Efua Richardson, Tempo Editor
Oct. 9, 2019
Spider-Man fans, rest assured, your friendly neighborhood web slinger is here to stay.
To the surprise of many, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios (which owns Marvel) have announced that they will continue working together to collaborate on a third live-action “Spider-Man” movie.
To those unaware, the announcement followed a brief split after the two companies failed to reach a financial agreement determining who shared how much of the box office revenue and the production costs of the films Spider-Man appears in. The rift left fans stressed and befuddled with the future of “Spider-Man” looking bleak.
In an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Tom Holland, star of the “Spider-Man Homecoming” series, actually persuaded him to not quit on a deal with Sony.
“He cried on the phone,” Iger joked. “No, not really … but it was clear that he cared so much.”
"I felt for him and it was clear that the fans wanted all this to happen. So, after I got off the phone with him, I made a couple of phone calls to our team at Disney studios,” said Iger. “And then, I decided to call the head of Sony. And I said, 'We've got to figure out a way to get this done. For Tom and for the fans.'"
"Sometimes companies, when they're negotiating or people when they're negotiating with one another, they kind of forget that there are other folks out there who actually matter."
Thankfully, the third movie in the “Spider-Man Homecoming” series will star current actor Tom Holland and is set to release in theatres on July 16, 2021. Marvel Studios and its President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Spider-Man will also star in another Marvel film to come.
Stephanie Lingenfelter, Tempo Asst. Editor
Oct. 7, 2019
On Sept. 17, NBCUniversal announced their upcoming streaming service, Peacock, is to be released in 2020. The streaming service will feature classics, such as “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” along with original content.
According to NBCUniversal, Peacock will feature movies from Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and more. So far, 15,000 hours of content are ready for release in April 2020. It’s unclear yet if the streaming service will include commercials, like Hulu, or if it’ll be commercial free, like Netflix. Subscription prices have yet to be announced.
Many of the details for Peacock are still upcoming. However, it seems like it’ll be something a little different from current popular subscription services. NBC hopes to have a place for subscribers to enjoy movies and TV and to view important news events.
The name itself is a homage to the diverse media NBC plans to provide to viewers. “Peacock will be the go-to place for both the timely and timeless – from can’t-miss Olympic moments and the 2020 election, to classic fan favorites like ‘The Office’,” said Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises Bonnie Hammer in an NBC statement.
Number one Spanish-language network, Telemundo, will also be featured with over 3,000 hours of content. The service will incorporate a wide variety of genres from comedy to drama to classics. Some popular classics that will be made available include “The Breakfast Club,” “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” and “Jaws.” Subscribers will even be able to watch “Shrek” whenever their hearts desire.
Many of the movies and shows viewers can expect to see on Peacock are currently featured on other subscription providers. Viewers will no longer be able to get their Michael Scott fix on Netflix and, instead, will have to turn to Peacock. Other shows include “Psych,” “Downton Abbey,” “Brooklynn Nine-Nine,” “Everyone Loves Raymond” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
Popular unscripted programs like “Saturday Night Live (SNL)” and Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” will be available on Peacock for subscribers too. A new SNL docuseries called “Who Wrote That” and a spinoff of “The Real Housewives” franchise will also be available.
Similar to Netflix, Peacock will have its own originals. “Psych: The Movie 2” was supposed to debut late this year; the other originals include a reboot of “Saved by the Bell,” “Battlestar Galactica” and a new season of “A.P.Bio.” All new comedy shows “Rutherford Falls” and “Straight Talk” and drama show “Dr. Death” will be available exclusively to Peacock subscribers.
NBCUniversal is starting production for two book-based shows that will be released on Peacock. Dystopian novel, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley and young adult mystery “One of Us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus will be getting their own T.V. adaptations.
Some streamers may be skeptical of yet another subscription service, but Peacock has grand plans and has already taken many shows from Netflix and Hulu. The new platform may rise to the top. More details will be coming as the 2020 release date draws closer.
