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With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just around the corner, we've compiled our favorite fan theories about the film. Though all we have to base our guesses on are the trailers (and generous knowledge of the now defunct expanded universe) we think we might be on to something here.
When you first arrived at college as a freshman, chances are you already had some preconceived notions as to what college life would be like thanks to movies like Animal House, Legally Blonde, Old School, and Pitch Perfect. Were your days filled with non-stop partying? Did you never have to worry about homework? Were you always dressed to impress? If I had to guess, I would say no. Check out the 5 ways college is different from the movies below!
Yesterday, the US Education Department's Twitter account for financial aid sent out a tweet saying "If this is you, you better fill out your FAFSA" followed by a link to their site and a screenshot from this scene from the movie Bridesmaids, complete with the caption "Help me, I'm poor."
Roger Ebert passed away yesterday at the age of 70. I'm not sure if there's ever been a more influential or well-known critic, and I mean critic of anything, not just film. He was the first person to receive a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism, back in 1975, and only 4 other people have received that reward since. He had fought with cancer for 11 years prior to his death, losing a large portion of his jaw and his ability to speak due to surgery complications in 2006.
I have news that's incredibly disappointing to my younger self, age 3 to 9. Sadly, we'll never be able to build a real-life Jurassic Park, because of the half-life of DNA strands.
<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/reddawn20122.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-971" title="RedDawn2012" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/reddawn20122.jpg" alt="A still image from the upcoming film Red Dawn (2012)" width="540" height="358" /></a></p> Here's a guaranteed recipe for angry comments: I'm going to review a movie that hasn't been released yet. On your marks, enraged fans!
Amazon is launching a film studio. The idea is to make it in the same sort of egalitarian spirit as what they've done for self-publishing. Anyone can submit a script and if something really stands out, Amazon will greenlight it. The writer will make a flat salary of $200K if the film is made, but that number triples if the film is decently profitable.
Author Neal Stephenson has decided that we all need to stop being so negative. He complains that modern science fiction—books, movies, etc.—is overstuffed with the apocalyptic and the dystopian. He thinks that what the world really needs is an optimistic vision of the future, one that can give the world's inventors a little inspiration.
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/backtoschool.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-798" title="backtoschool" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/backtoschool.jpg" alt="" width="540" height="303" /></a> <em>This guest post was written by Crystal Hall over at <span style="text-decoration:underline;color:#0000ff;"><a href="http://thebestdegrees.org"><span style="color:#0000ff;text-decoration:underline;">thebestdegress.org</span></a></span>. You can read the<span style="text-decoration:underline;color:#0000ff;"><a href="http://www.thebestdegrees.org/9-worst-cinematic-portrayals-of-college-life/"><span style="color:#0000ff;text-decoration:underline;"> full version here</span></a></span>.</em> Let's start here: you were cooler than you think in college. Although movies often rest on the assumption that their viewers will suspend disbelief for a few hours and fall into their world, some films fare better at this than others. This is not to argue that movies should all be hyper-realistic -- they're pieces of art, and there's real life for that. But there's something to be said for the hyper-ridiculous setting. Enter: the universities portrayed in the movies. And because no one wants to be bored with a list of bad flicks, we've found instead the most ridiculous. While college life may be a time of wild partying, barely making it, and coming of age, these nine movies feature the most unrealistic ("the <em>worst</em>!") cinematic portrayals of the subject. Sit back, relax, and thank your lucky stars that you didn't get your degree in one of these nine worlds.
I'm sure by now many of you have already heard about the Tumblr page "Hunger Games Tweets." It's a collection of tweets by people griping about the casting of a character named Rue. You see, the film cast 13-year old actress Amandla Stenberg. The tweeters targeted by the Tumblr page bemoaned the fact that the film version of Rue just had </em>to be black.