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Gordy The Ape?! Why Nope Needed Its Weirdest Subplot



Warning: contains SPOILERS for Nope.

Nopes weird Gordy the Ape subplot may seem like the movie’s least relevant element, yet it’s actually quite crucial in tying together the various themes. Ricky “Jupe” Park (Steven Yeun), the owner of the Western-themed tourist attraction Jupiter’s Claim, was a former child actor on the ’90s show Gordy’s Home. While shooting the episode “Gordy’s Birthday,” popping balloons set the chimp actor playing Gordy off into a violent rage that killed, maimed, and permanently disfigured those present on set. Hiding under a nearby table, Jupe was spared from the chimp’s rampage. Upon calming down, the chimp even offered Jupe an attempted fist bump before animal control shot him.


Jupe later tells OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald “Em” Haywood (Keke Palmer) that the incident prompted much media attention, including a MAD Magazine cover gag and a facetious-sounding SNL sketch. Jupe even holds a Gordy’s Home memorabilia room that includes Nope’s mysterious standing shoe, which was on set during the infamous incident and kept young Jupe’s attention during the chimp attack. While Jupe is understandably traumatized by the Gordy event, he nonetheless profits from the incident and outwardly pretends not to be terribly traumatized by it around others.

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With that said, the Gordy subplot doesn’t seem nearly as significant to Nope as the movie’s other storylines, especially when considering that Nope’s opening shot gives the Gordy storyline more perceived relevance. Furthermore, given that Nope already has a 2-hour, 15-minute runtime, the Gordy subplot seems like the most appropriate storyline to shave time off because it doesn’t directly relate to the Haywoods or Nope’s shape-shifting alien. However, shortening the Gordy subplot or even removing it entirely would cost Nope valuable scenes that are critical in portraying important elements.

 Gordy The Chimp Drives Nope’s Biggest Theme

Nope’s main theme is exploitation in media. This is highlighted with a connection to the Haywoods as they claim an ancestral connection to the Black jockey appearing in The Horse in Motion, the first example of chronophotography that came about in the late 1870s; the jockey was exploited as part of the photography, for he’s given less name credit than even the horse he rides. This exploitation was part of a wider movement of dehumanization of Black people in a time only shortly after the passing of the 14th Amendment and is echoed with the exploitation of animals in the rest of Nope. The Haywoods train their horses to be used in media and Jupe exploits the saucer-shaped alien “Jean Jacket” as an amusement at his park. Gordy the Chimp’s purpose in Nope telegraphs this theme of exploitation in media for the pure sake of spectacle and its resulting consequences by creating a visceral and traumatic situation that shapes Jupe’s future.

Importantly, Nope’s Gordy storyline provides a more blatant example of exploitation. Compared to Gordy, Jean Jacket is too alien to be familiar to viewers, and the horses are too protected from over-exploitation by the Haywoods in Nope. Gordy is a recognizable animal whose sense of self is given no attention in Gordy’s Home and is treated as little more than a trained prop. It isn’t that the other examples of exploitation aren’t valid, but Gordy’s exploitation and the resulting consequences are the most overt and impactful.

However, to assume that Gordy’s purpose is to only express exploitation grossly oversimplifies his role in the film. By surviving the Gordy incident and nearly fist-bumping him, Jupe believes that he can tame a predator like Nope’s alien Jean Jacket so long as he establishes a comfortable connection with him, however falsely perceived that connection may be. As a result, this assumed connection with Jean Jacket costs Jupe and the 40 Star Lasso Experience guests their lives.

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Why So Much Time Is Spent On Gordy

As important as Gordy is in Nope, it’s still worth asking whether or not he should have been given as much screen time as he gets. Gordy’s storyline is crucial in understanding Jupe and his eventual decision to train Jean Jacket for entertainment purposes, but the screen time he’s given expresses a deeper aspect about Jupe that goes beyond his tendency towards exploitation. The Gordy incident clearly traumatized Jupe, and the way that he processes the resulting trauma is appropriately complex.

