Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor and playwright. He made his television debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real. Following his first leading role in the comedy-drama film Roger Dodger, he appeared in the drama film The Emperor's Club, the psychological thriller film The Village, the comedy-drama film The Squid and the Whale, the drama film The Education of Charlie Banks. In 2009, Eisenberg had his breakthrough with starring roles in the comedy-drama film Adventureland and the horror comedy Zombieland, his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher's The Social Network earned him nominations for various awards, including the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Academy Award for Best Actor. He starred in Holy Rollers, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Eisenberg voiced the main character, Blu, a male Spix's macaw, in the animated films Rio and Rio 2, his other films include the action-comedy film 30 Minutes or Less, the action-comedy film American Ultra, the Woody Allen films To Rome with Love and Café Society, the heist film Now You See Me and its sequel Now You See Me 2.
In 2016, Eisenberg portrayed Lex Luthor in the blockbuster superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Eisenberg has contributed pieces to The New McSweeney's websites, he has written and starred in three plays for the New York stage: Asuncion, The Revisionist, The Spoils. Eisenberg's first book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups: and Other Stories, a short story collection, was released in September 2015. Eisenberg was born in Queens, New York, grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey, his mother, who now teaches cross cultural sensitivity in hospitals worked as a clown at children's parties and choreographer for a Catholic high school for 20 years. His father, Barry Eisenberg, drove a taxicab owned and worked at a hospital, became a college professor, teaching sociology, he has two sisters, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, a former child actress, once famous as the "Pepsi girl" in a series of commercials. His other sister, Kerri Eisenberg, now Kerry Lea, who worked as an actress, ran a vegetarianism and animal rights-based children's theatre troupe, is now an independent artist in New York.
Being Jewish, he was brought up in a secular Jewish family, that originated in Ukraine. He attended the East Brunswick Public Schools at Frost School, Hammarskjold Middle School, Churchill Junior High School, spent his sophomore year at East Brunswick High School. Eisenberg transferred to the Professional Performing Arts School in New York; when he was a senior, he received his breakthrough role in the independent comedy-drama film Roger Dodger. His work in the film prevented Eisenberg from enrolling at New York University. Instead, Eisenberg would go on to study anthropology and contemporary architecture at The New School in Greenwich Village, where he majored in liberal arts, with a concentration in democracy and cultural pluralism. Eisenberg struggled to fit in at school due to an anxiety disorder, began acting in plays at an early age; when he was 7, he starred as Oliver Twist in a children's theater production of the musical Oliver!, by the age of 12 he was an understudy in the 1996 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke.
At 13, he understudied the role of Young Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol starring Tony Randall. Eisenberg made his first professional role in Arje Shaw's off-Broadway play, The Gathering, at the age of 16, he stated, "When playing a role, I would feel more comfortable, as you're given a prescribed way of behaving."He started writing screenplays at 16, some of which were optioned by major studios, but he claimed that he was dissatisfied with the lack of control he had over his creations once they were sold. Eisenberg got into trouble with Woody Allen's lawyers. Instead of a seal of approval, he received two "desist" letters. Eisenberg went on to star in two films directed by Allen, To Rome with Love, Café Society. Eisenberg made his television debut in the series Get Real, from 1999 to 2000. In 2001, he appeared in a UK Dr Pepper commercial as "Butt Naked Boy." After appearing in the made-for-television film Lightning: Fire from the Sky at 18, he starred in the independent film Roger Dodger, in The Emperor's Club, both of which were released in 2002 to positive reviews.
Eisenberg was sick for the majority of the nightclub scene and can be seen sweating in different shots. In 2005, Eisenberg appeared in Cursed, a horror film directed by Wes Craven, The Squid and the Whale, a well-reviewed independent drama starring Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels. In 2007, he starred opposite Richard Gere and Terrence Howard in The Hunting Party, a comic thriller in which he plays an American journalist reporting from Bosnia. In 2009, Eisenberg played the lead role in Adventureland, a comedy directed by Greg Mottola and filmed in Kennywood Park, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Filming wrapped in October 2007, the film had its premier at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. In November 2007, Eisenberg was cast in the indie comic-drama Holy Rollers alongside his sister, Hallie Eisenberg, who played his fictional sister in the film, he played a young Hasidic Jew who becomes involved in the ecstasy smuggling trade, using his religion as a disguise to deal without suspicion. Filming took place in New York in 2008.
