Star Wars makes the big bucks
Jan28

Star Wars makes the big bucks

“Luke, I am your father.” Darth Vader’s gravelly voice echoes through the chamber. “No, that’s not true,” one-handed Luke Skywalker screams in disbelief and agony before he jumps down a hole into the abyss. Most Americans instantly recognize this iconic scene from the franchise that changed the course of cinema. Star Wars, directed by George Lucas, pushed its way into the box office in May of 1977. Considered a low budget B-movie, Star Wars opened to only 43 theaters. However, each week more theaters began to show the movie. Star Wars remained in theaters for almost 70 weeks, and made more than $460 million. “The first Star Wars was so appealing because it brought a new genre to the big screen with a great storyline that hadn’t been heard before,” sophomore Christian studies major Franklin Groseclose said. From this point on, Lucasfilms began licensing the brand to other companies for merchandise. In addition to the usual action figures and T-shirts, some rather unorthodox items have been spotted including airsickness bags, Darth Vader toasters, and fishing gear. During the next 28 years, Lucasfilms released five more Star Wars films, including three prequels to the original Star Wars movie. Star Wars was renamed as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when these prequels were released. Disney bought the franchise in 2012 for $4 billion from George Lucas. Once they acquired the franchise, Disney instantly expressed interest in adding onto the Star Wars saga. “When I heard that Disney owned Star Wars, I was angry, because it seems like they own almost everything. But when I saw the new Star Wars movie, I was very pleasantly surprised,” freshman nursing major Michaela Williams said. In December of 2015, Disney released Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Thousands of moviegoers of all ages flocked to see the new movie featuring old characters such Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo, and new characters such as Finn and Rey. “Star Wars is a movie franchise that a generation has been able to pass to the next,” Groseclose said. “Since our parents grew up on it, they understood what it would be like to see Star Wars once again, and it is appealing to the younger generation because of the action and that it was probably part of their childhood as well.” After just 20 days in theaters, Star Wars: The Force Awakens beat Avatar’s $760,507,625 domestic gross to become the #1 grossing movie in the nation. For those of you who have not seen the newest movie, let’s just say that Disney left everyone with a cliffhanger. I guess we’ll have to wait until...

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Adele says Hello after three years with new album
Dec08

Adele says Hello after three years with new album

Adele said “Hello” to fans in a new way on Oct. 23 when she released her first single from her newest album, entitled 25. The full-length album was released not long after the hit single on Nov. 20. The album was much anticipated since her last album, 21, came out more than three years ago. Adele is known for naming her albums after the age in which she draws her inspiration. Now, at 27 years old, she is showing the world her emotions from 25, and they are, for the most part, heart-wrenching. Her new album is somewhat different from 19 and 21. Adele has called it more of a “make-up record” to herself, that was inspired by the time she lost between albums. “My last record was a break up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did,” Adele said in a Facebook post on Oct. 21. Though it is drastically different from her previous albums, it does not lack that signature Adele passion. This album was overall really great, but that doesn’t mean that every song on the track list was worth a repeated listen. In fact, some of the songs really blended together, even the really good ones. And while a lot of them evoked strong emotions, it wasn’t as bold as 21, which was disappointing to long-time fans. If you want songs that will mend your broken heart, because if we are being honest, that’s what we all thought the entire record was going to do, then skip to track four, “When We Were Young,” track eight, “Love In The Dark,” or track 10, “All I Ask.” These love-filled ballads are the songs fans were hoping would shine throughout 25. “River Lea” is a song with no real meaning or emotion. It might actually be the only song lacking Adele charm on the entire record due to its annoying repetition. “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” was filled with a sound that was very unlike Adele. It was more of a happy, fun song which shows a different side of the Grammy-winning artist. This album wasn’t the greatest one put out by Adele. In fact, it isn’t really comparable to the boldness of 21. It was missing the vocal strength fans are used to. However, it does have some noteable songs throughout the record that are well-worth the buy. You can purchase the album on iTunes or at Walmart or Target. If you buy the album...

