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Reel Views: Get to know The Family
The Family (2013) The old-school “families” like to handle everything in the “family” way. They are relics of a time past, yet they somehow still have a place in this world. They are the mafia/mob/crime/whatever you w... Read more

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Indies With Allie: What life is like 20 Feet From Stardom
20 Feet From Stardom (2013) The big name is front and centre. The pop sensation of the moment is getting all the attention. The spotlight is honed in on her, following her every move. The crowd is screaming her name. But wait — what... Read more

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Indies With Allie: The hidden messages in Room 237
The Hyland Cinemas theatre (240 Wharncliffe Rd. S.), on the border of Old South, is one of London's greatest underappreciated features. In a city that is rapidly losing any and all historical charm that it once used to carry, there are ver... Read more

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Reel Views: Vin Diesel shows off his skills in Riddick
Riddick (2013) That is of course, if you can count “being Vin Diesel-y” as a skill. Diesel is turning into one of those actors who we have seen all too often in Hollywood's past; Humphrey Bogart (though admittedly the man who... Read more

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Reel Views: The Joes look to retaliate in latest blockbuster
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Little boys have, for a long time, loved playing with G.I. Joes. You know, the “real American heroes.” For a shorter time, boys, girls, men and women alike have loved watching the big-screen adaptation... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: What summers are made for
Another school year has come and gone... well, for those of you who aren't taking classes during the summer semester, anyway. Even though most of you will probably find yourselves working this summer, no matter if it's a full-time job ... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: A whole new world of movies
There is an endless amount of movies that I want to watch. In fact, I keep a list that seems to be ever expanding. I could spend weeks and weeks sitting in front of my TV and get lost in all the best worlds that cinema has to offer. On top of ... Read more

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Reel Views: Have a prehistoric good time with The Croods
The Croods (2013) Remember when Dreamworks took you into the world of Antz and then on a Chicken Run? Wasn't it magical when you got to travel into the world of Shrek and see the ogre-sized love story unfold? It was also pretty incredibl... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Getting through the movie plateaus
I love movies as much as the next person. Okay, I probably love movies a little more than the next person. And yet even I find that every once in a while I hit what I like to think of as a “movie plateau.” It's when you can'... Read more

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Reel Views: Great and powerful, indeed
Oz The Great and Powerful (2013) You know that all you have to do is follow the yellow brick road. You know that the lion had courage all along. You know that in order to get back to Kansas, you must click your heels together and say, &ldqu... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Why hosting the Oscars is an impossible gig
Can you imagine how good it would make you feel if you were personally asked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts to host their annual awards show, better known as the Oscars? Now can you imagine how bad it would feel to have those same peopl... Read more

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Reel Views: A not-so-new look at an old fairy tale
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) It seems that fairy tales and folklore are the latest trend in Hollywood's rash of remakes and adaptations. There was Red Riding Hood a couple years back, there was Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters just last ... Read more

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Reel Views: A Safe Haven for your heart
Safe Haven (2013) Girls, get your Kleenex boxes ready and be prepared to have your heart broken into a thousand little pieces and then beautifully pieced back together. Guys, get ready to think about sports and cars for the next couple of ho... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: It might be time to retire
John McClane is a God among men — there is no denying that fact. He's saved an entire office building from bad guys, saved some schoolchildren in New York City and saved the world from hackerinduced anarchy. But there is another fact... Read more

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Academy Awards 2013: Ties, trips and third time wins
Remember when we watched Silkwood, Mulholland Drive, Titanic, Iris and The Reader? Remember how we saw Meryl Streep's boobs? And Naomi Watts' boobs? And Kate Winslet's boobs? Well, Seth MacFarlane sure does, and in his opening number for the 2013 Ac... Read more

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Oscar Picks 2013
It's been one hell of an awards season so far with major snubs, unexpected wins and some of the fiercest competition that Tinseltown has seen in years. It's all set to culminate in the one awards show that everyone is waiting for, that everyone worke... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: “Get well soon” movies
When some people are sick, or just feeling low, they like get well soon flowers or a card or some candy. Others like to simply sleep it off, or take some medication and wake up feeling better. For me, it's all about the “get well soon... Read more

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Reel Views: A hilarious case of stolen identity
Identity Thief (2013) You're living your life, the same as it's always been, day in and day out, when suddenly something's not right. Your credit cards don't work and there's no money in your bank account. Your wife isn... Read more

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Reel Views: It's time to hunt some witches
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Everyone knows the story of Hansel and Gretel, the brother and sister who are nearly eaten by an evil witch in the woods. It's a staple of children's fairy tales. But who really knows what happens aft... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Gearing up for Oscar
It's no surprise that I love movies — I do write about them every week, after all. So it shouldn't shock you that each and every February you can find me in full Academy Awards preparation mode. No, I might not be a member of the Academy... Read more

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Reel Views: Warm up to Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies (2013) Run! Look out! Don't stop moving! You're in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and a giant herd is approaching you. You know the drill: one bite or scratch and you'll become one of them. But wait. That one ove... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Zombies, zombies everywhere
You find yourself alone, on an eerily deserted city street, when you hear a noise behind you. You turn to look and to your horror you see a mob of zombies headed straight for you! This is what it would be like if you found yourself in any numb... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Shun the shaky cam
Ever since I saw The Perfect Storm in theatres and had to make a real effort to keep my lunch from coming back up, I have been solidly in the I-hate-shaky-cam camp. The more I studied film, the stronger my hatred grew. This past weekend I got ... Read more

