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Jordan Peele says he's planning on creating more social thrillers

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Jordan Peele has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. After his directorial debut, Get Out, exceeded box office expectations by grossing more than $75 million since its Feb. 24 release, the sketch comedian says he’s putting Key and Peele behind him and focusing solely on social thrillers.

“Never say never, but this is an official turn,” Peele tells ABC Radio. “I feel that this is me using all of my abilities that I’ve learned to the best of my ability. I feel like it is my purest form of expression so far and I love it. I’ve got several different social thrillers I want to make.”

According to Peele, his previous work as a sketch comedian helped to set the stage for his new role as director. In fact, the comedian admits that he’s been influenced by the horror movie genre and has leaned on the cult classic thrillers for inspiration. “Comedy is the perfect background for this, for me,” he explains. “There is lightness and fun in the movie, there are laughs. There’s not really jokes. But even just the premise has a satirical element to it. I always thought of movies like Rosemary’s Baby, Stepford Wives, and Scream as movies where it’s like, “that’s definitely a thriller, but there’s something kind of ironic and crazy going on.”

Get Out is available in theaters nationwide.

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Plaintiffs Pursue Texas Voter ID Case Despite DOJ Absence

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By Public News Service Plaintiffs Pursue Texas Voter ID Case Despite DOJ Absence CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The U.S. Department of Justice, now under the Trump administration, has informed a federal judge that it will no longer support plaintiffs in their case challenging the Texas Voter ID Law.

The plaintiffs, a coalition of legal and civil-rights groups, seek to prove that Texas officials intentionally discriminated against and suppressed minority voters by passing the law, considered one of the strictest of its kind. …(Read More) …read more

Source:: Texas News Service

      

Scoreboard roundup -- 3/7/17

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By Michelle Boncardo

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Colorado 3, Texas 2
Italy 8, Chi. Cubs 7
Cincinnati 7, Kansas City 3
San Diego 7, Mexico 3
Oakland 21, Arizona 13
Baltimore 5, Dominican Republic 4
Philadelphia 11, Detroit 6
Boston 5, Washington 3
Canada 7, Toronto 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.-Y. Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 6/10 innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Francisco 4, L.-A. Dodgers 2
Pittsburgh 6, Atlanta 3
St. Louis 9, Miami 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Portland 126, Oklahoma City 121
Dallas 122, L.-A. Lakers 111
Washington 131, Phoenix 127

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Columbus 2, New Jersey 0
Philadelphia 6, Buffalo 3
Toronto 3, Detroit 2
N.-Y. Rangers 5, Florida 2
St. Louis 2, Minnesota 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(4) Gonzaga 74, (19) St. Mary’s 56/Gonzaga wins fifth straight West Coast Conference title

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Hold the wedding bells, please: Lauren Alaina is not rushing to the altar

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LAEven though both of her contemporaries Kelsea Ballerini and Kacey Musgraves have recently become engaged, Lauren Alaina advises you shouldn’t hold your breath for a wedding announcement from her anytime soon.

In fact, the American Idol runner-up tells ABC Radio she’s put her longtime boyfriend Alex on notice.

“I told him, ‘You cannot propose just because everyone else is proposing. That is not a thing! Like, we’re not doing that just because it seems to be the trend right now!’” she says.

Thanks to the longevity of their relationship, the topic does come up fairly frequently.

“Everyone asks us,” Lauren reveals, “because we’ve been together, it’ll be 5 years in October that we’ve been dating. And it’s going fine. I mean, we’re 22!”

At this young age, Lauren just happens to be experiencing the high point of her career so far. She has her biggest hit yet with “Road Less Traveled,” and she’s up for New Female Vocalist of the Year at next month’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Adding a wedding to the mix would just be too much, the Georgia native says.

“We’re in such a big, life-changing time,” she reflects, “it’s like, we don’t need one more thing to stress about. Let’s just figure out what we’re doing here and then we can have a wedding later at some point if it works out,” she adds.

Besides, Lauren confesses she simply wouldn’t know what to wear.

“I am not ready to plan a wedding! I can’t even pick out my dress for the ACMs, much less a wedding dress!” she jokes.

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Source:: Country Music News

      

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Nashville notes

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By Music News Group

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brothers Osborne, Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae and Kristian Bush are just some of the country stars who’ll turn out for the 25th anniversary of the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. It takes place March 28 – April 1 at locations around Music City.

Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Chris Janson, Jake Owen and Maddie & Tae are just some of the artists on board for the second annual Tailgate n’ Tallboys concert series this summer in Peoria, Illinois. The shows at Riverfront Park start June 16 and run through September 30.

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