Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, or the comedy duo Key and Peele, have reunited in the latest teaser for Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” joining the film’s voice cast.
As cuddly carnival toys Ducky and Bunny in director Josh Cooley’s film, the two actually riff on their famous parking valet attendants characters in this latest teaser for the film, which also features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz.
“You can’t go to infinity, dummy. It’s impossible,” Peele’s Bunny jokes about Buzz Lightyear’s famous catch phrase. “You don’t know nothing about science,” Key adds.
“Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who voice Ducky and Bunny, are two of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever seen,” director Josh Cooley said in a statement. “Of course, they are effortlessly funny, which would be enough. But they are incredible actors that understand story. Their improvs weren’t just for comedy sake, they were story motivated which elevated Ducky and Bunny and the film to a level I never could have expected.”
In “Toy Story 4,” Ducky and Bunny are carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their plans are rudely interrupted, they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall.
Key and Peele also join Tony Hale in the voice cast, who appeared as the reluctant new toy Forky in a teaser trailer that dropped yesterday.
“Toy Story 4” hits theaters on June 21, 2019. Watch the new teaser above.
Late-night talk shows are known for gimmicks. From reading “mean tweets” to “celebrity karaoke,” producers do whatever it takes to keep viewers tuning in. There is no excuse, however, for any television show to force wild animals to be on stage.
When exhibitors work the talk-show circuit with animals, the displaced and often frightened animals must be crated for extended periods, transported, handled excessively and displayed in front of clapping, shouting crowds. When not “working,” animals are often kept in close confinement, deprived of exercise, enrichment and companionship.
Many of the animals displayed on stage are babies, and removing them from their mothers and subjecting them to the rigors of transport and the stress of an unfamiliar environment speaks volumes about these exhibitors’ desire for the spotlight.
One of the alligators tried to bite Salmoni. The two young ostriches attempted to escape after clearly being startled. The young giraffe was bucking, resisting, and kicking. Because of their unique long necks and legs, transporting giraffes is extremely difficult and can cause them life-threatening injuries. These animals were making their discomfort known loud and clear.
After the incident, he said, “[U]ntil you see a cat who you think loves you try to kill you–until you see that for yourself — you wouldn’t believe it.” Yet, he has no qualms about bringing wild and dangerous animals into close public contact.
Hollywood animal exhibitor Sidney Yost — who made headlines for years for beating animals with sticks and feeding them contaminated food — was slapped with $30,000 in fines for more than 40 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Wildlife entertainers treat animals as if they were little more than stuffed toys and downplay their extremely specialized needs. Because exotics are sold at flea markets, auctions, in swap sheets and through the internet, it’s easy for people to buy on a whim. Unbelievably, there is no federal law prohibiting private ownership of wild or dangerous animals. Countless people have been seriously maimed or killed by their own exotic “pets,” and most animals who finally snap end up paying with their lives.
Jimmy Kimmel is by all accounts a nice guy, and there’s no reason to believe that any of these late-night hosts have malevolent intent when they book animal shows. But he and all the other talk show hosts can save lives by refusing to invite wildlife pimps to appear on their shows.
Audible’s two-night live reading of Billy Crystal’s new play Have a Nice Day has rounded out its Off Broadway cast, with Keegan-Michael Key, Darrell Hammond and Dick Cavett among those set to take the Minetta Lane Theatre stage with Crystal, Annette Bening and Kevin Kline next month.
The Have a Nice Day reading, set for October 7-8, will be recorded live, with the audio made available on Amazon’s Audible service shortly thereafter. The new play is part of Audible’s…
As movie franchises go, the “Predator” films have an abundance of iconic, over-the-top, ridiculously quotable lines — way more than a normal film series. It’s likely due to the franchise’s semi-unusual combination of interesting science fiction, ’80s action movie machismo, and surprising willingness to be extremely campy. It results in movies full of lines that are absurd and yet perfectly reasonable when fighting an alien safari hunter that turns people’s skulls into trophies.
