Leave it to a comedian to make one of the scariest movies in recent memory. Jordan Peele moves into writing and directing with this offbeat comedy, a fresh and fiendishly smart story with engaging characters and provocative themes. It's a combination of a knowing issue-based drama, lively romantic comedy and unhinged horror that hits all of its targets with precision. And it keeps us gleefully entertained with its escalating terror.
The story centres on Chris (Sicario's Daniel Kaluuya), whose girlfriend Rose (Girls' Allison Williams) invites him home for a weekend to meet her parents Missy and Dean (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford). Rose assures Chris that they're so liberal that they won't mind at all that he's black. But things don't feel quite right from the start. For one thing, there are two creepy servants (Betty Gabriel and Marcus Henderson) who seem to be lurking everywhere. And Rose's brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) revels in stirring up problems. As things get increasingly freaky, Chris calls his best friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery), an airport security officer back in New York, for advice. Then things take an even more bizarre turn when Missy and Dean's friends arrive for an annual party.
Peele begins to play with the audience right from the start, using Michael Abels' disorienting music and Toby Oliver's quirky camerawork to maximum effect. Often this involves pushing us far too close to a character whose behaviour is just a bit off. Every moment is undercut with humour, including awkward moments and snappy gags that serve as a relief valve even as they set us up for something scary. It's such clever filmmaking that we have little choice but to sit back and enjoy the ride. And woven through all of this is an inventive and lacerating exploration of attitudes toward race in American society.
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When Chris packs up for the weekend to go and meet his girlfriend Rose's family for the first time, his biggest concern is that they might not approve of him being a black man. Thankfully, they seem to be accepting, but he's slightly disturbed by a pair of strange black housekeepers that live there named Georgina and Walter. When his pal back home discovers that black people have been going missing from the area for years, he tries to brush it off in order to get through the weekend, but he can ignore it no longer when one of the missing people shows up at a garden party on the estate looking particularly disturbed and warning him to 'get out'. But it's much too late for that now.
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Is it nearly time to say goodbye to Hannah, Marnie, Jessica and Shoshanna?
Lena Dunham’s HBO series ‘Girls’ is reportedly set to end after the show’s sixth season, according to E! News. The series, which debuted in 2012, begins it’s fifth season next month but sources tell E! that Dunham has already decided on an end date for the comedy-drama.
Will Lena Dunham be ending ‘Girls’ after six seasons?
While network HBO has declined to comment on the story, The Hollywood Reporter also claims that a source has confirmed the show will end its run after series six. ‘Girls’ was renewed for a fifth season by HBO last year and it is set to premiere on Sunday Feb. 21st.
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'Girls' is back... tomorrow! If you've missed Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shosh as much as we have then you only have 24 more hours to wait. The premiere of 'Girls' season 4 premieres on Sunday 11th January.
After the week of terrorist attacks, massacres and hostage taking we've all witnessed, we're all in desperate need of some light-hearted relief. Fortunately, Girls is back and just in the nick of time it seems.
Girls is back on Sunday!
The 'Girls' creator was talking with her three co-stars ahead of the fourth season of 'Girls' which premieres this weekend.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of the premiere of the fourth season of HBO’s ‘Girls’, the 28 year old actress said “Taylor is an incredible actor, she’s the most iconic performer of her generation, and she’s also one of my best friends.”
Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham have been singing each others' praises in recent interviews
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The seasonal special attracted over 9.1 million viewers, one of the highest-rated non-sports Thursday in years, but not everybody was satisfied.
The verdict is in following NBC’s seasonal special telecast ‘Peter Pan Live!’, and reactions were generally mixed. The show went out on Thursday (December 4th), and starred 'Girls' frontwoman Allison Williams as Peter Pan and film legend Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.
'Girls' star Allison Williams played Peter Pan in NBC's live telecast on Thursday
Williams had already warned viewers beforehand to suspend their disbelief and to try not to watch it through cynical eyes, telling Entertainment Weekly that "if you do, you’re going to hate it, no question. It falls apart instantly.” NBC encouraged live reaction on social media platforms with the hashtag #PeterPanLive, and a quick search for it will demonstrate the extent of popular opinion.
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Check out the trailer for 'Girls' Season 4!
Girls is back! For a whole 1 minute 31 seconds. HBO released the official trailer for season 4 on Friday (7th November) and it's certainly got everyone talking!
The cast of Girls (L-R): Driver, Williams, Kirke, Dunham, Mamet, Karpovsky.
Showed picture of his daughter Allison as a child dressed as Peter Pan on NBC's 'Nightly News' last month
NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams has been sharing in his daughter Allison’s recent success.At the end of July, he pulled the ultimate embarrassing dad stunt when announcing his daughter’s casting in NBC’s upcoming production of Peter Pan by producing a picture of Allison dressed all in green at the age of three. He also said “Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three, and they look forward to seeing her fly.”
