Get ready for “Get Out”

Jordan Peele is set to make his directorial debut with his horror film “Get Out” starring Daniel Kaluuya. In this film, which he also wrote and produced, Jordan Peele takes a bold move to address race with a horror twist. In his fearless manner, Peele sets up a story with an African-American man who’s meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time, but she has not told them he’s black. The film proceeds to take a horror twist, as the main character encounters other African-American people who work at his girlfriend’s parents estate and seem a little off.

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“Get Out”- A Horror Film About Race in America

With lots of reactions and conversation on social media, about the trailer for “Get Out”, written and directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele. There is no denying the film touches on sensitive topics in America that people are not willing to fully address.      

For Jordan Peele, the film is his directorial debut and brings to life his real passion, horror films. Peele’s describes the film as “a satirical, sort of horror, social world that brings a comedic aspect to such sensitive topics. Based on the trailer, people have been reacting to multiple issues addressed in the trailer like systemic racism, interracial relationships, stereotypes, and white privilege. Horror films have a reputation for killing off black characters fairly quickly. The lead is a black man (Daniel Kaluuya), which is already atypical of a horror movie.

 

 

People have been very positive about the film on social media by commenting on racial issues they have experienced themselves. Some people are also just freaked out about the horror aspect of the film. But this is the reaction Peele was going for as it sparks the conversation and causes a reaction from it’s audience. Peele describes it as getting a “very physical kind of reaction. It’s about tension and it’s about the release of tension”. With a release date not until February 24th, 2017, Peele has already left an impact with his audience.

Watch the trailer: Get Out

 

The Prequel to #OscarsSoWhite is #HollywoodSoWhite

The Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD) is the first of its kind and another major blow against Hollywood representation. As the most exhaustive analysis of film and television representation released today by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, it portrays a sobering statistic of the entertainment industry’s gross lack of inclusion, no matter the media platform, from CEOs to minor characters.
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The 14th Unforgettable Awards Recognizes Asians in Media

The 14th annual Unforgettable Awards happened on Saturday, highlighting the achievements Asians have made in today’s media. It recognized “The Walking Dead” veteran Steven Yeun, “Fresh Off the Boat” actors Randall Park and Constance Wu, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Chloe Bennet, CNN’s Lisa Ling and BuzzFeed’s Try Guys web sensation Eugene Lee Yang.
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Peak TV Does Not Mean Peak Equality

Today may be the golden age of television, but it’s actually far from it behind the camera. After over 25 years of stagnant development, the media is only just beginning to shed some light on the issue of gender and race discrimination after the EEOC began investigating the lack of female directors in Hollywood last month. Today, Variety launched its director-diversity story by releasing interview transcripts with dozens of industry professionals to gain a stronger insight on diversification within the ranks of television directors.
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‘Ip Man 3’ to Feature Mike Tyson

Chinese Kung-Fu series ‘Ip Man’ has just released the trailer for its third installment featuring, as a surprise to us, Mike Tyson. Donnie Yen returns to his role as Yip Man in this film. The film is set to release December 25th, in Hong Kong.
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Matt Damon Apologizes for Diversity Related Comments

Actor Matt Damon has recently been ‘under fire’ for comments regarding racial casting for production crews. Although there has been a negative light on him lately, he is glad to have started a discussion on diversity in film.

“I believe deeply that there needs to be more diverse filmmakers making movies,”

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Straight Outta Compton Debuts at $56.1 Million

The premiere of hip hop biopic about rap group N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” debuted with a whopping $56.1 million during its first weekend. The film was set more than two decades ago, but its themes of racial tension, poverty and police brutality still speak to moviegoers living in a post-Ferguson world. “The movie tapped into something in our culture and that made it more of a must-see,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre helped produce the film about the early days of gansta rap and were integral to its marketing campaign. The film draws a diverse audience and is likely one of the most profitable films of the summer. 

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Geena Davis To Launch New Film Festival Championing Women And Diversity

Geena Davis has teamed up with ARC Entertainment to launch a new film festival in Bentonville, AK and will champion women and diversity in film. It will also be the first and only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, TV, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. Click here to read more.