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Reel Views: Zero Dark Thirty misses the target
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) It was one of the biggest moments in American history: the raid on a compound in Pakistan by Navy SEALS Team Six that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden. She is one of the greatest filmmakers of recent times, particula... Read more

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A golden night
It's official — the 2013 entertainment awards season has begun! As always, this exciting time of year is heralded in by the Golden Globes, entertainment awards for achievements in both film and television. Notorious for predicting who wil... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Let's talk about frame rates
I have been waiting for years and years for Peter Jackson to make his grand return to Middle Earth in the telling of The Hobbit. As I'm sure you all know, my long wait was finally, partially, over just a few short weeks ago with the release of... Read more

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Reel Views: Send in the gangsters
Gangster Squad (2013) What do you get when you combine the classic glamour of the late 1940s, the sex appeal of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and a hazy view on where the law ends and vigilantism begins? You get the Gangster Squad. The latest... Read more

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Reel Views: A chainsaw massacre in the third dimension
Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) Perhaps you are a fan of the original 1974 slasher flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in which some unsuspecting teenagers are horribly butchered by an insane family in Texas. Or maybe the 2003 reboot, where Jessica... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Movie cheer time of year
I love the holidays as much as the next girl — maybe even a little more, depending on who she is, exactly — but do you know what I love even more? I love the influx of big, powerful, impressive blockbuster movies that come out in th... Read more

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Winter Funderland
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Reel Views: We awake to another Red Dawn
Red Dawn (2012) The latest in the recent string of Hollywood remakes has come to theatres just in time for the holiday season. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Red Dawn is back again, reincarnated and re-imagined to give us a somewhat upd... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Holiday movie traditions
What I remember most about Christmas Eve as a child was getting into my favourite snowflakepatterned pajamas after dinner, curling up on the couch beside my parents under a warm blanket and watching, in order, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, F... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: The magic of re-watchability
If you're like me, most of the time when you walk out of the movie theatre, you're probably thinking, "That was good, but I probably won't ever watch that again." Sometimes you probably even think, "That was horrible and if I never see that ag... Read more

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Reel Views: Final Twilight installment does not disappoint
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two (2012) This is it, the moment that Twi- Hards have been waiting for since Twilight appeared in theatres way back in 2008 — The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two is officially here! Director... Read more

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Reel Views: Bond's back
Skyfall (2012) Everyone's favourite secret agent is back, and every girl has two-plus new hours of Daniel Craig to swoon over. Every guy has a whole new set of gadgets and badass spy moves to covet. Every martini for miles around will be or... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Geek pride at the movies
Recently, I discovered that a friend of mine who is in his early 30s hadn't seen the final Harry Potter flick. Actually, he hadn't seen any of them past The Goblet of Fire, and he hadn't read the books either. To me, this was shocking — ... Read more

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Military appreciation beyond November 11
Another Remembrance Day has come and gone. I'm certain that you've all paid your respects, done your part and took a moment to remember those who have fought and fallen for this country. Perhaps what you are less inclined to do is extend those s... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: The moments that bond through the silver screen
I want to take this week to talk about something a little different in the world of movie moments. I don't want to talk about the awesome explosions, the heartbreaking tragedies or even the infuriating amount of remakes and sequels floating ar... Read more

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Wrecked it... Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Remember when John C. Reilly was a serious actor in films like The Perfect Storm and Gangs of New York? Then remember when he switched into comedy high gear with Step Brothers, Talladega Nights and the TV series Check... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Examining magic movie moments
Let's take a step back for a moment and consider what this column is all about. At its heart, it's about those moments during a film when the magic of cinema is palpable. It's about those moments that give you goosebumps, that make your heart ... Read more

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Reel Views: More spooky fun in Paranormal Activity 4
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) Were you a big fan of Paranormal Activity? How about the second and third films in the same series? Alternatively, are you a big fan of having the living daylights scared out of you in a theatre full of strangers... Read more

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Contest encourages the smart, safe use of social media
Are you interested in filmmaking? Do you spend a large portion of your free time flipping between your Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts? If you answered "yes" to either or all of those questions, then grab your camera and get filming, bec... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Does that really need to be two films?
I remember when the first Harry Potter film came out — I was the perfect age to enjoy it. The movie was over two hours, which is a relatively long run time for a movie geared towards a younger crowd, but everyone I knew loved it! Each ye... Read more

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Reel Views: Someone's been Taken again...
Taken 2 (2012) Remember when Liam Neeson's daughter was Taken by some baddies a few years ago and he unleashed some serious kick-ass skills on them to get her back? Remember when he said, "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you wan... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: What happened to the fright?
I remember a time — okay, given my age, it was not a particularly long time ago — when scary movies were actually scary. I don't mean like they are today, how they are deeply disturbing and unsettling, but I mean frightening. I reme... Read more

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Reel Views: Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets his thrill on in Looper
What if you were a hired gunmen, who had no choice but to kill each and every person sent to you? What if your targets were sent back through time and all you had to do was aim and shoot? Would you do it without fail, even if the person sent b... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Swamped with sequels
Am I the only one who remembers a time when you could go to a movie theatre, be enchanted by the story you saw on the screen and leave desperately longing for more? Am I also the only one who has noticed that when you actually get more —... Read more

