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An eighty-minute long biographical movie on the life and death of Vincent van Gogh is expected to come out sometime this year, but what makes this film far different than any other documentary is that it is to be composed entirely of animated paintings in the artist’s own style. The movie, called Loving Vincent, is based off eight-hundred of the famed painter’s own letters and is depicted through oil paintings done by over one-hundred artists.
On Thurs. April 14, and on Sat., April, 16 the world was literally rocked by a natural disaster. Two massive Earthquakes struck Japan Thursday and Saturday morning, and another struck Ecuador Saturday night. This string of earthquakes leaves scientists scratching their heads, wondering if somehow these earthquakes are related in some way.
After an insane session, with 367 votes, Brazil’s Congress has voted to impeach their president, Dilma Rousseff. 342 votes were needed in order for the impeachment to occur, and when vote 342 was casted, the chamber had a massive outburst of happiness. Once the Senate agrees to go with the impeachment process, Rousseff will be forced to step down for 180 days. The Workers party, which has ruled Brazil since 2002, will be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer.
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The outrage over North Carolina’s House Bill Two (HB2) continues to impact both business and entertainment in the state as Ringo Starr has cancelled a planned June concert performance in Cary to protest the bill. The wildly controversial bill states that people are required to use the restroom that corresponds with the gender they were born with, as opposed to the one they identify with. The majority of people view this new law to be discriminatory to transgender people. The bill also prevents homosexuals and transsexuals from receiving public and business accommodations.
Starr is not alone in his celebrity boycott. His decision comes after Bruce Springsteen also cancelled a performance in the state due to HB2. Meanwhile, Jimmy Buffett has threatened to cancel future concerts if the bill is not reversed, and Cyndi Lauper is turning a scheduled concert into a rally to speak out against HB2.
The debut of the first Rogue One trailer was released Apr. 7, 2016. Rogue One is going to be a prequel set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope that will be about a band of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Empire’s galactic super-weapon, the Death Star. Fan reactions are buzzing online as the film trailer has taken the sci-fi world by storm.
Until now, Star Wars has been a typical battle of good versus evil. Rogue One looks as if it will introduce a different take at the sci-fi saga. Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One is the first of several planned spin-off movies. The plot contains a group led by Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, set out to steal plans for the Death Star. This is similar to the same plans, it seems, that Princess Leia stored in the memory banks of R2-D2 back in 1977.
Last week, leaked files about Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, were anonymously sent to a German newspaper that shared them with the rest of the world. These have been named the Panama Papers and are the biggest leak in history, with eleven million files revealing confidential information from Mossack Fonseca about the economic practices of many world leaders and the wealthy. The law firm offers offshore firms and wealth management, but their services have been misused by many for things such as money laundering and tax evasion. The leak has led to uproar across the world about the morality of those in power, with huge names like Vladmir Putin and David Cameron appearing in their records.
Before April 4, 2016, few people knew who Kris Jenkins was. Of course, people had heard his name throughout the tournament, and Villanova followers knew exactly what he could do. But after the ending of the NCAA championship game Monday night, no one will ever forget his name or what he did.
The championship game was a toss-up. Two-seed Villanova had just come off of a forty-four point win (the largest-ever margin in the Final Four game) against Buddy Hield and Oklahoma. One-seed UNC had beaten ten-seed Syracuse in what was, compared to the Villanova-Oklahoma matchup, overall a pretty close game. The Tar Heels won by seventeen, though the final score does not accurately depict how close the game really was. Fans all over the country watched the games and made their picks for the championship. A Villanova win would be their first championship since 1985, and a UNC win would be their first since 2009.
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After last year’s critically panned Fantastic 4 reboot had an extremely underwhelming box office performance, there was some talk that the film’s lack of success signaled a certain superhero fatigue amongst audiences. After all, it appeared inevitable that the nearly decade-long trend of successful and well-received comic book movies dominating the market would come to an end. So, it only seemed natural to assume that the backlash towards Batman V. Superman, the latest superhero film from Zack Snyder, would deal a huge blow to both Warner Brothers’ DC Comics film franchise and the superhero genre in general. Could it be possible that the age of spectacle, spandex, and special effects was coming to a close? However, to the surprise of some detractors, Batman V. Superman was a massive success at the box office, coming in at number one during its opening weekend. These contrasting responses must be sending mixed signals to film studios interested in making major comic book adaptations. Can these tales of super heroics continue to thrive even when met with negative reviews?
Winter has come to a close, and spring is upon us; with it comes a bevy of new sports Apex’s student-athletes will participate in. Among the most successful in years past is the lacrosse team, led by Coach John Hayden. Apex has played in six of the past eleven State Championship games, winning in 2005, 2013 and 2015, and has participated in nine of the past twelve Final Fours. The lacrosse team (7-1) was undefeated before they lost their first game of the season in an OT thriller against Marvin Ridge in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Senior Jack Hayden, Coach Hayden’s son, leads the team with thirty-five points and thirteen assists. The team’s next game is April 12, at home versus Holly Springs.
On March 23, House Bill 2 was signed and passed into law by North Carolina governor Pat McCrory. The bill was passed within a mere nine hours and has made North Carolina the center of national controversy. The Democratic members left the chamber in protest, leaving the bill to be passed with a vote of 32-0.
This bill is titled as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which states that a transgender individual must use the restroom of the sex written on their birth certificate. NC laws protect transgender individuals who have undergone a sex reassignment surgery and have changed their gender on their birth certificate. Those who have not undergone the surgery are not protected. This has affected transgender teenagers because this act extends to public school bathrooms as well.