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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…

Meet The New Dora the Explorer

The new Dora the Explorer
Isabela Moner as the new Dora. (Paramount Players)
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If you grew up with Nickelodeon’s incredibly cheery Dora the Explorer (or were a parent having to endure it) while it was on the air from 2000-2014, you’ll will be intrigued to know that Paramount Players and Nickelodeon have begun production of a new live action tongue-in-cheek version of the Spanish superstar of learning.

Isabela Moner stars in the title role that Paramount describes as “Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing could prepare Dora for the most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.”

The film also stars Eugenio Derbez who plays Alejandro, a mysterious jungle inhabitant who tries to protect the teenagers from the marauders. The movie also features newcomer Micke Moreno in the role of cousin Diego; Nicholas Coombe as Randy, a fellow high schooler who develops an immediate crush on Dora; Madeleine Madden as the school’s snooty class president, Sammy; and Adriana Barraza as Dora’s grandma, Abuelita Valerie. Temuera Morrison will play the role of Powell. Additional key casting announcements are forthcoming. No word yet on who will be playing The Map or Swiper.

Filmed entirely in Australia’s Gold Coast, Paramount will release Dora the Explorer on August 2, 2019.

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