During the moment, Jupe was transfixed by even the incident’s more minute details, like the shoe that helps connote Nope’s idea of a “bad miracle.” Looking at Nope’s themes of spectacle, Jupe and Gordy both darkly express how trauma can be a spectacle in its own way. Nope implies that a spectacle is anything too unbelievable or grand to look away from and carries the capability to create intense feelings in its beholder. Jupe couldn’t look away from the Gordy incident and continued to ruminate on it well into adulthood. As PTSD often does to those living with it, Jupe can’t easily “look away” from his trauma. He brings himself to the point where he even capitalizes on the incident’s memorabilia and praises the SNL sketch. All of this is portrayed by the amount of screen time the Gordy subplot receives.

Gordy Establishes The Difference Between Jupe And The Haywoods

The Gordy incident shapes Jupe into the antithetical version of OJ and Em. The Haywood’s Hollywood Horses ranch in Nope is where Em and OJ grew up training horses to put on film and TV. On the ranch, however, they also learned how to respect the horses’ boundaries. Meanwhile, the Gordy incident falsely taught Jupe that he can subvert an animal’s boundaries, bending an animal to his will so long as he establishes a strong enough emotional connection with them.

Jupe and the Haywoods share a key similarity: they both find Jean Jacket and decide to showcase it. However, whereas the Haywoods have no intention of training and overriding Jean Jacket’s predatory instincts, Jupe believes that he can treat Jean Jacket as a performer despite its inherent predatory nature. If it weren’t for Nope’s emphasis on the Gordy incident, this key difference wouldn’t be portrayed nearly as effectively.

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How Gordy Is Fundamental To Jupe’s Arc

Exploitation in entertainment can be used as a way to present control over the seemingly uncontrollable, be it a chimp or Nope’s bizarre alien. After the Gordy incident traumatized Jupe and gave him an incorrect notion about his relationship with other animals, Jupe’s connection with Jean Jacket can be seen as a way for him to overcome his Gordy trauma. He profits from the incident and uses it as a further ploy to retain his relevancy at the Star Lasso Experience as evidenced by the disfigured Mary Jo Elliott being invited.

Looking further, controlling and exploiting Jean Jacket appears to be a way for Jupe to help himself overcome the Gordy incident. He was powerless during Gordy’s rampage, despite being spared from it. By controlling a more dangerous predator like Jean Jacket, he’s essentially mimicking Gordy’s exploitation in Gordy’s Home and proving to himself how it can be done without disastrous consequences. Unfortunately for Jupe, Nope shows that the disastrous consequences can be inevitable in such situations.

Gordy Shows How Cyclical Exploitation Can Be

This Nope costume Easter egg foreshadowed Jupe’s fate at the Star Lasso Experience with a red jacket having an image of a horse beaming up. The horse on the jacket shows what Jupe expects to happen, but with red symbolizing danger and blood, there’s a subliminal nod towards Jupe’s real fate. Regardless of Jupe’s outfit, Gordy’s nature of exploitation essentially being repeated through Jean Jacket at Jupiter’s Claim essentially already foreshadowed Jean Jacket’s attack. Nope isn’t trying to simply state that exploitation is “bad” – especially with the Gordy subplot, Nopes message runs deeper than that. Exploitation is cyclical in media due to the spectacle it can create. Gordy’s Home displays a wild chimp being tamed enough to be a part of a sitcom family. Likewise, repeating the exploitation cycle with Jean Jacket displays an unknown alien willingly showing itself to others, even if that willingness is an illusion.

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Avatar 2 Trails Behind Top Gun 2 in Slow U.S. Box Office Opening Week



Avatar: The Way of Water sluggishly crosses the $200 million mark on day 8 of its U.S. box office run, trailing behind Top Gun: Maverick.

