Category: Arts & Entertainment

Everything You Need to Know Before Watching “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

By Kylie Potter

With only four days to go until the much-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans are scrambling to get tickets and be the first to witness Episode VIII of the legendary saga.

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The Last Jedi will officially hit theaters in just four more days, on Friday December 15th. Photo Credit: Odeon

The more casual Star Wars fans, however, may not have watched the previous installment of the saga, The Force Awakens, in quite some time. Many people may need a refresher on where exactly the previous episode left off, and what they should look forward to when viewing The Last Jedi, officially opening this Friday, December 15th. Continue reading


Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Preview

By Kylie Potter

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TLJ), the second installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, will hit theaters on December 15, 2017. Fans have waited with bated breath since The Force Awakens (TFA) first came to theaters in December of 2015, and many showtimes for TLJ have already been sold out since tickets became available on October 9th.

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TLJ will hit theaters on December 15th, 2017. Photo Credit: IMDb

While a teaser trailer for TLJ was uploaded 6 months ago, and a behind the scenes reel was released 3 months ago, the first extended trailer did not premiere until two weeks ago. The trailer, which was showcased at halftime during Monday night football, has many fans speculating about the events that will take place in the upcoming movie.

TFA, which was directed by J.J. Abrams, left off with Rey, the main protagonist of the story, finally tracking down the fabled Luke Skywalker. Her mission was to deliver his lightsaber to him and convince him to come out of exile and help the Resistance defeat the First Order. Continue reading

Top 5 Rolling Stones Songs

By Ethan Daucher
Staff Writer

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Photo Credit: Dailymail

Almost everyone has heard of the Rolling Stones, and if they haven’t, they have probably unknowingly heard one of their many famous songs. The Rolling Stones is a widely popular British rock band that had been around for many years, ever since the British Invasion in the 1960’s. The band is made up of many members, such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood. The Stones have been known to change their style of music throughout the many years that they’ve been around. From genres such as Rock n’ Roll to blues, pop, disco and even country, thus appealing to many. Because of such diversity in music, they have many great and influential songs that have reached top charts countless times throughout the many years they have been together. Hate them or love them, here are the top 5 Rolling Stones Songs that you should listen to, in no particular order.

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Hammond Theatre Presents: 12 Angry Jurors

By Makayla Buecker and Sheely Edwards
Staff Writers


The cast of 12 Angry Jurors will perform from November 9-11. Photo Credit: Jack Buzard

The full cast list for Hammond Theatre’s fall play, 12 Angry Jurors was announced via email on September 11. Mrs. Tobiason, the theatre teacher at Hammond, announced the play, 12 Angry Jurors, and the winter musical, The Wedding Singer, at the theatre banquet on May 22. Auditions for the main roles of Jurors #3, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12 were held during the summer on June 9th. Auditions for the roles of Foreman, Jurors #2, 4, 5, 6, 10, Guard, Judge, and Clerk were held on September 6, 2017.

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BTS Breaks New Records in K-Pop

By Au’Bria Clemons
Staff Writer

The K-Pop boy band BTS, consisting of seven members, recently released their album Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ and the music video for their song ‘DNA’ as part of their comeback. They released the video at 5 a.m EST, but that didn’t stop fans from getting the video to 21 million views within 24 hours. This beat out the last record holder for most views in 24 hours on K-Pop music video. The last record holders were BLACKPINK, a female group, with 13 million views, while the most recent video from BTS got 13 million in just ten hours. They are currently number eleven on the charts for most-viewed video, but they are number six on the most-viewed music video chart. Their album reached number one on the list of Amazon Pre-Orders with over 1.05 million pre-orders. On their last album, WINGS: You Never Walk Alone, they only received about 700,000 pre-orders. As of now they are the only K-Pop group to reach 1 million pre-orders. Continue reading

2017 Emmys Rundown

By Makayla Buecker
Staff Writer

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place on September 17th, and definitely had people talking. If you missed it, don’t fret — here’s the rundown. The show was hosted by American comedian and television host Stephen Colbert, who kept the crowd entertained through a series of skits displaying his acting, singing, and even dancing skills. When it came to his comedy acts, Trump was a recurring theme, which was no surprise to his viewers. Known to be a Trump critic, Colbert took several stabs at the current President, including a joke in which he mocked Trump for the election results: “Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote.” Continue reading

Everybody Rejoice for Hammond Theatre’s Wiz!

By Kevin Baker

Once in a while, a show comes along that redefines what it means to be a spectacle.  From March 3-11, that show was The Wiz, Hammond Theatre’s stellar showcase of talent that caused cheers and tears for its plentiful audiences for a record six shows in the Hammond community.

The Wiz is always meant to be a celebration of diverse America, with funk and soul influences, and Hammond’s production (led by director Lauren Tobiason) was no exception.  Over 100 students participated on-and-offstage, and the fresh blood seen in the Theatre department was revelatory.

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