Written and directed by Jordan Peele (Keanu), Get Out centers on Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), an African-American man who finally gets to meet his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) seemingly nice, suburban parents (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford). Unfortunately, things are not what they seem in this seemingly innocuous environment, as an undercurrent of racism and violence is brewing under the surface.
According to Williams, Peele spent over five years on his script, and all of that time led to a movie that doesn’t cater to the lowest common denominator. “Part of that is just his attention to detail but also part of it is these things, if done poorly, are not nearly as effective,” says Williams about Peele’s approach to Get Out. “If you’re trying to have an intelligent and interesting conversation about the state of racism in the U.S. and the world, and you kind of fudge it, what a missed opportunity. So I think Jordan knew that it had to be done really carefully and I think he did it successfully.”
Along with being a straight up horror/thriller, Get Out also covers interracial relationships, something that is rarely covered in cinema. Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Kaluuya talk about the surprisingly “taboo” subject that’s covered in Get Out:
Get Out is now playing nationwide.
It was 17 years ago that we first saw Hugh Jackman in the role that would make him famous, X-Men’s Wolverine. Now, after playing the role in eight X-Men movies, Jackman has decided to hang up the claws forever. He’ll be playing the character one last time in Logan, and he was determined to go out on a high note. Based on the early reviews, he’s succeeded. Some are even suggesting this could be the best Marvel movie yet! And that makes Jackman very, very happy.
Logan, also starring Patrick Stewart as Professor X, opens in theaters on March 3.
If you missed Tuesday night’s episode of This Is Us, in which Randall takes his terminally ill biological father on a “bucket list” road trip back to his hometown of Memphis, you missed one of the most moving hours of television this season.
So go ahead, watch it now. We’ll wait, and we don’t want to spoil you.
However, if you have watched the episode already, the “after-show video” is a must-see, as Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones talk about their characters’ emotional journey together, revealing some of the stories behind the smiles, the laughs, and the tears. So, if you’re looking for insight into an episode that will certainly be remembered come Emmy time, check out the video here:
And if you’d like to see the moving tweet that show creator Dan Fogleman (who wrote the “Memphis” episode) shared with his followers after the show aired. #ThisIsUs SPOILER ALERT! Here's the note I wrote for cast and crew at end of script for tonight's episode. Here it is for our great fans. pic.twitter.com/HLUxhxrRJq — Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) February 22, 2017
#ThisIsUs SPOILER ALERT!
Here's the note I wrote for cast and crew at end of script for tonight's episode. Here it is for our great fans. pic.twitter.com/HLUxhxrRJq
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) February 22, 2017
This Is Us airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on NBC.
Director James Mangold is receiving great reviews for Logan, and one of his finest moments in filmmaking, 3:10 to Yuma, is being released as a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on May 2. The Oscar nominated film, which stars Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, will feature full HD resolution and HDR (high dynamic range) to give viewers a fully immersive experience.
The movie, which is a remake of the 1957 Western with Van Heflin and Glenn Ford, centers on a downtrodden rancher (Bale) who is holding a dangerous prisoner (Crowe) as they await the next train to Yuma. Ben Foster has a scene stealing performance as the prisoner’s right hand man, and Logan Lerman (Fury) co-stars as the rancher’s teenage son. The feature, released in 2007, received two Oscar nominations including Best Score (Marco Beltrami’s the composer).
Special features on the disc include deleted scenes, audio commentary from Mangold, a slew of featurettes, and the Blu-ray exclusive “Historical Timeline of the West.”
America Ferrera is a producer and headliner of NBC’s Superstore, a series which was recently renewed for a third season. During our interview with Ferrera, she talked about how directing an episode of Superstore gave her a deeper appreciation of co-star Ben Feldman and the program’s diverse ensemble.
“Being behind the camera, watching the entire cast work and watching Ben work was such a gift,” said Ferrera. “I didn’t know it was possible to have more gratitude and awe for the level of this cast but I will say specifically watching Ben work - it’s amazing. When you’re in a scene with someone, you’re in it and you’re feeling it. But when you get to watch and be the director and you get to see someone craft a performance - it was really exciting to see Ben at his craft from that point of view.”
Click on the media bar below to hear America Ferrera and Ben Feldman talk about how they and fellow cast members will live tweet during Superstore’s weekly airings.
Superstore airs Thursday nights on NBC (8/7c).