Here’s a rundown of 14 great, weird and goofy lines from “Predator,” “Predator 2,” and the newly released Shane Black movie “The Predator.”
“What’s the matter? The CIA got you pushing too many pencils?”
Everyone knows the shot of Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Dillon (Carl Weathers) greeting each other by grabbing hands and flexing their ridiculously big arms, but Dutch’s line making fun of Dillon for getting slightly soft thanks to his desk job is icing on the sweaty muscle cake.
“Predator” is full of quotable, extremely manly dialogue, but it rarely turns up a catch-phrase — except for the time when Dutch throws a huge machete at a guy and it pins him to a wall. Dutch even stops what he’s doing for a close-up to deliver the line — because taking a moment for camp is essential to the DNA of “Predator” movies.
“I ain’t got time to bleed”
Jesse Ventura throws out this iconic line as Blain during the early portion of the movie. He gets shot but doesn’t seem to notice or care, explaining to Poncho (Richard Chaves) that he’s too busy for bleeding.
“I’ll bleed ya, real quiet, and leave ya here. Got that?”
The underlying plot of the first half of “Predator” is that Dillon tricks Dutch and his rescue team to hit a rebel camp by telling them there are hostages there — but the mission is actually about taking out the rebel force and gathering intelligence. Dillon is out of practice for field ops, and when he gives away the team’s position, Mac (Bill Duke) issues this extremely credible threat — he’s almost as scary as the Predator with his delivery.
“Get to the chopper!”
Simply an iconic Schwarzenegger line that’s all about running the hell away from the Predator.
“What the hell are you?”
A ponderous moment in “Predator” toward the end, when Schwarzenegger’s Dutch asks the defeated Predator an existential question — and the Predator asks it right back. This franchise has its deep moments.
“Want some candy?”
The weird things the Predator chooses to record and repeat back to humans when he meets them are spooky in their own way. A kid offers the Predator some candy in “Predator 2,” and he repeats it to Danny Glover later, apparently just to be unsettling — because the Predator likes to murder you, but he also likes when you feel vaguely uncomfortable first.
“He’s on safari. The lions, the tigers, the bears — oh my”
Glover’s Harrigan takes the fight to the Predator in “Predator 2,” and even throws out some zingers along the way. Once the Predator takes his mask off, it opens up Glover to mock the creature’s weird skin flaps around his mouth, in this case while they’re both dangling off a building. It’s a perfect encapsulation of the intense camp of “Predator 2.”
No ’90s movie would be complete without it.
“F—ing you up is their idea of tourism”
The “Predator” movies all have a moment when someone sits down to explain what the deal is with all these alien murders going on, but the ones in “The Predator” are both concise and pretty hilarious. Sterling K. Brown’s Traeger has a way of explaining scary alien things in an upbeat way.
“If your mom’s vagina were a video game it’d be rated E for Everyone.”
The “Predator” films are full of dudes making sex jokes at each other. This one from Keegan-Michael Key’s character Coyle is special, in that it requires some esoteric knowledge of the video game retail rating system that provides guidance to parents.
“He’s more like a … bass fisherman”
Olivia Munn’s character Casey Bracket in “The Predator” points out, pretty aptly, that an alien that goes on safari to hunt humans for sport isn’t really a “predator,” since predators hunt for food. The answer to her assessment from Traeger is equally great: “We took a vote. Predator’s cooler.”
We’ve been getting “Predator” movies for more than three decades at this point, and Fox is hoping that Shane Black’s “The Predator” will give the franchise a much-needed nudge to keep it going for a while longer. So how does the new flick stand up against all the “Predator” movies that have come before?
6. “Predators” — This is the only one of these movies that I actively dislike. It’s just boring and weirdly dour. “Predators” is ultimately too moody to really be fun, and that’s immensely frustrating.
5. “Alien vs. Predator” — I quite like Paul WS Anderson’s crossover with the “Alien” franchise, but there’s no denying that it’s held back by its PG-13 rating. The gore is constantly just offscreen, leaving you with a nagging feeling that something was missing the whole time.