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Reel Views: Watch out for the House at the End of the Street
House at the End of the Street (2012) In a quiet town, on the nicest street, one young girl discovers that even the deepest, darkest secrets may be hiding something sinister. House at the End of the Street is the second feature film to be ma... Read more

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A beginner's guide to bedroom outfits
With so many options, it can be hard to decide what lingerie and sexy costumes you should buy to impress your partner. Even if you're a seasoned lingerie shopper, it can be difficult to pick out that perfect little something sexy. This guide wil... Read more

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Reel Views: Just can't get rid of those zombies?
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) The supernatural craze has been captivating the North American movie-going public for some time now; everything from vampires to werewolves to aliens have been plaguing screens across the country. Well, get ... Read more

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McGee's Movie Monents: Remake mania stifling creativity
I remember a time when every new movie that came out in theatres was exactly that: a new movie. Sure, there was a tasteful homage every now and then to one of the classics or perhaps a parody of one of the not-so-classics. Still, each and ever... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Do we really need to see the third dimension?
Maybe it's just me, but I enjoy my theatregoing experience to have a hint of nostalgia to it. My best movie memories are of watching a film — yes on actual film — at the theatre: the big screen looming ahead and the impurities of th... Read more

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Reel Views: Bradley Cooper tries to find The Words
The Words (2012) If Inception was about a dream inside of a dream inside of a dream — that is what that movie was about, right? — then The Words is about a story inside of a story inside of a story. Did you catch that? The Words ... Read more

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McGee's Movie Moments: Welcome to Old Hollywood
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: gather round for the latest and, by my count, greatest insight into the evolution of the biz we all know and love so much... show. Movies have come a long way since they were first invented before the turn... Read more

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Reel Views: LaBeouf gets Lawless
No longer is Shia LaBeouf the one-trick pony from Michael Bay's Transformers franchise; the young actor has grown into a multifaceted performer with his brilliant dramatic performance in John Hillcoat's Lawless. The latest dramatic period film... Read more

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Sizzlin' Summer Stories: Summer Reading Guide 2012
Are you the type who loves to relax on the beach with the newest summer read? Are you just itching to sit in the hot summer sun with a cool drink and get lost in an imagined world? Summer is prime reading season, what with all that free time you hav... Read more

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Reel Views: The Avengers doesn't disappoint
The Avengers (2012) Ever since Nick Fury walked onscreen post-credits in 2008's Iron Man to tell Tony Stark he wanted to talk to him about the Avenger initiative, audiences everywhere have been waiting anxiously to see the Marvel supert... Read more

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A novel approach to self-help
The latest novel from author Barbara Sibbald, whose previous work, entitled Regarding Wanda, won a City of Ottawa Arts Grant, takes a look at love through the eyes of three 30-something women. The Book of Love: Guidance in Affairs of the Heart... Read more

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Big summer for the big screen
It's that time of year again — the theaters are buzzing with excitement, the popcorn makers are popping overtime and the crowds are amassing: it's summer blockbuster season. It's the time of year when you can get lost in films of epic propo... Read more

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Fine Art alumnus spreading beauty across the country
Every year, the Fanshawe College Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to Fanshawe grads who have made a difference in their field. The ceremony traditionally involves a dinner gala held on campus, but last year, when alumnus Terry Graff was hono... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Settling back in after time apart
It's finally happened. You're finally living in the same city as your significant other, or maybe you're actually living in the same home. Whatever your particular situation, one thing's for sure: the “long distance”... Read more

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AFM Film Fest set to be A-OK!
The usual hustle and bustle of the Advanced Filmmaking (AFM) students is heightened as of late as the class of 25 students is deep in preparations for their year-end film festival on April 21. The AFM Film Festival brings together 25 films, on... Read more

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Reel Views: Wrath of the Titans an epic disappointment
Wrath of the Titans (2012) When the remake of Clash of the Titans was released in 2010 by Director Louis Leterrier, it was a worthwhile flick — a little heavy on the special effects, but otherwise a solid watch. Now, in 2012, Jonathan ... Read more

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Fanshawe takes double gold medal at CCAA
On March 26, both the men's and women's Fanshawe curling teams found themselves in the CCAA Curling Invitational championship games. Both proved victorious. The Falcons haven't seen a gold medal win at the Curling Invitational in o... Read more

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Proposed public nuisance bylaw put on hold after public participation meeting
The City of London Council members held an open forum meeting of the Public Safety Committee on April 2 to allow members of the public to voice their opinions on a proposed public nuisance bylaw. The Proposal The proposed bylaw, the entirety ... Read more

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New scholarship aims to improve educational experience for students with IBD
A new scholarship opportunity from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) is aiming to make the educational experience of those affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) more successful. IBD is a collective term for Crohn&... Read more

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Good Green Jobs Conference offers ecofriendly opportunities
With students set to graduate in just a few short weeks and make the transition from the educational system to the workforce, the environmental impact of some careers is at the forefront of many minds. For those students looking to find not ju... Read more

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Long Distance Love: When the distance isn't so long anymore
It's nearly here. The day you've both been waiting for! School, work or whatever else has been keeping you from your paramour is nearly over and you're looking forward to seeing the end of the long distance part of your relationship... Read more

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Reel Views: Top 10 environmental movies
Environmentalism is a growing phenomenon in our society. Advertising marketing, books, television, movies and more have become focused on environmentally friendly living. If you're looking for a greener movie-watching experience, here are ... Read more

