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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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.
Lena Dunham might be leaving the acting world behind.
Lena Dunham has hinted that she will quit acting in the near future, to concentrate on writing. The 'Girls' star covers the April issue of Glamour and it was in the accompanying interview that the 27-year-old dropped the bombshell.
Lena Dunham Could Retire From Acting
"I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore," Dunham admitted. "I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to. I'd rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts."
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The internet is split in half over Lena Dunham, but her SXSW speech is sure to tip the scales a bit.
Lena Dunham’s speech at SXSW was everything her supporters wanted it to be. The Girls creator did apologize again for that highly publicized molestation tweet – an actual full apology this time. It was about time, after the Twitter hate had been simmering for a couple of days. At the time she tweeted: ”I just made and deleted a not so great molestation joke. Sorry guys. I am really sleepy. SNL has a way bigger audience than our usual cozy girls audience, so I was seeing a rash of very different kinds of twitter rage.”
Lena Dunham gets it wrong often, but when it's right, it's very, very right.
In back-to-back tweets she added, “But I should know better, and do. Even naked girls get embarrassed. Sleep well and thanks for an amazing weekend.” It wasn’t enough to quell that infamous online rage. More to the point, Dunham talked about her experience in filmmaking, about funding for projects and her favorite topic, women in film and television, according to Variety. Dunham explained her “beg, borrow and steal” mentality when it comes to filmmaking. In the early days of her career, she maxed out a credit card, donated her $5,000 worth of babysitting funds, borrowed money from her parents and her best friend’s parents to make her DIY movies. According to her philosophy, creators have to create, no excuses. As she put it, “lack of budget is no longer an excuse. (I realized) holding up a camera and letting people wander around documentary style is no longer acceptable.”
'Girls' star, Allison Williams, has announced her engagement to CollegeHumor co-founder, Ricky Van Veen.
Unless you haven’t guessed, we’re huge Girls fans, so we were overjoyed to find out that the lovely Allison Williams has become engaged to her long-term love, Ricky Van Veen. Unlike the complicated love life of her on-screen role, Marnie, who is recovering from a painful breakup, Allison’s relationship looks to be on very steady ground. The pair have now been together for three years since they originally met through mutual friends.
Newly engaged Allison used to go on double dates with her fiance's close friend, John Mayer and ex Katy Perry
Ricky is the co-founder of CollegeHumor, an immensely popular website which features regularly updating comedy videos and articles. He is also the CEO of Notional, a TV production company which had its origins in CollegeHumor. These two clearly have comedy in common, perhaps that’s how they initially hit it off?
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No funerals in this one. Don't worry though, the narcissism is still abundant.
The third season of Girls has been mildly disappointing so far, but when our heroines don’t have to face any major changes or life decisions, they actually look a lot like real people. Case in point: this week’s episode, which saw the gang’s resident Type A control freak Marnie try to take everyone on a successful vacation to “heal”. The healing in question wouldn’t be done at the Hamptons where, according to Marnie, “the beach is far too close to J Crew”, but to the North Fork. Cue aggressive healing.
The Girls need to heal, but Marnie might not have picked the best way.
Marnie has a whole list of planned activities, including (but not limited to) having fun together, proving to everyone via Instagram that the ladies can still have fun as a group, healing, healing at dinner, writing their wishes down on pieces of paper and then throwing them into a bonfire so that they can come true, grocery shopping, facemasks… etc. The list does not include having too many North Fork Fizzes, but who needs lists anyway.
The comic and actress loved her 'Elle' cover, and is a little hurt with the criticism
When Elle presented their four-cover edition of their latest edition, their 'Women in TV' issue, it featured four of the most prominent female TV stars working today. Among the four was The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling, whose cover caused an unwarranted amount of controversy and conversation over how the majority of her body was cropped out of the cover image, unlike the other, mostly full-body other three.
Mindy outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre before appearing on Letterman
White, skinny actresses Allison Williams, Amy Poehler and Zooey Deschanel all feature from the knee up and in full colour on their respective cover photos for the February issue of the magazine, whereas Kaling's image is in black and white and her picture is much more close up than the rest, with her chest, face and one arm only seen in the picture. For some, this looked way too suspicious to be a coincidence and the online crusaders stood up for Kaling in their droves. Trouble is, Kaling didn't really want standing up for and the arguments her so-called supporters were crusading for were actually a little hurtful.
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Celebrities put on their best garb and flocked to the BAFTA TV Tea this weekend.
The Emmys are fast approaching, and with them comes a slew of pre-parties and promotional events for the stars of primetime television to enjoy. One such gathering of the rich and famous small screen natives was the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party. Kerri Washington was in attendance, sporting a summery floral dress. Washington is up for an award for outstanding actress in a drama series. Also in attendance were Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Julian Fellowes, as well as Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington.
Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington was one of the attendees at the event.
Girls star Allison Williams, fresh off wrapping the latest season of Girls, was also in attendance and she even spilled some details about the show for USA Today. She specifically talked about how Christopher Abbott’s departure right before filming affected her character and the storyline. The actor played her on-screen boyfriend.
There were some particular glamorous famous faces spotted arriving at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 in New York. Among them were 'Sin City' star Jessica Alba wearing what looked like a cross between a blazer and a varsity jacket, 'Girls' actress Allison Williams in a monochrome bodycon dress and Bella Thorne from 'Shake It Up!' in fiery red and purple jumpsuit.
SNL funnyman Seth Meyers has gotten married to his long-time partner Alexi Ashe in an intimate ceremony on Sunday, 1 September
Seth Meyers has married his long-term girlfriend, human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe, in an intimate ceremony this weekend. The couple exchanged vows in front of a select number of family and friends at the small venue in Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. Congratulations to the both of them!
Seth & Alexi exchanged vows on Sunday, 1 September
The Saturday Night Live writer and oft-star Meyers proposed to his girlfriend a little over a month ago and with seemingly no time to spare the two married promptly in a secret ceremony that was littered with famous faces. US Weekly were the first to report the celebrity wedding, noting that the couple held a rehearsal dinner outside at the Beetlebung Farm House the night before the big day.
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Allison Williams is becoming one of the most popular television actresses around.
It's likely that Allison Williams, one-quarter of HBO's hugely popular drama 'Girls,' will become a hot commodity once she branches out into the movie world. Her on-going dramas with Lena Dunham's character Hannah on Girls have been the tense undercurrent of series two - showing, if nothing else, that Williams can act. She also looks the part and presumably has scripts flying through the door, though the 24-year-old from Connecticut remembers a time when she assumed nothing like this was at all possible.
"When 'Mean Girls' came out, I just thought Lindsay Lohan was genius. I didn't understand how I could ever come close to that if they didn't let me start young," she told the Los Angeles Times, adding, "I've come to realize it's not a zero-sum game. When I see performances like Jennifer Lawrence's in 'Silver Linings Playbook,' I think, 'God, what a great role.' But maybe, just maybe, she watches 'Girls' and maybe, just maybe, she wishes she was on 'Girls'" It's more than likely, given Williams' HBO show has now garnered a cult following that spans the globe.
She's certainly put the work in. Williams worked as Tiny Fey's assistant during the filming of 'Baby Mama' and served as a utilities stand-in for the 'Boardwalk Empire' pilot, which must have been as dull as it sounds. She also worked as a production assistant on Robert Altman's last movie 'A Prairie Home Companion.' "I was about 5 when I saw 'The Wizard of Oz," she said. "I just thought it was so amazing that they all played two characters and I was like, 'What kind of job is that?' Once I realized it was acting, I knew I wanted to do it."
Date of birth
13th April, 1988