Forget about the light-hearted Christopher Reeve Superman movies. Forget about the ‘90s romance series, “Lois & Clark.” This summer’s “Man of Steel” reinvents the great American superhero in an exciting way. Henry Cavill stars in a darker, more serious imagining of the Superman story. Zack Snyder, of “Watchmen” and “300” fame, directs the film with “The Dark Knight’s” Christopher Nolan writing and producing. Nolan’s involvement has even led to rumors of an eventual team up of Batman and Superman in a Justice League film.
“World War Z” (June 21) – The entire world is watching “The Walking Dead.” So clearly the next step for zombies is to go global. Brad Pitt produces and stars in the film adaptation of Max Brook’s novel of the same name. This is a loose adaptation though, only using the basic premise of the book and not the exact story. In the film, Pitt’s character travels the world in an attempt to stop the massive undead pandemic that is crushing armies and overwhelming governments. Early screenings are generating a large amount of positive buzz from reviewers.
“Monsters University” (June 21)
Lovable monsters Mike and Sully will be returning to the big screen this summer. This is not a sequel though, but rather a prequel showing the characters in a college setting that KSU students know only too well. The story follows Mike and Sully’s first meeting as well as the competition they give each other in the Monsters University’s scare program.
“Pacific Rim” (July 12)
Guillermo del Toro makes his mark on the giant monster genre that Godzilla and King Kong invented with “Pacific Rim.” In the film, massive robots known as Jaegers have been built to combat giant monsters rising from beneath the Pacific Ocean. It is a basic, seemingly unoriginal idea, but del Toro is well respected and will likely bring something new to the table with this film.
“The Wolverine” (July 26)
Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine in this sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” It follows a classic X-Men storyline in which Wolverine rids himself of his immortality and faces vulnerability for the first time in his life. There have been so many X-Men films at this point that it might be confusing just where this movie takes place in the timeline. This Wolverine solo film is actually the furthest along in the chronology of the series.
Starting Fourth of July weekend, Atlantans will be able to get a sky-high view of the city on a giant Ferris wheel. The wheel, formally known as SkyView Atlanta, stands at nearly 20 stories high and provides a 17-mile view of the city. Located directly next to Centennial Olympic Park, SkyView will be placed in what is currently a parking lot for the Tabernacle concert hall.
This is not the first outing for the 180-foot wheel. It has been shopped around various cities before finally settling on downtown Atlanta. Starting in Paris, the wheel has moved to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Pensacola, Fla., providing stunning views of those cities. The wheel will now set up shop in Atlanta in a move that required absolutely no public funding from taxes. This is partially due to the wheel being located on private property.
Much like London’s Eye Ferris wheel, the wheel’s gondolas are enclosed and air-conditioned. The gondolas can hold six riders and will go around four times over the course of 15 minutes. The wheel consists of 42 separate gondolas, some of which are VIP, featuring a glass floor and leather seats. Each ride will cost $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.
The attraction will certainly bring more tourism to the city by providing fantastic views of the nearby World of Coca- cola, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and Philips Arena. Many believe there is not much to do in our home state, but the fairly cheap prices for this privately funded attraction should soon change that opinion. Opening July 2, the rides will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Opening ticket reservations can be made soon on www.skyviewatlanta.com.
HBO’s original series “Game of Thrones,” based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, recently concluded its third season with events that shocked its massive viewership. The season’s penultimate episode ended on a brutal note, killing off a few key characters in a startling massacre. The series is known for not holding back when it comes to showing that even the heroes are vulnerable, and this season’s reminder of that has garnered it a large amount of media attention.
Outlets such as “The Today Show,”“The View” and “CBS News” discussed this violent event and how it has divided the viewer base. One the one hand, there are those who are praising the series for its willingness to go against the undying trope of the good guys always winning. On the other hand, some fans are upset and have lost interest in following a show that continually kills characters they have become attached to. Upset fans have taken to HBO’s website to complain.
“I have never seen anything as vile, disheartening, hurtful and revelous [sic] in the bloodshed of heroes as this episode,” one viewer wrote.
Both sides have valid arguments, but the words of series creator David Benioff put it best.
