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Are American Idol judges qualified to judge?

Are American Idol judges qualified to judge?

February 11, 2013

Over the years, American Idol has had an abundance of judges, but are half of them even “qualified”, per say, to judge the contestants?  Idol has had a total of 10 judges.  Most of them know what they are talking about when it comes to music, but what about the judges that aren’t? The first judge, and the judge that has stayed with Idol the...

Warm Bodies: heats up the box office

Warm Bodies: heats up the box office

Andrea Brown, Features

February 8, 2013

After the constant drama and lust between Bella and Edward in the Twilight movies, we are all ready for something new in the supernatural romantic genre. So what could take it to the next step after vampires and werewolves? Zombie romance. That’s right, a movie where a zombie falls in love with a human. The latest romance to hit theaters is cal...

NCIS: Los Angeles

Kayla Bray, Expressions

February 8, 2013

NCIS Los Angeles is a television show aired every Tuesday at eight p.m. on CBS.  It is a spin off of CBS’s NCIS which is set in Washington D.C and is shown on CBS Tuesday nights at seven. NCIS: Los Angeles is just starting its fourth season.  The show centers on a team of NCIS special agents G. Callen  (Chris O’ Donnell), Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), and Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen).  They work as a team on dangerous cases with the help of Eric Beale (Barrett Foa) and Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith).  The team is led by the legend...

Musical artists to look for in 2013

Musical artists to look for in 2013

Natalie Trumbull, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2013

Everyone has their favorite music artists, but keep an open mind and look into the fresh tunes of these individual musicians in the new year! The Weeknd- Canadian artist Abel Tesfaye started his music career by simply uploading three of his original tracks to YouTube.  He has a matchless style when it comes to music sound that has been descri...

Mama exceeds viewer’s expectations

Olivia Nelson, News Desk

February 5, 2013

Mama isn’t the classic horror film that many would assumed it was going  to be. Going into scary movies, viewers tend to expect excessive blood and gore. And although the movie does deliver some of these aspects, Andy Muschietti, the director seems to want the viewer to have a better understanding of the movie and does a great job doing so. The movie starts out with the father murdering his wife and mother of his children, Victoria and Lily.  The father then kidnaps the girls; speeding on a snowy highway he loses control, which sends them over a small slope....

Hollywood Studios vs Independent Studios

Amir Muhammad, Feature Editor

February 4, 2013

With the announcement of an Angry Birds animated movie adaption by Illumination films (studio behind Despicable Me), the question stands if Hollywood will ever make original stories that are enjoyable to watch and not base them off trends. With the advancement of new innovations in technology, the ways we can communicate, are feelings, ideas and expressions are faster and simpler than in the past. For years, many people aspired to be  actors, directors in music or film, or a singers - and would do anything to become famous, because Hollywood was was the only avenue a...

The newest addictive word game: Ruzzle

Arianna Collier, Photo & Design

February 4, 2013

If you enjoy playing Scrabble, or other word games in general, then you need to join the other millions of players and try Ruzzle; a game that allows you to play against your friends in a fast paced setting. Ruzzle is all about finding word combinations and racing the clock with scrambled letters to win against your opponent, to see who can find the most words in two minutes. When you start the game, a board appears on your screen. The objective is to find as many words as you can by swiping your finger across the screen. The letters you form may be as short or long...

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

Olivia Smith, Features

January 28, 2013

If you are interested in action-packed movies, I suggest you go see the movie Jack Reacher.  The film is based on Lee Child’s books, which include the character Jack Reacher. The main character in the movie, Reacher (Tom Cruise), is a former U.S. Army military police major.  He has been impossible to find for the past couple of years, but so...

The Castle Theater

The Castle Theater

January 24, 2013

The lights are dimmed and a slow roar spreads throughout the crowd, chanting the band’s name in anticipation. Everyone closely packed waiting for the excitement to start. Concerts are a fun way to hang out with your friends while enjoying music that you love. The Castle Theater located in downtown Bloomington is a great place for teens to go searching...

Elementary

Kayla Bray

January 23, 2013

CBS’s created a new television show called Elementary. It was piloted on the 27th of September and is an ongoing series.  It aires every Thursday night at 9 PM. In it, Sherlock Holmes and Watson come alive again, but this time in modern day New York. Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is cast as an addict having fled from a London drug rehab, and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) who is now casted as a woman that works as his sober companion. With the help Captain Gregson (Adian Quinn), who is their police confident the two solve cases for the NYPD. Miller plays a believable ...

“The Walking Dead” – Game of 2012

“The Walking Dead” – Game of 2012

January 21, 2013

   Zombies have been a hot trend in the horror genre for decades; unfortunately, there have been only a few films, books, and games that have given a realistic, detailed and emotional story about this topic. Usually zombie games allow you to kill as many zombies as you can, with some goal, or lame storyline attached to it; Thankfully, The Walking Dea...

Newest singer in 2013

Newest singer in 2013

Arianna Collier, Photo & Design

January 20, 2013

Cassadee Pope, the winner of the last season of The Voice, is still in shock of her success. She came onto the show as strictly a pop artist but quickly came to recognize that she isn't a full-on pop singer. As her coach, Blake Shelton, spent more and more time with her on the show, she slowly began to realize that she is a great country singer. Shelton ...

Les Mis stuns audiences despite poor singing

Kellan Marvin, Opinion

January 14, 2013

While most people woke up early on Christmas morning to open presents and spend time with family, I was up getting ready for the noon premiere of the musical Les Misérables. I have had a strong connection with this musical, and it was the first professional production I saw. When I found out last summer that the world renown depiction of the French revolution was coming to the silver screen, my excitement could hardly be contained. Les Misérables consists of powerful ballad after ballad, and a mixture of history, action, faith, civil law, and romance. There is something...

Let’s get weird!

Let’s get weird!

January 11, 2013

Most Comedy Central viewers are getting ready for the upcoming premiere of Workaholics, the hit sitcom that first aired in 2011. The third season has been split into two parts, this being the second half.  If you’re one that’s never seen the laugh-out-loud comedy, viewer discretion is definitely advised. The strange and absurd humor may not be...

Dance Moms is back

Dance Moms is back

Olivia Smith, Features

December 27, 2012

After the long wait since the season finale on September 5th, 2012, Dance Moms will finally be back on January 1st.  If you have not watched the show before, it is really easy to become addicted to.  Dance Moms is about Abbey Lee Miller’s competitive dance team which consists of girls aged six to fourteen. Dance Moms also focuses on the moms a lot; t...

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