Once Upon a Time in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…There Was a Sequel

By Andrew Carney, Megan Montgomery, Sid Sadler

LOS ANGELES (AP/UTC The Loop) — The new “Star Wars” has an official timeline and one confirmed returning character: robot R2-D2.

Director J.J. Abrams will begin shooting in May on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which is set three decades after 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday.

Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Portland, Ore., Iger said the movie would feature “some very familiar faces along with a trio of new, young leads.” Abrams has a penchant for secrecy, and Iger said R2-D2 was the only “official cast member” he would announce.

“Episode VII” is set for release in December 2015.

Credit: Matt Stroshane

Credit: Matt Stroshane

Iger also said Pixar plans a third “Cars” movie and a sequel to 2004’s “The Incredibles.”


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Come See UTC’s Play “No Exit” and Get A Taste Of Hell

By: Kelli Findlay

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) — UTC’s new play “No Exit” premieres February 11th-17th.

UTC’s play “No Exit” premieres Feb. 11th at 7:30. “No Exit” was written in 1944 by French philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre. Students can purchase tickets here.

Original No Exit Cover by Google Images

Original No Exit Cover by Google Images

“It is the story of three people trapped together for eternity. Hell is this room that they cannot escape and they’re trying to survive and figure out who they are based on people who are strangers to them,” explains Gaye Jeffers, associate professor of theatre and the director of the play.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but the design choices that we’re making are going to be surprising for some people,” says Jeffers. “The use of lights is going to be impactful and unexpected. In most theater productions, you only see the theater lights focus on the actors on the stage. We’re kind of using lights to focus on other parts of the theater as well. It will be kind of an event where the audience will be involved in a way that they might not normally be involved. There are some surprises I don’t want to give away what will be thematically important and will make the audience physically feel something instead of just thinking about things in their head.”

“NO EXIT” came out as a new installment movie in 2013 starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Michelle Williams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hogoxHpcaNg

For more for information about the original play, you can check out the facts about “No Exit.”

UTC Speech Professor Jeannie Hacker-Cerulean said that she hopes that there is a great turnout for the play because she thinks that it is a great opportunity for students to get to know the theater department and see UTC’s talent.

Students are also excited about this psychological thriller of a play. UTC Houston, Texas Senior, Lindsey Carpenter, said “I can’t wait to go check this play out, I saw a movie that was similar with the ‘trapped in Hell’ theme and I think it will be scary!”

“NO EXIT” came out as a new installment movie in 2013 starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Michelle Williams.





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“12 Years A Slave” Wins Finally

By: Charnele Box

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP/UTC The LOOP) — The Golden Globes are typically Hollywood’s bawdiest awards show — “a wonderful mess,” said co-host Tina Fey of this year’s bash. But in the end, after all the boozy banter — some of it bleeped for broadcast — the 1970s corruption tale “American Hustle” got a very serious push toward Oscar glory, picking up three major awards.

Benefiting the most from Sunday night’s Globes as focus shifts to the Academy Awards, David O. Russell’s con caper locked in best comedy, best actress (Amy Adams) and best supporting actress (Jennifer Lawrence).

Not that early-season favorite “12 Years a Slave” isn’t still in the running. Though it earned only one award, Steve McQueen’s historical epic took home the night’s top honor: best film drama. But “American Hustle” seems to have emerged from the 71st annual Golden Globes as the film to beat.

Oscar doesn’t usually care much for comedies, but “American Hustle” offers a rich blend of scandal, style and superb acting that is bound to get Academy voters’ attention.

The Globes have flipped awards season momentum before. Though Ben Affleck was denied an Oscar nomination last year for directing “Argo,” he did win best director at the Globes and his film went on to win best picture at the Oscars. In 2009, Katherine Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” lost in the best film category to James Cameron’s “Avatar” at the Globes. The defeat seemed to sway Oscar voters in Bigelow’s favor and she snagged the best picture award.

With the Oscar nominations coming Thursday, lost-in-space saga “Gravity,” which earned Alfonso Cuaron the best director Globe, could pick up some additional pull with likely nominations in the craft categories, which the Globes don’t recognize. There’s also a lot of built-in affection for its leading lady, Sandra Bullock, not to mention the film’s impressive worldwide box office performance.

