Arts & Entertainment

Take a trip through Silent Hill, if you dare

The Silent Hill franchise has taken quite a beating recently. After the lukewarm reception of “Silent Hill 4,” publisher Konami began outsourcing the survival horror juggernaut to western developers. Results have varied from terrible (“Silent Hill: Homecoming”) to excellent but ignored (“Silent Hill: Shattered Memories”). Either way, the series has never again reached the heights…

Summer movie explosion!

It’s almost summer movie season! It’s the time of year when fight scenes and explosions reign, and all those artsy movies can buzz off. Grab some popcorn and take a seat as The CN gives you the run down on this summer’s biggest flicks. The Avengers (May 4) The movie all you nerds have been…

Andrew Bird puts new use to centuries-old instrumentation

Since leaving the band Bowl of Fire, Andrew Bird has rode the express train to success and hasn’t looked back. Bird’s pop-folk anthems and eclectic instrumentation have made him a hero to indie music lovers everywhere This trend doesn’t stop with his sixth LP, titled “Break It Yourself.” Despite the rather horrendous looking cover art,…

Cleveland Film Festival hits closer to home

In 1977, Jonathan Forman’s love for film prompted him to scrape together enough cash to buy the fading Cedar Lee Theater. He thought that maybe if he showed the right films, he could make Cleveland Heights a movie hotspot. Step 1: Make an event out of it. By showing a mere eight films from seven…

Jason Segel and Mark Duplass chat with CN

                                  Jason Segel and Mark Duplass open up about their experiences on set and lives in the entertainment industry. The duo play brothers who lead very different lives, yet end up needing each other as controversy arises.    …

‘Pippin’ comes alive at JCU

A handsome young man returns from college and, despite his family’s considerable status, becomes obsessed with determining his self-worth and purpose. No, this isn’t the story of every John Carroll male student; this is the story of Pippin, which the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts and the JCU Little Theatre Society will…

Hair metal plus hip-hop equals success for Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells ring again with their new album “Reign of Terror.” Are you listening? But seriously. Listen. And excuse the cheesy allusion to the Christmas carol. The Brooklyn duo back up their ultra-loud first release, 2009’s “Treats,” with a strong sophomore effort. Producer/guitarist Derek Miller’s intricate, guitar-based melodies and beats keep the hip-hop feel from…

Local actor stars in ‘Project X’

Oliver Cooper, from Sylvania Township, a suburb of Toledo, Ohio, stars in his first lead role in the film “Project X,” a new flick from the makers of “The Hangover” about a high school party that gets way out of control. Cooper, a young actor in his early 20s, graduated from Northview High School in…

It’s Spring Break, baby!

The middle of the second semester marks a milestone in the school year of the typical college student: 20-year-olds packing cars destined for Panama City for a crazy week basking in the party scene. Diligent students putting down the books and picking up the suntan lotion. Girls trade in their Ugg boots and henley sweaters…

‘21 Jump Street’ – re-done and well-done

In recent years, Hollywood has become a barren wasteland absolutely void of creative ideas. Trying to find ideas for movies, they ruffle through books, old TV shows, video games and even board games. If they can’t after that, they remake movies that have already been made. They recycle the same old crap over and over…

Marinello One Acts: Students set the stage

This Thursday, Feb. 23, the curtain goes up once again in the Marinello Little Theatre for the annual Marinello One Acts. This semester, junior Sara Abbott is making her directing debut with Rich Orloff’s “Playwriting 101: A rooftop lesson,” and senior Shannon Carroll is returning to the Little Theatre to direct her third one-act, Fraser…

Oscar Predictions 2012

This year’s Academy Awards are this Sunday. There’s an interesting batch of nominees in the race this year, spanning genres from silent film to gross-out comedy. It’s Clooney vs. Pitt, Streep vs. Davis, Scorsese vs. Malick. Who are you rooting for? The Carroll News predicts the winners and the losers – Ben DeVictor Best Picture…