During the late
Suicide Squad (film)
Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film based on the DC Comics supervillain team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Viola Davis, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Jared Leto. In Suicide Squad, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for reduced sentences. By February 2009, a Suicide Squad film was in development at Warner Bros. Ayer signed on to write and direct in September 2014, by October, the casting process had begun. Principal photography began in Toronto, Ontario on April 13, 2015, with additional filming in Chicago and ended in August that year. Suicide Squad premiered in New York City on August 1, 2016, was released in the United States in 2D, Real D 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D on August 5, 2016.
Following a strong debut that set new box office records, the film grossed over $746 million worldwide, making it the 10th highest-grossing film of 2016. It received negative reviews from critics, who criticized the plot, direction and characters, though Robbie's performance received praise; the film was nominated for and won multiple awards across various categories, including an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 89th Academy Awards, making it the first film in the DCEU to win an Academy Award. A follow-up directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad, is scheduled for release on August 6, 2021, with Robbie, Kinnaman and Courtney reprising their roles and Idris Elba joining the cast. In the one-year aftermath of Superman's death, intelligence officer Amanda Waller convinces Washington D. C. officials to allow her to assemble Task Force X, a team of dangerous criminals imprisoned at Belle Reve Special Security Barracks. The team consists of elite hitman Floyd Lawton, former psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel, pyrokinetic ex-gangster Chato Santana, opportunistic thief George "Digger" Harkness, genetic mutant Waylon Jones, specialized assassin Christopher Weiss.
They are placed under command of Colonel Rick Flag to be used as disposable assets in high-risk missions for the United States government. A nanite bomb is implanted in the neck of each team member, designed to detonate should the member rebel or try to escape. One of Waller's intended recruits is Flag's girlfriend Dr. June Moone, an archaeologist possessed by a demonic witch known as the "Enchantress", she turns on Waller, deciding to eradicate humankind with a mystical weapon for imprisoning her. She besieges Midway City by transforming its populace into a horde of monsters, summons her brother Incubus to assist her. Waller deploys the squad to extract a high-profile mark from Midway, reported to be under a terrorist attack. Joining them is Katana, a Japanese swordswoman. Harley's homicidal lover Joker finds out about her predicament and tortures Belle Reve security officer Griggs into leading him to the facility where the nanite bombs are made. There, he blackmails Dr. Van Criss into disabling Harley's bomb.
Upon arrival, the squad's helicopter is shot down. Boomerang inaccurately convinces Slipknot that the bombs are a ruse to keep them in check, who attempts to escape and is killed. Meanwhile, the squad is ambushed by Enchantress' minions, they fight their way through to a safe house, where they learn that their mark is Waller herself, attempting to cover up her involvement in Enchantress' siege. The squad escorts Waller to the rooftop for extraction, but the arriving helicopter has been hijacked by the Joker and his men, who open fire on the squad. Harley's bomb is disarmed by Dr. Van Criss, leaving Flag unable to execute her and allowing her to climb aboard the helicopter. Waller's men subsequently shoot down the helicopter, Harley falls out while the Joker is presumed dead, after which Harley rejoins the squad. Alerted to Waller's whereabouts, Enchantress' minions kidnap her. Deadshot finds Waller's confidential files, from which he learns the truth about Enchantress, which Flag is forced to confirm.
This causes the squad members to abandon him. With Waller compromised, Flag chooses to continue. Realizing they have an opportunity to prove themselves, they soon rejoin him and locate Enchantress at a partially-flooded subway station. Killer Croc and a group of Navy SEALs, led by Lieutenant GQ Edwards, go underwater to plant a bomb underneath Incubus. El Diablo embraces his abilities and distracts Incubus long enough for the bomb to detonate underneath, killing them both as well as Edwards; the remaining squad members battle Enchantress together but are defeated. Enchantress offers to fulfill their deepest desires in exchange for their allegiance, Harley feigns interest in order to get close enough to cut out Enchantress' heart. Killer Croc throws explosives into Enchantress' weapon and Deadshot shoots them, destroying the device. Flag takes Enchantress' heart and crushes it freeing June from the curse. Waller, still alive and the squad members are returned to Belle Reve with ten years off their sentences.
