Arts & Entertainment

The End of Netflix Password Sharing Is Almost Here

(Image via yahoo.com)  Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu  If you share a Netflix account outside of one household, take note — sometime this year, the streaming service will start charging fees for password sharing. Netflix’s terms of service say a user’s account “may not be shared with individuals beyond [their] household.”  But many subscribers do just that, and according to Netflix, the result is that more than 100 million… Continue reading The End of Netflix Password Sharing Is Almost Here

Mindy Kaling Under Fire After Release of “Velma”

(Image via hbomax.com) Staff Writer: Sakara De Gil-Balija Email: sdegilbalija@umassd.edu As an adult take on the hit 1969 show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, HBOMax’s new show, Velma, prefaces the story of the ‘Mystery Inc. Gang’ through Velma Dinkley’s eyes. While the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a children’s show, Velma is rated TV-MA.  This reboot was one that fans were initially eager about, but after the show’s release, many… Continue reading Mindy Kaling Under Fire After Release of “Velma”

HBO’s Faithful Adaptation of “The Last of Us” is a Brilliant Must-See

(Image via gamepur.com) Photography Manager: Brendan Flaherty Email: bflaherty1@umassd.edu Television adaptations of video games are increasing in popularity, and HBO has recently added to the growing genre with its new series, The Last of Us. This faithful adaptation of the Playstation game is a brilliant must-see.   (SPOILERS AHEAD) Whether you’re a fan of the video game or just a fan of action-adventure shows, this show will not disappoint you. Fans… Continue reading HBO’s Faithful Adaptation of “The Last of Us” is a Brilliant Must-See

Will “Avatar: The Way of Water” Live Up to its Box Office Breaking Predecessor?

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu Thirteen years after Avatar first landed in theaters on December 18th, 2009, its sequel arrives, and audiences are more than ready to return to Pandora. James Cameron’s ground-breaking epic Avatar smashed box office records grossing $2.92 billion against a $237 million budget. And finally, Avatar: The Way of Water landed in theaters on Friday, December 16th, 2022. The writer-director has been promoting the three-hour-long… Continue reading Will “Avatar: The Way of Water” Live Up to its Box Office Breaking Predecessor?

Remembering the OG Green Ranger Jason David Frank

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  On November 19th, 2022, beloved actor Jason David Frank died by suicide. His death was confirmed a day later, on the 20th.  Jason David Frank was most known for his role in the popular children’s series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1995), where he played Tommy Oliver, first the green ranger and later the white ranger. He played the red ranger in Power Rangers Zeo… Continue reading Remembering the OG Green Ranger Jason David Frank

Netflix’s “Wednesday” Streaming Success and its Viral Dance

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu Just two weeks after its debut on November 23th, the Netflix original “Wednesday” is one of the streaming service’s most popular series of all time. With a total of 1.02 billion hours viewed since it premiered, the series is already the No. 3 most-watched English-language TV title in Netflix history, sitting just behind “Stranger Things.” Netflix calculates this list based on a project’s performance… Continue reading Netflix’s “Wednesday” Streaming Success and its Viral Dance

Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover

(Image via http://www.businesstoday.com) Staff Writer: Rena Danho Email: rdanho@umassd.edu Twitter is a widely known social media app. It’s one of those platforms like Instagram and Facebook where it’s been around for so long that it’s gone through so many different stages throughout its life span.  But recently, Twitter has taken a major u-turn and may take a massive fall. For context, Twitter was founded in 2006 in San Francisco. Jack… Continue reading Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover

Dylan Mulvaney Responds to Caitlyn Jenner’s Hurtful Tweets

(Image via rollingstone.com)  Volunteer Writer: Sakara De Gil-Balija  Email: sdegilbalija@umassd.edu  Dylan Mulvaney, a transgender Tik Tok influencer, founded her fanbase in her “Days of Girlhood” series, where she talks about different struggles and triumphs that her transition has brought to her.  Her eight million fans, or ‘friends,’ as she calls them, follow as Mulvaney brings to light the ugly and more beautiful sides of transitioning, especially with transitioning publicly. She… Continue reading Dylan Mulvaney Responds to Caitlyn Jenner’s Hurtful Tweets

