Songs, Movies & Moments: March 2017

Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is a successful black photographer who is starting to get serious with his white girlfriend, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) in the horror film Get Out.

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

Comedian Jordan Peele managed to take a blend of scathing wit, terror, and a painfully relevant plot and turn them into box office gold.

His directorial debut, Get Out, pulled $33.4 million and the number-one spot during the film’s opening weekend.

According to Deadline, Get Out is the third-best #1 opening for Universal/Blumhouse, behind Split and The Purge. Word-of-mouth screenings and positive film reviews also helped propel the clever horror film to large opening numbers.

“With every recruited screening, there was an extraordinary visible reaction in the room,” Universal distribution chief Nick Carpou says. “The audience was engaging with each other and it was clear the movie was just playable. It hit you on several levels: Get Out is entertaining, then scary and funny; it’s subversive in that way. It’s not just a genre movie, but a combination of many elements.”

The film tells the story of black photographer Chris Washington (played by Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend Rose Amitage (Allison Williams of Girls) as they travel to Rose’s hometown to meet her parents. Though Rose attempts to reassure Chris that her parents won’t have an issue with their interracial relationship, Chris isn’t as sure. He relents and the couple jump into their car for the getaway. Upon arriving at the Armitage’s home, it becomes clear that the only people of color in her family’s orbit seem to be two servants.

Get Out takes aim at white liberals who feign empathy but continue to fall into stereotypes and biased tendencies. This movie was created to shine a light on racism and the notion that race relations have evolved to the point of society being color-blind.

“It was important to me for this movie not to be about this black guy going to the South, to a red state, where the presumption for a lot of people is that everybody’s racist there. This was really meant to take a stab at the liberal elite that tends to believe that they’re/we’re above these things.”

Get Out is in theaters everywhere.

Viola Davis

Fresh off of her Oscar win, How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis will be donning a producer’s hat and working with Lifetime, where she’ll produce and star in the original film Custody.

Custody tells the story of three women whose lives intersect when a “hard-working single mother,” Sarah Diaz (Catalina Sandino Moreno), has her child taken away from her after she is suspected of abuse.

Ally Fisher (Hayden Panettiere) is a young law school graduate assigned to represent Diaz before Judge Martha Schulman (played by Davis), a veteran of the Family Court System.

Custody will premiere March 4 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

Mahershala Ali

The cast of Moonlighting took home the Oscar for Best Picture, and star Mahershala Ali won for Best Supporting Actor, but that wasn’t all this cast has scored. The men of Moonlighting inked a big campaign with Calvin Klein as models.

Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Alex Hibbert each played Moonlight’s lead character, Chiron, in difference stages of his life, and all three will star in the ads. The actors wore Calvin Klein suits to the Oscars, as did nominated costar Naomie Harris.

Shot by Willy Vandeperre, the series of nine photos marks the second major campaign for Calvin Klein’s new creative director, Raf Simons. Simons debuted his first collection with the brand during Men’s Fashion Week in January and launched his first full collection during New York Fashion Week.

James Harden and Khloe Kardashian

Houston Rockets’ all-star guard James Harden has opened up about his ‘romance’ with Khloe Kardashian recently in Sports Illustrated. Harden spoke at length about the relationship and the attention that came with dating the reality star—calling it the worst year of his life.

“I felt like it was for no reason. I wasn’t getting anything out of it except my name out there and my face out there, and I don’t need that,” Harden said. “It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it wasn’t me.”

Harden admitted that a trip to Miami during the basketball season was the breaking point. He was swarmed by paparazzi the second he got off the plane and says that it was distracting his game.

“I don’t need pictures of myself when I’m driving my car. Who cares? What shoes am I wearing? Who cares? Where am I eating? Who cares? It was unnecessary stuff that I think trickled down to my teammates. I had to eliminate that.”

Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese is officially off the market. The singer and actor shared a special video on Instagram and photos that proved he and his new Missus tied the knot on Valentine’s Day.

The video included photos from the wedding, where the bride wore a pink wedding gown and a crystal head-piece, while the singer wore a classic tux. Along with the video, Tyrese shared a message with viewers that “the best way to express your love towards this blessed union is to keep us covered in prayer.”

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