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Slated for release Dec. 18 of next year, Star Wars: Episode VII is quite possibly one of the most anticipated events in recent nerd culture. Since the installment was announced to be in the works, questions swirled from all around: Who will be directing? Will any of the original cast make a return? How far in the future is this episode? It seems as though some of the final questions were answered when the official Star Wars website announced the casting for the new movie:
Fans of the perennial Australian rock gods, AC/DC, can breathe just a little bit easier. Rumors have arisen over the past week concerning the band’s retirement after over 40 years of heavy rocking. These rumors stemmed from news of poor health of founding member and rhythm guitarist, Malcolm Young.
Fans of the Borderlands series will finally have another chance to sate their never ending desire for more as Gearbox Software and 2K Games have announced that there will be a third installment into the shoot-and-loot phenomenon that is Borderlands. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has been in development for over a year by the two companies and is slated to be released sometime before the end of this year.
David Letterman, host of the “Late Show”, announced his retirement during the taping of the April 3 episode, ending his 21-year run as the host of the show sometime in 2015.
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What hasn’t been said about South Park? Known for their twisted humor and dark satire, the story of four potty-mouthed boys in South Park, Colorado has entertained millions of viewers and angered just as many others since the show began in 1997. Originally thought up as two animated shorts in the early 90’s by the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show has come a long way since its cardboard cutout origins and VHS viral video days. Now the show holds some of the most consistently high viewership numbers of any basic cable program and remains one of Comedy Central’s most successful programs of all time.
Godzilla is a worldwide pop icon both in the monster’s image and in name. Since its first appearance in the 1954 version of “Godzilla”, the raging king of reptiles has graced theaters around the world in almost thirty different films as well as in numerous other appearances across nearly every form of entertainment.
The end of 2013 was marked by a much needed wrench in the cogs of the video game industry, a console war. After the long lives of the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, the gaming world needed a breath of fresh air. Sadly, we didn’t really get that. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 are both impressive consoles in their own right, but neither has brought truly innovative positive changes to the gaming world. Both Microsoft and Sony plagued social media networks with unending ads, Microsoft tried to bribe YouTube users to endorse the Xbox One, and a stream of negative media ruled supreme as the two companies seemed to be arch rivals. During all of the news storm, redesigning of consoles, and removing controversial features (Microsoft), one company was surprisingly out of the spotlight.
“The lifestyles of the rich and famous”, celebrities are expected to live somewhat extravagant lives, enjoying the surplus of wealth that their careers have bestowed upon them. The recent success and controversy revolving around Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street” just goes to show that we as the viewing public like to watch stories of excess and wealth and all of the various trappings that go along with being famous. We all enjoy a good story, but when do we stop the excess partying, the never-ending good times that just become the makeup of tabloid covers? Enjoying a good romp on the movie screen or on your television set at home is one thing, but when the stories of celebrities gone wild extends into the real world, someone has to be there to stop them.
Just as the big cable networks have long known, the greatest difficulty in keeping viewers is keeping them interested. This is a struggle we as the viewing public have watched for years as countless shows, pilots, and new ideas are presented for a month or so and then sent down the drain. Every couple of months, you can read an article about the shows being cancelled in the upcoming year. To combat this constant turn-over of programming, it is necessary to find new, original programs that are able to both retain current viewers as well as draw more in.
2014 seems to be beginning with some interesting news in the world of video games. One of the most prominent videogame developers for Sony’s still relatively new Playstation 4 has announced that they are currently working on two different Playstation exclusive titles that will be making use of the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift.
2014 seems to be beginning with some interesting news in the world of video games. One of the most prominent videogame developers for Sony’s still relatively new Playstation 4 has announced that they are currently working on two different Playstation excusive titles that will be making use of the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift.
Whether or not you are interested in gaming, the name Electronic Arts (EA) will definitely ring a bell. The company has been responsible for creating, marketing, and publishing some of the most popular videogame franchises of all time. Madden, FIFA, Battlefield, Dragon Age, the list of successful titles under the EA banner is quite exhaustive and impressive.
