New Girl means new drama
Mar06

New Girl means new drama

After a literally show-stopping kiss, season two of New Girl has found its awkward niche that viewers can’t get enough of. Zooey Dechannel and Jake Johnson’s characters, Jess and Nick, finally lock lips after more than a season of tension. While everyone else notes the chemistry between these two, the characters themselves continue denying it. For now, the clumsiness must continue. We move on to the latest episode, “Parking Spot.” Welcome to the decision, where four roommates vie for one of the newest additions to the apartment: a freshly painted parking spot. All the characters believe they deserve the coveted position and must prove to the others why the slot should belong to them. Though Schmidt does, indeed, pay for the “wiffy,” Nick’s term for the wireless Internet, Winston believes he too has worthy qualifications. But with a vague twist that no one really understands, Nick must choose between Schmidt and Jess. Awkward. Given that he just smooched his lady friend, Nick’s rare soft side yields to Jess. “You can’t escape destiny. She comes for us all. That’s right. Destiny is a lady,” Jess says. Obviously, this causes even more chaos in the already confusing household. “Let the decider decide. I am not the suggester. I am not having fun with this game,” Nick says before he relinquishes his power of choice. Meanwhile, Jess barely escapes an elderly man in a station wagon, Nick positions himself in a lawn chair to save the parking space and Schmidt runs him over, naturally. The three end up camping out in the parking garage, where conversation returns to that kiss. Oh, that kiss. Jess admits that life in the house feels different when she says, “I thought we could go back to the way things were, but we can’t.” Insensitive and rueful as always, Nick ruins the honest moment, saying, “That kiss was the dumbest mistake I’ve ever made…dumber than law school…dumber than when I thought his name was Brack Obama.” With her feelings hurt, Jess storms out and decides that fish sticks are the answer to life’s problems . Wait, what? What on earth is going on? No one is really sure. Back to the roommate drama. Schmidt, in all his logical glory, insists that Nick has breached rules of the apartment, and the only way to make things right is for Schmidt to commit the same crime as Nick. Problem solved? Not quite. Next week promises more uncomfortable situations and unfortunate catastrophes that make New Girl the most simplistic and creative comedy on...

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Belton celebrates Oscars in Grand Way
Mar06

Belton celebrates Oscars in Grand Way

In Belton, the Academy Awards isn’t just a one-time ceremony, but a week-long event at Grand Avenue Theater this week. Through Feb. 28, the theater is showing two of the nominated best pictures of the year, as well as three sets of short films. Daniel Bucher, business manager at Grand Avenue, said that showing films like these offers viewers a chance to see different material, instead of the normal films. “We are trying to draw in different people and offer different options. Some people may not come to see a movie, but they like the Oscars and it’s free admission, so they’re going to come check it out,” Bucher said. Adam Dubberly, assistant manager at Grand Avenue was eager about the theater being able to screen films that other theaters are not. “We are especially excited to be showing the nominated short films, in part because we are the only theater in the area showing them,” he said. The top five most celebrated winners were Christoph Waltz who won best supporting actor for his role in Django Unchained, best supporting actress, Anne Hathaway in her role as Fantine in Les Miserables, Jennifer Lawrence as leading actress in Silver Linings Playbook and leading actor, Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.And for Best Picture of the Year,  Argo  won the Oscar. Sunday evening the Oscars were shown live on the big-screen at Grand Avenue.     Movie posters of the nominated best pictures were given away. Junior communication major Wesley Ashton went to watch the ceremony at the theater with a friend. He said, “My friend and I enjoyed the friendly service the grand Avenue staff provided throughout the showing. They offered us sparkling grape juice, food, and even raffle prizes….” Chances to see the films are still available at the Theater.     For show times, check www.grandavenuetheater.com/.nows...

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Gangster Squad sets bar high for 2013

By Leif Johnston “Every man has a badge” is a powerful statement made by Sgt. John O’Mara. This statement alone sums up the newly released movie Gangster Squad directed by Ruben Fleischer. A story driven by misfits coming together to stop the most powerful gangster in the West sets the bar high for films that are to come out in 2013.  Director Ruben Fleisher shows that he can steer away from his usual comedy films and create one that is action packed. The squad is in constant battle with Los Angeles’ most power-hungry mob boss, Mickey Cohen played by Sean Penn. The dialogue in the movie is serious and businesslike, but Gangster Squad member Sgt. Jerry Wooters, played by Ryan Gosling breaks up the suspenseful fighting scenes with numerous great one-liners. The acting in this film is brilliant. John Brolin, plays the honest cop that will turn to extreme measures to put Los Angeles’ monster to rest. Emma Stone plays the damsel in distress but playing it with a hard to get yet seductive demeanor. This aspect gives this film the depth that it needed to take it from an ordinary gun slinging action film to a movie that forces characters to make ultimate sacrifices for the future of the city, even though their families safety is on the line. The amounts of gunfire in this movie will more than likely bring criticism its way. But you can’t really have a true portrayal of a gangster film without excessive amounts of bullets fired. This film delayed its premier date after the Aurora shooting, but this move possibly made their chances of gun control arguments even greater in light of last month’s event in Newtown Conn. Regardless of the number of shootouts it still gives viewers a  glimpse into what it might have been like post WWII trying to contain these greedy mob bosses that took down anything that interrupted their progress. If you have a weak stomach this film may not be for you. The opening scenes will show that director Ruben Fleischer didn’t shy away from the bloody gruesome punishments that gangster Mickey Cohen orders on people in his usual way. Gangster Squad is a film worth the overly priced ticket. Grab some popcorn and enjoy this must-see...