Hosting Sunday night’s Globes for the second year in a row, Fey and Amy Poehler drew big laughs as they targeted such A-listers as Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio.

One of the evening’s well-received jokes was delivered in the “SNL” alums’ opening bit in a reference Fey made to “Gravity”: “It’s a story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”

Last year, the duo led a six-year ratings high with 19.7 million viewers. They’ll return as hosts next year.

Besides “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave,” the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Globes, also favored other fact-based films from America’s past: the ’80s-era AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club” and the high-finance extravaganza “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which both won top awards.

“Dallas Buyers Club” stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who both lost noticeable weight for their roles — “or as actresses call it, ‘being in a movie,'” joked Fey — won their first Globes for best dramatic actor and best supporting actor. DiCaprio, a nine-time nominee, picked up his second Globe for best comedy actor for his turn as a provocative stockbroker in Martin Scorsese’s nearly three-hour “Wall Street.”

“I am thankful that Martin Scorsese is still this punk rock,” said DiCaprio backstage.

Famously absent from awards shows for years, Woody Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement honor, which was accepted by the director’s “Anne Hall” star Diane Keaton.

“Did you see Diane Keaton tonight?” best comedy actress winner Cate Blanchett asked reporters backstage. “She is my style icon, my acting icon — the works.” Blanchett took home the award for her portrayal of a fallen socialite in Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”

Elegant in an Armani gown, Blanchett joked, “A lot of effort goes into this effortlessness. It’s a wonderful mirage to be here tonight, but it’s not entirely who I am.”


Follow AP Film Writer Jessica Herndon on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/SomeKind

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Big Mike Mic Describes A City Without Tears

By Tia Kalmon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – Gangs and crime are a problem for Chattanooga, but one local rapper is trying to stop the violence through his organization, City Without Tears.

This organization was founded by Michael Kelly a year and a half ago. It now consists of a documentary, music video, a six-song EP album and a poem.

This is the postcard for City Without Tears.

This is the postcard for City Without Tears.

“I want to bring awareness, awareness of the numbness for the violence and injustice that’s been going on in the community and how people need to self-reflect,” Kelly said. “Actually the song in the project came from me actually self-reflecting and seeing what I can do, because I knew a lot of things had been going on and I didn’t want to be one of those people that was saying ‘that’s what you should do,’ or just being someone who talked. Since I’m an artist, music is so powerful, words just came out and that was the birth of City Without Tears.”

He wants this to be on the biggest scale possible, raising $20,000 to give back to the community to stop the violence. Kelly wants to take City Without Tears into the community to meet people, to make an impression on them, and to change the statistics to stop the crime.

“What drives me is the shape of the community and my own insecurities and ways that I want to be better because I’m not where I want to be as an individual,” Kelly said.

Kelly began City Without Tears when he saw loved ones in his life disappear because of violence in the city. It hit close to home for Kelly and now he has found inspiration in the mist of danger.

“Life is about your own journey and what you find in yourself and what you were put on this earth to do, to find your purpose,” Kelly said. “That’s a journey through ups and downs. It’s hard sometimes but I feel like that’s what inspires me so my music is real personal.”

Kelly goes by Big Mike Mic when he performs. Big Mike Mic performed at the Barking Legs Theater Friday, February 28th. He began his performance by making a juice out of only organic products, because he wanted to give the audience “an organic performance.”

Big Mike Mic performing at the Barking Legs Theater March 1.

Big Mike Mic performing at the Barking Legs Theater March 1.

“Everything is like an infection, if you don’t do something it’s going to get bigger and bigger,” Brian Kelly, Manager for Big Mike Mic, said. “And why be reactive when we can be more proactive.”

If you would like to donate to City Without Tears you can visit Kickstarter.com and search “City Without Tears.” For more information you can e-mail Brian Kelley at bdotkelly@gmail.com or call, 423-903-4293.

Check out the video of the interview with Big Mike Mic uploaded to the Mocs News YouTube page!

