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Volume 89 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Look What Taylor Made Me Do: Swift’s New Single Slithers South

Taylor Swift Single Slithers SouthTaylor Swift, usually known for her soft love songs and pop hits, decided to change her look and sound drastically recently; removing all of her social media mysteriously and releasing her first single from her new album, ominously titled, Reputation.

The single, titled, Look What You Made Me Do, does its best to tell the world that the old Taylor “is dead.”

Swift’s reason for ‘killing herself off’ is even more mysterious, given that her old persona and music style has earned  her great success in the past.

Even more interesting about the new song and music video is her allusion to alleged celebrity feuds with Kanye West and Katy Perry.

West and Taylor have had an awkward relationship to say the least since 2008 when Swift won a Grammy and West publicly told the world on live television that Beyonce deserved the award.

 Since then, West has mentioned Swift’s name in one of his recent songs.

Perry and Swift have also feuded in the past, and grew progressively  worse when Swift’s released her song, Bad Blood, which was rumored to be about cutting ties with the pop artist.  

Swift brought the drama and  her newly found thirst for revenge, letting fans and foes alike know that she has a “list in red underlined, and much like Santa Claus, she’s “checking it once and twice.”

 Swift continues to send her message of settling vendettas in the lyrics, “Maybe I’ll get mine but you’ll always get yours.”

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Don’t Pay a Visit to Aronofsky’s Mother!

Dont Aronofsky MotherStarring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeffier

A woman, called ‘mother’ (Lawrence) and her husband (Bardem), only known as ‘Him’ live a quiet life in a secluded area. One day, their world goes completely off the rails when a stranger (Harris) comes by to stay the night.

That is supposedly the plot.

Director Darren Aronofsky, the visionary behind works such as Black Swan and The Wrestler, gives audiences one of his most ambitious, yet excruciating efforts to date.

 Although the film’s ‘story’ has a profound meaning, it is buried under a string of chaotic sequences, and poor performances.

In its first two minutes, we begin with a burning corpse shedding a tear, then Javier Bardem placing a crystal on a small display, which brings life to a house in ruins.

Right off the bat, it establishes the strange energy felt throughout this huge home and its many occupants.

After the initial strange imagery, everything feels normal for a nice five minutes, until the first stranger arrives on the couple’s porch.

This stranger is the first of many who will raid through the home and cause havoc.

For the first hour, it is entertaining to see how the situation with the one guest escalates to the smaller additions of other guests.

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A Magic Moment with John Stessel

Magic John Stessel 1Do you believe in magic?

John Stessel sure does.

Sitting on the steps of Wilson Hall, John removed the deck of cards from his pocket and began to shuffle.

 It was just last year that John was a student at Monmouth University. He double majored in Business Real Estate and Finance and manifested the spot to graduate first in his class in both majors; but that is not what John is remembered for.

He is known for exactly what he’s doing right now on the stairs of Wilson: Manipulating a deck of cards and mesmerizing whatever crowd happened to walk by.

He has since moved from those steps and climbed to new heights in the direction his dreams.

Nowadays, he can be found in New York City serving as Head Magic Consultant for the renowned magician, Dan White, on his off-broadway show called, “The Magician” at the Nomad Hotel.

John’s job is to oversee all operations of every show.

“The Magician” transcends all statuses with audience members from Kanye West, Kim Kardashian-West, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ivanka Trump, just to name a few that have attended.

Jimmy Fallon is also a huge fan of Dan White’s work; out of the six times he has appeared on The Fallon Show, John has been present for five of them. 

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It’s Called Fashion... Look it Up

Fashion Look It UpIn the famous words of RuPaul,

You better work!

 

New York City, NY-  Welcome to New York City Fashion Week 2017.

The famous, star-studded, and highly anticipated seven day long event started Sept. 7 and is ending on Sept. 14, this year.

Fashion Week may seem like a recent phenomenon, what with the multitude of stories and tweets about what celebrity is wearing who, but, the history behind it is pretty substantial, as a matter of fact.

According to Teen Vogue, the first official Fashion Week began as “Press Week” in 1943 at the height of World War II.

The American fashion media couldn’t get over to Paris—you know, the heart of fashion—to see the next season’s collections.

What was our solution, you ask?

Show the world what New York City does best: make something bigger than what was originally intended.

Happening only semi-annually--once in September and again in February--Fashion Week is a hyped up event that sparks excitement for those who want to know the latest trends and surely, a humbling and fascinating experience.

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Eric & Jessie Return to T.V.

