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October 29, 2014 - 10:38am

From the Vault: "The Fog of War" brilliantly portrays the moral ambiguities of a life of service

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

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, Brian Burlage discusses former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara's confessional interview in the 2003 documentary "The Fog of War," directed by Errol Morris.

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October 29, 2014 - 10:13am

How to survive your first open mic night

BY MICHAEL FLYNN

Flickr.com

Whether you’re dreaming of being a musician, comedian or slam poet, your first performance will undoubtedly be a nerve-wracking moment. Having some nerves is completely natural when trying something new, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a legitimate fear. It's possible to overcome, though, and here are some tips that may help.

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October 29, 2014 - 10:09am

"Pride" delivers with compellingly complicated characters

BY GAGE PEAVLER

Movieweb.com

Each member of the team fights a personal battle in “Pride," but they come into their own through the experiences they have as a group. By film’s end the cause isn’t the focus, but rather the courage and fire that each character found with the help of his or her comrades. You’ll be invested in their fights, and you’ll leave the theater with some new-found confidence of your own.

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October 28, 2014 - 10:05pm

"Project Runway" ends stellar season with lackluster finale

BY KAREN HUA

Lifetime

Although Season 13 has been a celebration of an incredible group of talent, the finale drags on far too long, making their efforts seem banal, and leaving the losers in low spirits about their futures. As the show waves “auf wiedersehen” to the eliminated contestants, it ends on a bittersweet note of congrats to Sean and an ambiguous cliffhanger of what will become of the other talented designers.

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October 28, 2014 - 9:58pm

The Arts at Michigan: A Beginner's Guide

BY MICHAEL FLYNN

NICHOLAS WILLIAMS/Daily

Looking for a way to get involved with the arts on campus? Whether you're an aspiring writer, musician or actor, there are a number of clubs at the University where you can practice your craft.

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October 28, 2014 - 9:42pm

Drake makes up for air balls, releases three new tracks

BY ALLEN DONNE

Wikipedia.org

Drake dropped three new songs in a care package on the OVO Records Soundcloud account on Saturday after a less-than-impressive display at a warm-up session with the University of Kentucky basketball team.

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October 26, 2014 - 11:38am

"The Affair" RECAP: Shifting perspectives complicate neatly defined characters

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

Showtime

In the pilot of “The Affair,” the dual-narrative demonstrated how often we paint ourselves as the heroes of our version; in this episode, the mechanism reverses to demonstrate how deceiving, even successful, our projected appearances can be.

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October 23, 2014 - 4:05pm

From the Vault: Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" reveals the cynical side of war

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 discusses the bold depiction of dehumanization in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam War film "Full Metal Jacket."

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October 21, 2014 - 12:32am

Pearl Jam kicks out the jams at the Joe Louis Arena

BY MICHAEL FLYNN

Pearl Jam

Vedder and company couldn’t save the Joe Louis Arena from demolition, and will inevitably someday have to face their own demise as a band. But over the course of three hours, Pearl Jam showed an audience that while nothing lasts forever, coming together and celebrating life’s great moments can make it all worth it.

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October 20, 2014 - 7:24pm

Midnight screening showed "The Exorcist" at its most terrifying

BY GAGE PEAVLER

Movieweb.com

The midnight screening of "The Exorcist" at the State Theater on Saturday proved that, despite its age, the classic horror film is still as chilling as ever.

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October 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Five Amazing Places to Read on Campus

BY CAROLYN DARR

Flickr.com

If you're looking for somewhere to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a great book, Carolyn Darr has five suggestions with the perfect blend of peace and beautiful scenery.

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October 20, 2014 - 5:30pm

New Single: Gwen Stefani, "Baby Don't Lie"

BY GIBSON JOHNS

Gwen Stefani

“Baby Don’t Lie” may not end up being a chart-topper for Gwen Stefani, but it sure as hell is a solid comeback single that retains everything it means to be a Gwen Stefani song.

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October 17, 2014 - 3:24pm

From the Vault: "The Silence of the Lambs" a deep exploration of terror itself

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

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, Brian Burlage explores just what makes 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs"and its infamous villain so profoundly terrifying.

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October 17, 2014 - 2:57pm

Fred Tomaselli brings jarring "The Times" exhibit to UMMA

BY KATHLEEN DAVIS

Flickr.com

Tomaselli’s use of unconventional material, mixed with his fearless taste for the controversial, makes him a modern art aficionado’s dream, a perfect example of the beauty that can be created from something that millions of people throw in the trash each day.

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October 15, 2014 - 9:37am

From the Vault: "In the Valley of Elah"

BY JAMIE BIRCOLL

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, Film Editor Jamie Bircoll discusses the gripping 2007 drama "In the Valley of Elah,"starring Tommy Lee Jones and directed by Paul Haggis.

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