Jason Blum: ‘Jordan Peele has no intention of making Get Out sequel’

Jordan Peele has “no intention” of making a sequel to his horror Get Out, according to producer Jason Blum. The comedian made his feature film directorial debut with the satire, which starred Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, in 2017. Get Out went …

Jordan Peele has “no intention” of making a sequel to his horror Get Out, according to producer Jason Blum.

The comedian made his feature film directorial debut with the satire, which starred Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, in 2017. Get Out went on to become a box office and critical smash hit, with it making more than $255 million (£197 million) worldwide from a $4.5 million (£3.5 million) budget, garnering four Oscar nominations, and winning the accolade for Best Original Screenplay.

Blumhouse Productions founder Blum, who helped produce Get Out, sparked excitement on social media in 2018 when he said that Peele was “flirting with the idea” of a sequel, but in a new interview with Observer.com, he admitted his comments were a case of “wishful thinking”.

“I think that was taken out of context,” he continued. “I think what I said and what I would still say is, I would love to make a Get Out sequel but we would only do it if Jordan wanted to do it and as far as I know, he has no intention of doing that.”

Back in 2018, Peele told reporters at the Independent Spirit Awards that he was not “closed off to a sequel” but he wouldn’t do one just for the sake of it.

“Look, the producers and I agree. This is not the kind of movie you make a sequel just to make a sequel and make more money,” the filmmaker explained. “This movie transcends the business that it did. So, if I can get a story that feels worthy as a follow-up in this world, we’ll do it… and if not, then absolutely not.”

Peele followed up Get Out with 2019’s Us, which featured Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, and he also wrote the screenplay to the upcoming sequel of 1992 horror Candyman. In addition, he developed the TV reboot of The Twilight Zone and is producing upcoming horror series Lovecraft Country.

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Daniel Kaluuya lied about accents to get auditions

Daniel Kaluuya used to lie about his accent skills to land auditions.The Get Out star has landed roles on both sides of the Atlantic, seamlessly shifting between his native British and an American accent. However, Daniel has now admitted that in the ea…

Daniel Kaluuya used to lie about his accent skills to land auditions.

The Get Out star has landed roles on both sides of the Atlantic, seamlessly shifting between his native British and an American accent. However, Daniel has now admitted that in the early days of his acting career, he oversold his abilities.

“I’ve lied a lot,” he confessed to U.K. chat show host Graham Norton. “Obviously, I wanted jobs, so I put that I could do all the accents. I even double-asterisked them to say I was highly skilled.

“I then went to an audition and was doing really well until they asked me to do a Scottish accent. I started somewhere in the Midlands, worked my way upwards and landed in Liverpool. They asked me to leave!”

When asked about his tips for auditions, Daniel advised leaving as soon as possible to ensure your acting makes an impression.

“My best tip is to leave as quickly as possible,” the star explained. “Don’t try and small talk, just leave. Don’t even say goodbye. Though I did that once and I didn’t realise I had another scene!”

The Oscar-nominated actor appeared on the show to promote his new movie Queen & Slim with his co-star Jodie Turner-Smith. He explained the film, which follows a couple on the run after a traffic stop goes horribly wrong, appealed to him because he liked how screenwriter Lena Waithe took a big issue but didn’t make the movie too serious.

“That’s what really appealed to me about the script – there’s a serious issue, but the writer managed to make it light through the characters we meet,” Daniel said, while Jodie added, “It’s really about two people and who they become because of the trauma and because of the connection between them.”

Queen & Slim is in cinemas now.

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Steve McQueen slams BAFTA over lack of diversity

Director Steve McQueen has slammed BAFTA chiefs after black actors and filmmakers were snubbed in the nominations for this year’s awards.British Academy of Film and Television Arts bosses were left embarrassed last week after their members failed to no…

Director Steve McQueen has slammed BAFTA chiefs after black actors and filmmakers were snubbed in the nominations for this year’s awards.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts bosses were left embarrassed last week after their members failed to nominate any black or ethnic minority stars for awards at next month’s ceremony.

Now, McQueen has criticised the lack of diversity at the event, rejecting organisers’ claims that the lack of diversity is down to wider issues with representation in the film industry.

“After a while, you get a bit fed up with it. Because if the BAFTAs are not supporting British talent, if you’re not supporting the people who are making headway in the industry, then I don’t understand what you are there for. Unless the BAFTAs wants to be like the Grammys, which is of no interest to anyone, and has no credibility at all, then they should continue on this path,” he fired in an interview with The Guardian, referencing the criticism of the annual U.S. music awards for snubbing black talent. “If not then they have to change. Fact.”