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Fun with composting
I'm sure that you've heard more than your fair share about how important it is to compost. Now more than ever in our ecologically focused society, recycling, green living and energy conservation are being integrated into everything fro... Read more

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Reel Views: May the odds be ever in your favour during The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games (2012) The boom of the cannon signals the death of a fallen tribute as Katniss Everdeen fights to keep herself alive. The Hunger Games, based on the wildly popular trilogy of books by author Suzanne Collins, brings to the b... Read more

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Open meeting to discuss public safety April 2
Proposed changes to the public nuisance bylaw will be presented to City Council by mid-April, but before that happens, the city is offering local residents the chance to voice their opinions. A public safety meeting will be held April 2 at 6 p... Read more

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Ontario Health Survey aims to answer big questions
A new study being conducted by Ontario Health is asking Ontarians to help in the research effort to identify contributing factors and ultimately find treatments and preventions for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and A... Read more

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Breaking the mold of job hunting
When you're 16, in high school and looking for your first job, “job hunting” probably looks a lot like walking around your local mall with a stack of resumes and handing them out to all the stores you love. When you're... Read more

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Reel Views: Top 10 movies about awful jobs
Finding a job can be a long, tedious process full of ups and downs, but the effort will be worth it when you score a great job. If you've had a long day of hitting the pavement and need to relax, sit back and enjoy these top 10 movies abou... Read more

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Long Distance Love: How to deal with a problem
Let's take a moment to acknowledge a simple fact: all couples have rough patches. Whether you're the lucky few who have just the rare spat or you have a bigger, more serious problem to deal with, no relationship can escape the bumps in... Read more

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Reel Views: Friends with Kids a grown-up comedy
Friends with Kids (2012) Remember how funny Bridesmaids was? If you loved the movie because of the hilariously dynamic chemistry between Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd on screen, Director/leading lady Jennifer We... Read more

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Long Distance Love: How to deal with a crisis
Sometimes, unfortunately, being in a long distance relationship doesn't always mean simply figuring out how to get through the everyday stuff; sometimes it means figuring out how to handle a serious problem on your own. Whether it's a ... Read more

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Reel Views: The magic of the chocolate factory
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Remember when you were a kid and you thought that getting to tour the inside of the chocolate factory would be just about the coolest thing in the world? Remember how devastated you were to learn... Read more

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Reel Views: The Vow is what it is
The Vow (2012) If you're planning to spend your hard-earned money and precious time watching The Vow in theatres, then you've probably seen (and loved) The Notebook, Dear John, The Last Song and A Walk to Remember. Although The Vow h... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Even more ways to stay connected
I know, I know, I've given you this advice before. A friend of mine recently gave me some of her own advice about long distance relationships and it got me thinking that there can never be enough ways to stay connected when you're far away fro... Read more

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Reel Views: Act of Valor falls flat
Act of Valor (2012) Active duty Navy SEALs in all the starring roles. A story based on actual SEAL missions. A patriotic, awe-inspiring tale of good triumphing over evil. Act of Valor has it all... which leads me to ask the question, how did... Read more

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Reel Views: This one's not worth the money
One For The Money (2012) When you think of Katherine Heigl, you probably think of a cute, romantic comedy that's charming though a little cheesy. What you probably don't think of is horrible fake Italian/New Jersey accent, ludicrously unreal... Read more

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Reel Views: The Artist takes top honour at Oscars
Every so often the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets it right. They did so recently when choosing The Hurt Locker, one of the most powerful war films in cinematic history, over the supremely popular Avatar, and this year they've... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Spring Break from afar
Reading Week. March Break. Spring Break. Whatever you call it, students across the country get a week off school every year around this time. The thought of having an entire week with no school to keep you busy can be a daunting thought when y... Read more

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Reel Views: All hail The Artist's brilliance
The Artist (2011) Every once in a while (usually a very long while), a movie comes along that has it all: it's entertaining and enlightening and it has an important comment to make on the world around us. Even more rarely a movie will come a... Read more

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Reel Views: McGeeking out about the Oscars
Get the popcorn popping and get settled into your favourite spot on the couch because it's that magical time of year again: that time when the world watches on as "The Dude" thanks his peers for such high honours, when Melissa Leo drops the Fb... Read more

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Reel Views: Catch a classic: To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) As much as Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic work of fiction, so too is Director Robert Mulligan's 1962 film of the same name a classic work of cinema. Perhaps you're familiar with the story o... Read more

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Reel Views: Extremely Loud a heart-wrenching tale
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) In his new movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Director Stephen Daldry brings into excruciating focus the life of a borderline autistic boy struggling with the aftermath of his father's death... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Long distance pets
Having a pet with your long distance love can be all at once a great source of comfort and a great source of stress. Believe me, I speak from experience. As in any relationship, getting a pet together is a big step; it is saying something abou... Read more

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Reel Views: Iron Lady accessible and entertaining for all
The Iron Lady (2011) Margaret Thatcher was the first woman elected Prime Minister of Great Britain. She implemented numerous radical though effective changes to the social systems of Great Britain, she went to war over the Falkland Islands a... Read more

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Top 10 films about love
It's that time of year when love is on everyone's mind. In the spirit of love, here are my top 10 romantic films, but be warned, they're tearjerkers! 10. Dirty Dancing Nobody puts Baby in a corner, especially not when she's fallen madly in... Read more

