Books & Media

Book Hunters in Brief #136: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The stage play, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, opens tomorrow in London's West End. It could be a disaster. But it won't be. Here are three reasons why:

The Heart of the Game, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on August 2nd, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.

This passionate and inspirational  documentary goes up close and personal to capture the Roosevelt Roughriders girls'  basketball team during six turbulent  seasons, taking us far beyond the court to the unbridled desire to make history.

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Date: August  2nd,  2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Earl Elliot Room (1st floor)
Rating: PG-13

Book Hunters in Brief #135: On the Campaign Trail

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would want to be president. Sure, even if you do a lousy job (maybe especially if you do a lousy job) you get your picture in the history books.

Still, If you think about it, it's really just a glorified temp job and the whole country is your janus-headed supervisor.

You say, "But you get to be leader of the free world!" I say "leader" is probably too strong a term. At best you're a cat-herder and half of the cats aren't going to do what you say no matter what just because you vote blue and they vote red or vice versa.

Who needs that kind of aggravation?

68th Primetime Emmy Nominations

emmy Last week the nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmys, which honor excellence in television, were announced. Like every year, the nominations in the drama and comedy categories are a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Since the television shows nominated in these categories run for multiple seasons, it makes sense that there would be repeat nominations each year. It is refreshing, however, to see new faces and titles added to the nominations list.

Although the nominations in the drama categories remain similar to last year, there are few new additions. New favorite Mr. Robot received multiple nominations for its first season, as did The Americans, finally recognized for its stellar fourth season. Game of Thrones also did well this year, with five acting nominations for Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams.

The comedy categories also showcase a few new faces. Nominated for outstanding comedy series, black-ish and Master of None also received additional acting nominations. Additionally, new actors in shows like Veep and Transparent received nominations for their work this past season.

Below, I have listed the nominees in the drama and comedy categories for Outstanding Series, Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actress. With the mix of old and new in each category, it will be interesting to see which way the votes fall at this year’s Primetime Emmys. Who would you like to see win an Emmy?

The Endless Summer, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on July 26th, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.

The Endless Summer is a 1966 documentary on the search for the perfect wave, in which two Californians take off with their surfboards for Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii.  The Endless Summer originally ran as a motion picture  directed by Bruce Brown.

 

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