Review: ‘The 5th Wave’ is an underwhelming sci-fi adaptation

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Review: ‘The Book of Mormon’ has humor worthy of praise

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“The Book of Mormon” is anything but an average musical. Its witty lyrics, catchy music and hilarious, out-of-the-box story make it a unique and diverse show. The Tony Award-winning “Best Musical” is playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts until Feb. 7.

The story begins with a brief introduction to Mormonism, with actors playing Jesus and three figures from the Church’s history, Mormon, Moroni and Joseph Smith. However, it is far from a historical or religious lesson, slightly making fun of how the religion came about. It then flashes forward to the current day in which several Mormons are awaiting to find out the places they have been selected to go to on their missions. While the other pairs are given desirable destinations such as France, “Land of Pastries and Turtlenecks,” and Norway, “Land of Gnomes and Trolls,” Elder Price (Ryan Bondy) and Elder Cunningham (Cody Jamison Strand) are sent to Uganda.

Both characters have very interesting personalities, especially paired together. They are both extremely optimistic and naive to the world around them, but they mean well. The genius Elder Price has always dreamt of helping to baptize Mormons and has studied his entire life. Elder Cunningham, however, acts foolishly and barely knows anything about the religion. In a last ditch effort to baptize the Ugandans, Cunningham twists the readings of the Book of Mormon to include the Battlestar Galactica and Hobbits, making it more interesting and understandable.

Considering the location and religious aspects of the show, some parts could definitely be considered controversial, which is not shocking since the writers of “South Park” wrote it. At one point in the show, historical figures such as Adolf Hitler and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer make an appearance that mocks and makes fun of their doings. Although these inappropriate parts of “The Book of Mormon” may be considered offensive, they add to the meaning, storyline and hilarity.

The music in the show is incredibly catchy and entertaining, and the choreography makes for even funnier moments. Songs such as “Turn it Off,” “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” and “Hasa Diga Ebowai” highlight the comedic stylings of every single cast member. Not only do the harmonies in every song sound ironically heavenly, but also, the choreography outstanding.

The amount of pop culture references in the show is uncountable, with numerous being about “The Lion King,” and actors coming out dressed as Yoda and Darth Vader from “Star Wars” and Lieutenant Uhura from “Star Trek.” Also, many songs in the show resemble songs from other shows. “Hasa Diga Ebowai” is a play on “Hakuna Matata,” and “Sal Tlay Ka Siti” has similar chord progressions to ballads from Alan Menken’s “The Little Mermaid” and “Newsies.”

One of the stars of the show, played by Candace Quarrels, is Nabulungi, a Ugandan girl who dreams of going to “Sal Tlay Ka Siti,” or Salt Lake City. She tries to act like a normal teenager, “texting” the other people in the neighborhood which actually only means using a typewriter, and even falling for Elder Cunningham. Her naivety makes her one of the most lovable characters in the show, and her talent is out of this world in songs such as “Sal Tlay Ka Siti” and “Baptize Me.”

“The Book of Mormon” covers some dangerously sensitive topics but does so in a comically acceptable way. The dimensions of the plot and every character could stretch for miles. At the end of the show, everybody leaves with an important lesson: the purpose of religion, in this case Mormonism, is more about believing in oneself and being hopeful than about the specific, out-of-date stories from the Book of Mormon.

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Review: Hoffman’s offers a sweet experience for customers

BY AMANDA MORGANIMG_4011

Hoffman’s Chocolatier is Weston Town Center’s newest successful addition. With a creative menu and a welcoming atmosphere, Hoffman’s provides the ultimate chocolate experience.

Nearly every item incorporates creative twists such as chocolate covered pineapple and fortune cookies. The effort put into every item is noticeable with every bite.

When selecting an item from the chocolate collection, there are many options to choose from. The items offered range from plain chocolate to chocolate covered fruits, nuts, graham crackers and more.  Hoffman’s also offers an assortment of chocolate truffles and decadent fudges of all sorts.