4. “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” — “Requiem” gets a bum rap because it has the feel in a lot of ways like a direct-to-video sequel. But it’s so gross and fun that I could never dislike it.
3. “Predator” – Just a really fun 80s action movie. In a vacuum I might rank it higher, but Arnold was in so many bizarre and awesome action movies that this one feels a little bit mundane in comparison to the rest of his filmography. And also in comparison to the other “Predator” movies.
2. “Predator 2” — I prefer Danny Glover’s battle with a Predator over the original because the novelty value is much higher, being set in LA. It’s sheer madness, and I love it.
1. “The Predator” — It may be a controversial pick, but I don’t care. Shane Black’s movie is a mess, but it’s totally gleeful, totally fun and totally funny. It’s a great time, so long as you remember this is an awesome trashy franchise.
Fox’s “The Predator” earned $2.5 million at the Thursday box office, while Paul Feig’s noir thriller “A Simple Favor” grossed $900,000.
Produced for $88 million, Shane Black’s film is expected to earn in the high $20 million range. “The Predator” stars Boyd Holdbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Trevante Rhodes and Keegan-Michael Key. It currently holds a score of 34 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
“The Predator” starts with a boy (Tremblay) who accidentally turns on an alien signal that he thinks is a toy. The signal triggers the return of the titular alien race, which has become even stronger thanks to DNA fusion with other races it has hunted.
“A Simple Favor” is expected to gross somewhere in the mid-teens this weekend. Starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding, the film follows a small-town blogger who sets out to discover why her best friend, Emily, has suddenly disappeared. Emily’s husband joins in the search, only for the two to fall down a path of mystery and murder. Written by Jessica Sherzer, the film has an 83 percent RT score.
New Line’s “The Nun,” which is expected to go head-to-head with “The Predator” for the number one spot this weekend, grossed another $2.2 million on Thursday, bringing its cumulative total to $66.9 million since its debut last weekend.
Sony’s “White Boy Rick” took in $575,000 on Thursday night from 2,176 locations. The studio is projecting an opening weekend between $8 million and $10 million.
“White Boy Rick” stars Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt as a father and son duo living in Detroit at the height of the cocaine wars in the 1980s. The son, Rick Wershe, Jr., became known as an undercover police informant and one of the city’s most successful drug dealers before being abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison — all before the age of 18. Yann Demange (“’71”) directed the film from a script written by Andy Weiss with Logan and Noah Miller.
It’s been eight years since the infamous Predator has appeared on the big screen, but Fox and writer/director Shane Black have finally given us “The Predator” to wash out the taste of 2010’s “Predators.”
“The Predator” is often referred to as a reboot of the franchise, but in fact it is actually a sequel, actually referencing the first two “Predator” movies — “Predators” isn’t references, but that movie didn’t take place on Earth so these characters wouldn’t know anything about that whole thing.
In any case, this being a sequel, those heading to the theater this weekend to check out “The Predator” have plenty of reason to wonder if they need to keep their butts in their seats once the credits roll at the end of the movie for a post-credits scene. These bonus scenes have become a staple of franchises of all sorts, and not just Marvel movies.
So what’s the answer? Does “The Predator” have a post-credits scene?
While “The Predator” certainly does end on a note that lays the groundwork for a sequel, with McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) and Brackett (Olivia Munn) taking possession of the “Predator-killer” suit of armor, that really is the end of it. So while we would always encourage movie watchers to stick around through the credits out of respect for the many, many people who worked hard to bring the film to life, if you need to get to the bathroom or just otherwise are in a rush, you can head out out of the theater knowing there are no extra scenes after the credits to stick around for.
“The Predator” is directed by Shane Black and written by Black and Fred Dekker, and stars Holbrook, Munn, Sterling K. Brown (who is delightful), Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera and Yvone Strahovski.
