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Mike Richards had a very short-lived and controversy-filled tenure as the new host of

Who is ‘Mike Richards’? The $1000 question everyone is asking

Scout Carter, Contributing Writer September 17, 2021

“And here is the host of ‘Jeopardy!,’ Alex Trebek!”  For years of my life, I would get incredibly excited to hear these words, eager to test my trivia skills with my family. We always came...

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival returns for its 15th year

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor September 10, 2021

At the Cedar Lee and Atlas Cinema Eastgate theaters, Italian films graced the silver screens of Cleveland in the last weeks of summer. Running from Aug. 26 to Sept. 9, the Cleveland Italian Film Festival...

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” presents a new path for Marvel

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor September 10, 2021

Marvel loves to pretend that their films are more than just superhero flicks. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe making up more and more of the entire blockbuster space, pumping out four films and three...

The all-black cover of

“Donda,” a divisive drop

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor September 3, 2021

After weeks of agonizing delays, Kanye West’s long-anticipated album, “Donda,” was finally released to streaming services on Sunday, Aug. 29. With most new music dropping on Fridays, this is definitely...

The contrived romances of

Watch a movie at the CIA Cinematheque. Just not “2046.”

Dylan Jewell, Staff Writer September 3, 2021

I had a theory, halfway through “2046”—recently screened at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque—that director Wong Kar-wai writes these simplistic yet overwrought love stories because he's...

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) take on the Time Varience Authority in the new Disney+ series,

“Loki” sets up the future of Marvel in tremendous fashion

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor August 27, 2021

Sitting down to watch one of Marvel’s latest Disney+ series, “Loki,” I was not expecting much. I wasn’t a huge fan of Marvel’s previous shows, with “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” coming...

Looking back at “The Sopranos”: a seminal TV classic

TJ Disabato, Staff Writer August 20, 2021

Anyone who knows me will tell you I love “The Sopranos.” It is my consistent recommendation when I am with friends, and I usually use the show as a conversation starter. I love it. Right before the...

Have some fun with the new rendition of

“The Suicide Squad” remembers that superhero movies can be fun

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor August 20, 2021

“The Suicide Squad” starts off by killing one of the main characters from the last movie, along with most of the other characters introduced so far, within the first ten minutes of the film, all in...

The Bad Batch, a clone trooper special forces unit made up of defective clones, takes Disney+ by storm.

“The Bad Batch” is the “Star Wars” connective tissue we never knew we needed

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor May 7, 2021

Tuesday, May 4 marked the latest iteration of “Star Wars” Day, along with a “Star Wars” property unlike any other. Yes, as you might have heard, “The Bad Batch” is the new “Star Wars” show...

Chloé Zhao wins “Best Director” for “Nomadland” in the middle of an overall weak ceremony.

The 2021 Oscars prove that the awards show needs a reset

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor May 7, 2021

There’s no beating around the bush. The 93rd Academy Awards were a disaster. This was for a multitude of reasons (it’s not just a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic), but most of it boils down...

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