Although it is a chocolatier, the possibilities do not end there.  Hoffman’s selection of ice cream is nothing short of impressive. Ranging from plain vanilla to cookie monster, Hoffman’s has a variety that cannot be found anywhere else.

There are all the traditional flavors that would be found in any ice cream parlor, such as the ones found in the previous vender in that location, Udder Sweets, and then there are the original flavors which Hoffman’s developed. These include flavors such as cookie dough ice cream, which differs from other ice cream parlor cookie dough ice cream versions as it includes actual cookie dough flavored ice cream with cookie dough pieces and chocolate chunks. Other parlors’ cookie dough ice creams consist of regular ice cream with pieces of cookie dough.

They also offer various kinds of chocolate ice creams that include all sorts of chocolate goodies mixed in such as caramel, chocolate fudge, chocolate brownies, and much more.

There are four different sizes of ice creams cups available including a kids cup, which is the smallest size, followed by the Yum, the Delicious, and the Scrumptious. The kids cup starts at $2.99 and raises around $1 every next size.  The assortments of chocolates can get a little pricey, but they come with a large portion and variety of high quality filled chocolates, so it is worth it.  A small assortment can cost up to $40 and a large assortment can go as high as $80.

Additionally, all chocolates are certified dairy kosher, and some items are available as sucrose free.  There are no places to sit and enjoy the treats, which is a downside. However, tables are not necessary as the items are easy to eat on the go, and if a seat is necessary, there are benches provided nearby.

There are several different packaged chocolate items that are perfect for gifts.  The inside of the store neatly displays chocolates in arrangements and in decorative bags, which adds excitement to picking something up and buying it.  The store also has a counter where all the chocolates are displayed as well as a counter where all the ice creams are displayed.

There is not a dull item in the store. A customer cannot go wrong with any item he or she chooses.

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Review: New film steals “Spotlight”

BY TARA BAGHERLEE

PRINT FEATURES EDITORSpotlight

With a namelike “Spotlight,” the implications are extravagant. Lights, camera, action; command of the center stage, unable to take eyes off a screen, a movie that draws viewers in with ostentation.

But the film, released on Nov. 6 and revitalized with a Best Picture nomination from the Academy Awards on Jan. 14, is far from flashy. Set in a grey newsroom at “The Boston Globe,” it is the true story of an account of a team of journalists clad in khaki who take on an investigation of molestation accusations in the Roman Catholic Church. It has no bells and whistles, no cheap thrills. But what “Spotlight” does have is an abundance of heart.

Named “Spotlight” after the paper’s designated investigative team, which happens to be the oldest operating unit in the country, this movie transforms scene by scene into an avalanche of emotion. The speculation starts when Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) marches onto the staff of “The Boston Globe” as one of their new editors. Urging the Spotlight team to explore the details of a scandal involving pedophilic priest John Geoghan and how his actions were overlooked by the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Law (Len Cariou), they take on the case, led by the head of the group, Walter “Robby” Robinson. (Michael Keaton)

The crew, which includes Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery) and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James), sinks its teeth into the upsetting additions of each developing detail, reporting with such fearlessness that can be undoubtedly compared to one of a superhero. These reporters have no inhibitions; they tackle interviews head-on, driven by the passion of news media and aware of the positive impact it eventually brings, and ultimately delivering an inspiring interpretation.

There is no one performance that stands out; all of the acting works in conjunction to produce an unexpected, media-based thriller. With that said, the most poignant parts of the movie come from the reporters’ interviews with the victims of abuse after they are allowed access to them by lawyer Mitchell Garabedian (played by Hollywood legend Stanley Tucci). Each journalist slowly and delicately unravels the ghastly details in the events that left a permanent scar on these individuals’ lives, producing some of the most raw moments in the film.

“Spotlight” is dominating on a subtle level. It produces ill feelings towards institutions that perpetuate and cover up their crimes and unquestionably brings awareness to a problem that has a larger scope than expected. Yet what drives the most force in this movie is the spirit of journalistic camaraderie that is preached up until the very last scene. Journalists, armed with a pen in one hand and a recording device in another, have the capability to save millions with their words, words that have been carefully researched and placed to ultimately exert pressure on the influences that can (or have) broken the human spirit.