Avatar: The Way of Water is still tracking behind Top Gun: Maverick at the end of its first week in the domestic box office. The film, which came to theaters on December 16, is the long-awaited sequel to the smash hit Avatar from 2009, which is still one of the highest grossing films of all time. James Cameron returned to direct The Way of Water along with many returning cast members like Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang, though not every actor is playing the same character they played in the original film. The film follows Jake and Neytiri as they navigate parenthood on Pandora, only to have the humans return, bent on exterminating the Na’vi once and for all.


Per Deadline, Avatar: The Way of Water‘s domestic box office has accrued an additional $14.5 million yesterday, bringing its cumuative total to $197.5 million and meaning it will cross the $200 million mark today, on day 8. The film is now standing alongside other high-grossing but not record-breaking films that took 8 days to cross that line, including Jurassic World Dominion, Thor: Love and Thunder, and 2019’s Captain Marvel. Its first week is also tracking slightly behind this year’s legacy sequel hit Top Gun: Maverick, which performed 4 percent better in the domestic box office during its first week in theaters.

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Why is Avatar: The Way of Water’s Opening Week Slightly Less Than Impressive?

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Avatar: The Way of Water‘s opening week has only been unimpressive on the scale set by the legacy of the original film. However, due to its enormous price tag (which has been estimated to be somewhere between $350 and $450 million before factoring in publicity and advertising costs), the film will need to accrue quite a few more weeks like this in order to break even. Cameron himself has admitted that it will have to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time in order to turn a profit, which may require a gross to the tune of $2 billion.

However, this slightly damp opening week doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t reach that goal. The run time of Avatar: The Way of Water, which exceeds three hours, means that theaters can’t run as many screenings per day as they can with shorter films. There have also been extreme weather conditions and power outages in huge swaths of the American Midwest, meaning that some fans have been unable to see the movie as planned this week. As theaters reopen in those areas, the film may get a boost that helps it keep its week 2 from slumping hard after its opening.

Avatar: The Way of Water is also a film that is designed to be an event. This means that viewers are more likely to prioritize large-format premium screenings and 3D showings, both of which feature higher ticket prices. Repeat viewings will also likely help boost the belated Avatar sequel’s total gross, though it remains to be seen exactly how high it can possibly go.

Source: Deadline

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Elm Street Remake Actor Clarifies Alleged Diss On Freddy Kreuger Movie



Kyle Gallner, who played Quentin in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, clarified comments that fans online misconstrued as dissing the horror remake.

A Nightmare on Elm Street star Kyle Gallner has clarified comments that were misconstrued as him dissing the 2010 movie. The actor, who would go on to star in other horror projects including this year’s Scream and Smile, had an early role in the film, which was a reimagining of the 1984 supernatural slasher classic of the same name. Gallner played Quentin Smith, a member of the swim team who becomes instrumental in helping the final girl Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara) figure out why they are being haunted in their dreams by the knife-gloved killer Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley).


On Twitter, the YouTube channel Beyond the Mask asked fans to challenge themselves to say something about the generally reviled Nightmare on Elm Street remake, which Gallner tweeted, “they had this local Italian place bring food in for the craft service truck and the meatballs were killer.” The tweet went viral among horror fans, with readers assuming that the comment was meant as shade toward the film. However, Gallner followed up that tweet to say it was misinterpreted and that he was merely “sharing behind the scenes greatness.” He also went on to reveal other tidbits, including the fact that he was accidentally cut for real while filming a Freddy scene and that he was allowed to keep the Speedo he wore for his swim practice scene. Check out both posts below:

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Why Fans Hate A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010

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2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street featured a group of up-and-coming stars, including Gallner, Mara, and The Twilight Saga‘s Kellan Lutz, along with more established stars like Haley and Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton. It was also a commercial success, making $117.7 million at the box office off its $35 million budget. In spite of this, it became the worst-reviewed entry in the franchise among fans and critics alike. It holds a dismal Rotten Tomatoes score of 14% and fares a little better on Metacritic with a generally unfavorable score of 35.

