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The Martian

Rene Torres, Reporter

October 23

Filed under Entertainment

 The Martian” is a science fiction film starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney. An astronaut who is presumed dead and left behind by his crew on the planet Mars, Watney fights to survive. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit, and spirit and find a way to signal Earth he is alive.        From the very opening moment of “The Martian,” viewers will be amazed with what director Scott has created. This film opens on an incredible, barren, red Martian landscape which instantly piques the viewers curiosity and sets the stage for all that is to come.       This isn’t one of those far-fetche...

Youtubers are taking over the entertainment world

Youtubers are taking over the entertainment world

October 22

A group of young Youtube stars recently performed together at Club Nokia Downtown. Girls Night In on Sept. 23 featured Meredith Foster, Alish Marie, MyLifeAsEva, Sierra Furtado, Mia Stammer and Andie Case. Case opened up the show performing two of her own songs and a few cover songs. Case covered songs including “Want to Want Me” by Jason Derulo, “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift, and she...

N.W.A is Reborn

Jacob Jimenez, Entertainment Editor

September 28

Filed under Entertainment

The anticipated movie that people were waiting for this summer, “Straight Outta Compton,” came out August 14. The movie is based off the famous rap group called N.W.A., short for Niggaz Wit’ Attitude. N.W.A. was known for changing the rap music scene and pop culture. Their music was brutally honest about life in Compton. I would give the movie an 8 out of 10 because it was an overall good movie. At the beginning of the movie, the director introduces each member of N.W.A and how they met each other. During the movie, Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) introduces Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) with the idea to create a group with Ice...

Get ready to be pitch slapped

Kimberly Velasquez, Reporter

June 3

Filed under Entertainment

The all-female a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, get pitch slapped as they lose their harmony. In “Pitch Perfect 2,” which came out on May 15, the Bellas will be better than ever at an international competition, which no American team has ever won, to redeem their status. Unlike the original “Pitch Perfect,” which earned $65 million, “Pitch Perfect 2” earned over $70 million in its opening weekend. “Pitch Perfect 2” was a good movie, but it wasn’t as good as the original. The original seemed more fun and was written better. Yet, the movie was still very exciting and amusing to watch. Some returning...

Legally Blonde Hits the Stage

Legally Blonde Hits the Stage

June 3

Venice High’s spring production “Legally Blonde the Musical” was based on the 2001 film “Legally Blonde,” but this play had a little musical catch to it. A young girl named Elle (played by freshman Devon Slack), who just got dumped by her boyfriend, leaves UCLA and follows him to Harvard. Now it is Elle who goes to Harvard Law School and tries to win her boyfriend back. The play starts...

A magical night with Prince Charming

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

June 2

Filed under Entertainment

We all remember the story of the poor orphan girl who went to the ball, lost her glass slipper, and fell in love with Prince Charming by the end of the night. In 1950, Disney captured our hearts with the animated fairytale of Cinderella. And on March 13, they are coming out with a live-action version of the beloved fairytale. Directed by Oscar-nominated Kenneth Branagh, this new movie is an adventurous fantasy that will take viewers out of their realm of reality. The trailer begins with young Ella (Lily James) having a heartfelt moment with her mother before her death. After her death, Ella’s father remarries and...

“Bombs Away” didn’t blow me away!

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

June 2

Filed under Entertainment

  The band Sheppard, named after the two founding siblings George and Amy Sheppard, debuted its premier album “Bombs Away” in July 2014. Though it’s lacking lyrical depth, the vocals and sweet harmonies in this indie pop album are worth listening to. The album starts off with “Geronimo,” an upbeat and dynamic number, the best out of the album, which will intrigue the listener to keep listening to the rest of the album. The problem with such a strong start is the rest of the album doesn’t live up to the first song. However, several of the other songs are worth praising. In a take of synthpop, on...

Legally Blonde Hits the Stage

Andrea Lo, Assistant News Editor

May 22

Filed under Entertainment

The spring musical at Venice this year is “Legally Blonde”. It is adapted from the popular 2001 film of the same name, and follows a woman’s journey in finding herself. “I hope we get a talented, hardworking, and motivated cast, and that we have a great time producing ‘Legally Blonde’,” says Drama Director Traci Thrasher, who has her hands full running the musical. “It’s a big undertaking to do the musical,” said Ms. Thrasher. “I have to get a good cast, and good people to teach the students.” Ms. Thrasher was disappointed with the lack of female students who turned out for tryouts, because...

Cherry Bomb: Fans Are Blown Away

Chad Sharrieff, Photography

May 13

Filed under Entertainment

“Cherry Bomb” is the fourth studio album by Tyler, The Creator. The alternative hip-hop album released April 13 includes guest appearances such as Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Schoolboy Q, Charlie Wilson, and Kali Uchis. The album is very different from Tyler’s other albums because it contains different flows. Some of the beats are infused with an essence of rock. Tyler has done well with this album. Listening to the album was initially difficult because the usual Tyler I was expecting wasn’t there. So it took me a couple of times to get into the music because of the difference between the music...

We’re Back, Pitches

May 12

Filed under Entertainment

The acapella group called Barden Bellas is back and in a bad predicament. Elizabeth Banks who plays Gail in “Pitch Perfect 2,” also directs the movie. The film comes out May 15th with high hopes because the original did so well, making over $64 million in 2012. “Pitch Perfect” got a lot of attention because Anna Kendricks’ popular song “The Cup Song”. “Pitch Perfect 2“ has a lot of returning actors and actresses like Kendrick (Beca), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy), Brittnay Snow (Chloe), Elizabeth Banks (Gail), Skylar Astin (Jesse), Hailee Steinfeld (Emily), and even more. The “Pitch Perfect 2” trailer...

Pitch Perfect 2 Preview

Jacob Jimenez, Asst. Entertainment

May 7

Filed under Entertainment

The acapella group called Barden Bellas is back and in a bad predicament. Elizabeth Banks who plays Gail in “Pitch Perfect 2,” also directs the movie. The film comes out May 15th with high hopes because the original did so well, making over $64 million in 2012. “Pitch Perfect” got a lot of attention because Anna Kendricks’ popular song “The Cup Song”. “Pitch Perfect 2“ has a lot of returning actors and actresses like Kendrick (Beca), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy), Brittnay Snow (Chloe), Elizabeth Banks (Gail), Skylar Astin (Jesse), Hailee Steinfeld (Emily), and even more. The “Pitch Perfect 2”...

A Tribute to Paul Walker

Jacob Jimenez / Asst. Entertainment Editor

April 22

Filed under Entertainment

The movie that Furious fans have waited so long to see has finally been released. “Furious 7” is the most anticipated movie of the “Fast and the Furious” saga because people want to see how the writers incorporated the death of Paul Walker, aka Brian O’Connor, who died in a car crash on Nov. 30, 2013, while the movie was almost complete. The movie includes several returning actors like Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Jordana Brewster (Mia), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Ludacris (Tej), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), and Sung Hang (Han). Another big actor joined the crew in this movie. Jason Statham...

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