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NEWS VIEWS
The Latest from L.A. and Beyond
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UBER TO OFFER FREE RIDES TO GROVE, AMERICANA DURING HOLIDAY SEASON
While some of you may still be recovering from Halloween, planning your Thanksgiving or preparing
for finals, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday shopping. Anyone who has lived in Los Angeles
during the holiday season knows that instead of turning into a winter wonderland, L.A. becomes one
giant inferno of bad driving, no parking spots and huge crowds, especially at the famous Grove and
Americana shopping centers. The motto: The earlier you get your holiday shopping done, the better.
But if you’re a car-less college student, getting to these tourist-heaving destinations during the
holidays is a complicated mission.
This year, Uber is partnering with Caruso Affiliated (which owns The Grove and The
Americana) to help you out with your holiday shopping. Starting from Black Friday, Nov. 28 and
running until Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Uber will be offering free rides to people going to The Grove
or The Americana.
Oh, but here’s the catch: You have to spend $450 or more at the properties’ stores. If you spend
that much, you’ll get a free roundtrip ride.
Obviously, if you’re not planning on spending that much money, this offer is useless to you.
But if you have pricier items on your shopping list, you might want to download the app and take
advantage of this service.
REPORT: FINANCIAL AID DOESN’T COVER LOW-INCOME STUDENTS’
RISING COLLEGE COSTS
In California, low-income students are having a tough time paying for college. According to a report
by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, financial aid is unable to cover the rising
college costs.
“While total financial assistance available through federal grants, Cal Grants, institutional aid,
and private scholarships has increased,” states the report, “the actual cost of attending community
college or the California State University has also increased for low-income students—those whose
family income is $30,000 or less.”
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As reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, low-income students at UC schools are taking out a
huge chunk of their income compared to others to pay for college, and many have to resort to taking
out loans at a higher rate.
The report recommends that California public colleges should increase the size of grants to keep
up with inflation, and colleges should keep actual costs below a certain amount for grant recipients.
USC, UCLA MAKE BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK’S BEST MBA SCHOOLS LISTS
Thinking about going to grad school to get your MBA? Then you need to check out Bloomberg
Businessweek’s “Best Business Schools 2014.”
For the 14th time, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the country’s full-time MBA programs. And
for the first time ever, Harvard has been knocked out of the top five. The Harvard Business School
comes in at No. 8, behind Yale University and Northwestern University.
At the top spot is Duke University, followed by University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago,
Stanford University and Columbia University.
UCLA Anderson School of Management rose from its 2012 ranking at No. 16 to No. 11. USC
also jumped in the ranks, from No. 28 two years ago to No. 21 in 2014.
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STUCK IN L.A. ON TURKEY DAY? Here Are 8 Fun Things To Do!
Westside Thanksgiving is open to everyone, including students!
THANKSGIVING IS TRADITIONALLY A HOLIDAY SPENT WITH
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES. But for many students,
that’s not the case. If you live out of state and can’t afford the plane
trip home or you have a job or internship commitment you can’t
break, then Thanksgiving means spending that time alone with a
Hungry Man TV dinner or with other unlucky students that have
to make due with dining hall food instead of Mom’s delicious
turkey dinner. That may not be your ideal Thanksgiving Break,
but don’t let it get you down: There are plenty of things going on
in Los Angeles that will lift your spirits—just take a look!
THANKSGIVING EVENTS
Westside Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov. 27 at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Price: Free
Open to everyone, including students, Westside Thanksgiving
offers a free sit-down dinner. You can either go as a guest or
volunteer. If you’re interested in giving back this year, you
can bring a roasted turkey or a pie (follow the directions at
westsidethanksgiving.org), help set up the event the day before or
work a two-hour shift the day of. Many missions and charities are
already booked on volunteers, so this may be your best bet to do
some charity work in L.A. this Thanksgiving.
Tofurky Trot 2014
Thursday, Nov. 27 at the Rose Bowl
Price: $25
Help raise money for the National Museum of Animals & Society
by participating in the Pasadena-located Tofurky Trot, where you
will be running for turkeys. Prizes and coupons will be awarded
to the top male, female and children finishers as well as for best
costumes. There will also be random prize drawings along with
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vegan snacks and drinks at the finish line.
Big Bear Turkey Trot
Thursday, Nov. 27 at Meadow Park, Big Bear Lake
Price: $30-$50
If you feel like getting out of the city and going on a mini-road
trip, check out the Big Bear Turkey Trot. Run 3 miles, 6 miles or
9 miles, and win a well-deserved turkey by coming in first place.
There will also be a costume contest with great prizes for best
costumes, including best turkey and best bear costumes, along
with a post-race, pie-eating contest with more great prizes.
35th Annual Free Thanksgiving Feast at Laugh Factory
Thursday, Nov. 27 @ Laugh Factory in Hollywood
Price: Free
Part of the L.A. experience is going to the Laugh Factory at least
once, and this Thanksgiving, you can get free laughs AND a free
dinner! Dinner times are 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Top
comics will join other celebrities and perform live shows following
each meal served throughout the day. Check back on the website
(laughfactory.com) to find out who will be performing.
OTHER GREAT STUFF!
Besides volunteering and donating, take this time off from your
classes to enjoy other great events happening during break.
L.A. Auto Show
Until Sunday, Nov. 30 @ L.A. Convention Center
Price: $15
You might be a broke college student now, but who says you can’t
start planning for the future? That future probably includes a
sweet new car, so dream a little at this year’s L.A. Auto Show. See
the latest cars and everything else car-related, including world and
North American debuts, concept cars, alternative fuel vehicles,
design challenges, trivia contests and more.
Catch a Classic Movie on the Big Screen
We’re not sure if you know this, but besides the new movies
that come out every week, some L.A. theaters play your favorite
classics: Jurassic Park, Singin’ in the Rain and Gone with the Wind
are a few films that will playing at theaters such as the Nuart and
Aero during Thanksgiving Day weekend.
Record Store Day: Back to Black Friday
Friday, Nov. 28
Black Friday—you either love it or you hate it. If you love it (or
at least don’t mind it), then brave the crowds and head to Record
Store Day: Back to Black Friday. Dozens of indie music stores in
SoCal will be offering special deals, promos, appearances and
music that you can’t find online. Visit recordstoreday.com for a
list of venues.
Hollywood Christmas Parade
Sunday, Nov. 30 at Hollywood & Highland Center
Price: Free
Everyone knows that Thanksgiving basically means Christmas
is almost here, so get into the holiday spirit at the Hollywood
Christmas Parade! This annual tradition for over 80 years
will include celebrities from film, television and stage; awardwinning bands; colorful equestrians; ornate floats and specialty
characters. The parade will start on Hollywood Boulevard
at Orange, and the U-shaped parade route will travel east to
Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset,
back to Orange.
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COLLEGE CENTRAL
CALIF. COLLEGE
STUDENT DEBT
AT GRADUATION
LOWER THAN
NATIONAL
AVERAGE
BETTER GRAD PROGRAMMES KEEP
CHINESE STUDENTS AT HOME
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BY KATY MURPHY
THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE/MCT
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE STUDENTS graduate with less debt than students in most states, and
university, state and federal policy has shielded the state’s low-income students from the dramatic
fee increases of the past decade, according to two separate reports released Wednesday night.
