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Well-received Star Wars trailer already generating ticket sales

Where do I begin? The latest trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released earlier this month, and I still get chills every time I watch it.

Since its announcement in 2012, Star Wars fans have been patiently waiting for news about the seventh installment of the series. Slowly, we’ve been given information about returning characters, returning cast members and new characters, but very little regarding the plot itself.

We know that The Force Awakens takes place roughly 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Whether or not such a large time span was planned, it certainly explains why Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are returning to play their original characters— Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo, respectively. Let’s face it: it wouldn’t be a Star Wars movie without these three making an appearance, at the very least.

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Bindi and Hough steal the spotlight

Bindi Irwin, the 17-year-old conservationist and daughter of Steve Irwin, has been doing exceptionally well on Dancing With the Stars. She has been dominating the dance floor week after week, and continues to work the crowd and wow the judges. On Monday night’s Halloween episode, she received another perfect score on her individual dance with her partner Derek Hough. The judges gave her a total of 30 out of 30 points, a perfect score. Dressed as vampires, complete with makeup and fangs, Irwin and Hough gave an incredible performance that put them in the frontrunner position to win the competition.

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The Walking Dead

The extremely popular television show The Walking Dead began its sixth season on October 11.

The show chronicles the life of Rick Grimes and his group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse. At the end of the last season, they traveled north to Alexandria, Virginia, where they have found a larger settlement with a new cast of characters. With Rick and company now in Alexandria, things are going to change drastically.

The show, which has only grown in popularity since it first premiered, is back this season bigger and more graphic than ever before. From the trailer alone it is clear that there are a lot more walkers around and they are moving in a very large group. The increase in walkers will certainly lead to more gory scenes involving the series’ living characters. The gory scenes will include people being eaten alive and being bitten.

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Marianas Trench continues to produce hits

When a band has been in the music business for nearly a decade, it is crucial that they continue their early success momentum. Marianas Trench is a successful Canadian alternative punk band that released their fourth album, Astoria, this past October.

In a similar style to other contemporary bands such as Paramore and Nickelback, Marianas Trench takes a chance on this new record by changing their musical style to a diversified sound.

When Paramore released their self-entitled album in 2013, their fans saw a change from the punk-rock band to a more pop inspired entourage.

The following year, Nickelback released their eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, with heavy metal inflictions and pop-oriented ballads.

Taking a page from the book of some of the best, Marianas Trench strives to do the same with their most recent work.

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Take a risk

“Do something every day that scares you.”

If you’re a living breathing human being, it’s pretty likely that you’ve heard this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt before. There are probably plenty of people who actually do live their life like that. Stepping out of their comfort zone comes so natural to them that it might barely feel like they’re actually afraid of whatever it is they’re doing.

I’m sure a lot of people are inspired by this quote, but how many of us actually live by it? I know I don’t. I know that as interesting as it would be to actually be constantly doing things that you wouldn’t normally do, so why not? This obviously revolves around each individual and their personal comfort zone.

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America's Next Top Model ending after 12 years

After airing for 22 seasons, The CW confirmed on October 14 that America’s Next Top Model will be canceled. The show has been on for 12 years, after its debut in 2003.

According to The Guardian, America’s Next Top Model began on UPN in 2003. Host Tyra Banks has been with the series since its inception.

“America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN, and then the CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz to The Hollywood Reporter.

In 2006, the show changed networks to the CW. This move to the CW made it the channel’s first show.

The reality TV series challenged contestants to become successful models in the hard-to-break-into industry.

America’s Next Top Model gained popularity, quickly becoming an icon; the show averages 1.25 million “same night” viewers in the U.S. alone, reports The Guardian.

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Lamar Odom recovering after drug-related incident

One month. A lot of things can happen in one month. You could start and complete a thesis paper. You could watch several Netflix series. I would tell you the exact number, but I am not a human calculator, people. You could get married in a month, which was exactly what Khloe and Lamar did. Flash-forward 60 months, and a lot of things have changed for this couple.

That’s right I did that math.

Khloe Kardashian, daughter of the infamous defense attorney Robert Kardashian and everyone’s favorite “momager” Kris Jenner, is one of the stars of America’s most popular reality television shows, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Khloe is the edgiest and most aggressive of the Kardashians, making headlines for her crazy behavior and DUI.

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The Martian: out-of-this-world success

I know, another movie about finding Matt Damon. But he’s just so good at getting lost, so there’s really nothing we can do about it.

If you’re like me, you think space is amazing and terrifying at the same time. That being said, The Martian is definitely a movie anyone can enjoy watching. From start to finish it was exciting, moving and eye-opening. I felt the same emotions watching this movie as I did watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. II, which is saying something.

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Hannah Hart perfects the act of cooking and drinking

Welcome back to Provoc’s YouTuber of the Month, where I highlight some of the web’s best personalities. This month’s pick: Hannah Hart; her YouTube Channel: MyHarto, more commonly known as My Drunk Kitchen.

At 28-years-old, Hannah Hart is a YouTube sensation with over 2 million subscribers. Hart became an Internet sensation when she posted a video on YouTube of herself making a grilled cheese sandwich.

If you are not familiar with the Harto community, you’re probably thinking something along the lines of “What’s so great about a grilled cheese sandwich?”

The answer: Hannah made it while drinking wine.

Originally meant to be a funny video for a friend, Butter Yo Sh*t quickly led to the creation of an entire show dedicated to drinking, cooking and sharing life’s biggest lessons.

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One Direction releases new album

Fellow Directioners, anti-Directioners and closet-Directioners, like me, it’s time to rejoice. On October 20, 2015, the chart-topping band released the official music video for their latest single, “Perfect.” This is One Direction’s newly-released third single off of their upcoming album, Made in the A.M. First of all, credit should be given to Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam for quickly adapting to accommodate the loss of former bandmate Zayn Malik after he announced his sudden departure from the group. Judging by this song as well as the rest, they are doing just fine as a four-piece. Although a strong case can be made that “Drag Me Down” is the stronger single, ‘Perfect’ without a doubt trumps cheesy “Infinity” and has a melody that is surprisingly addicting.


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