“You go watch a Spiderman movie and there might be thrilling fights, but you know Spiderman is going to be there at the end. So there’s not that much suspense,” Benioff said. “But here, just as in real life, sometimes the best of us don’t make it to the end.”
The show is progressively moving drama forward by admitting that sometimes the villains do come out on top.
The series is also very well known for blurring the lines between what makes a character good or bad. One major character, Jamie Lannister, did horrible things to characters in the first season and was believed to be the series villain. Surprisingly though, he has built up a fair amount of sympathy
from the fan base through multiple surprising choices this season. There are some characters that undoubtedly have dark intentions but expect even them to show a hint of goodness at times.
Series author George R.R. Martin points out his realistic basis for the story in an interview with USA Today.
“We don’t tend to have wars where one side is really ugly and wears dark clothing, where the other side wears white and has glowing magical swords,” Martin said. The ambiguity of the characters is simply a reflection of the complexity of real life.
Due to the aforementioned massacre that concluded the second to last episode of the season, the media have also called attention to the violence of the show. One can either view it as another reflection of the show’s realism or a shocking attempt to raise ratings and attention for the series. But the truth is simply that the creators are just adhering to the content of Martin’s novels. The heartbreak, realistic violence and moral ambiguity in the books are all reasons the creators want this show to exist. “Game of Thrones” will return for its highly anticipated fourth season in early 2014.
Coming hot on the heels of 2011’s Oscar-nominated “Bridesmaids” is director Paul Feig’s next film, “The Heat.”
Alongside leading actresses Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, the crime comedy features the improv duo of Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo. The two play family members of Melissa McCarthy’s character, Detective Shannon Mullins. Their characters, Gina and Beth Mullins, are loudmouthed jerks from Boston that do not get along well with the leading ladies of the film.
Jessica and Jamie recently paid visit to Atlanta as Gina and Beth to discuss what it was like being in the film. They were quick to point out that Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy got the opportunity to be in a film with Gina and Beth; not the other way around.
“I was excited for them because they don’t get to meet awesome people like us,” Gina said. “We’re regular people, except better looking, more famous and less important.”
Gina and Beth developed a strong relationship with Bullock and McCarthy while filming, and they will surely be working together in the future. Beth said she would be surprised if they go anywhere without them.
“They do these joke restraining orders against us. Like: ‘we worked with those girls, but we don’t want to see them anymore.’We’re such friends now, ” Beth said.
The ladies were a perfect fit for a film with such heavy profanity. When asked if it was challenging working with McCarthy’s foul-mouthed character, Gina pointed out that it was the exact opposite of a challenge.
“My first baby word was the F-word and the same for all my kids. Now, if everyone on the film had been speaking Puerto Rican, I would have been like: ‘I don’t understand, ’” Gina said.
“The Heat” is the first film Gina and Beth have done, so seeing themselves on the silver screen was a surreal experience for the two.
“I was just waiting for me and Beth to come on, and when we did, I was living in the reflective glow that we were even in the movie,” Gina said.
Gina and Beth were brought on to the project because of all the excellent work they have done playing “themselves” in the past. From “The Real Housewives of South Boston” to Funny or Die’s “MA Men,” Gina and Beth are no strangers to playing obnoxious Bostonian women. Director Paul Feig found these two to be the perfect fit for the role.
“He wanted people from Boston and had seen our videos. He was like: ‘Those idiots can do it,’ and we were like: ‘We are those idiots,’” Beth said.
“The Heat” will be an excellent and unique addition to the buddy cop comedy genre. Gina and Beth’s snarky attitudes play well off of Bullock and McCarthy’s characters throughout.
“I don’t really know too much about the story or what happens, but I’m pretty sure that it was an awesome film,” Gina said.
Nearly 12 years ago, Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. was released as a revolution in animation and storytelling. Many KSU students cherish this film as an animated masterpiece of their generation and will be thrilled to know that it is getting an appropriate prequel this summer.
Monsters University, which will hit theaters June 21, will be the perfect mix of nostalgia and relevance for those at the ripe college ages of 18-20.
Director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae got together to provide all the juicy details on what went into crafting the prequel. Fans of the original film, as well as Scanlon and Rae, absolutely loved the relationship between the main characters, Mike Wazowski and Sulley.
