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Jordan Peele released the gory first trailer for his thriller 'Candyman'. The MGM/Universal Pictures remake was released on Thursday and tells the story of an artist fixated on finding a mysterious hook-handed killer, who appears when his name is repeated 5 times.

Jordan's version of Candyman is set in 1992 in Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing projects. The last of the buildings that comprised Cabrini-Green Homes was demolished in March 2011.

The area where the projects once stood is now a landscape of gleaming high-rise buildings and upscale townhouses on the gentrified Near North Side of Chicago.

According to urban legend, "Candyman" is summoned when anyone repeats his name 5 times in a mirror.

"The urban legend is, if you say his name five times while looking in the mirror, he appears in the reflection and it kills you," says Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays artist Anthony McCoy.

Candyman's murderous rampage begins when a group of girls says his name five times in a mirror and are promptly murdered.

McCoy becomes obsessed with finding out if the Candyman is real. He takes photos around the old Cabrini-Green neighborhood, basing his art exhibit on the elusive slasher, as bodies begin piling up.
 

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If you were creeped out by the trailer for the star-studded movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Cats, you're not alone.

Twitter was so creeped out by the swishing tails and twitching whiskers on the human cast, that the producers were forced to respond to the backlash.

It's one thing to see people dressed up as cats onstage, but transforming humans into cats using computer-generated imagery is just unsettling.

"It would be a little less unsettling if they didn't have human hands, feet, and faces," said one YouTube viewer.

Another viewer wrote: "I imagine this is what a cat sees when overdosing on catnip."

The $100 million movie stars Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Judi Dench as feline-ized humans.

Producer Eric Feliner is unimpressed with the backlash on Twitter. "What does one say? The reality is that 100 million people or more saw the trailer, and, yes, there were some people that didn't like it," said Feliner. "As is the world we live in, those who didn't like it were the most vociferous."

Producer Tim Bevan had a different take on the controversy. He believes the people who hated the trailer just aren't cat people in general.

"They were probably people who didn't know 'Cats', and the fact is they were either anticipating something animated or something that was on four legs," Bevan theorized. "Among people who know 'Cats', the reaction was pretty solid."

Cats is in theaters this Christmas.

Watch the trailer below. But it might creep you out if you're not a cat person.
 

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Former musician Kanye West dropped the trailer to his much-anticipated IMAX gospel film "Jesus is King" on Friday.

The film is billed as a "one-of-a-kind experience" featuring songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with new music from his forthcoming album JESUS IS KING.

Jesus is King was filmed in the summer of 2019 and brings West's famed "Sunday Service" to life in visionary artist James Turrell's Roden Crater, a never-before-seen art installation in Arizona's Painted Desert.

The trailer opens with a graphic that appears to be golden steps leading up to a white obelisk as a Heavenly choir sings "Ohhhh! Saved by His Grace. It's in His will. His will."

The camera pans inside the white obelisk which is replaced by a blue background bearing a Bible verse.

"In the words of Jesus Christ, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel.' Mark 1:15."

West, who is on the autism spectrum, understands better than most that today's generation needs Jesus more than ever. He utilizes the power of imagery and art interacting with gospel music to reach the unwashed masses.

The film opens in IMAX theaters on October 25, 2019.

Limited tickets are on sale now at jesusisking.imax.com.
 

 

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