Andrew Munoz, Contributor
Oct. 7, 2019
Consistency is not a word video game juggernaut Nintendo references in its dictionary, which is good. Through their years of designing and developing video games, consoles and handheld devices, Nintendo — unlike its competitors Microsoft and Sony — has never been afraid to step drastically outside of its comfort zone when it comes to design, interface and functionality.
Hand-held devices have always been somewhat of a focal point for the company that brought us the Gameboy Color, DS, 2DS and 3DS, and with its latest release, Nintendo steals the spotlight yet again with the Nintendo Switch Lite. It cannot do everything its older brother, the Switch, can do, but that does not make it an inferior console.
Making its debut on Sept. 20, the Lite was highly anticipated. According to Christopher Dring, a writer for gamesindustry.biz, racked up an impressive 13,500 units sold in its first week in the United Kingdom. Although it is too early to tell how the overall performance will be, the beginning numbers look promising. Being so close to the holiday season, and with retailers already preparing for Black Friday, it will become clear in the near future just how well the Lite will perform on the market.
In the meantime, there are readily apparent contrasts that can be drawn between the Switch and the Switch Lite. For starters, and most obviously, the Lite is not a hybrid console, meaning it cannot be used by more than one person and cannot be played on a television. The joysticks are not removable either, meaning the user must keep the device in their hands at all times while playing. Although the Switch can also be used as on on-the-go device just as the Switch Lite can, this is where the Lite stands out as superior.
The Lite can hold up to a 12 hour standby battery life after a full charge, where the Switch only has about eight hours standby. The Lite can withstand up to a maximum of eight hours of gameplay (depending on the size and complexity of the game being played), while the Switch can only withstand a maximum of five hours of playtime. Although the Lite is not as big as the Switch, yielding a 5.5 inch display versus the Switch’s 6.2 inches, the Lite is, well... lighter, weighing in at a lean .61 pounds, versus the Switch’s hefty .88 pounds. Both will have the same processing power, the same 32GB of internal storage with optional expandable Micro SD memory. Many of the same games playable on the Switch can be played on the Lite as well, so long as single player is an option for that game. However, like the Switch, multiple devices can be connected together via wireless connection so friends can play together.
Finally, when it comes to functionality, the Lite actually outperforms the Switch. Recently, Nintendo was facing an issue where Joy Con controllers were experiencing so-called “ghost movements,” which is an issue where the console falsely registers movements or inputs from the joysticks and buttons, despite no user input. The Lite seems to have resolved this issue, with a reinforced design to compensate for its smaller stature and more mobile use.
Only time will tell of the Lites overall popularity and performance, but early signs point to promising outcomes. Games feel good when played on the Lite, even though the video quality is lower than the Switch.
The device’s lightweight design makes for incredibly easy transportation during morning commutes. Longer battery life means users can play longer. Nintendo certainly listened to the community with this latest release, a hallmark trait of a great company with many more great things to come.
Stephanie Lingenfelter, Tempo Asst. Editor
Oct. 7, 2019
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is kickstarting her first individual philanthropic project. Her new clothing line of original products correlates with her sense of fashion that she has often been recognized for.
The announcement of Markle’s new fashion line came in the September edition of British Vogue with an official launch date of Sept. 12. The collection will start in London with the hopes of eventually branching out globally. All proceeds from her clothing line will go to Smart Works, a charity that provides women with necessary professional apparel. “The mission of Smart Works is to provide interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to out-of-work women on low incomes,” as written on the Smart Works website.
The first collection, titled the Smart Set, features five workwear pieces for women. The collection includes a $32 Marks and Spencer shift dress, a $125 white button down designed by Misha Nonoo, a $138 John Lewis tote bag and $148 trousers and $245 blazer from Jigsaw. The pieces are designed to be simple and easy to style; a beginner set of workplace fashion, if you will.
Markle decided to focus her work on helping women in many areas. She visited Smart Works and was inspired by their mission, but noticed a lack in variety and matching outfits, so she teamed up with many designers to start the workplace fashion line. “To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friends, the designer Mischa Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe," said Markle in a statement on the project. "Taking the idea further, many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity. Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together."
