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‘Cuties’ not so cute in use of child sexualization

Netflix’s “Cuties” focuses on lead actress 11-year-old Fathia Youssouf as Amy (far right) on a free-spirited dance team but has since received criticism for its sexualization of its child actors.
Anthony Keem November 20, 2020

With Netflix undergoing indictment by a grand jury in Texas, Netflix-licensed French film “Cuties” directed by Maïmouna Doucouré (“Maman(s)”) faced heavy fire for the graphic sexual portrayals...

The show will not go on; fall musical axed because of COVID-19 health and safety

Theater teacher Amanda Gieser (left) glances at one of her performers being lifted up by cast members of 2018's
Yeihn Lee November 17, 2020

“We'll all be out there carrying the banner man to man. We're always out there soakin' ev'ry soaker that we can. Here's the headline: Newsies on a mission!” Those words from the musical “Newsies”...

‘Rebecca’ delivers Jane Eyre-esque gothic scares

In the 2020 Netflix remake “Rebecca” released Oct. 16, the wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer, “Wounds”) proposes to the female protagonist (Lily James, “Rare Beast”), promising her to live together in his grand estate Manderley.
Andrew Park November 1, 2020

Netflix’s “Rebecca” will appeal to those who enjoyed reading gothic literature in their sophomore English classes. Think Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” or...

Healthy Halloween: COVID-19 pandemic prompts students to scare up new plans to celebrate Oct. 31

An artist’s portrayal of how the coronavirus might become a danger for those who celebrate typical Halloween traditions, such as trick-or-treating.
Michelle Sheen October 29, 2020

BOO! Ahhhh! A hair-raising shriek echoes from inside of the blood-stained building covered in cobwebs. A group of friends dash out of the haunted maze, running from the zombies chasing after them while...

‘Love and Monsters’ offers just right amount of thrills for Halloween treat

Joel (Dylan O’Brien, “The Education of Frederick Fitzell”) confronts Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt, “The One and Only Ivan”) about his decision to leave her and Clyde (Michael Rooker, “The Dark Tower”) to reunite with his girlfriend in Paramount Pictures’ “Love and Monsters” released Oct. 16. Originally, the film was scheduled for a Feb. 12, 2021 release under the name “Monster Problems.”
Hope Li October 25, 2020

A hybrid of “Jurassic World” with its giant dinos and “The Maze Runner” with its pandemic-induced plot, “Love and Monsters” offers viewers a fast-paced adventure and a fresh take on the importance...

The curious case of ‘Enola Holmes’: simply refreshing if not elementary

After venturing off to London, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) opens up a newspaper in search of clues that her missing mother might have left her.
Hanna Oltman October 22, 2020

Now, where to begin? From mysterious cyphers and teenage romance to near death experiences and progressive reform for women, Netflix’s new original movie is the latest attempt to revamp the notorious...

Unlike its name, Instagram’s new feature fails to ‘Reel’ in many users

An artist’s rendering of Instagram’s new feature “Reels” shows a user expressing her creativity through a makeup video using its features like audio, speed, filters and more.
Dominique Chang October 13, 2020

After several accounts of TikTok’s possible shutdown in the summer, avid users like sophomore Jamie Choi deleted the app in August before the new school year began. Because she spent at least two hours...

It’s called Discord, but the instant messaging app has actually done more uniting during COVID-19 pandemic

 Sunny Hills students, such as seniors David Chu and Joyce Park, nicknamed “chu” and “leannes #1 fan” respectively, utilize the multi-channel features of Discord by chatting in text servers. On the left, various text and voice channels are located for members of the specific Discord server to chat in.
Elijah Jhee October 13, 2020

During a time when face-to-face interaction and social gatherings with peers seem impossible because of COVID-19 health and safety issues, students like senior Quinn Cassady only need to boot up their...

Live-action ‘Mulan’ tanks for fans of Disney’s animated classic hoping for a closer adaptation

Actress Liu Yifei plays Mulan, whose family has her dressed up to impress the local Chinese village matchmaker in the live-action movie based more on the original Chinese story than the 1998 original animation.
Hanna Jung October 8, 2020

“Loyal, brave, true.”  In the 2020 live-action movie adaptation of “Mulan,” this phrase either appears or is repeated quite a few times to represent the title character’s beliefs and family...

The OC Fair is canceled, but the food isn’t: Drive-thru option worth the ride

The Hawaiian Chicken Bowls offers a fair staple -- turkey legs for $15 each.
Alice Lee October 6, 2020

For many families, the Orange County Fair has been a summertime staple.  Held annually at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, the event has been known for its rides, entertainment and most...

Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI shoots for the ‘moon’ and more in debut studio album

A rendering of singer songwriter Nicole Zefanya, also known as NIKI, and her first studio album, Moonchild. NIKI creates not only the space-age Moonchild persona in her music videos of some of her initial releases from this 10-song album, but in one particular track, she takes on another persona in
Rachel Yun September 30, 2020

Breaking new musical boundaries while also staying original are common challenges for singers. In her debut studio album released earlier this month, singer-songwriter Nicole Zenfaya -- commonly known...

Grammy-nominated rapper introduces his new Astroworld: McDonald’s Travis Scott Meal

The $6 Travis Scott Meal, named after the Grammy-nominated rapper, consists of a Quarter Pounder with bacon, medium fries with BBQ sauce and a drink of any choice. It'll be available at any McDonald’s restaurant until Oct. 4.
Andrew Park September 27, 2020

A new trend has popped up among TikTok users earlier this month involving those grabbing a bite at the Golden Arches. A line of eager customers in their cars pull up at the drive-thru at a McDonald’s...

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