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Seth Meyers Launches New “Late Night”

On Monday, Feb 24, a new era of nighttime television began as Seth Meyers officially took over for popular comedian Jimmy Fallon as host of “Late Night” on NBC.

Many critics have been wondering for weeks now whether or not Meyers, best known for his 13-year stint on “Saturday Night Live” and eight-year run as co-host of the show’s famous “Weekend Update” segment, will be a sufficient follow-up to the beloved Fallon, who has been bumped up to “The Tonight Show” after Jay Leno’s departure. Despite Meyers’ deep and impressive comedic experience, critics worry that his unique style of delivery and sense of humor will be unappealing to young adults—who happen to be the target audience. However, Meyers silenced the doubters after his first episode pulled in 3.417 million viewers overall, a rather impressive feat for his first attempt as host.

Meyers opened his show with a monologue (typical of late night shows) and those who were fans of Meyers as co-host of “Weekend Update” will enjoy this bit. As expected, he joked about current events such as the Winter Olympics and Canadian politician Rob Ford.

However, there was a striking similarity between the styles and deliveries of each joke in Meyers’ monologue and his one-liners from his days as a “Weekend Update” anchor. For fans, this might not pose an issue at all, but for others, Meyers’ delivery might make his monologue seem contrived and less “conversational” when compared to other late-night hosts’ openers. Sophomore Amanda Glatz agreed with the latter, saying that Meyers, “should start branching away from the Weekend Update-style of line delivery” if he wants to have late-night success. Despite this, Meyers sets a nice, simple tone for the rest of his show.

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The “Corpse” in Pollak Theatre

Director Ben Popik brought his bizarre comedy film “The Exquisite Corpse Project” to Pollak Theatre last Thursday as part of the University’s ongoing series “On Screen, In Person,” where he screened the film and answered questions.

Popik was formally a member of the New York-based sketch comedy troupe Olde English, which he conceived back in 2002. The troupe is best known for their 2006 viral video “Ben Takes a Picture of Himself Every Day,” which stars Popik and currently has nearly 3 million hits on YouTube.

“The Exquisite Corpse Project,” Popik’s first feature film, is a documentary/comedy where five writers are challenged to each write 15 pages of a feature film after only reading the previous five pages of script. The film mainly focuses on the writers themselves in documentary style while also displaying the completed – though disjointed – final product. The film was released in 2012 and has won a number of awards, including Best Documentary and Best Director at the LA New Wave Film Festival.

The name “Exquisite Corpse Project” – according to the film – is derived from a party game wherein multiple people draw a different part of a figure on a folded piece of paper without knowing what the other parts look like.

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“American Idol” Winner Rocks Freehold

“American Idol” season 8 winner is unstoppable. Soulful pop singer, Kris Allen got the start of the weekend going at Encore Events Center in Freehold, NJ this past Friday night, Feb. 21. Allen made hundreds of his fans feel like they were in his living room with his setlist of new and old tunes.

Five years and even a broken arm later, he is still the down to earth guy he was shown to be on the popular reality tv show. Friday night, he even said that he wanted everyone to forget about what they had been going through or what had happened during the week and just enjoy the music for the night.

Allen opened with “Paul Simon.” As a new song, it was a risky but successful move. It got the crowd up and moving and the energy flowing in the room. “Better With You” was next, a popular song from his latest album “Thank You Camillia.” His strumming and vocals were one with perfection.

As the night went on, Allen and his fans continued to have more and more fun. He proved his “sweetheart” reputation when he sang “Happy Birthday” to multiple fans that were in the audience.

Along with his introduction of multiple new songs, Allen made sure he sang popular songs off both of his albums. Included were “Alright With Me,” “Out Alive,” “Monster,” and “Rooftops.” A few songs in, opening artist, Caroline Glaser, from NBC’s “The Voice,” accompanied him on his song “Loves Me Not.” Originally sung with singer-songwriter Meiko, Glaser did the job well and sang a beautiful duet with Allen. Their voices were simply soothing to the ear. Glaser is definitely someone to watch out for.

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Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” Takeover

For the first time in over 40 years, “The Tonight Show” is back in NY. The controversial move came after a succession of line-up changes by NBC, who finally announced last year that Jimmy Fallon would be replacing long-time host Jay Leno in late night television’s most coveted time slot. The “SNL” alumnou, famous for being one of the happiest people in Hollywood, was all smiles during his hugely-anticipated debut on Monday, Feb. 17.