Inspired by a desire to change from a young age, Markle’s dad encouraged her to write to powerful women leaders of the time, one of which was Hillary Clinton. Her writing helped make a difference and Procter and Gamble switched the slogan to “People all over America.” It’s clear Markle has always been passionate about women’s rights and her fashion line is another way for her to help.
Even before marriage, she attended the Royal Foundation Forum and spoke about women’s rights and mental health. As soon as she married Prince Harry, she became an official member of the Royal Foundation.
“Driven by a desire to make a difference together, The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” according to The Royal Foundation website. “Our programs currently revolve around four main themes of work: mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community.”
Markle has been heavily involved with charity work, joining her husband as a Common Youth Ambassador soon after marriage as her first official role. "The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace," according to their website.
This isn’t the first time she’s helped charity or worked in fashion. Before she became Duchess of Sussex, Markle released a collection with Canadian clothing store Reitmans in late 2016. She also authored a lifestyle blog called “The Tig.” The blog covered food, travel, beauty and fashion during its three-year lifespan.
Bekka Dvorak, Reporter
Oct. 7, 2019
Along with bringing accomplishments and awards to members of the acting field, The Emmys have brought hope and idealisms to fans as well.
With actor Billy Porter adding a new accolade to his resume by winning an Emmy, society seems to be moving forward and more excited for the future and acceptance of people’s individuality.
During the 71st Emmy Awards, Billy Porter earned the award for the best lead actor in a drama for his role on the FX show “Pose,” making him the first openly gay black man to win in the category.
“It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this Earth like I had a right to be here,” said Porter opening his speech, referencing a James Baldwin quote.
Following this heart-wrenching opening, the bedazzled man stated that he has a right to stand on the stage and be accepted and so does everyone else in the world.
“Pose,” is centered in New York City’s ballroom scene during the late ‘80s; the show shines light on the HIV/AIDS epidemic from its roots. The series is the first to offer the largest cast of transgender actors portraying reoccurring characters in television history.
“Pose” has also been recognized as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors for a critically acclaimed series.
For the show, Porter joins forces with a diverse list of directors. One such director is Janet Mock, an openly transgender women who has a creative deal with a major company.
Though Porter is mostly receiving attention for his Emmy winning speech, the actor has been building quite the extraordinary resume over the last few decades.
Over the past 30 years, Porter has been raking up role after role as he escalates himself to the top of Hollywood’s social limelight. With outstanding character leads in “American Horror Story,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Anastasia,” Porter can be recognized by any group of individuals throughout genres.
The Emmy, however, was not the first award Porter has received for his talents.
Porter has also received a Tony for his role in the Broadway production“Kinky Boots” in 2013. Porter’s contributions to the play’s soundtrack also garnered a 2014 Grammy for best musical theater album.
Porter will be directing an episode in the upcoming season of “Pose.”
“I’ve been directing for 20 years in theater, and I’m directing an episode of season three myself,” Porter said in an interview with Variety about the upcoming season.
The humble actor has showed the world how acceptance and love can form the world into a better place and how far hard work can prevail in the end.
Brandon Vlach, Reporter
Sept. 30, 2019
Claire Cottrill, known by her stage name Clairo, kicked off the first performance of her Immunity tour with a sold-out show of 1,100 at the Metro in Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 29.
Clairo’s calm and reserved demeanor was apparent throughout the show as she stood primarily center stage. However, she could be seen dancing, rolling her body like waves, strutting across the stage with confidence, smiling and even giggling a couple of times throughout her set. The audience frequently sang the words along with her.
Clairo played a total of 19 songs including three encore songs. The majority of the songs were off her latest album, “Immunity,” though she played older songs as well. Her opening song was the slow and sentimental “Alewife,” and she ended on her latest release, an upbeat song featuring the instrumental work of electronic music producer Mura Masa called, “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again.”
The transitions between each song had little to no conversation or banter between band members. In fact, most often, a sustained note was held at the end of each song as a transition into the next song. While this allowed for the music to continuously flow, it also gave the show a bit of a rushed feeling.
