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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…

Disney Releases New Posters for 'Beauty and the Beast'


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Disney has released new posters for the live action version of their animation masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast, which comes to theaters on March 17, 2017. According to Disney, the new film "refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs." I've never thought that the movie needed to be "refashioned," but I do look forward to the new film. Directed by Bill Condon, it stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
Emma Watson and Kevin Kline in "Beauty and the Beast"
Emma Watson as Belle and Kevin Kline as her father Maurice. (Disney)
Josh Gad and Luke Evans in "Beauty and the Beast"
Jash Gad as LeFou and Luke Evans as Gaston


Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Stanley Tucci in "Beauty and the Beast"
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette and Stanley Tucci as Cadenza
Ewan McGregor and Audra McDonald in "Beauty and the Beast"
Ewen McGregor as Lumiere and Audra McDonald as Garderobe
Dan Stevens and Emma Thompson in "Beauty and the Beast"
Dan Stevens as the Prince and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts
Ian McKellen and Dan Stevens in "Beauty and the Beast"
Ian McKellan as Cogsworth and Dan Stevens as The Beast


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