“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” just upped the ante

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By Amanda Gabriel Senior Writer The experience of watching movies in your home might be about to change completely. The new Netflix film “Bandersnatch,” written by the “Black Mirror” series creator Charlie Brooker, is a suspense film that lets the audience interact with its story and decide the hero’s fate. Released Dec. 28 of last […]

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It’s official: We’re now living in the year of “20-bi-teen”

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By Erin Caine Lifestyle Editor As we say our farewells to 2018, and to what pop singer Hayley Kiyoko famously referred to as “20gayteen” in a viral New Year’s tweet, we embrace the new year—the one many are now calling “20biteen.” In other words, this is the year to encourage conversations about bisexual visibility, representation, […]

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Are superhero movies due for a new look? Last year’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” may be a game-changer for Hollywood

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By Erin Caine Lifestyle Editor Last year was full of innovative films, but one in particular may elevate future movies into a whole other dimension: Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Though the “Incredibles” franchise has certainly warmed audiences up to the idea of blockbuster animated superhero flicks, the newest “Spider-Man” film may be a […]

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Costume design in film: Not just dressing to impress

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By Erin Caine Lifestyle Editor It’s no simple task stitching together a compelling story for the screen. Though its an underappreciated part of filmmaking, costuming plays an essential role as something that helps inform the audience about everything from a character’s personality to the hidden meaning of a scene. The Costume Designers Guild recently announced […]

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Counting down the 10 best songs of 2018

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By Vanessa Rupertus Elm Staff Writer With only one month left to go now, it’s the perfect time to look back on the year and acknowledge the songs that helped define 2018. Here’s a list of the top 10 most popular and influential songs of the year: 10. “Happier,” Marshmello (feat. Bastille). A song created […]

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Rihanna and Donald Glover reveal details of new music film

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By Erin Caine Lifestyle Editor When it comes to merging music and film, few could have asked for a better dream team than Rihanna and Donald Glover. The trailer for the upcoming musical film project “Guava Island,” with Glover (also known by his stage name, Childish Gambino) and Rihanna as co-stars, premiered at the PHAROS […]

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Remembering the man who shaped our childhoods: Over 20 years ago, Stephen Hillenburg created one of the most enduring shows of our time

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By Brian Brecker Senior Writer Recently, we’ve had to say our farewells to the creative mind behind one of the most beloved cartoons of all time. On Nov. 26, Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the long-running Nickelodeon series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” passed away due to complications with ALS, which he had been diagnosed with a year […]

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“Detective Pikachu” trailers met with mixed reactions: Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the titular Japanese icon in the first Pokémon live-action film

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By Brian Brecker Senior Writer From some raised eyebrows to genuine excitement, the trailers for the upcoming 2019 film “Detective Pikachu” have garnered varied responses from fans and audiences. To many fans’ surprise, Ryan Reynolds, best known for his role as the fourth wall-breaking anti-hero Deadpool, is voicing Pikachu. Based off of the video game […]

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Long-lost gem from the Queen of Soul reappears: Aretha Franklin documentary concert film to be released 46 years after its recording

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By Erin Caine Lifestyle Editor If there’s one voice the world won’t ever forget, it’s Aretha Franklin’s. Back in August, millions were heartbroken to hear the news of Franklin’s passing. Her memorial service was attended by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight. Franklin’s work of six decades […]

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Is there a problem with Hollywood heroes? Recent study finds that movie superheroes are more violent than villainous counterparts

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By Erin Caine Lifestyle Editor In films ostensibly about the “good guys” defeating the “bad guys,” a recent study finds that the difference between the two might be blurrier than we think. Early in November, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new research at the 2018 National Conference & Exhibition. The study found that violent […]

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