All but Captain Boomerang are allowed special privileges. The Joker and unscathed, breaks into the penitentiary and rescues Harley. In a mid-credits scene, Waller meets with Bruce Wayne, who agrees to protect her from the backlash against her role in Enchantress' rampage in exchange for access to the government's files on the expanding metahuman commun
Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American rapper and philanthropist. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained an underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. Common's first major-label album Like Water for Chocolate received commercial success. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for the Erykah Badu single "Love of My Life", his 2005 album Be was a commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common received his second Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Southside", from his 2007 album Finding Forever, his best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released in late 2007. In 2011, Common launched Think his own record label imprint, he had released music under various other labels including Relativity, GOOD Music. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel.
Common's acting career includes roles in the films Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year's Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Smallfoot. He narrated the documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture, he starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels. Lonnie Rashid Lynn was born on March 13, 1972 at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn Jr, he was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. Lynn's parents divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father moving to Denver, Colorado; this left Lynn to be raised by his mother. While a student at Luther High School South in Chicago, along with two of his friends formed C. D. R. A rap trio that opened for acts such as N.
W. A and Big Daddy Kane. Lynn attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration. After being featured in the Unsigned Hype column of The Source magazine, Lynn debuted in 1992 with the single "Take It EZ", followed by the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, under stage name Common Sense. With the 1994 release of Resurrection, Common Sense achieved a much larger degree of critical acclaim, which extended beyond Chicago natives; the album sold well and received a strong positive reaction among alternative and underground hip hop fans at the time. Resurrection was Common Sense's last album produced entirely by his long-time production partner, No I. D. who would become a mentor to a young Kanye West. In 1996, Common Sense appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America Is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists; the CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.
He would also contribute to the Red Hot Organization's Fela Kuti tribute album, Red Hot and Riot in 2002. He collaborated with Djelimady Tounkara on a remake of Kuti's track, "Years of Tears and Sorrow"; the song "I Used to Love H. E. R." from Resurrection ignited a feud with West Coast rap group Westside Connection. The lyrics of the song criticized the path hip hop music was taking, utilizing a metaphor of a woman to convey hip hop and were interpreted by some as directing blame towards the popularity of West Coast gangsta rap. Westside Connection first responded with the 1995 song "Westside Slaughterhouse," with the lyrics "Used to love H. E. R. Mad cause I fucked her". "Westside Slaughterhouse" mentioned Common Sense by name, prompting the rapper to respond with the scathing Pete Rock-produced attack song "The Bitch in Yoo". Common Sense and Westside Connection continued to insult each other back and forth before meeting with Louis Farrakhan and setting aside their dispute. Following the popularity of Resurrection, Common Sense was sued by an Orange County-based reggae band with the same name, was forced to shorten his moniker to Common.
Scheduled for an October 1996 release, Common released his third album, One Day It'll All Make Sense, in September 1997. The album took a total of two years to complete and included collaborations with artists such as Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Q-Tip, Black Thought, Chantay Savage, Questlove – a future fellow member of the Soulquarians outfit; the album, which made a point of eschewing any gangsterism, was critically acclaimed and led to a major label contract with MCA Records. In addition to releasing One Day, Common's first child, daughter Omoye Assata Lynn, was born shortly after the release of the album; as documented by hip-hop journalist Raquel Cepeda, in the liner notes for the album, this event had a profound spiritual and mental effect on Common and enabled him to grow musically while becoming more responsible as an artist. She writes: Rashid found out that he was going to become a daddy in about 8 months. Stunned and confused, Rashid had life-altering decisions to make with Kim Jones.
The situation led to the composition of his favorite cut on O
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space-opera film produced, co-written and directed by J. J. Abrams, it is the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following Return of the Jedi, the seventh episode of the main Star Wars film franchise. The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, was produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. Abrams's production company Bad Robot Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; the Force Awakens is the first Star Wars film to not involve franchise creator George Lucas. Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, the film follows Rey and Poe Dameron's search for Luke Skywalker and their fight alongside the Resistance, led by General Leia Organa and veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire; the Force Awakens was announced after The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012.