A third new report, analyzing college tuition sticker prices nationally, found that the rapid rate
of increases had slowed; the hikes this year, though higher than inflation, were less than the average
increases of the past five, 10 and 30 years, in all sectors.
In-state tuition at public, four-year colleges across the nation rose 2.9 percent between 2013 and
2014 to $9,139, while tuition and fees at private nonprofit colleges rose by 3.7 percent to $31,231,
according to the College Board’s latest Trends in College Pricing report.
Those tuition figures do not reflect what students actually pay, on average, after discounts and
grants. Nor do they include the substantial costs of room and board, which bring the total price,
without financial aid, to $18,943 for in-state public college students nationally and $42,419 for those
at private colleges, according to the College Board.
UC Berkeley is charging $14,414 this year for campus housing and food, more than the cost
of annual tuition and fees. At San Jose State, the average cost to live and eat on campus this year -$11,800 -- is more than 60 percent higher than the school’s tuition bill.
But compared to most other states, California college students are graduating with a lighter
debt load. A new Project on Student Debt report placed California on the “Low-Debt States” list for
the class of 2013, with graduating seniors at four-year public and nonprofit private colleges owing an
average of $20,340 -- the second-lowest in the nation behind New Mexico.
In New Hampshire, Delaware and Pennsylvania, by contrast, the average undergraduate debt
was more than $32,000. The national average was $28,400.
The state averages were based on data that 1,108 colleges voluntarily submitted to the Peterson’s
college guide publisher. The figures have not been audited.
Generally, debt levels are driven by a number of factors, including tuition, state policy, cost of
living in the area, student demographics, and the amount of aid available at a college.
“The importance of state policy and investment cannot be overstated when it comes to student
debt levels,” said Debbie Cochrane, research director at The Institute for College Access & Success and
co-author of the Project on Student Debt report.
A report released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California highlighted the powerful
effect of financial aid policies.
At California State University and the University of California, students on federal financial aid
-- CSU students with family incomes of less than $75,000 and UC students with family incomes of
as much as $110,000 -- saw virtually no change in their net tuition despite the systems’ exponential
tuition hikes between 2008 and 2011, the Public Policy Institute of California reported this week.
In addition to federal grants, California students might qualify for need-based state money that
covers systemwide tuition and fees as well as assistance from their campuses. Students who entered
the country illegally as children may apply for state grants and campus assistance, though they still
are ineligible for federal aid.
“Low-income students who successfully navigate the financial aid process pay little or no
tuition at UC or CSU,” said Jacob Jackson, a PPIC research fellow and author of the report. “Given
the importance of higher education in California’s future, it is more important than ever to reach
students who are eligible for aid but don’t apply for it,” he said.
The findings of all three reports are likely to be cited next week, when the UC Regents consider
a proposal to increase systemwide tuition and fees by as much as 5 percent a year through 2019-20.
The system has kept tuition at 2011 levels in exchange for additional state funding, a condition set by
Gov. Jerry Brown.
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CHRIS WALKER/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/MCT
Follow Katy Murphy at Twitter.com/katymurphy.
BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ANN) – More students than ever, led by those from India, are enrolling in
U.S. graduate schools, but the number of Chinese students has declined slightly—a decline due in
part to improved programmes in China according to a report released Nov. 12.
The report from the Council of Graduate Schools shows that first-time enrollments of students from China dropped 1 percent in 2014, the first decline measured since the survey was initiated in 2004.
According to the report, the number of international students at U.S. graduate programmes
rose between 7 and 10 percent from 2008-13. That growth was driven by Chinese students until
2012, when their numbers peaked. The number of students from India jumped 30 percent and 24
percent in the last two years to surpass the Chinese.
The change in Chinese first-time enrollment involves a relatively large number of students,
since Chinese students constitute 33 percent of the total enrollment of international graduate students in the U.S., the report said.
“This is the first year that it has gone down,” Jason Lane, a professor of international education
at the State University of New York at Albany, said last week. “Previously, there had been huge increases in Chinese students. Last year the increase was 1 percent and this year there was a 1 percent
decline.”
Philip G. Altbach, director of Boston College’s Centre for International Higher Education, said
Chinese graduate students now have access to improved graduate programmes in China.
“China has increased its number and capacity of high-quality graduate programmes,” he said.
“Chinese students now have options at home to pursue advanced degrees they didn’t have several
years ago.”
Lane agreed, adding that Chinese students also have more choices to when seeking an overseas
education.
“China has always been a leading sender of students, and Canada has been aggressive in recruiting foreign students, as have several European countries,” he said.
The reduction in the number of Chinese students who study at U.S. graduate schools may
simply reflect the end of the Chinese baby boom, said Chen Naibo, director of curricula of Quakers Education, a consultancy for overseas study in Beijing. There has been a decrease in the total
number of Chinese college students, Chen said.
“China has passed its baby boom period. And Chinese universities have started to compete
for students,” he said, adding that a majority of Chinese students who enrolled in the U.S. graduate
schools went straight from college without working experience.
But not all U.S. graduate schools are experiencing a decline in interest. Timothy Brunold,
dean of admissions at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said applications from
Chinese students have increased.
“Chinese international students currently account for about 25 percent of our overall graduate applicant pool. Five years ago, they accounted for 19 percent of our graduate applicant pool.
So, not only are their numbers increasing, but so is their share in our pool,” he told China Daily in
an e-mail.
Ohio State University in Columbus, said that Chinese graduate students in the fall of this year
totaled 1,219, up slightly from 1,189 in the fall of 2013.
As for students from India surpassing Chinese applicants in the U.S., Altbach said that Indian
students may not have the same resources in their native country that are available to the Chinese.
“Unlike China, India has not invested heavily in its PhD-level education, so their students are
seeking a higher-quality experience,” he said. “Another factor is the stricter visa requirements from
the U.K. and Australia, which are popular choices for Indian students.”
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Film | Music | Culture
SPORTS: FOOTBALL
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The Trojans are 7-3 and are ranked 1st in South Division.
The Bruins are 8-2 and are ranked 2nd in South Division.
A preview of the upcoming USC-UCLA football game. SATURDAY, NOV. 22, marks the 85th meeting of USC (7-3) and
UCLA (8-2) football. Both teams have had disappointing seasons
to this point, but there remains a lot on the line this weekend at
the Rose Bowl.
UCLA is currently ranked 11th in the AP Top 25 poll at press
time and still has a slim chance of qualifying for the inaugural
College Football Playoff. If they are able to beat USC and
Stanford, their final two opponents of the regular season, and
Arizona State takes a loss, UCLA would play Oregon in the Pac12 Championship game and have an opportunity to show the
nation that they deserve one of the four playoff slots. The Bruins
would need to have everything break right in order to remain
a contender come January, but crazier things have happened in
college football.
After consecutive October losses to Utah and Oregon, most
predicted UCLA’s season was finished, that they wouldn’t be
able to regroup and win the Pac-12. But, four straight victories
have put them back in the hunt. Quarterback Brett Hundley has
recovered from some early-season inconsistencies and helped
right the ship with several weeks of solid play, mostly by becoming
more confident in his running ability. Paul Perkins, also, has been
one of the premier running backs in the Pac-12 this year and has
accumulated more than 1,100 yards with 6 touchdowns.
