Stone, Deschanel duke it out for ‘America’s Sweetheart’ crown

“America’s Sweetheart” is a term that is typically given to a female celebrity that is generally beloved by the majority of the American public. A long time ago Marilyn Monroe was “America’s Sweetheart.” More recently actresses like Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock have been given that honor. The term has sort of become synonymous with chick flicks because women have generally been in charge of choosing who becomes “America’s Sweetheart.” You know it’s true. Women absolutely love Roberts and Bullock … guys, not as much. Why should women choose “America’s Sweetheart”? Us guys aren’t out there picking “Sexiest…

Student hopes to continue sharing love of writing

In 11 semesters at The Echo I’ve heard many of my fellow student-journalists talk (complain is probably more accurate) about how journalism is hard. My response has always been, “Hard? This is the easiest thing in the world.” Because if you’re doing this, it should be because you love it and if you love it, it comes easy. However, as I compose this column, which will be the last article of my estimated 600 I’ve written for The Echo, I’m finding that this is the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to write. It’s hard to write for a couple of…

Five Greatest Film Exits

1. Clark Gable – “Gone with the Wind” There simply isn’t a better film exit and there likely never will be one better than Clark Gable’s exit at the end of Victor Fleming’s 1939 masterpiece “Gone with the Wind.” While Gable’s Rhett Butler gets “the line” it’s made possible by the treatment laid upon him for four hours by Vivien Leigh’s great Scarlett O’Hara. Four hours of that kind of wickedness would make even the most gentlemanly of men say, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 2. John Wayne- “The Searchers” John Wayne’s exit in John Ford’s 1956…

Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ delights as one of year’s best

Martin Scorsese’s newest release “Hugo” is simply a delight for hardcore film lovers. The film, set in 1930 Paris, is about a 12-year old orphaned boy named Hugo Cabret, played by newcomer Asa Butterfield, who lives in the walls of a train station where he maintains the station’s clocks. Hugo is enraptured by trying to fix the automaton that his late father, played by Jude Law in a very brief cameo, found and brought home for the two of them to work on together. While trying to fix this automaton Hugo must stay clear of the orphan catching station inspector,…

Help save television’s funniest show ‘Community’

The funniest comedy on television is in danger of possible cancelation and desperately needs your help. That show is NBC’s “Community” and it’s about a group of misfit community college students, of all ages, races and beliefs, who are bonded together in friendship because of their study group. The show is the most inventive, irreverent and smartest comedy on television, bar none, and you should be watching it. However, the ratings say that most of you are not and for that reason the witty and unique series might be on its last leg. It was a shock to some a…

Five Greatest Character Actors (Because They Never Get the Credit)

1. John Turturro Character actors simply never get the credit that they’re due. It’s probably because they’re rarely, if ever, the star of the show, but oftentimes they steal the show. John Turturro is a scene stealer who often steals the entire show. He’s the most gifted character actor in cinema of the last two decades, which is why you see him in many of the films of today’s finest directors like the Coen brothers and Spike Lee. 2. Paul Giamatti Paul Giamatti is the perfect example of why Hollywood sucks. He has all the talent in the world, but…

AMC brings Western genre back to TV with ‘Wheels’

AMC has thankfully revived the Western genre, a genre that once was the most popular on television but had died out over the years, with its new original series, “Hell on Wheels.” The network is known for its critically acclaimed dramas “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead,” which have many claiming that it’s the best network on cable television, and “Hell on Wheels” fits perfectly right in. The series revolves around the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the always moving camp town of Hell on Wheels in Nebraska shortly after the end of the Civil War…

U.S. government should control its population

Around Halloween, the world’s population reached the seven billion people mark and that number is a little bit of a scary one because the world’s population keeps on building, yet space to put those people remains the same. The seven billion people mark is only bound to go up over time based on the increasing life expectancy. According to The Guardian, the average life expectancy 100 years ago was 52 years old. According to cdc.gov, the life expectancy today is 77.9 years old. So people are living almost 26 more years today than 100 years ago. That number is due…

Five Greatest CMA Award Song of the Year Winners

1. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones (1980) If there was one country music standard it would have to be George Jones’ tragic 1980 classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which many critics and fans alike consider the greatest country song ever recorded. The song is the true essence of country music – heartbroken sadness and the truth. You throw in Jones’ smooth country vocals, which are considered the standard as well and you’ve got this true essential. 2. “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis (1987) Randy Travis’ 1987 hit “Forever and Ever, Amen” is simply one…