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Why, Hollywood? Why?
Let me ask you a question: If a movie already exists in a language other than English, in a cinematic style other than what most North Americans are accustomed to, does that mean that an "Americanized" version is really necessary? Perhaps you ... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Valentine's Day, long distance style
There are two distinct schools of thought on Valentine's Day. There are those who think that Valentine's Day is a holiday created by greeting card companies to get your money, and there are those who think that it's a day devoted especially to... Read more

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New book helps shy guys get the girl
Calling all shy men! Have you ever seen a beautiful woman across the room but couldn't work up the courage to go over there and talk with her? Your plight is over thanks to a new book entitled From Shy to Social: The Shy Man's Guide to Persona... Read more

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Finding help for people in abusive relationships
Everyone has heard the same advice about "love:" if you're with someone who doesn't treat you well, they don't deserve you and you shouldn't be with them. Sometimes the simplest advice is easier said than done, though, especially for those who find t... Read more

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New film festival offers opportunities for students
Are you an aspiring filmmaker, possibly enrolled in one of Fanshawe's numerous film-related programs? Are you also looking for somewhere to submit your best short films but can't afford the application fees of the full-scale festivals? Well th... Read more

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The Met will be sorely missed
This summer I was fortunate enough to get to spend an amazing afternoon at the Met Gallery, which was downtown London's newest artisan market. The location, just a few stores down from the city's busiest intersection is on Dundas and Richmond S... Read more

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An alumnus to look up to
She walked down the same halls as you. She learned in the same classrooms as you. For all those Interrobang contributors out there, she worked the same job as you. Aspiring writers at Fanshawe have an amazing role model in Madeline Sonik, proud ... Read more

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londonmusic.ca rocks the city
Are you sick and tired of scrambling to figure out where in London your favourite band is playing? Is it too overwhelming to search through each venue individually just to find what you're looking for? Are you bored on a Friday night but can't figure... Read more

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Top 10 movies about art
10.) Lust for Life Kirk Douglas brings to the big screen the life of tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh; the film follows the highs and lows of Van Gogh's life and artistic career. 9.) The Pillow Book This film tells the story of Nagiko, a young... Read more

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Have a laugh at Ed's Garage
There's a feeling you get in small towns where everyone knows you, neighbours are friends and if you need a helping hand there is never a shortage. That's exactly what you get when you step into The Grand Theatre for their latest mainstage pla... Read more

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Reel Views: A Dangerous Method is classic Cronenberg
A Dangerous Method (2011) If David Cronenberg's name wasn't in the opening credits under "Director," it would only take someone who has seen one of the Canadian director's other films approximately two minutes of screen time to credit him wi... Read more

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Long Distance Love: How to beat those winter blahs
It happens every year; the holiday rush is over, the short, cold days of winter start to seem endless, and you come down with a major case of the winter blahs. You know the winter blahs, right? It's cold outside and there are no big events in t... Read more

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The lost art of cinema
There was a time when people went to see films. Nowadays, people go to see movies. They may sound similar, but there is, in fact, a world of difference. When moving pictures were first invented just before the turn of the 20th century, they wer... Read more

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Long Distance Love: What to do when you visit them
During the big holiday times of the year — think the winter holiday season or birthdays — either you or your significant other (depending on who it is that lives out of town) probably comes home. As I've mentioned before, this can b... Read more

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Reel Views: Rooney Mara gets gritty (and pierced)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2012) Remember that girl from the first few minutes of The Social Network? The girlfriend who unceremoniously dumps Mark Zuckerberg, inspiring him to create Facebook? Well, if you didn't know that she was p... Read more

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Reel Views: That's why they call Spielberg great
War Horse (2011) Steven Spielberg is inarguably one of the best war film directors of all time. He brought to the screen the stories of Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan as well as producing the ultra-successful series Band of Broth... Read more

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Hot damn: Heat up with some hot yoga
Downward dog. Child. Tree. Cat. Plank. I'm sure for many of you there is instant recognition that these are yoga poses. some of you probably even practice yoga regularly. maybe, you're one of the lucky few who have discovered the amazing exper... Read more

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Mastering the method of meditation
Between classes, homework, exams, work, friends, parties and all the other pandemonium that college life can bring, you're probably looking for a way to relax. If so, meditation might just be for you. The art of meditation has a long histo... Read more

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Top 10 movies about health and wellness
Health is an important aspect of life, and movies about health (or lack thereof) are an important and always entertaining aspect of cinema. In the spirit of healthy entertainment, here are the top ten movies about health and wellness. 10. Gir... Read more

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Get in touch with nature in London
We all know that London is called "The Forest City," and we all know just as well that it's for a good reason. You can't turn around in this city without seeing at least a handful of trees on all sides of you. But what many Londoners and out-o... Read more

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Teen drinking still an issue
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently released a report on the current trends of alcohol consumption among high school students. The 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey shows data from 9,288 students, ranging f... Read more

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Reel Views: Elementary, my dear Watson
Murder, mystery, Moriarty. These are what Guy Ritchie's latest flick, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, is all about. In Ritchie's first Sherlock Holmes flick, released in 2009, some fans were deeply disappointed at the absence of the detect... Read more

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Reel Views: Catch a classic - The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Have you ever wished that you could see some of your all-time favourite classic films the way they were meant to be seen: on a big screen and from an actual reel of film? Well, you're in luck! Cineplex T... Read more

