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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…

This Day in Pop Culture for July 24

Marvin the Martian Arrives on Earth

It is said that the Warner Bros. cartoon character Marvin the Martian was designed to be the complete opposite of Yosemite Sam who is known for being loud and quick-tempered but not particularly dangerous. Marvin on the other hand was characterized as being a soft-spoken villain who actually was destructive and bent on destroying the Earth because it blocks his view of Venus. He made his first appearance in movie theaters on this day in 1948’s release of the short film, Haredevil Hare but his name was never uttered in the original shorts. It wasn’t until the character became a popular merchandising character that he was given the name Marvin. The alien is often seen wearing a roman soldier costume worn with tennis shoes. His pet, K-9 the dog, also wears tennis shoes. Marvin is know for the catchphrase, “That makes me very, very angry.”Marvin has done battle with Bugs Bunny as well as Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in both the original Duck Dodgers shorts and the later TV series that aired from 2003-2005.


Steven Spielberg released the movie, "Saving Private Ryan" to theaters on July 24, 1998.

'Saving Private Ryan' is Released

Director Steven Spielberg released the movie, Saving Private Ryan on this day in 1998 telling a story set during the invasion of Normandy during World War II. Loosely based on a true story, the film received much applause for its realistic and often gruesome portrayal of the war. The film starred Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper and Vin Diesel. Private Ryan was portrayed by Matt Damon. The movie made over $481 million worldwide and won various awards including the Oscar for Best Director.”


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