‘The Rock’ Stars as Hercules

by Bailey Dixon

On July 25th, 2014, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie “Hercules” comes out in theaters. The actor will portray the storied Greek demigod who, after facing his 12 labors, is sent into battle at the call of the King of Thrace and his daughter.

The movie is directed by Brett Ratner and many people have high hopes for the film. The Rock took to Twitter to offer fans a sneak peek at his Herculean outfit. The 41-year-old actor sports long locks and a beard, clad in armor and brandishing a sword.

Many people are also very worried about how well the movie will do in the box office, knowing that “The Rock” is known recently for his cheesy and cheaply made movies. This is the first time Johnson has had to support himself with his acting on screen because there is no other significant actor in the movie.

According to CNN, he will be giving sneak peeks on his Twitter account leading up to the premiere.
We will find out in July if he can break his streak of bad ratings. So far the movie looks pretty good judging by the costumes and sets.

Movie Review: Divergent

by Harmony Takhar

Divergent was realeased in theaters on Friday, March 21. The movie earned $22.8 million opening day and earned $56 million over the whole weekend. This was low considering the movie was expected to rack up to $70 million opening weekend, though the movie is currently ranked number one in box office. The movie is based off of the best-selling book, Divergent. Playing the main role was Shailene Woodley as Beatrice. Only half of said audiences had actually read the book and the ones who did noticed only minor differences from the book and the movie.

This is another popular science fiction book turned into a movie. Other movies similar to this are The Host, Twilight, Vampire Academy, Beautiful Creatures, and The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a movie that is very similar to Divergent because in both books, the characters are oppressed by the government. Divergent wasn’t nearly as successful as The Hunger Games, because the fan following wasn’t quite as high.

The movie did manage to receive an A in cinema score. The movie is projected to make over $100 million after a week of being in theaters, which is when Lionsgate would start to be making money because the production cost was $85 million. The marketing was done by Lionsgate as well and helped production by Summit Entertainment. If one has not yet seen the movie, it would be a good idea to check it out, since it is leading the box office right now.

Sources:

Mendelson, Scott. “Weekend Box Office: ‘Divergent’ Scores Terrific $56M Debut.” Forbes.com. Forbes, 22 Mar. 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.

CBS. “”Divergent” Tops Box Office with $56 Million Debut.” CBS.com. CBS, 22 Mar. 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.

Kids Against Hunger

by Adele Hardwick

On Saturday, March 8 at the Peace Lutheran Church, a food packaging event for over 12,000 hungry children in Kenya and Somalia was held. The event was from noon to 4pm. Anyone 8 years and older volunteered. The project needed to have at least 25 volunteers to stop families starving by getting a nutritional meal.

At this event, the first 30 minutes included instructions on packaging. The volunteers packed for 90 minutes then cleaned up their area. All the ingredients in the meal cost around $.27 per child. The meals had ingredients of rice, vitamins, soy, and mixed vegetables. Each volunteer that worked for 90 minutes packed around $60 worth of food. The cost for 6,000 meals is anywhere from $1500 to $4,600. Afterwards, there was a 30 minutes debriefing on the accomplishments of the volunteers.

The food will be delivered to the children by the partners in the Feeding Children International organization. There are many food packaging events that occur in America that send the food to places that are struck with famine.

BHS chess club wins first tournament

by Adele Hardwick

The Bellbrook High School Chess Club won the first place trophy at the Greater Miami Valley Chess League. The Bellbrook chess team consists of senior Vincent Tong, freshman Nathan Tong, seniors Adam Siens, Brian Siens, Dean Capozzi and Joseph Zoller. The event that was held had four teams that competed: The Miami Valley School, Troy Christian, Fairmont and Bellbrook.

The tournament has five game boards that start with best player at number one. Tong took the first seat at the competition. Each game lasted sixty minutes. The entire competition lasted for approximately 9 hours. The Bellbrook team trains on Friday afternoons with their coach, Carl Bohr. Bohr was a state champion in chess, so he has previous knowledge to help his players with the strategy of the game.
Tong and Zoller discussed their triumph at this tournament. Tong said, “I enjoy the strategy behind chess.” Zoller’s opinion of the game is different, since he stated, “Chess is a competitive activity without having to be athletic.” Both Zoller and Tong plan to continue playing at a competitive level in college.

Uninformed Opinion: The Madness has Begun

by Mitch Powers

March Madness has begun, and with it comes the chance to win a billion dollars from Warren Buffet, upsets, upsets of the people who didn’t win a billion dollars, and the improper use of the term bracket.

