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…

Do You Recognize These Celebrities? They Will Be the Next ‘Bosses’

Deion Sanders, Bethany Mota, Idina Menzel and Gabby Douglas
(L to R) Deion Sanders, Bethany Mota, Idina Menzel and Gabby Douglas
all in costume for a good cause. (CBS)


There is something fascinating about seeing celebrities who used to be catered to run around and have to live life like the rest of us which probably explains why TV shows like Celebrity Apprentice, Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother generally do well with ratings. Next week another TV series is offering a “celebrity” version only this time, the show might be even more satisfying to watch as these stars actually give back.

Celebrities at the top of their chosen fields are going undercover in Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition to find talented people and make dreams come true. The nation’s best singers, athletes, models and business icons embark on talent searches to pay it forward to deserving yet-to-be-discovered individuals. To make sure that no one would be able to recognize them, the celebrities were each disguised with state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup and custom-made wigs, which took an average of two and a half hours to apply.

Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition kicks off with two-time U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team member, Gabby Douglas going incognito looking for the best of the best gymnasts and coaches. Other celebrities chosen for the task include Broadway star Idina Menzel, YouTube star Bethany Mota and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders. The series will offer more episodes after the inial four and those celebrities involved in the show will be revealed at a later time.

Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition premieres Friday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS


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