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Daily arts blog.

November 25, 2014 - 10:58pm

From the Vault: In defense of "Avatar"

BY JACOB RICH

MovieWeb.com

In "From the Vault," Daily Film writers pull out forgotten classics that may have faded from the spotlight but are still as fresh as ever. Here, Jacob Rich argues that James Cameron's polarizing 2009 sci-fi epic "Avatar" deserves to be considered a classic of American cinema.

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November 24, 2014 - 6:15pm

Ubisoft releases latest addition to the "Far Cry" series

BY KIM BATCHELOR

Ubisoft

"Far Cry 4" brings the series' first-person, open world format to the Himalayas with stunning graphics and a fantastic new villain.

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November 23, 2014 - 10:12pm

"Supernatural" RECAP: "Ask Jeeves" sees the Winchester brothers playing Clue

BY KIM BATCHELOR

The CW

Refusing to take itself seriously, “Supernatural” succeeds the musical Episode Five with a parody of the board game Clue.

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November 23, 2014 - 9:51pm

In defense of Spotify

BY MICHAEL FLYNN

Wikimedia.org

In the wake of Taylor Swift's decision to pull her discography off of Spotify, Daily Arts blogger Michael Flynn argues that the streaming service is still a useful tool for musicians.

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November 23, 2014 - 9:46pm

Scratching the Surface: Do we actually want to see "real" sex on TV?

BY JASMINE RUSSELL-YEH

TVWeb.com

In "Scratching the Surface," Daily Arts blogger Jasmine Russell-Yeh discusses the casting and portrayal of characters on modern TV shows. This week, she discusses the backlash against "real" sex as scene on shows like "Girls" and "Breaking Bad."

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November 19, 2014 - 10:06pm

'The Bigger You Are...' Part Two: The Price of Fame

BY DANIELLE RAYKHINSHTEYN

MySpace.com

In “The Bigger You Are…” The Filter blogger Danielle Raykhinshteyn looks into the intricacies of fame and how being in the public eye affects the music artists make. In the first installment, she discusses recent releases by Jason Derulo and Coldplay.

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November 19, 2014 - 10:45am

New Single: Common, "Trouble in the Water"

BY LEJLA BAJGORIC

Def Jam

Usually when a track has this many guest features, it’s almost inevitable that one artist steals the show while another doesn’t even show up at all. But on Common’s latest release, “Trouble in the Water,” Malik Yusef, Kumasi and Common himself all provide equally wavy verses for this environmentally friendly tune, which also features vocals by Aaron Fresh, Choklate and Laci Kay.

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November 18, 2014 - 7:51pm

New Single: A$AP Ferg, "Perfume"

BY LEJLA BAJGORIC

A$AP Ferg

“Perfume” is the first single off of A$AP Ferg’s upcoming Gangsta Grillz mixtape Ferg Forever.

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November 14, 2014 - 4:10pm

Ubisoft releases two new "Assassin's Creed" titles

BY KIM BATCHELOR

Ubisoft

"Unity" and "Rogue" add new dimensions to the "Assassin's Creed" universe with changes in setting and the first opportunity to play as a Templar, one of the series' antagonists.

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November 14, 2014 - 4:01pm

'Supernatural' 's 200th episode brings the show's fandom into the spotlight

BY KIM BATCHELOR

The CW

This episode treats the “crazy, fanfiction writing, slash couple shipping” fans with respect as creative members of a community that love the universe “Supernatural” has created, who care about these fictional brothers as much as the two characters care for each other.

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November 13, 2014 - 10:20am

Kamikaze Theater offers unique challenges and rewarding experiences

BY MICHAEL FLYNN

Writing, directing, staging, acting in and memorizing lines for a play in only 24 hours is difficult, not even taking into account the effects of sleep deprivation. But it also offers an incredible opportunity to bond with fellow students, as many challenging experiences do.

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November 13, 2014 - 10:07am

Foo fighters are the most important band in rock, and here's why

BY JAMIE BIRCOLL

MySpace.com

Here are seven Foos tracks to remind you (and them) that they already have all the history they’ll ever need, and to cement them as the most important rock band of this century.

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November 11, 2014 - 8:29pm

"Zoolander:" Commentaries, Critiques and Celebrations

BY ZAK WITUS AND CONRAD FOREMAN

Movieweb.com

Daily Film writers Zak Witus and Conrad Foreman break down some of the more problematic elements of Ben Stiller's 2001 comedy "Zoolander."

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November 11, 2014 - 8:08pm

New Single: T-Pain, "Stoicville"

BY LEJLA BAJGORIC

T-Pain

On "Stoicville," T-Pain's rapping for six minutes straight in an effort more earnest and engaging than your favorite rapper has put forth this year.

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November 10, 2014 - 12:19pm

In Episode Seven, "How to Get Away with Murder" builds toward a stunning finale

BY KAREN HUA

ABC

In "He Deserved to Die," flashbacks fill in the gaps in previous episodes' plotlines as sexual tensions boil over and subplots converge towards the season's end.

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