Brian Williams revealed more about that embarrassing dad episode
A few weeks on, the proud father said he e-mailed around members of the family beforehand to see if they would approve of him reporting about Allison on his show.
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If your parents have ever pulled out the embarrassing baby pictures, at least they didn't do it on live TV.
NBC’s production of Peter Pan has found its lead in Girls star Allison Williams, following the announcement that Christopher Walken will portray Captain Hook. The news was first announced on NBC Nightly News by Brian Williams, who took the opportunity to cite some of Williams’ acting credits like her role on Girls and the big one – that time she wore a Peter Pan costume at age 3.
Allison Williams has wanted this role all her life, apparently.
Turns out, the last name isn’t just coincidental and Brian Williams is Allison’s father. Everyone has an embarrassing parents story, but this is taking it a step too far.
NBC announced on Wednesday (July 30th) that the 26 year-old actress has been cast as 'Peter Pan' for the live stage production.
NBC's forthcoming live stage production of 'Peter Pan' has just cast the titular role! 'Girls' actress Allison Williams will have to transform into the lost boy, Peter, who flees to Neverland and learns to fly, the television network announced Wednesday (July 30th).
Williams will play 'Peter Pan' live on stage
The 26 year-old brunette beauty will be co-starring alongside Christopher Walken, who was cast as the villainous antagonist in the iconic story, 'Hook,' earlier this month.
The 26-year-old actress will star in forthcoming NBC Christmas special 'Peter Pan Live'
TV actress Allison Williams has been confirmed to play the role of Peter Pan in NBC’s Christmas special ‘Peter Pan Live’.
Allison Williams, star of HBO's 'Girls', will play Peter Pan in December
The star of HBO comedy ‘Girls’ will play the boy who never grows up opposite Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, who was confirmed in his role a couple of weeks ago. Williams reacted to the news in a statement saying “I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true.”
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[Spoilers] The 'Girls' season three finale was a climactic finisher.
The third season of Girls managed to pack more into its half hour, Lena Dunham-directed finale episode than the rest of the entire season combined. With major plot movements for many of the show's key characters, Dunham took her show in a bold new direction with fans hanging on for the crucial "what happened next" season four opener.
Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Has Made Its Season Three Departure.
Season three's twelfth and final episode, entitled 'Two Plane Rides,' began with a double revelation; the first hit when Hannah bumped into Adam's sister, Caroline, who had been living downstairs with Hannah's ex-stalker Laird and revealed that the pair were expecting a baby. The news coincided with Hannah opening a letter informing her that she'd been accepted on to the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop course. Her smile said it all.
Introducing Hollywood's new power couple.
Congratulations to Girls star Allison Williams, who just announced that she is engaged to Ricky Van Veen! The two have been together for about three years and Williams is already planning their life together, including walking away from her acting career to have kids, according to one interview with Glamour. So who exactly is the man, who made Williams this happy?
Allison Williams is head over heels in love and newly engaged!
Van Veet’s name might sound familiar and, although you won’t usually see him onscreen, he is sort of a prodigy of the entertainment industry. He is one of the minds behind CollegeHumor, which Van Veen started with childhood friend Josh Abramson in the distant 1999. These days, CollegeHumor is a mainstay of online culture in the US and across the world, posting daily original videos and articles from its in-house production team, as well as user-submitted content.
Continue reading: 'Girls' Star Allison Williams Engaged To Media Maven Ricky Van Veen
In reality, Allison Williams is far from the character she plays on the small-screen, the 25 year-old recently became engaged to her boyfriend of three years, Ricky Van Veen.
Allison Williams, who stars in the sitcom 'Girls', will be walking down the aisle in the near future.
The 25 year-old actress is engaged to her long-term boyfriend, and cofounder of CollegeHumor, Ricky Van Veen, People reports.
Unlike her character 'Marnie Michaels' on the HBO TV series, Williams hasn't found any trouble in becoming loved up and has dated Van Veen for the past three years.
A look at the lead characters from HBO hit sitcom, GIRLS, to help you figure out which character you are most like.
GIRLS isn’t just a program. It’s become a reassurance that life isn’t necessarily going to be perfect in your mid-twenties, an idea that we all fostered throughout our turbulent teens. Sure, the characters are (mostly) functioning human beings, but in their individual ways they are all dealing with problems which have become all too real for 20 somethings in the modern world.
Which Member of the Girls Cast Are You?
There’s definitely a little bit in each of the characters that we can all relate to, but maybe there’s one that really makes you really think, Oh my God, that’s so me! Here’s a low-down on each of the girls, and a couple of the guys, to help you figure out which GIRLS character you are.
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The actress says the cover made her feel "glamorous and cool."
Bloggers and online commenters are in a bit of a twist over Mindy Kaling’s newly released Elle cover, but the star of The Mindy Project herself is staying classy about it. After the four covers of this month’s issue (featuring Kaling and fellow honorees Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Allison Williams (Girls)), people were quick to point out that Kaling seemed to have drawn the short end of the stick. While the other women were pictured in color, full-body portraits, while Kaling received the black and white treatment. Her photo is also the only one cropped to focus just on her face.
