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Get Out, 2017.
Directed by Jordan Peele.
When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Forget ghosts, vampires, zombies or other supernatural shenanigans. The terror presented in Jordan Peele’s terrific »
- Sean Wilson
On the two-year anniversary of shooting his first ever “Late Late Show” episode, Corden took to the Paleyfest stage at the Dolby Theatre and told the audience exactly what he would have done had the President appeared on his show during the campaign.
“The thing is, he went round a lot of talk shows. And there was a thing that happened with Jimmy Fallon where he got quite a lot of criticism … but I felt like it was really unfair, because I don’t think that anyone asked him the right questions,” Corden explained. “I don’t think anybody took him to task or asked him the questions that needed to be asked, and answer for the things that he had done.”
- Will Thorne
Still Eligible: No.
Hot Streak: While a number of actors have won this category twice, we haven’t seen a repeat victor since Ray Walston won for “Picket Fences” in 1995 and 1996. That streak will continue at least one more year, given last year’s winner is ineligible in 2017.
With “Game of Thrones” ineligible, this field is wide open. Only three of last year’s six nominees are eligible to earn another nomination in 2017 — Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) — meaning even if all three get back in, we’re going to see some new blood this year…
…starting with John Lithgow. The beloved Emmys presence (a five-time winner and 11-time nominee »
- Ben Travers
The Late Late Show host James Corden was at PaleyFest with EPs Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe tonight to discuss his mission with the series in a panel moderated by The West Wing thesp Bradley Whitford. Little known outside the UK prior to his Late Late Show debut in 2015, Corden won two Emmys in 2016, quickly establishing himself as a pop culture phenomenon and late-night staple. Credit his creative and innovative segments and easy rapport with celebrity guests. While… »
It's been announced that Jordan Peele (Get Out) will be the recipient of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato)'s "CinemaCon Director of the Year" award. Congrats, Mr. Peele! Also in today's Highlights: Other Madnesses trailer and release details, Kill The Minotaur, Raised by Wolves, and The Quiet Hour.
Jordan Peele to Receive CinemaCon Director of the Year Award: Press Release: Washington D.C. (March 20, 2017) – Jordan Peele, the breakthrough writer/director of Universal Pictures’ smash “Get Out,” will receive the “CinemaCon® Director of the Year,” it was announced today by CinemaCon Managing Director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato), will be held March 27-30, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Peele will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony, which takes place on the evening of Thursday, March 30, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, »
- Tamika Jones
Having just wrapped up her directorial debut A Happening of Monumental Proportions, written by Gary Lundy, starring Bradley Whitford, Katie Holmes, Common, and Allison Janney, Judy Greer talked about her work on Wilson.
Greer plays Shelly, professional dog sitter, who takes care of Wilson's (Woody Harrelson) fox terrier called Pepper. Wilson is a man without many friends because he always says what he considers to be the truth. While his life begins to spin out of control, with an ex-wife Pippi (Laura Dern), a furious former sister-in-law Polly (Cheryl Hines), and the discovery of a daughter named Claire (Isabella Amara), Shelly remains a calm - if half-forgotten by the story - port in his storm, until all comes full circle and we return to her with a surprising vengeance.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Peele will be presented with the honor at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony, which takes place March 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. “Get Out” has grossed over $133 million domestically in less than four weeks.
“With the phenomenon known as ‘Get Out,'” Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” said Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.'”
“Get Out,” a speculative thriller from Blumhouse, »
- Dave McNary
Get Out, 2017.
Directed by Jordan Peele.
A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.
2016 saw a resurgence in top quality horror movies and with the release of Get Out, we’re hopefully onto another winning year in 2017. Simultaneously a taut horror and social commentary, Get Out breaks new ground in its discussion of racism and paranoia.