“Spotlight” shines as bright as it needs to, ultimately functioning as a beacon for the resilience of journalists and the power that rests quietly in their pens. And that premise, in combination with potent acting, is superior to any elaborate assumption one may have about the movie with the dazzling name.

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Review: Apple pencil is useless, unreasonable

BY MORGAN COMITE

ARTS & ENT. PHOTO EDITORapple pencil

For years, companies have created styluses to facilitate using touch-screen products such as a smart phone or tablet. Apple has designed a brand new, useless stylus: the Apple Pencil.

The Apple Pencil is Apple’s newest gimmick that is specifically used for the iPad Pro. The pencil was released for an unreasonable price of $99, in white only. It works as a stylus, with a pointed tip for a more precise performance.

Just like a normal stylus, the pencil is used to help with touch-screen products. However, it is unfortunately unable to work for iPhone’s, Samsung products, and other versions of the iPad. This limits the benefits for the pencil because many people cannot buy it without buying the iPad Pro, making what should be a $99 purchase, much more.

Instead of wasting money to buy the pencil for the iPad Pro, there are cheaper styluses sold on Amazon that work just as well. The main point for the pencil is to help with writing/taking notes, drawing pictures or outlining a blueprint.

If a user was an artist, the pencil could be beneficial. Because of its defined tip, the pencil is useful for detailed drawings. Nevertheless, a human’s finger works just as well with writing on the iPad Pro.

In order to use the Apple Pencil, a user has to charge it or else it will not work. For every 15 seconds it is charged, it works for 30 minutes. This is an inessential feature.

Although the pencil is effective for many applications, it does not work to scroll down for the notifications center or the control center. A user must use his/her finger to open these features. That defeats the purpose of having a pencil to be used as a stylus.

Unlike an average stylus, the tip of the pencil can be twisted off and replaced. Apple includes one backup tip if it the one on the pencil is either missing or overused. This is valuable for when the tip gets damaged or worn down.

The Apple Pencil is not essential for a high school or college student that does not want to become either an architect or artist. This product is insignificant and restricted for its users.

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Review: Motivational movie brings “joy” to audience

BY FRANKI ROSENTHAL

MULT. NEWS EDITORJoyPoster

Although it received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy Motion Picture, “Joy” is nothing short of a dramatic film.  This emotional yet optimistic movie quickly made its way to the top of the box office with its humbling beginning and inspirational story.

“Joy” tells the rags-to-riches story of a young woman who overcame adversity in the late 20th century when women weren’t necessarily taken as anything but housewives, let alone business tycoons. Although this type of story has been seen in many films, this specific storyline is unique and original considering the lengths the young woman has to go to in order to reach the pinnacle of her career.  She teaches young girls everywhere to step forward and make a name for themselves, regardless of anything in their way.

Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) is a go-getter who brings out the motivation of those around her. Ever since she was a child, Joy had dreams of making herself well known, unlike any previous generation of her family.  The movie opens up with a narration by her grandmother, Mimi (Diane Ladd), as she begins to introduce the dysfunctional family that Joy is surrounded with.

Twenty years later, Joy has grown up to marry and divorce the overconfident Tony Miranne (Édgar Ramírez), have two kids and live in her childhood house.  Joy is unhappy with the way her life has turned out; she is living with her ex-husband, caring for her incompetent mother and raising two children while still trying to balance the heavy demands of her underpaid job.

Joy appeals to her audience because of her ordinary and traditional lifestyle. While many people have their dreams planned out from the beginning, it is not always easy to follow through with them. Because of Joy’s relatable story, it is easy to sympathize with her.

As the story progresses, Joy sketches out her plans for a potentially helpful innovation to the household industry, what she calls the “Miracle Mop.” This item not only appeals to the customers in Quogue, New York, but it also allures the viewers as well with its homey and comfortable feel. She contacts her father’s austere girlfriend, Trudy (Isabella Rosselini), to put up the money in order to start her potentially successful business.  With no confidence from anyone, especially her father (Robert DeNiro), Joy’s hard work and determination makes her success well worth it.