“The Predator” star Olivia Munn says she was “chastised” by Fox after speaking out about convincing the studio to remove a scene from the movie that she unknowingly did with a registered sex offender.
“When I did call my co-stars, I got chastised the next day by people in the studio for telling them and, why am I not just keeping quiet? It’s all going to be OK, it got deleted, what’s the big deal?” she told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday.
In response, a Twentieth Century Fox spokesperson told TheWrap, “At no time has anyone at our studio discouraged Olivia from speaking with her fellow cast members on any topic — or chastised her after the fact.”
Munn said when she found out that director Shane Black had hired a registered sex offender for a minor role in the movie, she called her co-stars to give them a “heads up.”
“My cast members, nobody said anything to me about it, nobody talked to me, nobody reached out that whole day,” she explained. “At first, I thought it’s because they just don’t know what to say, but privately, I did feel iced out.”
This past week, Los Angeles Times reported Black had cast longtime friend Steven Wilder Striegel for a cameo role in “The Predator,” as he had done for past films. The scene was a short, three-page dialogue between him and Munn.
But after shooting wrapped, Munn discovered that Striegel had pled guilty to two charges in 2010 after being accused of sexually propositioning a teenager by email. After notifying Fox of Striegel’s history, the scene was removed by Fox.
Black, Munn, and the film’s cast — including Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Keegan Michael-Key — gathered this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival for the film’s premiere, but in an interview with Vanity Fair, Munn said that she has been left on her own to discuss the removed scene with reporters, with one co-star even walking off an interview he was doing with Munn when the topic was brought up.
Holbrook and Sterling K. Brown, who didn’t attend TIFF, have since released statements. But Munn says that she hasn’t heard from Black regarding his decision to give Striegel the cameo since reporting her findings to Fox last month.
After more than 20 years and five motion pictures, moviegoers still know very little about the alien species called “Predators.” They’re big, they’re tough, they hunt humans for sport, and that was all most filmmakers needed to crank out butt-kicking sci-fi/horror movies.
But times have changed, audiences love mythology, and now we have “The Predator,” a film that reveals more than we ever knew about these iconic movie villains — and more or less ruins them forever.
“The Predator” stars Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”) as Quinn McKenna, a sniper whose latest mission is interrupted when an unidentified flying object crash-lands into his line of fire. A Predator emerges, kills Quinn’s whole troop, and Quinn escapes with a valuable piece of its technology, which he mails to himself for insurance, just in case the government tries to cover it up. (He also swallows another piece of it, for no other reason than he’ll need to poop that out later for plot purposes.)
Sure enough, a cover-up commences. Dr. Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn) gets called in to analyze the captured, living Predator. Quinn gets institutionalized for seeing aliens. And his mysterious package of alien mystery accidentally winds up in the hands of his young son, Rory (Jacob Tremblay, “Room”), who immediately opens it up and begins unlocking its dangerous contents.
Before too long, the Predator escapes, Quinn goes on the run with Casey and a therapy group filled with soldiers suffering from comic-relief mental illnesses, and they’re all looking for Rory and the missing alien technology. Along they way, they learn more about Predators and almost nothing about themselves.
There is a lot to unpack in “The Predator,” but we have to start somewhere, so let’s start with the movie’s tone. John McTiernan’s original “Predator” was a funny film, but the humor served a purpose. It was about wise-cracking tough guy mercenaries who bragged about their sexual prowess and their capacity for violence. So when a vagina-faced alien showed up and slaughtered them one-by-one, and all that bravado faded away, it had a dramatic impact. “Predator” subverted all the macho expectations of the 1980s.
“The Predator” is also a funny film, but its humor is in service of itself. The quips never stop flying, even at the film’s most serious moments, telling fans of the franchise that director Shane Black (who co-wrote with Fred Dekker) isn’t taking this film seriously. And as we learn over the course of the film why the Predators keep coming back to Earth, why they take trophies, and why one of the Predators has turned rogue, we also see that Black doesn’t take the stories and themes that the previous “Predator” movies explored seriously either. The film’s final scene would be laughable in fan fiction, but now it’s actual canon.