There are several reasons for the film’s incredibly poor reception. The first is a rather obvious one – it’s a remake of a minted horror classic. Considering how much enduring love there is for the original Nightmare on Elm Street and the Freddy Krueger legacy it spawned, a modern retelling of the same story was unlikely to fare well. There was also the matter that Krueger was being recast for the first time. Unlike masked killers Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, Freddy is tied inextricably with a single actor, Robert Englund, who played him in all eight Elm Street films before 2010 as well as two seasons of the anthology show, Freddy’s Nightmares.

There was little chance of a positive reception for a new Freddy Krueger unless he was absolutely perfect, but the film around the character also failed him. 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street screenplay took him to a much darker place, adding molestation elements on top of his murderous tendencies, which hurt his backstory severely. For all those reasons and more, no new Elm Street film has materialized in the decade nor changed since the remake’s release.

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Birdie Is Glass Onion’s Undisputed Champion In Knives Out Fans’ Minds



Following the Netflix premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, fans single out Kate Hudson’s Birdie Jay as the undisputed champion of the film.

WARNING: Spoilers for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery below.Following the premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, fans hone in on Kate Hudson’s Birdie Jay as one of the best characters in the film. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiered on the streaming service on December 23, after enjoying a limited theatrical release on November 23. The film is the highly anticipated sequel to the hit 2019 film, Knives Out. Netflix purchased the rights to the Knives Out franchise in 2021 and ordered two standalone sequels starring Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc. The majority of the Knives Out cast did not return for the sequel, as it follows Blanc tackling a new mystery as he investigates the death of businesswoman Cassandra “Andi” Brand (Janelle Monáe), and her suspicious rich friends.


Since Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery‘s theatrical and streaming debut, Birdie’s name has arisen frequently in praise from fans. Users took to social media to praise Hudson’s performance. In the film, Birdie is one of the murder suspects and is a former model turned fashion designer. She has infectious energy and enthusiasm and is very extra in pretty much every way, from her vibrant fashion statements to her over-the-top strut. Birdie proved effective as fans began sharing their positive reactions to her. Check out some of the posts below:

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Glass Onion Is Full Of Standout Characters

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Just like the first film, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery seriously delivered when it came to star power. The ensemble cast included the likes of Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom, Jr., Hudson, and Dave Bautista. It also included some celebrity cameos from Natasha Lyonne and the late Stephen Sondheim. However, the cast didn’t just attract attention for their big names, but also for their outstanding performances. All the characters are vibrant, eccentric, flawed, and hilarious. Benoit, of course, is a standout character. He is quirky, brilliant, relentless, and filled with gentlemanly mannerisms and styles.

Craig’s brilliance as Detective Benoit is also evidenced by Netflix’s decision to make a film series centered on his character. Other standout characters include Norton’s Miles Bron and Monáe’s Brand. Norton brilliantly portrays the antagonistic billionaire tech CEO and provides the backbone for the film’s commentary on excessive wealth. Meanwhile, Monáe boldly takes on the role of Blanc’s assistant and plays off of Craig brilliantly as she adds extra heart and humanity to the film. Dave Bautista is another character who, like Birdie, ramped up the comedic elements of the film with his hilarious portrayal of the moronic men’s rights activist Duke Cody.

Ultimately, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is filled with standout characters who are elevated by a few factors. Even though every single one of them is flawed, and some represent everything that is wrong with social media influence and the wealthy, they still manage to be either deeply interesting or wholly lovable. Some of them resonate well with viewers because they accurately reflect real-life figures, while others just resonate because they are so hilarious, extra, and self-assured. They’re quite an unusual lot, but it works. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery isn’t a perfect film, but its colorful cast of characters and strong actors made it a very good film and a strong successor to the original.

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