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Blue Hawk Records Auditions for Fall Release

The fall semester is off to a quick start with the Music Industry II class jumping right into their 11th compilation album.    

A lot of new faces and amazing talent came to Woods theatre on the night of Sept. 20 last week to showcase what musical assets they bring to the table.

The music students are able to get hands on experience with this record label imitation class; each has their own role including A&R, street team, set up, live, publicity and so on.

Once artists are chosen, studio time will be scheduled for our talented musicians.

Followed by this action, the process of promotion, news articles and pop-up shows are all exciting pieces to the puzzle to come together.

The final album release concert will be held sometime in December with a venue still in the works.

Auditions were open to all Monmouth University students of all grade levels and majors for the album.

Excited, anxious, and extremely talented acts practiced in the lobby of Woods Theatre while the auditioners filled a classroom at max capacty in the music school.

Music ranged from soft rock, to acoustic, to funk-rock, to alternative and many more genres that students made their own.

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The Return of Horror Movie "IT" Was Scarily Worth IT

Horror Movie IT Worth It 1“I want to run towards something, not away,” says one of our fearless young protagonists, Beverly “Bev” Marsh (Sophia Lillis). And like the seven children at the center of this film, I would encourage all moviegoers to run toward the scares in this newest adaptation of Stephen King’s wildly popular 1986 novel It.

While not completely terrifying, the film still has enough creepiness and visual frights to make it rise above typical horror fare.

Much like the original novel, the story follows the adventures of The Losers’ Club, seven preteens who are all plagued by strange, frightening encounters with Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård). After the mysterious disappearance of his younger brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott), the determined leader of the club, Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) and his friends try to discover the truth behind the multiple murders of children in their small town of Derry, Maine.

For those who followed the behind the scenes struggles of bringing this film to fruition, one might be surprised to see how well executed it is. The film, which has gone on to gross over $180 million dollars and become the highest-grossing horror film of all time in less than two weeks, was plagued with director and production issues in it’s beginning. Original announced to be adapted by David Kajganich (A Bigger Splash) in 2009, then going on to be directed by Cary Fukunaga, from “True Detective” and written by Fukunaga and Chase Palmer in 2012, the film settled on eventual director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and writer Gary Dauberman (Annabelle) after Fukunaga and Palmer left due to creative differences with the studio.

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The Latest "Kingsman" is Far From Golden

Starring in order of most screen time: Taron Egerton, Elton John, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal

A drug lord (Moore) and her network of henchmen launch a missile attack on the Kingsman. With most of their agents dead, Eggsy (Egerton) and Merlin (Strong) team up with the American secret agency, the Statesman, to take down the drug lord.

Remember everything you loved about the first Kingsman? The strong story, unforgettable action sequences, and stellar cast? Now take all of that, throw it in a ditch, and set it on fire. This new installment of Kingsman involves an incredibly ridiculous plot, laughable moments of absurdity, actors phoning it in, hardly any action, and Elton John’s feathered costume.

The plot is overcomplicated and makes no sense for a Kingsman feature. At first it focuses on one rejected agent of Kingsman out to get his revenge on the organization. Simple enough, for the first few minutes. Straightforwardness comes out of the equation when discovered that this rejected agent is a member of the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is the drug lord’s network of henchmen who decide to launch a missile attack on the Kingsman of England, even though it feels like the biggest target of their operation is the United States. From here, everything goes off the wall, and it is only fifteen minutes into the two and a half hour mind numbing procedure. Characters scurry around the entire globe with hardly any objective, while the plot is being spoon-fed through Fox News reports. The drug lord attempts to explain what is happening, but even she does not make sense because her motives are unclear. It attempts to have an intricate plot, and while doing so, has the nerve to deliver a political message.

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Can He Get A Drum Roll, Please?

Sitting Down With Billy Nally, Drummer of Upcoming Alternative Band, the Wrecks

Can He Get A Drum RollIf you have yet to hear of The Wrecks—an alternative band that took the music industry by storm—I suggest you pull up your Spotify app and take a listen. Without a doubt, you will “wreck” your repeat button.

The Wrecks’ sound is unique, yet familiar in a sense. The band is oftentimes compared to distinguished alternative bands like Cage The Elephant, The Black Keys, and The Arctic Monkeys.

The band consists of 5 members: Nick Anderson (vocals), Aaron Kelley (bass), Nick Schmidt (guitar), Weston Weiss (guitar) and and Billy Nally, (drums).

Luckily, Billy was able to find time between sound checks and a 3 hour time difference to give us an inside look at his life.

William “Billy” Nally, 20, the drummer for The Wrecks, was just a small-town guy with Hollywood sized dreams. He grew up in Lacey Township, which is just 45 minutes away from our own Monmouth University.

After posting a few videos on YouTube in high school and sending them around to agents and managers, he began to realize the talent he truly possessed behind that drum set—and so did professionals in the industry. This realization quickly turned into action.

At the brink of just 18 years old, Billy decided it was time to make his passion into a career and move to the heart and soul of music: Los Angeles.

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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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