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DiCaprio, Gaga, and Stallone: Hollywood’s Finest Dominate 2016 Golden Globe Nominations


Nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday and the ceremony’s biggest categories are loaded with countless household names.

First and foremost, heavyweight performer Leonardo DiCaprio is once again nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his newest film The Revenant, the account of an 1800s frontiersman struggling to find refuge in the snowy wilderness following a comrade’s betrayal. The Revenant received four nominations total, including one for Best Motion Picture, Drama. Continue reading DiCaprio, Gaga, and Stallone: Hollywood’s Finest Dominate 2016 Golden Globe Nominations

Paramount Pictures Releases Star-Studded ‘Zoolander 2’ Trailer


After major successes in 2001’s Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, Paramount Pictures finally released the trailer to Zoolander 2 and the teaser is surprisingly chock full of familiar faces baring the strangest characters.

After Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), our favorite lip-puckering and borderline illiterate male model, embarrassingly discovers that he is now a washed-up fellow of the fashion industry, he is called back into action by none other than a gorgeous Penelope Cruz.

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As an ambiguous crime agent of some sort, she recruits the help of both Zoolander and his rival turned BFF Hansel (Owen Wilson) because an unknown criminal mastermind is killing some of the world’s most beautiful people. Side note: according to this trailer, Justin Bieber is one of the world’s most beautiful people.


Will Ferrell also returns as clothing designer Jacobim Mugatu, who’s straight out of prison is looking to cause some mayhem—Seriously, he had his harmless assistant give him a steaming latte foam-imprinted with his face, took a sip and then poured it all over said harmless assistant…

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 Alongside Penelope Cruz, Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch also stars as the new face of high fashion, an androgynous long-haired couture model who has basically replaced Zoolander as the it-guy. Is there anything Cumberbatch can’t do?

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Comedic heavyweight Kristin Wiig also appears as a Botox-crazed professional in the fashion industry, sort of like Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games—if she was addicted to cosmetic surgery.

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The trailer also includes lists of celebrity cameos from starlets such as Joe Jonas, Usher, SNL’s Kyle Mooney and Miley Cyrus. And I have a feeling that there is a lot more where that came from.

Zoolander 2 is in theaters this February 12, 2016. Check out the trailer below.


Box Office Update: Is 2015’s Success Streak Officially Over?


Despite huge Hollywood starlets, “bankable” sequels and the power of 1980s memorabilia, numbers at the box office remain dismal this fall after a prosperous blockbuster-packed summer.

Just months ago, it felt like everything the mainstream film industry supplied to the public was thriving as familiar ensemble casts, new comers and reboots alike flooded silver screens with creations people responded heavily to.

Films such as Pitch Perfect 2, Trainwreck and Disney Pixar’s Inside Out drove viewers off their couches and Netflix accounts, and into those theater seats.

Summer releases Jurassic World, Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Minions now reside in the world’s top 10 most grossing films of all time, alongside movies like Titanic, Frozen and Avatar.

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However, the flourishing phase seems to be dwindling down as recent films take in less money than producers predicted, including the highly anticipated biographical film Steve Jobs, starring Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender, directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and written by renowned screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Official Trailer Recap and What It Tells Us


During Monday Night Football’s halftime, the heavily anticipated full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was revealed, causing a stir on the Internet and getting fans riled up for the seventh installment in the legendary series.

Being a huge Star Wars fan myself, I took to the internet soon after I watched the trailer during halftime of the Giants vs. Eagles game. I was curious to see other people’s perspectives on the trailer and what fan theories people already created.

As I spent some time scrolling down the YouTube comments for the trailer, many fans already began asking questions, such as, “Where is Luke?” or “Who is Kylo Ren?” Some fans even theorized as to whether or not classic characters such as Han Solo would be killed off or not. The overwhelmingly positive response to the trailer was apparent throughout much of the comment section.

Aside from theories, what we know thus far is that the main characters appear to be Rey and Finn because of the extended screen time they received during the two and a half minute trailer. Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, appears to be a wanderer of the dessert planet, Jaku. When a woman’s voice asks her who she is, Rey proclaims “I’m no one.” However, this does not seem to be the case as she is the focus of the trailer.

From left to right: Finn and Rey, Courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk

The other prominent face seen throughout the trailer is Finn, played by John Boyega. Finn appears to be a soldier who has deserted the Empire and has “nothing to fight for.” It seems he will be a primary character in the movie because he is seen wielding a blue lightsaber, signifying him to be a Jedi Knight (who is possibly still in training).

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Half the Sky UMD raises awareness on campus


In September of 2008, husband-wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn published a book about economic empowerment, education, forced prostitution, gender-based violence, maternal mortality, and sex trafficking. Since then, they have produced a documentary to accompany it, as well as a sequel novel and documentary.

Kristof and WuDunn’s mission to change minds and spread their message inspired the launch of a new group on campus in the spring of 2014 known as Half the Sky Movement. A group of graduate students along with the help of the Director of Public Health Initiatives, Elisabeth Maring, decided that they wanted to bring Half the Sky to College Park because they desired to spread awareness on the wide variety of topics that this book covers according to Molly Crothers, former president of Half the Sky UMD.

The club has since organized events and hosted screenings of documentaries Half the Sky and its sequel, A Path Appears. Each screening was followed by a discussion and presentations from organizations on campus and in DC to talk about some of their events and goals.