Neil Walker (Bradley Cooper) is introduced, who runs the Quality, Value, Convenience (QVC) network.  As Joy presents her idea to Neil and his associates, he challenges her as he realizes her potential for the product.  Neil’s straightforward opinion has Joy working harder than she’s ever had to before.  The dynamic duo consisting of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is special because of the constant chemistry they bring to the screen time and time again. They have worked together not only in this film, but in others like “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Serena” and “American Hustle.”

Not only Neil, but also her family beat the “Miracle Mop” down a countless amount of times.  Throughout all of the hardships, Joy manages to hold her head up high and sell her product on the QVC network.  She started with one idea in mind and worked towards her goal of creating a business dynasty.

Director David O’Russel chose a phenomenal cast of actors who complement each other and work well with one another to tell the story. Like his other brilliant films, he brings his characters together by telling a story of love, family and loyalty, paired with many roadblocks along the way. Joy was a devoted risk-taker who faced obstacles and betrayal.  She learns the hard way on what it means to never give up on what one is passionate about.  Joy Mangano taught her family and viewers alike that it’s not about how you start, but how you finish is what truly matters.

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Review: Affordable virtual reality device entertaining, innovative

BY DANNY GONZALEZ

Virtual reality is a new way to enjoy entertainment such as games and movies. Google is now offering an affordable alternative to other virtual reality devices: Google Cardboard.

Google Cardboard is a fun and affordable way for people to experience virtual reality. Google Cardboard can be purchased for as low as $20.

The cardboard build of the device acts as a carrier for consumer’s smartphones, allowing users to load different virtual reality experiences from their phones’ App Store. The cardboard phone case also has two eye-lenses, which magnifies the phone screen, and creates an immersive virtual reality experience for all users.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Experiencing virtual reality for the first time is overwhelming. Virtual reality is a concept that technological developers have been discussing for years, and experiencing it for the first time with a simple, cheap device is satisfying.

The picture resolution with Google Cardboard is surprisingly clear. The glass lenses do not distort the image of high-resolution smartphones, such as the iPhone 6S, in the slightest.

Games and videos specifically made for virtual reality can be purchased on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Both stores offer a wide array of content, ranging from first-person shooters like Zombie Shooter VR, to videos of breathtaking landscapes with one of the downloadable apps Vrse.

The only drawback of the Google Cardboard is that it does not compare to more advanced virtual reality headsets, specifically the Oculus Rift, which is set to release this year. Google Cardboard only provides the most basic virtual reality experience compared to the Rift’s more refined device.

The Google Cardboard is great for the price range it is being sold in, and perfect for anyone who wants to experience virtual reality without breaking the bank.

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Exclusive interview with Bella Thorne from “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”

In “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Alvin (Justin Long) Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) come to believe that Dave (Jason Lee) is going to propose to his new girlfriend (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) in Miami where he is celebrating the album release of his new client, a rising young popstar, Ashley (Bella Thorne). They have three days to try to stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave to his soon-to-be fiancé, but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother (Josh Green). They run into some obstacles but still manage to create mischief everywhere they go, bringing their musicality along with them. The movie will be released on Dec. 18. One of The Circuit’s staffers, Rachel Schonberger was one of nine people who got the chance to participate in a round table interview with Bella Thorne at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami on Dec. 14.

 

What first attracted you to the role?

I had a meeting with the director, I read a few lines, and he was like, “You’re the girl.” He said he wanted to incorporate my actual music that I’ve done before into the movie, so one of the songs I sing is there.

You were born in Pembroke Pines but then moved to Miami. How was it to film down here?

I didn’t get to film down here, which was really unfortunate because a part of the movie does take place down here and I was in that part. They ended up switching it to shoot in Atlanta to fit better into my schedule.

How do you prepare for a role like this where you’re opposite animated characters? Do you talk to yourself a lot, or how does that work?