Whether you are a fan of Fallon’s work or not, there is no denying that he is the embodiment of childlike humility. After making his inaugural entrance to tumultuous applause, he delivered many sentiments of gratitude, including a choked-up ode to his daughter Winnie, praise for his loyal band “The Roots,” and even a tongue-in-cheek reference to the previous hosts of the Tonight Show: “Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and Jay Leno.”

Though a case can be made that Fallon overdid his gratitude, his monologue was a classy way to introduce himself to viewers that may not be familiar with his stint on “Late Night.” Despite Fallon’s recent fame, this could be a very likely case; “The Tonight Show” had been hosted by Leno for almost two decades, and its built-in audience isn’t necessarily privy to Fallon’s goofy, impression-heavy sense of humor. If Fallon wanted to rise above the inevitable comparisons to his predecessor, he would have to use his unique comedic style to his advantage.

Fallon’s greatest strength undoubtedly lies in his physical bits, and he’s probably best known for dancing, rapping, and playing games with celebrities. In one of the most memorable moments of the night, Fallon invited Will Smith to take part in a musical montage about the history of hip-hop dance moves. Always one to play up pop culture, Fallon included references to Smith’s “Fresh Prince” days by doing ‘The Carlton,’ and even tried out the move made notorious by Miley Cyrus, the twerk.

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Hawk TV Originals

Check out some of Hawk TV’s original programming this Friday and Saturday


What the Hawk

2:00 am | 11:00 pm

Shadow Showdown

1:35 am | 4:00 pm | 8:00 pm | 11:30 pm

Save Point

3:30 am | 3:30 pm | 10:00 pm

M-Squared

3:54 am | 7:00 am | 9:30 am | 10:30 am | 1:00 pm | 7:00 pm | 10:35 pm |

Good Morning Monmouth

4:30 am | 7:30 am | 10:00 am |

M-Factor

5:00 am | 1:28 pm | 2:00 pm | 9:00 pm

Weather You Heard

6:55 am | 10:55 am |7:55 pm

News

8:00 am | 11:00 am | 6:00 pm |

The Extra Point

8:20 am | 11:29 pm | 6:29 pm

Ace of Hearts

NETFLIX’S “HOUSE OF CARDS” KILLS ON V-DAY RELEASE

Valentine’s Day typically means roses, chocolates, wine, and a romantic comedy that will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling. However, Netflix has given its viewers something much better than the five dollar heart box of chocolates found in the “holiday” isles of CVS, instead we received the return of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his deliciously deceitful ways.

The second installment of the Netflix original series “House of Cards” gave its fans an emotional roller coaster. Throughout the first season, the Underwoods showed their thirst for power through the manipulation of multiple people, all of whom were so easily casted aside in order to move a step ahead.

With Frank’s deceiving plays, he was able to move from House Whip to the Vice Presidency within 13 episodes of the first season. Any fan will realize, while Vice Presidency is achieved, Underwood has not yet accomplished what he has set out to do. Readers forewarned those who wish to continue reading, there are plenty of spoilers ahead.

“Hunt or be hunted,” the famous words spoken by Underwood in his powerful monologue directed to his dedicated viewership, setting the tone and theme of what surely turned into a bloodcurdling second season.

The season began where season one left off, with the Underwood’s returning from their nightly run together. The opening image of misty night run emphasized the unity between the two characters, who are fierce and determined while they run, similar to how they pursue their growing powerful positions in the political scene.

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WICKER WOOS WILSON HALL

A large crowd gathered in Wilson Auditorium for the semester’s first visiting writer, the poet Marcus Wicker, on Feb. 11. Despite the cold and blustery weather, Wicker later remarked that a surprising amount of people had come out for the reading, thanking everyone for braving the elements to show their support. He was invited to campus as part of the African-American history month events taking place throughout campus.

Wicker is a Michigan-born African-American poet, 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship recipient and assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana. His work has appeared in “Poetry,” “Beloit Poetry Journal,” “Ninth Letter” and “Crab Orchard Review.” Much of the work he read was from his debut book, “Maybe the Saddest Thing.”

The event began with a spirited introduction from Michael Waters, professor of English. Describing Wicker’s work as “action painting meets the pop of hip-hop” and his book as one that “crackles with intellectual and sexual electricity,” Waters lauded the visiting writer for his unique blend of audacity, imagery and humor.

Being a younger poet, much of his work was saturated with contemporary references and influenced by jazz and hip-hop. In some cases, this showed through the rhythm of his work, as many poems have an ebb-and-flow cadence that mimicked the break beat style he loves. Others, though were more direct, such as his “Everything I Know About Jazz I Learned from Kenny G.”