For the Trojans, this game is more about pride. Typically
the dominant football school in Los Angeles, USC has lost to
UCLA each of the last two years. This game, and their matchup
with Notre Dame to close the season, will be hugely important
to building momentum going into next season, when the NCAA
sanctions are finally through.
USC has had a very inconsistent year, though.
After starting out strong with a victory over Stanford, they
lost to unranked Boston College in their third game, and have
since also dropped games to Arizona State and Utah. In Steve
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Sarkisian’s first season as head coach, the Trojans’ offense has
looked incredible, but has repeatedly come up flat in crunch
time. His offensive system has definitely helped quarterback
Cody Kessler, who has thrown for 29 touchdowns and only 3
interceptions this year – one of the best TD-INT ratios in all of
college football. It’s also been a good year for playmakers Nelson
Agholor and Javorius “Buck” Allen, who have both accrued over
1,000 yards. USC is the only team in the nation, so far at least,
to have both a running back and wide receiver each surpass the
1,000-yard mark.
Unlike the Bruins, the Trojans don’t really have any shot of
qualifying for the playoff. The best they can hope for is to end the
year ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the country and to play
spoiler to UCLA and Notre Dame, their two archrivals. Trojans
fans are already locked in on the significance of Saturday’s game
against the Bruins, knowing that it’s going to be the biggest game
of the season for both teams.
There is a long and storied history of pranks between USC
and UCLA during the weeks leading up to their annual matchup.
It began in 1941, when USC students stole the Victory Bell – the
prize awarded to whichever team wins that year’s Trojans-Bruins
football game – from the UCLA campus. Since then, pranks
have occurred almost every year, including UCLA students
kidnapping USC fans and handcuffing them to fire hydrants, and
USC releasing thousands of cardinal-and-gold-painted crickets
into a UCLA library. The crux of the prank war, however, has
involved the desecration of each school’s famous statue: Tommy
Trojan and the Bruin Bear.
At first, fans would simply attempt to dump paint on each
other’s statue, but it has become more intense in recent decades.
One year, UCLA fans used a blowtorch to steal Tommy Trojan’s
sword. Another year, UCLA fans attempted to dump fertilizer
on Tommy Trojan from a helicopter, but instead, the helicopter’s
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propellers sucked it back inside the vessel, covering the would-be
pranksters in manure. In recent years, the schools have formed
groups responsible for guarding the statues during the week
leading up to the football game, and the statues themselves are
covered in order to protect them from damage.
But, it appears some USC fans have thwarted the Bruin line
of defense this year and were able to spray paint “SC RUNS LA”
on the Bruin Bear.
This rivalry, however, goes even further than pranks. At
UCLA, the week before the game is known as “Beat ‘SC week”,
while at USC the week is called “Conquest,” which is capped off
by a huge rally and concert that used to include the incineration
of a massive stuffed bear. The USC-UCLA rivalry is one of the
oldest in sports, and is special because of their closeness within
Los Angeles.
Whereas traditional rivalries such as Auburn-Alabama
or Duke-North Carolina are stretched over entire states, the
disdain between the Trojans and Bruins is contained to Los
Angeles, which serves as home to both schools. This leads
to constant declarations that one school or the other is THE
school of Los Angeles. This rivalry, though, comes with at least
a few ounces of respect, as both schools recognize the other’s
athletic and academic achievements. UCLA has the most
recognized championships in NCAA history with 111, and USC
is close behind in third place. Additionally, UCLA and USC are
recognized as two of the premier collegiate institutions in the
world, let alone California.
But, any modicums of respect for the other school are put
on hiatus for now. This week is about football, and only one can
wear the crown.
USC battles UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 5
p.m. PST.
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MUSIC: FEATURE
STREAMING POSES
A DILEMMA FOR
MUSICIANS, FANS
BY DAN DELUCA
TO STREAM OR NOT TO STREAM: THAT IS THE QUESTION.
Back in July, when Taylor Swift was plotting the pop-music takeover that culminated in sales
of almost 1.3 million copies of her album 1989 in its debut week, she wrote an op-ed for the Wall
Street Journal.
Widely mocked as naive at the time, the 24-year-old songwriter — who made news recently
by pulling her music off Spotify, the world’s biggest streaming music service — used Rupert Murdoch’s bully pulpit to share her optimistic view that “the music industry is not dying . . . it’s just
coming alive.”
Easy for her to say, you might grouse, considering that she’s since proved capable of selling
more albums in a week than anyone since Eminem circa 2002.
To appreciate the extent to which she is “defying retail gravity,” as former Billboard editor Bill
Werde phrased it to NPR, consider this: In the week before the release of 1989, the top 200 albums
on the Billboard chart sold a combined total of 1.53 million copies, barely outpacing 1989.
Swift’s upbeat attitude is surely rooted in her own exceptionalism, not to mention her laserlike focus on achieving sales goals through social-media bonding. (Search the Twitter hashtag #taylurking to see the phenomenon in action.) She celebrated her boffo week by posting a video of
herself lip-synching to “Backseat Freestyle,” by rapper Kendrick Lamar, who has recently declared
himself a mutually admiring fan.
But in the Wall Street Journal piece, Swift had salient points to make about the devaluation
of music. “Music should not be free,” she insisted, and not just because just because she wants to
be even richer. (So far in 2014, she’s made $64 million, according to Forbes, and she’ll make plenty
more by bringing in approximately 70 cents on the dollar through download sales, as a opposed to
the royalty rate paid out by Spotify, which has 40 million users worldwide, of between $0.006 and
$0.0084 per individual song stream.)
Many in the music industry see streaming as the only hope for growing revenue. According to
the Recording Industry Association of America, revenues from streaming, which the RIAA defines
as including YouTube and Pandora as well as satellite radio and Spotify, have more than offset a decline in money brought in by paid downloads in 2014. And before there was streaming, the plague
was illegal downloading, which has been on the decline.
But those minuscule Spotify payouts have prompted a growing number of major acts, from
David Byrne to Beyoncé to the Beatles, to withhold some or all of their music from the service.
Radiohead leader Thom Yorke, who sold his new album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes for $6 on
the file-sharing BitTorrent platform, has called Spotify “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.”
Patrick Carney of the Black Keys has also ranted. “My whole thing about music is: If somebody’s making money, then the artist should be getting a fair cut of it,” he told the Seattle Times.
Referring to CEO Daniel Ek, Carney said: “The owner of Spotify is worth something like $3
billion. He’s richer than Paul McCartney and he’s 30 and he’s never written a song.”
And recently R&B star Aloe Blacc chimed in, penning an anti-streaming piece for Wired magazine, which tweeted out the headline: “I support Taylor Swift — streaming services are killing
music.”
In her op-ed, Swift wrote: “Music is art, art is important and rare. Important, rare things are
valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.” That’s a noble idea that would be easier to live by if the
Internet had never happened, and of course, if the Internet had never happened, the Wyomissing,
Pa., native wouldn’t have 46 million followers.