The film was produced by Abrams, his longtime collaborator Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of the original trilogy films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, rewrote an initial script by Michael Arndt. John Williams, the composer for the previous six films, returned to compose the film's score. Lucas served as a creative consultant during the film's early production. Filming began in April 2014 in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, with principal photography taking place in Ireland and Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom, concluded in November 2014, it was the first live-action Star Wars film released since Revenge of the Sith. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was anticipated, Disney backed the film with extensive marketing campaigns, it premiered in Los Angeles on December 14, 2015, before its wide release in the United States on December 18. The film received positive reviews, with praise for its acting, direction, musical score, visual effects, action sequences, although it received some criticism for being derivative of the original trilogy.
The film broke various box office records and became, unadjusted for inflation, the highest-grossing installment in the franchise, the highest-grossing film in North America, the highest-grossing film of 2015, the third-highest-grossing film of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $2 billion and a net profit of over $780 million. It received five Academy Award nominations and four British Academy Film Award nominations, where it won the award for Best Special Visual Effects, it was followed by The Last Jedi in December 2017 and The Rise of Skywalker, the latter of, scheduled for release in December 2019. Thirty years after the Galactic Civil War, the First Order has risen from the fallen Galactic Empire and seeks to eliminate the New Republic; the Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by General Leia Organa, opposes them while Leia searches for her brother, Luke Skywalker. On the planet Jakku, Resistance pilot Poe Dameron receives a map to Luke's location from Lor San Tekka. Stormtroopers commanded by Kylo Ren capture Poe, while Kylo kills San Tekka.
Poe's droid BB-8 escapes with the map and encounters a scavenger, near a junkyard settlement. Kylo tortures Poe using the Force and learns of BB-8. Stormtrooper FN-2187, unwilling to kill for the First Order, frees Poe, they escape in a stolen TIE fighter; as they turn back to Jakku to retrieve BB-8, they are shot down by a First Order Star Destroyer and crash-land. Finn assumes that Poe died in the crash, he encounters Rey and BB-8. Finn, BB-8 flee the planet in the Millennium Falcon, which they steal from a junkyard; the Falcon is captured by a larger ship piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca, looking to reclaim their former vessel. The group is attacked by gangs seeking to settle debts with Han, flee in the Falcon. At the First Order's Starkiller Base, a planet converted into a superweapon that harnesses star energy, Supreme Leader Snoke allows General Hux to use the weapon for the first time. Snoke questions Kylo's ability to deal with emotions relating to his father, Han Solo, who Kylo says means nothing to him.
The Falcon crew determines. Han explains that Luke attempted to rebuild the Jedi Order but exiled himself when an apprentice turned to the dark side, destroyed the temple, slaughtered the other apprentices; the crew travels to the planet Takodana and meets with cantina owner Maz Kanata, who offers assistance getting BB-8 to the Resistance. Rey is drawn to a secluded vault and finds the lightsaber that once belonged to Luke and his father, Anakin Skywalker, she experiences disturbing flees into the woods. Maz gives Finn the lightsaber for safekeeping. Starkiller Base destroys a few planets including a portion of its fleet; the First Order attacks Takodana in search of BB-8. Han and Finn are saved by Resistance X-wing fighters led by Poe, revealed to have survived the crash on Jakku. Leia arrives at Takodana with C-3PO and reunites with Chewbacca. Meanwhile, Kylo captures Rey and takes her to Starkiller Base, but she resists his mind-reading attempts. Discovering she can use the Force, Rey escapes by using a Jedi mind trick on a nearby guard.
At the Resistance base on D'Qar, BB-8 finds R2-D2, inactive since Luke's disappearance. As Starkiller Base prepares to fire on D'Qar, the Resistance devises a plan to destroy it by attacking a critical fac
Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, songwriter and producer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen the same year, featuring the hit single "Ladies First". Nature of a Sista was her final album with Tommy Boy Records. Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single, from 1993 to 1998, her third album Black Reign, spawned the single "U. N. I. T. Y.", which won a Grammy Award and was successful on the Billboard Hot 100. She starred in the lead role of Set It Off and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, in 1998, with Motown Records. Latifah gained mainstream success and acclaim with her performance in the film Chicago, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Latifah released her fifth album The Dana Owens Album in 2004. In 2007 and 2009, she released two more studio albums -- Persona, she created the daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show, which ran from late 2013 to early 2015 on CBS.