It’s possible that some audiences take the “Predator” movies less seriously than others, and those audiences might find something to enjoy about this new installment. There are lots of jokes, even though they’re only sporadically funny. There are lots of action sequences, even though they’re edited haphazardly and sometimes hard to follow. There are lots of monsters, even though the more we learn about them, the harder it is to care.
But there is also a strange attitude in “The Predator,” one that thinks mental illness is serious enough to be the basis for a movie, but not serious enough to take seriously. Quinn’s therapy group consists of hard-working actors like Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Keanu”), Alfie Allen (“Game of Thrones”) and Thomas Jane (“1922”), but despite all their talent, and despite appearing in a franchise based on exploring the fragility of the male ego, they’re reduced to comic relief quip machines.
Their suicidal thoughts, their PTSD, even their Tourette syndrome are exploited for superficial humor, until the film finally suggests that they can overcome all their mental-health issues by simply soldiering up and killing some monsters. (Which, again, betrays the original point of the series.)
Meanwhile, young Rory has Asperger’s syndrome, which Black and Dekker treat like a superpower. Rory manages to decode alien languages on the fly and crack extraterrestrial technology by feel. So when “The Predator” isn’t dismissing real-life, complicated psychological conditions as stupid jokes, it’s dismissing real-life, complicated psychological conditions as convenient plot points. And it’s basing the entire movie on those characters, so it’s hard to ignore just how troubling its attitude really is.
And the film’s attitude towards women is troubling as well, and not just in light of the recent controversy. Olivia Munn’s character is mistreated left and right. She’s drugged and wakes up surrounded by strange men, in a scene that’s played for laughs and is the opposite of funny. The movie insists that she needs to lighten up and accept their immaturity, and that’s not funny either. And poor Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), who plays Rory’s mother, gets only one big moment, and it’s when she gives a passionate speech about how the ex-husband she doesn’t like is the true hero the world needs.
Fans of the “Predator” movies were largely disappointed by the first “Alien vs. Predator” movie, which reduced an exhilarating, intelligent monster movie franchise into jokey matinee nonsense, aimed at Saturday morning audiences. Shane Black’s “The Predator” does more of the same. It’s violent and foul-mouthed enough to earn an R-rating, but there’s a big difference between “for mature audiences” and actually being “mature.” This is an insipid, superficial movie in a franchise that mostly avoided those unflattering distinctions in the past.
Like the ragtag group of ex-soldiers they were playing, the stars of The Predator didn’t know what they were in for, signing up for Shane Black’s 2018 reboot of the franchise—but they were satisfied with where they ended up, and the rapport that developed between them over time.
Approached for the project, actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key saw that the Predator sequel checked two of the usual boxes—an exciting franchise update and a visionary filmmaker were both on…
Earlier this morning, we got a look at the final trailer for The Predator before the film comes out on September 14. And we have to say, compared to the trailers that were released priorto it, this one is much, much better. Give whoever cut this trailer the afternoon off—and let’s run down the ways it succeeds.
20th Century Fox has dropped the red-band trailer for franchise reset The Predator ahead of the genre film’s premiere at the start of the Midnight Madness section Thursday at the Toronto Film Festival.
Connoisseurs of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger original will see some familiar DNA. But director and co-writer Shane Black has taken things in a decidedly Shane Black direction, based on the trailer and footage shown last month at Comic-Con. That means more of everything…
“The Predator” invaded San Diego Comic-Con 2018 to give fans in Hall H a new look at the upcoming movie, with director Shane Black and the cast giving a sense of how the latest movie in Fox’s franchise will up the stakes.
The “Predator” series, dating back to the 1987 original, is always about an alien hunter showing up on Earth to kill some humans for sport. In the original movie, it took down a powerful group of commandos led by a soldier named Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), before it was finally beaten. In “Predator 2,” an alien showed up in Los Angeles to take on gang members, before a detective played by Danny Glover took it down.