According to Purdue OWL: “If the context of your quote might be unclear, you may add a few words to provide clarity. Enclose the added material in brackets.” For example: “I am completely baffled and confused [by March Madness] and that is why basketball gives me a headache.”

When Caesar went to fights in the coliseum, he didn’t go to watch some scrawny unarmed prisoner punch a lion. He went to see how long it would take for the lion to completely devour its puny little running snack. In a way, it is very similar to today’s hot dog eating contests which, in my opinion, are hugely undervalued as a true American sport.

To a non-native to basketball, the whole concept of March Madness seems very strange. Why do they let everyone play? Why is it four weeks long? Why does everyone cheer for the underdog? Why basketball? What is the meaning of life?

Schadenfreude is a German word meaning pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. It is truly the only possible reason I can derive for the popularity of March Madness. We love seeing people fail. We love to watch fifth ranked Cincinnati get beat by 12th ranked Harvard. (Side question: Harvard had a basketball team?) Like it or not, March Madness is here and the unrelenting squeaking of shoes on the court has begun.

Oh, and in case you were hoping to win that perfect bracket, the odds are one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Good luck!

Virginia Beats Duke and Receives ACC Title

by Allison Petkoff

The Virginia Cavaliers beat the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday.  The final score was 72-63.  This game moves the Cavaliers on in the NCAA tournament.  Before this game Duke was ranked number 7 and Virginia was ranked number 6.  Because of these ranks the game would appear to be a good competition, but the Cavaliers won by 9 points, which is considered an large-margin victory in basketball.  This win gave Virginia the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship (The ACC title).  The Cavaliers haven’t received the title since 1976, which is 38 years.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points to lead the Cavaliers.  Jabari Parker also scored 23 points to lead the Blue Devils.  According to Yahoo Sports, Akil Mitchell of the Cavaliers said, “It’s all we wanted to do when we came here [speaking of winning the ACC].”  This shows that the Cavaliers have been chasing this title for almost 40 years and are excited to finally have it in their grasp because it was one of their main goals.  However, Virginia has much harder games in its future as it continues in the NCAA tournament.

Opinion: Did ABC’s Castle break the Moonlighting Curse?

By Abbey Knupp

After four seasons of teasing, witty banter, and romantic tension, the main characters on ABC’s hit crime drama Castle shared a passionate kiss that moved their relationship from the early stages of flirting to a full-time commitment. At the end of the last season, famous mystery writer Richard Castle popped the question to his love interest, Detective Kate Beckett, and she agreed. Whenever the lead characters of a television show get romantically involved, replacing the witty flirtation with relationship management, viewers and critics alike worry that their favorite show will be overcome with the “Moonlighting curse.” The name for the curse spawns from a show that aired in the 80s, a high-rated show that experienced an exponential drop in ratings after the main characters became romantically involved.

Two seasons have passed since the couple hooked up on Castle and people still mention the curse, worrying that the newfound marriage proposal will bring the couple into a monotony synonymous with married life, which is a worry shared by Beckett. When season 3 aired and the couple shared a heated kiss without moving forward in their relationship, I was part of the group that moaned and groaned incessantly, urging the writer’s to end the torture and make Castle and Beckett a couple.

However, when they finally moved in that direction at the end of the 4th season, I was worried. My favorite part of the show was always the couple’s dynamic. I loved the snarky humor, witty comebacks, and the fact that they constantly gave each other grief. With romance taking the forefront, I was worried that the snark and sass would be sidelined. If anything, it has only increased. Now that the couple has become romantically involved (even moving towards marriage in the current season), they are more snarky than ever, never missing a chance to tease one another.

On top of the usual level of sass expected on the show, the characters are now facing relationship problems as they attempt to learn how to cohabitate and imagine a joint future. The issues are handled well on the show, never overshadowing the crime and humor that the audience loves, while still giving the show an element of realism and allowing the audience to root even more for their power couple.

The 6th season alone has featured cases involving faux ninjas, time travellers, and telepaths, along with the very real threat of mobs and bosses in the drug cartels. The season has also perpetuated some of the existing storylines, dealing with the murder of Beckett’s mother and the infamous triple killer. Each episode has a new, quirky case for the couple to solve with the subtle ring of wedding bells chiming in the background.

The wedding is rumored to take place at the end of the 6th season, but viewers are hesitant to believe that the writers would make it that easy. The ratings for the show are still high and the online fanbase is more than devoted, making a 7th season renewal seem more than probable.

After two seasons of developing a romantic relationship, while still being able to maintain the drama and humor that the audience desired, it is safe to say that Castle has successfully defeated the Moonlighting Curse. You can catch Castle on ABC every Monday at 10/9c.