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The Hidden Figures Within Us All

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Freshman Brandon Travisano reading the book that inspired the movie.

Haley Travisano ’18
EE Staff Writer

“Here at NASA, we all pee the same color!” said Al Harrison, the lead supervisor in the John Glenn launch.

The movie, Hidden Figures, tells the historic story of three African American women who changed the face of NASA in 1961 by creating their own launch, while overcoming racisim and sexism in 127 minutes.

The movie highlights three women: Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), who all worked in the division of Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Katherine was the brain of the group and worked with the calculations of the John Glenn launch. Dorothy was the unofficial supervisor of the African-American women and, lastly, Mary was an aspiring engineer.

Is Television Going Extinct?

Katie Boback ’17
EE Sr. Entertainment Editor

Netflix TVOur generation has everything at our fingertips. Contacts, social media, the internet, and more recently, our entertainment have been very readily accessible. With so many sources of TV shows and movies on the internet, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube Red, just to name a few, it isn’t hard to believe that television viewing among teens has been rapidly declining.

According to the chronicle.com, teen television viewer numbers declined twenty percent from 2011 to 2015. With these numbers, it seems likely that TV will soon become extinct altogether. In fact, even Netflix’s chief executive claims that it will be dead by 2030.

Disney Show Teaches Us All Many Things

Katie Boback ‘17
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

hero_girlmeetsworld_home_875d74fe“Take on the world.”

That is exactly what Girl Meets World has taught us for so long. This TV show may have aired on the Disney Channel, but I can honestly say that it is for all ages, not just kids.

We have been taught so many things on Girl Meets World.

We have learned about gravity. Your loved ones are not going to be around forever, so get to know them while you can. We have learned about Pluto and how it may not be a planet, but that it is always out there. We all have someone out there for us. It may just take a while to find them.

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story: See it!

Ian Calandro-Bitjeman ’18
EE Staff Writerrogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6

Almost a year ago, the Star Wars franchise was officially revived with the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  Director JJ Abrams took it upon himself to start off where the franchise left off, making a hopefully new trilogy with new characters and a new scenario –  but all in the same universe with some familiar faces we all know and love. So it’s no surprise that this movie was a big hit, raking in a whopping 2.8 billion dollars at the box office and  making it one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

Interestingly enough, the movie  doesn’t take place in this new universe created in the previous film, but instead goes back in time to the timeline of the original three movies. Not only that, JJ Abrams isn’t responsible for directing this movie, instead being replaced with Gareth Edwards.

Who’s Gareth Edwards? He’s a British film director, film producer and screenwriter to name a few. He is responsible for some movies such as “Godzilla” (2014) and “Monsters” (2010). These movies are, to say the least, “okay,”  but will “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” follow this trend? Will the movie be a big success for the director? Most importantly, is “Rogue One” a movie worth seeing?

“Fantastic Beasts” Casts its Spell over Hollywood

Katie Boback ‘17
EE  Senior Entertainment Editor

331103id1b_FantasticBeasts_NewtScamandar_Keyart_48x70.inddThis year has been a fantastic one for Harry Potter fans. On July 31, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released, and more recently came the debut of . The movie dives into the adventures of a new character in the Harry Potter world, Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne.

Though everyone’s favorite wizard doesn’t make an appearance in the spin-off, the movie certainly keeps the magic alive. With an action-packed plot line and dazzling special effects, the film is a hit with all Harry Potter fans.

The movie takes place in 1926 New York, certainly a different setting than the original films back in England. But the characteristic setting adds new flavor to the film and gives an interesting window into magical society in the United States.

Inferno: A New Take on the Old Myth

Madeline Nigro ’19
EE Staff Writer

infernoInferno was insanely good. If you enjoyed the book or watched the movie The Davinci Code, you will love Inferno.

Tom Hanks is at it again playing the code-breaking professor Robert Langdon. However, this time, instead of being called to solve a murder mystery dating back to the times of Jesus, Langdon is found in Florence with no memory of the last forty-eight hours.

When he meets medical doctor Sienna Brooks, played by Rogue One’s Felicity Jones, the professor is soon attacked by a woman shooting at him. After Langdon and Brooks escape the hospital, with some difficulty considering Langdon’s injuries due to a bullet wound to the head and a hard fall, the pair find out about Dante’s Inferno. This served as our vision of Hell ever since Dante, who apparently needed massive amounts of therapy, envisioned it.

Did Entertainment Predict Trump’s Victory?

Katie Boback ‘17
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

simpsons-trump-electionBy now you have probably heard about the episode of The Simpsons that supposedly predicted Trump’s Political win sixteen years ago. Word of this apparent foreshadowing has spread quickly through the media because of the striking accuracy of its prediction.

What you might not know, however, is that the writers of The Simpsons might not be the only apparent clairvoyants in the world of entertainment. Allusions to a Trump presidential campaign were also made by a Rage Against the Machine music video and a character in the Back to the Future franchise.

In 2000 the writers of The Simpsons wrote “Bart to the future,” an episode that showed a glimpse of the future lives of the main characters. Lisa was seen as the president elect, inheriting a financial mess from the previous president. This former leader just so happened to be Donald Trump.

The Most Difficult Worldwide Writing Contest

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer

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Photo courtesy of nanowrimo.org

The month of November brings with it an annual widespread competition that you probably haven’t heard of – and it’s called Nanowrimo.

Every year, authors across the globe prepare themselves specifically for this month, where they take on a huge challenge.
The actual name Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, writers attempt to create an entire novel at least 50,000 words in length.

You may ask how this could be possible to do in only one month. You would be surprised to know that some young adult books you can find on the shelves of our Trumbull High School library were written in just the month of November.

This Year in Entertainment

Katie Boback ’17
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

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The beloved Harry Potter series receives a breath of new life.

Now that September has rolled around again, we’re back to the homework, sports, and studying of the school year. Lucky for you, the 2016-17 school year looks like a big one for the entertainment industry, so here’s the condensed preview.

We’ll start with movies. In the next month, keep your eyes open for The Girl on the Train, an adaptation of the acclaimed book by Paula Hawkins. Another book soon to roll onto the big screen is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Written by J.K. Rowling, the newest edition to the world of Harry Potter is in fact, not focused on the beloved protagonist. It follows Newt Scamander in a timeline seventy years before Harry Potter makes his arrival at Hogwarts. More movies based on books soon to debut include: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Looking For Alaska, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

Reality Winners

The winner of Season 10 of the Voice, Alisan Porter. She was on Team Christina Aguilera.

The winner of Season 10 of the Voice, Alisan Porter. She was on Team Christina Aguilera.

Benjamin Vu
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 was a big night for reality competition shows. Both ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and NBC’s The Voice crowned the winners of the show.

The winner of season 10 of The Voice was Alisan Porter. Her coach was Christina Aguilera. This would be the first time that a female judge had ever won the show. In the past, Blake Shelton, Usher, Adam Levine, and Pharrel Williams have all won the show at least once. Shelton and Levine have won multiple times.


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