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In the middle of shooting the two final season of the hit Comedy Central show “Key & Peele” back to back in 2015, Jordan Peele was writing a horror movie. For years, Peele had dabbled with different creative projects, but mostly stayed within the familiar arena of jokes. The 37-year-old biracial New York native went to private school on the Upper West Side, performed improv around the world and had navigated the entertainment business as both a struggling performer and a recognizable face. This was new terrain.
His sketch comedy show, in which Peele and Keegan-Michael Key skewered modern racial issues with boisterous caricatures of virtually every extreme in American society, doesn’t immediately suggest the sensibilities of a genre director. However, Peele’s specific project wasn’t as big a shift as it looked.
- Eric Kohn
Legendary filmmaker, activist and human-rights trailblazer Sidney Poitier can now add “nonagenarian” to his list of accomplishments.
The two-time Academy Award winner turned 90 on Monday, and celebrated the milestone with friends and family, including his wife, Joanna Shimkus, whom he married in 1976, as well as six daughters, Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, Gina, Anika and Sydney. He also has eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Poitier, who made a career out of defying expectations, began his life beating the odds. The actor was born two months premature in Miami in 1927 to a pair of poor immigrant farmers from the Bahamas, and the likelihood »
- Mike Miller
The story of Mildred and Richard Loving could easily have become a sledgehammer epic about social injustice. Writer-director Jeff Nichols instead sticks to the facts and recounts their ordeal with a quiet subjectivity that neither exaggerates nor sanctifies. The result is a marvelously affecting demonstration of how a civilized, progressive America rights a wrong. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are terrific as just plain folks oppressed by an obsolete law.
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD
2016 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 123 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / 34.99
Cinematography: Adam Stone
Film Editor: Julie Monroe
Original Music: David Wingo
Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols
Growing up in the 1950s, interracial marriage was a strange subject, and major entertainments handled it with kid gloves. »
- Glenn Erickson
Jordan Peele’s upcoming directorial debut, Get Out, featured one of the more viscerally upsetting horror movie trailers in recent years, playing on racial tensions, careful editing, and deeply held cultural fears to generate a feeling of deep unease. And while our own A.A. Dowd assured readers that the film is “more fun than it is scary” in his positive Sundance review of Peele’s mash-up of The Stepford Wives and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, it still sounds like a pretty thrilling time.
If you’re in Chicago, though, you can find out for yourself: We’ve got 50 free pairs of tickets to an upcoming advance screening of the movie, scheduled for Tuesday, February 21. The screening will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Kerasotes Showplace Icon, and all you have to do to snag yourself a couple of seats is head over here ...
- William Hughes
“Moonlight” shined bright at the 8th annual African-American Film Critics Association Awards on Wednesday night in Hollywood.
Barry Jenkins took the stage three times, accepting awards for best director, best independent film, and best picture for the Oscar-nominated drama. Jenkins was undoubtedly the man of the hour: Lee Daniels bowed to him before accepting his Cinema Vanguard Award, while John Singleton sang his praises — “none of us [directors] get it perfect, but Barry Jenkins has gotten it perfect.”
But the coming-of-age drama didn’t stop there. Prizes also went out to co-stars Mahershala Ali and Janelle Monae, who nabbed the org’s breakout performance trophy for her roles in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures.”
Sanaa Lathan, who presented the award to Ali, said she first met the Oscar-nominated actor about 20 years ago. “All the girls used to call him Hershey bar,” she admitted. “Lucky for us, he is finally getting the spotlight he deserves in ‘Moonlight. »
- Mannie Holmes
The original “Guess Who‘s Coming to Dinner” celebrates a golden milestone this year (2017) – its 50th anniversary (it was originally released in 1967). And with that reminder comes an announcement that a 50th anniversary edition Blu-ray of the film was released… Continue Reading → »
Bill Maher explained on Real Time why he would be the Atlanta Falcons' biggest fan during Sunday's Super Bowl 51. "[Donald Trump] has made me love the Atlanta Falcons," the New Jersey-born host said, adding that he "could give a shit" about Atlanta.
