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:
It was 17 years ago that we first saw Hugh Jackman in the role that would make him famous, X-Men’sWolverine. 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.
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.