The most notable technological integration was the half-circle arc display projector screen behind Clairo, center stage. Projections of nature — clouds, water, rain and mountains — cycled through for the entirety of the show.
A simple stationary lighting system provided changes in primarily light pastel colors to evoke certain moods based on the song. An excessive amount of fog was used to increase the intensity of colors produced by the lights.
Throughout the show, Clairo frequently placed her hand on her chest as if she was pulling the emotions out from her heart. Holding the microphone in her right hand, she often pushed her other hand out to emphasize feeling as if she could not contain the emotion within herself, and was sending the emotion out towards the audience that stood below her.
This was not the type of show to go to if you’re interested in moshing and headbanging, the closest alternative is some head bopping to a slightly more up-tempo soft rock sound. However, if you’re looking for an audience that sways to the beat of mid-to-low tempo songs and hazy daydreamer organic low-fi instrumentals, then Clairo is the live musician for you. Her soft, mesmerizing vocals have the ability to calm audience members with a wave of sincerity, reflection and nostalgia.
The subject matter of her new album reveals a more vulnerable transparency than ever heard before in her music, including personal topics such as relationships and sexuality in “Sofia” and “Bags,” her experience with arthritis in “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again” and mental health in “Alewife.” With her newfound style, openness and well-polished confidence, Clairo’s live performance made for an inevitably memorable and emotional experience.
Bekka Dvorak, Reporter
Sept 23, 2019
Part seven of Netflix’s original series “The Ranch” has finally hit screens, and audiences couldn’t be more flabbergasted with how everything has unfolded.
The season kicks off exactly where viewers left off last season, with Abby and Colt trying to work on their relationship due to minor bumps (and Coors Lights) in their rocky road of marriage.
Seeming like an easy enough topic to follow, this appears to be the only stable situation throughout the whole entire season.
With Luke and Mary getting hitched in Vegas, Colt yet again having trouble with his ranch, Beau and Joanne getting married despite her recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Mary developing a drug problem, fans have had a lot to digest over the past few weeks.
Of course, the fight between the Bennett's and Neumann’s Hill is the major battle over part seven’s run.
Lisa Neumann starts a rift between the Bennett's and other ranchers when a dam is built to block off the flowing creek that runs throughout the town. Taking matters into his own hands to save his farm, Colt and Luke go against the odds and destroy the dam.
Now with the law on his feet, a marriage in crisis, a ranch in despair and Nick — the druggy ex of Mary, who “killed Rooster,”— back in town, the season can only end one way.
But just because there is chaos every turn for our favorite rednecks, doesn’t mean there were any less laughs or chuckles from each scene along with (some) family growth and appreciation.
The season has been such a whirlwind of chaotic confusion that fans are still trying to understand how Beau showed any actual emotion besides anger or sarcasm, along with finally showing a moment of physical affection.
There are still no updates with when the next and final season of “The Ranch” will air in 2020 but the viewers can all pray for a few things with the conclusion of Netflix’s hit series.
One hope being for the safety of the Bennett’s ranch; another for the hope that Abby and Colt rekindle their marriage; and lastly that the mysterious shooter is none other than Rooster himself making his return to the show.
“At the moment, there’s no update on Danny Masterson and his inclusion in ‘The Ranch’ part 8,” Jay Patel stated in an article for Otakukart.com. Plans can always change though.
All will hopefully be revealed in the final instalment of the fan favorite farming adventure “The Ranch.”
Andrew Munoz, Contributor
Sept. 16, 2019
It would seem, for the time being, technology companies have started focusing less and less on foundational or pivotal products; they now utilize and focus time and energy on accessories, attachments and software updates. This somewhat new ideology, however, never stops Apple from releasing a new iPhone every year. This time, consumers are wondering if it is really worth the investment or not.
The latest iPhone models have not seen any jaw-dropping, head-turning or heart-stopping improvements to performance or battery life, let alone its physical design. Technology is an evergreen; here to stay, always renewing itself and yet always the same. As of now, there have not been any major breakthroughs in the field of technology.
