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AT40 Turns 45: A Look Back at the American Top 40

This Saturday, the United States of America turns 239 years young. What’s a Fourth of July celebration without food, fireworks and a little funky music? Another American institution celebrating its birthday on Independence Day is the American Top 40 radio countdown program. 45 years ago, way back in 1970, legendary DJ Casey Kasem took to… View Article

Thinking of Taking Your Own Unlikely Pilgrimage?

Before taking your own pilgrimage, read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and take some notes. Harold Fry has recently retired and is living in a small village in England with his nagging wife, Maureen. One day, he gets a letter from an old coworker, Queenie, who tells him that she’s dying of cancer. Harold immediately… View Article

Five Things You May Not Have Known about JAWS– on its 37th Birthday!

Even if you’ve never seen this classic 1975 thriller, odds are you’d recognize (and fear) John Williams’ suspenseful Jaws score after the first two notes. DA DUM (DA DUM…DA DUM…DA DUM…etc.). Sound familiar? Often rated as one of the greatest films of all time, Jaws is in a large part so effectively terrifying for what… View Article

Meet the Avengers

The Avengers debuts in theaters this week. Need a refresher before you go? Get an introduction to the characters by watching these films first. Who are the characters in The Avengers? Iron Man (Tony Stark), Captain America (Steve Rodgers), The Hulk (Bruce Banner), Thor (The God of Thunder), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Nick Fury (Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Hawkeye… View Article

Top Oscar Snubs

Well, I guess we have put this past year of movies to bed after the Academy Awards played themselves out. After 17 nominations, Meryl Streep finally got her third Oscar. Even though Streep won the Golden Globe and more recently a BAFTA awards for her performance in The Iron Lady, Viola Davis had started closing the gap… View Article

Plum Ready for “One for the Money”

When I heard that Janet Evanovich’s first Stephanie Plum book, One for the Money, was finally hitting the big screen, I thought, “It’s about time.” Finally, the luckiest (though not the most competent) bounty hunter and her two hunky counterparts will be chasing bad guys, hauling in naked septuagenarians and blowing up cars at a… View Article

Back to School + Ripping Out Textbook Pages

Hey stoods and profs: We’re talking to you today. What up? Has anyone coined the term ‘stoods’ for students? I think I need cred for that. What?! I’m hip! The start of the Spring Semester always seems like a misnomer. First of all, for many, the first day of the “Spring” Semester means donning a… View Article

Meryl Streep as Iron Lady: Oscar-Worthy?

With the release of Iron Lady (limited release tomorrow and wide release January 13), there is already a lot of Oscar buzz surrounding this film. The major question looming is, “Will this movie get Meryl Streep her third Best Actress Oscar– and her first since 1983 for Sophie’s Choice?” In Iron Lady, the 62-year-old Oscar… View Article