Taylor Swift’s Ticketmaster Disaster

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu Ticketmaster has received extreme backlash resulting from the botched sale of tickets for Taylor Swift’s newest stadium tour. The process of Swift’s tour ticket sales has prompted the Department of Justice’s antitrust division to investigate Ticketmaster and LiveNation for monopolizing the ticket sale industry.   On November 1st, Taylor Swift announced that she would be going on tour in 2023. Her Instagram post announcing The… Continue reading Taylor Swift’s Ticketmaster Disaster

LiveNation-Ticketmaster Monopoly Generates Tension Over the Live Entertainment Industry

(Image via ew.com) Staff Writer: Julian Cassady Email: jcassady@umassd.edu As the Holiday season takes hold, many of us remember the years we sat together with family and older relatives, talking about “the good ol’ days.” Uncle Jimmy always rambling on about all the concerts he went to in the early 90s.  You’ve heard all his stories before, it’s practically an unofficial holiday tradition at this point.  Jimmy always points out… Continue reading LiveNation-Ticketmaster Monopoly Generates Tension Over the Live Entertainment Industry

Is Cartoon Network in Danger After Studio Merger with Warner Bros?

(Image via http://www.deviantart.com) Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu  On October 11th, it was announced that Cartoon Network Studios would be merging with Warner Bros. Animation to form a single animation department.  While Cartoon Network was acquired by Warner Bros. in 2001, their animation studios have traditionally remained separate in the past. But with this new change, it seems that Cartoon Network is going to change significantly; the cable channel/animation… Continue reading Is Cartoon Network in Danger After Studio Merger with Warner Bros?

When We Were Young Fest – It Wasn’t the Best

Staff Writer: Rena Danho Email: rdanho@umassd.edu Music festivals are always sought out in the music community. Fans wait year-round to hear who is playing at what festival in hopes they’ll be able to see their favorite artists of the same or similar genres. Over the past years, there was a heavily anticipated alternative music festival called Warped Tour (which tours rather than staying in one place). Sadly, after 25 years… Continue reading When We Were Young Fest – It Wasn’t the Best

Remembering Takeoff

(Image taken from: http://www.pinterest.com) Volunteer Writer: Sydney M. Cayer Email: scayer@umassd.edu Kirshnik Khari Ball, professionally known as Takeoff, was shot and killed outside of a private party in downtown Houston.   The rapper known as Takeoff, who was a member of the Migos, was 28 years old at the time of his death.  The police said the shooting happened at a private party outside of 810 Billiards & Bowling during… Continue reading Remembering Takeoff

Disney+ Introduces a Slew of New Star Wars Content

(Image taken from: http://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2021/09/lucasfilm-11-new-star-wars-disney-plus-shows.html) Volunteer Writer: Brendan Flaherty Email: bflaherty1@umassd.edu With all the new STAR WARS content being added to Disney+, There are a lot of reactions to go through.  Within the past few months, we the viewers have been promised and have received multiple new forms of STAR WARS content to take in.  For starters, we got the release of the Obi-Wan Kenobi Show, which premiered on May 27th,… Continue reading Disney+ Introduces a Slew of New Star Wars Content

Henry Cavill Departs from The Witcher

(photo via Netflix) Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu On October 29th, Netflix announced that famed actor Henry Cavill will be stepping down from his role as Geralt of Rivea from the acclaimed Netflix series The Witcher.  This was announced on The Witcher’s Twitter account, as well as on Cavill’s Instagram. Both posts reveal that The Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth will be taking on the role of Geralt in… Continue reading Henry Cavill Departs from The Witcher

BTS Announces a New Tour – With the South Korean Miltary (Draft)

