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

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…

'A Christmas Story Live!' Airs This Sunday

The cast of "A Christmas Story Live!"
Chris Diamantopoulos, Maya Rudolph, Tyler Wladis and Andy Walken star
in A Christmas Story Live! (FOX)


A Christmas Story wasn’t a big hit when it came to theaters in 1983. In fact, it wasn’t until after years of broadcast TV viewing that made the film a holiday cult hit. Many years later, the story was transformed into a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. And this weekend, that musical comes to the small screen in a big way.

FOX will air A Christmas Story Live! this Sunday, December 17 which several new songs have been written for the three-hour special. Newcomer Andy Walken stars as Ralphie Parker, the little boy who will stop at nothing to get his parent to buy him a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. He is joined by Maya Rudolph (as Ralphie’s longsuffering mother), Chris Diamantopoulos (as Ralphie’s leg lamp-loving father), Tyler Wladis (as Ralphie's younger brother, Randy) Jane Krakowski (as Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields), Ana Gasteryer (as an overprotective mother of one of Ralphie’s friends), David Alan Grier (as the department store Santa Claus), Ken Jeong (as a Christmas tree salesman, PRETTYMUCH (as the Hohman Indiana Carolers) and Matthew Broderick serves as the show’s narrator.

Believe it or not, a TV commercial airing during the special presentation is also getting some buzz as the cast of the upcoming theatrical movie, The Greatest Showman, will appear for a two and a half minute long commercial filmed live. “We can’t wait to watch as Hugh, Zac, Zendaya and Keala make history and unwrap the first-ever live theatrical commercial on FOX’s air,” said Suzanne Sullivan, Executive President of Entertainment Ad Sales for Fox Networks Group.

“We are creating what we expect will be a memorable performance providing energy and excitement to viewers that drives them to see ‘The Greatest Showman,’” said Michelle Marks, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Global Media Promotions for 20th Century Fox Film. “This first-ever live commercial for a feature film is one that P.T. Barnum would be proud of and one that I hope paves the way for future titles.”

Let’s just hope that the commercial will not overshadow the actual special. A Christmas Story Live! airs Sunday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. on FOX.


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