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Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ is anything but unfortunate

One of the most depressive book series for kids, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” has gone through a tumultuous past of poor adaptations. “Tumultuous,” is a word which here means “confusing” or “disorderly.” However, as it often does, Netflix breathed new life into this classic series. While stunningly popular children’s series like “Harry Potter” had an immediate claim to success with a cinematic adaptation, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” had – for lack of a better word—an unfortunate run with Nickelodeon’s 2004 big-screen adaptation starring Jim Carrey. Screenwriter Robert Gordon rewrote the original screenplay by Daniel Handler...

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2017’s most anticipated movies

It has been a great year for movie entertainment in 2016. “La La Land” proved that musicals can be cool; Disney expanded into the South Pacific, and four women wielded proton packs. But 2017 is going to be the year of sequels, superheroes and reboots. There are going to be over 20 sequels to be released throughout the year. As for reboots, Dwayne Johnson seems to have found a role in quite a few of them, such as “Baywatch.” There is a reason for any and every movie fan to get excited. Below is a list of the most...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda named Entertainer of the Year

The Associated Press has named Lin-Manuel Miranda the 2016 Entertainer of the Year. It’s no surprise following the year that Miranda has had. When Miranda hosted “Saturday Night Live” in October, he told the viewing audience, “Most of you watching at home have no idea who I am.” While you may not know the name, you’ve probably heard of the entertainer. Perhaps his most landmark achievement, “Hamilton” is one of the top musicals to ever hit Broadway. Miranda and his musical won 11 Tony awards on June 12, just hours after the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting. With his acceptance...

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‘Rogue One’ brings dark themes to ‘Star Wars’ saga

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” perhaps the most anticipated film of 2016 was released on Friday, Dec. 16. “Rogue One” takes place between the third and fourth episodes of the “Star Wars” saga. The film centers around the Rebel Alliance’s mission to seal the Death Star blueprints from the Galactic Empire. “Rogue One” does a successful job introducing the stand-alone story, bringing in many new characters to the “Star Wars” universe that will have a lasting legacy. Reprogrammed Rebel Droid K-2SO steals the show repeatedly with witty one-liners and brilliantly timed punchlines. Where “Rogue One” really prospers is...

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Victoria’s Secret models strut their stuff on a star-studded runway

As the first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to be held in Paris, all models were extremely excited to travel to the City of Lights. At 51 models, the most the show has ever seen, 18 of those models had never walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret before. All of the models traveled together on a private plane, dressed in matching VS Fashion Show 2016 crop tops and white high-waisted skinny jeans. After riding a few charter buses to the venue, the models began getting ready for the show. In an interview featured in a segment of the fashion show,...

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New series ‘The Crown’ reigns drama over all of Netflix

Netflix has recently released the first season of its new period drama, “The Crown.” Season one follows Queen Elizabeth II, the current Queen of England, in the early days of her reign. Every frame is regal and downright beautiful. From the palace to the costumes, the show exudes grace and refined taste. The actors each bring to life believable and deeply compelling characters based on real life people — which is no easy task. Claire Foy plays the young Queen Elizabeth II. She carries herself with the grace of a real monarch and is so sincere in her delivery...

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Fantastic Beasts come to life

The magic came back to life again with the premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Warner Brothers needed a series to save them, and J.K. Rowling was happy to provide. While the premiere night was lackluster, the movie was far from disappointing. It was entertaining, emotional and nostalgic. Potter fans, or people just looking for a movie to watch this weekend, can all enjoy this film. “Fantastic Beasts” takes place in the 20s, and follows Newt Scamander, an English wizard who comes to New York City help magical creatures, and teach the wizarding world about them....

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‘Arrival’ explores themes of space and time

The space-themed thriller, “Arrival,” tackles the sci-fi genre with a surprising side story — world peace. “Arrival,” which hit theaters Nov. 11, offers a poignant message about finding interconnectedness in a world divided by oceans, languages and opposite political atmospheres. The sci-fi thriller explores the complex ideas of space and time while centering around the life of Dr. Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams), a brilliant linguist who is called into action when 12 mysterious pods from space touch down on Earth’s surface. Banks’s job is to attempt communication with the aliens as she teams up with a bright...

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Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ earned second season after major success

The new FX series “Atlanta” finished its ten-episode first season, with its season finale airing Nov. 1. “Atlanta” began airing on television Sept. 6, and has offered television viewers a unique, fresh perspective about a young black man trying to make a better life for himself in rural Atlanta, all while trying to support his daughter and the mother of his child. The show has received critical acclaim since its first episode. Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a 100 percent approval rating, and has a score of 90 out of 100 on Metacritic. The show’s acclaim and following has...

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‘Logan’ to be final film in ‘Wolverine’ franchise

20th Century Fox released the trailer for the upcoming film “Logan.” The film is based on the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. This will be the third and final installment to the stand-alone “Wolverine” franchise and the tenth installment overall to the “X-Men” film series. The trailer shows Hugh Jackman returning to play the superhero for one last run, while Patrick Stewart reprises the role of Professor Xavier. The trailer doesn’t give a ton of information about the plot of the film, but it looks to be about Professor Xavier and Wolverine protecting a little girl with similar mutant abilities...

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