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Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

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On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

'Rising Star': Did You Watch the Premiere?

Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris doiing their best to look like they are excited to be a part of ABC's "Rising Star."
Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris doiing their best to look like
they are excited to be a part of ABC's "Rising Star."
For months, ABC has been touting that its latest singing competition show, Rising Star would be unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Last night, we finally got a chance to see what all of the hub bub was about.

ABC boasted proudly this morning that Rising Star is the network’s top-rated summer series debut in two years. They also boasted that the show was Sunday’s No. 1 “most-social” broadcast series delivering 290% more “tweets” than NBC’s America’s Got Talent. That sounds pretty impressive at first, but Entertainment Weekly was quick to point out that the new show actually delivered less than Duets, the network’s last try of a singing competition show and that while ABC had 5.1 million viewers while NBC’s America’s Got Talent held strong with 8 million. And about that “most social” claim, it only makes sense that the show should receive that title given that voting on an app specially designed for the show is part of that show’s gimmick.


If you were not one of the 5.1 million viewers to watch the over-hyped show, you can catch the episode online at ABC.com, but you may not want to. Unlike American Idol, the contestants have already been pre-screened. Each are randomly selected to perform a 1.5 minute song in front of a wall with an eager audience waiting on the other side. Each singer has to win over about 75% of the total votes before the wall will come up and allow them to continue through the competition. Each celebrity’s votes counts for 7% each, so if the singer impresses the judges, their score can help launch them forward. Viewers at home must register to vote for each contestant. If a viewer fails to register, their vote will not count. This whole process is supposed to make the show exciting, instead, it doesn’t really add anything.


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