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If you were one of the millions who bunkered down with popcorn for Jordan Peele's Get Out earlier this year, then it's highly likely that as the movie drew to a close, you feared the film's lead actor would be banged up for a series of brutal murders, right?

As Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, endured a final showdown with his girlfriend, Rose, on the grounds of her family's sprawling New York state home, a police car arrives leaving the viewer in little doubt that Chris would have a hell of a time explaining the gruesome scenes which would meet them upon entering the Armitage home.

Thankfully, the person driving the police car was Rod, Chris' friend, who after realising Chris was missing went into full damage control in order to protect, and ultimately save, the New York-based photographer.

However, according to recent reports, this final scene was not at all how the director intended the story to end.

During a recent interview on Talking With Chris Hardwick, Jordan admitted that the original ending did not go down well with initial audiences, laughing: "People wanted something different."

So, what had Jordan presented them with at the time?

It turns out the movie's original ending, which has now been posted on Slate and The A.V Club, saw two white policemen step out of the squad car which arrived on the Armitage property.

After immediately arresting Chris, they jail him, and Rod is left doing all in his power to help Chris's case, but due to the horror endured by Chris in the Armitage family home, he is unable to remember key details which would ultimately save him from a life behind bars.

The movie ends with Chris and Rod reluctantly acknowledging Chris's fate before the latter hangs up the phone on his friend and is led back behind bars, destined to spend his life in prison after being wrongfully accused of multiple murder.

Sooo…. who's glad Jordan reworked that one?!


As horror films go, Get Out is up there with one of the best of the last decade.

Perfectly paced and thoroughly unsettling, Jordan Peele's depiction of the tension surrounding inter-racial relationships in the States ultimately gives way to an even darker, more horrifying narrative.

With a host of actors undoubtedly relishing the prospect of having an audience hold their breath through each unnerving on-screen exchange, Get Out reminds us that when our gut tells us something isn't quite right, we should probably listen.

Unlike other films of the same genre which often leave the viewer questioning the reactions and motivations of the lead character, Get Out perfectly taps into the individual's fear of rocking the boat or engendering ill will, and flawlessly places the viewer in the shoes of Chris – a young photographer meeting his new girlfriend's family for the first time.

While Chris becomes more and more unsettled by the conduct of the Armitage family, the compulsion to acquiesce dictates his initial reaction – a response many of us will have recognised.

It's not quite right, but is it wrong enough for me to leave? It's not quite right, but should I react?

As women, we’re advised to be on full alert at all times. Don’t walk home alone, don't wear your earphones after dark, don’t take shortcuts, don’t accept drinks from strangers, and don't put yourself in a vulnerable position.

Like meerkats, we’re meant to be able to spot danger from 50 feet and do our utmost to avoid it.

And as a result, we often find ourselves wondering if we have internalised this narrative to such a degree that we over-think our reactions to certain situations.

Considering most women reading this will have emerged unscathed from a situation which initially appeared threatening, it's hardly surprising we might find ourselves wondering if our exposure to the lifelong narrative has rendered us hyper sensitive

All of us have, at times, ignored our gut instinct for a variety of reasons in an attempt to rationalise our way out of an argument with our inner selves.

Is every stranger who walks a little too close to us on a dark evening a potential attacker? Is this guy's behaviour a warning sign? Are these nerves a warranted intimation or an ingrained reaction?

Obviously, each situation is unique, but if you find yourself asking these questions, your gut instinct has already kicked in.

And while it may not always be right, it is incredibly strong, and always worth listening to.



Anyone who grew up in the noughties will remember JoJo’s Leave (Get Out), but since then little has been heard about the American singer-songwriter.

So we're delighted to learn that the former child star is about to make her long-awaited return to music and that she is only mad to pay our little green island a visit.

In an MTV question and answer session which was streamed through Facebook Live today, JoJo revealed that Ireland is one of the places she would most like to travel to.  She said: “I would love to go to Ireland.  I have a shamrock right here [points to her finger], I have a place in south Boston so I feel I have a connection with Ireland.”


The singer – who released her debut album at the age of 12 – has been engaged in a major legal battle with her former record label for almost seven years as she claims Blackground Records caused her career “irreparable damage” by delaying the release of her third album.

When asked to explain the story behind the song I Am, the star replied: “There was a time that I was going through where I was suing my record label for the second time and I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to be able to get out of that situation.  And I was really depressed and I felt like I was really weak.”

“So I went to my therapist and I was saying all these negative things and she called me out on it.  [She explained that] your words have a lot of power and by saying things like ‘I am weak, I am broken, I am tired, I am depressed’ you might stay in that state.”

The therapist encouraged JoJo to write a list of positive ‘I ams’ in a process which eventually inspired the song.  

Since she last released music JoJo has been through a lot as on top of her legal dispute the 25-year-old recently admitted that in the early noughties she was so desperate to lose weight she began injecting herself with supplements while only eating 500 calories a day.

Thankfully she has since returned to a healthy body weight and is releasing her latest album Mad Love this October.


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