During my spring break travels, I decided to pick up “Crazy Rich Asians” for my airport reading. I thought it would be a fun, light-hearted read for vacation — and I wasn’t disappointed. I read the book rather quickly, and while there were certain aspects that clearly stood out to me indicat…

One of the greatest twists of irony that falls on students who major in what they’re passionate about is the slow decline and eventual loss of any and all interest in that passion throughout their college career. I have definitely found this to be the case when it comes to my love of reading.

Fans of Comedy Central’s hit show Broad City will be excited to learn that Abbi Jacobson, one of the two stars and creators of the show, released a new book on October 30. 

It’s October, and that means it’s officially the month of Halloween. With crisp fall weather and that spooky chill in the air, there’s no better time to curl up with a hot beverage and a nice cozy blanket and read a good book. Personally, I have never been brave enough to watch very many sca…

This past Sunday, pop sensation and former country sweetheart Taylor Swift, practically broke the internet with an extensive Instagram caption. The post stressed the importance for her young fans to vote during this year’s midterm elections, while also exposing her personal views on many pol…

Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has quickly become the latest feel-good obsession. As someone who has been a fan of the books since the publication of the first installment back in 2014, I’m incredibly happy that this series is getting the love it deserves, and rightly being prai…

In light of the most recent celebrity tragedies such as the death of Mac Miller, the weight of someone gone too soon hangs even more heavy on our hearts as we are reminded to take advantage of every single day we have here with our loved ones. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kim Larsen is a night editor at The Vidette. . A senior at ISU from Chicago, Illinois,  Larsen is publication major in the Department of English Her blog will concentrate on book reviews. 

Colorful streets, home made tortillas and lush green backdrops are at the forefront of my memories as I look back to where I was at the beginning of the New Year.

Packed with unpredictable beats yet mellow themes, Jaden Smith’s debut studio album is an ambitious attempt at a genre bending sound as he attempts to find his voice in today’s music industry.

I am the type of person that is content with watching movies in my apartment and eating popcorn while everyone else is out enjoying themselves. Although I like watching movies to get my mind off of the stress of school, I also watch movies to learn life lessons. The most inspirational movies…

KASH, Chicago native, has created an enduring experience for the newest generation. As his capability to take control of the room increases, the music experience adds by minute. His recognition has come in from various independent artists and several dance academies for remixes and such coll…

The new Scarlett Johansson action film, “Ghost in the Shell,” was released last weekend. Despite a star presence and a large budget, the flick tanked at the box office and plans to lose Paramount Studios at least $60 million.

Illinois State University will hold the 2017 Jazz Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8 in the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for faculty and staff and $10 for students.

Since 1986, the American Girl franchise has done a fine job promoting equality among different ethnicities. American Girl creates dolls from a variety of backgrounds and from different periods of American history. Buyers can also purchase dolls that look like themselves.

Chance The Rapper, a 23-year-old from Chicago’s South Side, made history at the Grammys winning best new artist, best rap album and best rap performance. He was nominated in 7 categories total for his third mixtape "Coloring Book," which was created and streamed online in his hometown. From …

Shattering box office accolades almost faster than starring superheroes can shatter villains' faces: Marvel cinematic Universe uses notable characters through Marvel's extensive comic history for content. Well-established names such as Captain America, Spiderman, Iron Man and Incredible Hulk…

Over the past week, Taco Bell has been airing a series of commercials promoting their new Frankenstein creation titled the Naked Chicken Chalupa. The shell of this product is a piece of fried chicken. The insides are lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream.

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This past Tuesday morning, when we were all nestled all snug in our beds, with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, the official nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards were announced.

On November 15th, ABC premiered the latest special from monotone magician David Blaine. David Blaine does many David Blaine things in front of people that aren’t David Blaine, and the reactions are always great. The most viral segment of the special involved a stunt with Steph Curry, Drake, …

Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. It’s a fact. Trump transitioned from Hollywood to the oval office. People have said that he isn’t qualified or inexperienced in the political field and the may true to an extent, but this just inspired a thought.