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Action, adventure meets the screen
Nov19

Action, adventure meets the screen

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–a time when holiday blockbusters begin to make an appearance. This year’s movies are sure to be classics, so pack up your family, head to the nearest movie theater and make some unforgettable memories. Spectre, PG-13 Has Bond finally met his match? 007 has always been a fascinating, mysterious character. This generation’s Bond, Daniel Craig, has definitely portrayed this role well. The film opens in a classic 007 style–a beautiful city during an event, a shady character, and Bond who, of course, has a stunning woman in his arms. Then you see the shady character leave the big event and Bond follows. Next thing you know Bond is eavesdropping on the villains’ conversation. Something happens that gives Bond away. Then, BANG! There’s an explosion that hints at the identity of the main antagonist. From there the film leads into the opening credits, along with the new James Bond song, “Writings on the Wall,” which is performed by the very talented English singer, Sam Smith, who doesn’t disappoint. The song fits perfectly with the theme and the story of this 007 movie. The opening credits for Spectre are definitely one of the best parts of this movie. This wasn’t like any other movie that just puts the title of the movie and the big actors name in it. These opening credits are a masterpiece –a movie of their own. It gives you an idea of how the movie will be portrayed. The antagonist of this film is different from the others. In this film you learn that the villain has been watching Bond since childhood. It takes Bond a while to realize who this foe is. This movie is filled with so many twists and turns, and sheds some light on who James Bond is. And if this is Daniel Craig’s last time as the legendary 007, he went out with a bang. The movie once again proves that James Bond is the best spy around, and his movies are some of the best around. Mockingjay Part II (trailer review), PG-13 Tell me where the sign up list is to help District 13 overthrow President Snow. As a huge fan of both the books and the films, I am sad to see that the series is coming to an end. But at the same time I am really excited to see how they will conclude this series. This trailer had me captivated from the beginning to the end. Katniss, who is portrayed by Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence, gives a motivational speech that will make fans feel like they can take on the world....

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The Bell County Museum comes to life
Oct29

The Bell County Museum comes to life

atural History comes alive in the popular Night at the Museum film, the Bell County Museum came alive on Oct. 23. from 5 to 7 p.m. for parents and children of the Belton and Temple areas. The American Marketing Association hosted the event where more than 600 children and parents enjoyed activities. Members of the association dressed up as different characters, gave out candy, read stories, and helped with games. Participants walked into each room of the museum where they had the chance to interact with various historical figures from Bell County’s past. Each figure briefly explained who they were, and showed the children various artifacts from their story. Some of the historical figures that the children met included: Quannah Parker, a chuck wagon cook, Lewis Hines, an archeologist, and a ghost prisoner. Each figure stamped a passport for the children once they spoke to each one. If a child visited every character and received a certain number of stamps, they received candy. “There were a lot of families coming in. The kids looked like they were having a blast. It was a really good turnout,” sophomore marketing major and door greeter Sara Chivvis said. Children and parents could also have their picture taken at a photo booth, listen to the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, visit the ghosts of various historical homes in the area, or participate in a craft. This year was the third consecutive year that the AMA has put on Night At the Museum at the Bell County Museum. “We were approached by the museum three years ago because they had the idea to do this Night At the Museum event, and they wanted to get help from an organization on campus. They came to us as the American Marketing Association and asked us to help them,” sophomore finance major and head planner of the event Skylar Kuretsch said. Although the event was loads of fun for the children and parents, it required a lot of planning. “I started meeting with the museum in August, and I’ve come almost every week to meet with them. It went really well tonight,” Kuretsch said. The AMA students enjoyed being able to get involved with the community through this event. “I just wanted to get to know more people and be a part of AMA,” said freshman marketing major Reagan Scafer who gave candy out at the event. “This seemed like a fun way to get to be a part of the community as well as an on-campus...

