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True Detective episode ‘Night Finds You’ paints a grim future for the season

Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 2, episode 2 of True Detective In last week’s review of True Detective, I commented that the show’s second season was setting its eyes on a more ambitious narrative than the first season. The first episode established an elaborate array of personalities, plotlines and …

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True Detective's second season is full of secrets.
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Review: True Detective builds a new woeful world in ‘The Western Book of the Dead’

When HBO’s True Detective emerged onto the scene back in early 2014, it was an immediate cultural phenomenon and a premium quality show steeped in American philosophy, folklore, and subtle atmosphere. It burned fast and bright and left a distinct impression on all those who witnessed it. Now, more than …

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Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt investigate giant hamster balls in Jurassic World.
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‘Jurassic World’ review: Finally, a sequel worthy of the original ‘Jurassic Park’

The sequel to the 1993 masterpiece is bigger, badder and more dangerous than its two predecessors. At long last, Jurassic Park has a sequel we can get behind.

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Add these popular books to your summer reading list and looking out for their upcoming film adaptations. (Creative Commons Archive)
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5 books to read this summer before they hit the silver screen

Few things are more fun than reading a good book and then watching the film adaptation. These five books will be made into movies within the next year.

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Sense8 – “Limbic Resonance” Review

Netflix has been on a stampede in the past year, going over the top with original content for just about every variety of viewer. Enjoy modern absurdist comedy? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt is a fun time. Fan of superhero drama? Marvel’s Daredevil can’t be beat. But what if you’re particular to dropping heavy …

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Theresa Caputo’s live show comes to Eugene on June 5

Caputo lives a normal life — with one small exception: She can communicate with the dead.

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'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' a rather bizarre 1968 film about a trip on a magic car to a land called Vulgaria, is an example of one of the classic movie musicals Netflix recently added. (Poster courtesy of Netflix)
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A Netflix guide for the musical lover

It’s hard to love musicals in college. Seriously. Even for die-hard Broadway fans, the campus schedule and lifestyle can set up a lot of barriers between you and your show tunes. Live shows are out of the question. Prices for a plane ticket to New York City are outrageous. Even …

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Oregon's Just Food will be hosting a free screening and informal discussion of “FED UP.” (Poster courtesy of Atlas Films)
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Are you “FED UP” yet? After Thursday’s screening, you might just be

On May 28, Just Food – University of Oregon in the Mills International Center, the UO Student Sustainability Coalition, Holden Center, and Cultural Forum will be hosting a free screening and informal discussion of “FED UP.” The latest buzzed-about documentary takes “filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric on a …

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Betty Draper of Mad Men is most often in full skirts with a matching blouse and a silk scarf as her major accessory- definitely a Grace Kelly look. (Courtesy of AMC)
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Fashion inspiration from the shows we love

New York City sets the scene for some of our favorite TV shows, showcasing the lives of trend-setting characters acting as trailblazers in the fashion world.

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George Clooney stares deep into the sky, away from the convoluted mess of "Tomorrowland".
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Review : ‘Tomorrowland’ — a nostalgic adventure that falls infuriatingly flat

What happened to our dreams for the future? In the post-war generation, all the way into the ’70s — our vision was always colored in bright skies, sleekly designed and endlessly prosperous. It was the product of hope. Now, our view is colored by despair. We envision worlds of dust, …

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NBS Film Festival gives students opportunity to shine

The University of Oregon’s National Broadcasting Society will host a film festival on Wednesday, May 27, in Esslinger 105. The festival will showcase a wide array of videos, ranging from more serious hard news segments to vivacious music videos. All submissions are required to have been created during the students’ college careers, …

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This week, David Letterman said his final goodbye to 'The Late Show with David Letterman.' (Creative Commons Archive)
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David Letterman’s final goodbye

After 33 years on air, the final episode of the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ aired Wednesday night.

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David Weddle, an accomplished writer and producer, will present a talk on writing fiction for the TV format on May 20 at  6 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Writer for ‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘Star Trek’ and more heads to Knight Library

Television writer and producer David Wettle is coming to the University of Oregon. He will be giving a talk Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Knight Library.

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Taylor Swift swept the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17, picking up eight awards. (Creative Commons Archive)
Film & TVMusic

Billboard Music Awards recap: Swift sweeps as other memorable performances fill in the blank space

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards live from Las Vegas hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigan brought together all the popular artists of this year for one night of awards and music. Performances from Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons and a duet from Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea were just a few on the list of performances for the night.

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"The film shined a light on acapella culture, both what makes it great and its grating earnestness. The closing musical number still gets decent rotation in my Spotify cue." (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)
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Berg: Losing Parody – Pitch Perfect 2, and the challenge of staying satirical.

