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Rogue One trailer release

The trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought instant excitement swiftly followed by confusion. No, it is not the Episode VIII the world has been waiting for since Rey got locked into a perpetual staring contest with Luke Skywalker. Rogue One, set to release in December 2016, will instead be a stand-alone film whose events predate Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope.

Rogue One will feature a new cast of rebel fighters searching for the plans of the Death Star, according to TechInsider. The film follows Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), who is an orphan arrested for “forgery of imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault, [and] resisting arrest” before she joins the other fighters. Erso’s response to the long list of accusations? “This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.”

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Outlander season 2 throws viewers many curveballs

“Sing me a song of a lass that is gone. Say, could that lass be I? Merry of soul she sailed on a day over the sea to Skye.”

If anyone has watched Outlander on Starz, you know this song by heart and know the story behind it: Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) fell through time to 18th century Scotland while on her second honeymoon in 1944.

At the end of the first season, Claire and Jaime Fraser (Sam Heughan) head to France in order to figure out a way to stop the war, which would end the Highlander lifestyle, killing off Jaime.

At the beginning of the second season, Claire is seen on the ground and attempts to figure out where and when she is. After asking a man what year they’re in, she realizes that she fell back through time to 1946, two years later.

Claire reveals to Frank that she was married while she was in Scotland and was pregnant with Jaime’s child, and Frank insists that he could raise the child, as he has always wanted one but is sterile.

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MTV Movie Awards Happened

“In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where he spent most of his days.”

Who am I describing? Now, if you’re a functioning American, you should know: Will Smith.

On April 9, Will Smith was honored at the MTV Movie Awards with the MTV Generation Award. Hosts of the show Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, along with many other celebrities, spent a good chunk of the show paying tribute to the long-running comedic and dramatic actor.

From his humble beginnings as a teenage kid on the sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air to his dramatic roles in Pursuit of Happyness and most recently, Concussion, Smith has certainly grown in the acting world and received his well-deserved recognition. Additionally, the Lonely Island crew made famous by their careers at the famous sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, performed a Smith medley for the honored guest.

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Deadpool takeover

On March 28, the satirical superhero film Deadpool became the reigning champion of R-rated films at the box office. Currently, the film has garnered almost $750 million in revenue in comparison to its $58 million dollar budget. The position was previously held by the polarizing Mel Gibson piece The Passion of the Christ.

For many, R rated movies are a tough market to gain a copious amount of revenue. While many of the films are typically intended for a mature audience, there is some stiff competition from lesser-rated films suited for a broader audience. Still, there are a large number of R-rated films that have become massive successes. Though, they all fall short in the wake of Deadpool’s financial success.

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The Stars Wars experience

“You’ve never seen Star Wars?” I used to get this question and the accompanying disgusted faces quite a lot. In my defense, my parents were not the biggest Star Wars nerds or anything like that. For the longest time, the Star Wars franchise was a foreign concept to me and though I appreciated Weird Al’s Yoda-inspired parodies, I had no idea what any of the references really meant.

Now, being in college, I am surrounded by people who absolutely adore these movies and demand that I watch them all. I can say that I have seen five of the seven Star Wars films and all I can say is “wow.”

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Yeah I'll tell you something

As a human being on planet earth, I like stuff. Some stuff I’ve liked for forever, some of it I’ve only realized I’ve liked since recently. I’m obsessed with movies; my favorites are all of the ones that don’t star Adam Sandler. Going off of that, I love theatre. There are also TV shows, writing, Target, antiques, Sephora, paranormal things, the color black and many other things that I just love.

I’m fortunate enough to be able to continue a lot of the hobbies and passions that I had in high school into college. However, one thing that I love that didn’t make the cut in-between other extracurriculars and classes is music.

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The Walking Dead finale shocks fans

The Walking Dead: the only show on AMC that has the ability to thoroughly piss off an audience while also leaving them nearly in tears.

In the season finale, our favorite heroes were trying to find a doctor for Maggie, who in the previous episode was having pain linked to her pregnancy. However, no matter where they turned, they either ran into survivors or walkers.

For those who haven’t read the comics (I haven’t, but my brother has), we all know that no one is safe and if you don’t exist in the comic books (hey, Norman Reedus), it could be at any point that you bite the dust.

However, this particular episode was especially dark. We see Rick at an all-time low, where he is bowing down to Negan, who finally made his debut for those who follow the show and not the comics.

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Dancing with the Stars predictions

It seems like only yesterday that Bindi Irwin walked away with the mirror ball trophy at last season’s Dancing with the Stars competition. However, the 22nd season of the series is proving to be just as entertaining as the last, with some amazing contestants along with some interesting changes.

One of the biggest changes is the absence of both Hough siblings, as Julianne, a former judge, and Derek, one of the professional dancers, chose not to return for this competition. Without them, there is a clear feeling that something is missing since they were two of the most well-known individuals from the show.

I will personally miss Derek’s outstanding choreography, but this might provide some of the other professional dancers with a chance to stand out.

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Is Dance Moms getting out of control? Yes.

Is Dance Moms getting out of control? What a great question. The only problem with it is that it is using the present tense. Is Dance Moms getting out of control? What do you think the question should be?

That question needs a time machine to transport it back to 2011 when the show first premiered. For those of you who don’t know, Dance Moms is a Lifetime reality show about a dance studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. First mistake, buddy. Lifetime is a channel for depressing movies about events that always seem to be unrealistic, yet “based on true events.” The acting is hilariously mediocre.

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Batman v. Superman v. Critics

I won’t sugar coat it for all of you who love movie reviews: Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice was an epic letdown.

Did they have humor? Yes. Did things blow up? Yes. Were the fight scenes good? Yes. Was Henry Cavill extremely amazing as Superman (not to mention super attractive)? Yes.

But aside from that, the movie absolutely sucked.

At the beginning, we are brought back to the most recent Man of Steel movie, where the entire city was destroyed, including Bruce Wayne/ Batman’s corporate building. People then start to believe that Superman is too powerful, and a power like that needs something to keep it at bay (clearly they haven’t figured out the whole kryptonite thing).

But that is where Lex Luther comes in, as he tries to import kryptonite when he learns what it can do to those from Superman’s planet.


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