A match made in food Heaven

For the perfect combination of salty and sweet, the newly established Sweetie Fry on Lee Road is where it’s at. It is conveniently located a short drive away from campus, perfect for after a night out at Coventry or The Pub. The ice cream-french fry shop has a lot to offer with its eccentric creamy…

Rockin’ in a winter wonderland with Brite Winter Music Festival

When one pictures a music festival, the image that probably comes to mind is an outdoor stage on a hot summer day. Cleveland’s local recording studio, Bad Racket, sees things a bit differently. It’s looking to help put on a music festival right here in Cleveland this weekend, in the middle of frigid February. Bad…

Not very memorable: ‘The Vow’

“The Vow” seems like a perfect date movie. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, who play the lead roles, are fun together and are really what hold the movie up. McAdams and Tatum play a couple, Paige and Leo, who are madly in love. But after a car accident, Paige ends up in a coma and…

‘Tramp’ trumps and leaves you wanting more

In a day and age where the path of women singer-songwriters is being blazed by the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor, it’s easy to forget the artists that have been influenced by their predecessors of the quickly staling genre. Sharon Van Etten does not fall into the pit of irrelevancy like so many…

Interview: The talented Booboo Stewart

Booboo Stewart is not only an actor, but he is also a writer, a model, a dancer, a stuntman and a musician. He also plays Seth Clearwater in the massively successful “Twilight” film series.  Booboo traveled to Cleveland last week to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I.” …

Strange cartoons find a diverse audience

Cartoons have never been solely for children. Television programs such as “The Simpsons,” “South Park” and “Family Guy” are made with adult audiences in mind. But most would assume that shows on channels like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon are made for kids. Then why does it seem that the shows on these channels are drawing…

Nintendo in trouble

There was a time when Nintendo reigned king of all video game systems. Since then, both Sony and Microsoft have become giants themselves in the market with the Playstation and the Xbox, respectively. Now, it seems like these competitors could be the least of Nintendo’s worries. As it falls into financial trouble, Nintendo is looking…

Ingrid Michaelson grows up

Many remember the Old Navy sweater commercial featuring the song “The Way I Am.” However, what people don’t remember is whose voice was behind the quirky and catchy tune. Ingrid Michaelson is the folk singer/songwriter behind the many songs featured in commercials and television shows. She has done several collaborations with artists like Sarah Bareilles,…

Midseason TV schedule looks promising

Finally, reruns are over. All your favorite shows are back with brand new episodes. But premiering with them are plenty of brand new midseason shows. These five are the most anticipated of the bunch. House of Lies (Showtime) Sundays at 10 p.m. Showtime’s new half-hour comedy is centered on a consulting firm that tricks corporate…

‘Shame’ review: A different kind of addiction

When it comes to the subject of sex addiction, our culture has taken an attitude of humorous deniability. Movies like “Blades of Glory” use the condition as a punchline, while news of Tiger Woods confessing that he has a sex addiction are met with slews of laughter and lines like “Not a bad condition to…

Reach for the skies: ‘Skyward Sword’ impresses

When the Nintendo Wii was released in 2006, it promised a revolution in gaming. Motion controls were the future, and would give the player complete control of their in-game actions. Yet, for the most part, the Wii was littered with lazy, gimmicky games that tacked on “waggle” controls in ineffective and often annoying ways. If…

Simon Pegg: from cult star to action hero

The Carroll News: Can you tell us a little bit about what your motion capture experience was on “The Adventures of Tintin?”   Simon Pegg: It was very new for everybody, even Steven Spielberg because it was his first motion capture film. I think we were all on our first day of school to some…

The third time is the charm with Harold and Kumar

Harold and Kumar are back and better than ever in their third movie of the Harold and Kumar series. John Cho and Kal Penn deliver another “stoner classic,” only this time it’ll be Christmas style and 3D. Taking place six years after the last movie ended, Harold and Kumar have moved on from each other…