Dee Rees’ New Horror Film Is About Black Lesbians In Rural America

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It will be produced by Jason Blum, of ‘Get Out’

Screenwriter and director Dee Rees has a horror film up her sleeve, and it seems Jason Blum's company, Blumhouse, is set to produce. Rees cold-pitched the project to Blum—who notably produced Jordan Peele's directorial debut Get Outwhile the two were at a Sundance event this past March. To her surprise, Blum said yes and now Rees is on her way to writing and directing the project. 

As the story goes, Blum was already a huge fan of Rees' work. He approached her at Sundance, teary-eyed, to tell her how much he had loved her film Mudbound, a film which has garnered acclaim from scores of notable filmmakers.

Rees, for her part, had just seen Get Out and expressed her love for Blum's work, and took the moment to pitch Blum a horror movie idea she had, based in part off her own experiences. “You’ve got me and my wife, two black lesbians," she told Blum, "and when we first moved in, we fought every day over all these little things: ‘Why is this over there? Did you move that?’ Maybe it was a ghost, or maybe it was some other force—like us not wanting to be there or fitting in.” Blum replied, “It almost makes me nervous, the idea of working with you,” and then added, “But anything you want to do, I’m in. I’m in, I’m in, I’m in.”

Like Get Out, this will be a social commentary horror film expected to be firmly rooted in the evils of the everyday, and will, according to Rees, center around "the domestic lives of black lesbians in rural America.” She is currently working on the script and all seems to be going well. "I can’t tell you how rare it is that people mean what they say in this business,” she told the New York Times. “He’s just letting me make the best possible version of what I want to make.” Lucky for us, it sounds like what they want to make is totally something we want to watch. 

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.