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What we learned from Beyoncé’s surprise ‘Making the Gift’ documentary

What we learned from Beyoncé’s surprise ‘Making the Gift’ documentary

MCT Campus

September 17, 2019

Beyoncé’s penchant for surprises spilled onto network television Monday night when the pop superstar aired “Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift” on ABC. The documentary special — a behind-the-scenes look at her musical ode to this summer’s “The Lion King” — dropped Monday with little ad...

These were the best and worst movies of summer 2019

These were the best and worst movies of summer 2019

MCT Campus

September 3, 2019

Now ends the summer movie season of our discontent — and the quality of the content was the problem. We won’t know how the 2019 summer box office fared until after Labor Day, generally considered the season’s end. There have been some major hits, including Sony-Marvel’s crowd-pleasing “Spider-...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ leaked footage prompts Marvel fans to leave social media

‘Avengers: Endgame’ leaked footage prompts Marvel fans to leave social media

 Nardine Saad

April 16, 2019

Los Angeles Times (TNS) Leaked footage of Marvel’s highly guarded “Avengers: Endgame” has prompted spoiler-averse fans to retreat from social media. The long-awaited superhero film is due in theaters April 26 and has already been breaking box-office presale records. Disney has made painstaking ef...

Movie review: Stretched thin, live-action ‘Dumbo’ doesn’t achieve liftoff

Movie review: Stretched thin, live-action ‘Dumbo’ doesn’t achieve liftoff

Katie Walsh

March 26, 2019

(TNS) Disney’s 1941 animated feature “Dumbo,” about the little circus elephant who could fly, left some deep emotional wounds. It’s one of Disney’s most devastating films. But it was also aesthetically daring, almost avant-garde, and ahead of its time, rich with intense pathos and visual in...

‘Five Feet Apart’ author discusses love, life with lung disease and upcoming film

‘Five Feet Apart’ author discusses love, life with lung disease and upcoming film

Rebecca Proulx

March 12, 2019

BookTrib (TNS) “Five Feet Apart” (Simon and Schuster) is a moving YA novel that captures the hearts of readers through its fragile tale of young love while giving much-needed attention to a debilitating lung disease: cystic fibrosis. While there is no permanent cure for the disease at this time...

Kevin Hart will really, truly, definitely not host the Oscars: ‘I’m over it’

Kevin Hart will really, truly, definitely not host the Oscars: ‘I’m over it’

Special to the viewpoint

January 10, 2019

By Libby Hill Los Angeles Times (TNS) Kevin Hart is really and truly done with the Oscars. The “Night School” actor appeared on “Good Morning America” Wednesday and addressed the ongoing controversy surrounding his short stint as the planned host of the 91st Academy Awards ceremony. “I w...

Surviving College: Getting through finals week

Surviving College: Getting through finals week

Regan Dorcey, Reporter

December 5, 2018

NORFOLK --Teachers are cracking down and finals week is approaching fast! Students have to worry about final projects and tests, credit hours, their schedule for next semester and a whole lot more. It’s not a secret that teachers and students are stressed. Christmas break is coming soon, but first...

The popularity of the Stan Lee cameo proved everything the Marvel Universe stands for

The popularity of the Stan Lee cameo proved everything the Marvel Universe stands for

November 13, 2018

Everything that Stan Lee did was super-sized. Where other writers created worlds, he created a universe populated by heroes blessed, or cursed, with special powers. Their conflicts, internal and external, played out across skylines and time warps, rearranged cities, destroyed planets. Their success ...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ glosses over Freddie Mercury’s roots and religion — just like he did

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ glosses over Freddie Mercury’s roots and religion — just like he did

November 6, 2018

In an early scene of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” we see Freddie Mercury celebrating his birthday. Rami Malek, who portrays the late Queen frontman, sits at his parents’ dining-room table as his then-serious girlfriend hears Freddie’s birth name for the first time. And his bandmates are informed that ...

What ‘A Star is Born’ says about love, addiction and the insidious power of music

What ‘A Star is Born’ says about love, addiction and the insidious power of music

October 18, 2018

Twelve days after opening in the U.S., director Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star is Born” already has grossed $100 million. The people, collectively, have spoken, and they love it. (I liked it.) They’re crying on the way into the theaters. The soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 alb...

Stolen red slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ recovered 13 years after being swiped

Stolen red slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ recovered 13 years after being swiped

September 4, 2018

It’s a dream come true. FBI officials have found a stolen pair of red slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” 13 years after they were swiped from a museum commemorating the actress. The recovery was announced Tuesday by the FBI, though details about how they managed to track down ...

After 14 long years, ‘Incredibles 2’ picks up with its family of suburban superheroes

After 14 long years, ‘Incredibles 2’ picks up with its family of suburban superheroes

July 20, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Brad Bird stood in front of a full orchestra on the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage on the Sony Pictures lot, his leg bouncing to the beat, a big grin on his face. At a recent scoring session for Pixar Animation Studios’ superhero sequel “Incredibles 2,” the film’s writer-director watche...

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