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Three weeks ago, I wrote briefly about what NBC's fall television lineup will look like ("NBC reveals new pilots, returning programs," May 6). Now the rest of the results are in, as last week signaled the end of the "upfronts," when the networks announce the next season's lineups. After scrutinizing these announcements, it has become clear that some networks have perfected the formula for entertaining television. Others have less game than a 40-year-old virgin.
While I normally use this column as a forum for discussing reality shows or scripted series, a recent phenomenon has demanded my attention this week. Although swine flu might not seem analogous to a hit prime time series, the news coverage of this virus is a creature all its own. The pandemic heard 'round the (girdled) earth, swine flu is just the latest global panic-inducing phenomenon to invade the air waves.
I have to preface this review by saying that I have been biased against CBS for quite a while. I've always viewed CBS as the "60 Minutes," gray-haired and wheelchair-bound network. I know that a surge of programming including "Survivor," "NCIS" and "Two and a Half Men" has infused the network with a more youthful vibe, but until Winter term I wasn't buying it.
NBC became the first network to announce its summer and fall lineup on Monday, starting off a several week period during which networks will announce which shows make the cut, and which are destined for the chopping block.
Writing the style column for PRIDE Week is probably one of the most intimidating tasks that I have faced as a writer. Honestly, where does one begin? How can you even attempt to list all of the great contributions that LGBTQA culture has bestowed upon the fashion industry?
What's worse is that they appear to be right.
Fashion in itself is clearly an art form, with its plethora of shapes, lines, styles and designs. If you've ever doubted this fact, just review many of the couture designs that have graced the red carpet in the past five to 10 years. Yet more so than the traditional process of designing and constructing clothing, what is most amazing to me is observing how traditional art and popular culture inform fashion. What happens when art and culture use fashion as the canvas?
I've often wondered what a television series about Dartmouth students might look like. I suspect that athletes and hippie artists would be depicted in one-dimensional stereotypes, while Dartmouth Outing Club members and politician types might be drawn with more complexity.
NBC's newest show is the urban drama "Southland," which airs on Thursdays at 10 p.m. The show centers around Officer Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie of "The O.C."), a newbie in the LAPD who's trying to fit in despite the upper-class skeletons in his closet.
As I said in last week's column, reality shows have invaded the airwaves because they are easy and inexpensive to produce. It's a shame that these shows -- especially those on cable networks like MTV and VH1 -- feature such cheap and exploitative plotlines. But oh how fun they are to watch.
I'm so ecstatic that the time has finally come for students to shelve their Ugg boots and slide into bold, platform-style wedges. It's still a little too cold for a complete transition, but April and May will revive lifeless Dartmouth winter wardrobes.
As a former die-hard follower of the World Wrestling Federation, I understand the fever and excitement that surrounds a wrestling match. Professional wrestling is an example of our violent sports fantasies becoming a reality. Though the visceral joy of theatrical violence emerges in most any contact sport, extravagant showmanship and an exaggerated sense of self-importance make professional wrestlers real-life caricatures of our muscleman action figures. Yet few films have portrayed the searing contrast between such flashy performances and the bland reality lurking behind the sport as well as Darren Aronofsky's enthralling film "The Wrestler."
Dartmouth students interested in media and entertainment careers now have the opportunity to form connections with Dartmouth alumni currently working in the media profession. The Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association, a shared interest group of over 600 members recognized by the College's Association of Alumni, recently began a new, six-month mentorship program that matches current students and recent graduates with alumni who have experience in a specific field.
Perhaps the most overlooked part of "Revolutionary Road" is the white clapboard colonial house sitting at the end of a quiet, suburban street. Framed by red shutters and surrounded by a lush carpet of green grass, its beautiful exterior barely conceals the turmoil that transpires within its walls -- only a reinforced steel structure could withstand the weight of the grief and disappointment housed there. This building is the setting for the deterioration of a marriage within this moving, melodramatic story.
Having passed over the threshold of youth and entered the beer-soaked beginnings of adulthood, the first years of college hold a special charm and promise. Certain milestones, like heckling the wide-eyed freshmen at the Homecoming bonfire and winning your first pong game, are the Dartmouth equivalent of getting a new car or starting your first job. While these milestones are meant to be captured on celluloid and memorialized in scrapbooks, others are meant to sting in the worst way. Getting picked up by S&S is just one of these rites of passage that packs a punch. It's meant to hurt, it might cost you some pride, but what would the Dartmouth experience be without it?
Trust me, I get it. The Democrats, Republicans and every other organization under the sun drove me to the edge of my politesse. Politics were crammed down my throat every time I set foot in Collis Cafe. I was going to have a conniption if one more person accosted me to ask if I was registered to vote or if I wanted to volunteer. I am, I did -- seriously, now slow your roll. Thankfully, now that the election erection has come to a climax we can sit back and complain about how it really wasn't all that great for us, despite all the hype.
From July 31 until Aug. 18, the NYTW will be in residence, working with Dartmouth students in the theater department's Drama in Performance class.
But for those of us who stood in line until midnight on Wednesday, July 11, the book's release will be a much-welcomed respite from the film franchise. Despite its undoubtedly darker and more ominous tone, choppy character development and over-editing prevent "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" from attaining the polished, fulfilling edge it pursues.
Potter-mania has undeniably dominated the month of July. With the release of the seventh and final book of the series just a week away, the release of the newest Harry Potter film just eleven days prior to the novel was clearly a preemptive strike meant to titillate die-hard fans and keep Potter on the brain.
Both juniors now balance their school commitments with preparations to enter the professional music scene. Known respectively as Young Ivy and JBall, Trabelsi and Ball have both created solo projects and collaborated on original works under the moniker I.V. Both artists say their sounds are influenced by a multitude of artists and genres.