As half the duo who created the now-defunct comedy series “Key & Peele,” Keegan-Michael Key knows a lot about being funny. Perhaps just as notably, neither he nor longtime collaborator Jordan Peele will let themselves be defined by it.
While the pair co-wrote and starred in last year’s missing-cat romp “Keanu,” their more recent work shows considerable effort to work outside the confines of comedy. Peele recently made his directorial debut with the wildly successful racially themed horror film “Get Out,” and Key has cast a wide net with his acting gigs. Last year, he had a major role in Mike Birbiglia’s ensemble piece about an improv troupe, “Don’t Think Twice,” and he’s currently shooting Shane Black’s big-budget reboot “The Predator.” This month, he’ll surface in “Win It All,” Joe Swanberg’s latest effort, which is produced by Netflix and will premiere at the SXSW »
- Eric Kohn
Over the past decade, South By Southwest has become 10 days of hand-to-hand combat between media and technology. Nestled within that war zone is a film festival — this year, 125 features screen at the SXSW Film Festival, including 51 from first-timers. Most come to town without distribution, and they may never see a bigger audience than this one.
The film festival is a solid platform for discovering new filmmakers; if you want to explore the connective tissue of contemporary American cinema, few other places offer such a fertile arena. Unlike industry heavyhitter Sundance, it’s not a fast-paced marketplace — but the SXSW conference is still one of the biggest windows into the future of the movies because so much of it has nothing to do with the movies at all.
This year, SXSW Film’s marquee titles duke it out with the TV shows in the Episodics section. (Among its premieres are two »
- Eric Kohn
Deadline reports that Jake Busey is now on board The Predator, which recently began filming in Canada. Busey's role is unknown at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.
Jake joins a cast that includes Alfie Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Sterling K. Brown, and Olivia Munn. Director Shane Black shared a photo of some of the core cast, following his initial cast image reveal on the first day of filming.
- Derek Anderson
Jake Busey has been added to the cast of Shane Black’s The Predator at 20th Century Fox. Production is underway on the R-rated reboot, which stars Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Augusto Aguilera and Keegan-Michael Key. Fox has set a February 9 release date. Busey’s role, like the film’s main plot, is being kept under wraps, but his father Gary Busey starred in the original’s sequel, 1990’s Predator 2, playing a covert… »
South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday
afternoon.The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.
1. “Song To Song”
In a major coup that »
- Andrew Barker, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Joe Leydon and Ramin Setoodeh
South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday afternoon.
The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.
- Andrew Barker, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Joe Leydon and Ramin Setoodeh
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- Indiewire Staff
After wowing audiences with his turn in the stunning Moonlight, Trevante Rhodes will next be seen in Shane Black‘s The Predator, the action sequel that is now shooting in Los Angeles for 20th Century Fox. The actor, who has also appeared in the likes of Westworld, spoke with Yahoo Movies! about his character in the forthcoming film, and how he fits into proceedings.
It turns out that the name of the character that he’ll play is Nebraska Williams, a former marine who enlists in a special operation to hunt the Predator along with his friend Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook), who heads the elite force.
- Paul Heath
He started to make films before Netflix’s streaming empire skyrocketed, but it couldn’t be a more perfect venue for the films of Joe Swanberg. While it’s unfortunate most people will experience the upcoming films of Bong Joon-ho and Martin Scorsese from home, Swanberg’s rag-tag, lo-fi approach is an ideal fit for this kind of viewing. With that, we have the trailer for next film, Win it All, which premieres at SXSW and lands on Netflix next month.
A reunion after Drinking Buddies and Digging for Fire, Jake Johnson leads the film (along with co-writing it), playing a gambler who tries to dig himself out of debt after a bad decision. Swanberg and Johnson have proven to be a strong fit together and this one doesn’t look to shake up that winning formula. Also starring Keegan-Michael Key, Joe Lo Truglio, and Aislinn Derbez, check out the trailer below. »
- Jordan Raup
Last time Shane Black released a photo from his upcoming The Predator, it looked like he was putting together a photo shoot for L.L. Bean’s annual “Crazy Survivalist” catalog. Now, Black has tweeted out another photo from his much-anticipated sci-fi action sequel, this time shoving his cast members onto a bus for the field trip of the damned.
Stone killers with serious acting chops -- but which of them will be chopped... by The Predator? (See what I did there?) pic.twitter.com/H5lOw2K5vy
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) March 9, 2017
Nobody looks particularly happy to be there—not even Game Of Thrones’ Alfie Allen, apparently attempting to to do some close-up magic to wrest the coveted “class clown” award away from Keegan-Michael Key. Maybe Boyd Holbrook and crew have all peeked outside the photo and seen the caption on Black’s tweet, in which he gleefully questions »
- William Hughes
Netflix has released trailers for three original films in advance of their premieres at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, which begins tomorrow in Austin Texas. Those films include: Joe Swanberg‘s new comedy Win It All starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jake Johnson and Joe Lo Truglio, Tommy O’Haver‘s true-crime biopic drama The Most Hated Woman in America starring […]
- Peter Sciretta
For his first feature film in two years — quite possibly a record for the prolific writer/director/producer/editor/actor — Joe Swanberg returns with “Win It All,” which is set to premiere at South by Southwest this weekend. Netflix just released a trailer for the movie, which stars co-writer Jake Johnson. Watch below.