Eric Jessie Return To TV 1They’re back! 

Four years ago, when the first episode of the E! original series, Eric & Jessie: Game On hit TV screens, viewers fell in love with the power couple that made them believe in real life fairy tales.

 Professional football player, Eric Decker and country singer-songwriter, Jessie James Decker have allowed fans to have a glimpse into their PDA filled relationship and seemingly perfect life.

This past Wednesday, fans were welcomed into back into the world of the Deckers for a new chapter in their lives, parenthood.

“I was so excited for Eric & Jessie to come back on TV! When I called Comcast to set up our cable this year, I actually told the person I was speaking to that it had to be set up before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6 so I could watch it,” said Taylor Klemm, a senior psychology major. 

Season three will follow the busy couple as they juggle their successful careers while raising their two children. Three-year-old Vivianne and 23-month-old Eric Jr., also known as Bubby are shaping their parent’s return to television to be a bit more censored and child-friendly when compared to previous seasons of the reality television show.

In fact, the couple’s hiatus from the E! network was due to the fact that they did not want their infant children in the public eye, and in my opinion that is indicative of the central theme of the show, which is the Decker family values. 

The opening scene of the premiere alluded to traditional values and the nuclear family in the modern age. Within the first five minutes of the show, the Deckers thanked God for their sloppy joe sandwiches and loving family. The proud parents then formally introduced their children and fans were finally given the sweet explanation as to why Eric Jr.’s nickname is Bubby. Supposedly, when Vivi was first introduced to her baby brother she referred to him as Bubby, and the nickname stuck. While baby Eric is described as a real guy’s guy, which is expected since his father is a professional athlete, Vivianne is described as a mirror image of her mother when she was a child. 

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Mayweather, McGregor Face off in ePIC Boxing match

Mayweather McGregor MatchIn a bizarre breach of reality, Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) lightweight champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor crossed over to boxing to fight undefeated legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

Mayweather, 49-0, hadn’t fought in over 2 years, and was seeking his 50th win, thus holding the most prestigious boxing record of all time. On the other hand, McGregor, 0-0, was stepping into the boxing ring for the first time in his athletic career.

Although many feared that the preflight interviews would be far more entertaining than the fight itself, many critics were pleasantly surprised.

In the first round, McGregor quickly displayed that he was a formidable opponent, out-landing Mayweather, even surprising him with a counter uppercut.

For the next two rounds, the neophyte continued to Outland the veteran and shock the combat community.

However, midway through the fourth round, there was a stark momentum shift. McGregor, who had never boxed before, began feeling the ill-effects of a 12 round boxing match.

As he began to tire, the savvy and experienced Mayweather initiated his own game plan.

Mayweather sought to let McGregor unload in the early rounds, only to dial up his offense in the latter portions of the fight.

With each round that passed, McGregor and Mayweather engaged in a war of attrition, and it was clear that McGregor’s cardio would fail him in due time.

At the start of the tenth round, McGregor had taken too many unanswered shots, and the referee intervened to stop the fight.

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Girls Just Wanna Have The Chance To Write

Troubling statistics reveal that female representation in entertainment journalism is slim, but this has not discouraged the female journalists of tomorrow.

A 2016 study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film at San Diego State University found that in the field of film criticism, 74 percent of those employed at major outlets were men, and just 26 percent were women. Even in the general field of media criticism, male reviewers outnumber women at 80 percent to 20 percent.

These numbers have not been improving either. A previous study conducted by the same researcher, Martha M. Lauzen, in 2013, had found that 78 percent of the top media critics were male, in comparison to the 22 percent who were female.

Associate Editor at Film Journal International and freelance entertainment writer Rebecca Pahle agrees that most critics and entertainment journalists are men, and that this fact is inarguable.

“This is a very networking-heavy industry,” said Pahle. “And guys tend to hire other guys. Often it’s unconscious: you hire from the pool of people you know.”

Yet, one might be surprised to find that young female writers not only have enthusiasm for their futures, but also are not discouraged by these findings.

Allison Perrine, a recent Monmouth University graduate and former Entertainment Editor for The Outlook, exudes confidence not only in her writing ability, but also in her opinion about the future of entertainment journalism.

“I don’t feel discouraged,” said Perrine. “If I did find myself in an office with more male employees, I would remind myself that I landed that position for a reason. Women are just as capable of doing the job as men are.”

For Monmouth graduate Victoria Nelli, who wrote television recaps and reviews for The Outlook during her time at Monmouth, the love of entertainment writing seems to eclipse any potential fears.

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