Arts & Life

Cleveland Museum of Art hosts pharaoh in new Egyptian exhibit

\ The Cleveland Museum of Art is celebrating its 100th birthday with some special Egyptian guests: the men and women who ruled the land of the Nile. The museum’s newest exhibit, “Pharaoh: Ancient King of Egypt,” opens this Sunday, March 13 and runs through Sunday, June 12.   The exhibit has been a long time…

“Mean Girls” musical in the making confirmed

  The iconic 2004 film “Mean Girls” is now being adapted into a musical, thanks to the talented duo, comedian actress and producer Tina Fey and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond.   Although little information about the movie’s musical adaptation has been shared at the time, Fey, who wrote the screenplay for the film, confirmed…

JCU welcomes London actors for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ performance

  Once a year, John Carroll University welcomes a professor, poet, novelist, playwright and so on, usually international, as part of the Hopkins Fellow professorship, named after the nineteenth century Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins.   This year, John Carroll University Department of English welcomes the five-member acting troupe “Actors from the London Stage”  (AFTLS)…

Netflix welcomes a “Fuller House” to television original series

Netflix will air the pilot episode for the new spin-off series, “Fuller House” on Feb. 26, based on the original show “Full House” that aired from Sept. 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995.   “Full House” is a nostalgic, family-friendly  series that aired on network television for eight seasons. Re-runs of all 192 episodes still…

Yinzer turned Clevelander creates stunning artwork of West Side Market

Dane Horvath, an artist, designer, and blogger from Pittsburgh, created her blog in 2010 based on Pittsburgh’s history, architecture and art scene entitled “Steeltown Anthem.” Horvath, who is primarily an artist, showcases her work by way of her blog.   Horvath has recently moved to Cleveland and wants to focus her posts on both Cleveland…

Disneyland celebrates 60th anniversary with ABC special

    California’s Disneyland Park celebrates its 60th anniversary diamond celebration this year. Since its opening on July 17, 1955, Disneyland has offered countless memories and adventures to its guests, and is considered one of the “happiest places on earth.”   The celebration, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” will be showcased on Sunday, Feb.…

The CN interviews duo band, “Shane & Emily” at JCU performance

  The Carroll News interviewed “Shane & Emily,” the fun and quirky band duo, at their John Carroll University concert performance on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.   CN: How did you guys meet and how did you start making music together?   Shane Anderson: We met at open mic! How perfect is that?   Emily…

“Deadpool”: an unconventional twist on your average superhero film

The superhero: a paragon for all that is good in the world, who fights evil for the right reasons, and does so with extraordinary abilities.   Then, there’s “Deadpool.”   The well-known “Merc with a Mouth” got his own movie treatment this year after a highly criticized depiction in the 2009 film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”…

Biracial Spider-Man swings into Marvel’s new superheroes generation

  Marvel Comics recently released “Spider-Man #1,” which features New York City teenager Miles Morales donning the spandex suit once occupied by Peter Parker. Morales is making headlines because he is the first biracial Spider-Man; his father is African American and his mother is Puerto Rican.   The project is close to the hearts of…

Cleveland celebrates seventh annual Brite Winter Festival

The seventh annual Ohio City Brite Winter festival will hold its outdoor festivities in Ohio City’s Market District on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.   The Brite Winter Festival is a community celebration of the winter season. The event’s organizers strive to provide Cleveland residents with a low-cost festival that…

The Carroll News interviews Pine and Affleck for Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Finest Hours”

  Q: What drew you to this project?   Casey Affleck: It was filmed in Massachusetts. And I like what Disney’s doing. I felt like it was a movie that had a strong message and a good story and good characters. This one is particularly exciting but it also supports the characters and the core…

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…