Arts & Life

Meet the cast of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

The Carroll News participated in a conference call interview with Lily James, Matt Smith; Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth, the cast of the comedy horror film “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” based on the 2009 novel by Seth Grahame-Smith that parodies “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.   Q: How surprised were you when you heard…

New home in Columbus for 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards

  Held in Cleveland for the past two years, the Alternative Press Music Awards (APMAs) will be moving to Columbus. The APMAs honor the best in pop punk, alternative rock and other music genres.   Since the APMAs began in 2014, the awards show has formerly been held in large venues around Cleveland, including The…

“Little Shop of Horrors”: A thrilling sensation

Cleveland Play House, celebrating its 100th season, presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” a twisted comedy musical about a man-eating plant named Audrey II.   Seymour, a nerdy floral clerk, comes across a peculiar and bizarre new plant that might just be his ticket to fame and fortune to get him out of the dumps of…

2016 Sundance Film Festival: Most anticipated films

Filmmakers and fans of the theater are gearing up for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which will take place Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Utah.   Sundance Film Festival is an annual event that draws talent and potential film buyers from all over the world.   Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival…

NBC’s “The Wiz” Live brought energy and magic in successful performance

After a series of lackluster live performances such as “The Sound of Music” in 2013, starring Carrie Underwood, and last year’s performance of “Peter Pan” starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, NBC brought “The Wiz” to life on Thursday, Dec. 3.   Surprisingly, NBC brought out all the stops and aired an unexpectedly, crowd pleasing…

DisneyLife streaming service competes with Netflix in the UK

Fans of The Walt Disney Company’s works, ranging from movies to television shows, music and books, will be excited to learn about the company’s newly offered streaming service, DisneyLife. According to DisneyLife.com, the system is “a unique digital membership giving you access to our biggest collection of Disney movies, kids’ TV box sets, books, music…

Cleveland welcomes modern gardens in “Monet to Matisse” art exhibit

The Cleveland Museum of Art is acting as a temporary home to some new additions in a recently assembled exhibit. The show, titled, “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse,” is open to museum patrons now.   The focus of the exhibit is to showcase the role that gardens have played throughout art history, ranging…

A look at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015

The 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will make its way through Manhattan with traditional balloons and floats, new arrivals, celebrity appearances and Broadway musical performances. Audiences can expect to hear performances from famous musicians including Andy Grammar, Daughtry, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, Rachel Platten, Pat Benatar, Mariah Carey, Questlove with the…

Playhouse Square to kick-off holiday season with Winterfest 2015

  The magic of the holiday season will be brought to life in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, Nov. 28 with the celebration of Winterfest 2015 at Playhouse Square.   Presented by Huntington Bank and sponsored by a number of Cleveland corporations, Winterfest 2015 will be a popular destination for anyone looking to celebrate the holiday…

Lionsgate to open “The Hunger Games” theme park

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” premieres in theaters on Friday, Nov. 20. This is the final installment of the Hunger Games series, based on the science fiction novels by Suzanne Collins. However, “The Hunger Games” franchise will not fade out after the release of the final movie, as Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation has announced their…

Leave your masks and lightsabers at home: Theaters implement dress codes for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” screenings

  Two of the largest movie theater chains, Cinemark and AMC, will be implementing dress codes for its showings of the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens Dec. 18, 2015.   Cinemark revealed its restrictions in fine print on the bottom of promotional posters, reading, “Star Wars” costumes are welcome. However, no…

JCU presents “6 Characters in Search of an Author”

Inspired by the chaos of the 1921 riots in Rome, Luigi Pirandello’s boldly dramatic piece “6 Characters in Search of an Author” still manages to captivate audiences to this day. The Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theater Arts at John Carroll University now has the pleasure of presenting a more modern version of the…

JCU Human Rights Film Festival encourages student action

John Carroll University’s Peace, Justice and Human Rights program presented the fourth annual Human Rights Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 7. The event featured three award-winning films, each a witness to human rights violations and a testimony to the unique stories of an individuals’ struggle for human dignity. The first film presented was the 2009…