Chris (Kaluuya) is heading up to his girlfriend Rose’s (Williams) suburb estate for the weekend to meet her parents. Right from the outset the issue of race is put at the forefront with Chris asking Rose if she’s told her parents that he’s black. Rose brushes off the comment but you can see that Chris is concerned that his skin colour will be an issue. They arrive and Rose »
- Helen Murdoch
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root | Written and Directed by Jordan Peele
Blumhouse Productions is on something of a commercial and critical winning streak at the moment. Aside from providing a platform for Joel Edgerton’s excellent The Gift, it is supporting the unique voice of Ti West, and has become the home of M. Night Shyamalan’s best work in years. Get Out, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut (after co-writing 2016 comedy Keanu), shares something of the latter’s love for weird humour and genre-dodging thrills.
Skins and Black Mirror actor Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, the boyfriend of Rose (Allison Williams). She has convinced him to take a weekend in the country to visit her parents. Dean and Missy Armitage (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) are excruciatingly liberal and over-friendly from the moment they meet Chris. »
- Rupert Harvey
MaryAnn’s quick take… Shattering and deep-down bone-chilling. A viciously unsettling nightmare of race and privilege that carves out a much-needed paradigm shift for genre film. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for more diverse storytelling
I’m “biast” (con): not generally impressed by horror movies
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I am shattered by this movie. I am horrified by it… and not in the way that horror movies are typically intended to horrify us: this one is deliberately carving out whole new realms of horror onscreen, realms that have always existed for some people in the real world while others of us have been blind to them, but realms that none of us have ever seen onscreen like this before. Get Out is paradigm-shifting stuff, not just for movies, for “mere” entertainment, but maybe even for our culture. Get Out could »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"What would you say to Rex, if he were here?" Bleecker Street has unveiled a trailer for a film titled Megan Leavey, telling the story of Us Marine Corporal Megan Leavey, played by Kate Mara. Leavey served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, and was assigned to "clean up" the K9 unit. There she befriended a dog named Rex, who was particularly aggressive when she first met him. She worked with him and trained him and they completed more than 100 missions together, before an Ied injured both of them. She then fought to adopt him while home recovering. It's based on a true story, which makes these even more emotional to watch. In addition to Mara, the cast includes Edie Falco, Common, Bradley Whitford, Ramon Rodriguez, and Geraldine James. As a big time dog lover, I'm so into this, doesn't even matter what the footage looks like. Here's the official trailer (+ poster »
- Alex Billington
Bleecker Street Media has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming military drama “Megan Leavey,” which stars Kate Mara in the title role. The film is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”).
Here is the official storyline for “Megan Leavey”: Based on the true life story of a young marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.
- Yoselin Acevedo
A poster and trailer have debuted for director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s upcoming drama Megan Leavey. Starring Kate Mara, the film is based on the true story of young marine corporal Leavey and her incredible bond with her military dog during their deployment in Iraq and features a cast that also includes Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Common, Will Patton, and Tom Felton; take a look below…
Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them, »
- Amie Cranswick
The human-canine bond is a special one. For many, dogs are considered a loyal companion and friend, one that remains by your side for the duration of their natural-born lives. It’s a cross-species relationship that has been explored on the silver screen ten times over, often resulting in tear-jerking moments of drama in the likes of Marley & Me and, to a lesser extent, Will Smith’s apocalyptic vehicle I Am Legend.
One filmmaker that is ready to cast light on that human-canine bond is Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish), who’s at the helm of true-life drama Megan Leavey. Pegged for a release in June, the wartime pic places Kate Mara (House of Cards, Fantastic Four) in the boots of the titular marine corporal, who’s assigned to the military’s K9 unit. While there, Mara’s lead becomes drawn to Rex, an overly aggressive German Shepherd able to sniff out an Ied with remarkable accuracy. »
- Michael Briers
Not many issue documentaries actually enact social change, but the same can’t be said for Gabriela Cowperthwaite‘s SeaWorld expose Blackfish. Following the success of her 2013 documentary, now the director is jumping into narrative dramas with the true-life tale Megan Leavey and ahead of a release this summer, the first trailer has arrived.