She has appeared in a number of films, such as Bringing Down the House, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Beauty Shop, Last Holiday, Joyful Noise, 22 Jump Street and Girls Trip. Latifah received critical acclaim for her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie, which she co-produced, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. Since 2016, she has starred as Carlotta Brown in the musical drama series Star, she has long been considered one of hip-hop's pioneer feminists. Queen Latifah received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. Latifah's work in music and television has earned her a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, an Academy Award nomination and sales of over two million records. Dana Elaine Owens was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 18, 1970, lived in East Orange, New Jersey, she is the daughter of Rita Lamae, a teacher at Irvington High School, Lancelot Amos Owens, a police officer.
Owens attended Essex Catholic Girls' High School in Irvington, but graduated from Irvington High School. Her parents divorced. Latifah attended Catholic school in Newark, New Jersey, she found her stage name, meaning "delicate" and "very kind" in Arabic, in a book of Arabic names when she was eight. Always tall, the 5-foot-10-inch Latifah was a power forward on her high school basketball team, she performed the number "Home" from the musical The Wiz in a grammar school play. After high school, Queen Latifah attended classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College, she started beat boxing for the hip-hop group Ladies Fresh and was an original member of the Flavor Unit, which, at that time, was a crew of MCs grouped around producer DJ King Gemini, who made a demo recording of Queen Latifah's rap Princess of the Posse. He gave the recording to Fab 5 Freddy, the host of Yo! MTV Raps; the song got the attention of Tommy Boy Music employee Dante Ross, who signed Latifah and in 1989 issued her first single, "Wrath of My Madness".
More recent artists, like Ice Cube and Lil' Kim, would go on to sample Latifah's track in their songs, "Wrath of Kim's Madness" and "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo" in years. Latifah made her mark in hip-hop by rapping about issues of black women, her songs covered topics including domestic violence, harassment on the streets, relationship problems. Freddy helped Latifah sign with Tommy Boy Records, which released Latifah's first album All Hail the Queen in 1989, when she was nineteen; that year, she appeared as Referee on the UK label Music of Life album 1989—The Hustlers Convention. She received a Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in 1992. In 1998, co-produced by Ro Smith, now CEO of Def Ro Inc. she released her fourth hip-hop album Order in the Court, released by Motown Records. Latifah was a member of the hip-hop collective Native Tongues. After Order in the Court, Latifah shifted to singing soul music and jazz standards, which she had used sparingly in her previous hip-hop-oriented records.
In 2004, she released the soul/jazz standards The Dana Owens Album. On July 11, 2007, Latifah sang at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as the headlining act in a live jazz concert. Before a crowd of more than 12,400, she was backed by a 10-piece live orchestra and three backup vocalists, billed as the Queen Latifah Orchestra. Latifah performed new arrangements of standards including "California Dreaming", first made popular by 1960s icons the Mamas & the Papas. In 2007, Latifah released an album titled Trav'lin' Light. Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Joe Sample, George Duke, Christian McBride, Stevie Wonder made guest appearances, it was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" category. In 2009, along with the NJPAC Jubilation Choir, recorded the title track on the album Oh, Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration, covering the song that the Edwin Hawkins Singers made popular in 1969. In 2008, Latifah was asked, she was quoted saying the album was done and it would be called "All Hail the Queen II".
The following year, in 2009, she released her album Persona. The song "Cue the Rain" was released as the album's lead single, she has a song with Missy Elliott. 2011 saw Queen Latifah sing "Who Can I Turn To" in a duet with Tony Bennett for his album "Duets II". In January 2012, while appearing on 106 & Park with D
Jordan Haworth Peele is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his television work in the comedy and horror genres. Peele's breakout role came in 2003, when he was hired as a cast member on the FOX sketch comedy series Mad TV, where he spent five seasons, leaving the show in 2008. In the following years, he and his frequent Mad TV collaborator, Keegan-Michael Key and starred in their own Comedy Central sketch comedy series Key & Peele. In 2014, they recurred together playing FBI agents in season one of FX's anthology series Fargo, he co-created the TBS comedy series The Last O. G. and the YouTube Premium comedy series Weird City. He has served as the host and producer of the CBS All Access anthology series The Twilight Zone. In film, Peele co-wrote and starred in Keanu, has provided his voice to the animated films Storks and Toy Story 4, his 2017 directorial debut, was a critical and box office success. He received numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, along with nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.