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“12 Years a Slave” Deserves 12 Oscars

As one would expect a film based on American History’s ugliest practice to be, “12 Years a Slave” is a gruesome, beguiling and unnerving experience that’s occasionally difficult to watch. What one might not expect, however, is that it’s one of the most artistic, beautiful, and exquisitely crafted films of last year, and it absolutely demands your attention.

Films about slavery have been done before, but few match the poise or the conviction director Steve McQueen utilizes in his gripping take on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir of the same name, bringing the era of slavery to life like never before. But what really makes “12 Years” stand out is it’s dueling, almost conflicting aesthetic blend of beauty and ugliness: One moment you’re taking in breathtaking shots of vast cotton fields and Southern landscapes, the next you’re cringing in your seat at depictions of horrific abuse and racism at its most destructive.

“12 Years” tells the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a free African American living in Saratoga, NY with his wife and two kids in the mid-19th century. An expert violinist, Northup one day encounters two dapper, eccentric entertainment moguls (Scoot McNairy and Taran Killam), who invite him to Washington, D.C. and offer him a job playing violin for two weeks, to which Northup enthusiastically accepts.

Unfortunately, Northup is deceived by these gentlemen, awaking in chains and on his way to Louisiana to be traded into slavery like a piece of livestock. Torn from his loved ones and stripped of any and all human rights, Northup endures backbreaking labor and abuse in the hands of a number of slave owners, from the surprisingly sympathetic to the outright tyrannical, with the hope that one day he may see his family again.

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Best Picture Breakdown

Oscar Special


All across movie theaters in 2013, audiences soared into space, bartered with pirates, flourished on Wall Street and even fell in love (with an operating system, of course). During what was arguably one of the best years for movies in recent memory, both new and old Hollywood talent collaborated to bring emotional, exciting, and entertaining stories to the big screen. The nine stand out films nominated by the Academy will battle it out for the coveted title of Best Picture on Mar. 2. How is the race shaping up? Here’s the breakdown:

Two films have been considered front runners since day one: “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” both of which focus on the triumph of the human spirit, but do so from unique perspectives.

“12 Years” tells the story of a free man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) sold into slavery in a pre-Civil War United States. The harrowing tale explores one of the darkest eras of our history, and has resonated with audiences and critics alike. Helmed by influential director Steve McQueen, the period piece is up for nine Oscars this season, including Best Supporting Actress (where breakout star Lupita Nyong’o is nominated for her stirring turn as a defiant slave) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

In the other corner stands “Gravity,” a technologically advanced piece about two astronauts (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) and their fight for survival in outer space. Perhaps most impressive about Alfonso Cuaron’s thriller is his ability to tell a small story on such a large scale, a feat that will likely earn him the title of Best Director. This film has received nods in many tech categories and will also compete for Best Actress.

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Would Students Deport Bieber?

A “We the People” White House petition on deporting pop star Justin Bieber, 19, received over 240,000 signatures, which surpassed the 100,000 signatures threshold required for an official White House response.

Created on Jan. 23, the petition states, “We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”

The name Bieber is exploding in newspapers, tabloids, blogs, and social media sites across the nation for recently getting hammered with a DUI while drag racing, aggressively resisting arrest, double-teaming a stripper with his buddy, assaulting a limo driver in Toronto, and having his plane held in NJ after allegedly smelling like marijuana. Bieber is sliding head-first down a very slippery slope.

And thus, the petition to deport this mindless musician was born by the ingenious Michigan native Roger Skyrzynski who simply had enough of this blasphemy. Although originally intended to be a joke, this petition is no longer a joking matter.

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MU Celebrates Beatlemania

The University proved that Beatlemania is alive and well on Saturday at a day-long symposium titled, “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles.” The event, which filled Wilson Hall, was sponsored by the University’s Center for Performing Arts, the Department of Music and Theatre Arts and the GRAMMY Museum. Participants listened to discussions, musical performances and some even had their brain activity mapped.

Dr. Stanton Green, Dean of Humanities, introduced the day by giving a little background on his own history with The Beatles. “[The Beatles] came into my life in 1963 when a friend showed up with a mop top and Beatles boots,” Green said. Even when he started college, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band could be heard from dormitory windows and he moved in for the first time.

The day featured a lot of this sort of reminiscing. Of course, the symposium was not just a walk down memory lane. Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum, asked in his Keynote Address, “Why did we, literally, go crazy about them?”

While Santelli noted that the genius of John Lennon and Paul McCartney had a big hand in it, while every other panelist seemed to add reasons to the list.

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