Starring Kate Mara, it follows her titular character who received the Purple Heart after fighting in Iraq, where she formed a bond with a canine. Years later, she fights to adopt him, and judging from the trailer, it looks to be a heart-tugging drama. Also starring Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common, check out the trailer below.
Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is »
- Jordan Raup
Jordan Peele has made history. The “Get Out” helmer has become the first African American writer/director to earn $100 million in his debut film. In its third weekend of release, Peele’s Blumhouse low-budget film earned $21 million, bringing its domestic total to $111 million; what’s more, it only dropped a mere 26% from the previous weekend. And this is despite having huge competition from two major blockbusters, “Logan” and “Kong: Skull Island.”
Peele has also set a new record for Blumhouse: It only took “Get Out” 16 days to surpass the nine-digit mark in domestic gross. That has broken the record previously held by “Split,” which earned $100 million in 19 days.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Jordan Peele's directorial debut arrives in the UK, and deserves every bit of its success to date. Here's our review...
After an Oscars season throughout which the question of race in cinema was never far from commentators’ lips, up steps the unlikely figure of a horror-comedy to smash the Us box office with a hotter take than the rest. Get Out, Jordan Peele’s feature debut, somehow manages to be that rarest of things – an unpredictable horror film, and a gleefully sharp satire all at once. Gone are horror’s default targets: young girls aren’t punished for promiscuity or men for scepticism. Get Out doesn’t read like an attack, but more a good-natured entreaty for earnest white liberals to have a word with themselves.
It has a point. We’re pretty lame. There is a tendency among the white intelligentsia to congratulate ourselves on our progressive credentials: »
Author: Stefan Pape
The horror genre so often works best when steeped in reality, to take emotions and flaws from within our own humanity to evoke and display tropes that will terrify viewers. The Babadook used depression as a device, and It Follows lingered over the notion of sexual desire, and these are two of the finest horrors of recent years, away from supernaturalism, instead utilising themes that audience members can resonate with on a personal level. Jordan Peele’s Get Out tackles racism, and while the writer/director may be best known for his comedic offerings, this endeavour is far from funny – it’s pretty disturbing stuff.
Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris Washington, invited along by his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to spend the weekend at her parent’s suburban abode. “Have you told them I’m black?” he asks, only to be shot down, reassured that he has nothing to worry about, »
- Stefan Pape
Get Out review by Kat Hughes, March 2017.
Get Out review
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) have been dating for a while and it’s time for Chris to meet the parents. In addition to the usual nerves, Chris is worried that Rose’s upper class parents will have an issue with their beloved Caucasian daughter bringing home an African American beau. Things start out well enough with Rose’s parents fully embracing Chris, but it seems that something isn’t quite right in suburbia.
Jordan Peele, who starred in last year’s brilliant Keanu, directs this time around, showing a Lot of talent. Peele replicates what made Keanu so magic, by mixing comedy into a genre that doesn’t usually have it. Keanu brought the laughs into the action world »
- Kat Hughes
It’s a Marvel reunion – a Captain America: The Winter Soldier reunion, to be specific – as Nick Fury Samuel L. Jackson has closed a deal to join Sebastian Stan in the upcoming political drama, The Last Full Measure.
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Samuel L. Jackson now rounds out a cast list comprised of Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Bradley Whitford and Michael Imperioli. The outlet stopped short of disclosing the identity of Jackson’s character, but we understand filming is due to commence later this month across Atlanta and Costa Rica, when writer-director Todd Robinson will be calling the shots from behind the lens.
Based on a true story – not unlike the Pentagon Papers picture that’s coalescing with Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep – Robinson’s Oscar-worthy drama orbits around a young Pentagon investigator named Scott Huffman (Stan), who’s “battling the political machine in Washington. He »
- Michael Briers
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