The new Marvel movie Doctor Strange premieres this weekend. I haven’t seen it yet but it’s currently rated 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is definitely a good sign.

You’ve heard his lyrics, you’ve heard his production, but you might not even know his name. The mastermind songwriter, producer, and singer, Jon Bellion, is the guy that you should put your musical scope on.

Technology is an amazing thing, and that doesn’t exclude the ever-booming video game industry. Previous tries at emulating a virtual reality have ranged from successful substitutes, like the Nintendo Wii, and some more unsuccessful attempts at complete immersion, like the Kinect that Microso…

Tate Taylor’s rendition of Paula Hawkins’ "The Girl on the Train" was, to put it simply, a masterpiece. After being released on Oct. 7,  this movie sent shockwaves through theaters across America. This film contains every aspect an avid moviegoer desires such as mystery, thrill, character de…

Solange’s latest album A Seat at the Table is a beautiful work of art. She eloquently shares her experiences as a black woman in America with the help of strong and successful public figures like Percy Miller (known by his stage name Master P), as well as her parents Tina and Matthew Knowles…

This past September marked the 10 year anniversary for the hit Xbox 360 game Dead Rising. To celebrate the first ever decade of the game’s existence, developer Capcom rereleased Dead Rising on the marketplace. In addition to the first game, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising: Off the record were …

On September 24th, 25 years ago, one of the most influential and groundbreaking hip-hop albums beboped its way into the universe. This album is called Low End Theory, from a rap group called A Tribe Called Quest.

Mike Golden. If this name doesn’t ring a bell, it should. Originally from Hammond, Ind., this musician moved to Chicago and has created a decent buzz for himself lately. Chicago seems to be a good spot to be coming from with names like Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa arising from the “Windy …

Donald Glover, also known by his stage name, Childish Gambino, has recently been on a Frank-Ocean-like hiatus since his Sophomore album, Because the Internet. You may know this man from his appearances in the movies, The Martian, Magic Mike XXL or even through his role as Troy from the comed…

FRANK IS BACK. After 4 years, Frank Ocean finally presents us the release of his highly anticipated and long awaited album titled Blonde along with a photobook magazine, which includes the physical copy inside, exclusive to pop up shops in four locations in the cities of Los Angeles, New Yor…

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Carpool Karaoke is one of the most popular late-night talk-show segments on TV right now. James Corden is the host and the driver of the segment. It basically involves Corden driving around famous musicians and singing their songs. Everyone has probably at least seen one episode since it sta…

As a senior, I can say that I have driven down Main Street into Bloomington many, many times throughout college. I have seen the sign for Mugsy’s Pub countless times as well, but it never looked inviting or somewhere I would ever try.

I get this question all the time when I tell people it's my major. There isn't one simple answer though. I try my best to give people a comprehensive one. I usually say things like "creating virtual environments" or "developing easy-to-use user interfaces" but I want this post to expand on w…

Having so many forms of social media available to us can make it easy for one funny video to blow up in a matter of days. In between classes and study sessions, it’s likely that we’re going to share that video with our friends, either in person or online. Recently, the world was given ‘Damn …

Following and continuing to listen to a music artist for 10 years is a long time. I’m sure everyone has a few favorite artists that were there when they started listening to music, and are still one of their favorites today. Artists that come to mind when I first got into music are John Lege…

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When picking a college to attend, one of the things I looked for was a college with an awesome music scene. Back at home, bands had shows anywhere we could talk someone into letting us be loud for a few hours.

2015 came and went. A lot of good music happened in 2015, but there were a few major albums and projects that did not end up happening for one reason or another. These are my 5 albums that I’m looking forward to in 2016. I’m looking forward to these albums for a variety of reasons. 