But Swift’s larger point — that if they can afford to, musicians shouldn’t cheapen their music
by just giving it away — is valid. She wrote that she hopes artists don’t “underestimate themselves
or undervalue their art.”
It’s a notion lost on U2, who thought they were being brilliant when they automatically placed
their new album, Songs of Innocence, in the music libraries of 500 million iTunes users, only to
incite a PR backlash after non-fans came to regard the Irish band’s intrusion as so much unwanted
spam.
Carney’s two cents: U2 “devalued its music completely” by pushing it on listeners whether
wanted or not. “It sends a huge mixed message to bands that are just struggling to get by.”
Of course, for bands struggling to get by, struggling even to be heard, keeping their music
off streaming services is not so easy. Such acts need to get their music out any way they can, and if
they’re going to make money the new-fashioned way — by touring, endorsement deals, and licensing their songs for use in TV and video games — people need to be able to have easy access to it.
To stream or not to stream is a thorny dilemma for fans, too. I resent the way the streaming
model puts ownership of the music back in the hands of industry muckety-mucks. Rather than
letting you own your collection, the music biz is moving relentlessly toward a model similar to
on-demand cable TV or Netflix, in which the entirety of music history is (theoretically) available
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Taylor Swift recently
removed all of her music
from the popular musicstreaming app, Spotify.
whenever and wherever. The catch is that you, the user, pay over and over again, whether by hearing
an ad or with a subscription fee.
Despite those misgivings, Spotify is a pretty good deal: $9.99 a month for ease of use in building and sharing playlists, and the ability to hear a song once it pops into your head, like when you’re
driving to work and playing Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes” seems absolutely necessary
at that very moment.
Having millions of songs at your disposal and trying to decide what to click on can be a
paralyzing experience, however. Whether you do your shopping on iTunes, Amazon, or your local
mom-and-pop store, it’s not conducive to the kind of intimate bonding with a favorite artist that
comes when you care about something enough to actually purchase it.
That’s one reason live performance has become so crucial. Yes, bands can make money (sometimes), but it also gives fans a chance to make a human connection with the artists they love.
Swift has proved herself an expert at forging those connections. And with her latest trick of
pulling her music off Spotify, she strengthens her bond with her followers by making them have to
buy her album to prove how much they love her.
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MUSIC: REVIEW
ONE DIRECTION’S FOUR – HOW QUICKLY THEY GROW UP
RJ SHAUGHNESSY
ONE DIRECTION
Four
(Syco/Columbia)
3 stars out of 4
BY MIKAEL WOOD LOS ANGELES TIMES/MCT
IT’S AN INDICATION OF HOW QUICKLY LIFE MOVES for the lads of One Direction that their
idea of ancient history appears to be 2012.
That’s when Harry Styles — the youngest (and arguably dreamiest) member of this British
boy band — was 18, an age he and his mates recall on their new album as though the memory were
nearly lost to the mists of time.
“I have loved you since we were 18,” they sing over strummed acoustic guitar in “18,” as full
of yearning as James Garner at the end of The Notebook. “I want a love like you made me feel when
we were 18.”
The exaggerated emotion of youth? Well, duh — that’s the business One Direction is in.
Here’s the thing, though: Go back and listen to Styles at that age — on the band’s second album,
Take Me Home — and two years really does seem like an eternity.
There’s no sense on Four, released this week, of the excitable, fresh-faced kids first assembled
by Simon Cowell on the British edition of “The X Factor.” And there’s only a trace of the rowdy
rock crew heard on last year’s Midnight Memories, the success of which helped drive ticket sales for
One Direction’s recent stadium tour.
Instead, the band’s fourth record reveals a group of soft-pop smoothies, now aged 20 to 22, pulling from the same hip reference points as your average Coachella act: Fleetwood Mac, the Beach Boys,
David Bowie. They’re growing up not by going wild but — get this — by relaxing. And the result is
their best work yet.
That connection to Midnight Memories, by the way, comes right at the top of Four in the form
of “Steal My Girl,” which (in a sly nod to the earlier album’s Who-mimicking “Best Song Ever”) begins as a virtual replica of “Faithfully” by Journey. Once it kicks in, though, the song’s slow-motion
beat provides a swagger that feels new for One Direction, which even at its naughtiest would never
have been mistaken for a threat.
“Everybody wanna steal my girl / Everybody wanna take her heart away,” they sing. “Couple
billion in the whole wide world / Find another one ‘cause she belongs to me.”
They’re similarly sure of themselves in “Fireproof,” in which they insist, “Nobody knows you,
baby, the way I do,” over a hypnotic groove that echoes Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy.” (Other songs
openly crib riffs from Tears for Fears and the French band Phoenix, yet another sign of the group’s
confidence.)
But even when thoughts of romance turn darker — as in “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and
“Fool’s Gold,” about knowingly falling for a lover who “turned it on for everyone you met” — the
music stays lustrous, even sensual, with shimmering guitars and unhurried beats. “Stockholm Syndrome” sets a story about being taken hostage against sleek disco licks that make the scenario, one
surely imagined in the oodles of One Direction fan fiction found online, sound like a kinky good
time.
In “Night Changes,” they’re worrying about aging: “We’re only getting older, baby, and I’ve
been thinking about it lately / Does it ever drive you crazy just how fast the night changes?” Again,
though, the steady tempo and sleepy vocals, closely miked to catch every slur and crack, suggest
that growing up is just another term for chilling out.
That’s hardly a realization in sync with the demand for a boy band to stay forever young. But
assuming they don’t first split for the inevitable solo careers to come, it might be what keeps One
Direction together.
At least for two more long years.
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SOKO OPENS
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her future projects.
BY JACOB GAITAN
You might’ve seen Soko in the viral video “First Kiss,” released earlier this year.
FRENCH INDIE-FOLK SINGER SOKO has set her sights on
capturing the independent artist mountain while recently
touring with Foster the People. Consumed with passion and
overwhelming emotion, she wanders from city to city, wearing
her heart on her sleeve, a notepad in hand and documenting
each event worth immortalizing.
We caught up with the songstress before she played at Los
Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium earlier this month.
Campus Circle: Can you shed some light into the making
of the new album and the direction in which it’s taken compared
to your previous musical efforts? What were your thoughts on
collaborating with Ross Robinson?
Soko: I reached out to Ross in the first place because I
wanted him to hook me up with Robert Smith and have him
produce my record. But he never answered. Ross reached out
saying, “I’ll help you with your record.” Two days later, we
started recording. The direction I was taking was very clear even
in the way the songs were written—very raw, more dreamy,
more punk-y, more goth-y, more fun, more epic. Ross is the
master at capturing the most vibrant, vital, vulnerable vibe […]
We recorded at his house in Venice beach, would go to yoga in
the morning together and then just record all day every day for a
good six months of fun. Now I consider him family.
Outside of music, you’re a highly talented actor having
starred in multiple French films as well as a voice over in the
Oscar-nominated film Her. Currently living in Southern
California, are there any ambitions in pursuing an acting
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career after supporting the upcoming album release?
I do love acting and miss it ‘cause I’ve been so rich with music
the past few years. I actually have five movies booked for 2015.
