HBO ran its eighth episode of “Vice News” last Friday. Last week’s mini documentary covered the skyrocketing fad of fast food in Saudi Arabia as well as the booming movie industry in Nigeria.
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If there is one thing that San Francisco Bay Area’s Silicon Valley neighborhood is known for more so than any technological innovation or lawsuit, it is the coveted Old Navy hoodie. Regardless of one’s placement on the corporate ladder, this cotton-blend, machine-washable dream is a guaranteed first step to success—just ask Mark Zuckerberg.
Having first read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” my freshman year of high school, I was more than intrigued by the thought of the novel coming to life. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” written by Rebecca Skloot, follows the author’s journey in uncovering the equally tragic and fascinating story of how HeLa cells, arguably one of the most advancing scientific discoveries for the medical world, came to existence.
It’s been over 100 years since former Republican Gov. Robert La Follette led the progressive charge to reform Wisconsin and ultimately created a lasting progressive tradition. Now another Republican governor is in the driver's seat, but this time is paving the road for a new conservative tradition.
After two years of mystifying, dumbfounding and perplexing audiences, HBO’s “The Leftovers” returns for a final season to finish off an overall brilliant series. It is the kind of show that not many people watch, yet those who do cannot escape its arresting quality. It is a hidden gem among the white noise of television, never falling victim to the status quo of a standard series. “The Leftovers” thrives at its most bizarre.
A year after Selina Meyer’s upset in the presidential election, HBO’s sixth season of “Veep” doesn’t miss a beat as it follows the team in their new roles. With its quick quips and slightly dark humor, “Veep” remains solid even as the show’s setting shifts.
In the first episode of Rock With the Flock, The Daily Cardinal arts staff discusses the latest movie trailers, "13 Reasons Why" and upcoming films.
When Jay Asher’s teen fiction novel, “13 Reasons Why,” first came out in 2007, I was among the many who were immediately engrossed with the New York Times bestseller. When first hearing that the page-turner would be hitting Netflix screens, all of us “13 Reasons Why” fans around the world were, rightfully so, intrigued. As a story that is filled with taboo topics, and with it being as intimate, intense and personal as it is, many us were questioning how these words and passages would play out on screen.
It’s that horrible time of the season—or seasons, I guess is more accurate. Yes, all the shows we love and adore are gearing up for their finales, leaving that horrible, dark place in your schedule that used to be filled with familiar characters and drama. While it could be filled with that homework that’s piling up behind the laptop screen (Nah), I went in search of a new series to fill the void.
As an avid Hulu fan (well, currently a sad Hulu fan after finding out the next season of “The Mindy Project” is its last, but that’s beside the point) when I saw a promo for their brand new original show, “Harlots,” I was interested immediately. The trailer teased a sexy period drama focusing on brothels in 18th century England. And while it’s the off-season of “Game of Thrones,” I needed my fix of steamy period dramas. But as soon as I clicked play, I was thrown from my expectations. Rock music played loudly as it cued us into the cultural climate immediately: “London is booming. One in five women make a living selling sex.” Then we follow one of the primary characters, Lucy Wells (Eloise Smyth), into one of these brothels, which happens to be owned by her mother, Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton). Lucy reads aloud Harris’s “List of Covent Garden Ladies,” a book that reviews all of the local sex workers in London (a vintage Burn Book, if you will). She introduces us to some of the many girls working under her mother, all giggling and joking around about the list and one another.
Do you ever add something to your Netflix queue and completely forget about it? Or worse, know about your ever-growing line of potential silver screen masterpieces but are too lazy to start something new? You know, when the show’s trailer is staring you in the face, self-consciously wondering why you refuse to give it the time of day. Sure, Netflix tosses a little push notification here and there, but starting a new series requires a very specific mood. Are you ready to get attached to a whole new reality? What if the trailer is actually just the highlight reel? Do you even have time? Your commitment issues are showing.
A former UW-La Crosse police dispatcher is seeking a settlement after being fired for telling a student employee that “all immigrants deserved to go back to where they were from.”
On Wednesday, Showtime’s newest series, “I’m Dying Up Here,” premiered its pilot episode with South by Southwest. The show takes place in 1973, revolving around the stand-up comedy scene in Los Angeles. Melissa Leo leads the cast as Goldie, the feisty owner of the stand-up comedy club, “Goldie’s,” which is where our oddball characters congregate and perform their acts. After the screening, the cast graced the stage and joined the audience for a Q & A about their new project and what should be expected in future episodes.