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How DSLR Cameras are Changing Journalism

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Journalism’s main concern is getting information to the public as fast as possible.  Recently, many digital product companies have been manufacturing digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras that not only take stunning pictures, but now offer the ability to take high definition (HD) video.

Companies like Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and many other digital optical manufacturers have seized the moment with regards to HD in their DSLR products.

In fact, many journalists have chosen the DSLR range of cameras for their reporting because of the portability and the versatility.

“It’s more portable than a full on video camera,” according to Andrew Page, a Fayetteville, TN, senior, “And it gives roughly the same quality of video.”

Video DSLR cameras are not without their faults, though.  Since these sort of cameras have dual capabilities between video and still photography, journalists have a slightly more involved job at hand.

Philip Luckey, a freelance professional video editor, thinks that they have their place, but it’s important to know where that place is.

“Having to do double duty can start to encroach on what you’re doing,” Luckey said.

Though DSLR cameras are highly capable, their technology is still relatively new and as a result have some setbacks.

“If I went to Wal-Mart and bought a $300 camcorder and a 60 min. DV tape,” said Luckey, “I could film for an hour. With the DSLR’s you put in an 8 gigabyte card and you can only record for 15 minutes.”

There’s no telling what the future of DSLR cameras holds.

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Phony Hollywood producer gets 4 years in prison

By Shawna O’Neal


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has ordered a nearly four-year prison term for a man who posed as a Hollywood producer and fleeced investors out of $3.4 million for a phony show about the Department of Homeland Security.

Joseph Medawar pleaded guilty in May 2006 to tax evasion and conspiracy for the TV show investment scam. He was sentenced to jail for a year and community service.

But the Los Angeles Times reports Medawar padded his community service hours to go to movies and the gym.

On Tuesday, a Los Angeles federal judge sentenced Joseph Medawar to 45 months in prison for violating probation.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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‘The Social Network’ wins Golden Globe for best movie drama

By Lindsay Cline


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — ‘The Social Network’ wins Golden Globe for best movie drama.

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My World in HD

A  closer look into the ever changing and always evolving world of technology in motion pictures and still photography.

By Benji Aird


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)-Whether you shoot with the Nikon D90, Canon 7D, 5D,  or anything else, HD-DSLRs are now taking over a large segment of the video-journalism and motion picture markets. All are not really made to shoot video, but with various adapters and add-ons you can make it work and get results not possible in the past.

Recently I shot two projects with the Nikon D90 and was thinking about the differences between using the D90 and a “regular” video camera.


Bokeh describes the rendition of out-of-focus points of light. Bokeh is different from sharpness. Sharpness is what happens at the point of best focus. Bokeh is what happens away from the point of best focus.Bokeh describes the appearance, or “feel,” of out-of-focus areas. Bokeh is not how far something is out-of-focus, bokeh is the character of whatever blur is there.

The most obvious difference is the wonderful limited depth of field (DOF/Bokeh) that is made possible by the large sensors and 35mm still lenses.

This is an example of the Bokeh from a prime lens.

A welcome change from the everything-in-focus, 3-chip smaller sensor video cameras.

At minimum, you’ll need some sort of viewfinder to use the LCD screen in the back of the camera. I tethered to a 17inch monitor for the last project. There’s really no way to use the camera without a viewfinder for professional results. This is a must.

The on-board sound in any HD-DSLR is abysmal at best. You can either record using the BeachTek DXA-5D, or use an external recording device such as the Zoom H4 and sync everything up in Final Cut Pro with Pluraleyes, an incredible program from Singular Software that saves many frustrating hours of trying to sync sound.

One last item is a Vari-ND filter. This variable neutral density enables you to shoot at f2.8 in daylight and maintain that limited DOF look and feel. I use one from Singh-Ray.


The following clip was from the Thanksgiving holiday 2010:

Shooting a low-lit environment may not be the best of conditions to shoot a video, however with 50mm prime lens like the Carl Zeiss I rented from Lensrentals.com helps a lot. That particular lens had a beautiful bokeh. It was a totally manually operated focus ring which took some getting use to. I know many young photographers are custom to automatic everything!! Using this lens really forced me to take my time when composing the shot.