Did Kaling's body type prevent her from getting the same treatment as her fellow actresses?
Because Kaling is the only one who counts as “curvier” by Hollywood standards (although a size 8 could hardly be called “curvy” in Regular People Land), the conclusion that Elle had cropped her due to restrictive beauty standards was obvious. The same sort of controversy happened back in 2013, when Melissa McCarthy posed for the cover, draped in a baggy coat. Back then, however, McCarthy insisted that the look had been her own choice and that was that.
Continue reading: Bloggers Defend Mindy Kaling, While Kaling Defends Elle Cover
The hit HBO comedy will return on 12 January
Girls is coming back to HBO in the new year and to celebrate that fact an all-new trailer for the upcoming third season has been released. The new season will pick up where we last left Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her circle of friends - played by Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky - when it returns on 12 January, 2014.
The Girls girls have already found success with the series
It actually looks as though things are looking up for Hannah in the third season, having meetings with publishers and potentially making strides in her career at last. In the trailer, Hannah, Marnie (Williams), Shoshana (Mamet) and Jessa (Kirke) are each contemplating just how far they've come -or rather how far they haven't come- in the years since they graduated college. Nevertheless, it does seem as though things are finally starting to look up for the group, Hannah in particular.
Continue reading: 'Girls' Season 3 Trailer Emerges Online As Air Date Draws Closer
There's rumours of a possible movie adaptation on the radar at the moment for DC's biggest heroine - so who would be your Wonder Woman?
Following Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy and the recent Superman epic 'Man Of Steel', there seems to be one obvious direction to go in next for DC Comics with their film franchises: a Wonder Woman movie, of course. The Amazonian knockout was first portrayed successfully by Lynda Carter in the TV series between 1975 and 1979, and it hasn't yet been put to cinema neither as a solo project for the character nor as a Justice League of America set-up. There have been all sorts of rumours flying about recently with Jaimie Alexander talking a lot about the supposed upcoming Wonder Woman movie and we've got pretty excited discussing who might be considered for the role.
So, who do we think would do the Wonder Woman costume 'justice'?
Jaimie Alexander: The 'Thor' actress has set tongues wagging as she gushed about the character in an interview with Forbes. 'I would love for DC to put Wonder Woman in one of their upcoming flicks, either in her own movie or Batman vs. Superman, or just something even to introduce her', she said. Batman vs. Superman, hmm? Does she know something we don't? On the suggestion that she could be the one to play her, she insisted, 'I'm appreciative to the people who ask my opinion of the character, and that's been pretty amazing.' Jaimie would be perfect for the role given her portrayal of Asgardian strong-woman Sif in the 'Thor' movies, and she even bears an interesting resemblance to Lucy Lawless as 90s TV hero Xena, Warrior Princess.
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Seth Meyers, star of 'Saturday Night Live' and future 'Late Night' presenter, married lawyer Alexi Ashe at the weekend.
Seth Meyers, star of Saturday Night Live, married his long-term girlfriend Alexi Ashe on Sunday. The wedding ceremony took place in Martha's Vineyard and was attended by such guests as Andy Samberg, Ali Larter, Olivia Munn, Jason Sudeikis, Allison Williams, Kristen Wiid, Amy Poehler and a number of others.
Alexi Ashe and Seth Meyers at the Vanity Fair 2013 Oscar Party.
Meyer's representative confirmed to People the couple did tie the knot this weekend. Another source, also speaking to the US entertainment website, said "They are so in love and really excited for their big day. They were really happy to celebrate their big day with their close friends and family."
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Christopher Abbott's character Charlie appeared to written in more prominently for season two of Girls, though he has left the show.
Just when things were hotting up between Christopher Abbott's character Charlie and Allison Williams' Marnie on HBO series Girls, the actor has abruptly left the series due to issues he was having with creator Lena Dunham. Abbott played Marnie's college sweetheart Charlie, a sort of weedy good-looking New Yorker who ends up becoming super-desirable after setting up his own social media company and renting a swanky office in Manhattan.
Anyway, his character was just beginning to gain a little prominence in the show - which follows the lives of various twenty-somethings in Brooklyn - when he had an almighty row with Dunham over the direction of season three. They've just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena," a source said. "He didn't like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map," said a source familiar with the discussions.
Abbott's representative offered little in the way of a full explanation for his sudden departure, though did say, "[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd[Apatow], and the entire 'Girls' cast and crew, but right now he's working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show." He recently appeared in the indie movie 'Burma' which debuted at SCSW last month and is set to star in drama 'The Sleepwalker' from director Mona Fastvold. The movie tells the story of a woman whose life is shattered over the course of a long weekend when her estranged sister Christine arrives unannounced in the middle of the night, with no memory of how she got there.
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13th April, 1988