Category: US

Will Lupita Nyong’o Nab Her Second Oscar for ‘Us’?


As guests filed into Austin’s Paramount Theatre for the world premiere of “Us” at South by Southwest on the evening of March 8, there was audible whispering about whether Jordan Peele’s latest film would win over fans, critics and, ultimately, Academy voters. His freshman effort, “Get Out,” not only took in $255 million worldwide but […]

How ‘Us’ Pulled Off Subtle Differences in Costumes, Design, Music for Parallel Characters


“Us,” Jordan Peele’s second outing as a director, following his 2017 critical and box office success “Get Out,” revisits similar psychological horror-thriller territory. But this time the stakes are, well, doubled.  In the new film, to be released by Universal on March 21, Adelaide Wilson, played by Lupita Nyong’o, returns to her childhood beachside home […]

‘Wonder Park’ Once Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending


In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the third week in row with “Wonder Park.” Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $6.32 million through Sunday for 1,503 national […]

Jordan Peele Holds ‘Us’ Screenings Nationwide for #UsFirst


As Jordan Peele’s latest horror pic “Us” debuted at South by Southwest, the director and producer held three other screenings nationwide for mostly black audiences, using the hashtag #UsFirst. The Los Angeles screening reportedly played host to several celebs, including John Legend, Janelle Monae, Ryan Coogler, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lakeith Stanfield, Robin Theade, and La […]

SXSW: From ‘Us’ to ‘Pet Sematary,’ 2019 Festival Offers Heavy-Hitting Slate


This year, the SXSW Film Festival’s selection committee sorted through 2,500 feature film submissions and 6,500 shorts to arrive at its program of 134 features and 110 shorts, which will unspool over nine days beginning March 8. For a festival that was initially seen as a younger sibling to the Austin conference’s music component, the […]

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