The other project brought me to up and coming recording music artist Richard Torregano:

Mid:Depth of Field

Shallow: Depth of Field

In the behind the scenes footage from Chad B.’s new club banger “Hit It” you can clearly see the skeleton crew that shoots the video using Digital SLR’s.

After Torregano’s session Blake Hampton of Attention2Detail and I collaborated on a few projects.

Some time in the not too distant future I would like to hit the lottery. I am speaking it into the universe!! I would make the world a better place, visually that is. SO, you come across one of these from a “Street Vendor” get in contact with me.

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Gangs, Drug and Violence all Reside In The City Of God : Movies You Need To See

City of God is a beautifully gritty crime thriller that should not be missed, it is dark compelling and exciting to watch. It leaves the viewer satisfied yet wanting to see more of the lives of those living in the City of God.

By: Justin Dee


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — Fernando Meirelles’ and Kátia Lund’s 2002 film  City of God chronicles the lives of young men as the grow up in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro Brazil during the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

  • Release Date: August 30, 2002
  • Staring :Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele and Seu Jorge
  • Budget: $8.5 million
  • Gross Revenue: $30,641,770
Lil Ze brandishing his wepon.

Lil Ze brandishing a weapon

Rocket loading his camera.

Centered around  Rocket and Lil Ze, the film follows these y0ung men as they grown up in the slums of Rio and interact with their friends, enemies, and make the choices  that will impact their lives forever, leading one to a life of crime and the other into the world of journalism.

Based on Paulo Lins 1997 autobiographical novel the film is a beautiful whirlwind of life, love, violence and death as experienced in the state formed suburb of Rio De , Brazil.

The City of God community was formed in 1960 in an attempt to removed shanty towns and the poor who inhabited them from the inner city by the state government of Guanabara, Brazil.

In his 2003 review Roger Ebert wrote that City of God shares comparison with Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.

The film has been compared with Scorsese’s Goodfellas and it deserves the comparison. Scorsese’s film began with a narrator who said that for as long as he could remember he wanted to be a gangster. The narrator of this film seems to have had no other choice.

He also wrote that the film has some parallels to Scorsese’s Gangs of New York saying,

In both films, there are really two cities: the city of the employed and secure, who are served by law and municipal services, and the city of the castaways, whose alliances are born of opportunity and desperation. Those who live beneath rarely have their stories told.

UTC student Steven Read said, while very reminiscent of American gangster/ coming of age movies like Menace II Society and Goodfellas, (This film) setting in Brazil and it socio-economic conditions makes it something wholly original and slightly more disturbing.

The film’s ensemble cast churns out beautiful performances normally seen from seasoned actors. However the  majority of the cast had never acted before this film and are in fact from the local area where the film was shot. One of the few seasoned actors in the film is Matheus Nachtergaele who portrays Carrot and although his character is important it is very minor compared to the other characters. The stand out performance is that Leandro Firmino in the role of Lil Ze.

LiL Ze forcing one child to kill another

Lil Ze is a violent, power hungry psychopath but Firmino’s performance allows the viewer to understand that all of the character’s hate and anger comes form a place of pain and survival.

City of God was nominated for  four Academy Awards including best cinematography and it is very clear why. In one scene that depicts the death of  a major character is as beautiful as it is sad.

The film was so successful the that it spawned a television series and a 2007 sequel that both share the title City of Men. The television series, which ran for four seasons from 2002 to 2005 in Brazil, was shown on the Sundance cable network here in the U.S.

City of God is currently available on DVD.

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Truth, Love, and Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a worldwide phenomenon that has captured the hearts of children and adults alike. Its influence will resound in the art, music, and literature that is produced by fans because of the great love inspired by this series.

By: Lauren Turner

Email: TurnerLBT90@yahoo.com

Chattanooga, TN(UTC/The Loop)-Do you believe in magic? That is a question that this famous book series has asked everyone that reads it. But not in an overt, trying to make small children turn to the occult, sort of way. Many have accused J. K. Rowling of that very thing, of course my guess is that none of those people have cracked one page of Harry Potter.