McQueen, who has an Oscar and two BAFTAs, went on to cite a number of British stars and filmmakers who he thinks should have received recognition, including Cynthia Erivo for Harriet – who has also condemned BAFTA for the lack of diversity – and Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in Queen & Slim. He also shared his disappointment at Lupita Nyong’o not being nominated for Jordan Peele’s Us.

“But not even just British talent, it’s talent in general. It’s crazy,” the 50-year-old added.

The 12 Years a Slave filmmaker went on to insist that if the BAFTAs failed on diversity, they would experience a talent drain as stars and creatives move to Hollywood to find success.

“If (filmmakers) are not recognised visually in our culture, well what’s the b**ody point? It becomes irrelevant, redundant and of no interest or importance. End of,” he concluded.

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Letitia Wright and Lakeith Stanfield land BAFTA Rising Star nominations

Letitia Wright, Lakeith Stanfield and Cynthia Erivo have been shortlisted for the EE Rising Star prize at the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards. The British actress, who made her breakthrough playing fan favourite Shuri in Marvel movie Black Panther, was reveale…

Letitia Wright, Lakeith Stanfield and Cynthia Erivo have been shortlisted for the EE Rising Star prize at the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards.

The British actress, who made her breakthrough playing fan favourite Shuri in Marvel movie Black Panther, was revealed as a contender for the only public-voted prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Thursday morning (03Jan19).

“It’s an incredible feeling to be chosen by BAFTA and the jury as a candidate for the EE Rising Star Award,” Letitia said in a statement. “It means a lot that my work has been recognised, especially in the country I’ve grown up in, and that I get to share this recognition with so many talented actors.”

She will compete against Lakeith, who is best known for his work on TV series Atlanta and films such as Get Out and Sorry to Bother You.

“I can’t begin to express my gratitude to BAFTA and the jury for this nomination,” he gushed. “The calibre of previous EE Rising Star Award winners and nominees is incredible, and I feel honoured to be counted among them. It’s a very proud moment indeed.”

British actress Cynthia, who has already achieved Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards for her role in the stage revival of musical The Color Purple, lands on the shortlist after making her feature film debut in 2018 in both Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale.

The five-person category also features Irish actor Barry Keoghan, who is best known for his work in Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and American Animals, and Irish actress Jessie Buckley, who received acclaim for her performance in 2018 independent film Beast.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of 2018 winner Daniel Kaluuya as well the likes of previous winners James McAvoy, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart and John Boyega.

The 2019 BAFTA Film Awards take place on 10 February at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The main nominees will be announced on 9 January.

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British royals lead Tatler’s 2018 best-dressed list

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been declared two of Britain’s best-dressed women by Tatler magazine.The U.K. publication will publish the full feature in its September issue (18), but has already revealed that the two royals have…

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been declared two of Britain’s best-dressed women by Tatler magazine.

The U.K. publication will publish the full feature in its September issue (18), but has already revealed that the two royals have made the cut.

Praising The Queen as “the ultimate power dresser,” editors noted her fondness for “bright block colours” as well as her love of floral prints, while former Suits actress Meghan’s impeccable dress sense was boosted by her wedding to Prince Harry in May, where she wore an elegant bridal gown designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller.

“Prince Harry’s Californian bride blew us away with her Givenchy wedding dress and has redefined modern royal style with every subsequent appearance,” a Tatler editor commented in a statement.

Meghan is joined on the list by her sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was complimented for re-wearing outfits and mixing designer and high street labels. While Catherine’s five-year-old son Prince George earned a place for flying “the flag for Christopher Robin chic” with a wardrobe full of shorts, long socks and sleeveless jumpers.

Away from the royal family, singer Dua Lipa was mentioned for her outfits, particularly her choice of “bra tops and tracksuits”.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya was described as “sharp and suave,” whereas Amal Clooney received recognition for being “polished” with a “playful” touch.

Other high-profile names on Tatler’s 2018 list include Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci, Jerry Hall, Nicky Hilton, Harry Styles, Stella McCartney as well as A-list couple Lily James and Matt Smith.

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Steve McQueen: ‘I made Widows to give talented actresses work’

Steve McQueen was driven to make female-led movie Widows after noticing how many talented actresses were out of work.Viola Davis leads a cast of stars including Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Duvall and Daniel…

Steve McQueen was driven to make female-led movie Widows after noticing how many talented actresses were out of work.