For example, some of last year's greatest cell phone and smart gear alterations included software updates, waterproof designs, improved cellular capabilities, enhanced camera lenses and infinite displays (touchscreen displays that are only limited by the dimensions of a device.) These improvements are something consumers inherently come to expect now. On the other hand, more and more are left feeling empty handed, and truthfully, it is because technology simply has nowhere to grow at the moment.
This is exactly the reason consumers start to see recycled ideas with new twists and simple concepts reimagined. Now being dubbed the “influencer iPhone,” the new iPhone 11, which will be made available for purchase on Sept. 20, will feature - you guessed it - improved performance, a water-resistant design, a new camera system, and an improved edgeless display. The newly dubbed name comes from Apple’s heavy focus and investment in improving the phones camera technology to help take and edit higher quality pictures for social media, sharing and memories. Multiple color options like red, yellow and purple will be available for both the standard and Pro models.
How clear do the pores on someone's face have to be in an Instagram post? How long does my battery have to last so I can count them all? Right now, it has nowhere to turn, and technology in today's world only last for a few years before words like “vintage” start to enter the conversation. This phone will not cost you an arm and a leg much like the X models did with starting prices of over $1000. Instead, there will be trade-in programs available through Apple where, depending on the model and condition of your old phone, you can earn anywhere from $45 to $600 off the new iPhone 11, which has a starting price of $799. An attractive deal, yes, but only time will speak to its effectiveness.
Bekka Dvorak, Reporter
Sept. 16, 2019
Over the past decade, FX has entertained audiences with its gruesomely twisted tales of murder and mayhem. From asylums to freak shows, we have witnessed it all through the beautifully chaotic tv show known only as “American Horror Story.”
Now with fall approaching, we yet again get to adventure through another wild ride of chilling tales with AHS’s newest season.
Before tabling the debate of what the ninth season will look like, let's do a recap on everything already shown in this ghastly show.
Season one of AHS solely focused on the Harmon’s relocation in an effort to rebuild their family. Unknown to them, their new house consisted of nothing but a brutal history and death. As they try to move on and pick up the pieces of their lives, sickened, supernatural entities plot against them in the shadows of their own home.
The second season offered a little more of a darker twist to the plot. “Asylum” revolved around a journalist trying to uncover a story of suspicious experiments being performed on patients. Later becoming a patient herself, she meets a boy desperate to find out what happened to his wife. The two team up to try and uncover the darkened set up of the asylum along with its secrets lurking onto the grounds at night.
“Coven,” the third season, appeared as a more down to earth season compared to the rest. Concentrating on a school of young female witches, chaos quickly unfolds as viewers get a further glance at each of their personalities. With voodoo surrounding them, a “zombie” boyfriend and an enemy literally raised up from the ground, “Coven” brought different theories of witchcraft to a beautifully horrific set table.
Season four and five were definitely deemed as the most watched seasons of the show with their eerie stories and characters. Season four, Freak Show, was set in a small town in Florida during the forties. Giving a full look at the life of freaks in a ‘freak show,’ the season seemed to set all the stereotypes in their place while adding other sinister ideas to the mix. Season five, “Hotel,” offered the same uncanny vibe, just in a hotel. Bringing vampires, ghosts, cocaine users and psychotic killers to the spotlight, “Hotel” offered a horrifying vacation that you could never escape.
“Roanoke,” season six, focused on the haunted lands where the first settlement disappeared. “Cult,” season seven, revolved around the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and the extreme lengths individuals where willing to go to see their party elected. And season eight, “Apocalypse,” brought “Murder House” and “Coven” together in a horrendous cross-over with witches and warlocks fighting during the end time against the antichrist.
Now, let’s jump into what is known about season nine, “1984.” First, the season takes place in the ‘80, which is evident in the clothing, music and the ‘80 slasher summer camp vibe provided to us from the teaser trailer.