No, you don’t do any of that. You just kind of act with them, and you have people reading their lines who are in red and green shirts so you know which character they are in case you can’t memorize them, I guess. You have, like, ten takes minimum just for the animals without any direction, it’s just what you need to do. They have these green stuffies  that they have to do a regular pass with just little tape marks, and they do a pass with balls that are silver and cream. Then they have to go around and do a 360, so you have to stand really still during your scene. It’s really interesting; there are a lot of different things you have to do to get the animation correct, which is why I really wanted to work on the film.

In the movie, your character seems pretty humble. How have you manage to stay humble after being in the industry for so long?

I guess it’s not really something you think about. I’m a pretty regular girl, and I do regular things. I spend a lot of time with my family, and they definitely keep me grounded. It’s easy, I guess, because I don’t go to a lot of events, I’m not really in the Hollywood scene, and a lot of my friends aren’t actors. Even when I go to New York, I’m doing a press trip there, but I’m also going to go out with my friend Alexa and her sorority girls and feel what it’s like to be in a sorority.

Since “Alvin and the Chipmunks” has been around as a franchise for so long, had you seen any of the earlier movies or TV episodes? How did that impact your want to be in the film?

I did see them growing up. It’s something that’s always related to fond memories since it was fun watching it when I was growing up, and it’s a cool experience getting to be in something that I never thought I would be able to do. It was interesting, but it was definitely cool.

What were some of your favorite experiences while filming the movie?

There’s a really funny story that’s not that great for those poor little chipmunks, but it’s funny anyway. We’re so precious with the chipmunks because, you know, they’re the stars of the movie, so every time,we’re always like, “Don’t bump into the chipmunks, don’t do this, you can’t get close to them or animation purposes. There was one time when a camera jib, which is one that just goes on a track really fast, was just going down and zooming into an actor, and it just ran into Theodore. It completely just slashed him, and everybody just broke out in laughter, and I just couldn’t help laughing because he’s my favorite character. He was fine, obviously, when we picked him up, he was just a little green stuffed animal.

IMG_9217How is it to transition from being on a Disney show and then going into movies?

It’s great. Before I did “Shake it Up,” I did lots of drama, so I’ve done other things on HBO, and I love doing film. Then I got the show which was kind of like a halt all of a sudden, and I started to do comedy. I mostly really like to do drama, and I love the big screen. I’ve been working on a lot of films that aren’t as age-appropriate as this one, but I’m really happy to be able to do family movies as well for my younger fanbase. It was definitely not easy transitioning from the channel because a lot of people would say, “I don’t want to read her, she’s a Disney star.” They were just like, “She can’t go straight into a director meeting,” and I was like, “I don’t care. I will go in for you, and I will show you that I am better than what you think.” Then they were always like, “Wow, she really is a different actress,” so it wasn’t as easy as you would think.

Towards the end of the film, the big party scene in the club seemed like such a good time, so was it as much fun to film it as it was to watch it on the screen?

It was a very fun scene to film. It’s a little bit harder; it’s definitely longer work days because you have a lot of main characters in that one scene, so you have to do your wideshot, your coverage, your two-shot, your cowboy, and then you go in for singles, but you have so many characters that you need a lot of coverage on all the characters and then you need tights and closers. It’s a lot of shots, and you have the animals, and that’s ten takes with them. They were really long days; we took, like, 17 hours every day for that scene. It was fun, but the only sad part was that I had really uncomfortable, really tall six-inch heels. I guess we didn’t really put together how much dancing I would be doing, so I’m in this tight little mini-skirt in these really tall heels, running on the stage and hopping around the chipmunks. I fell out of my shoes twice, so they had to put clear brastraps wrapped around my feet and ankles around the heels so that they would stay on my feet. Then every take I would be asking, “Guys, do you see my feet?”

Which do you like better: acting or music?

Definitely acting. Any time anybody asks me if I sing, I always say “not really,” because I don’t love my voice, but I do have a movie coming out called “Midnight Sun” that I do a lot of singing in. I would say that’s definitely more of my better singing, and it isn’t pop music at all, and I got to learn to play guitar for it, and that was a really interesting learning experience.