The New Year is finally upon us, Tucson. With the winter festivities and holiday spirit now racing away in the rearview, it is time to look ahead and see what 2014 may bring. The beginning of a new year can bring about many trails as people struggle to stick to their resolutions while others give up a week in. Instead of stressing about being a better person, take some time to look around your city for some fun. Located under the east wing of the UA football stadium is the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory. This facility is responsible for creating “giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for a new generation of optical and infrared telescopes.” One of the most impressive science facilities in the world is tucked away under our own recently remolded stadium. The Mirror Lab has been producing unique, large scale mirrors for super powerful telescopes since 1985. Now responsible for creating the most powerful mirrors in the world, the UA Mirror Lab Tours is a short day trip packed with interesting sights and information. A tour of these labs offers an extremely unique opportunity to experience how the university in your very city is working to produce some of the most exceptional and important equipment involved in scientific research today. Tours of the facility offer a behind the scenes look at the amazing work done by the scientists as well as a look at the spin-casting process that creates the giant telescopic mirrors. The Mirror Lab is currently working on equipment for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, as well as the Large Binocular Telescope, three of the most powerful pieces of scientific achievements to date. Each of these machines are capable of taking amazingly wide and deep views into our universe and open up new avenues of knowledge to scientists. Tours of the facility are offered throughout the month, every Tuesday and Friday as well as some Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11a.m. and 1p.m. Reservations are required in advance to get a spot on the tour and are available to be made either by phone or by email. Each tour lasts 90 minutes and is primarily made up of standing, walking, and going up and down stairs so keep that in mind if you plan on taking the trip. The tours are by no means a burden on your wallet, either. Tickets are only $15 for adults and $8 for students aged 7-22 years. Unfortunately because the Mirror Lab is a production facility, children under the age of 7 are not allowed on the tours for safety. There are also group rates for parties over 10. Instead of lounging around while the kids are off from school; take them out to learn something. Little did they know that right in their own city they could find one of the most impressive scientific facilities dedicated to making the most impressive mirrors for the most powerful telescopes in the world. Any kid with an interest in space in space and science would be hard pressed to find a better campus than at the University of Arizona to feed their desire for knowledge.
The Walt Disney Company has been responsible for some of the most timeless classics to grace our theaters and TV screens since the company’s inception in 1923. The multinational mass media conglomerate is one of the largest companies in the world and has established itself as a leader in the American animation industry as well as live-action film, television, travel, and theme parks. The Disney train has been going strong for decades now and there seems to be nothing stopping its momentum in the coming years.
Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 Korean psychological thriller, “Oldboy”, was released last week, under the radar of many moviegoers. “Oldboy” tells the tale of Joe Doucette, an alcoholic ad executive in a distant relationship with his ex-wife and daughter. Joe wakes up one morning after a particularly intense night of drinking to find himself trapped in a windowless room fashioned to look like a room in a hotel with no idea why he is there or who took him. After going to the brink of insanity and back, Joe is able to break free of his imprisonment and wreaks havoc trying to find the people responsible for his torture and capture. The original movie was a psychological thriller that played with the mind and was very true to the traditions of Korean thrillers.
With the holidays creeping up on our calendar pages, the shopping zeal will soon set in amongst most of us. Going out and shopping for a loved one can be an exciting and rewarding experience as you pick out something that you know your loved one or friend will truly appreciate, but this time can also be quite stressful. We wonder what our friends and family will like, what is in and cool with the younger people on the shopping list, and what gifts will totally flop. With society advancing to a more technological future, it will be a safe bet this year that getting someone you know a present from the electronics section will bring a smile to their face.
El Tour de Tucson, one of the largest bicycling events in the United States, will soon be taking place in our fair city. Since the 1980s The Perimeter Bicycling Association of America has hosted an event that now draws tens of thousands of spectators every year and nearly another 10,000 in participants. El Tour brings together cycling enthusiasts and riders of all ages and abilities, from the brand new to internationally recognized and distinguished professionals. The ride is split into four different distances: 111, 85, 60, or 42 miles. Each of these different tour events begins at a different location across town with the 111-mile starting at 7 a.m. and the 42-mile event beginning at Noon. The route weaves through and around the city and ranges from rolling to moderately hilly, with the 45-mile route being fairly flat and a much easier ride for beginners.
It is now that time of year, the dreaded (or maybe loved) summer. In Tucson, we will be expecting temperatures well into the one-hundred plus region. We will go through sweltering heat, little to no cloud coverage, and burning winds, now this just seems awful. Many people may think to themselves, “Why would anyone want to do anything out in this heat?” Luckily for those of us who are a little braver to the summer heat, there is plenty fun to be had and entertainment to find. Tucson has a hidden little secret that may take some time for non-natives to realize, we have some of the best outdoor events you could ask for. If you take a drive out to Houghton and I-10, you may be surprised to see a growing figure out in the distance. No, that’s not a mirage; this small oasis of fun is real. Starting April 18 and running until April 28, the Pima County Fair graces us with droves of rides, entertainment, food, and fun for your whole family to enjoy, a place to “Get Your Fun On!” .
Every winter, when the Tucson heat lets off just a bit, thousands of people flock to town to buy, sell, and trade precious minerals and other gems at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. This year, the Gem and Mineral Show will be making its 59th appearance in our fair city. The show is brought to us by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, a group dedicated to "Encourage interest and study in geology, mineralogy, lapidary, and allied earth sciences".
Since the conclusion of the AFC and NFC championship games, the talk has finally turned to the upcoming Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens are set to face off in what is expected to be a nail-biting game for the ages and potentially one of the most exciting Super Bowls in the past few seasons.