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Celebrating Drew Barrymore’s illustrious career

Cunning, beautiful, and the ultimate survivor of the horrors of fame, actress Drew Barrymore has had quite the acting career now at 46 years old. On April 13, Barrymore got candid with actress Demi Lovato about Lovato’s struggles with fame and being in the spotlight at such a young age. Barrymore mentioned she could relate to Lovato’s recent documentary Dancing with the Devil, which detailed the young actress’ time in and out of rehab and how she reclaimed her sobriety after a scary overdose in 2018. With a career spanning nearly four decades, Barrymore has come close to some devilish misfortunes herself, but what makes her life so tragic and inspiring at the same time? The answer comes with Barrymore’s deep ties to Hollywood starting at such an early age.


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Q+A with Monty Geer

Actor and comedian Monty Geer was relatively not as well-known when he was trying to make it big in the TV industry. That was until he landed a role on MTV’s drama/comedy Awkward. The show lasted five seasons and won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy. Geer played lanky, tall geek Cole Higgins, a recurring character on the show’s last two seasons. Since the show’s ending in 2016, the actor has been doing small projects here and there along with his own stand-up act in LA. Geer took the time to speak with me about his past career and the hard work and perseverance that got him where he is today.


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Peach Tree Rascals’ ‘Camp Nowhere’ is just peachy

With the instrumentals and use of electric, synthpop, the Peach Tree Rascals make the music of the ‘70s “cool” again. Artists like Poolside and Harry Styles are brought to mind when listening through. The band brings a fresh, unique sound to the pop and hip-hop communities that will surely stand out from other artists today.


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Q+A with AJ Mitchell

It’s been an exciting and anxious time for fans of young artist AJ Mitchell. In 2015, Mitchell was discovered via social media while living in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois. He released his first single, “Used to Be” in 2017, after writing it at the age of 13. He has collaborated with musicians like Meghan Trainor, Cheat Codes, Ava Max, and Ella Henderson. Mitchell is a candid, free musician, taking inspiration from his life and shaping it into worthwhile lyrics. I got the chance to speak with Mitchell about his writing tactics, inspirations, and upcoming album Skyview, set to release soon.


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Catwoman portrayals ranked from worst to best

When thinking about female superheroes and villains, there’s a wide span of variety. Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, and many more; but one stands out. Not only for her unpredictability, but as one of the few females to side with a hero and battle him at times. Selina Kyle, more commonly called Catwoman, is one of the most mysterious female heroes/villains of the DC Universe. She has been portrayed by several actresses over the years, with each portrayal being different from the last. With Zoë Kravitz playing Catwoman in 2022’s The Batman, I thought it was only fitting to look back at the past lineage of women—from worst to best—who have portrayed the infamous whip-wielding burglar. 


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Justin Bieber releases mediocre album ‘Justice’

‘Justice,’ however motivational and heartfelt it is, comes easily in second place when it comes to its predecessor. There’s passion here, but the album is a return to the common ground after being on the peak so long. The album is a phenomenon of transition and change from someone who was once in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons now on his way to redemption.


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Nick Jonas presents an amazing atmosphere with ‘Spaceman’

As with most pop hits, ‘Spaceman’ is littered with love ballads and verses of sweet, intimate vocals. In that sense, there’s a lack of originality in the album, but that’s the only sagging element here. Every track is fast-paced and fun with no time for sad, melancholy which is another reason the album is worth a listen. With a tracklisting as well-rounded as presented, it’ll be difficult for the artist to top this music oasis with future releases. If you happen to pass by the physical copy, it’s worth the purchase.


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AJ Mitchell delivers heartfelt single ‘Cameras On’

‘Cameras On’ is a ballad not of love but of patience and brave standing against what it means to be on camera versus. a “real person.” The young artist wants his listeners to understand where he’s coming from with personal struggles behind closed doors and offers an exciting peek into his upcoming album Skyview.


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Captain and Tennille: A marriage like no other

Husband and wife duo Captain and Tennille dominated much of the 70s with their keyboard and piano instrumentals. Unfortunately, the duo’s time in the spotlight didn’t last much longer than a decade, leaving the memories of the two that much more reminiscent.


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7 Years Later: Why ‘The Giver’ Films Should Have Continued

Louis Lowry, known for books like Number the Stars, The Anastasia Krupnik Series, and The Silent Boy, reached her peak when she wrote 1993’s The Giver. Lowry wrote about 12-year-old Jonas, who was chosen to receive memories of his society’s past from the giver, Jeff Bridges. She was able to tell a story of a government keeping humanity bottled up in one man, the giver, and how dangerous and cruel this burden can be. I believe the 2014 film’s lack of violence and blockbuster-esque appeal killed the film before it was even released, although it wasn’t the film’s fault that it didn’t continue. 

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