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  • Rich Monetti
    Published 3 months ago
    A Look back at Alec Baldwin’s 2008 Appearance at Jacob Burns Film Center

    A Look back at Alec Baldwin’s 2008 Appearance at Jacob Burns Film Center

    Photo Credit : Gage Skidmore
  • Joel Eisenberg
    Published 3 months ago
    The Artist or the Art?

    The Artist or the Art?

    In 1977, 44-year-old director Roman Polanski was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. The charges included rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. Polanski pled “not guilty” to all charges, then later accepted a plea deal in exhange for a lesser charge. When he learned he was likely going to be imprisoned and face deportation, he fled to France the following February, where he has been ever since.
  • Marielle Sabbag
    Published 3 months ago
    Marriage Story - A Movie Review

    Marriage Story - A Movie Review

    Life is a story. You control the pencil. Make it a good one.
  • Lewis Jefferies
    Published 3 months ago
    'Gavin & Stacey' Fans Label Deadline As "Sexist" After Forgetting About Ruth Jones

    'Gavin & Stacey' Fans Label Deadline As "Sexist" After Forgetting About Ruth Jones

    First broadcast in 2007, James Corden and Ruth Jones introduced the nation to a brand-new sitcom - Gavin and Stacey. Starring Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, James Corden, Ruth Jones and many more big names, the sitcom ran for three series before ending on an open book for future episodes.
  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 4 months ago
     Important Facts About Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myrna, AKA Santa Claus

    Important Facts About Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myrna, AKA Santa Claus

    For many centuries, children around the world have believed that a fat man in a red suit comes down their chimney on Christmas Eve and brings them gifts. Hundreds of cartoons and movies have been produced that depict the jolly old elf in various forms. Decades ago, at a certain age, children were told they were old enough to know the truth, that Santa Claus is not real, but actually he was a living breathing person. There are many myths and legends about Santa Claus that have sprung from the imagination of men and women everywhere. Some stories even seem to contradict others, but guess what? There actually is a man who lived and died upon whom all the myths and legends are based on.
  • Wade McElwain
    Published 4 months ago
    Most Popular Christmas Toys Quiz

    Most Popular Christmas Toys Quiz

    What are the best Christmas toys ever?
  • Journey Scribe
    Published 4 months ago
    MBTI Scene-It: The Council of Elrond ('The Lord of the Rings')

    MBTI Scene-It: The Council of Elrond ('The Lord of the Rings')

    QUICK DISCLAIMER: I know there are debates on the MBTI typing of each of these characters, and I may - indeed - be errant in some of them. I'm just calling it how I see it! Thanks! ^_^
  • Pam Jannes
    Published 5 months ago
    Five of the Best Disney Fan Recreations

    Five of the Best Disney Fan Recreations

    Disney fans are some of the most dedicated fans in all of Hollywood. Maybe it’s because we start watching Disney movies at such a young age, whether it was princesses or animated cars, which builds our relationship with the brand essentially from birth. Regardless, people are extremely loyal to the franchise that started with a mouse.
  • A.J. Jones
    Published 5 months ago
    Why Most Black People Hate the 'Harriet' Movie

    Why Most Black People Hate the 'Harriet' Movie

    The movie Harriet was supposed to be a historical biopic documentary film that was publicized as an homage to the great pioneer of the underground railroad Harriet Tubman, but was portrayed as something else. The movie was co-written by Kasi Lemmons and Gregory Allen Howard, but the way the movie was written ticked off people in the black community for several reasons. Harriet was portrayed as a female sex slave of her slave master "that was giving up the goodies up and down the underground railroad." Well, first off, British actress Cynthia Erivo (who does not like black Americans and is outspoken about it) was selected to play the lead role in the portrayal of Harriet Tubman. Erivo being selected as the lead did stir up a negative buzz because of her negative thoughts and remarks about black Americans that she has stated in interviews and posted on her social media. Erivo is a stage actress who had a debut role in the Broadway classic The Color Purple alongside Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed singer Shug Avery. Erivo is also a Tony Award-winning actress. Black America was trying to figure out how and why the directors and writers of the movie chose Erivo to play Harriet Tubman? Erivo is an accomplished stage actress, but seems to look out of place on the silver screen. Also, the black community wanted to see Harriet Tubman portrayed by a black American actress that respected the culture.
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 5 months ago
    The Power of #MorphinMonday

    The Power of #MorphinMonday

    It's Morphin Time! Greetings, Vocal readers. The month of November has arrived and it's also my birthday month. In fact, my birthday is coming up in about a week. So I'm looking forward to seeing another year. In this article, I'm talking about Power Rangers, specifically #MorphinMonday. This hashtag, which has well over 1,000 posts on Instagram, holds true to Power Rangers fans everywhere. About two months ago, I attended Arkansas Comic Con and Jason David Frank was one of the guests during that weekend. I was fortunate enough to not only do a photo op with him, but also shook his hand and said it was nice to meet him. Before attending this con, I've never met any Power Rangers star, but I did just that and knocked off an item from my bucket list. It was an exciting experience, because this was a guy that I grew up watching. In case you haven't seen my Arkansas Comic Con review and how my meeting with Jason David Frank went, I'll post a link to it at the end of this article so you can read it yourself. I'll be meeting David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger, at Galaxycon in Louisville, Kentucky two and a half weeks from now. I'll have my Legacy Blue Ranger figure with me for him to sign and going as Lord Gyaradrakkon.
  • Melody Porter
    Published 5 months ago
    Fandom Frenzy: Here Are the Franchises with the Most Loyal Following

    Fandom Frenzy: Here Are the Franchises with the Most Loyal Following

    With every major Hollywood blockbuster release, there’s a group of loyal fans who will devote themselves entirely to the franchise. These groups consist of the most dedicated fans who know absolutely everything about the plot and the characters.
  • C. Raymond Martin
    Published 5 months ago
    Scorsese Vs. Marvel

    Scorsese Vs. Marvel

    Just recently, acclaimed and legendary director Martin Scorsese came out against the money-making juggernaut that is comic book movies, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe bearing most of the brunt, going so far as to compare them to theme parks and say that they're not, "real cinema." Francis Ford Coppola joined him in calling the genre "despicable" and ever since folks on both sides of the aisle have been deriding each other on the annals of the internet over which side is right.