I hope I have time to do it all. I’m really nervous about it. But
I have a good team that is watching out for me and is good at
making things happen.
You’re highly versatile across multiple platforms,
including on-stage live performances or cinematic deliveries.
Having directed several music videos of your own, is there a
platform where you feel most comfortable? Is maintaining a
creative stance the priority objective?
Yes. If I don’t feel creative or don’t challenge myself with
new creative endeavors, I just get bored. There’s one thing in life
I can’t stand: being bored. So, I always keep myself busy with a
million creative outlets. Directing my music videos is definitely
some of my favorite little side things to do. I’m directing two
new ones. Very excited about that.
Recently, you debuted the song “Bad Poetry” into your
set list in Orlando. The upbeat tempo and melodic dance
beats provide an energetic volt that captivates the audience.
Could this be considered a speck of light into the direction the
unreleased album is headed?
Hahaha! How do you even knooooowwww? Yes indeed,
I’ve been laying a lot of songs out of the new record on this tour.
It’s been really fun to play them live. And “Bad Poetry” definitely
reflects the new sort of dreamy vibe of the record.
The music industry has struggled to maintain a profit with
album sales over the past decade. Artists have independently
released their work free of charge while others have partnered
with major companies. Can you see a future where music
content becomes an open platform in the future? What are your
thoughts on tomorrow’s musical approach, and is it salvageable
from a monetary standpoint?
I seriously have no clue. All I know is that I made a record
and want people to hear it. I don’t care how they do it. It’s really
hard to survive as an indie musician making “just” music today.
I lose money each time I go on tour. I have to DJ and continue
acting to make sure I can still do music. All of this is giving me
MAJOR anxiety.
The creative accolades you’ve accomplished under the age
of 30 are definitely something to be proud about. Outside of the
already mention creative mediums you’ve ventured on, is there
any other form of expression you would like to address?
Ha! Thanks. I’m pretty happy with everything I’ve got
to do so far. I do so much only because I’m so scared to die
young that I want to make sure that if I die tomorrow, I’d have
accomplished enough stuff that I needed to during my life. Does
that make sense? I definitely want to direct a feature film soon
enough. I have a few ideas that have been blooming for years.
With the year quickly approaching the end, what can
fans expect from you in 2015? Any current details that you can
share?
My record will be release early next year, and hopefully I’ll
get to tour as much as possible and do a bunch of movies too!
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FRIDAY, NOV. 21
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Jennifer Lawrence is back in the penultimate entry to one of the
most popular and successful franchises ever. Though The Hunger
Games movies are imperfect and often suffer from excessive
melodrama and predictability, there remains a lot to like here.
The series, based on books from Suzanne Collins, serves as an
interesting commentary on governmental autonomy and the
power of public rebellion. Additionally, Mockingjay will be one
of our last opportunities to see the amazing Philip Seymour
Hoffman on screen.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26
Horrible Bosses 2
Reconnect with characters that had us ROFL three years ago
in the first Horrible Bosses! The new sequel seems to follow the
first film’s formula, with plenty of laughs throughout. Jason
Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis reunite as aspiring
CEOs with dreams of creating the “shower buddy,” a device you
can take into the shower to wash your body and hair. But when
they’re screwed over by a slick investor (Christoph Waltz), they
deiced to poorly execute a kidnapping scheme that involves
the investor’s son, played by Chris Pine. Speaking of which,
Pine (Star Trek) must be given his due credit for taking on this
film. Not only does he pull off the pretty-boy charm, but he has
comedic chops as well.
FRIDAY, NOV. 28
The Babadook
Books can’t hurt you…right? Maybe not. In this thriller, Amelia
(Essie Davis) is at a loss six years after the violent death of her
husband. She struggles to discipline her out of control 6-yearold (Noah Wiseman) whose dreams are plagued by a monster
he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing
storybook called The Babadook turns up at their house, Samuel
is convinced it is the creature he’s been dreaming about. And
when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all
around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing her son has
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Wild
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been warning her about may be real. If the trailer is of any
indication, expect to be spooked.
In Pyramid, an archaeological team explores a lost pyramid.
However, what they find is something insidious.
The Imitation Game
Along with “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men” and a few other
shows, BBC’s “Sherlock” is considered by many critics to be the
best thing on television today. This is largely due to the titular
character’s performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, who, in
The Imitation Game, plays a famous British mathematician
that was instrumental in cracking the code of German
communication in WWII. This film tells that true story, and
more, leading up to his 1952 trial in the U.K. for the crime of
homosexuality. Serving as a war representation, a technology
film, a court trial story and a social commentary, there’s
definitely a lot to be excited about here.
Miss Julie
Now here’s a romantic matchup we like: Jessica Chastain and
Colin Farrell star in a new film that’s all about power, dominance,
seduction and repulsion (no, it’s not Fifty Shades of Grey). It’s
called Miss Julie. Set in the Irish countryside in the 1880s, the
film takes place over the course of one midsummer night where
Miss Julie (Chastain) and John (Farrell), her father’s valet,
dance, drink, charm and manipulate each other. Their intimacy
eventually leads to desperate plans and vision of a life together,
and Julie and John find their escape in a final act as sublime and
horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.
FRIDAY, DEC. 5
Wild
You might’ve gone backpacking one summer or one semester
while studying abroad in Europe, but we doubt you’ve ever
contemplated walking 1,000 miles. Starring Reese Witherspoon,
Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski and Gaby Hoffmann, Wild follows
the reckless, heroin-addicted Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon) on
the brink of divorce. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi
(Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to
hike the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. The film powerfully
reveals her terrors and pleasures as she forges ahead on a journey
that maddens, strengthens and ultimately heals her. Directed
by the same guy who directed Dallas Buyers Club and already
receiving rave reviews, Wild surely won’t disappoint.
The Pyramid
It’s been awhile since audiences have been gifted with a good
mummy movie since, well, The Mummy in 1999. Thankfully,
Fox is brining us The Pyramid. But don’t expect Brendan Fraser’s
good looks and sarcasm in this film. Oh no, Grégory Levasseur’s
latest project has a much more sinister vibe, which is what you
should expect from the writer of The Hills Have Eyes and P2.
FRIDAY, DEC. 12
Exodus: Gods and Kings
As we’ve seen with Noah, biblical films can be pretty hit or miss.
But when you’ve got Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Hannibal)
as the director, you really don’t have anything to worry about.
Plus, the star-studded cast—Christian Bale, Aaron Paul and
Sigourney Weaver—pretty much ensures you’ll be seeing a
strong theatrical performance. Exodus: Gods and Kings is Moses’
story of setting 600,000 slaves free from Pharaoh Ramses. If
you’re unfamiliar with the biblical story, recall the animated hit
The Prince of Egypt but with real actors, more special effects and
no Whitney Houston/Mariah Carey mash-up.
Top Five
Funny-man Chris Rock is the writer/director/star of this
upcoming comedy! Rock plays a wildly successful comedian
(hmm, semi-auto-biographical maybe? Or perhaps his alter
ego?) that suddenly doesn’t “feel funny anymore.” It’s like he’s
having a celebrity mid-life crisis. So, he spends the day with a
journalist from the Times and reflects on his life. At the Toronto
Film Fest, Top Five impressed the critics (it’s a “ferociously funny
snapshot of life in the celebrity bubble,” declared Variety). Along
with Rock, the film’s impressive lineup also includes Rosario
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Dawson, Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Gabrielle Union, Cedric
the Entertainer and whole bunch of other comedy favorites!