‘Boss’ features Grammer, not much else

Starz’s new original series “Boss” already has a ton of weight on its shoulders. It’s a weight entirely put upon it by its own network, as many critics and entertainment writers out there are claiming that the seedy political drama is the most important original series in the premium channel’s history. “Boss” is the series that Starz hopes will thrust it into competition with the critical giants that air on HBO and Showtime. Starz certainly chose the right star for the show in five-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer, but after viewing the pilot I’m not convinced…

Five Greatest TV Bromances

1. Alan Shore & Denny Crane “Boston Legal” Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (William Shatner) was the ultimate TV bromance on ABC’s legal drama “Boston Legal.” You know it’s the ultimate bromance when you’re comfortable enough sharing a bed together. While it might have been the perfect bromance, it also turned out to quite possibly be the strangest with Shore being TV’s most austere liberal and Crane being a staunch conservative. It led to many quirky and funny conversations between the two that were often the show’s highlights. 2. Hawkeye Pierce & B.J. Hunnicutt “M*A*S*H” War brings people…

Keith hits low on ‘Clancy’s Tavern’

Toby Keith’s 15th studio album “Clancy’s Tavern,” named after the bar his grandmother owned in Fort Smith, Ark., is a departure from many of Keith’s recent works of rowdier music, but still proves to have more misses than hits. The opening single from the album “Made in America” is really kind of xenophobic in its message about being disgusted in the number of foreign goods sold in the States and follows along with Keith’s patriotic anthems over the last decade. Some of Keith’s former patriotic tunes, like “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” and “American Soldier,” worked for me,…

Politically active students encourage others to become interested

With the next presidential election coming up in 2012, some students and professors around campus are trying to involve themselves and their peers in politics. Many students’ political beliefs are shaped by their families and the households they grew up in, known as political socialization. UCA political science professor Gary Wekkin said that just because someone is socialized doesn’t mean they are going to stick with it. “Getting into politics through family sounds like a legacy and I don’t want to endorse that because it’s hierarchical or classist, but just because you’re socialized and the model is before doesn’t mean…

‘March’ features great acting by star-studded cast

“The Ides of March,” directed by and co-produced, co-written and co-starring George Clooney, is a political drama full of fantastic acting performances, but somewhat short on story. “The Ides of March” follows the Ohio Democratic primary where Pennsylvania Gov. Mike Morris (Clooney) is trying to defeat Arkansas Sen. Pullman (Mike Mantell). The brains behind Morris’ campaign are campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and smart, young up-and-comer Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), serving as press secretary. The brains behind Pullman’s campaign is campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti). The primary is very taut as whoever wins the state of Ohio…

Jobs, iTunes detriments to recording industry

Innovator and Apple founder Steve Jobs died last Wednesday at age 56 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Jobs was the driving force behind such popular electronics as the iPhone, iPod and iPad, among others. In the world today, it seems like everybody owns at least one Apple product, which is why I feel I’m an odd duck of sorts, because I own nothing featuring the Apple logo. I don’t own an iPod, iPhone, iPad or a Mac computer. I don’t even have iTunes or QuickTime downloaded on my PC. In fact, the only experience I even have with an…

‘Terra Nova’ brings exciting Sci-Fi, dinosaurs to Fox

Fox’s newest Sci-Fi drama “Terra Nova” premiered last week after more than a year of speculation and intrigue with a two-hour pilot that proved to be worth the wait. “Terra Nova” was initially supposed to premiere last fall season, but was pushed back due to torrential rains in Australia, where the show is filmed, as well as other issues. “Terra Nova” is set in the year 2149, where the planet is in such bad shape that it’s quickly becoming inhabitable and threatened with extinction due to overpopulation, pollution and other factors. Never to worry, though, as scientists have found a…

Bluth family may return to TV

It looks like we haven’t seen the last of the Bluths, after all. An Associated Press article on Oct. 2 stated that the Bluth family, the highly dysfunctional TV family from Fox’s critically acclaimed, but short-lived sitcom “Arrested Development,” will return to TV, as well as a theater near you. The article stated that at a reunion for the show at the New York Festival on Sunday the show’s creators and cast announced that they will be working on a mini-season and a movie that will shoot for a 2013 release. Jason Bateman, who played the lead Michael Bluth in…

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