The beauty of Harry Potter is that it integrates the fight between good and evil, one of the most basic story lines, into a coming of age tale that preaches the wonders of love, forgiveness, and even delves into the mysteries of teenage hormones. All of this while remaining both hilarious and terrifying. People that read Harry Potter are shown that the world is a wonderful place full of amazing opportunities, but it is also dark and at times evil.

Harry Potter surfaced on the list of banned books for many schools and stores, and some churches have taken it upon themselves to have book burnings. One pastor in New Mexico, who admitted that he had not read the series stated, “Behind that innocent face is the power of satanic darkness,” he said. “Harry Potter is the devil and he is destroying people.”

Fans at the midnight premier in downtown Chattanooga.

At InfoPlease they agree that the series has been demonized, “Ever since becoming popular, the Harry Potter series has been among the most frequently challenged books, as measured by the American Library Association. While the series has been welcomed by many parents and teachers for getting children interested in reading, not to mention being a good story, others feel that the series presents dangerous ideas and attitudes that are bad for readers.”

Emily Openshaw, a junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, had this to say about Harry Potter. “Harry Potter means the world to me, I grew up with him and as I’ve grown he has grown. So basically Harry Potter is my childhood. And growing up with it and seeing it develop into what it is today has been wonderful. . . and magical.”

And the generation that is in college right now really is the Potter generation. We grew up with the series year by year. And aging along with the characters gave a very unique point of view to some readers, showing them that it doesn’t matter how old you are because you can do great things at any age.

One of the most unique aspects of Harry Potter is what it inspires its readers to do. There have been hundreds of children and adults who have started bands in a genre called Wizard Wrock, and these people would normally never have had the guts or opportunity to perform their music in front of live audiences and sell in on the internet. Fanfiction is also a huge hobby of many Potter fans, where they can rewrite the books or start their own stories completely with Potter characters. Not to mention all the people it has turned on to reading. Some who have never been interested in books before are now great readers all because of Harry Potter.

Looking back the author has much to say about the world. J. K. Rowling writes about loss, poverty, depression, and other hardships because she has lived through them. The series is not a patch of daisies, anyone who has read about dementors (soul-sucking and scabbed creatures that feed on fear) or Umbridge (a teacher who punishes children by having them cut words into their own hands) could attest to that.

Chris Garmon, a UTC junior, affirmed that Harry Potter is a great thing for kids to have in their lives. “Harry Potter was a fantastical childhood escape, and is still an inspirational phenomenon.”

The magic of Harry Potter comes with the power of love, truth, and friendship winning over all else. This theme repeats itself throughout the series, showing its readers that fighting for good is always most important in life.

Fred Weasley and a Slytherin hanging out at the Chattanooga Majestic.

And that is why so many have been drawn into the world that Rowling spent so much time creating, because we want a hero. We want there to be someone that has to sacrifice and also have the power for mercy and love. We generally want to be that hero, and reading Harry Potter opens up that possibility.

Potter fans have created an entire world out there where they can interact with each other on the internet through various popular sites like Mugglenet, The Leaky Cauldron, and The Harry Potter Lexicon.  Fans can also get together at  conventions to discuss the books and at the movie premiers where everyone gets to show their colors to the world.

Another UTC junior Kara Livingston shows great respect for Harry Potter. “Harry Potter was what kept me going when I was younger. It inspired me, it engulfed my imagination and it became a part of me. When I felt like I had nothing, I had Harry Potter. As crazy as it sounds I aspired to be like each character; intelligent like Hermione, loyal like Ron, and brave like Harry. They helped to make me the person I am today and I know that no matter how old I am, I will always have Harry Potter.”

Now the series is over, we have reached the stop on this wonderful journey. We have seen Harry discover magic and the wizarding world, Hermione outsmart even the most intelligent of adults, and Ron has made us laugh in desperate situations and found his own strengths. These characters and so many more are the role models we should all want for this generation and generations to come. Children who learn to find themselves through helping others and truly being brave and self-sacrificing.

As fans go to watch Part One of The Deathly Hallows, there is an excitement and also a certain amount of sadness. This is almost the end of Harry Potter in the mainstream after a lifetime of love for these characters. But there will always be people who love the series and want to discuss the literary importance, not to mention the societal importance, of these books that leaped boundaries and brought tears to readers eyes.


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