May 24, 2017

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Oct.27, 2011

    London Calling: Britain offers the Best (and Worst) in TV

    For many college students, watching television has become an escape from the stresses of schoolwork and job searching, an opportunity to tune in and drop out for a couple of hours. Maybe you have a show you follow devoutly, like The Walking Dead or Community, but we can all admit that at the end of the day most television is garbage. In the case of Britain, it seems that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Oct.20, 2011

    Is An iMovie In Our Future?

    You’ll shell out $199 for an iPhone and wait three hours while iOS5 downloads, but would you spend $10 to see a movie about Steve Jobs? In the wake of Jobs’ passing, the rights to a movie about his intriguing and monumental life have been snatched up by Sony to the tune of three million dollars. But in the scheme of things, three million is pocket change if this movie does half as well as the similar picture, The Social Network, which grossed over one billion dollars to date. With Jobs’ biography, iSteve: The Book of Jobs sitting at the top of the bestsellers list more than a week before its release date, it’s clear that interest in this visionary is quickly rising.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Oct.06, 2011

    Five Shows that Should Kick the Bucket

    American Idol

    The name of it alone sends the wrong message about Americans. I’m pretty sure none of us idolize any of the past winners, the judges, or the awkward few people left who still watch this show. The best part of the show (eight seasons ago) was when all of the crazies came out to audition and Simon would completely crush their dreams. Aside from Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, two tween dreams, Idol has never produced anything substantial except for some priceless Paula Abdul meltdowns. But it’s not just Idol that should say goodbye: All talent shows should be canceled, since the greatest talent of most Americans is creating YouTube videos of babies dancing to Beyonc

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Oct.06, 2011

    The Leading Ladies of TV

    If you have ever held a conversation with me, you probably know that my favorite show on television is TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles. It’s the best show you’ve never heard of. The series is based off novels by Tess Gerritsen, which feature homicide detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) as she makes her way through chilling cases with medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) by her side. Jane and Maura are polar opposites. Jane is a tomboy who follows her instincts after a good boxing session, while Maura refuses to address a “reddish brown stain” as blood until the lab confirms it and prefers to spend her time shoe shopping.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Oct.06, 2011

    Concert Highlight

    How should an artist act on stage? Are there any set rules? If their recent performance at The Met was any indication, Das Racist seemed not to care. The rap collective—made up of Himanshu Suri, Victor Vazquez, and Ashok Kondabolu—arrived an hour before the concert was supposed to begin, walked through the same doors as its fans, and made a beeline for the venue’s adult watering hole. Here, they struck up conversation with a few concertgoers before slipping backstage; while Suri sipped on a mixed drink, a few “groupie”-looking girls gave their numbers to Vazquez.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Oct.06, 2011

    Rapper Refugee Comes Home With Hope

    Those familiar with the spectacle of soccer that enraptures the world every four years have likely heard this artist’s most famous work. Yes, I am speaking of the World Cup, and that uplifting anthem that played over sports montages of Ronaldo and Pique leading their teams to glorious victory (alright, maybe I’m partial to Spanish soccer teams, but that is beside the point). “Wavin’ Flag” enraptured a global audience, drawing people together with a song as uplifting and energetic as the World Cup itself. But who is the man behind the anthem? Surely not a one-hit-wonder that stumbled upon an opportunity to lead a global musical endeavor. No, the artist K’naan has a story much more interesting beneath the montage.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Sep.29, 2011

    The Office Season 8

    The Office returned last Thursday night for its eighth season, marking the beginning of the Michael Scott-free era of the series. Steve Carell exited at the end of last season, setting up an amusing four-episode “Search Committee” story arc. The episodes were filled with a ton of guest stars, including Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, Jim Carrey, Catherine Tate, Warren Buffet, and, most importantly, James Spader. It was named late in the summer that James Spader’s character, Robert California, would take control of The Office.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Sep.29, 2011

    Das Racist Takes a Load Off with Relax

    Less than a decade ago, hip-hop cut American subculture down the middle. The genre became mixed up with gang violence, and soon after, two of its greatest performers—an Easterner and a Westerner—were dead before the age of 30.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Sep.22, 2011

    Spotify Hits the U.S

    This past summer saw two major developments in the world of social networking: (1) The introduction of Google+ to those lucky enough to receive an invitation, and (2) the arrival of music-oriented Spotify on American computers. Only time will tell if Google+ goes big or goes home. Recent changes to the Facebook layout suggest that Mark Zuckerberg is a little nervous about Google’s product, especially since he’s pulled ideas from it and put them into his own product. That “Lists” option on the left side of the newsfeed? Google+ did it first. The option to display posts to certain friends is also an idea borrowed from the newcomer. Of course, these moves keep Facebook competitive, but they do so at the cost of originality. No one liked the big kid who stole the ball from his tinier classmates at recess; the same goes for bullies like Zucky and his crew.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Sep.08, 2011

    A Night with Weezer and The Flaming Lips

    On the day before my last final of the spring 2011 semester, I received some news that shook me to the bone. The lovably awesome quartet, known as Weezer, would be returning to Jones Beach accompanied by one of the most trippy concert bands of all time,

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