Workplace comedies have become a massive hit in television. From “The Office” to “Parks and Recreation,” there is something hilarious that can be drawn from the mundanities of typical office life. In HBO’s “Veep,” that format is spun on its head by placing this type of comedy within the White House. The series is a cynical behind-the-scenes look at Washington, poking fun at politicians with unlikeable, unethical and hilarious characters. Julia Louis-Dreyfus continually gives her most iconic comedic performance since “Seinfeld,” playing Vice President (and eventual president) Selina Meyer. The series has accumulated a handful of Emmy awards for its sharp writing and hysterical performances. Almost the entire cast appeared at SXSW on Monday, along with showrunner David Mandel, to discuss the show’s upcoming sixth season and how politics can be a source of comedy gold.
“Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made first-time appearances at SXSW this week to discuss their popular show. They were joined on stage by “GoT” stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, who play Arya and Sansa Stark, respectively. The two women served as moderators for the talk, asking Benioff and Weiss several behind-the-scenes questions regarding the show.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”No, Andy Williams was not referring to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in his cult classic. He should have, though. Every spring, March Madness takes the country by storm. This 68-team tournament not only generates profound excitement, but revenue and national reputation for universities. Way back in 2011, NCAA and Turner Sports/CBS formed a 14-year television and media rights agreement. This pact is worth more than $10.8 billion and the tournament coverage accounts for around 90 percent of NCAA’s yearly revenue. Unlike football championships, the NCAA does not share revenue with other corporations and sponsors. Thus, it collects the benefits and distributes the revenue among tournament teams. Each conference is granted a certain amount of money based upon their team’s past performances. Individually, one unit is awarded for each game in March until the championship. According to the NCAA’s most recent revenue distribution data, one unit is worth $245,514. Even if one team earns all of a conference’s units, the money is distributed to each school after the tournament concludes. Universities showcasing successful teams in March also receive money from apparel and alumni. It is no secret people like to be associated with winners. When an NCAA team does well, there is a surge in memorabilia, spirit wear and other goods with a university brand. This allows programs to charge more for sponsorship and broadcasting rights. Deep runs can make all the difference for a small-budget school and help larger public universities gain leverage over others. Not only does a university’s revenue increase after a successful March, but school interest skyrockets. Take the University of Connecticut, for example. In 2014, the average application pool across all U.S. universities sat a little over 10 percent. Once the Huskies lifted that trophy in 2014, however, their admissions pool increased to 35 percent more applicants. More applications equal more potential students which ultimately raises the quality of obtaining a degree. Thus, when a team fails to qualify for March Madness, it can leave a devastating blow to tight-operating budgets. For example, in 2006, George Mason University happily benefited from the tournament. The school estimated its publicity value was worth $677 million. This revenue can be life or death for smaller universities. The revenue from the tourney supports a school’s basketball program and is invested toward various academic departments, little-to-no revenue sports and school building projects. Currently, there are rumors the NCAA is tossing the possibility of expanding the total to 96 teams. This will lead to more coverage, nationwide participation and revenue for hosting cities. All of this untapped profit makes NCAA Division I universities extremely happy. Andy Williams was a partial owner of the Phoenix Suns, and his appreciation for basketball was not shadowed behind his singing career. So, the next time you hear, “It’s the hap-happiest season of all,” consider the possibilities. It may signal the spirit of Christmas, or the beginning of true Madness.
“American Gods” was the first screening I attended at SXSW and may have even been the best of the events so far. Based on the densely-paged Neil Gaiman novel, the new Starz television series faces extremely high expectations. With rich, deeply inventive literary material to excavate, Starz made the correct call to invest in potentially the next high-budget, high-spectacle television series on its hands. After viewing the world premiere of the pilot episode, my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
In addition to last week’s preview, I had the opportunity of interviewing “VICE” journalist Gianna Toboni over a video chat alongside several other university publications across the country. Within my interview, Toboni and I discussed a variety of topics, from the impact of President Trump's recent executive order to her thoughts on opponents of the transgender accessible bathrooms.
If you’ve run into me in the past month, you’d know that I’ve been binge-watching Ryan Murphy like crazy. I sat down and watched the entire season of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” in a matter of days. I felt like I was going through withdrawals, but luckily Murphy’s back with his new anthology series, “Feud,” and I can get my fix once again.
South By Southwest officially begins this weekend down in Austin, Texas. With a stacked lineup of artists, keynote speakers, films and television shows, SXSW is gearing up to be an amazing festival. The Daily Cardinal Arts staff will be flying down to cover the event, and here’s what they are most looking forward to: