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How Jordan Peele Steered Away From Polemic Climax On ‘Get Out’ And Launched His Star — Deadline Disruptors

18 May 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

"I'm obsessed with giving the audience something they don't see coming," Jordan Peele says of the ambition of his breakout feature directorial debut, Get Out. That declaration certainly encompasses Peele's emergence as a sought-after filmmaker. While his long career was defined by a progression through improv troupes and MADtv to becoming half of the Emmy-winning sketch show duo Key & Peele, everything changed with Get Out, the socially conscious horror movie best… »

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Why Get Out Director Jordan Peele Turned Down Akira

16 May 2017 5:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been a long and troublesome road for Akira fans who have been impatiently awaiting the long-gestating live-action movie adaptation, which has been in the works for nearly a decade. A few months ago, a report surfaced that Jordan Peele, fresh off the success of his hit thriller Get Out, was being eyed to direct, with Warner Bros. said to be "aggressively courting" the filmmaker for this project. We haven't heard any updates since that late-March report, but while promoting the home video release of Get Out, Jordan Peele revealed that he did in fact turn the Akira remake down, for one very good reason.

While Get Out marked Jordan Peele's feature directorial debut, working from his own script, he had certainly established himself as a strong comedic writer and performer. He served as a writer and performer on Madtv alongside Keegan Michael Key, who he would go on to create Key & Peele with, »

- MovieWeb

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ABC Orders Deception, Splitting Up Together to Series

12 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC has waved its magic wand and added a pair of new series to its primetime lineup.

The network has ordered magician drama Deception and divorce sitcom Splitting Up Together to series, TVLine has learned.

Deception stars Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life) as a disgraced magician who puts his skills of deception and illusion to work as an FBI consultant, helping the feds catch the world’s most elusive criminals. Chuck executive producer Chris Fedak is the creator/Ep, and Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Martin Gero (Blindspot) are onboard as EPs as well.

RelatedABC Orders Five Shows to Series, »

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Glenn Howerton Comedy A.P. Bio Scores Series Order at NBC

8 May 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Class — and the new TV season — are officially in session: NBC has handed a series order to new comedy A.P. Bio, TVLine has learned.

The comedy series stars It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton as Jack, a philosophy professor who misses out on his dream job and is reduced to teaching high school biology. He’s not really interested in teaching biology, though, and decides to use his class full of brainy honor-roll students for his own purposes. The first-look photo above shows an apathetic-looking Jack in class, munching on an apple and sporting a few »

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American Gods 'The Secret of Spoon' Recap

8 May 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Credit Starz Media

If you were wondering if American Gods would cross the same controversial territory as the novel, the opening minutes of this episode resolves your curiosity. It not only crosses the land of its source material, but it also takes present day twists on the subject material.

As the novel, this episode opens to a slave ship coming to America in 1697. One of the slaves is praying to Anansi, asking to be freed from where he is. In comes Mr. Nancy, played by a very well dressed Orlando Jones. In this one scene, where he describes what the future holds for the black race, Jones puts on the performance of his career. An actor known mainly for being on MadTV and a 7-Up advertising campaign, Jones holds the viewer captive with his energy and ferocity as he paints the bleak picture to the slaves and then plants the »

- Anthony Esteves

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Faithful and Dazzling: ‘American Gods’ Explores The Bone Orchard

1 May 2017 8:14 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

American Gods’ comes out swinging with a faithful and dazzling adaptation.

American Gods is finally here. It premiered last night with “The Bone Orchard,” a first episode that’s both visually stunning and artfully written. Let’s take a look at it.

But first, a little clarification. In one of the stranger moments of my life, I got called out last week by Orlando Jones (of MADtv, Sleepy Hollow and, of course, American Gods) for blowing past any mention of Michael Green in my preview article.

Im a lil pissed off u didn't give @andmichaelgreen @BryanFuller partner any credit but as u say "I'm less laid back & angrier" #Trollando https://t.co/km4qzMTdrL

 — @TheOrlandoJones

Michael Green is fully half of the creative force behind American Gods, the Executive Producer and co-showrunner to Bryan Fuller’s Executive Producer and co-showrunner. Orlando Jones was right — I got a little too hyped about Bryan Fuller. (To »

- Liz Baessler

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Whitney Houston Documentary Directors: ‘We Wanted to Tell Whitney’s Story from Whitney Herself’

26 April 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Long before her death in 2012 at age 48, Whitney Houston had become a cultural icon as recognized for her personal downfall as her success. The dazzling yet tender new documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me — which is receiving its world premiere on April 26 at the Tribeca Film Festival — reconciles both her tragic spiral and her astonishing talent. Co-directed by veteran documentarians Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney) and Rudi Dolezal (Freddie Mercury, The Untold Story), the film combines spectacular, sing-your-heart-out concert footage of Houston with intimate private videos of the singer and testimonials from those who knew her.