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Long Distance Love: What to do when they're back
You've put in your time being away from each other, and you managed to survive until you can spend time with your significant other again. Now you're back in the same city and everything is right with the world. Right? It would be nice to thin... Read more

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Reel Views: Who can resist The Muppets?
The Muppets (2011) Remember when you were a kid watching Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and all the rest of the Muppets on The Muppet Show? Or maybe you remember their feature films like Muppet Christmas Carol or Muppet Treasure Island? ... Read more

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Winter Funderland
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Long Distance Love: The holidays don't have to be lonely
It's that time of year again: holiday season. There are so many special days to celebrate all within a few months of each other: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's and a whole host of others. Believe me, I know that it can be tough t... Read more

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Top 10 Holiday Films
Along with spending time with family, enjoying time off from school and eating way too much, the holidays are full of great movies. In keeping with the holiday vibe, here are my top 10 holiday movies that everyone can enjoy! 10. It's A Wonderful ... Read more

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Top 5 holiday gifts
Books The Help Kathryn Stockett This book tells the story of black maids working in white households in the 1960s, and the struggles Skeeter, a white writer, faces when chronicling the lives of these women. The Man in the Rockefell... Read more

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The quest to find the best coffee in London
Interrobang writers Alison McGee, Bobby Foley, Erika Faust and Jaymin Proulx recently went on a quest to find the best cup of coffee in the Forest City. Braving lines of coffee-starved zombies, slaying baked goods and decimating all that lay in their... Read more

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Book of Pure Evil will crack you up
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: Season One High school can be hard even in the best of circumstances. It can be even harder if you are an awkward, angst-ridden, puberty-stricken male. It can be even harder if you've accidentally unleashed pur... Read more

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Reel Views: Everything Twi-hards have come to expect and more
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) The Twilight series of movies is one that is made for and marketed towards a very specific group of people and it has become quite polarizing. Those people who don't like Twilight will never like ... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Keep the spark going from afar
One of the more important elements in any strong relationship is the physical connection that you feel with one another. You know, that spark. The chemistry. Sex. This is a tricky topic, especially for those in long distance relationships, b... Read more

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Reel Views: Immortals an intense experience
Immortals (2011) Imagine a movie where ancient warriors battle for the power of the gods. Now, imagine that same movie but in a much more intense, in your face, unavoidable kind of way. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Immortals. The plot o... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Long separations
The one element that truly makes a long distance relationship unlike any other is the periods of separation faced by you and your partner. Some long distance couples live within a few hours of each other and are afforded the opportunity to se... Read more

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A different kind of day of remembrance
November 23 might just seem like any other day to you. You'll have classes to attend, texts to write, plans to keep. But this year, Transport Canada and the Arrive Alive organization are asking that you take some time to remember those who hav... Read more

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The Pig Farm a gruesome look at the Pickton case
Almost every Canadian has heard of Robert Pickton, but few have actually heard his chilling voice. A new documentary from CTV provides viewers with that intense experience in The Pig Farm by cutting Pickton's own voice recorded on audio tapes ... Read more

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Reel Views: Anonymous thinks Shakespeare a fraud
Anonymous (2011) A man walks onto a stage — an exact replica of William Shakespeare's infamous Globe Theatre — and in front of a packed house reveals a set of facts to the audience. William Shakespeare had nothing more than a gra... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Long communications
Arguably one of the most important things in a good relationship is communication. This can be fairly easy to do if you both live in the same city — or better yet, if you live together — but what do you do to keep the communication ... Read more

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Entertainment on a budget: London's Best
Being a student and being strapped for cash go hand in hand. Going out and having fun can be on the costly side, but there are always deals to be had. Here are London's best easy-on-the-wallet entertainment deals, so you can go out and have a gre... Read more

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Top 10 movies about money
Even if life isn't all about the money, these top ten financially minded flicks are undeniably based on the bucks. 10. WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS This sequel is quite similar to its 1987 predecessor, Wall Street, and it's just as entertaini... Read more

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Take the $ out of Christma$
Buy Nothing Day is a day when people make a conscious effort to buy absolutely nothing, instead reusing, recycling and getting creative to give the environment and their wallet a break for a day. Vancouver artist Ted Dave started BND in Sept... Read more

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Long Distance Love: Long beginnings
Let me tell you a few things about myself: I am a full-time student in Fanshawe's grueling Advanced Filmmaking program, I am a complete and total geek and proud of it, and I am in a long-distance relationship. Okay, more specifically I am in a... Read more

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Top 10 war films
In the spirit of remembering all those who have served in the military and defended freedom, here are my top 10 war films. While some are funny, some sad and some gruesome, each and every one has an important story to tell. 10. Apocalypse N... Read more

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Reel Views: A closer look at the captains of the Enterprise
The Captains (2011) First there was James T. Kirk, followed by Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Kathryn Janeway, Jonathan Archer and finally James T. Kirk — again. These are the captains of the U.S.S. Enterprise, perhaps the best-known... Read more

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Married to the military
This past May, I married my best friend; six days later he told me that he wanted to join the military. In the first days of the application process, there were a lot of questions: What job will you be doing? How long will you be gone? Will we... Read more

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How to show your support for troops
This Remembrance Day, you're probably spending your time remembering the sacrifice that past military men and women have made to make the world a better place. Remembering those who have fallen is of utmost importance; their deeds cannot go un... Read more