What’s next for you?

I’m shooting a film in January and then another film like two months after that, and I start my show if it goes through. It’s a busy schedule already. I’m doing a film called “XO” with Jack Kilmer who’s great. That film’s about aliens, it’s really cool, and then I have another film that I can’t talk about.

You do a lot of social, good, charitable work. What brought you to those organizations that you selected?

I’m so happy to be where I am, and I’m so blessed and lucky. Although I have put in the time, luck does take a big toll, so I’m really blessed. I want to give to people some of what I have, so that’s why I do a lot of charity work. I was always grown up on doing charity work, so it’s always been a big deal in my family. I love the Thirst Foundation, it’s one of my favorites. I was supposed to build walls with them in Africa, and I was shooting Blended, and I was on the plane, about to go to build walls, and then they called me and said, “Get off the plane, you’re shooting today, you have a 4 P.M. call time, and you can’t go anywhere.” It was my day off, and I was so angry. I also work a lot with the Dyslexia Foundation and a few others.

Would you want to do another animated movie?

I have another animated movie coming out that’s not live action, it’s completely animated. It’s called “Ratchet and Clank,” based off the famous video game. I’m in the movie, and I play a super bad chick character who really stands up for herself and kind of bullies Ratchet a little bit which is really cute. It’s with a lot of really big actors, and it was a really fun film to do.

You’re obviously in front of the camera a lot. Would you consider being behind the scenes?

Yeah, I want to study directing and writing. It’s a really big thing for me. I’m always so, so close with all the directors I work with, and I end up being best friends them and always just hanging out with them. I love when directors ask me, “Bella, who’s directing the movie?” Because I’m always like, “Are you going to do a wide shot or single coverage?” I’m just so technical.

Since you’ve been in both live and animated movies, which one do you prefer to do?

Definitely live. Animated movies are fun, but I definitely prefer to do live-action films.

You recently released “Autumn’s Kiss,” which is your second novel in your book series. Can you tell us what the writing process was like?

The writing process was the same of the first one. I had a lot of interesting ideas for the second one that didn’t actually make it in the book. I’m still really happy with how it turned out. It’s not like you just sit down and say, “I have to write a book right now.” You wouldn’t really have experience to do that, and you wouldn’t know where your characters are going. Most of the time, they’re things that have happened to me or that I hear from other people that I write down on my notes. Then when I’m feeling inspired, I’ll write something and give it to my ghost writer, and we’ll go over it, look at it, and decide what should be different and how it should be worded.

Being a young woman in the film industry, you’re looked upon by other girls who admire and look up to you. Do you feel a lot of pressure in that way?

I try not to think about it mostly. Of course it always makes me really happy when fans come up to me and tell me, “I was bullied badly in school, and you helped me through a lot of it,” or, “I’m dyslexic too, and you inspired me to go do this or that.” I’m a normal girl, though, and a lot of my fans are my age. It’s really interesting because my fans can easily relate to me because I don’t put on an act. I’m very honest, I’m very real, and you can ask me any question in the book, and I’d answer it. It’s a little bit harder because people want to judge me constantly about the person I am and what I’m wearing and that kind of stuff. It’s hard because I have to be a teenager, but you try and live my life and see what decisions you make.

You were saying you’re going to be in some films that aren’t so family-friendly.

Yeah, the older fans can watch them, they can relate to them and think they’re funny. Maybe their parents won’t think they’re as funny, but they’ll like them. I only do what I can; I can’t please everybody.

You mentioned that you have “Midnight Sun” coming out and that you have a lot of singing in that film. What style of music would you say you gravitate towards?IMG_9200

I really like the new Selena [Gomez] album, actually. I’m more into indie, slow music, hip-hop, and R&B. I listen to a lot of hip-hop music, don’t get me wrong, but on my everyday basis, I’m not, like, hyping in the car all the time. That’s only for my Snapchat videos. Then I listen to a lot of ‘80s rock music. I listen to Billy Squier and Joan Jett, and I love putting on “Cherry Pie” in the car and everybody looks at me so oddly because I know all the lyrics to every song. It’s really weird. If you put on any song on the radio, I know all the lyrics to it. All my friends know this about me, and I think they think it’s kind of annoying. In my Snapchats, I’m always blasting “Cherry Pie” so loud, and the people in the next car just like “What’s this girl doing?”