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  BTS is indisputably the most prominent K-pop group in western media for this current decade. It would not be an over-exaggeration to say that they have millions of fans worldwide. BTS merchandise and albums are mainstream, being sold in big chain shops regularly – something that most K-pop groups cannot claim. That is not even mentioning the billions of views individual songs get on online… Continue reading BTS Announces a New Tour – With the South Korean Miltary (Draft)

Cambridge Micro Music Venue Expected to Shutdown

Staff Writer: Rena Danho Email: rdanho@umassd.edu If you are well versed in the music scene in Boston you may have heard of a small venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts called Middle East. The Middle East is a modest-sized club known to host shows for small artists like Peach Tree Rascals and Kid Bloom. But, what you may not have known about the location is that it could be shutting down soon.… Continue reading Cambridge Micro Music Venue Expected to Shutdown

Remembering Leslie Jordan

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu On October 24th, 2022, actor Leslie Jordan passed away due to a car crash. The crash occurred in Hollywood at 9:30AM on the morning of the 24th. Sources from the Los Angeles Times report that Jordan may have had a medical emergency while driving, causing him to crash.  The exact cause of death is still unknown. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Jordan… Continue reading Remembering Leslie Jordan

Rocky Horror Picture Show Opening Night – “Don’t Dream It, See It!”

Editor-in-Chief: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu Thursday, October 27th was the opening night of 20 Cent Fiction’s 29th annual showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, which went off without a hitch! If you, like me, have never seen a live showing of Rocky Horror, you’ll be in for a wild ride. All first-timers are labeled “virgins” at the door with a red lipstick V on either the hand or forehead. Before… Continue reading Rocky Horror Picture Show Opening Night – “Don’t Dream It, See It!”

The Spine-Chilling Case of the Watcher

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink Email: kwink@umassd.edu A couple’s dream home turns into a total nightmare in Netflix’s The Watcher. The limited seven-episode series from creator Ryan Murphy is based on a true story that is almost too horrifying to believe. In the series, Dean and Nora Brannock (played by Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts), are a couple who exhaust their savings to purchase their dream home in the suburbs and… Continue reading The Spine-Chilling Case of the Watcher

The Clock Hasn’t Struck Midnights On Taylor Swift

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu At midnight on Friday, October 21st, Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album was released. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the album, which is titled Midnights. When Swift announced the album on August 29th, she described it as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout [her] life”.  The album’s announcement blindsided fans, as Swift is currently in the process of re-recording her first six albums.… Continue reading The Clock Hasn’t Struck Midnights On Taylor Swift

Banned Book Lending Library at UMASS Dartmouth – The Ongoing Fight Against Censorship

Staff Writer: Shailyn Bacchiocchi Email: sbacchiocchi@umassd.edu “What are they afraid of?”  According to a new study released by PEN America, books have been banned in 2,532 instances between July 2021 and June 2022, affecting 1,648 unique book titles. These instances are not random or sporadic but in fact the work of many organizations pushing to censor ideas, topics, and expressions they do not agree with.  Educators like Dr. Shari Evans, the… Continue reading Banned Book Lending Library at UMASS Dartmouth – The Ongoing Fight Against Censorship

Rex Orange County Charged with 6 Counts of Sexual Assault in London

Staff Writer: Rena Danho Email: rdanho@umassd.edu Rex Orange County is a big name in the indie alternative music scene. Whether you call him Rex Orange County or Alex O’Connor, he has made a big name for himself and is recognized by many. Numerous people turn to Alex’s music, as he is called a “comfort artist.” This means that whenever things are going south, Alex’s music is always there for the… Continue reading Rex Orange County Charged with 6 Counts of Sexual Assault in London

Black Adam: A Unsatisfactory Game-Changer for the DCEU

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink Email: kwink@umassd.edu Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is ready to make DC’s Black Adam box office gold. Set to release on Friday, October 21st, the villain/anti-hero’s standalone movie is one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2022. The movie plot is set nearly 5,000 years after Black Adam received the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods and his subsequent imprisonment. He has now been freed from his… Continue reading Black Adam: A Unsatisfactory Game-Changer for the DCEU

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