It's safe to assume that fans will be getting a “Friday the 13th" meets “Nightmare on Elm Street” story from what has been shown. Since it is AHS, it's safe to say there will be some other frightening ideas popping up in each episode.
It can also be deduced that fan favorites Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will not be returning for this season. There is talk, however, of the stars possibly making a cameo in the ninth season.
“The Coven witches will return, but not for season nine,” said TV Guide’s Sadie Gennis in her preview of “1984.” “It won’t be the final season.”
This brings relief along with hopes that viewers may get to see the beloved witches in the battle again, since “Apocalypse” was left with a dark open ending.
Though little information is available on the new season of “American Horror Story,” by looking back at previous seasons, fans can rest assured that it will only bring more nostalgic murder and mayhem much like.
Andrew Munoz, Contributor
Sept. 16, 2019
Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Lover,” was released Aug. 23 and, as of right now, is still topping the Billboard 200 and has remained number one since its release. Like her or not, there is no denying Swift’s success over the years as a music artist. This latest accolade serves as more than just another milestone in the 29-year-old pop stars successful career.
In the week of its debut, “Lover” sold over 678,000 physical copies and accumulated over 226 million streams across all music streaming platforms. Combined, these numbers would equate to 867,000 physical unit sales; enough to secure number one on the Billboard 200 list for quite a while.
Swift shook up her strategy when she released her album across all music streaming platforms, instead of prioritizing one over all others. This simple, yet astonishingly effective change in her marketing scheme fueled Swift to the top.
This was not the only change in strategy Swift made. Along with cross-platform stream releases, she had also released not one, but four unique versions of her album via a Target store exclusive launch. Each of the four albums contained a copy of the album on CD with each version containing a unique pair of audio memos by the artist, an original copy of an excerpt from her journal and distinctive artifacts such as pictures and a poster.
Each version costs $19.99. Add all four versions to your cart and you have quickly brought your subtotal to four cents shy of $80. The math is simple; 678,000 physical copies costing $19.99 a piece comes to a wild sum of over $13.5 million in revenue, not including streaming revenue. This is especially impressive in an industry rapidly evading vintage technology like CDs.
Currently, “Lover” is the highest selling album of 2019, which begs the question: what is next? Rumors and hearsay have begun surfacing regarding Swift’s past dealings with her record label, Big Machine, by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings. The label denied Swift the rights to the master recordings of all six of her albums in the past; now many are wondering is Swift will attempt to take full control over her works by completely starting over and re-recording her music to self-release. This would be a genius financial maneuver, which has the potential to earn the pop-singer an enormous fortune. It goes without saying there would stand copious amounts of personal and legal conflicts of interest between Swift and her current record label.
Swift currently has over 43.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and her numbers will only continue to grow as the artist adds to her expansive music cat.
Brandon Vlach, Reporter
Sept. 16, 2019
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is an exclusive Hulu series based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood published in 1985. It brings to life the imagined extreme patriarchal and totalitarian government of Gilead, that forcibly subjugates women.
The series has gained quite the following since it first aired in 2017. With the popularity of the show comes a new book; on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Margaret Atwood published a sequel called “The Testaments.”
In addition to the new book, season four of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was announced on July 26 via @HandmaidsOnHulu, the official Twitter account for the show. According to Lucy Feldman’s article in Time Magazine, Hulu and MGM will be developing “The Testaments” into a new series. However, it is unclear if the content of the sequel will be incorporated into the existing show or made into a separate spin-off series of its own.
Analyzing Episode 13, the last episode of season three, "Mayday,” many inferences can be made about how the writers of the show will approach season four. Episode 13 begins with a horrid flashback to women being forcibly herded like animals into a cargo truck leaving for Gilead. The closing scene of the episode creates harsh contrast with more than 50 Martha’s and children escaping Gilead and arriving to Canada in a plane.
Crossing into the border of Canada to achieve freedom from Gilead is not a new concept. Various characters have made it to Canada throughout the series; however, there has never been as many as fifty people arriving at once.