Free the Nipple
Did you know that in 35 states it is illegal for a woman to be
topless? And in New York City, which legalized public toplessness
in 1992, police continue to arrest women who choose to expose
their chests? Yep, it’s true. Free the Nipple is a movement that has
gained support from women everywhere, including celebs like
Miley Cyrus and Lena Dunham. Inspired by true events, the film
follows a group of women as they try to change the censorship
laws in America by walking in NYC topless. (Warning: Contains
nudity, obviously).
Inherent Vice
Paul Thomas Anderson is among the best directors working
today. From Boogie Nights and Punch-Drunk Love to The Master
and There Will Be Blood, over the past few decades Anderson has
proved himself a visionary when it comes to creating thoughtprovoking films that challenge viewers’ expectations and
sensibilities. The plot for his newest film is so weird – a drug-filled
Los Angeles convergence of surfers, hustlers, dentists, murderers,
police and a saxophone player – that it doesn’t even really matter.
PTA films aren’t about what happens on screen; they’re about
giving the viewers an experience that sticks with them, sometimes
making them examine different aspects of their life through a
new lens. Inherent Vice stars Joaquin Phoenix and is based on a
book from Thomas Pynchon, who wrote the screenplay alongside
Anderson.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The legend of Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Dwarves
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continues with the third installment based off the popular J.R.R.
Tolkien novels. Picking up where the prequel left off—with the
evil dragon Smaug on the loose—The Battle of the Five Armies
has been described as the saga’s “defining chapter.” While Smaug
is unleashing his fiery wrath, the Orcs are ready to attack. The
only question: Will the dwarves, elves and men unite against the
evil forces…or will they fall? Expect award-worthy special effects,
action and a lot of fighting.
FRIDAY, DEC. 19
Annie
Music, dancing, singing, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz – what
else do you really need to know? Annie has always been a holiday
classic on stage and on screen, and this latest adaptation with a
modern twist promises to tug at your heartstrings, much thanks
to the adorable Quvenzhané Wallis.
Mr. Turner
How many artists would strap themselves to a ship’s mast just so
they could paint a snowstorm? Not many, we’re assuming. But,
Mr. Turner did. This film explores the last quarter century of the
great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall,
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Profoundly affected by
the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted
and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship
with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito
in Chelsea, where he dies.
FRIDAY, DEC. 25
Into the Woods
You’re never too old for a good fairytale, and this one has all the
makings of a great story. Disney has rolled some of our favorites
fairytales—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack & The
Beanstalk, Rapunzel—into one to give us Into the Woods. Starring
Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, this
musical follows the various characters on their adventures. Little
do they know they’re also learning very important lessons from a
sneaky, singing witch (Streep).
The Interview
Three words: Seth Rogen, James Franco and Kim Jong-un. Already
t his is sounds like a brilliant comedy. Rogen and Franco reunite
once again to play a producer and anchor for a celebrity TV show
who snag an interview with North Korean leader Jong-un (not
played by the real Jong-un for obvious reasons). However, there’s
a catch: the CIA wants the men to assassinate the unpopular
leader. The movie was pushed back from October to Christmas
Day, which we don’t have a problem with whatsoever—can you
think of a better gift? News of The Interview initially pissed off
North Korea (understandably), and a foreign ministry spokesman
for the country reportedly called the move “a blatant act of
terrorism and war.” A movie that causes this much international
controversy is, without a doubt, a must-see.
Selma
Finally, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic we’ve been waiting
for! Selma will have a limited release on Christmas Day but will
expand on Jan. 9. Oprah Winfrey produced and stars in this film
about the King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights in 1965.
If you recall what you learned in U.S. History, the march from
Selma to Montgomery resulted in President Johnson signing the
Voting Rights Act of 1965. Selma screened at the AFI Fest, and
critics from various outlets have called it stunning, emotional
and intelligent, and it’s already getting Oscar buzz.
*Ryan Bouziane contributed to this story.
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Bateman as Nick and Jason
Sudeikis as Kurt.
THEY’RE BACK!
ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, Nick, Dale and Kurt were just
three hapless heroes who were unhappy with their jobs. To
escape their horrible bosses, they came up with a complicated
plan: to kill them. However, it turns out that not everyone is cut
for homicide, as the three men eventually realized. Thankfully,
they decided to instead embark on different career paths.
This leads us to Horrible Bosses 2, the sequel to the 2011
box office hit that grossed about $118 million domestically. In the
latest installment, we’re reunited with Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale
(Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) as they attempt to create
a one-of-kind, albeit absurd, product: the “Shower Buddy,” an inshower device that dispenses soap, shampoo and water. They find
a slick businessman (Christoph Waltz) to invest in the product,
but he ends up stealing the guys’ idea and leaving them basically
penniless. Naturally they’re upset, so the three come up with a
terribly thought-out scheme to kidnap the investor’s obnoxious
son (Chris Pine) to secure ransom money and stay in business.
From then on, hilarious antics ensue as the three prove their
kidnapping skills suck almost as much as their homicide skills
when Pine’s character takes the upper hand.
“We loved the idea of them concocting and then calling off a
kidnapping plot, only to have the victim force them to go through
with it,” explained director and co-writer Sean Anders (We’re the
Millers, Dumb and Dumber To).
Sequels are definitely the trend this year (case in point: 22
Jump Street, Dumb and Dumber To, The Expendables 3…need we
go on?), but this movie isn’t your typical Part 2.
“What’s tough about a lot of sequels,” explained Anders,
“is that the first story takes the characters through some kind of
transformation, where they begin as one kind of person and then
change into a better, more enlightened person at the end. But
Horrible Bosses wasn’t meant to be super heartwarming: it wasn’t
that kind of party.”
He added, “In fact, I think it’s safe to say that, at the end of
the second movie, they still haven’t learned anything.”
The film isn’t due out until the Thanksgiving holiday
(Wednesday, Nov. 26), but it is already garnering solid reviews.
The Hollywood Reporter notes, “Although not everyone will
be giving thanks as this sequel lands on the upcoming holiday
weekend, some will certainly seize on the film’s familiar casting
and relatable situations as reason enough to celebrate.”
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An inside look behind the familiar (and new!) faces of Horrible Bosses 2.
BY CAMPUS CIRCLE STAFF
Yes, Horrible Bosses 2’s hilarious characters are familiar to
us, and with that familiarity comes a chemistry that radiates off
screen: Bateman, Day and Sudeikis have the same undeniable
energy we saw in the first film. “We can still surprise each other,”
said Sudeikis. “Charlie, Jason and I become sort of a self-governing
unit with a lot of check and balances.”
Anders said the three “were on fire…Sometimes my job
was to watch the fireworks go off and hone in on the best stuff,
because there was so much of it.”
In this trio, each character has their own role within the
group. For example, Nick is the assumingly smart one with the
voice of reason. “My job as Nick is to be as close as possible to a
representative for the audience, and to react to the absurdity in
these scenarios in enough of a realistic way so they don’t think it’s
too goofy,” explained Bateman.