We all remember this Bieber.The guy was new to the scene. He had the shag haircut, he had that song that you most definitely have heard more than “One Time,” but we weren’t ready to anoint him a star yet. I really think that an artist’s fanbase dictates how seriously he or she can be taken a…

There's nothing like a little retail therapy, especially when it can be done in your PJ's! Shopaholics everywhere know that this online shopping addiction is a process and the emotional stages that one can go through. Lets break down those stages!

What is your favorite food? Have you ever thought about or cared to know how many calories are in your favorite foods? One of my favorite foods is sushi. I was reading an article recently about how many calories are in our favorite sushi rolls. I was imagining a list of all tempura fried rol…

I just got back from my annual family skiing vacation. The weather was beautiful. The temperature was in the twenties, which if you think about it, can be considered a heat wave these days. Especially, since when I came back to Blono on Sunday the temperature was frigid. Needless to say, the…

“50 Shades of Grey” premiered this past weekend. Although it has grossed over $80 million in the box office, there are other movies to watch that don’t portray borderline abusive relationships. Here are a few out right now that are a lot more appealing:

Last night was the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, and this year was a disappointment. Compared to last year’s show, this year’s awards were boring.

Sunday, Feb. 1 marked the 49 Superbowl and as an entertainment blogger and someone who doesn’t know much about football, I’m here to discuss the most important part of the whole game, the Halftime show.

Tuesday, January 15th was the announcement date for the 87th annual Academy Awards, and if you were on Twitter at all that day, you probably saw a few congratulation tweets to certain actors, but you also probably saw the backlash that the Academy received and the hate tweets that are still …

Feminism is about wanting the social, political, and economic equality for all women and men. For us millennials, that mostly means posting stories about catcalling and sexual harassment situations on Facebook and hoping that writing a long rant about it will call attention and get a bunch o…

Disney and Pixar are known for their iconic movies. Films like “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” and “Toy Story” have all been favorites that bring us back to our childhood whenever we watch. After the huge success of the “Toy Story” trilogy, Disney surprised us by announcing recently that …

With the holiday season right around the corner, there’s going to be several vacations days with nothing to do. A convenient activity for this time of the year is a trip to the movies. Here is my list of must-see holiday movies!

“What a wonderful time for women on television,” Julianna Margulies, who plays Alicia Florrick, the main character of the CBS legal drama, The Good Wife, said when she accepted her 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama.

Sunday evening, Bravo shed light on the beloved Manzo family like viewers have never seen them before and the matriarch herself Caroline Manzo is back with an all new show “Manzod With Children.”

This past weekend was the premiere of the 40th season of “Saturday Night Live” with host Chris Pratt from “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and musical guest Ariana Grande. While I wasn’t a fan of this episode, there was one sketch that I did enjoy.

I’ve been looking on the internet recently for apartments in Boston, Mass., as it is my hope to get a job there after graduation. After perusing many realtor websites and Craig’s List, I came across an ad that was, let’s just put it this way, more unique than the rest. The ad was looking for…

And I mean that in the most kind and sincere way. Do not take me begging you as an insult, how could I ever insult a writer of your talent? I do however have a problem. All of your books do not need to become movies. I know that nowadays a majority of movies are based off of books, but all o…

Oh, iTunes, I love you. I’ve used you since the very first iPod came out, and you continued to surprise me when you came out with iTunes radio which I listen to all the time. I kept thinking of the many ways you could get better. And then you go and surprise me and millions of other iTunes u…

Fall is a wonderful time filled with pumpkin spice lattes and football games. But it’s time we talk about something really important: TV. Shows are returning and new ones are approaching, and here’s what to look out for this fall.

