On April 25th, 2019, Marvel Studios newest (and allegedly last) Avengers movie hit theatres and it was epic. If you watched Avengers: Infinity War, you know that it left everyone in tears and with lots of questions revolving around the disappearance of numerous Avengers superheroes including, Spider-man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Groot (Vin Diesel), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and many more.
With the loss of all of these superheroes the Avengers accepted defeat. In Avengers: Endgame we see some new faces Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) who help the Avengers in their new mission, to fix what Thanos (Josh Brolin) had destroyed in Avengers: Infinity War. Endgame brings back people thought to be dead and gone, and breaks more hearts as they kill off more of everyone's favorite Avengers superheroes. Although the deaths are unexpected and heart wrenching, they are justified and important to the plot and if they had ended any other way the audience would’ve been left unsatisfied.
The movie had the audience clapping, laughing, gasping, and crying. There are a lot of unexpected twists for Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in the movie and some very heartwarming moments between Hawkeye and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Endgame still leaves the audience with some questions of the future of some of the superheroes and answers most of the Infinity Wars questions. I suggest re-watching Infinity Wars, going to the bathroom before the movie starts, and bringing tissues. I give Avengers: Endgame an A.
Reporter: Nessa Osso
On Friday, April 19th, I was fortunate enough to see Poor Yella Rednecks, a play about the struggles of a family starting a new life in America, written by Qui Nguyen. The cast includes Tim Chiou (Quang, bully kid), Samantha Quan (Huong, Thu, San, Cop), Maureen Sebastian (Tong), Paco Tolson (Playwright, Immigration Officer, British Narrator, Little Man, Puppeteer, Bobby, Bully Tommy, Grocery Boy) and Eugene Young (Nhan, Little Man, Cowboy, Grocery Boy).
The play was very discriminating toward the Asian and Caucasian races in a very humorous way. For example, actress Samantha Quan, who had a great performance, portrayed a hilarious but spot on accent of someone of Vietnamese descent. The reality of immigration is implemented in the play by the family who consist of Quang the dad, Huong the mom, Tong the grandma and Little Man the son who struggles to start a new life. The family faces issues like racism, poverty, infidelity and the problems of their previous lives.
Poor Yella Rednecks presents real problems that a lot of families endure coming to the United States as “aliens”. For example Little Man gets bullied and ignored at school because he can only speak the Vietnamese language. The family and friends are also harassed by rednecks of their new home in El Dorado, Arkansas. This results in Nhan trying to convince Quang to move to Houston, Texas in order to be around more of their kind.
The family begins to struggle as Huong refuses to move anymore and Quang sends their life savings to his abandoned family in Vietnam. Their relationship is impacted further after Quang cheats on Huong in Houston and they go their separate ways for a while. The family begins to realize how much they mean to each other in a place where they have to survive being viewed differently.
I give this play an A because of its authenticity and how down-to-Earth it was in addition to how much swearing took place. I think all the actors did great but the best was Samantha Quan. Worth noting was her mindset on stage that, to my knowledge, resulted in great facial expressions and reaction time. The play had obviously had a lot of care and effort put into it when you notice the small details. For example, the actors had made it look natural in segments that required perfect timing. I also really enjoyed the hip hop segments where a character would appear out of nowhere with sick rhymes.
This play is great for those who enjoy comedy as well as live entertainment. You can see this play on the date of April 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 30th.
Reporter: Makai Walker
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, radio and television host Larry King suffered what many believed to be a heart attack, but turned out to be an angina attack. King was on his way to the hospital for an angiogram, when he began suffering chest pains, thus sending him to the hospital in an ambulance and into the intensive care unit.
Larry King was born on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. King began his career right after highschool when he became a journalist for the local newspaper. As he got older, he got a job as a reporter for CBS, and worked his way up the ranks of the broadcasting world. King’s rise to fame began in 1985, with his show, Larry King Live, on CNN. For over 25 years, King was a part of the CNN crew, and began a new line of shows, making his career the epitome of broadcasting.
This is not King’s first bout with heart issues. Back in the 1980’s, King was diagnosed with heart disease, and needed to be monitored often. In the early morning of February 24, 1987, King knew something was wrong and went to the hospital where it was determined he was suffering from a heart attack. King was known to smoke two and a half packs of cigarettes a day for 33 years, but that all stopped when he had his heart attack. King had a quintuple bypass surgery done, where all five of the major blood vessels leading to the heart were diseased. He made a full recovery, and was back on the air a few months later.
It has also been reported that King’s health has been in decline recently, with it being known that he has had breathing problems the last few months. His breathing issues were the reason for him to get an angiogram.
In September of 2017, King announced that he had beaten lung cancer, a condition of his that he kept private. King went in for a routine check up where he underwent a chest x-ray. The doctor said that “‘something looked funny’’’, and King underwent further tests. The doctors found the tumor, which was in the beginning stages, and removed the tumor. King stated that "The doctor said to me, ‘It was malignant but you were in the first stage. If it had stayed and we didn't find it, you would have had trouble in two or three years, but we got it and you were lucky.’” The surgery removed roughly 20% of Kings lung, and he is now cancer free.
King is reported to make a full recovery and is expected to return to his shows within the coming days.
Reporter: Myles Witte
Dumbo, a 2019 live action film inspired by the 1941 cartoon film. The new movie takes on a slightly different storyline with some similar scenes from the original film. The movie revolves around a circus called the Medici Brothers. One of the main characters Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) also known for his roles in S.W.A.T., Dead Man Down, and The Recruit is the father of two, Joe Farrier (Finley Hobbins) and Milly Farrier (Nico Parker) who after coming back from war was put on elephant duty by Max Medici (Danny DeVito) the owner of the circus. who played roles in Matilda, Space Jam, and Batman Returns.
The Farrier family goes into the elephant train car and realise that baby Dumbo was born. The Circus thinks Dumbo is a hideous elephant because of his massive ears. Max Medici (Danny DeVito) doesn't want the public to know about the elephant but Rongo (DeObia Oparei) had already released a paper about it. For the next Medici brothers show they have Dumbo in a baby carriage and the whole act goes horribly wrong when dumbo ends up being made fun of. Later on they bring dumbo out for another show and he's supposed to put out a fire to save a monkey from a burning building. Dumbo ends up stuck on the burning building, he jumps off and shocks audience by flapping his ears and flying around the circus. Vandemere (Michael Keaton) hears about the flying elephant and wants to add him to his own circus DreamLand. He doesn't end up succeeding because the Medici Brothers Circus frees Dumbo and his mother into the wild.
For a live action film the effects were really good. I was surprised at how well the actors interacted with the animals. The two Farrier kids Joe Farrier (Finley Hobbins) and Milly Farrier (Nico Parker) were phenomenal actors for there age.
I would rate this movie an A because it wasn't just a remake of the first 1941 film, but had its own storyline and and was a live action film. If you're a fan of Disney movies like The Lion King and Bambi I don't see why you wouldn't go see Dumbo you'll definitely enjoy it.
Reporter: Brian Luna