Viola Davis leads a cast of stars including Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Duvall and Daniel Kaluuya in the remake of the groundbreaking ’80s British TV show written by Lynda La Plante, which ran for two seasons.

The show made a big impression on the London-born director, who after coming to Hollywood, had decided he would tell a woman’s story as the follow-up to his 2013 Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

“I remember seeing Lynda La Plante’s TV show Widows at 13 years old,” McQueen told the Chicago Sun-Times. “The idea that these women achieved something no one thought they had the capability of doing left a big impression on me, especially at a time in my life when I was being judged in the same way,” explained McQueen, who has previously spoken of the inequality and institutional racism he experienced during his school years. “Many years later, when I first came to Hollywood, I was struck by how many talented actresses weren’t working,” he continued. “I decided then that after I made a movie about slavery that I wanted to make a female-driven film.”

Widows follows four women whose career criminal husbands are gone, leaving them with a serious debt to pay, so they plan a heist to raise the money.

In the trailer, which debuted on Monday (04Jun18), we see the surviving widows come together to try to deal with the debt left behind from the failed job with Viola’s character as the confident leader, clad in full-body armour.

McQueen directed the film from a script he co-wrote with Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn. New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Film4 are co-financing the movie, which Fox will distribute.

While the original TV show was set in the U.K., the movie was filmed in Chicago, which McQueen chose because of its many intersecting “levels of interest”.

“Political, racial, religion, policing, criminality and how all of those networks at some point cross over and have a relationship to each other,” the 48-year-old explained. “I believe environments create their own style… I don’t like the idea of bringing a stencil onto things. I believe very much in embracing what’s already there.”

Widows is set to hit cinemas in November.

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Daniel Kaluuya was a fan of the ‘sad’ alternative Get Out ending – spoilers

Daniel Kaluuya loved the original ‘sad’ Get Out ending, but test audiences did not.Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror has fast become one of cinemas most talked about movies, with audiences taken on a roller coaster ride following Daniel’s lead charact…

Daniel Kaluuya loved the original ‘sad’ Get Out ending, but test audiences did not.

Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror has fast become one of cinemas most talked about movies, with audiences taken on a roller coaster ride following Daniel’s lead character Chris Washington.

Get Out producer Sean McKittrick recently revealed that the original ending saw Chris captured by cops, but it went down like a lead balloon when it was screened, so an alternative ending, where Chris wins, was included instead.

“I love the original ending,” Daniel enthused to The Playlist. “It was great because of what it said about life — there’s this black guy who’s really cool and went through this trauma, got through all this racism, and in fighting for himself he gets incarcerated. That really resonated with me, because it showed me how unfair the system is.

“However, in hindsight, you still have that with the police lights, and Rod (LilRel Howery) saves him through the black brotherhood — and also, Chris has a life, you know? He has to go out there even after he’s experienced all this racism, and people expect you to see the world in the same way when they haven’t experienced something like that. I thought that was really honest.”

Daniel’s stellar performance earned him a Best Actor Oscars nod, and he’ll battle it out on Sunday (04Mar18) with Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Timothee Chalamet.

Get Out is nominated for a further three awards; Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture.

“It’s like the dream. I am just so happy. I am so happy for everyone. I am happy that Get Out got nominated for (Best) Film. I am happy that Jordan got nominated — Jordan got nominated three times!” Daniel exclaimed when the nominations were revealed in January.

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Daniel Kaluuya ‘privileged’ to be involved in Black Panther’s success

Daniel Kaluuya feels privileged to be part of Black Panther’s record-breaking box office success. Ryan Coogler’s Marvel superhero movie has taken $192 million (£137 million) in its first three days of release in North America, making it the fifth-big…

Daniel Kaluuya feels privileged to be part of Black Panther’s record-breaking box office success.

Ryan Coogler’s Marvel superhero movie has taken $192 million (£137 million) in its first three days of release in North America, making it the fifth-biggest opening of all time and the biggest pre-summer launch of all time. The current global gross sits as $361 million (£258 million) but that figure is expected to rise significantly once more weekend box office reports come in.

Daniel, who plays a border guard in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, found out about the box office figures backstage at the BAFTAs on Sunday night (18Feb18) and he was overwhelmed by the news.