The result is an experience that, »

- Joe McGovern

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Keegan Michael Key’s Phi Kappa Theta Composite Surfaces

7 April 2017 5:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It’s been a very long road for Keegan Michael Key.  He wasn’t really a big name in comedy until the last 5 years or so, but he’s been around since the late 90s.  You might even remember him on the show ER for one episode.   He basically floated around getting bit parts on TV until 2008 when he landed a role on MadTV.   From there he was a regular on Reno 911 and his career kept getting better until 2012’s Key and Peele solidified him as an elite name in the comedy world. You know you’ve made it big when

Keegan Michael Key’s Phi Kappa Theta Composite Surfaces »

- Nat Berman

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‘Nobodies’ Showrunner Michael McDonald on Making Things Awkward with Melissa McCarthy – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

29 March 2017 3:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Shots Fired’: How George Zimmerman’s Acquittal Led to Fox’s Powerful New Series — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Before he was one of the stars of “Mad TV” and an accomplished writer/director, Michael McDonald was an improv coach at The Groundlings, where his students included Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. That’s where those two met, fell in love and eventually got married.

Now, 20 years later, they’re executive producing the new TV Land sitcom “Nobodies,” created by and starring their fellow Groundlings pals Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras. And McDonald, once their teacher, is now their showrunner.

It’s a common refrain in the world of comedy: Everyone starts off toiling away on stages like The Groundlings. Eventually, some become superstars. But what about the just as talented folks who don’t become superstars? “Nobodies” follows Davidson, Dorf and »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Nobodies’ Showrunner Michael McDonald on Making Things Awkward with Melissa McCarthy – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

29 March 2017 3:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Shots Fired’: How George Zimmerman’s Acquittal Led to Fox’s Powerful New Series — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Before he was one of the stars of “Mad TV” and an accomplished writer/director, Michael McDonald was an improv coach at The Groundlings, where his students included Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. That’s where those two met, fell in love and eventually got married.

Now, 20 years later, they’re executive producing the new TV Land sitcom “Nobodies,” created by and starring their fellow Groundlings pals Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras. And McDonald, once their teacher, is now their showrunner.

It’s a common refrain in the world of comedy: Everyone starts off toiling away on stages like The Groundlings. Eventually, some become superstars. But what about the just as talented folks who don’t become superstars? “Nobodies” follows Davidson, Dorf and »

- Michael Schneider

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Horror Highlights: Jordan Peele to Receive CinemaCon Award, Other Madnesses, Kill The Minotaur, Raised By Wolves, The Quiet Hour

21 March 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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

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Jordan Peele Honored as CinemaCon’s Director of the Year for ‘Get Out’

20 March 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jordan Peele, the writer/director of Universal Pictures’ hit “Get Out,” will receive the CinemaCon Director of the Year award.

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.'”

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Jordan Peele on How ‘Get Out’ Could Have Had a Darker Ending (Spoilers)

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- Dave McNary

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Ranking Amazon's 2017 Spring Pilots: The Good, the Bad and the Genuinely Wtf

20 March 2017 7:44 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Another season, another batch of Amazon pilots – it's the gift that keeps on giving. In the spirit of a true democracy (feel free to add your own cynical popular-vote joke here), the streaming service will offer up a number of first episodes for maybe-possibly future shows. The audience gets to decide what series should get full orders. You may get the next Transparent; you may get a burning pile of trash. Regardless, it's the viewer who gives these would-be TV classics the thumbs up, thumbs down, or sideways-thumbs-across-the-throat gesture. You »

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Get Out review – tea, bingo… and racial terror

19 March 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents in Jordan Peele’s chilling satire of liberal racism in the Us

