Arts & Review

Mad Men’ Unmasked

By: Brennan Carley. Taylor Cavallo and Dan Siering

There is no denying that the Draper family has been through the wringer. From affairs, divorce, and secret rendezvouses in Rome, Betty and Don know better than most that relationships are tough. Other employees of Sterling Cooper have also learned that lesson, navigating the tricky office life and social dynamics of the early ’60s. Peggy grappled with an unexpected pregnancy and office sexism while Joan, with her sensually steely demeanor, struggles to balance the life of an army wife with her inner-office relationship.

This Sunday marks the Season 5 premiere of the Emmy award-winning AMC show Mad Men. The series attracts audiences with its historically hazy representations of gender relations and the tribulations of family life. Famous for its aesthetically pleasing cinematography and profound character development, Mad Men promises another season full of intrigue, lust, and mayhem

Idol’ Background Checks

By: Brennan Carley & David Riemer

Pro (Carley)

When TMZ broke the news that American Idol contestant Jermaine Jones had failed to disclose two 2011 arrests to producers, fans threw up their arms in support of the “friendly giant,” a nickname posed by the miniscule Ryan Seacrest.

Trio Miike Snow Entertains With A ‘Happy’ New Effort

By: Brennan Carley

Miike Snow is, in fact, not a man, but a band. “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of him, he does that song ‘Animal,'” friends have said in the past, but not many understand that the band is, in fact, a they, not a he. The band, composed of Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winberg, and Andrew Wyatt, are former producers who won a Grammy for their work on Britney Spears’ pre-breakdown “Toxic.”

Crossing The Line

By: Brennan Carley, Taylor Cavallo, and Dan Siering

Actors are a fickle breed. They thrive off their annual awards shows, heaping praise on one another like it’s the last time they’ll ever be in a room together.

If history has taught audiences anything, it’s that actors and actresses love to leave their comfort zones—after all, how else does someone get a critic to describe his or her work as edgy?

For as long as movies have existed, actors who’ve carved themselves a groove—whether it be the funniest woman in the business or the guy who can shed a tear like no other—relish the opportunity to leave that genre. Take Eddie Murphy, for example: after years of gross-out comedies—all the Shrek films included—he delivered a bomb of a heartbreaking performance in Dreamgirls, and oh, how the critics crooned. Morgan Freeman took a journey opposite of Murphy’s, segueing his years of experience in dramas like The Green Mile and Driving Miss Daisy into family-friendly fare like Bruce Almighty and The Bucket List.

When we sat down to pick the five actors we wanted to highlight, it was close to impossible to narrow it down. Inside, we present the five most shining examples of actors who have both soared and failed in leaving their comfort zones.


Disney’s Visionaries Talk ‘John Carter’

By: Brennan Carley

Taylor Kitsch 

The Heights:What does it mean to you to portray a character that has existed for a century?

Taylor Kitsch:I don’t think you’re going to put more pressure on it because it’s existed this or that. I think that’s a lot of the outside pressure trying to come in, but no one is going to put more pressure on it than I will. I think the most pressure I truly had was probably playing a guy that’s lived and has passed on, but I’m not going to prep more because it’s Edgar Rice Burroughs’ vision or anything like that— but I mean it’s very flattering to be a part of it, and I think that scope of it all is quite cool to be a part of as well. I think to breathe life into Stanton, who directed it, his childhood dream is an amazing thing to do and be a part of.

The Commodification Of Art

By: Brennan Carley, Taylor Cavallo, and Dan Siering

Most people from our generation know many famous pieces of art solely through commodities, as opposed to the original pieces themselves. While this exposure to fine art is undeniably valuable to the public, it is imperative that we understand the artists’ intentions and appreciate the original paintings themselves.

Couples We Ship

By: Brennan Carley, Taylor Cavallo, and Dan Siering

Elaine and Jerry

Any Seinfeld fan would agree that the flame of this relationship should be rekindled. Having dated before the start of the show (unfortunately, viewers never see the two as an item), Elaine and Jerry remain best friends throughout the nine seasons of Seinfeld, any couple’s dream.