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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 August 26

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Melissa McCarthy is Born
American actress, comedian, producer and screenwriter Melissa McCarthy was born on this day in 1970. She first got people’s attention in 2000 playing the role of Sookie St. James for the Gilmore Girls TV series, a role she would continue to play through 2009 (and then again years later in the 2016 reboot of the show). McCarthy also starred in the ABC comedy, Samantha Who? from 2007-2009 and then became well-known acting in the CBS comedy, Mike & Molly from 2010-2016. Melissa is married to actor and moviemaker, Ben Falcone who has appeared in cameo roles in many of McCarthy's movies including Bridesmaids, Identity Thief and Spy. Together they have two children.


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'Mary Poppins' Premieres
It was this day in 1964 that Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke attended the premiere of the classic musical, Mary Poppins along with Walt Disney and P. L. Travers, the author of the book of the same name. Music was composed by the Sherman Brothers who went on to compose many more songs for the Disney Company. The film was unique in that if featured an animated/live action sequence with cartoon penguins dancing with Van Dyke. It was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won five for Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee." In 2013, the film Saving Mr. Banks, telling the story behind of the story of the making of the film, arrived in theaters with Emma Thompson playing the role of Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. In 2018, Emily Blunt will be filling in for Andrews playing Poppins in the long awaited sequel, Mary Poppins Returns in which Van Dyke will make a cameo appearance. Andrews however will not stating that she feels this is Blunt's movie and didn't want to take anything away from her.

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