Scanlon and Rae wanted to show how that relationship started and grew into what we saw and loved in Monsters, Inc. The college setting seemed like the best way to showcase their friendship.
“We knew that we wanted the characters to be somewhat familiar. If we went back to Monsters Elementary, we didn’t feel like that would be the Mike and Sulley that we remember and love,” Scanlon said.
Scanlon also pointed out that he liked the university setting because it gave the opportunity to show the difficulty of transitioning into a completely different world with brand new people.
The film takes place 10 years prior to the events of Monsters, Inc., so the art department at Pixar had the tricky job of making monsters appear younger. For the character of Mike Wazowski, who is simply a green sphere with one large eyeball, the art department had to study how to make an eyeball look younger.
For Sulley, the team decided to thin him up and lighten his fur. “We were all a little thinner in college, as you will find out once the harsh reality comes your way,” Scanlon said.
Original voice actors Billy Crystal and John Goodman return for the film, reprising their roles of Mike and Sulley respectively. So the job of restoring youth to their characters’ voices fell on them.
“The guys had to find a new take on the characters that was still familiar but felt younger,” Scanlon said.
The characters will sound much more energetic, with more yelling than one would expect from the older versions of the characters. To create a realistic and familiar university setting, the creators had to visit college campuses for research.
They quickly realized that most of the team at Pixar had gone to art schools and had never really gotten to see what campus life is like. In the film, Mike and Sulley meet through being in the same fraternity. So much of the research time was spent in fraternity houses where Rae said she got plenty of strange looks from students.
Scanlon said artists also came out to draw campus buildings so that they could create a campus that “although it is original to Monsters University, hopefully if feels familiar to everyone.”
Scanlon and Rae each deeply enjoyed their respective roles on the film. As director, Scanlon said he was fascinated to be able to see every aspect of what goes into making a Pixar film. As producer, Rae learned about how difficult the creative process really is.
“It made me more aware and surprised at how we ever pull this off,” Rae said.
The team will surely pull it off, as they do with every Pixar film. “We always want to touch something in people emotionally with our films,” Scanlon said. “This film is about how you let go of the thing that you think you absolutely have to be in order to be happy and how to find out who you truly are.”
Be sure to catch this humorous story of self- discovery when it hits theaters June 21 this year.
The Pre-Law Club at KSU is a one-stop shop for any student interested in working in the legal field. It is dedicated to supporting and assisting students throughout their process of applying to law school. The club helps with the two major factors in law school acceptance: LSAT score and a personal statement.
They provide a prep course for the LSAT on campus, as well as a workshop and experienced advisors on hand to help with writing a personal statement for law school. The club also sets up panel discussions for anyone to sit in on where law students, paralegals and other professionals involved in a legal career answer questions about getting into the field. Club officers present predetermined questions as well as open up the floor to attendees to ask their own questions. The next panel discussion will be on April 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Clendenin Building, room 2008.
Looking to the future, the club plans on expanding its network to help students. As the club continues to grow, it will eventually be able to help students find internships and establish connections with those in the field.
The website is a resource for those looking into a legal career. The page has a variety of resources and links available to anyone that can use them.
Such links include a law school search, info on multiple legal careers and contact info for KSU’s law school adviser and legal minor staff. The site is also a great place to learn more about the club officers and to find dates and locations of upcoming events.
“If you’re interested in going to law school, come out and see what we have. It’s absolutely free!” said Will Mostellar, Social Media Chairman. “The club was founded last spring and is certainly looking for as many new members as they can get.”
Anyone can be accepted into the club, regardless of their major. In fact, it is the club’s goal to bring together a diversity of students with the common interest of a legal career.
The only requirements for maintaining membership status are to attend two meetings and to give two hours of service to the club by chalking sidewalks or handing out flyers.
The next general club meeting will be on April 8 and will be located in University Rooms C, D, and E from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Anyone is welcome to sit in on the meetings.
“Even if you decide not to join, it’s a great group of people and you may learn something new,” said Mostellar.
More information can be found on the club’s website at https://clubs.kennesaw.edu/prelaw/ as well as their Facebook page, which can be found through https://www.facebook.com/groups/groupsatkennesaw/.