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How It's Played S5E1: Nintendo directors shake expectations with Mario casting

Welcome movie-watchers to another season of Input 2! At the start of the season, Nintendo directors, Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, announced the voice acting cast of the new Mario movie set to release December 2022. While some of the castings started fans, others enhanced the excitement for the new video game movie. What are some concerns for the movie? How will it fare in comparison to other video game movies? Tune in for all this and more on this week's episode of Input 2!


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How would your favorite horror villains fare in a faceoff?

Who would beat who in a fight? Now you have the chance to help decide who would win in a fight in the metaphorical boxing ring of horror villians. This is a breakdown of all the statistics for the featured villians. Your votes directly relate to who moves on in the bracket.


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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ isn't the origin of strong Asian protagonists

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was not predicted to be a box office hit in the wake of movies releasing simultaneously in theatres and onto streaming services. Furthermore, it features a lesser-known Marvel protagonist that had a lot of people doubting the movie’s potential. Despite this speculation, Shang-Chi was a smash hit. While this is incredibly encouraging given the film has a strong Asian protagonist and supporting cast, I can’t help but be a little irked by people acting as though this is a first for Asian representation in the form of a strong protagonist. Just because Liu as Shang-Chi is the first time you have noticed a strong Asian protagonist, it does not mean they haven’t been present in the film industry. 


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‘Donda’ vs. ‘Certified Lover Boy’

Donda and Certified Lover Boy amassed a great deal of attention when they dropped—for these are two of the most prominent artists of our generation. Both albums came out within four days of each other, with Kanye West releasing Donda first. West and Drake have famously been in a feud for years, so it’s only fair to ask the question: Which album is better?


Concert-goers watch the Lost Bayou Ramblers perform in Canan Commons Park, July 10, 2021, as part of the Muncie Three Trails Music Series. The music series is free, which founder and organizer Richard Zeigler said is unique for a city of Muncie's size. Richard Zeigler, Photo Provided
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Muncie Three Trails Music Series returns for summer 2021

After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Muncie Three Trails Music Series is back for summer 2021. This music series brings professional recording artists to the Canan Commons Park in Muncie. After kicking off July 10 with the Lost Bayou Ramblers, there are still three ensembles scheduled for this summer.


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