Did you watch this month’s series finale of How I Met Your Mother? There were some big surprises, and while I'm not outraged with the ending like some people seem to be, it isn't the way that I would have chosen to end the show. What did resonate with me from this episode is the realistic wa…

I have this thing I like to do. It is kind of weird and fairly recent but it feels like it is evolving. I began by laughing incredibly hard while using Photoshop to place my friends’ heads onto animals. It was easily the funniest thing to see the hybrid friends on the plains of Africa, or as…

The Oscars have come and gone for the year, leaving in its wake a string of wins for “12 Years a Slave”, “Gravity”, and “Dallas Buyers Club”, amongst others. There was no one movie that dominated the nominations and wins this year like there is some years. During the mid 90s there was one su…

I really do not want to spend a blog post complaining about television, but I have a point to make. I do not watch a lot of television, but I do have some shows I watch sometimes. In the last few years, there have been a few shows that I have become fond of and have caught my interest, perha…

Snapchat is one of the latest apps you can find on most people's smartphone these days. Snapchat is a photo messaging application where one can send others "messages" as pictures to your friends with drawings and text. The trick is that the pictures you send are only visible for between 3-10…

I was having a discussion with a friend earlier this week about what falls under the category of “good music,” and what should get tossed into the garbage category of “bad music.” As I do with most discussions, I wanted to see its full scale, so I decided to play devil’s advocate just to get…

Looking for a new show to binge watch this winter? 90's pop culture enthusiasts may want to check out Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 on Netflix. While its run only lasted two seasons, it is certainly entertainment worthy of a couple of cold, weekday nights. The "B" is Chloe, a modern …

Just a little over a month from now, HBO will premier season three of their hit series, "Girls". Girls has received much press over the past two years due to its success, writing and the unstoppable force that is Lena Dunham. Simply put, Girls is where it’s at!

On Nov. 30, the devastating news came a shock to the world when news sites reported that the beloved Fast and Furious star Paul Walker had died due to a car accident. Walker was 40. The crash happened around 3:30pm in Los Angeles where Walker was attending a function for his charity: Reach o…

DVR is one of the great technological advances of our time. We have the ability to record, pause, fast forward and rewind any and all shows that air on Television. If you are not going to be home to catch "Mad Men" no worries, just record it. Did you just miss the hilarity of our favorite ac…

Remember in seventh grade when we all had an iPod Mini in an obnoxious color of green or pink? Apple has recently rolled out a new iPod touch in a variety of colors that would blow our old iPod out of the water. But does anyone really go out and buy an iPod anymore? My current phone has enou…

Recently, Selena Gomez and Lourde struck an argument about Gomez’s song “Come and Get It.” 17-year-old rising star, Lourde started bashing the song saying it is anti-feminist.

With the start of November comes the beginning of No Shave November. Throughout this month-long event, some guys will go all out growing a complete beard, while some will only partially commit.

Over Thanksgiving break, I will be jet setting to Paris, France and I am so, so, so excited. Aside from the packing, planning and booking, I have been taking some time to research the City of Lights. My extensive exploration led me to the 2011 Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris.

Let me start of this blog by telling you about my (un) healthy obsession with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ever since seeing 500 Days of Summer, I’ve really felt a connection with Joe. It’s kind of like we’re really close friends, even though he totally doesn’t know I exist. I remember watching a f…

That’s right, folks. YouTube is officially aboard the award-show-season train. In early Oct., it was announced that the video broadcasting company, owned by Google, would be hosting their first live awards show, the YouTube Music Awards (YTMAs). On Sunday, Nov. 3, the show will air on YouTub…

It is that time of year once again; scurrying to find the best Halloween Costume. This is always a hard decision because you don’t want to look like you are trying to hard, but at the same time you want people to compliment your outfit. If you are single you are obviously going to looking fo…

Let’s be honest. We all feel seriously sorry for kids today, simply because their Halloween movies don’t even come close to the classics we grew up with. Halloween Town, Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas – these are the movies that made me fall in love with this season. Looking bac…

Alright, let’s talk about music. Have you heard of the band Arcade Fire? If you answered yes, good job. If you answered no, today is the day you learn.

College is not easy. Sure, we all have at least one class that we can skip every once and a while, but for the most part, class is completely consuming: homework, GROUP PROJECTS, term papers and exams. Any combination of these things can lead to stress, and it is fairly possible that a bad t…

The public was in shock when it was announced that “Sons of Anarchy” star, Charlie Hunnam was cast to play the character of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey film.