"The Falcons are playing a team where the owner [Robert Kraft], the coach [Bill Belichick] and the star quarterback [Tom Brady] all love and support Donald Trump," Maher said of the New England Patriots. "So I'd really like them to lose by the score of a million-fucking-thousand to one."
Maher continued, "I love the Falcons! I love their running back, »
Guess who’s back? Back again! Freddy’s back. Tell a friend! Robert Englund is back in the Freddy Krueger makeup in the new documentary ‘Nightmares In The Makeup Chair’. Any kid who grew up in the 80s and 90s probably had nightmares about Freddy Krueger showing up in their dreams to kill them. At least that’s […]
- Edward Nigma
Guess who? On Monday, the singer and actress went out to the Cuban restaurant and nightclub El Floridita in Hollywood with Bff Leah Remini to celebrate a friend's birthday and bumped into none other than her on-again, off-again boyfriend Beau "Casper" Smart, who was also among the guests. He and J.Lo had most recently broken up last summer. The three were seen popping in and out of the venue together and chatting outside. J.Lo seemed "happy," a source told E! News. Smart, who held a bouquet of flowers, was also spotted joking around with his ex's bodyguards. Another source told E! News it appears he and J.Lo just happened to attend the same »
"The history of America is the history of the Negro in America. And it's not a pretty picture." These words were written by James Baldwin, the African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and fierce social critic. When the man of letters died in 1987, he had finished only 30 pages of what would have been his magnum opus, Remember This House, consisting of tales torn from the lives and murders of three of Baldwin's closest friends: the civil-rights pioneers Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The book never happened, but »
One day after the first photo of RiRi in the all-female Ocean’s 8 was unveiled, new footage of the singer’s official debut on Bates Motel is here.
The 28-year-old entertainer will play Janet Leigh’s iconic role of Marion Crane from Psycho in the A&E drama’s fifth and final season, and her anticipated introduction -- released via a minute-long trailer on Tuesday -- is a doozy.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Norman responds, taking his pick of the room keys, before we see him peeping through a haphazardly-drilled hole in the wall. Creepy.
Halloween apparently comes early this year — February offers a quartet of promising horror movies, not to mention the latest chapter in the Fifty Shades erotic saga (which is its own sort of horror). Add to that a rare appearance from An-Actually-Trying-and-Not-Phoning-It-In Robert De Niro, a pair of extremely promising sequels, an experimental indie about a mass murderer and an Oscar-nominated documentary, and the next four weeks starts to look a bounty no matter your taste. Here's what coming soon to a theater near you in the next month.
A Cure For Wellness (Feb. »
“That’S The Glory Of Love”
By Raymond Benson
“You’ve got to live a little, take a little, and let your poor heart break a little—that’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.”
The popular opening song by Billy Hill and sung by Jacqueline Fontaine, “The Glory of Love,” sets the tone for this classic, delightful motion picture that addressed a social issue at the time that we take for granted today—interracial marriage. Hey, in 1967, this was a hot topic. The Supreme Court had decided the Loving vs. Virginia case, which prohibited states from criminalizing interracial marriage, only six months prior to the film’s release (and that legal battle is dramatized in the film Loving, currently in cinemas). Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was indeed timely, certainly controversial in more conservative areas of the country, and a powerful statement about tolerance and the rights of American citizens. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
In the wake of of Mary Tyler Moore‘s death Wednesday at age 80, many are looking for ways to pay tribute and rewatch her trailblazing work.
And while fans can watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show any time on Hulu, iTunes and Amazon, many networks are honoring Moore by airing special programming and reruns of her greatest hits. From new specials to documentaries to the best episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, here’s your guide to where you can see that winning smile (all times Et unless otherwise »
- Lanford Beard
Following the death of TV icon Mary Tyler Moore, the television industry will honor the star through a series of special programming. The beloved star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” died Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Connecticut at the age of 80.