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Guide to geeking out in London
Movies HMV White Oaks and Masonville Malls HMV carries a large selection of DVD and Blu-ray movies, as well as a vast amount of movie-related merchandise including everything from clothing to posters to toys and fun knick-knacks. Cinema 1 Whi... Read more

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The lowdown on LARPing
It's a grey, overcast day with a cool breeze blowing over the field. The sounds of swords clashing fill the air, along with war cries and shouts of defiance. The battle is raging full force — knights exchanging blows with their opponents with l... Read more

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Top 10 geek movies
Geeks love movies. Filmmakers are (more often than not) geeks themselves. Presented for your geeky viewing pleasure, here are my top 10 movies by geeks, for geeks and all about geeks. 10. Weird Science (1985) Two 1980s era geeks try to create a pe... Read more

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Motion-control games: Do gamers really want to get off the couch to play?
Since 1972, when Magnavox released the Odyssey, the very first home video game console, video games have quickly and steadily evolved. From 8-bit animation and sound to 3D platforms to interactive and competitive online gaming, gamers have been exper... Read more

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Catching up with a cosplayer
Playing dress-up appeals to children on a very basic level: they can pretend to be anything from princesses to cowboys. But there seems to come a point in everyone's life when their parents tell them, "Enough, it's time to stop playing dress-up." A g... Read more

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One blu-ray to rule them all
Rating: 5/5 stars J.R.R. Tolkien's epic high fantasy story The Lord of the Rings has been beloved by fans for over half a century. Between 2001 and 2003, director Peter Jackson brought the story to the big screen to the delight of fans around the wo... Read more

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Creating a cult classic
Every once in what can sometimes be a very long while, a little-known about, unassuming and humble film will find itself magically transformed into a cult classic. This is a subtle process that happens away from the spotlight of Hollywood, and it can... Read more

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These are not the blu-rays you're looking for
Star Wars fans can all at once rejoice and recoil in horror at the new Blu-ray release of the entire Star Wars saga. In case you've been living under a rock since 1977, Star Wars tells the epic story of the Skywalker family; a long time ago in a ga... Read more

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Frolicking through the worlds of science fiction and fantasy
Fantasy and science fiction are among the most prevalent genres in today's vast realm of entertainment. Many books to television shows and movies focus on fantasy and science fiction, and there is a discernibly growing audience for these genres of st... Read more

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Reel Views: Everybody cut Footloose
Footloose (2011) Sure, nothing can really compare to the 1984 Kevin Bacon classic dance flick Footloose, but the new 2011 modernization from director Craig Brewer certainly comes close. Ren MacCormack has moved from big city Boston to sma... Read more

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The Grand Masters the Art
Post-War France. An American woman whose husband works long hours in Paris longs for a hobby. She finally decides on cooking, and she sets out to master the art of French cooking. The life of Julia Child is one that has been chronicled in ma... Read more

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Beware the splatter zone
You know when you were a kid and you went to Marineland and there was a section at the front where you would get splashed when the whales flopped into the water? Well, if you go see Evil Dead: The Musical at the McManus Theatre, downstairs at ... Read more

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Grab your fishnets, half-finger gloves and pearls – it's time to do the Time Warp
Every year around Halloween, you are bound to see at least a few men dressed in drag, fishnets and all. The Regional HIV/AIDS Connection has brought all the funky weirdness from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to life for the past three years wi... Read more

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Reel Views: Political thriller fails to thrill
The Ides of March (2011) There is very little thrilling, or even surprising for that matter, in the new film from actor/director George Clooney, The Ides of March. The premise of the film is simple. It takes place during the democratic pr... Read more

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A better kind of earbud
If you love your MP3 player, but don't love the standard earbuds that come with it, or if you spend a lot a time in transit to and from campus, or if you just really love listening to good quality music on the go, then there's a new set of ear... Read more

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Reel Views: Essential Halloween viewing
Halloween (1978) Every year on October 31, cinephiles look for something to satisfy their Halloween movie urges. Each time the spooky holiday rolls around, a batch of new flicks pops up, but lately with hits such as the Saw franchise and t... Read more

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Top 10 Halloween films
It's that time of year again when costumes and candy abound, but if you're opting out of the craziness of this holiday and are looking for a good scary movie to watch at home instead, here are a list of 10 terrifyingly good Halloween flicks. ... Read more

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Fanshawe Pioneer Village gives a hauntingly good performance
Fraud. Murder. Mistaken identities. These are the elements that set the scene for this year's Haunted Village Hayrides at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Each year the historic village puts on a play of sorts; tractors pull spectators around the v... Read more

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Trauma and Treatment a valuable learning experience
October 13: a call comes into the dispatch centre regarding an accident in the woods. A young male has had an accident involving a chainsaw. The paramedic team rushes out to the accident site and jumps out of the ambulance ready to treat the w... Read more

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Top 10 movies about addictions
Sometimes movies are addictive, and sometimes they just tell stories about addictions. Luckily there are some flicks that fall nicely into both categories, so here are my top 10 addictive movies about addictions. 10. LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995) W... Read more

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Addicted to being thin
Body image is an issue that many people have struggled with at one time or another in their lives. In today's skinny-worshipping society where images of size-zero celebrities are constantly thrust into the foregrounds of our thoughts, it can see... Read more

