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"News is the first rough draft of history." - The Voice of the College at Florham

‘Scream Queens’ takes a satirical approach to horror

Staff Writer

I can’t do horror. I mute my TV and hide under a pillow if a commercial for a horror movie makes its way into the lineup. When I first heard about the new fall show “Scream Queens” early last summer, I was a little skeptical about it. At first, I wasn’t sure whether or not to mute my TV and hide when its commercial came on. I decided to sit through the commercial. It didn’t seem that scary and it was filled with iconic stars from my childhood. Continue reading

‘Zoey 101’ mysteries finally revealed after 10 years

Staff Writer

The 90s babies have waited patiently and now the time has finally come. After 10 long years of being left on a cliff-hanger, we can finally find out what Zoey said about Chase in the time-capsule.

On Sept. 18, 2005, Nickelodeon aired the infamous time capsule episode of “Zoey 101.” In this episode, Zoey, played by Jamie Lynn Spears, and her friends are assigned to choose things to bury in a time capsule that would be opened 20 years later. Continue reading

Review: Halsey’s ‘New Americana’ leads a music revolution


It seems that today’s pop radio is filled with electronic beats, auto-tuned voices and cookie-cutter lyrics. A lot of the lyrics in songs have been devoid of meaning, and the lyrics that have meaning are overlooked by listeners.

Halsey is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from New Jersey who has recently made waves throughout pop radio with her song “New Americana.” Continue reading

NBC’s ‘Hannibal’: The meal that ended too soon


In June, NBC cancelled what some would call the most stunning and brilliantly shot show on television. Despite its enriched dialogue and beautiful cinematography, “Hannibal” only lasted three short seasons on network television.

The reason NBC gave for canceling “Hannibal” was due to its low ratings in the Saturday at 10 p.m. time slot. However, looking back at this past season, “Hannibal” trended high every week on Twitter when the episodes aired, and went out with a bang with its season finale being number one in the Nielsen’s Twitter TV Ratings, trending until the next day. Continue reading

Opinion: Student analyzes lack of diversity at the Oscars

Staff Writer

By the time this article is printed, two white actors and two white actresses will have won Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
The Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Feb. 22, was expected to be one of the most entertaining nights on television.

It also had the distinction of being the whitest Oscars since 1998. For the first time since that year, the four acting categories were occupied solely by white actors and actresses. Continue reading

Opinion: Stop killing off characters for shock value


I have noticed a trend in more than one of my shows in which the writers continuously kill off characters for no discernible reason other than the shock value it provides. Rather than delving into a character’s development or creating a plot line that is complex enough to interest viewers, far too many writers choose to simply throw away characters with potential. It is lazy writing, plain and simple. Numerous character deaths does not equal an interesting story.

Spoiler alert: If you aren’t caught up on “The Walking Dead,” stop reading. Continue reading

Review: Satisfying first part of final ‘Hunger Games’ films

Entertainment Editor

It seems that one of the newest trends circling around Hollywood is taking the final book of a wildly successful series and stretching it out to multiple films.

“Harry Potter” was the first to have done this.

Considering that that final film made at least over a billion dollars combined, many major film studios have attempted to keep their cash cow flowing for as long as possible (i.e. the “Twilight” saga and the upcoming finale to the “Divergent” series).

This brings us to today’s topic, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Continue reading

Aaliyah made-for-TV Lifetime biopic causes controversy

Staff Writer

Lifetime’s recent biopic, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” seems to be the topic of much controversy.

It has been ridiculed on many Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages in the United States, and even those who are not involved in the debate are certainly well aware of it.

The movie attempts to chronicle the life of the iconic R&B artist, Aaliyah, a daunting task, especially since the star’s family refused to cooperate with Lifetime in the making of the movie.

Like every other terrible movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” was not all bad. Lifetime actually portrayed certain aspects of her life accurately, not the least of which was the almost perfect costuming. Continue reading

Internet star gets big break with first full-length movie


James Rolfe has always wanted to tell stories. His dreams were realized from the moment the video camera “brought out the beast” in him, as was described in the 2008 documentary about him, “Cinemassacre 200.” This was the art medium through which his storytelling dream would be realized. It swept his youth and continued on to his adulthood.

Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, digital luxuries that we tend to take for granted today were non-existent. Filmmaking was a very tedious process for Rolfe growing up, but that never stopped him. It was his passion. Continue reading