Johnson — who previously worked with Swanberg on “Drinking Buddies,” “Digging for Fire” and an episode of “Love” — plays a gambler who vastly overestimates his own abilities (and luck, for that matter). “When he discovers cash in the bag, he’s unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt,” reads the Netflix synopsis. “When the prison release is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time to win all the money back.”
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- Michael Nordine
Jake Johnson and Joe Swanberg seem to have a pretty good thing going. The actor starred in the director’s “Drinking Buddies” and “Digging For Fire,” his TV series “Easy,” and now his next feature, “Win It All.”
Read More: 20 Must-See Movies At The 2017 SXSW Film Festival
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Shane Black has shared an image of the cast of “The Predator,” which is currently filming in Vancouver, Canada. “Stone killers with serious acting chops — but which of them will be chopped … by The Predator? (See what I did there?)” Black posted on Twitter, teasing the amount of death that is to come, although plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. Boyd Holbrook (“Narcos”), Keegan Michael-Key, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn and Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”) star in the film. Also Read: 'Room' Star Jacob Tremblay to Join Shane Black's »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
When asked to describe Shane Black’s approach to The Predator, Moonlight breakout Trevante Rhodes recently told Yahoo that, together with Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Keegan-Michael Key and the rest of the gang, his ex-marine forms “a bit of a motley crew” while spearheading a special Predator-hunting operation. The result? An R-rated reboot filled with crackerjack energy, camaraderie and, frankly, “exactly what you expect a Shane Black movie to be, set in the world of the Predator.”
For a writer-director renown for fostering on-screen chemistry – think Lethal Weapon and its modern-day doppelgänger, The Nice Guys – Rhodes’ interview about The Predator‘s motley crew is exciting in and of itself, but Black himself has today delivered the next best thing: an action shot of those aforementioned monster hunters. Flanked by Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, and Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen, Holbrook, Key and Rhodes are suited, booted, and ready to confront an extra-terrestrial menace. »
- Michael Briers
Having given us our first look at (some of) the cast of The Predator last month, director Shane Black has now shared another behind-the-scenes image from the upcoming reboot, which features Aflie Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Boyd Holbrook and Trevante Rhodes. Take a look here…
The Predator is currently set for a February 9th, 2018 release and features a cast that includes Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Augusto Aguilera (The Fifth Man), Jacob Tremblay (Room) Sterling K. Brown (This is Us, The People v. O.J. Simpson), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck). »
- Gary Collinson
Back in February, Shane Black gave horror fans their first look at some of the humans who will dare to go up against a galactic hunter in The Predator, and now he's shared another photo from the set of the film.
Posted on his Twitter page, Black's photo features (from left to right) Alfie Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Boyd Holbrook, and Trevante Rhodes, who make up part of the group of largely ex-military characters who will face off against the titular antagonist in The Predator. The Twitter post came with the following caption:
"Stone killers with serious acting chops -- but which of them will be chopped... by The Predator? (See what I did there?)"
Currently in production in Vancouver, The Predator »
- Derek Anderson
5 reasons you need to go see Get Out5 reasons you need to go see Get OutAdriana Floridia3/7/2017 10:00:00 Am
Chances are you've heard of a little film called Get Out that's dominating the box office.
It's the most buzzed film out in theatres right now, and you'll definitely want to get in on the conversation. Becoming one of the rare films to garner a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (it currently is at a 99% in its second week of release), it's bound to become the most critically acclaimed film of the year, and it's only March. We've seen it, and can attest to its brilliance, but we don't want to spoil anything for you and so we're giving you 5 spoiler-free reasons why you need to watch Get Out.
- Adriana Floridia
Exclusive: Augusto Aguilera has landed the final main role in 20th Century Fox’s reboot The Predator, which Shane Black is directing from a script he co-wrote with Fred Dekker. Production began last month and Fox has already staked out a February 9, 2018 release date. Aguilera (Chasing Life) is the final piece of the the alien-hunter team alongside Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn and Keegan-Michael Key. The plot is under… »
Jordan Peele’s new film, Get Out, has received a considerably warmer welcome than last year’s Keanu, Peele’s screenwriting debut (with Alex Rubens), in which he co-starred with his longtime comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key. That movie was rooted in the duo’s five-season run on the Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, and suffered for it; Get Out, Peele’s directorial debut, feels comparatively substantial, in part because it translates the incisive satire of Peele’s comedy to a new and equally effective genre: horror. As Manohla Dargis writes at The New York Times, the movie’s opening scene sets the tone:Mr. Peele is after more than giggles and shocks; he’s taking on 21st-century white racism and its rationales. The opener — a black man talking on a cellphone on an empty suburban street — briskly sets the tone, unsettles the mood and announces Mr. Peele’s way with metaphor. »
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