Here are the TV tributes to watch this week, in remembrance of Moore…
“Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around,” CBS, Thursday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.
Gayle King of “CBS This Morning” will anchor the new one-hour special on the life and legacy of the legendary actress, which will feature original reporting and materials from CBS’ archives. Also, the special will include interviews with Oprah Winfrey, newsmakers, admirers, and others expressing their thoughts about Moore’s influence on acting, women in the media, and work outside of the entertainment biz. Susan Zirinsky is senior executive producer of the special.
“20/20,” ABC, Friday, Jan. 27, 10 p.m.
“20/20” will »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
A TV legend, big screen players, and one of the year’s most celebrated films earn honors.
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
To build a highlight reel of memorable moments from the television career of Brooks is a challenge that few editors would want to undertake. But the 20-time Emmy winner, whose CV includes such groundbreaking series as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi” and “The Simpsons,” and is this year’s recipient of the Producers Guild Awards’ Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, was recently charged with just such a task. Brooks found that the easiest path to a solution was to recall the program where the collaboration between talent in front of and behind the camera gelled. “Everything is a marriage of actors and writers, and what makes those stories happen is that if it’s a good coupling,” he says. To that end, »
- Paul Gaita and Dave McNary
Pop up, it's almost show time! Guess who's performing again? The next performer for the 2017 Grammy Awards has just been announced and we cannot wait to watch Bruno Mars bring the house down on February 12th. The four-time Grammy winner will be singing his heart out onstage for the first time since his memorable 2013 performance. The 31-year-old crooner will now join the list of famous faces who fans around the world can expect to see on music's biggest night. Previously announced performers include Adele, John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. And while Mars' hit album 24K Magic was an absolute smashing success, the release date of the singer's »
If you’ve ever seen an episode of Key & Peele, then you should already recognize that both Jordan Peele and his frequent collaborator Keegan-Michael Key are huge horror fans, as they regularly paid homage to many of the modern horror tropes we’ve all grown up loving. For his directorial debut, Get Out, Peele takes on one of the more relevant topics plaguing our society today—racism—and infuses his horrific tale with his signature satirical wit for an experience that’s fearlessly bold, hilarious, and an important reminder that we still have so much work left to do as human beings when it comes to issues of equality.
Get Out follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a photographer from the city who travels with his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), to her family’s country estate to meet her parents, Dean and Missy Armitage (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener), and spend a weekend away from it all. »
- Heather Wixson
Resisting a deep racial analysis in the vein of I Am Not Your Negro, master satirist Jordan Peele’s horror comedy Get Out requires an audience ready to hoot, holler, yell, and laugh along. In large part, his directorial debut is a success, a rare studio comedy/thriller with a surface-level social agenda. The true test of a film like this is rather simple: are we with it or do we resist? The answer is largely the former and Get Out has a great of fun satirizing our “post-racial” society in a horror comedy of manners, though it never actually tackles the depressing realities of the issue.
Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, a young black man dating Rose, (Allison Williams), a white girl from the upper crust, liberal family. So liberal, in fact, both Rose and her father Dean (Bradley Whitford) take every opportunity to remind him that he would have »
- John Fink
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “The Stepford Wives” as a white girl brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents, whose superficially warm welcome masks an unthinkably dark secret, in “Get Out.” Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless — which is not at all the same thing as scareless. In fact, from the steady joy-buzzer thrills to its terrifying notion of a new way that white people have found to perpetuate the peculiar institution of slavery, “Get Out” delivers plenty to frighten and enrage audiences. But it’s the fact that Peele doesn’t pull a single one of his punches that makes his Blumhouse-backed debut a must-see event.
First teased in a secret midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival, “Get Out” represents a searing political statement wrapped in the guise of »
- Peter Debruge
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