The reoccurring dichotomy of freedom and imprisonment could be preparing viewers for a deeper exploration of these themes in season four. With so many new characters entering Canada, and June left to face the consequences in Gilead, a narrator other than June may lead the narrative in season four. In fact, this concept would align with the approach of the new book “The Testaments” because the novel is told from the perspective of three female narrators. Moreover, the writers experimented with varying narrators in episode eight when Aunt Lydia’s backstory is provided.
Over the course of seasons two and three, June has already missed two opportunities to escape Gilead. She has even survived a myriad of death-defying instances like being shot at by machine guns. Maybe season three will finally provide an opportunity for Hannah’s voice to be heard. As an adolescent at this point in the show, she could very well articulate the perspective of a child trapped in Gilead.
Hopefully more updates, trailers, and information will be released about season four sometime soon. Until then, we’ll have to see what ideas the writers have in the works ‘under his eye.’
Stephanie Lingenfelter, Tempo Asst. Editor
Sept. 16, 2019
The movie “Crazy Rich Asians” came out Aug. 7, 2018 and was highly reviewed with a 91% Rotten Tomato score. The success of the first film gave the green light for the continuation of the trilogy based on the books by Kevin Kwan.
However, one of the film’s co-writer’s, Adele Lim, recently quit because she was offered a significantly lower stipend than her male co-writer, Peter Chiarelli. There was still quite some time before the second movie was to be released, with filming not starting until 2020, according to Digital Spy, but that may be further delayed because of the current scandal.
Lim’s native country is Malaysia and she has Chinese descent. Pay disparities aren’t uncommon between males and females and whites and nonwhites. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in 2017, female full-time workers made 80.5 cents for every dollar a man earned, which is about a 20% disparity.
The percentage increases more depending on race. Lim felt it was unfair that she was being offered a much lower compensation and therefore turned the offer down. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lim denied their original offer, so the production team tried to find another writer of Asian descent. However, they were unable to find anyone qualified, so five months later, they went back to Lim with a higher offer closer to Chiarelli’s, but Lim declined again.
The director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” Jon Chu, tweeted his support for Lim, writing, “You bet you’re a** I stand with Adele!” In the tweet, he also shared since he was close friends with Lim, he and many others tried to help in negotiations to get to a fairer price, but after much debate, they were never able to reach a consensus and Lim declined the final offer.
Lim made it clear in a tweet that no hate should go to Chu or Chiarelli. According to Entertainment Weekly, Chiarelli offered Chu a split of his salary, but she turned it down, saying, “Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn’t be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer.”
Lim is hoping her experience will inspire others to fight back against pay disparities with her recent tweet ending with, “To people going through their own fight, you are not alone.”
Bekka Dvorak, Reporter
Sept. 9, 2019
Lana Del Rey’s newly anticipated album, “Norman Fu**ing Rockwell!” is here and fans could not be more thrilled with its turn out.
The American projection of cherry Coke and Springsteen nostalgia is presented once again in each song.
With what is considered to be her “deepest” album, “Norman Fu**ing Rockwell!” is anything but a practical record. It lives up to Del Rey’s California ‘50s image but indulges in breathless romance instead of a whirlwind of beautiful chaotic love tragedies.
The album produces a metaphysical exploration of what the era was like in Norman Rockwell’s time. While there are still characteristics of Del Rey's past albums, such as drug abuse, political unrest and the obvious boy toys, her latest album also highlights one of Del Rey’s personal struggles: depression.
The breathing room of the record also gives an intimacy instead of words fading into the background of drum machines and an overpowered bass line.
Though the album is inspiring California dreams of love, it does feature a newly warped tune we are all familiar with.
One of her new hits includes the remake of Sublime’s 1996 hit, “Doin’ Time.” Giving the song a dreamy ocean slant, Del Rey offers a gender-flipped interpretation that gives a layer of complexity to a song that already had very little to begin with.
“So, this is the American dream right now; this is where we are at,” Del Rey said in an interview with AV Music’s Annie Zaleski.
Overall, the record accurately represents Del Rey and her ‘50s California nostalgic vibe while showing her growth and newest realizations in life and love.