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Jordan Peele’s bold career move pays off and makes a little history too.

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“I’ve been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy, but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies,” Jordan Peele said in 2014.

At the time, it seemed like such a bizarre move for the star of Comedy Central’s hit Emmy-nominated (and later Emmy-winning) show “Key & Peele.” The statement made a lot of people scratch their heads wondering just how serious he was about his new project “Get Out.”

Keegan-Michael Key (left) and Jordan Peele took home the Best Variety Sketch Series award at the 2016 Emmys. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

A little less than a year later, Peele and his comedic partner, Keegan-Michael Key announced the show would end after its fifth and final season. “Wait till you see what we do next tho,” Peele teased on Twitter.

Skeptics be damned: “Get Out” just got nominated for four Oscars, making a bit of history in the process.

The film came out in February 2017 and was an immediate hit with critics and audiences alike. Peele became the first black artist to be nominated for directing, writing, and Best Picture honors all in the same year. The film’s star, Daniel Kaluuya, also received a nomination for Best Actor.

Peele and Kaluuya attend Variety’s Creative Impact Awards in January 2018. Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival.

#OscarsSoHistoricallyWhite — a win for Peele would be pretty huge.

In 2016, April Reign launched the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to draw attention to the overwhelming and disproportionate whiteness of the show and its winners. While a lot of the focus has been on the acting awards, a look at the off-camera awards is even more shocking, where black nominees can be counted on one hand.

Peele joins John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Lee Daniels (“Precious”), Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”), and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) as the only black individuals to be nominated for Best Director. While “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight” went on to win Best Picture, no black directors have ever won the individual award. Peele has a chance to change that.

Peele attends the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2018. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner Image.

What’s even more is Peele’s Best Writing (Original Screenplay) nomination is just the fourth ever for black writers and the first since Singleton’s 1991 “Boyz n the Hood.” Other nominees have included Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing”) and co-writers Suzanne de Passe, Chris Clark, and Terence McCloy (“Lady Sings the Blues”). Like the directing category, Peele has a chance to make another Oscar first with a win here.

This has, without a doubt, been Jordan Peele’s year.

“Get Out” has picked up a slew of award nominations — Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, Independent Spirit, Image, and Writers Guild of America among them — as well as a few wins.

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John Travolta keeps Brooklyn stayin’ alive at event honoring actor

Charmaine Blake

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Hundreds of fans gathered outside pizzeria featured in Saturday Night Fever 41 years ago to catch glimpse of and dress like the actor

“Forty-one years after strutting down a Brooklyn street, merrily swinging a paint can to the sound of the Bee Gees Stayin Alive, an older, less lithe John Travolta returned on Tuesday, to be honored for his services to the now-trendy New York City borough.

Hundreds of people gathered outside Lennys Pizza in Bensonhurst, south Brooklyn, to glimpse Travolta, who brought the neighborhood to national and international consciousness in Saturday Night Fever.

The 1977 film saw his character Tony Manero disco dance, conduct troubling relationships with women and occasionally engage in punch-ups. In the opening scene, Travolta orders two slices of pizza at Lennys before combining them in a double decker-type situation. The pizzeria claims Saturday Night Fever fans regularly order the same.

This is a great day, New York state senator Martin Golden who represents the Bensonhurst neighborhood and has submitted a 1,070-word legislative resolution commending Travolta for putting Brooklyn both on the map and in Americas hearts told the crowd.

A great day for John Travolta, a great day for his family, and a great day for Brooklyn.

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Actor John Travolta outside Lenny Pizza. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Travolta was an hour and a half late, 90 long minutes in which the MC, Brooklyns own DJ Chazz….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jun/13/john-travolta-lennys-pizza-saturday-night-fever-brooklyn

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Watch these movies after you see ‘Ocean’s 8’

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“After months of building anticipation, Ocean’s 8finally hit theaters Friday. Yes, it featured the stunning, talented, female-led cast you’ve heard so much about. Glad you noticed.

But Ocean’s 8 is more than the token “female remake” it has been boiled down to. Like many audience members this past weekend, I showed up for the all-star actresses, but stayed for the crime, glamor, comedy, celeb cameos, and general badassery.  

So to get you through those days where you can’t make it to the theater for a rewatch, here are fourteen films that show off groups of ladies getting together to kick ass — literally or metaphorically. 

Crime

Chicago (2002)

Headed up by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, this jailhouse musical took home six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It’s tough to make Richard Gere look like a third wheel, but somehow the murderesses of Cook County Jail pull it off.

Where to watch: HBO

Thelma & Louise (1991)

This road trip classic follows two women as they attempt to outrun their darks pasts by any means necessary. While neither Susan Sarandon nor Geena Davis won Best Actress for their performances, the leads’ double nomination cemented Thelma & Louise as a feminist classic.

Where to watch: Starz

Heathers (1988)

Plaid skirts, football players, and drain cleaner? Color me stoked. A dark high school comedy laced with visceral teen murders, this cult classic is the adolescent destruction fantasy you didn’t know you needed. Starring Winona Ryder and the titular “Heathers.”

Where to watch: Netflix

Glamour

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Meryl Streep shines amongst a cast of notoriously fabulous character actors in this romantic comedy with a pop twist. The costumes, musical numbers, and female stars glisten in an ABBA-made universe. Stay tuned for the sequel hitting theaters July 20th.

Where to watch: Netflix

Beauty Shop (2005)

Nothing feels better than a comedy that celebrates inner and outer beauty equally. Queen Latifah and the rest of her salon crew (featuring Alicia Silverstone and Andie MacDowell among others) gave us one of the most styling girl-power movies to date in this Barbershop spin-off.

Where to watch: Vudu

First Wives Club (1996)

Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton team up in this instant classic, reuniting as long lost friends and taking down the men who have wronged them – all while donning stunning coordinated power….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/11/14-female-led-movies-oceans-8/

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John Cusack likes what you have to say about ‘Say Anything’

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“If you liked Say Anything…, the 1989 coming-of-age film about a nervous-talking high school graduate winning over his crush in the summer before college, feel free to tell star John Cusack if you see him.

Cusack appreciates it when fans of the movie give him kudos for it, partly because they tend not to quote the film or, say, mime holding up an imaginary boombox in some sad attempt to replicate the movie’s most memorable scene. They mostly just say how much they liked it.

“They seem to be very warm about it, that it means something to them, so that’s nice,” Cusack told Mashable in a phone interview to promote his upcoming Q&A about Say Anything… at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. “For some movies, they’ll have a line that they’ll repeat to you a lot of times, but that one is more just a vibe. People seem to really still dig it.”

That’s kind of an understatement. Say Anything… didn’t set box office records, but to many Gen Xers like myself, the movie perfectly captured the ennui that often follows high school graduation. And Cusack hit the bull’s-eye in his portrayal of the quirky Lloyd Dobler, simultaneously giving him a coolness and vulnerability that appealed to both male and female audiences alike.

Cusack already had movies like Better Off Dead…, Sixteen Candles, and Eight Men Out under his belt when he made Say Anything…, but the film…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/04/john-cusack-say-anything/

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