Black (who played one of the first characters killed in the original 1987 film), explained during the Comic-Con panel that this new movie expands on the story of the Predator. On the home planet of the aliens, there’s a faction that’s none too happy about their hunters getting killed by humans — not once, but twice. (It seems the “Alien vs. Predator” movies aren’t factoring in here, which makes sense.) Those angry Predators want revenge, and they’re headed back to Earth to get it.
Meanwhile, the heroes seem to know something about the Predator situation as well, and they’re gearing up to fight back. But as the footage showed at Comic-Con suggested, neither side is ready for a new type of Predator that’s showing up on the scene, and doesn’t seem to be loyal to anybody.
The first of two clips shown in Hall H gave a sense of the humor Director Shane Black and Fred Dekker’s script will bring to the movie. It featured a group of soldiers — including those played by Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguilera — breaking into a hotel room where Olivia Munn’s character, Casey Bracket, is sleeping. The group stages a situation by placing various objects around the room, then wakes up Casey to see how she’ll react to them. Key’s character, Coyle, is excited to note that he was right when Casey grabs a shotgun they left in the room and turns it on Holbrook’s character, Quinn. The shotgun isn’t loaded — which we learn when she tries to shoot Quinn, which Coyle also predicted — but Casey’s response tells the group they want her on their mission.
What is that mission? To hunt down a Predator, which they tell Casey “hunts humans for sport.” When one of them points out that actual predators don’t hunt for sport, Casey jumps in — “That’s what I said!”
A second scene later showed the soldiers with Rory, played by Jacob Tremblay, being hunted by a Predator — only for the other, giant Super Predator who isn’t wearing any of the normal high tech Predator gear, to show up and attack his own kind. The Super Predator beats down the regular predator, body slamming him on top of a car. Then the Super Predator rips the other Predator’s mask off, punches him to death, and tears off his head as the humans escape the scene.
“They’re hunting each other now?” Bracket asks as the scene ended.
They wrapped up the footage with a new short trailer, featuring more of that previously unseen predator-on-predator action.
All that lore and expanded story could suggest a new direction for the “Predator” franchise in general. Producer John Davis told Variety this week that “The Predator” could open the door for a new “Predator” trilogy, and that he wants Black to return for both those movies should they come to fruition.
“The Predator” hits theaters on Sept. 14 and stars Holbrook, Tremblay, Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Key, Thomas Jane, Yvonne Strahovski and Sterling K. Brown.
Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper” grossed $1.95 million at the Thursday box office, while Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 3” earned $2.6 million in previews.
In comparison, Johnson’s last movie “Rampage” earned $2.4 million in previews before opening to $35.8 million. Perhaps another comparison is “The Legend of Tarzan,” which earned $2.6 million in previews before grossing $38.5 million its opening weekend in 2016.
Legendary and Universal’s “Skyscraper” is looking to open in the $35 million to $40 million range, against a reported budget of $120 million.
The action film stars Johnson as Will Sawyer, a former FBI agent and amputee who gets a job as head of security for the tallest building in the world. But when terrorists attack the building and frame him for the crime, Sawyer must both clear his name and save his family from danger. Rawson Marshall Thurber wrote and directed the film, which has a 52 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Neve Campbell also stars.
The animated film “Hotel Transylvania 3” is also opening this weekend and is expected to open in a similar range as “Skyscraper,” with both films contending against “Ant-Man and the Wasp” for the No. 1 spot. $35-40 million opening would be a solid start for “Hotel Transylvania 3,” given it had a budget of $65 million.
By comparison, the first “Hotel Transylvania” opened to $42 million in 2012, while the 2015 sequel opened to $48 million, the best opening for an animated Sony release.
“Hotel Transylvania 3” sees Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his family take a break from running the monster getaway spot and head on a cruise vacation. Along the way, Dracula falls in love with the ship’s captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), not knowing she is the great-granddaughter of Dracula’s archrival, Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan).