Meet the women behind the film “Suffragette”

The Carroll News participated in an interview with director, Sarah Gavron; screenwriter, Abi Morgan; producers, Alison Owen and Faye Ward; and the great granddaughter of Meryl Streep’s character, Helen Pankurst from the film “Suffragette.” The Focus Feature film, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep, depicts the British women’s suffrage movement of the late…

Broadway shows now on-demand

Broadway HD, a new subscription and on-demand service, was launched to bring Broadway to the Internet streaming world on Tuesday, Oct. 26.   The service was created in a collaboration from producers and spouses, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley. Lane, a six-time Tony Award winner, has produced many successful works such as “War Horse”…

ABC Family channel changes its name to Freeform

  ABC Family President Tom Ascheim announced on Tuesday, Oct. 6 that the ABC Family will be changing its name to Freeform in January 2016.   The channel, originally known as CBN Satellite Service, has gone through many family-oriented names over the years, from the CBN Family Channel, to The Family Channel, and then the…

Greek life presents first JCU showcase for student talent

  The First Annual John Carroll Community Showcase by JCU Greek Life, held in Kulas Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 3,  was a night filled with laughs and plenty of talent.   The 12 acts who were shown in the showcase included performances involving dancing, guitar playing, piano playing, comedy and singing. The competition had two…

“Pan” Movie Review: Flopped in comparison to “Peter Pan” films

J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s novel, “Peter Pan” has been reimagined in “Pan,” the fantasy adventure film that explains the backstory of Peter and how he arrives in Neverland.   What is important to note is that, although “Pan” is a decent film on its own, it may not live up to expectations held by devoted…

Hawaii native to voice newest Disney princess, Moana

Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that its newest princess film “Moana,” a story about a Polynesian heroine, will be released in Nov. 2016.   “Moana” is set to take place two thousand years ago in the fictional world of Oceania. Moana, a spirited teenager, dreams of leaving her home to prove herself a formidable adventurer…

JCU welcomed MTV’s Julian McCulllough for homecoming weekend

John Carroll University’s Kulas Auditorium was graced with the presence of comedian Julian McCullough on Thursday, Oct. 1 to kick off Homecoming weekend.   McCullough, an actor, writer and former personality of MTV’s “Guy Code,” has appeared on “Inside Amy Schumer” and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and has written for “Love You, Mean…

Greek life presents first JCU showcase for student talent

  The First Annual John Carroll Community Showcase by JCU Greek Life, held in Kulas Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 3,  was a night filled with laughs and plenty of talent.   The 12 acts who were shown in the showcase included performances involving dancing, guitar playing, piano playing, comedy and singing. The competition had two…

“Violins of Hope” exhibition pays tribute to Holocaust

  The Maltz Museum in Beachwood, OH will be hosting several events in the near future as a part of the new exhibition, “Violins of Hope,” that will be running from Oct. 2 through Jan. 3.   In collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Cleveland Orchestra, Facing History and…

The Carroll News gets inside scoop for fall 2015 Dennis Lane and Marinello One Acts

    This October, The Dennis Lane Memorial One Act play series, performed in Marinello Little Theatre at John Carroll University, will hit the stage. The Carroll News had the opportunity to speak with Assistant Professor for the Tim Russert Department of Communications and Theatre Arts and Producing Director of Theatre, Keith Nagy and the…

Recap of NY fashion week: Fashions from crochets to fringe for spring 2016

  The establishment of New York Fashion Week means different things to different people. What some would consider to be the epitome of the fashion world, others may see as a gaudy nuisance. However, in cities such as New York, fashion seems to be more about expressing oneself more than anything else. It is a…

New rule changes for Emmy awards

  The 67th annual Emmy awards, held on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, paid tribute to the accomplishments of the best of television programming this year.   The host of this year’s awards was Andy Samberg, star of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” following in the footsteps of previous hosts such including…