For those of you who watch TLC, I am sure you have seen previews for the new show Alaskan Women Looking for Love, which is set to premier Sunday, Oct. 6. For those of you who are not familiar with the new series, it is a new show about Alaskan women looking for love. Yes, this is a real concept.

The beloved show Breaking Bad has ended, and the world is no longer the same. Instead of mourning the loss of Walter White for the rest of your life, I have found that the best way to get past this tragedy is by beginning a new show. Thanks to today’s technological advances, the selection of…

Some may know that Lamar Odom, husband to Khloe Kardashian, has been in the news for some not great reasons recently. There have been rumors of drug addiction, cheating and just not being home in general.

This past week there has been buzz around Hollywood or you may have even seen for yourself Kanye West's freak out towards Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter. Everyone saw friends tweet about how Kanye has gone off the crazy cliff, but what really happened?

If you ever find yourself needing a movie day (and we all do—frankly, the more the better), movies of the ‘90s are an obvious choice. This decade churned out so many awesome movies that fully deserve revisiting.

Perhaps you have tuned into the radio recently and heard a catchy, sort of tehno-y song coming through your speakers. Maybe you have heard this chorus….

Over the summer, actress and dirctor Sofia Coppola directed a scandalous movie based off of real events called The Bling Ring. I finally got around to seeing the film this past weekend – it was long overdue. The movie follows the lives of five, wealthy high schoolers: Rebecca, Marc, Nicki, C…

Alright everyone, it is that time of year again, award show season! Of course, award shows are not for everyone. I might find that idea hard to grasp, but I am trying to come to terms with it. If you categorize yourself as someone who does not like award shows, I would highly suggest you giv…

I am not too proud to admit that I am still a fan of Disney classic movies. Give me the chance to go to Disney World (specifically, Magic Kingdom) and I might never come back.

The term "guilty pleasure" is tossed around pretty frequently. It refers to the things we are not really supposed to like, and God forbid, if we do, we are supposed to keep mum about them. But I do not buy it. And I do not think you should either. Below, you will find just some of the things…

There are countless characters in the entertainment realm that inspire a magnitude in viewers. These are usually the characters that audiences feel they can relate to, make fun of, or just have fun watching to see what they do next. Below, I have listed just a few characters who I think are …

If you have checked a social media site, tuned into the radio or read any pop culture article online, there is a good chance you have read about Miley Cyrus. She has become the girl we love to hate and hate to love. No matter gender, race, or sexual orientation, when the song “We Can’t Stop”…

I recently watched the new romantic-comedy “Drinking Buddies.” I didn’t know much about the movie before pressing play, but my love for Anna Kendrick had me intrigued. Basically, “Drinking Buddies” is the story of Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) – co-workers who spend most of the…

The autumn season is many a person’s favorite, and I am no exception. The gold air, the event of Homecoming each year, and, of course, Halloween, there is this sort of undeniable magic to fall. Here, I have listed a few songs that should be on your playlist this season.

Whether you are a freshman, senior, or grad student, college is stereotypically the time to explore and discover new music. If we are speaking stereotypically, this new music we find ourselves seeking is often classified as Indie, or in other words, lesser known bands. I realize that there a…

This past week, leading roles for the very anticipated film, based on the novels Fifty Shades of Grey, have been announced! Dakota Johnson, from 21 Jump Street and The Five-Year Engagement, will be playing Anastasia Steele. Charlie Hunnam, star of Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy will be play…

On Labor Day weekend, I was lucky enough to attend summers last stand, better known as North Coast Music Festival. What makes this festival a truly unique experience compared to others, is the size of the festival and how much it has to offer. North Coast brings a strong local presence of pe…

Even though many of us are too young to be nostalgic, there is certainly no harm in recapturing the past—especially when it comes to television. Most people fondly remember 90s TV, and since I am no exception, I have come up with a list of a few shows that I think helped define the decade in…