Shooting began this week on another new Star Wars movie: the as-yet untitled film focusing on the exploits of the young Han Solo before he was recruited into the resistance by Luke Skywalker in Episode IV. Alden Ehrenreich gets to fulfill a dream shared by many young boys over the years by starring as Solo, but it wasn’t easy. Before getting the part, he went through a long, rigorous casting process that spanned half a year and culminated with a chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon! (Click on the media bar below to hear Alden Ehrenreich)
The movie opens on a significant date in Star Wars history — the 41st anniversary of the original movie’s release, May 25, 2018.
One video game premise that has us intrigued is Serial Cleaner, a stealth action game that has gamers cleaning up crime evidence to keep the police at bay! Set in the 1970s, the game is set for a summer release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam (PC, Mac, Linux platforms) from publisher Curve Digital.
“Serial Cleaner was inspired by lose-fast/reload-fast games that demand players retry a level several times to learn how enemies react and figure out which zones of the map are safest,” said Krzysztof Zieber, the designer and writer of the iFun4all developed game. “If caught, the level generates the crime scene with the bodies moved, ensuring that players can’t rely on just muscle memory to get through a stage. The game is tough, but fair, so players need to plan their moves accordingly, or just get in there and improvise: both approaches work.”
The game is currently available as a prototype on Steam Early Access, and hours of additional content will be available come the title’s official launch.
Serial Cleaner’s streamlined, comic book style visuals has us intrigued and we’re already enjoying its morbid sense of humor (one of the buildings is named The Deadly Telegraph). Check out the console trailer below and tell us what you think!
Zombie apocalypse movies are a dime a dozen, but the new film The Girl With All The Gifts puts an innovative spin on the well worn genre.
Set in the near future, a young girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua) has a special bond with a nurturing teacher named Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton). They both live in a military base that’s surrounded with zombies, and when the base is overrun by the undead, the pair, along with several military officers (led by Paddy Considine) and a doctor (Glenn Close), fight for their survival.
Although most humans are immediately turned into zombies upon infection of a fungal disease, but a group of children still retain a semblance of their humanity even after being exposed to this virus. Thus, Melanie is a blend of a human and a zombie, and her struggle to embrace both parts of her identity drive the film. Thanks to first rate storytelling and engaged performances from ensemble, The Girl With All The Gifts is a top notch and surprisingly evocative thriller.
Also covered on this week’s CinemAddicts is Dying Laughing, an insightful documentary on the joys and pains of being a stand-up comic. Although it’s mainly a talking head documentary, the movie never grows wearisome thanks to its stellar line-up of humorists (Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Hart are among the interviewees). The comics don’t pull their punches when describing their respective challenges, especially when it comes to bombing on stage. Though Dying Laughing isn’t as funny as the title suggests, the documentary is worth watching, especially if you’re passionate about stand up comedy.
Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.
Here’s to longevity! NBC has reportedly picked up the long-running daytime soap Days of Our Lives for a 52nd season. The pickup comes as the sudser recently replaced their co-head-writer with General Hospital vet Ron Carlivati.
From Jesse to Jack? Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul has reportedly landed a role in the new WGN America drama Blood and Whiskey. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network is adapting the drama from Peter Krass’ biography, Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, which follows the youth from boy distiller to teenage moonshiner to becoming the head of a whiskey empire.
Tim Robbins has reportedly signed on to a new untitled Alan Ball drama series for HBO. According to Deadline, the series would star Robbins as the patriarch of a multi-racial family with his wife Audrey (Holly Hunter) and their three adopted children and one biological child.
Former Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh has signed on to co-star opposite Lucy Hale in the new CW dramedy Life Sentence. The show centers on a woman (Hale), who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and begins to live life like she was dying. But when it’s later learned that she was misdiagnosed, she must live with the decisions she made. Walsh will play her father.
It’s mostly bad news for fans of movie sequels today. After gauging the interest in a third installment of the Hellboy series, director Guillermo Del Toro now reveals it’s not going to happen. He tweeted, “Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.” Ron Perlman starred as the titular character in a pair of previous films.
Likewise, fans shouldn’t hold their breath for a Step Brothers sequel. The hilarious Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly comedy centered on a pair of man-children who are forced to grow up after their respective parental figures can no longer deal with their pampered lifestyle. Ferrell recently told Rolling Stone, ”You have to resist the temptation. It’s just tough because the things everyone wants you to do sequels of are special because there’s not a sequel of it. I guess we’ll see, but as of now there are no plans. We just don’t want to be doing sequels of everything.” While there have been some pitches for stories, nothing has been agreed upon in the years since the original film.
In other movie news, Bruce Willis has reportedly lined up a pair of films. According to Deadline, Willis will star in Acts of Violence, directed by Brett Donowho, which is expected to start principal photography in late March. The second film, Reprisal, will be directed by Brian A. Miller and will start in July.