Were you able to improvise at all in the movie, or was everything scripted?

Most things were scripted. There’s a little bit of improv, but not really, no.

If you weren’t acting what would you be doing?

I don’t know. I can’t think of one thing that I would rather do with my life than act. Singing is great, and I love dancing, and don’t get me wrong, I love writing. But acting is the one thing that, besides the press and paparazzi, it’s the one thing I really look forward to. Going to set every day, playing a character, learning from people about not only the acting but every other part of the industry is really interesting. You get to know that by not only working on sets but also getting close to your cast and crew members. I’m always really close to all my PA’s or the random camera grips or something.

You’re half-Cuban. Do you find that influences the roles that you select?

I guess I don’t really take that into consideration so much. If a character is very spicy and has a lot of attitude, I know I can definitely do that because I have a lot of attitude and I’m Cuban, so I’m very spicy and energetic. Anytime that there’s a character that’s big like that and kind of outrageous, I know I can do it.

You write, you sing, you act, you dance, you want to direct. Is there anything you don’t do?

I don’t have a perfume line.

You mentioned that sometimes the [casting] directors go against you because you worked on Disney Channel. Do you regret being on Disney Channel?

No, I don’t. There are some other things I wish I could have done while I was still on the channel that I didn’t get to do, but I am really happy with where I am and what I did on that show. It taught me how to dance and that’s, like, half of my soul now, so I’m really happy that I got to experience that. I probably would have been too embarrassed to learn how to dance on my own, so that’s really cool. I had a really interesting work ethic for that show, so I’m happy to have that background. Whenever I’m working on something hard or something that has long hours, I know that I can definitely do it.

You began working in the industry at a very young age. What got you into it originally?

I always wanted to be an actress growing up, but I’m dyslexic, and my first language was Spanish, so I had to drop Spanish to learn English to then learn how to read, which was very hard. I always wanted to be an actress, but I was a model, and I did a lot of runway growing up, and people always said, “You’re going to be pretty, but you’ll never be smart, and you won’t act because you’ll have to read. You can’t read.” I was always really embarrassed to try it, and my brother and I came out to L.A. for a guest runway show, and he went on what we thought was a commercial, but it ended up being a pilot for a series called “Four Kings.” I remember seeing him, and it was a live audience show, so that had a lot of energy. It’s different for actors because for singers, they get their applause on stage while they’re doing it. They feel the love and they feel the hype. For actors, you do something and then a year later it comes out. There aren’t people in the movie theaters screaming how good you are. It’s a very different form of that.

If you could work with anyone in the industry, who would you work with?

Christian Bale. I’d work with Christian Bale. Also, Quentin Tarantino’s my favorite director. I met him at the “Hateful Eight” premiere, and I met him when I was nine at the “Whip It” premiere, and he was like, “You’re just an awesome girl. You’re a rockstar. You’re so cool.” Then I’ve seen him walking around one other time when he was randomly walking down the streets of New York. I was in a cab, and I was like, “Quentin Tarantino! Hey buddy!” And then I saw him recently, and I was like, “Hey, it’s nice to meet you.” He was like, “It’s nice to see you, Bella.” And I was like, “You remember me? Oh my God!” And he was like, “Yeah, of course, you’re Bella Thorne.” And I was like, “Yeah. That’s my name.” It was so cool. He was talking about his 75 millimeter lens that he had to use on screen, and I think most people would be like, “Okay, what’s that?” It’s actually, if you like camera work, really interesting. So I was like, “I can’t wait to see it, buddy. I’m so excited.” So definitely Quentin Tarantino.  