Dale, on the other hand, is the stressed-out scary-cat who
doesn’t want to do anything that will upset his wife. “[He] is all
over the place, flipping out one moment and being ominously
quiet the next,” said Anders. “He’s the most neurotic and easily
frightened of the three…”
Finally, there’s Kurt, the confident and optimistic one who
believes everything will work out. He’s “happy-go-lucky, almost
like a puppy dog. He likes to have fun, and he’s willing to go for it,”
said Sudeikis. “He’s willing to try just about anything.”
Also returning in the sequel is “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston,
who reprises her role as Dale’s sex-addicted ex-supervisor Dr.
Julia Harris, a dentist. Only now, Julia is in a sex-addiction group,
trying to better herself…or is she?
“She’s so unapologetic and confident and just insanely wrong
in so many ways that it’s just so much fun to play,” Aniston told
MTV News about her character. “She’s trying to help, supposedly,
but it almost feels like she’s swimming in a sea of chum, trying to
find her next group of victims.”
In case you didn’t see the first film, Aniston showed off her
wild side, and she delivers that same raunchiness in Horrible Bosses
2. “She was really up for anything, and so funny,” said Anders. “She
came up with a lot of outrageous language that we worked into
the dialogue. She really has a lot of fun with that character.”
Aniston said she wasn’t intimidated working with the three
funny-men and had more balls than the guys’ combined, as
reported by Contactmusic. And in a separate interview, Aniston
said that in her scenes with Bateman, her longtime friend, “we
were trying to out-squirm each other, which was really fun. And
Charlie is another one we like to squirm. Charlie is adorable. He’s
game for anything, but he blushes easily.”
But perhaps who delivered a slightly bigger surprise with
his performance is Pine. We’re used to seeing the actor in more
serious roles such as the smartass James T. Kirk in Star Trek and
the badass Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Comedy is
new to him.
“My prescription was to stay loose, hang with the guys
and follow the music of the scene,” said Pine. However, was he
successful in keeping up with Bateman, Day and Sudeikis, three
guys who are no strangers to comedy?
“Let’s face it: Most, for lack of a better word, ‘pretty-boy’
actors don’t have the chops that a lot of comedy guys have,” said
Anders in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “But every now
and then a guy like Alec Baldwin or Jon Hamm comes along. I
knew Chris was one of those guys.”
And it seems that some critics agree: “Pine … introduces
such manic humor that he manages to steal more than a few
scenes,” writes Justin Lowe of the Hollywood Reporter.
Unlike Pine, Jamie Foxx is a comedy vet with years and
years of experience under his belt. He returns to the Horrible
Bosses franchise as the scalp-tatted ex-con consultant (in the first
movie, he advised the guys with their murder scheme). Now, the
effortlessly funny Foxx is more of a “motivator.”
“He’s trying to let them know that they don’t necessarily
need his advice anymore, they just need to stop messing around,”
explained Foxx. “They need to own and embrace the criminals
that they are and get on with it.”
With that said, will Kurt, Nate and Dale indeed “get on with
it?” Will they finally pull off a crime, become their own bosses and
rake in millions of dollars from Shower Buddy sales? Well, after
you’ve finished eating your turkey, you’ll just have to check it out
in theaters to find out.
Horrible Bosses 2 releases in theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 26,
2014.
*All direct quotes were taken from the Horrible Bosses 2 Warner
Bros. press kit unless otherwise noted.
Film | Music | Culture
TV / FASHION
THERE’S NOT A PERSON ON EARTH who can convince
me that Mindy Kaling has zero style. Whether she’s on the
red carpet or portraying the quirky and lovable Mindy
Lahiri on FOX’s “The Mindy Project,” Mindy knows how
to rock a variety of styles, embracing wonderful colors
and her fabulous curves while still looking professional
and sophisticated.
INTERN FASHION TIPS
INSPIRED BY MINDY KALING
So, we’ve turned to her Instagram page to dig up
some Mindy-inspired clothing items and outfits that
BY SYDNEY CHAMPION
would help any female intern stand out in an office
environment.
Mindy Kaling of “The Mindy Project.” EMILY SHUR/FOX
Sure, Mindy might have the voice of a 10-year-old
girl, but she dresses like a boss lady.
The “Bright” Professional
One of the best things about Mindy’s personal style is that
she’s not afraid of color (she’s probably worn every single color
of the rainbow on her show). Some interns prefer to dress in
understated hues such as grey, black, dark blue and brown.
However, that is a BIG mistake! Don’t be afraid to splash up the
office environment with some color. It’ll make you stand out
among the other interns, and if your boss has any fashion sense,
you’ll most definitely receive a compliment.
Copy Mindy’s love for color by investing in a bright blue
blazer, like the one pictured here from Foreign Exchange. You
can pair it with an equally bright skirt (like Mindy), or balance
out your outfit with dark pants and a light-colored shirt
underneath, like the model.
Pictured: Classic Shirred Sleeve Blazer, $29, Foreign Exchange
www.CampusCircle.com
A Pencil Skirt that “Pops!”
Every young female professional should have a least one of these
in her closest. Furthermore, instead of the boring black, grey
and pinstriped skirt, purchase a pencil skirt in a bold color such
as purple, red, green or blue.
This is probably my favorite look from Mindy thus far. She
expertly paired her purple pencil skirt with a black-and-white
long sleeved collared shirt and managed to not look “loud.”
Although the Express model’s red pencil skirt is wonderfully
bold and fitting, take this look a step further by matching your
skirt with a patterned blouse. Or, try color blocking.
The key to pencil skirts, however, is finding the right size.
If you have a little bit of tummy flab (look, we can’t all have
amazing abs), try finding a high-waist skirt that has a tummy
panel. And be sure your pencil skirt isn’t too tight; if it’s too hard
to walk around in it or if it creates unflattering bulges, don’t buy
the skirt.
And one more note about pencil skirt outfits in general:
They’re great for accentuating curves, but don’t take it too far.
Don’t wear a tight, button-up blouse that shows cleavage with
your pencil skirt, and avoid skirts with slits that go all the way up
to your mid-thigh area—that’s an intern fashion no-no.
Pictured: High Yoke Waist Midi Pencil Skirt, $59.90, Express
Baggage You Actually Need
The bag you carry to class is probably not the bag you should
be carrying to your internship. In other words, leave you ratty
backpack that you’ve had since high school in your dorm, and
invest in a nice workbag you’ll hold onto for years.
Mindy’s Celine bag is to die for, and good for her. Chances
are, if you’re interning, you’re either not getting paid or you’re
getting paid very little, so the probability of you buying a Celine
bag is nonexistent.
Don’t feel too bad, though, because you can find an equally
amazing bag at an affordable price. This tote bag from ASOS
has leather-looking fabric (hey, who’s really going to tell the
difference?) and enough pockets and zippers for you to fit your
wallet, cell phone, lipgloss, etc. And, its size and shape allow you
to carry documents back and forth if you need to, eliminating
your need for a backpack or briefcase.
However, what’s really great about this bag is its color.