Back in 2013, a movie hit cinema screens that took me by surprise. By the logline, Pitch Perfect would be the last thing you’d expect me to enjoy — it’s a girl-power fueled musical, filled with A Capella numbers and a classic romantic ending. Yet the original Pitch Perfect is also dense with satire. …

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Review: George Miller’s latest is action-packed and wonderfully offbeat

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a massively sized, decadently violent auteur picture that, amazingly enough, manages to put a fresh spin on the played out dystopia genre.

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The 2015 Black Maria Film Festival delights and enlightens Eugene movie-goers for a 6th time

Film festivals are always a treat, even more so when they’re right in your backyard. University of Oregon’s renowned Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art proudly hosted, for the sixth time, the 34th Annual Black Maria Film Festival on May 13, presenting nine diverse short films. The unique name of the festival …

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Jurassic World, coming to theaters  June 12, will be one of the many film sequels or adaptations released in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures media)
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Schucht: Why isn’t anything original anymore?

Summer is approaching and so are the summer block busters. The upcoming movies closely mirror already made movies and on going sequels. Is Hollywood playing it too safe with book to movie adaptions or unoriginal films?

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The 34th annual Black Maria Film Festival is coming to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

On May 13 the Black Maria Film Festival will return for the 34th year and the sixth time held at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. This festival is shown all over the United States and focuses towards universities and comprised of juried picked independent films.

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Under The Dome broke your heart? Perhaps Wayward Pines can teach you to love again. (Photo courtesy of Wayward Pines)
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Wayward Pines Review – ‘Where Paradise Is Home’

As the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Therefore, it’s hard to express how much shame I felt as I watched the pilot episode of Wayward Pines. I’ve been burned on shows like this before. FOX’s summer series has all the hallmarks …

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Mad Max: Fury Road promises super-loaded cars racing through a dystopian outback, which includes elements like scavengers mutated from the chaos riding atop vehicles speeding through the desert. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
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‘Mad Max’, ‘Star Wars’ lead Hollywood resurgence of practical effects

Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters this Friday but changes the game with using less CG and all real stunts. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is following suit by using practical sets and a smaller amount of computer generated effects.

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Each year, Cinema Pacific Film Festival focuses on the culture of a different country that borders the Pacific Ocean. (Illustration courtesy of Cinema Pacific Film Festival)
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Cinema Pacific Film Festival comes to a close

This past week, students and film buffs alike gathered in Eugene for the sixth annual Cinema Pacific Film Festival, put on by the University of Oregon. The festival spanned from April 27 to May 3, and featured a variety of Filipino films. Each year, the festival focuses on the culture of …

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck provides intimate look at rocker’s tortured life

Two years before his death, Kurt Cobain was pushed onstage at the 1992 Reading Festival, hunched over in a wheelchair, wearing a white hospital gown, a long blond wig and a look of frailty. After feebly attempting to sing to the masses gathered, he collapsed spread eagle on the stage, …

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Avengers Age of Ultron Review
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Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron is concentrated superhero film bliss

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron holds a long list of characters old and new with the right amount of action to keep you entertained.

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The Hunting Ground uses testimonies and interviews from many individuals, but it centered on two women who started the movement of filing Title IX complaints to change how universities react to campus sexual assaults.  (Screen grab courtesy of The Hunting Ground)
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‘The Hunting Ground’ screening attracts large campus audience

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team hosted a screening of The Hunting Ground on Thursday night in the Global Scholars Hall and the turn-out was unbelievable. Minutes before the screening started, a line filled the back of the room with individuals who were unable …

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Bringing home both the Audience Award and the Jury Award (a total cash prize of $600) was the surreal film 'Clark' produced by filmmakers Jacob Salzberg, Joe Glasgow and Michael McGovern. (Screen grab courtesy of Jacob Salzberg)
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Adrenaline Film Project showcases local cinematic talent, announces 2015 winners

The Adrenaline Film Project is an annual competition in which university students and other local filmmakers write, shoot and edit a five-minute film in just 72 hours.

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Review: ‘The Age of Adaline’ — Blake Lively sheds her ‘Gossip Girl’ image with flying colors

We’re used to romance films incorporating comedy, science fiction or history, but it’s not too often we see all of these in one well-written story — The Age of Adaline, however, doesn’t disappoint. Director Lee Toland Krieger, who also directed The Vicious Kind (2009) and Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012), has done it …

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Berg: How and why Marvel found success in complex storytelling

In a world where complex TV dramas has thrived, Marvel has found success by incorporating multiple storylines in their movies.

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Bored To Death features Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zack Galifanakis in a shocking series that is a boldly unique comedy. (Courtesy of HBO)
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Use Your HBO Account For Something Other Than Game Of Thrones

With the new season of Game of Thrones going in full force, it’s likely that you or a close friend has put down the $15 a month necessary for HBO just to keep up with the latest happenings in Westeros. But while you’re investing that hard-earned cash, why not check out …

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