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Thursday, November 27, 2014

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ABC

'Scandal' mid-season finale shows an evolving Olivia Pope

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

Season four of “Scandal,” which premiered this September and recently aired its mid-season Winter Finale, brings the show’s core characters to the forefront.

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What we can learn from 'Frances Ha' about friendship

IFC

BY ANDREW MCCLURE

As our clickbait generation bungles through isn't-there-an-app-for-this Xerox printers and boss subservience during our "yo-pro" years, the one thing we must not discard is having good, bulletproof friendships.

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The legacy of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Disney

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” takes viewers to a familiar but indistinct part of their imagination, and like a dream they’ve had throughout their lives without really knowing what it meant or what happened, they wander through the spectral territory in a wash of perplexity and awe.

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Why you should support student art

BY REBECCA GODWIN

This level of variety and abundance of art events wasn’t a one-time coincidence: every weekend there are just as many, sometimes even more, student art events happening. To not take advantage of as many as possible would just be a waste of amazing resources.

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'Mockingjay' doesn't deliver as expected

Lionsgate

BY NOAH COHEN

The credit — and Finnick’s kiss — were the only bullseyes of this movie. This film was dramatic Absolute Zero. It wasn’t completely wrong, but it wasn’t what we came to see.

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Jon Stewart dips his feet in the serious with 'Rosewater'

Open Road Films

BY REBECCA LERNER

Though the product of a comedy legend with some moments of humor, “Rosewater” is a serious film that teaches about the political environment of Iran and press freedom.

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Uber and Spotify announce collaboration

BY RACHEL KERR

Now, when “calling” an Uber through the app, those who pay $10-a-month ($5 if you’re a student) for a premium Spotify account will be able to choose what music will play on the ride.

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'How to Get Away with Murder' mid-season finale showcases skillful execution

ABC

BY KAREN HUA

By preparing all previous episodes in culmination for this moment, they have stunningly brewed curiosity while still withholding valuable information for next time.

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'Super Smash Bros.' for Wii U delivers on hype

Nintendo

BY JACOB RICH

Its newest, biggest release, “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,” is an enormous, painstakingly crafted multiplayer video game, one that deserves a hallowed spot in any collegiate gamer’s library.

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Coke-focused 'Hood Billionaire' lacks creativity

Maybach

BY KENNETH SELANDER

The album is wholly in Ross’s comfort zone – sticking to the same formula he’s been using since day one. Hood Billionaire is the typical high intensity music that brought him his success in hit singles like “Hustlin’.”

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Hip Hop Congress explores all facets of the genre

BY CAROLINE FILIPS

At the intersection of hip hop and social action lies the University’s Hip Hop Congress, a two-fold organization focusing on the sociocultural, political and artistic impacts of hip-hop culture

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ABC

11 seasons later, 'Grey's Anatomy' 's heart is still beating strong

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

The weaker parts of the episode — including the fact that its goal seemed to be to force the break up of every single couple — were compensated for by the last two minutes, which forcefully reminded audiences of what this show was like at its strongest point, and what makes it so addictingly heartbreaking without compromising the integrity of its characters.

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Big Machine

Spotify, streaming and Taylor Swift

BY AMELIA ZAK

Her catalog removal was stunningly abrupt, especially following her achievement of the most successful album release of 2014. Critics found her to be condescending and ignorant. But her reasoning is not completely unsound, nor is Swift alone in her rebellion.

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It could be a problem if you still think museums are boring …

BY GRACE HAMILTON

An appreciation for museums ensures that learning doesn’t stop the second the class period ends, when we graduate college or after we get a job. There is always more to be seen, more histories to be opened up, more piles of rock to stand on.

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Fashion Speaks brings industry alumni to campus

BY KATIE CAMPBELL

On Nov. 18, Rackham Auditorium held the first ever Fashion Speaks panel hosted by campus fashion magazine SHEI and the Michigan Association of Communication Studies (MACS).

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Adam Theisen: We need to hear the next Miles Davis

BY ADAM THEISEN

It’s too bad that the gates to Jazz Appreciation are seemingly padlocked multiple times over, because it’s stifled the genre. The biggest household name that jazz has produced since Miles Davis is Kenny G, an artist who’s probably lampooned more than he’s respected.

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Parlophone

David Guetta's solid new record will make you 'Listen'

BY MELINA GLUSAC

David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii — they all mush together, right? In a world dominated by sharply dressed, white male DJs putting their name on songs sung by other people, it’s hard to set oneself apart.

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RCA

Pitbull struggles to hold his own on 'Globalization'

BY CARLY SNIDER

While Pitbull continues to embody his international character, his foreign flair is not enough to bring him success with Globalization.

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FCKH8

FCKH8 ad misses the mark

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

FCKH8’s video ended up being more of a miss than a hit, but it’s worth having a couple misses — as long as we recognize them as such — if they bring more attention to important issues.

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Universal

Eddie Redmayne talks 'The Theory of Everything'

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

“(Stephen) was given 2 years to live when he was 21 years old, and he describes every moment of each day beyond that as a gift to him,” Redmayne said. “He pulled himself out of a melancholia and has managed to live every second of every minute of his life as fully and as passionately as possible."

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