“So happy for Ryan and the team, so happy. We gave our all on that,” he said. “It feels like a moment; there’s so many memes and videos and songs and art is being made about it. It’s so amazing to be a part of it. It’s a privilege.”

The 28-year-old beat the likes of Florence Pugh, Tessa Thompson, Timothee Chalamet and Josh O’Connor to the EE Rising Star prize, the only category voted for by the public, and he couldn’t hide his excitement backstage.

“F**king hell… I’m humbled. It’s the people. People voted, they didn’t have to do that. It’s love,” he gushed. “It’s a great feeling.”

When asked how he’s going to celebrate, Daniel joked that celebrities can’t party hard during awards season as pictures of them looking drunk usually end up online, so he’ll just be doing something low-key.

“I just want to be around my friends, my people, my family, the people that were always there. I just want to vibe and catch up with them,” he explained.

The British star was also nominated for the Best Actor category for his role in Get Out, but he missed out to Gary Oldman. They will both compete for the same prize, alongside Timothee, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Denzel Washington, at the Oscars on 4 March (18).

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Jordan Peele plotting another genre-bending film

Jordan Peele has confirmed he will start filming his next genre-bending movie later this year (18).The actor and filmmaker won critical acclaim for his 2017 directorial debut Get Out, with the horror film garnering nominations for Best Original Screenp…

Jordan Peele has confirmed he will start filming his next genre-bending movie later this year (18).

The actor and filmmaker won critical acclaim for his 2017 directorial debut Get Out, with the horror film garnering nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Director at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Jordan is now working on his next project, which will begin filming in the near future, but has also explained that he’s trying not to put too much pressure on himself to recreate the success of his film feature.

“When writing Get Out, my sort of mantra is or was, let’s write my favourite film I haven’t seen yet. So I think it’s easy to get sort of bogged down in how does this compare to the first one, how does that compare,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “When all is said and done, my next film, I am currently writing it and I’ll direct for Universal this year, I’m just trying to entertain myself again.”

Get Out starred Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, an African-American man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his white girlfriend, Rose, as played by Allison Williams.

While fitting in the horror genre, the film has a satirical premise, and Jordan has divulged that he is looking to merge themes in next project too.

“One thing I know is that this is genre; and playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun, genre of intrigue is my favourite. That’s my sweet spot. So, I think tonally it should resemble Get Out. That said, I want to make a completely different movie. I want to address something different than race in the next one,” the 38-year-old shared.

While Jordan realises expectations are high for this follow-up to Get Out, he is also prepared to fail as he has “done it so much” when previously working in live comedy.

Universal Pictures has not yet set a release date for Jordan’s next film.

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Daniel Kaluuya: ‘White actors making it in Hollywood isn’t news’

Daniel Kaluuya has spoken out at the different pressures levelled at black and white actors in Hollywood.Since landing the lead role in Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, Londoner Daniel has been catapulted to the big time.He even landed an Ac…

Daniel Kaluuya has spoken out at the different pressures levelled at black and white actors in Hollywood.

Since landing the lead role in Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, Londoner Daniel has been catapulted to the big time.

He even landed an Academy Award nomination for his role in the smash hit horror, with his Oscars nod marking only the second time a black British actor has been up for the prestigious Best Actor gong.

Much like fellow Brits Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and David Oyelowo, Daniel was able to launch a global career after starring in a U.S. feature, though the 28-year-old is quick to point out the same discussions wouldn’t be had if he was a white actor.

“Do you know what I think is odd? When a white actor goes from England to Hollywood, nobody says a word,” he sighed to The Telegraph. “David was going to America to play Martin Luther King (in Selma). If a white guy could do that, he would. Instead, it becomes a part of this narrative of black struggle and failure. When Chiwetel was nominated for an Oscar but didn’t win, the coverage was all ‘he got rejected’. And I was thinking, how can you put a negative spin in this?”

Over the past 12 months, Daniel has fast become a force to be reckoned with in the industry, thanks to starring roles in Peele’s movie, and the Black Panther flick, and regularly speaks out about racism.

However, he’s not interested in being a representative for black people and is getting annoyed that people want to peg him as one.

“I’m not a spokesperson; I’m an individual,” he recently told The Guardian. “Who’s the spokesperson for white people? There isn’t one.”

“No one’s expected to speak up for all white people. I’m just living my life. I’m a black man, I’m proud of it, but I’m just living my life,” he continued. “I don’t see myself as a victim. You may victimise me, but you will not make me feel like a victim. And if you think you can, then what sort of person are you?”

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