Genndy Tartakovsky directed the film and co-wrote it with Michael McCullers. The film also stars an ensemble cast featuring Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, and Mel Brooks, all of whom reprise their roles from the previous films in the series. The film has a 59 percent RT score.
Keegan-Michael Key has joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming blaxploitation biopic “Dolemite Is My Name!”, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The film is currently in production under the direction of Craig Brewer.
“Dolemite Is My Name!” stars Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore, who was known as the Godfather of Rap for his raunchy comedic rap albums. In the albums, Moore adopted the alter ego Dolemite, a garishly dressed pimp who would brag about his women and sexual exploits with racy lyrics.
In 1975, Moore used the profits from his albums to star and produce “Dolemite,” a blaxploitation film about the titular pimp who takes on a corrupt nightclub owner with the help of his kung fu prostitutes. The film is regarded as one of the biggest successes of the genre. In the upcoming film, Key will play Jerry Jones, the man whom Moore convinced to write the screenplay and who also starred in the film as an FBI agent who helps Dolemite from the shadows.
The signing comes as Netflix rolls out its “Strong Black Lead” initiative, which aims to expand and highlight the streaming service’s list of original programming featuring black creators in Hollywood. The cast of “Dolemite Is My Name!” also includes Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and T.I.
Performing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is no easy task. You have to be a roast master to an incredibly tough room, not all of whom can take a joke. If you do poorly, well, at least it’s on C-SPAN. If you do well, it’s almost as thankless a gig as hosting the Oscars, and you might still earn the ire of politicians and the media. “The Daily Show” correspondent Michelle Wolf found that out the hard way this week when she joked about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But if you think she was tough, you should look back at how personalities like Stephen Colbert, Don Imus and Larry Wilmore handled the evening. Wolf is just the latest in a long line of comedians and politicians who shocked the crowd at the annual “Nerd Prom.” Here are some of the more outrageous moments in the WHCD’s history.
Gerald Ford Does His Best Chevy Chase (1976)
Before the Correspondents’ Dinner was even broadcast on CSPAN, Gerald Ford brought a little bit of Hollywood into the proceedings. He opened his remarks by saying, “I’m Gerald Ford, and you’re not,” a nod to Chevy Chase’s “Weekend Update” catch phrase on “SNL” after Chase would frequently impersonate Ford.
Don Imus Does Exactly What You’d Expect (1996)
For years the WHCD had been hosted by people like Jay Leno, Bob Hope, even Yakov Smirnoff. But in 1996, radio shock jock Don Imus made everyone in Washington fair game for roasting. He started looking disheveled, asking why a folder on his podium was just left “lying around,” a swipe at Hillary Clinton and the Whitewater investigation. He even insulted Newt Gingrich’s lesbian half sister and Joe Biden’s hair transplant.
Stephen Colbert Performs in Character (2006)
Stephen Colbert was only rising as a comedian in 2006, so he got away with a massive gambit: performing in front of George W. Bush in character as his trademark Republican pundit and blowhard, “Stephen Colbert.” For a while it looked like he even had the President fooled. “We’re not so different,” Colbert said in faux-admiration. “We’re not brainiacs on the nerd patrol.” It was cutting satire laced in irony that ultimately left Bush visibly upset.
Jay Leno Recycles His Jokes (2010)
In 2010, Jay Leno was looking like the bad guy in the NBC debacle that wrestled “The Tonight Show” away from Conan O’Brien. So for what would be his fourth time hosting the WHCD, Leno played it safe and recycled some gags that he had already done on air. “If you took all the money the Republicans have spent trying to stop health care, and all the money Democrats have spent trying to get health care, we could afford health care, you know that?” His material didn’t go great the first time around, and he bombed even harder in front of the press crowd.
