By Jaritza Mendoza | Staff Writer| NBC’s much anticipated “Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows” gave fans a memorable night filled with nostalgia and laughs as numerous TV casts reunited Feb. 21. The 3-hour event honored iconic TV director James Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th episode with the upcoming show, “Crowded.” "I didn't know [Burrows] directed all these shows, my wife and I grew up watching these shows 20 years ago and still now with "The Big Bang Theory," said student Richard Anderson. Andy Cohen hosted the event, which had 5.5 million viewers, and the list of celebrities was endless. Apart from the six main casts set to appear, celebrities … [Read more...] about 1000 shows and counting: Stars rejoice to honor Director James Burrows
By Jaritza Mendoza | Staff Writer | Kanye West dominated Valentine’s week with his album release, Saturday Night Live (SNL) performance, fashion show, and unenviable controversy. West performed “Highlights” and “Ultra Light Beam” on SNL Feb. 13 alongside guest performers; Young Thug, Chance the Rapper, El DeBarge, and Kelly Price. After performing the hip-hop gospel crossover “Ultra Light Beam,” West announced his album “The Life of Pablo (T.L.O.P)” is officially available through Tidal.com. “My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale...You can only get it on Tidal,” tweeted West on Feb. 15. The album, which West described on Twitter as a gospel … [Read more...] about Yeezy season is back in full effect.
By Jaritza Mendoza |Staff Writer| "Triple 9’s" star-studded cast placed fifth in Febuary's last box office weekend with $6.1 million. Set in present-day Atlanta, GA, the action thriller focuses on a group of crooked men, all of whom have worked in law enforcement, forced to work under the orders of Jewish Russian mob leader Irana Vaslov (Kate Winslet). In the opening credits, we hear the group of crooked cops in mid-discussion of a heist they are planning, as red lighting slowly pulls in, we start to identify each man in the group. “This has to be done in broad daylight,” one man says as the scene switches to them successfully robbing a bank. After their success, Vaslov tells … [Read more...] about Good Acting may or may not save “Triple 9”
By Cassie Coughlin and Jaritza Mendoza |Staff Writer| The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) hosted the 24th annual "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design," which opened to the public on Feb. 9 and featured over 100 costumes from 23 motion pictures. In attendance were costumes from all five Academy Award Nominees for Costume Design: "Carol," "Cinderella," "The Danish Girl," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "The Revenant." FIDM curators make it a point to have award nominated costumes featured in the exhibit. "We don't just study the costumes but we also study movies," said Nick Verreos, fashion designer and FIDM representative. The collection of costumes featured … [Read more...] about FIDM Fashion Exhibit
By Jaritza Mendoza |Staff Writer| Sundance Film Festival concluded with "Birth of a Nation," setting a new record, while Netflix and Amazon became the biggest buyers. One of the most talked about films presented at Sundance 2016 was "The Birth of a Nation," which won the U.S Grand Jury Prize: Drama and Audience Awards: U.S Dramatic, and has already created buzz on as being an Oscar contender for next year. The film written, directed, and starred by first time filmmaker Nate Parker, which shares the title with D.W Griffith's 1915 "The Birth of a Nation." The two films have nothing in common. Parker's film focuses on the slave rebellion Nat Turner lead during the harsh … [Read more...] about Netflix and Amazon compete with Sundance Film Festival
By Jaritza Mendoza | Staff Writer | The production company Focus Features invites CSUSB and eight other U.S. colleges to an intimate roundtable interview with the cast and crew of the upcoming film, “Race,” at the Four Season Hotel in Los Angeles on Jan. 24. “Race” tells the inspiring true story of African-American Jesse Owens, who surpassed social and personal barriers and became the first worldwide superstar by conquering the 1936 Berlin Olympics in Germany, during the height of Hitler’s reign. This film brings elements of strength, endurance and success in this biopic focusing on Owens, who despite segregation and non-believers, showed that individual … [Read more...] about Olympian Jesse Owens races against boundaries
By Jaritza Mendoza | Staff Writer | Sir Elton John closed out Jimmy Kimmel Live with a performance that brought fans back to the past on Jan. 19. Before the concert, the show's representative requested the audience to please put aside their phones to solely focus on the performance rather than their screens, a request which is rarely asked. With the absence of smartphones, the song acted like a machine, transporting fans to the past where concerts were meant to be experienced, not recorded. A crowd of around 200 waited for hours in order to see the famous "Piano Man." The concert took place at Kimmel's live stage in Hollywood as part of John's promotion for his new album … [Read more...] about Our favorite Rocky Man is back: Elton John performs mini concert in Hollywood, at Jimmy Kimmel’s outdoor concert