He received his second Academy Award nomination for Best Picture for producing Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman. He directed and produced the acclaimed horror film Us. Peele was born in New York City, the son of Lucinda Williams and Hayward Peele, was raised by his single mother on Manhattan's Upper West Side, his mother is white, his father is black. He attended the Computer School in Manhattan, graduated from The Calhoun School on Manhattan's Upper West Side, went on to Sarah Lawrence College. After two years, Peele dropped out to form a comedy duo with his college roommate and future Key & Peele comedy writer Rebecca Drysdale. Peele performed at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago, he and Nicole Parker were well known for their musical duets at Boom Chicago. He portrayed a popular character called "Danish Supermodel Ute" during his time at Boom Chicago and hosted MTV's Comedy Weekend in 2002. In 2003, Peele joined the cast of Mad TV for its ninth season. Around the time Keegan-Michael Key joined the cast as a featured performer, it was assumed that Key would be chosen over Peele.
The two of them were cast together after showing great comedic chemistry. Peele performed celebrity impersonations, which included favorites Caroll Spinney, Ja Rule, James Brown, Flavor Flav, Justin Guarini, Montel Williams, Morgan Freeman and Forest Whitaker. Peele was absent from the first four episodes of his second season on Mad TV, he made a cameo in "Weird Al" Yankovic's video "White & Nerdy" with Mad TV co-star Keegan-Michael Key. Peele was nominated for a 2008 Emmy Award for his song "Sad Fitty Cent", a music video parody about 50 Cent lamenting over his rivalry with Kanye West; the lyrics were, according to the music video, written by Peele, he was involved in arranging its music. In 2009 he appeared in Little Fockers. Peele appeared in a viral video titled "Hillary vs Obama" where he and a Hillary Clinton supporter argue over whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would make a better president, only to get upstaged by a Rudy Giuliani supporter. Peele auditioned to be a castmember for Saturday Night Live when SNL producers were looking for someone to play Barack Obama.
Peele remained at Mad TV and the role went to Fred Armisen until September 2012, when Jay Pharoah took over the role. After five seasons on Mad TV, Peele left the cast at the end of the 13th season. In 2010, Peele co-starred in the FOX comedy pilot The Station, appeared with a recurring role in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, he had a supporting role in the David Wain-directed comedy Wanderlust, released in 2012. Peele and his former Mad TV castmate and friend Keegan-Michael Key starred in their own Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, from 2012 to 2015; the series was a success with viewers, spawned several skits and videos that went viral online. In 2014, Peele played an FBI agent in the first season of the FX anthology series Fargo, based on the 1996 film of the same name. In 2016, Peele starred in and produced, with Key, the first feature film in which the two both had leading roles, Keanu; the film received favorable reviews from critics. In February 2017, Peele's first film as solo director, Get Out, was released to critical acclaim scoring a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film received particular praise for Peele's screenplay and direction, as well as the performance of its lead, Daniel Kaluuya, was chosen by the National Board of Review, the American Film Institute, Time magazine as one of the top 10 films of the year. The Atlantic called the film "a masterpiece."Get Out proved to be popular with movie audiences, it became one of the most profitable horror films, films of 2017, grossed over $255 million on a budget of $4.5 million. For his work on the film, Peele received significant attention, as well as numerous accolades, including the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award at the 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards; the film received four nominations at the 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay nominations for Peele, as well as a Best Actor nomination for Kaluuya. Peele won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, becoming the f
Keegan-Michael Key is an American actor, comedian and producer. He starred in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and co-starred in the USA Network comedy series Playing House, he spent six seasons as a cast member on Mad TV and has made several guest appearances on the U. S. version of Whose Line is it Anyway? on The CW. He appeared in the first season of the FX series Fargo in 2014, had a recurring role on the sixth and seventh seasons of Parks and Recreation from 2013–2015, he hosted the U. S. version of The Planet's Funniest Animals on Animal Planet from 2005 until the series' end in 2008. He has had supporting roles in several films, including Let's Be Cops and Pitch Perfect 2. In 2015, Key appeared at the White House Correspondents' Dinner as the character Luther, President Barack Obama's anger translator, he starred in the 2016 film Keanu with his Key & Peele co-creator Jordan Peele. In 2017, Key made his Broadway debut in Steve Martin's comedy Meteor Shower. Key was born in Southfield, Michigan on March 22, 1971, the son of Leroy McDuffie, black, Carrie Herr, white.