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Review: Chance the Rapper raps his way to fame

BY IGNACIA ARAYA

NEWS PHOTO EDITOR

Chancelor Benett, more commonly known as “Chance the Rapper” proved himself to be more than just a rapper at his sold out show in Miami. Chance put on an extraordinary show with the amount of energy and charisma he put into both his songs and the way he spoke to the crowd, demonstrating his prowess as a performer.

Chance’s “Family Matters” tour brought Towkio, Metro Boomin, and D.R.A.M to the stage of the Fillmore on Nov 7. These artists each performed distinct styles of music, resulting in a perfect combination of sounds from different genres that included rap, hip-hop, soul and R&B.

A young rapper from Chicago, Chance was overwhelmed with the amount of energy from the crowd. Surprisingly enough, fans in attendance appeared to be day one supporters as most sang along to songs from his first mix-tape, “10 Day.”

Although he seemed cautious about beginning the show with classic songs from “10 Day”, he decided to start off with some of these throwbacks. These classics from Chance’s high school days were refreshing to hear since it was a reminder of how small Chance started out. Combined with eye-catching visuals, made uniquely for each song, the songs Chance performed from the “10 Day” mix tape kicked off his performance beautifully.

IMG_7240Chance successfully established a one-on-one connection with the crowd, making the performance exceptionally personal. Rather than reciting a speech and putting up a front, he spoke from the heart as he sat on the floor of the stage and spoke directly to the audience. The couple of minutes that he took to reach out to each and every person in the room proved Chance’s genuine intentions.

Following this interlude, Chance got the crowd back up on their feet as he played songs from his newest album, “Surf.” Alongside his band, The Social Experiment, Chance sang along to sounds from the instruments that were put together by members such as Donnie Trumpet. These beats, along with Chance’s excitement and eagerness to get the crowd jumping and singing, made for an energy-filled performance. Songs such as “Sunday Candy” certainly gave off the best vibes that were even felt in the crowd all the way in the back of the theater.

Ending the show with the more mainstream songs from his most popular album, “Acid Rap,” such as “Pusha Man” and “Cocoa Butter Kisses” was certainly the most appropriate way to finish off the night. These are ideal songs to have everyone sing along to, so it was only necessary to recite every word.

Saying Chance is just a rapper would be an understatement. With his wise words and enthusiasm in the way he expressed the lyrics of his songs, he authentically performed more than just any other rap show.

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Review: Samsung curve TV disappointing, pricey

BY DANNY GONZALEZ

For years, companies have been using several different technologies, such as televisions with 3D viewing options, as a way to entice buyers to the products. Now, Samsung is using yet another gimmick, with the new Samsung Curved 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TV.

The Samsung Curved 4K UHD TV is Samsung’s newest television that comes equipped with a fully curved display. The Curved was released in sizes ranging from 40”-78”, and prices ranging from $899-$4,999.

The TV screen curved with the flexible display technology was debuted by Samsung back in 2013. This display has been used on other products such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The 4K UHD is also the highest definition available on any TV currently on the market.

The initial shock of watching TV on a curved display wears off quickly. Samsung claims that the curved screen will throw people into an immersive viewing experience. However, watching TV on curved display posses little to no difference to a flat screen.12284674115_5eb3c2565c_o

The TV picture is stunning. With the 4K UHD showing off the crispness and dramatic detail in television shows and movies, the viewing experience is enhanced.

The Curved also includes the Smart Hub, which offers hundreds of apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Hulu and Netflix right on the TV. This is a convenient addition to the TV, as users can now use their video-streaming subscriptions on their televisions.

The Curved also offers a 3D mode. However, no noticeable changes were made to the viewing experience from Samsung’s original 3-D TV. This is disappointing, as Samsung has had multiple years to improve on this feature.

The stunning display and wide array of applications are the two biggest advantages on the Curved, but they are not unique to this model.

The Smart Hub and 4K UHD display can be found on non-curved Samsung TV’s, which are priced significantly less. This is the biggest blow to Samsung, as smart-consumers who recognize that the curved display is just a gimmick will make the cost-efficient choice by purchasing a non-curved TV.

The Samsung Curved is not worth its premium price, and will not keep consumers interested.

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