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One of the club’s main initiatives is the following: “When you give a girl an education, her life and everyone’s lives around her are changed for the better. Here are a few examples of the benefits: The woman will have fewer children later in life, and the family will have another income to help provide enough food and nutrition for their family.”

The current executive board includes Mahrukh Malik and Raye Weigel as co-presidents, Jacquie Neminski as vice-president, Nicole Grap as secretary, and Carly Brody as treasurer; all of whom have been involved with the organization since its founding.

“I’ve been involved since the first interest meeting with Dr. Maring.  In one of my Global Public Health Scholars’ classes, which was also taught by Dr. Maring, we were reading ‘Half the Sky,’” said Crothers. “The book and video clips really impacted how I looked at the world and the world’s issues so I wanted to become more involved with the Half the Sky movement.” Continue reading Half the Sky UMD raises awareness on campus

End of May Movies


May 15

Mad Max: Fury Road

This post-apocalyptic film focuses on Mad Max Rockatanksy, a former highway patrolman, who agrees to protect a woman named Furiosa and five captives she has rescued, as they cross the desert. This film is the fourth in the Mad Max series and spent 25  years in the developmental stage before receiving the funding to be filmed. After issues with Mel Gibson, who played Rockatansky in the previous three films, in 2011 filming started with Tom Hardy assuming the titular role. Hardy told Esquire magazine that he will star in three more Mad Max movies after Fury Road. The first Mad Max movie was released in 1979.

Pitch Perfect 2

This sequel follows the Bellas as they enter an international acapella competition that has never been won by an American team. The film, which stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, brought back the majority of the main characters and added a new recruit, played by Hailee Steinfield. Pitch Perfect 2 is being lauded for being one of the few female centered blockbusters of the summer as well as recognized as an expected success. This time around the film is directed by Elizabeth Banks.

Good Kill

A man who works as a drone operator begins to feel conflicted about his job as he tries to reconcile the attacks he perpetrates from afar. The main character,Tom Egan, played by Ethan Hawke struggles to learn how to deal with the gravity of his missions and living his life with his family. The film shows the effect of drones on military personnel and how war is changing.

May 22


A young girl, played by Britt Robertson, who most recently starred in The Longest Ride, discovers a pin that allows her to enter a new world. Robertson along with George Clooney, learn that her destiny is to save Tommorowland.

Chocolate City

Many have called this the Black version of Magic Mike. A struggling college student, played by Robert Ri’chard, is recruited to work for a strip club after trying out at an amateur night. His new found success causes problems with the other strippers at the club. This movie is filled with familiar faces such as Micheal Jai White, Tyson Beckford, Ginuwine, and Darrin Dewitt Henson.

May 29

San Andreas

After a massive earthquake splits California, a helicopter pilot played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson travels across the state to rescue his daughter and seemingly every other female he comes in contact with. The film get its name from the San Andreas fault, which splits causing destruction throughout the West.


Bradley Cooper stars as a military contractor who is reassigned to Hawaii to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite, after having  a meltdown, is and forced to deal with his past. He goes back to face his ex, Rachel McAdams, and finds a new love interest, his Air Force liaison played by Emma Stone. The film also stars Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Hits Big! (Review)


Marvel nerd or not, one can’t help but to appreciate the gloriousness that is Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. First off, I have to give props to the movie’s director, Joss Whedon, who also directed The Avengers. Due to the success of The Avengers in 2012, some viewers would be a bit hesitant about the quality of the sequel (let’s be real, sequels are never as good as the original), but Avengers: Age of Ultron is a whole different Marvel beast.

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‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Review


(Caution: Spoilers Ahead)

The Force is strong in my family…My Father has it…I have it…My sister has it…..You have that power too.

The opening words to the second trailer for the upcoming seventh installment within the Star Wars series is spoken by Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, and it brought a giant smile to my face, almost moving me to joyous tears. The first four phrases before the very last, “you have that power too,” signaled to anyone who has kept up with all six of the movies that Luke is speaking to another force user.

Off the bat, we are showered with fantastic scenes filled with a couple of new faces and two familiar ones, which I will get to later on. Continue reading ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Review

Kiss Cams, Angel Wings and Magic Mike Twerking: 2015 MTV Movie Awards RECAP


Funny girl comedian Amy Schumer hosted the 2015 MTV Movie Awards Sunday. Although this year’s awards show was pretty much an uneventful collection of presenter banter followed by yet ANOTHER win by Shailene Woodley, there were some major OMG moments along the way. The moment Vin Diesel briefly sang Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” to honor his late Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker. giphyThe moment John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, got teary-eyed after Shailene Woodley dedicated her award for Best Female Performance to him. mtv-movie-awards-2015-john-green-cryingThe moment Jennifer Lopez challenged the cast of Magic Mike XXL to give us all a little show, and Channing Tatum accepted. Good looking out, Jenny. Continue reading Kiss Cams, Angel Wings and Magic Mike Twerking: 2015 MTV Movie Awards RECAP

Classic 90s Chick Flick Reboot in the Works


Every modern day teen movie cliché you have ever known probably started back when theatres released the 90s cult classic teen movie She’s All That.

Popular girl breaks up with popular jock. Popular jock makes immature bet with popular jerk friend about random “ugly” loser girl.

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