2017 Academy Awards: Is ‘La La Land’ poised to win most awards ever?

By Kirby Davis, Entertainment Editor The Academy Awards usually feel like a stiffer, soberer successor of the Golden Globes, weighted down by lofty prestige (plus predictability, based on previous award show winners). But after a decidedly lagging Globes broadcast last month, the Oscars don’t have much to live up to on Feb. 26. In a brief reprieve from the nonstop political chaos besieging the news, Hollywood’s finest will gather to display their freshly painted manicures for E!’s nail polish red carpet camera and celebrate 2016’s most notable cinematic storytellers. Here’s what you should know for a properly immersive viewing...

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‘Blackfish,’ ‘Bee Movie’ and more titles to avoid while Netflixing and Chilling

By Haley Miller, THE MIAMI STUDENT With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, students all over Oxford are planning romantic evenings with their special someones. Dinner and a movie is a bit of a challenge, as the nearest movie theater is 30 minutes away. Besides, who wants to pay $10 to sit in a room filled with noisy strangers and eat stale popcorn? So, dim those lights and clean your laptop screen, because it’s time for Netflix and Chill™. Bewitch your lover on a budget but be sure to avoid these titles: “Blackfish.” It’s an incredibly moving and affecting documentary that...

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‘This is Us’ returns, so grab some tissues and grow some facial hair

By Nina Franco, THE MIAMI STUDENT NBC’s new Golden Globe-nominated drama, “This is Us,” debuted its winter premiere on Jan. 10, with plenty of twists and turns. The show follows the Pearson family on their life journey through the past and into the present. It’s unique in that it’s not set in one time period, but rather critical moments in each family members’ lives from the 1980s to the present. Here’s the deal: Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) are the heads of the family. Madly in love, outgoing and free-spirited, they don’t originally plan on having children....

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Humans of Oxford: Josh Anzalone: Josh of all trades

By Ceili Doyle, Staff Writer As a botany and classical languages double major, Josh Anzalone’s specialties and green thumb have culminated in rather unique research. However, Josh often finds he gets more looks of bemusement and concern whenever he mentions his side hobby. In his free time, Josh entertains his family and friends by spinning fire. He has even been hired for small parties and gatherings through word of mouth. Josh studied fire spinning through a friend of a friend for over a year before he was able to light the wicks, which are attached to chains that allow...

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Are remakes edging out originality in film, television?

By Ross Tague, THE MIAMI STUDENT It’s no secret that audiences love remakes. Just look at the statistics. According to Box Office Mojo, seven of the 10 highest-grossing films of 2016 were either remakes of previous films or sequels to existing films. Whether it’s due to nostalgia, interest in the interpretation or familiarity with the story, one thing is certain: remakes sell. The most talked-about remake currently circulating is Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” which was released Jan. 13. The season includes eight episodes, two for each of the first four novels in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of...

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