Entertainment

Read blogs in our entertainment category for coverage of popular movies, TV series, music and celebrities college students are most likely interested in.

The Best Documentaries on Netflix

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy learning new information in nice, digestible chunks. There’s nothing like a good documentary to make you feel productive while watching TV. If you feel the same, then I have great news for you! Netflix has a plethora of documentaries for you to watch and absorb passively on your couch. So sit back, relax, and grab your popcorn. We’re delving into the realm of documentaries!

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American Anarchist

It’s a story of passion, fervor, and regret. In 1971, William Powell authored one of the most controversial books ever written, The Anarchist Cookbook. The book contained instructions on how to make everything from weapons to illicit drugs. It quickly became the book of choice for social deviants, including terrorists and freedom fighters. But, after converting to Anglicanism in 1979, Powell devoted the rest of his life to making sure nobody ever reads his book again. This is his story.

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Cosmos

When you look up at the night sky, isn’t in wonderful? Have you ever wondered what’s up there and how it all works? Wonder no longer! Neil Degrasse Tyson is here to tell you in his classic dulcet tones. Cosmos succeeds in making its subject matter accessible with easy to understand examples and comparisons. It’s a very humbling documentary, reinforcing how small we really are in the face of the universe. We are all made of stardust, which is a pretty cool idea to ponder on.

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Pumping Iron

If you’re at all interested in bodybuilding as a sport, this is the documentary for you. Originally released in 1977, this film follows Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno as they vie for the title of most aesthetic man alive. Pumping Iron pulls back the curtain on how the sport is fraught with body image issues and subjectivity in judging. This documentary is also a deluge of information about Schwarzenegger and Ferrigno. It’s worth a watch if the sport even remotely interests you.

Do you have any favorite documentaries? Leave them in the comments below!

Consider a “Staycation” This Summer

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Summer is officially here and vacations are on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s a friend or a neighbor, I’m sure you know someone planning an elaborate vacation this season. But is a big vacation to Florida or the Bahamas out of your reach? No worries! Here’s why you should love “staycations”.

Give Your Wallet a Break

It’s no secret; vacations are very expensive. The cost of hotels, gas, dinning out, and any activities adds up very quickly. American Express estimates the average per person cost of a vacation is $1,145! If you’re particularly tight for cash, like most college students are, it can put a damper on your vacation. Easily avoid those costs by deciding to take a staycation! You already pay rent, so why pay even more to sleep in a strange bed? You can also cook meals at home during your staycation or only go out to eat once or twice – instead of every night. The main thing your money goes to during a staycation is activities. You can do more extravagant things with the money you save from not traveling.

Reduce Your Stress

Planning a vacation can become very stressful. Getting your friends or family on the same page with where you want to go/how much you want to spend is always a hassle. Not to mention, traveling is stressful as well. Rushing to get to the airport so you don’t miss your flight and rushing to be gone by checkout at the end of your stay add unneeded stress. Instead, you can make your own schedule during your “staycation”. There’s also no need to rush because you’re already where you need to be – now it’s time to just relax. As a college student, trust me when I say you need less stress.

Enjoy the Comfort of Your Own Home

There’s nothing more unsettling than having to sleep in a strange bed – and potentially having to worry about it being dirty or even having bed bugs. With a “staycation”, you and your family/friends can sleep in your own comfy beds. You can relax on your own couch and cook in your own, familiar kitchen. You also don’t have to worry about forgetting anything because you already have everything you need. There’s no better feeling than not having to wake up to a screeching alarm, in your own bed, knowing you can do whatever you want today.

Benefits to the Local Economy

This is the biggest positive of a staycation – giving back to your town. Especially during tough times, it’s very important to support local businesses. Instead of traveling to Florida and eating at chain restaurants – find interesting restaurants you haven’t tried in your town. Plan a day to go to the local museum or you city’s theatre. Supporting your local economy benefits everyone, making your town a more pleasant to live.

So, next time you’re stuck on where to spend your summer break, consider a “staycation”! It’s cheaper, less stressful and you get to sleep in your own bed!

The Story of Spider-Man: Homecoming

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I absolutely love movies with behind the scenes special features. One of my favorite things is watching what goes into making a full length film. When I learned Spider-Man was not going to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it set off my spidey senses. What behind the scenes tomfoolery could cause the absence of such a beloved character?

The answer is a story as convoluted and odd as you’d probably guess. It finally culminates with the return of Spider-Man to the MCU this summer in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Marvel, Bankruptcy, and Spider-Man

Way back in the 90’s, there was a massive comic book boom due to inflating comic book values. People began to realize the rarity of old comics from the 40s and 50s, especially first editions. DC and Marvel both capitalized on this, printing millions of new comics and making collector’s editions as much as possible. Characters married each other left and right, superman died, it was a crazy time. It didn’t take long for people to realize the market was saturated.