Ira Levin, author of Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, would have cracked a wry smile at the cackling satire of this chilling “social thriller”, the directorial debut from MadTV alumnus Jordan Peele. When a preppy rich girl takes her African American boyfriend home for the first time, loving harmony turns to creeping discord. Diving deep into the broiling undercurrents of “post-racial” America, Peele’s hybrid creation starts out like a modern reworking of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, before drifting towards the more brutal territories of Kevin Smith’s Red State or Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, via the eerie mysteries of Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger. Beneath the beatific smile of 21st-century liberalism, Get Out finds the still grinning ghoulish skull of »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Bobby Lee Joins ABC Pilot ‘Splitting Up Together,’ Diona Reasonover Cast in NBC’s ‘Relatively Happy’

17 March 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s pilot news, both Bobby Lee and Diona Reasonover have been cast as series regulars in separate broadcast projects, Variety has learned.

Lee will appear in the ABC pilot “Splitting Up Together” opposite Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson. The show, which hails from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, is the story of Lena (Fischer) and Martin (Hudson), whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. They still live in the same house, alternating weeks, with one living upstairs and doing the parenting while the other lives downstairs in the guest apartment.

Lee will play the role of Arthur, Martin’s best friend. What he lacks in courage, he makes up for with sincerity and encourages Martin and Lena to reunite.

The pilot was written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Dean Holland. Kapnek, DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Mette Heeno, Mie Andreasen, and Hella Joof will serve as executive producers. DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Kapnek’s Piece »

- Joe Otterson

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Interview: Samurai Jack Actor Phil Lamarr Gets Back to the Past

17 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Long ago in a distant land, Cartoon Network abruptly, mysteriously, cancelled one of their most critically-acclaimed series about a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword, who stepped forth to oppose Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness.  After a full decade of fans refusing to forget the groundbreaking, Emmy award-winning show, Samurai Jack returns to television to finally put an end to Aku’s unspeakable evil and Get Back to the Past.    Samurai Jack himself, actor Phil Lamarr, from Pulp Fiction and MADtv, and voices of Futurama's Hermes and Static Shock, told me what it was like to return to a very different Samurai after a decade.    The Lady Miz Diva:  What is it like to return to this character after a decade?  ...

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Black Site Delta: Key Art Debut For Indie Action Flick

13 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

XLrator Media will be releasing Jesse Gustafson's action film Black Site Delta in theaters on May 5th and on VOD and iTunes on May 9th. We have the privilege of debuting the key art for you today.    Black Site Delta was directed by Jesse Gustafson who is making his feature film debut. It was written by Guy Stevenson whose docket is small but diverse. He wrote last year's crime thriller The Last Heist but he also wrote MADtv episodes for a few years. Black Site Delta was produced by the same team behind other small indie action films like Kill Ratio, Ironclad and The Last Heist.   Cam Gigandet stars as the leader of a “Dirty Dozen” band of military prisoners who must fight...

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5 reasons you need to go see Get Out

7 March 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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.

1. It's written and directed by Jordan Peele Jordan Peele is most well-known for his television show "Key & Peele", which he starred in »

- Adriana Floridia

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Amazon spring 2017 pilots include Richard Madden drama

2 March 2017 7:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Streaming giant’s slate also includes comedy from creator of Gilmore Girls.

Amazon has announced its 2017 pilot slate, which includes space drama Oasis, with Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a comedy from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Five pilots will debut on 17th March in the UK, Us, Germany, Austria and Japan.

Customer reviews will help determine if the pilots are turned into a series.

The pilots are:

The Legend of Master Legend (half-hour)

A dark comedy about the life of a homemade superhero whose mission is to protect the people of Las Vegas from evil doers. Executive produced by Youree Henley (20th Century Women), Joshuah Bearman (Argo) and David Klawans (Argo), along with executive producers and writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Transparent) and Noah Harpster (Transparent). The pilot is directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and stars John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Dawnn Lewis (Major Crimes), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomer »

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Gilmore Girls Creator's Amazon Pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sets Debut

2 March 2017 5:59 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Here are four new words Gilmore Girls fans can start obsessing over: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

The Amazon drama pilot from Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will be available for your streaming pleasure beginning Friday, March 17. As per tradition, viewers will then be able to review the project and “help determine the next Amazon Original Series that are then available to Prime members.” 

RelatedGilmore GirlsAmy Sherman-Palladino: The Revival Post Mortem Interview You’ve Been Waiting For

Written and directed by Sherman-Palladino, who also serves as an Ep alongside Daniel Palladino, the 1950s’ set The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel centers »

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