He was adopted at a young age by a couple from Detroit, Michael Key and Patricia Walsh, both social workers. Like his birth parents, Michael is black and Patricia is white. Through his biological father, Key had two half-brothers, one of whom was the Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie of Detroit. Key only discovered the existence of his siblings after they had died, thus was never able to meet them. Being biracial has been a source of comedic material for Key, who told Terry Gross in an interview for NPR, "I think the reason Jordan and I became actors is because we did a fair amount of code-switching growing up and still do."Key attended the University of Detroit Mercy as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater in 1993, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in theater at Pennsylvania State University in 1996. While at the University of Detroit Mercy, he was a brother of Phi Kappa Theta. Key joined the cast of Mad TV midway into the ninth season, he and Jordan Peele were cast against each other so that FOX could pick one black cast member, but both ended up being picked after demonstrating great comedic chemistry.
Key played many characters on the show. One of his most famous characters is "Coach Hines", a high school sports coach who disrupts and threatens students and faculty members. On the penultimate episode of Mad TV, Hines revealed that he is the long-lost heir to the Heinz Ketchup company and only became a Catholic school coach to help delinquent teenagers like Yamanashi. During seasons 9 and 10, Key appeared as "Dr. Funkenstein" in blaxploitation parodies, with Peele playing the monster. Key portrayed various guests on Real **********ing Talk like the strong African Rollo Johnson and blind victim Stevie Wonder Washington, he goes "backstage" as Eugene Struthers, an always-ecstatic water- or flower-delivery man who accosts celebrities. There is "Jovan Muskatelle", a shirtless man with a jheri curl and a shower cap, he interrupts live news broadcasts by a reporter, annoying him with rapid fire accounts of events that have happened exclaiming "It was crazy as hell!" Celebrities that Key impersonated on the show include Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Roscoe Orman, Matthew Lillard, Bill Cosby, Al Roker, Terrell Owens, Tyler Perry, Keith Richards, Eddie Murphy, Sherman Hemsley, Charles Barkley, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tyson Beckford, Sidney Poitier, Lionel Richie, Barack Obama, Kobe Bryant and Jack Haley.
He played female celebrities, including Phylicia Rashād, Robin Antin, Eva Longoria. Key and his former Mad TV castmate Jordan Peele starred in their own Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, which began airing on January 31, 2012 and ran for five seasons until September 9, 2015. Key and his comedy partner Jordan Peele starred in an episode of Epic Rap Battles of History, with Key playing Mahatma Gandhi and Peele playing Martin Luther King Jr; the pair returned to Epic Rap Battles of History with the "Muhammad Ali versus Michael Jordan" battle, with Key portraying Jordan. Key was introduced by President Barack Obama at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner as Luther, Obama's Anger Translator, one of Key's characters from Key & Peele. Key plays the most prominent male character, Ethan Turner, on the Netflix ensemble comedy Friends from College, about a group of Harvard University graduates and friends now in their late 30s living in New York City, he plays an award winning fiction writer, being encouraged to start writing for young adult fiction audiences.
Key was one of the founders of Hamtramck, Michigan's Planet Ant Theatre, was a member of the Second City Detroit's mainstage cast before joining the Second City e.t.c. Theater in Chicago. Key co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project along with Beth Hagenlocker, Marc Evan Jackson, Margaret Edwartowski, Larry Joe Campbell; the Detroit Creativity Project teaches students in Detroit improvisation as a way to improve their communication skills. Key performed with The 313, an improv group formed with other members of Second City Hollywood that appears around the country; the 313 is made up of former Detroit residents and named for Detroit's area code. Key hosted Animal Planet's