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Actors gather for 70th Golden Globe Awards

By Paola Nunez The Hollywood Foreign Press Association chose Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the hosts of the 70th annual Global Globes awards ceremony. Not only did the two introduce the 2013 winners, they also raked in 19.7 million viewers and kept them laughing throughout the show. “Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made a great duo as hosts. I didn’t expect them to make me laugh as much as I did during their introduction to the Golden Globes,” said freshman Education major Tawnie Yeaw as she recollected her favorite parts of the show. Winner of the Best Screenplay, Motion Picture globe was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, an award originally thought by many viewers to be presented to Tony Kushner’s Lincoln. In a backstage interview, Tarantino mentioned that, “What they’re (the audience) saying is I should soften it… they’re saying I should whitewash… and I never do that when it comes to my characters,” an aspect in Django Unchained that may have given it the edge it needed to win. The Best Television series, Comedy or Musical globe went to the actors from Girls, which beat out the top rated show The Big Bang Theory and three time Emmy-award comedy winner Modern Family. Homeland won in the category of Best Television, Drama, receiving a globe for a second year in a row, beating out Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, and The...

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There’s a new bachelor in town

Scene one: Sean with his shirt off. Scene two: Sean with his shirt off, working out. Scene three: Well, you get the picture. Season 17 of The Bachelor kicked off with bachelorette Emily Maynard’s Dallas ex-boyfriend, Sean Lowe. The opening moments included a wedding dress, Fifty Shades of Grey, one gymnast’s tumble and far too many awkward introductions. Kacie from Ben’s season returned, upping the count of single ladies to 26. The unmemorable girls go home, the entertaining ones stay. Nothing has changed except the deepness of Lowe’s v-necks. Now, fast-forward to episode two. The bachelor’s helicopter entrance proves one of the most ridiculously memorable appearances in the show’s    history. One-armed Sarah scores the first date with Prince Charming, which turns out to be more of a sympathy move than one motivated by     chemistry. They free-fall 300 feet for champagne. Nice play, producers. After a terribly corny group date, 12 lucky ladies leave with nothing but a head full of even more hairspray. Sean takes Desiree on outing number two, where he pranks the poor, oblivious girl. What a jokester. On a serious note, Tierra wants to punch everyone and Amanda issues the silent treatment. How uncomfortable. Back at the hen house, Katie chickens out and opts to leave, while Brooke and Diana get the boot. What better way to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day than kicking back for a third dose of Mr. Lowe and his pretty princesses? In episode three, the blonde grabs solo date number two, a Guinness world record. For what, you ask? I’ll tell you. For the longest on-screen kiss. The debacle earns Tierra some one-on-one time with her handsome hero, while AshLee waits impatiently. Hopefully the bachelor isn’t looking for an athletic wife because the second group date turns into a volley for Sean’s love on the beach. Amanda creeps people out, yet again, and the Kacie stages an intervention. The cocktail party turns into a tug-of-war, pulling the bachelor all over the place and leaving everyone upset. Taryn and Kristy leave without roses and a promise that true love is out there somewhere. Maybe they just  won’t find it on prime time...

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Art exhibit highlights Christian symbol

From a sixth century coin, to pieces from the Middle Ages and  Renaissance, to modern American works, the Cross/ Purpose art exhibit displays how artists throughout history have depicted the crucifix and cross in various expressive ways. The traveling show from Christians in the Visual Arts includes 49 artworks and is on view until Feb. 1 in the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts. An opening reception was held Jan. 10. Professor and Chair for the art department Hershall Seals said the exhibit complements the university’s values. “Since this is a Christian institution, we felt it was a really good fit to bring quality works of art that deal with our primary theological source, which is Christ,” he said. Though it deals with a religious theme, Seals believes it can be of interest to a wide audience. “The show is not only interesting to Christians who are more theologically  interested, but it’s also a show that appeals to fine artists who may or may not be that enthused about the subject,” he said. “What’s so interesting is the variety of art in it and the quality of the prints and drawings and paintings.” With pieces spanning so many time periods, the exhibit is also a lesson in art history and has received positive reactions so far. “People who have seen the show love it,” Seals said. “I think they can get a miniature art history overview…. You can see by looking from picture to picture to picture where that thing came from,historically speaking, by the way that image is drawn, the technique. To me, the takeaway is the beauty of the differences in the art historical time frame.” Sophomore graphic design major Brittany Davis found the etchings particularly  interesting. “They had so much detail on such a small amount of space,” she said. Sophomore fine arts major Sarah Wright was also impressed with the quality of the show’s pieces. “I really enjoyed looking at the old lithograph pieces that incorporated a lot of figures, symbols and beautiful details of the moment Jesus was on the cross. I also enjoyed looking at the abstract versions of Jesus’s crucifixion as well. The impact of the harsh lines and the use of colors emphasized the pain and suffering He had endured,” she said. Overall, Davis enjoyed the exhibit’s theme and the quality of the show and believes other students should take advantage of the opportunities to see such works. “UMHB chooses art exhibits that have a lot of meaning,” she said. “All art is meant to communicate to the viewer. That’s the point of art, to evoke feeling and emotion, so the...

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