The comic book boom ended shortly after and Marvel quickly encountered trouble. They were up to their eyeballs in debt from overprinting and underselling comics. The crash eventually caused Marvel to declare bankruptcy. As a result, the company desperately sold off movie rights to a number of characters. The rights to both Spider-Man and the X-Men properties passed though a number of companies, finally settling in the hands of Sony.

Sony’s Tragic Mismanagement

Sony handed the property rights to Sam Raimi after a number of failed attempts to bring Spider-Man to the big screen. Sam Raimi reimagined the web slinger in “Spider-Man”, directing both sequels in the series. The first two movies were massive hits! The third was a flop, both critically and commercially. Regardless, Sony allowed Raimi to move forward with a fourth movie slated for a 2011 release date. Unfortunately, Sony canceled the project due to creative differences.

Spider-Man underwent a reboot from Sony with the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man”. It became a cinematic hit and the studio decided to produce a sequel. However, this was the 5th Spider-Man movie in 10 years. Audiences became tired of the superhero, and having two reboots in 5 years is a tad confusing for the general public. The series ultimately ended before producing “The Amazing Spider-Man 3”.

The Return to Marvel

Possibly the only good thing to come out of the 2014 Sony email leaks was news about Spider-Man was returning to Marvel. Disney and Sony reached an agreement to allow the wall crawler to return to the big screen under the Marvel umbrella. However, the odds are stacked against Spider-Man Homecoming. As the third reboot in 15 years, audiences could have Spider-Man fatigue. For fans of the superhero, here’s to hoping that Spider-Man: Homecoming rises above the tangled web of past disputes and turns out to be a great film!

Why College Students Should Have a Public Library Card

As a college student, you will be spending a large of time studying in the campus library. When you get done with your homework, going to another library is probably the last thing on your mind. It seems useless to have a public library card when you already have access to the universities’ library, but you would be wrong to assume. Here are four reasons why you should get a public library card.Library Books available with card

Entertainment

Most university libraries limit their selection of materials to things needed for academic purposes. They typically do not stock very many books for entertainment purposes. At the public library you’ll find a wide selection of fiction books and new release DVDs. When you finish your homework, you’ll have everything you need to relax and enjoy your free-time.

Free Services

Most public libraries offer a wide range of free or nearly free services to their patrons. Some of the most common services are:

  • Notary
  • Research help
  • Passport applications and pictures
  • Tax filing information
  • Resume evaluation
  • Computer and technology help

If you need a service that the library does not offer, the staff is happy to help you find a place that does provide the service you need.Free Events available with library card

Free Events

Another great reason for visiting public libraries are free events. Libraries frequently have free events going on for the public to enjoy. Traveling speakers and other special guests are always entertaining to go and see. They also offer classes about topics like technology and cooking. You can join different book clubs throughout the year. It is important to note that while almost all public library events are free,  many require you to reserve your place in advance. If you see something that interests you, make sure to secure your spot early.

Community Engagement

Libraries are the heart of a community. When you get involved at your local public library, you are supporting your community as a whole. College students often get a bad reputation for not taking part in matters beyond their college campus. Signing up for a library card is an easy way to get involved in the community!

A public library card is a great resource for college students. Have any more reasons why students should get a public library card? Leave them in the comment section below!

Books Coming To The Big Screen In 2017

There are several blockbuster movies coming out this year to get excited about: Beauty and the Beast, Power Rangers, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman to name a few. After you check those out be sure to make time for these other great movies arriving in theaters in 2017 that are based on bestselling books.

 

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Summary: A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

Release Date: January 6, 2017

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Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Summary: After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman

Release Date: January 13, 2017 on Netflix

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Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Summary: The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh

Release Date: March 31, 2017

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Wonder

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Summary: A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin

Release Date: April 7, 2017

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Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Summary: A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller

Release Date: April 21, 2017

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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Summary: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Starring: Jordana Blake, Alexis Bledel, O.T. Fagbenle

Release Date: April 26, 2017 on Hulu

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The Circle

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Summary: A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.

Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan

Release Date: April 28, 2017

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Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Summary: A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

Release Date: May 19, 2017

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Summary: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba

Release Date: July 28, 2017

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IT by Stephen King

IT by Stephen King

Summary: In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton

Release Date: September 8, 2017

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Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Summary: Renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a wealthy American traveling on the Orient Express, the most famous train in the world.

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad

Release Date: November 22, 2017

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Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Summary: A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

Starring: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson

Release Date: 2017 (TBA)

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What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Let us know in the comments!