Monthly Archives: December 2015

Shows to binge-watch during winter break

Commentary by McKinley Webster Times-News correspondent    Instead of worrying about that cliffhanger at the end of your favorite show’s finale, I am here to give you some ideas of what shows to indulge yourself in during Christmas break. Check these out on Netflix: 1. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” — Set in the Marvel Cinematic [...]

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Winners of fourth annual Youth Film Festival announced

Times-News    Winners of the fourth annual Alamance County Youth Film Festival, held on Dec. 12 at the Graham Cinema, included Becket Newsome in the elementary category for “The Attack of the Stone Army 2;” Tiago Furtado in the middle school category for “My Macaroni Song” and Brenden Lech and Sam Cryan in the high [...]

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‘Star Wars’ budgets increase each year

By Jakob S. Miller Times-News correspondent • “Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope,” released in 1977, had a budget around $11 million.* • The following movie released in 1980, “Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back,” had a larger budget of $18 million.* • The final movie of the original trilogy, “Star [...]

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Starstruck melodies: The iconic music of ‘Star Wars’

By Logan A. White Times-News correspondent    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Star Wars? Most people think immediately of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and all of the other visual cues that have become associated with the famed franchise. But there’s another key part of the [...]

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‘Star Wars’ special effects

By Jordan Carey Times-News correspondent    From the first time Luke picks up a lightsaber, to the newest episode “The Force Awakens,” the Star Wars franchise is iconic for its incredible special effects. In the original movies, almost every special effect was either a puppet or a model. Most of the aliens were made [...]

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Force to be reckoned with?

Commentary by Presley Mauney Times-News correspondent    Many of you Star Wars fans are mega excited for the new upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Also many of you know that the movie has introduced some new characters. Every one of these characters are diverse and is interesting in their own way. First, [...]

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Holiday tradition: Walkerdance readies for its 34th season of “The Nutcracker”

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent    As the weather cools and Christmas decorations are starting to go up, Walkerdance students are eagerly anticipating the studio’s 34th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” This famous ballet tells the story of a girl named Clara (Abigail Cline), who is given a Nutcracker doll by her Uncle Drosselmeyer [...]

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Lammily is a different kind of doll for girls

Commentary by Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent    We are taught from birth that everyone is special in his or her own way, and that differences need to be admired if we are all to progress in life. Why then, do we allow our children to play with dolls that seem the complete opposite? Barbie [...]

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‘Sound of Music’ shines successfully

Reviewed by Logan A. White Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — What do you get when you combine a nun-in-training, a former naval captain and seven children? A fantastic musical that is a treat for all. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s legendary Broadway show “The Sound of Music” is performing this week at the Durham Performing Arts [...]

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