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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…

Ellen DeGeneres' New Game Show Kicks Off in the New Year

Ellen DeGeneres' Game of Games (NBC)
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Taking the best elements from the hugely popular daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show and creating an entirely new series, NBC has ordered six episodes of the game show Ellen’s Game of Games for primetime which premieres January 2 on NBC.

Ellen’s Game of Games is an hour of supersized versions of the most popular games from her talk show. Hosted and executive produced by DeGeneres, this game show is like no other — contestants, pulled right from the audience, will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under immense pressure and face a gigantic plunge into the unknown. While every episode will feature DeGeneres’ one-of-kind comedy, personality and a unique roster of games, they’ll all end the same way — with DeGeneres giving someone a chance at a huge cash prize.

“I’m so excited to be hosting a huge primetime game show for NBC,” said DeGeneres. “We’re pulling out all the stops — gigantic sets, hilarious games. It’s going to be like a combination of American Ninja Warrior, RuPaul’s Drag Race and a water park. OK, it’s nothing like that, but you should still watch.”

“Ellen’s impact as a daytime icon is unprecedented and we can’t wait to see her bring that amazing spirit to ‘Game of Games,’” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “She is among the very best at engaging with her devoted audience and we are all in for a treat when her antics hit primetime.”

Ellen's Game of Games premieres Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. on NBC.

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