Daniel Kaluuya interview

In Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya doesn’t play the typical thriller/horror movie lead. The character makes some wise decisions as things go wrong. He feels real, his backstory feels real, his relationship feels real, and his emotions feel real. Kaluuya isn’t playing a cardboard character waiting to get the ax; he plays somebody the audience understands and roots for.

With his directorial debut, Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) has given Kaluuya a role with a genuine interior life. The actor is known for his time on the popular drama Skins, but he’s had some memorable performances over the past few years, including a supporting role in Sicario and an impassioned performance in Black Mirror.

I spoke with Kaluuya, who also has a part in Marvel’s Black Panther, about working with Peele, on-set improvisation, and the significance of the “sunken place” in Get Out.

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Jordan Peele pic

With his directorial debut, Get OutJordan Peele exhibits remarkable range as a writer and director. His film, which comes from Blumhouse Productions, works on multiple levels. Whether he’s nailing a laugh or a scare, shooting an intimate scene between a couple by a lake, or just delivering the unexpected, Peele hardly feels like a rookie in the director’s chair.

He started writing Get Out three years ago, but his journey towards getting behind the camera has been a long time coming. The co-creator of Key & Peele has been dreaming of helming a movie for many years. Now, he finally has done it with a thoughtful thriller that’s always slyly moving at full speed towards an unforgettable third act.

Below, check out our Jordan Peele interview.

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The midnight secret screening at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was probably the worst kept secret in the festival’s history: It was the premiere of Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut Get Out, a Blumhouse-produced horror movie that takes on the monster of racism in modern times. Imagine Meet The Parents mixed with The Stepford Wives. It’s smart, visceral, thrilling and, of course, funny.

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Girls Season 5 Trailer

The new season of Girls is coming next February, and the full trailer has arrived, teasing what’s in store for these New Yorkers with the biggest first world problems you’ve ever seen. The trailer says “Girls grow up and grow apart, but friendship is forever complicated.” Though from the looks of this trailer, I don’t really see any evidence of any of Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) growing up at all.

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Last month’s Peter Pan Live got plenty of attention, attracting some 9.1 million viewers, but it was still a step down from 2013’s The Sound of Music Live, which got 18.5 million. And according to NBC, it’s all Allison Williams and Christopher Walken‘s fault.

The network blamed the actors’ lack of star power for the ratings tumble, arguing that Carrie Underwood was what drew in audiences the year before. More on the Peter Pan Live flop after the jump.  Read More »

Peter Pan Live trailer

Update: NBC has released a full length Peter Pan Live trailer. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

NBC’s Sound of Music Live! was a bit of a disaster as an actual musical production. Lead Carrie Underwood couldn’t act to save her life, and as a result the whole thing kind of fell flat. But Sound of Music Live! was an unambiguous success in terms of ratings, with 18.62 million viewers tuning in.

So NBC is trying the live musical thing again this winter with Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams as the boy who never grew up and Christopher Walken as his embittered pirate nemesis. Watch the Peter Pan Live trailer after the jump. Read More »

‘Girls’ Season 4 Preview: Marnie Threatens to Rap

Girls Season 4 First Look

You can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take the Brooklyn out of the girl. As revealed in HBO’s new Girls Season 4 preview, Hannah (Lena Dunham) is now a student in Iowa — but she’s still the same old Hannah, endlessly impressed with her own progress toward maturity.

Meanwhile, the girls back in New York haven’t changed a lot either. Marnie (Allison Williams), for example, continues to believe in her musical career no matter how obvious it is to everyone else that it’s a terrible idea. Check in with Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and the rest of the gang in the Girls Season 4 preview after the jump.

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Allison Williams As Peter Pan

As one live-action fairy tale after another winds its way to the big screen, NBC is doing one better with an actual live production. Following the smash success (well, ratings-wise) of last winter’s The Sound of Music Live!, the network is putting on Peter Pan Live! this winter.

Allison Williams stars as the boy who never grew up (which kinda fits, since Girls is all about girls who can’t quite seem to grow up) and Christopher Walken plays the malicious Captain Hook. The first Peter Pan Live poster has just been revealed and you can see it after the jump.

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See Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live

Christopher Walken Captain Hook

We’ve already seen what Girls star Allison Williams will look like as the ultimate Lost Boy in Peter Pan Live! on NBC. Now we get to take a peek at her foe.

Producer Neil Meron has unveiled the first look at Christopher Walken as Peter Pan Live!‘s Captain Hook. And it’s good that we already know it’s Walken under there, because we might not have been able to recognize him otherwise. See the Christopher Walken Captain Hook after the jump.

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Allison Williams Peter Pan

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: NBC has released the first photo of Allison Williams as the title character in NBC’s Peter Pan Live!, which will be airing this winter. Hit the jump to see the Allison Williams Peter Pan first look image now.

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