Emerald green gives off a sophisticated, royal vibe, and it will
definitely stand out among all of the black and Navy blue purses
in the office. If green isn’t your thing, at least get a bag in a color
that draws attention.
After all, as Mindy has proven us with ALL of her looks,
embracing color is also embracing fierceness, confidence and
creativity—three things every intern needs to stand out in the
workplace.
Pictured: ASOS East West Pocket Tote Bag, $53.22, ASOS
CAMPUS CIRCLE November 20 - December 3, 2014
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BEAUTY
5 BEST SPAS
& SALONS
ON THE
WESTSIDE
BY ANGELA MATANO
The “Wet Room” at Burke Williams Day Spa
LOS ANGELES’ WESTSIDE IS HOME TO WHAT FEELS LIKE A ZILLION PLACES TO PAMPER
YOURSELF. Sometimes, with all the variety, it’s difficult to know which place to choose—especially
when you’re a busy college student.
For you UCLA students who need to de-stress from all of the late-night cramming, early
classes and hardcore partying, here are fives spas and salons that amp up the amenities and give you
more than you knew you wanted.
Why not indulge? You deserve it!
NOT YOUR ORDINARY SPA:
Burke Williams Day Spa (Santa Monica)
800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
323.822.9007
burkewilliamsspa.com
The pure professionalism of Burke Williams Day Spa envelops you at every turn. As its website
states, “This is no ordinary day spa, but rather an indulgent oasis where you can escape the demands
of every day life.”
The royal treatment begins the second you step into the elevator and enter the reception
room, which also serves as a sort of beauty boutique. Shed your clothes, and don your lush robe
and slippers that are provided for your personal use. Burke Williams has tons of amenities, from
showers and whirlpools to saunas and cool mist rooms—you could easily spend a whole day here!
I decided to try the Nourishing Facial, a new, all-encompassing treatment that transforms skin
by targeting any and all trouble areas. Tailored to fit your specific skin needs, this facial hydrates,
cleans and exfoliates, and your facialist will even do extractions if you have unsightly blackheads.
My aesthetician, Eden, carefully spent more than hour on my face and even massaged my feet and
neck while I nearly fell asleep.
For those with bigger skin issues, add-ons are available, including a skin brightener and a
professional strength peel that makes everything penetrate deeper into your dermis. This really
takes your complexion to the next level, leaving behind a glow that lasts for days, if not weeks.
NAILED IT:
Bellacures (Brentwood Village)
11712 Barrington Court, Los Angeles
310.295.0016
bellacures.com
Luxurious. Serene. Meticulous. Bellacures takes nail care to a higher plain.
Bellacures “believes in inner beauty but do what you can on the outside,” and this playful
attitude makes this spa a fun and easygoing place to get your mani-pedi on.
With quite a few locations to choose from (seven in Southern California, three on the
Westside), this nail salon offers up a smorgasbord of choices, catering to all sorts, from men to kids
and everyone in between. The Rock Star Gel manicure comes replete with glitter, and the Hold My
Hand Manicure is both vegan and organic for those who like to get their beautification on while
still maintaining their moral values.
The shops have a clean, cozy vibe with comfortable armchairs to sit in and loads of magazines
to page through.
Overall, Bellacures is a fabulous place to come solo and chill, or you can bring a friend and
chat. The pace is relaxed, and the staff is friendly and helpful.
SKIN THERAPY 101:
Dermalogica (Santa Monica)
1022 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
310.260.8682
dermalogica.com
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Dermalogica focuses on the science of your skin and how to bring out the best in your personal
skin type. The shop in Santa Monica actually offers a free “face mapping,” a process that takes
about 10 minutes and involves having a licensed Dermalogica skin therapist assess the entirety
of your face and neck. The facialist can then suggest products and treatments to best suit your
needs. This is genius for anyone confused about the large number of products out there with
voluminous claims to better skin. Sometimes one great, targeted item can turn your problem
right around.
Beyond its fully stocked shop, Dermalogica also offers services in its very future-y pods.
The skin therapists are well versed in facials and have a few specially targeted skin treatments for
specific issues.
The BioActive Peel is a skin resurfacing treatment all the way from Dermalogica’s
“International Dermal Institute.” This peel basically removes you skin’s outer layers, taking with
it troublesome acne, skin discoloration and premature signs of aging and leaving your skin
looking fresher and brighter—who doesn’t want that?
THE STAR TREATMENT:
Bliss Los Angeles (Westwood)
930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles
310.443.8228
blissworld.com
If you’re looking for the full Kardashian experience, Bliss Spa in Westwood is your joint for
absolute fabulosity.
Inside the W Hotel, the star treatment can start with having your car valet, if you so desire.
Just walking in the lobby can make you feel like a million bucks.
The spa itself goes for all out glamour, and the details are astounding. From the chandeliers
to the brownie bar, Bliss is intent on giving you just that: pure bliss. The amenities keep on
coming with Haviana flip-flops, cucumber water and tons of magazines to read while you relax
before your treatment or lounge in between beautifications.
And the beautifications are plentiful. Bliss Spa lets you watch movies while you get your
pedicure, take a shower using their signature products, relax in a glorious sauna or indulge in an
aromatherapy steam shower. You could really hang out all day if you have the time and money.
As for services, Bliss offers facials, massages, waxing and more. The spa serves up quite a
few different body treatments, like the hot salt scrub that get rids of dead skin. They even have
targeted body scrubs, like the “fatgirlslim” treatment, which specifically works on troublesome
spots, toning and firming skin, perfect for those battling the Freshman 15.
BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK:
The Massage Place (Brentwood)
11740 San Vicente Blvd. #113, Los Angeles
310.442.1901
themassageplaces.com
For those who like their bodywork down and dirty, The Massage Place keeps it simple and cheap.
All of the masseuses I have encountered at these massage parlors have had a firm handle on the
ways of sore muscles, bad backs and overall tension.
Depending on your needs, the experience can be tailored to fit your desired amount of
pressure versus simple relaxation. The therapists vary in their technique, from the soothing Swedish
massage to the more intense deep tissue. This chain even offers such diverse alternatives such as a
Thai massage, acupressure and reflexology—do read up and decide which is the best for you.
The pricing at The Massage Place is truly remarkable. One-hour treatments are just $47
(don’t forget to tip your therapist!). The rooms are no nonsense but comfortable, and the “frou
frou” amenities are kept to an absolute minimum.
All in all, The Massage Place is a great spot to visit for those looking for a terrific deal.
Film | Music | Culture
campus to concert hall
all access pass
Enjoy 11 concerts with the Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra for only $30!*
Jeffrey Kahane
Music Director
The All Access Pass includes:
all 7 orchestral series concerts
@ Alex Theatre or Royce Hall
sep 20/21
beethoven 5
oct 18/19
mozart serenade
nov 15/16
beethoven concerto no. 3
jan 24/25
vivaldi & schubert
mar 14/15
mozart & prokofiev
apr 18/19
mozart jupiter
may 16/17
mendelssohn italian
discover mozart’s requiem
@ Ambassador Auditorium
feb 19
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feb 5
with Frank Gehry
mar 19
with Frederick Fisher
apr 30
with Christopher Hawthorne
two ways to purchase:
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