Barack Obama Taunts Trump (2011)
And this is where it all begins. Barack Obama made the idea of Donald Trump running for president such a joke that it might’ve been the reason he ultimately decided to run. Obama first teased that Trump, more than anyone, was happy to put the birther conspiracy to rest. “He can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like, did we fake the moon landing? What happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?” Then he talked up Trump’s “credentials,” specifically how he chose to fire Gary Busey on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” “These are the decisions that would keep me up at night.”
Obama Brings Out His Anger Translator (2015)
2015 host Cecily Strong found out that Obama proved to be a tough act to follow. He would trot out his tightest 20 minutes each time the Correspondents’ Dinner rolled around. And though Key & Peele were a formidable duo, there’s nothing better than the real thing. Keegan Michael Key played his famous character, Obama’s Anger Translator Luther, speaking for the actual President in a brief sketch. “Hold on to your lilly-white butts!”
Larry Wilmore Calls Obama ‘My N—a” (2016)
Former “Daily Show” correspondent Larry Wilmore admitted he “lost the room early” in his WHCD set. But he sparked the most outrage when he got real with Obama. “Mr. President, if I’m going to keep it 100: ‘Yo, Barry, you did it, my n–. You did it,” Wilmore said to wrap up his speech. “The View” even called his remarks “so disrespectful.”
Michelle Wolf “Compliments” Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s “Smoky Eye” (2018)
While President Trump declined to attend the WHCD for the second year in a row, he this year sent Sarah Huckabee Sanders in his stead, and Michelle Wolf didn’t let her off easy. Wolf called Sanders a liar and she compared her to Aunt Lydia in the dystopian “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But her joke that created the biggest stir was this one: “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.” Many journalists in attendance criticized Wolf for attacking Sanders’s appearance, but the nature of the joke has been debated endlessly.
Keegan-Michael Key says reshoots on Shane Black’s “The Predator” reboot changed most of the movie’s third act.
“We just finished [reshoots] last week, and just about three-quarters of the third act was rewritten,” Key told CinemaBlend. “And Shane Black is… he’s just a consummate professional, and a consummate writer. He’s a wordsmith! It was a really, really exhilarating experience, and I think that he’s still one of our most vibrant writers of cinema.”
Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski and Boyd Holbrook star in the remake. Holbrook stars in the film as an ex-Marine who discovers the existence of the titular alien species and is forced to lead the fight against them. Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) plays the marine’s son, an autistic boy who is bullied in school but becomes vital to his father’s mission as his ability to quickly learn languages proves to be a valuable tool.
“The Predator” will be the first installment in the “Predator” series since 2007’s “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.” Black co-wrote the screenplay with Fred Dekker (“Monster Squad”).
The original “Predator” movie came out in 1987 and famously starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite special forces team on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America — before being hunted down an advance alien life form.
Jordan Peele is following his first Oscar win by reuniting with his former collaborator and friend Keegan-Michael Key. The comedy duo will star in Henry Selick’s new stop-motion film for Netflix titled “Wendell and Wild.” The filmmaker is a pioneer in the stop-motion animation genre thanks to his classic films “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Coraline.” The director hasn’t released a film since the latter title in 2009.
Key and Peele will voice demon brothers who try to scheme their way out of hell by facing off against their arch-enemy. Peele is also helping Selick and co-writer Clay McLeod Chapman with the script. The actor won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay this year thanks to his breakout directorial effort “Get Out.” Argentinian artist Pablo Lobato will tackle the animated character designs for the film.
The two comedians spent five seasons as the creators and stars of Comedy Central’s sketch comedy series “Key & Peele.” The show won a Peabody Award and two Emmys during its run. In addition to “Wendell and Wild,” Peele aims to being production on his next directorial effort this fall and is producing Spike Lee’s “Black Kingsman.”
Netflix has not given a release date for “Wendell and Wild.”
Academy Award-winner Jordan Peele is re-teaming with comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key for Netflix’s stop-motion feature “Wendell and Wild,” directed by Henry Selick. Key and Peele will voice the titular scheming demon brothers forced to face-off against their arch-enemy in order to earn their way out of hell. Selick is writing the script with Peele, who […]