Allison Williams interview

Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut, Get Out, is not a movie that’s easy to put in a box. There are laughs, thrills and scares alongside genuinely intimate and dramatic scenes. Peele can get a big laugh and a scare in the same moment, without the two ever clashing. Tonally, Get Out is eclectic while being solid as rock and a part of the credit goes to the cast.

A part of what makes Get Out effective as a thriller is that before things get progressively worse for Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) during one terrifying weekend, Peele and the cast makes you believe in these characters. They feel like a real couple, so when there’s danger, it feels real. Like Peele, the actors have little trouble navigating the different tones at play in Get Out.

Williams, who you can now see in the final season of Girls, recently spoke with us about her experience making the film, her character’s pretty nutty arc, and how a team on the same page can do their best work. Get Out is a tough movie to discuss without spoilers, which this interview does contain. There are warnings below, but you might be better off reading the interview once you’ve seen the film.

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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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get out

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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Get Out Trailer

Two years ago was when we first got some real details on Jordan Peele‘s Get Out. The Key and Peele star said he was interested in making a horror movie that “does jump off of racial fears” and “the fears of being a black man today.” With his directorial debut, Peele wanted a protagonist he doesn’t see in horror movies. The director has made a horror movie that explores race, but he’s also made a horror movie that looks wild, violent, a little funny, and with something to say.

Below, watch the Get Out trailer.

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‘Storks’ Trailer: Andy Samberg Delivers a Baby

Storks trailer

“Where do babies come from?” is the question all parents dread hearing, at least according to every family sitcom ever. But if you can wait ’til fall to have the talk, Warner Bros.’ Storks can help you out with a kid-friendly, completely scientifically accurate accounting of how exactly the process works.

As all of us adults know, of course, it begins with the Baby Making Machine on Stork Mountain. The device spits out a tiny human, and a bird (possibly one that sounds exactly like Andy Samberg) is assigned to drop it off at its new home. Along the way, said bird will inevitably run into hilarious and adorable mishaps. Get a little peek at that incredible journey with the latest Storks trailer.

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keanu movie

When Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele announced the end of their Comedy Central show Key and Peele last year, the official line was that they just wanted to move on to other things. But maybe the real reason for their professional breakup was something much more sinister. Maybe their relationship was irreparably damaged when it turned out one of them is — gasp! — a theater texter, while the other one just wants to be left alone to watch his movies in peace.

Well, probably not. But the two do find themselves hilariously at odds in a new “Don’t Talk” PSA from the Alamo Drafthouse. Which they recorded to promote their new movie together, Keanu. So yes, you can breathe a sigh of relief, they haven’t really turned against each other after all. Watch the Keanu Alamo Drafthouse PSA after the jump.  Read More »

Keanu Kitten Trailer

The trailer for Keanu was already entertaining on its own. Not only does the presence of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make it a must-see comedy, but the title character is one of the cutest kittens that the big screen has ever seen. In fact, one of the biggest problems that Keanu may end up having is that we just don’t get enough of the little feline in the film’s running time.

Perhaps in an effort to make up for the fact that there’s only so much of the little cat in Keanu, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a trailer parody that replaces Key, Peele and the other actors with cats. There’s more gangsta cats and even a pole-dancing cat. Don’t worry, you can watch all this cuteness out in the open because the Keanu kitten trailer is completely safe for work. Read More »

keanu review

This is not a review of Keanu. The version that screened at SXSW was described as a work-in-progress cut and changes, both significant and minor, can still occur between now and when the film arrives in theaters. Jokes can be be swapped, sequences can be tightened, and entire scenes can still be excised or added. To say something definitive right now would be unfair.

However, the cut of director Peter Atencio‘s new comedy that played before a packed house at the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin certainly felt like a finished movie…and that’s a bit of a mixed bag. So let’s break out the questions. Is the big screen debut of beloved comedy Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele funny? Yeah, of course it is. These two can’t not be funny. If the trailer made you giggle, there is plenty to enjoy here and you’re in for a good time at the movies. But is the film more than the sum of its best jokes? No. At least not in this particular version.

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South by Southwest is only days away now. Sadly, I won’t be attending the very fun Austin-based festival this year, but our own Jacob Hall will be in attendance to cover the wide array of films premiering there this year, including some high-profile films. Last week an unfinished cut of Sausage Party was added to this year’s lineup, but another addition just has been made to the SXSW schedule: Keanu will play at the festival.

Learn more about the Keanu screening below.

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