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Paul Feig’s Universal Monster Movie Won’t Be A Horror Film

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Filmmaker Paul Feig has revealed that his upcoming take on the monster movie genre, Dark Army, won’t be a horror movie in the traditional sense.

Paul Feig’s Universal monster movie won’t be a horror film. With an impressive resume of comedies that includes The Office, Bridesmaids, and the somewhat controversial Ghostbusters reboot, Feig’s work has consistently been entertaining.

Late last year, it was announced Feig would be writing and directing Dark Army, a new entry into Universal’s often problematic Dark Universe. The concept has been more or less abandoned in favor of a set of separate, yet loosely connected series of monster movies. Not much is known regarding what the film is about or exactly how it would tie into the push to revive Universal’s decades-old monster movies. It was, however, speculated that Feig’s film would involve a mix of classic and new characters. The idea seemed an intriguing one, but since then, nothing more has been revealed.

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During a recent interview with Collider, the Ghostbusters director revealed that Dark Army would be what Feig describes as “a true monster movie.” For Feig, this means an exploration of the tragic as well as comedic. In other words, the point of the film won’t be to terrorize audiences in the way that traditional horror does. Instead, Dark Army will aim to have fun with its characters while keeping its situations true and serious. Said, Feig:

“To me, it’s about outsiders. Those monster movies, a lot of them were directed by gay directors, and I’ve read a lot about how these monsters represented outsiders in society and how they felt and all that. So that kind of realism and the emotions of it are very important to me. It’s not just scaring people, it’s how do you invest in these situations and these characters? You know, Frankenstein is such a tragic character. That’s the kind of feel I want with this. It’ll be funny, but it’s not a spoof. It’s fun and funny in the interactions of these characters, but the situations are very real and serious. I hope we get to make it. Who knows what’s happening? Right now everything is in turmoil because of the virus.”

“Tonally I’m being very true to the traditional monster movie genre. Not horror movie, monster movie. I love those movies of the 30s, the James Whale movies, [and] Bride of Frankenstein I still think is one of the greatest films of all time. So I want that tone because those movies were very fun. They treated them seriously, but you also know they were also having a lot of fun with them, so there are a lot of extreme characters in them and funny side characters. That’s what I want, I never wanted to make a horror movie. I want to make a true monster movie.”

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Feig seems to be interested in exploring a different side of the traditional monster movie, while at the same time, remaining faithful to what those films offered. It’s arguably a risk considering Universal’s plans to resurrect the creature feature concept have fallen somewhat on their face. At the same time, however, having gone the action/adventure route with Tom Cruise’s somewhat misguided The Mummy, perhaps a more earnest approach is precisely what a modern take on the concept needs.

As Feig states in the interview, everything currently is in turmoil around the world. When and how Dark Army will be made is still very much up in the air. For now, at least, Dark Army sounds like a project that could be worth the wait.

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Kanye West & Kourtney Kardashian Make BIG Donations After Days Of Silence

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Members of the Kardashian crew are doing what they can to support the Black Lives Matter movement — not to mention, the families of recent police killing victims.

According to TMZ, Kanye West (a key member of the Kardashian crew, like it or not) donated a total of $2 million to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and set up a 529 college savings fund to fully cover tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna.

The rap titan also made a separate donation to cover the legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families. On top of that, Kanye reportedly plans to donate to several black-owned businesses in his native Chicago and nationwide that have been affected by the civil unrest in the country.

Well, it took several days but this is one heck of a statement!

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But he’s not the only one in the KUWTK-verse finally stepping up. Kourtney Kardashian just announced that her business, Poosh, will be making donations to the NAACP and The Bail Project in response to the senseless police killing of Floyd. 

In a message shared on Kourt’s IG page, the 41-year-old said she’s pledging to keep fighting against racism until “racism and inequity cease to be a trending topic.” She wrote: 

“As the founder of @poosh, I think it’s important to make a pledge that lasts beyond today. We pledge to continue the conversation when racism and inequity cease to be a trending topic… We pledge to do the work required, not just in this moment but in the future, to keep ourselves educated, to keep the doors open for safe and honest dialogue, even if it’s uncomfortable. And we pledge to share this information with you, our community.”

The reality star went on to say she’s donating to organizations she believes are committed to creating a more equal society for all people.

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She added: 

“Poosh will also be making donations to the NAACP and the The Bail Project, two organizations that are committed to creating a more equal and just society for Black men, women, and children.”

And she’s not just stopping there. Kourt said Poosh is committed to supporting black-owned businesses and promoting their products, noting: 

“We are committed to highlighting black and minority-owned businesses, their products, and their stories, as well as making a conscious effort to ensure our team of collaborators and our content and imagery always reflect the diversity of our community.”

Bravo!!

What do U think of the actions Kourt and Kanye are taking, Perezcious readers?

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Three Childhood Friends Reunite to Protest for Black Lives Matter

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When Kiitan Amao, Moyo Badun and Sean Hill went to a protest in the small Irish town of Dundalk, they never expected to become the focus of a viral moment. 

However, the three men are now being celebrated after two photos from their childhood and current day circulated online. As of June 4, the tweet has garnered over one million likes and over 200,000 retweets, in addition to thousands of comments.

Kiitan, who is on the left in the above photo, tells E! News that the response to their pictures “has been crazy.” But he says he’s happy because he and his childhood friends are able to show the world that “the support from [their] town was overwhelming.”

“We as a small town called Dundalk managed to send such a strong message to everyone around the world. As such a small community we combined our talents to push a message out to the world,” he explains. “This town is a hidden treasure full of talent and strength.” 

As for what he hopes his friendship with Sean and Moyo represents, Kiitan wants people to know “that if you just unite and love one another you can achieve so much.”

“Dundalk and this friendship did nothing but prove that the human race is stronger together than we are divided into subcategories,” he adds.

Kiitan, Moyo and Sean are three of many thousands of individuals who’ve participated in global Black Lives Matter protests.

These mass marches began over a week ago when George Floyd died on Monday, May 25, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly 9-minutes, with the assistance of three other officers. This incident was captured on video by a witness and has led to the indictment of all four men involved. 

Though charges were brought against all the former officers, people, including celebrities like HalseyJamie Foxx and Jonah Hill, continue to demand justice and call for racial equality. To learn how to take action and get involved, please click here. 

 – Additional reporting by Spencer Lubitz

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‘I Cannot Speak to My People the Way They Need to Be Spoken To’

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Amanda Seales is exiting “The Real.”

In an Instagram Live video this week, the co-host said she has decided not to renew her contract with the daytime talk show. “It doesn’t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I can not speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to,” she said. “And where the people who are speaking to me in disparaging ways, are not being handled.”

The announcement came six months after Seales first joined the roundtable show as a permanent co-host, joining Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry and Adrienne Bailon. A spokesperson for the show declined to comment except to confirm Seales’ exit.

“I’m not in a space where I can, as a full black woman, have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for black voices to be at the top too,” Seales told actor and producer Brandon Victor Dixon, who joined her for the conversation.

Seales later clarified in a follow-up post that her decision to leave the show did not stem from her relationship with her co-hosts.

“Y’all so f–ing corny,” she said. “There is a whole pandemic and an uprising going on, and you still can’t find s– else to do but try and create some kind of conflict that doesn’t exist? … What I gotta do with my business ain’t got nothing to do with them sisters.”

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