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How the drinks you have today can effect you down the road
Most people are aware of the immediate effects of excessive drinking: loss of consciousness, vomiting, decreased heart rate and dealing with a brutal hangover the next day. It seems that the long-term effects of excessive drinking are far less known.... Read more

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Reel Views: 50/50 a touching story of friendship
When Will Reiser was diagnosed with cancer, he had two things on his side: a killer sense for screenwriting and a loyal friend in Seth Rogen. From these elements emerged the film 50/50, which tells the story of Reiser's real-life battle with a... Read more

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Filmmaking class treated to a documentary extraordinaire
On October 7 at 7 a.m., the Advanced Filmmaking class from Fanshawe College piled into a bus bound for Toronto. On the agenda for the day: a few guest speakers (which only true film nerds would be interested in reading about) and a Q & A with ... Read more

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Reel Views: I don't know why she keeps trying
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) Sarah Jessica Parker was born to play the role of Carrie Bradshaw, and it has become excruciatingly clear that when she tries to break away from that into the realm of romantic comedies, she falls flat. ... Read more

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Reel Views: Kevin Smith finds success in satire with Red State
Red State (2011) Best known for his character Silent Bob (of Jay and Silent Bob fame) and his Askewniverse flicks such as Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy, director Kevin Smith steps out of his comfort zone and tries his hand at something n... Read more

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All about meat - healthy cuts and alternatives
Maybe you're looking to find some healthier meats to cook, or perhaps you've just gone over to the green side and are trying to get the protein and iron that have been lacking in your diet lately. Either way, there are always options for better healt... Read more

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Pros and cons of going vegetarian
Maybe you don't know what kind of vegetarian you want to be. Here is a list of common types of vegetarian diets: Flexitarians People who eat a mainly meat-free diet, but do eat meat occasionally. Pollo-Vegetarians People who eat no meat other t... Read more

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Reel Views: Contagion nothing but a cheap scare
Contagion (2011) What would happen if an epidemic more deadly than anything the modern world has ever seen occurred, and a frantic race began to find a cure to save humanity? That is the situation that Contagion, the newest film from dire... Read more

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Out of Sight Productions plans eye-opening night of entertainment
Are you looking for a great night of live theatre entertainment? Then you definitely want to check out Three Plays - An Out of Sight Night, a presentation by the Out of Sight Productions company. More than simply a regular theatre experience... Read more

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Grand gets Footloose!
Every year, London's Grand Theatre presents the High School Project, a production that brings together students from high schools across the city. This year, they gave us Footloose. Footloose tells the story of Ren McCormack, a city kid from... Read more

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Reel Views: The Debt a powerful, suspense-filled flick
The Debt (2011) Of all the atrocities committed by Nazis during the Second World War, medical experiments performed on concentration camp prisoners were among the worst; The Debt, the latest film from acclaimed director John Madden, revolve... Read more

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Canada's Walk of Fame Festival brings out the stars in Toronto
Each year, a number of extraordinary Canadians are inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, a series of stars' names in the sidewalks throughout Toronto's theatre district. This year, along with the red carpet, induction ceremony and gala to follo... Read more

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Lahey entertains Theatre and Film students
You may have heard him on CBC Radio in years past, or you may know his work on the new TV series Haven, but you probably know him best as Jim Lahey, the perpetually drunk park supervisor in the wildly successful Canadian TV series Trailer Park... Read more

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Are YOU doin' it, Fanshawe?
Every year, Fanshawe runs a sexual awareness week full of free condoms, sex-themed events and tons of information about safe sex. One important element of Sex Week that is not always the most fun, but often the most beneficial for your health,... Read more

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Oh! yes, a free music fest is coming to town
This weekend, downtown London will be host to something that is sure to thrill the music community in the city: a free music festival. From September 16 to 18, the weekend of the Car Free Festival, Dundas Street between Ridout and Wellington ... Read more

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Reel Views: 30 Minutes or Less full of laughs
30 Minutes or Less (2011) Nick has 30 minutes to deliver a pizza or the cost of it gets taken out of his paycheck. Nick also has 12 hours to rob a bank and deliver the money to a couple of dimwitted criminals before the bomb strapped to hi... Read more

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Reel Views: The Help a dramatic look at 1960s Mississippi
The Help (2011) The 1960s in America was a time of great change, particularly in the struggle for civil rights. The country's Deep South, however, was violently resistant to these types of changes, and life in those parts of the country co... Read more

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Distinguished grad profile: John Davies, MMA RRT FAARC
Fanshawe College has a long and proud history of producing outstanding graduates. Sometimes Fanshawe is one of many important steps in a long educational journey, as was the case for one of Fanshawe's distinguished graduates John Davies. Dav... Read more

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Ontario makes it easier to become an organ donor
It is now easier than ever to become a registered organ donor in Ontario; all it takes is a few clicks of the mouse. The new website BeADonor.ca allows any Ontario citizen with a valid health ... Read more

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Fanshawe receives $6 million in funding for arts campus
Over the summer, Khalil Ramal, MPP London-Fanshawe, announced that Fanshawe College would be receiving $6 million in provincial grants to open a new School of Applied and Performing Arts in London's downtown core. The announcement was preced... Read more

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Gaming in London set to grow
The video game development industry in London has been growing for some time now, thanks in large part to the local company Digital Extremes, the company responsible for developing ultrapopular games like Homefront and Bioshock II. Digital Ext... Read more

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