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Black’s film gives audiences ‘Goosebumps’
Oct29

Black’s film gives audiences ‘Goosebumps’

Remember that time in your life when reading one of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps would keep you up all night? Well get ready to have Stine-induced insomnia because his world-renowned books have come to life on the big screen. Gee, thanks, Rob Lettermen for giving life to the books that gave children everywhere nightmares. But the movie actually isn’t that scary. It’s much like the movie Hocus Pocus. They both are the same type of movie – a children’s scary/horror film. Even though Goosebumps is technically classified as an action fantasy movie and Hocus Pocus is a fantasy movie, the two movies both have similar features. Jack Black portrays R.L. Stine in the PG-rated film, and brings his signature style to this fun horror film. Black is best known for films like School of Rock (2003), Nacho Libre (2006), and the Kung Fu Panda series. With Black’s comedic timing and stellar acting from other cast members, this movie doesn’t disappoint. It is well on its way to becoming a Halloween classic. Stine’s books were known for many creepy, scary things. So, what all made the cut? Well there are clowns, werewolves, haunted cars, invisible children, evil gnomes, giant bugs and so much more. But one of Stine’s monsters plays a role as a main character in the film, and he doesn’t like to be called Dummy. The film begins with a newly single mom and her high school aged son, Zach Cooper (portrayed by Dylan Minnette) moving into town. Like in most scary movies, the main character sees a girl next door, Hannah (portrayed by Odeya Rush), who catches his attention. Then her dad, R.L. Stine, gives the boy a warning to stay away. Of course, the boy chooses to ignore the father’s warning, which leads to the freeing of terrible monsters. Also, the movie features the typical character who is fun, loveable, and goofy, played by the Texas actor Ryan Lee, whose last lead role was in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Super 8. Lee’s character’s name is Champion, but he is more of the town klutz. He immediately becomes friends with Zach. Of course, he thinks this is going to be a normal friendship, but instead leads to a wild night of hunting monsters. By the end of the film, the chump becomes a champ. Overall, this is a wonderful film. It makes you feel like a child all over again, with references to the books and even including the author of the books, R.L. Stine. In an interview on the morning talk show LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Black stated, “R.L. Stine is nothing like the way I...

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Cru Culture
Oct29

Cru Culture

Most college students value sleep, but because they are often pulling all-nighters, hurriedly writing forgotten essays or just hanging out with friends until the early hours of the morning, they don’t often get the rest they need. This lack of sleep makes students long for the days when naptime was a scheduled part of the day. To combat this sleep deprivation, students are making sure that they get some Z’s throughout the day, through 30-minute nap breaks between classes, catching a few winks in their vehicles, or skipping meal times to catch up on rest. If only there was a class you could sign up for that condoned sleeping and gave you credit for doing so. Sleep has become essential to the average college student, but it is costly. Carving out time for a quick nap has almost become a game. When can I nap? Where can I nap? How long can I nap? But seriously, if you don’t have a list of the most comfortable spots on campus to sleep, are you even playing the game right? One of the biggest fears in the napping world is over-sleeping. It isn’t the same as turning your alarm off for your 8 a.m. class and accidentally rolling back over and missing it completely. No, sleeping too long during your nap is a different kind of terror that everyone knows about. You wake up from a deep sleep in a dazed-and-confused state. Was that ten minutes or ten hours? But don’t worry, there are ways to prevent this. Freshman who have not yet mastered the art of napping should take notes. If you know you are going to be up late cramming for a test, plan ahead for your nap. Even if it’s a small cat nap, anything will help to keep you running until the end of your day. Another great tip is to set multiple alarms. When you’re in such a deep sleep for such a short period of time, it’s easy to confuse your alarm for something in your dream. And you don’t want to miss reciting the speech you prepared all night for. It is also important to not sleep in your bed. It’s so temping to do this because it’s comfy and it’s yours. But it’s a trap. This is where you’re used to sleeping for long periods of time. Just skip the routine all together and opt for the couch or even the floor (if it’s carpeted, of course). Naps are a privilege, so don’t take advantage of them. Follow these rules and guidelines so that your social and academic life can continue to thrive...

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