. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the premium cable network has recruited Issa Lopez (Tigers Are Not Afraid, Secondary Effects) to pen a script for a new cycle that has been dubbed True Detective: Night Country. Additionally, […]

Halle Berry, Barry Jenkins Feted at Fourth Annual Celebration of Black Cinema and Television

On Monday, the Critics Choice Association hosted its fourth annual Celebration of Black Cinema and Television, an evening honoring Black images on screen and the diverse community of talent that brings them to life. The Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel was abuzz with culturally specific stories and references; the evening’s host, Niecy Nash, welcomed the audience […]

Moonlighting as a Model: Barry Jenkins Appears in Campaign for L.A. Label

Barry Jenkins: Oscar-winning writer, director, creator, cinephile and now, fashion model. The celebrated auteur has added the newest title to his résumé thanks to a just-released “Friends and Family” campaign from Los Angeles-based brand BTFL. “Everyone photographed is a friend who became a customer or a customer who became a friend,” explains the brand notes […]

Halle Berry, Barry Jenkins Among Honorees for Celebration of Black Cinema and Television

Halle Berry, Barry Jenkins, Anthony Anderson and Jennifer Hudson are set to be honored at the 2021 Celebration of Black Cinema & Television. Berry, who makes her directorial debut with the November Netflix film Bruised, in which she also stars as disgraced MMA fighter Jackie Justice, will receive the career achievement award. She is the […]

Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, David Alan Grier Remember Melvin Van Peebles: “The Blueprint and Inspiration for Multiple Generations of Filmmakers”

Upon learning that Melvin Van Peebles died Tuesday night at age 89, many Hollywood directors and writers took to social media to share how Van Peebles was a pioneer in filmmaking.  Van Peebles died at his home in Manhattan, his family, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films announced in a statement. Considered by many to […]

“We’re Trying All The Time to Find an Intimate Perspective”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Underground Railroad’s’ Barry Jenkins, Thuso Mbedu and James Laxton

The Underground Railroad star Thuso Mbedu, director Barry Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton joined The Hollywood Reporter to discuss their Emmy-nominated Amazon limited series, based on the acclaimed novel by Colson Whitehead, in a THR Presents Q&A powered by Vision Media.  For Jenkins, the Oscar-winning writer-director of Moonlight who has also earned an Emmy nomination […]

Barry Jenkins on Why ‘The Underground Railroad’ Required “Different Storytelling Demands” From a Typical Show

After Barry Jenkins’ second feature, Moonlight, earned best picture at the 2017 Academy Awards — where he also scored a best adapted screenplay win, shared with Tarell Alvin McCraney — the director likely could have picked anything he wanted as his follow-up. He turned to American literature, first adapting James Baldwin’s 1974 novel If Beale […]

Michaela Coel to Bo Burnham: 6 Auteurs Taking Peak TV by Storm

At the beginning of Peak TV, the industry’s visionaries were pushing the envelopes, challenging their audiences to follow along with complex characters and antiheroes whose choices were shocking and maddening — and made for great TV. If one thinks of an auteur as someone who writes, creates and sometimes directs a vision so compelling as […]

“You Have to Feel Sick in Order to Feel Good”: Barry Jenkins, Ethan Hawke and the THR Drama Showrunner Roundtable

In the past, a question posed to a table of creatives about the projects that each would love to tackle if only Hollywood were ready for them would be met with a laundry list of wistful responses. But Barry Jenkins, the showrunner and director behind Amazon’s celebrated Underground Railroad adaptation, took one look around The […]

“My Hope Was to Recontextualize the Way We View My Ancestors”: THR Presents the Key Creative Team Behind ‘The Underground Railroad’

“My hope was to recontextualize the way we view my ancestors,” says Barry Jenkins, the showrunner and director of Amazon’s 10-part limited series The Underground Railroad, adapted from Colson Whitehead’s bestselling 2016 novel of the same name. “We use this word ‘enslaved,’ which refers to what was done to them, not to who they were […]