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By Mark Cerulli
This so could have been a by-the-numbers genre movie: “Sensitive boyfriend goes to meet hot girlfriend’s parents in secluded country home and mayhem ensues…” and that’s exactly what happens in Get Out, the new thriller from writer/director Jordan Peele, but in a totally unexpected way.
The film turns every horror trope on its head while tackling racist stereotypes along the way. Daniel Kaluuya is excellent as Chris, an aspiring young photographer who happens to be black. His beautiful, Ivy League-ish girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams from HBO’s Girls) is bringing him home to meet her parents for the first time – a momentous occasion in any new relationship but even more so when it’s interracial, a fact the movie meets head on. Once at the family estate, Chris feels that something is truly off – from the mind-gaming father (Bradley Whitford) and his spooky psychiatrist »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop. Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days. »
- Edward Douglas
Jordan Peele’s latest career incarnation could have been fodder for “Key & Peele,” the hit Comedy Central sketch show in which he and Keegan-Michael Key skewered modern racial issues. But Peele wrote had written a horror movie about race, and it needed a director. That created a challenge: After William Crain (“Blacula”), Bill Gunn (“Ganja & Hesse”), and Ernest Dickerson (“Bones,” “The Walking Dead”), how many black horror directors can you name? (The savviest genre fans out there might also remember James Bond III, very much a real person, who directed “Def By Temptation” 27 years ago.)
Needless to say, it was slim pickings. “I first pitched this as a movie no one would make,” Peele said. “About halfway through writing the script, I realized I was the only person who could direct it.”
- Eric Kohn
After many years establishing himself as a comedian--first on Mad TV and then teaming with that show’s Keegan--Michael Key for the equally successful Comedy Central show Key and Peele--Jordan Peele has decided to go behind the camera to make his directorial debut with the horror-thriller Get Out.
It stars Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) as Chris Washington, whose girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams of Girls) wants to take their relationship to the next level by having him meet her parents, who she hasn’t told that her boyfriend is black. At first, it doesn’t seem to matter, but as they spend the weekend together at her parent’s remote house, they’re joined by family friends who are acting equally oddly around Chris. As Chris tries to figure out what is happening, he is led down a dark path towards something quite malevolent and deadly.
- Edward Douglas
Donald Trump’s Twitter silence on Melissa McCarthy’s Internet-shaking Saturday Night Live performance might say more than all his responses to Alec Baldwin combined, but McCarthy’s fellow comics haven’t been nearly so quiet. “Melissa McCarthy is a modern-day Jackie Gleason,” says Seth MacFarlane. A “108 Mph fastball,” praises Seth Meyers. Artie Lange, known for his work with Howard Stern and on SNL‘s old rival Mad TV, calls McCarthy’s season-stealing turn “as good a… »
Hugh Davidson (Robot Chicken), Larry Dorf (Mike Tyson Mysteries) and Rachel Ramras (The Looney Tunes Show) write and star in the series as three comedians determined to get their famous friend (McCarthy) attached to a feature script they have developed so that they, too, can rise to fame. McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, serve as executive producers on the show alongside MADtv veteran Michael McDonald, who serves as showrunner. McCarthy and Falcone also make onscreen appearances.
The series very loosely mirrors their real lives as McCarthy and Falcone became friends with Davidson, Dorf, Ramras and McDonald at The Groundlings sketch and improvisation comedy theatre and school in Los Angeles »
The must-see action during this year’s Super Bowl is taking place before the kickoff.
Bill O’Reilly will interview Peotus Donald Trump during Fox’s pregame show, airing Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4 pm Pt, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Additional segments from the sit-down — which will be pre-taped at the White House earlier that day — will air as part of the following night’s installment of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. The entire Q&A will also be available online.
7 items from 2017
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