By Sammie Cohen
ABC’s 17-season medical drama “Grey's Anatomy” ended its 17th season last week. The episode, titled “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” was produced by Krista Vernoff. Since the show has been renewed for an 18th season, the episode left fans eagerly waiting for the fall when new episodes will be released.
The show stars Ellen Pompeo, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey. Throughout the season, Meredith has been suffering from COVID and was hospitalized for over three months. While she was on a ventilator, she had dreams about being on a beach, where she saw past characters from the show who have passed away, including Derek Shepherd, Mark Sloan, George O’Malley, and Lexie Grey.
By Jackson Troxler
Justice League released in 2017 to less than stellar reviews, with many fans and critics alike leaving theaters with a sour taste in their mouths. People blame the film’s poor quality for its troublesome production. Originally directed by Zach Snyder, the director behind Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman, the film had a somewhat tricky development cycle. Conflict between Snyder and executives, as well as personal family issues, caused the director to leave the project. Joss Whedon replaced him.
Hearing about this, some of Snyder’s fans became upset. They demanded to see a version more accurate to Snyder’s original vision for the film (dubbed the “Snyder Cut”). Fans campaigned for the film to be released publicly, and they finally got their wish when HBOMax released the movie on March 18th.
By Sammie Cohen
After releasing two albums in 2020, Folklore and Evermore, Taylor Swift released her newest album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version), on April 9th. The album contains 26 songs--20 from her original album Fearless in 2008 and six songs “from the vault” that were never released.
For those who don’t follow Swift in the public eye, her former manager, Scooter Braun, sold the masters for her music to Shamrock Holdings in 2019 for $300 million dollars. As a result, Swift does not receive money for her first six albums when they are streamed. However, since she will be re-recording all six albums, she will eventually have control over her music again and will receive her hard-earned money.
By Jaiya Chetram
Soul, this year’s Academy Award winner for best animated film, is a movie that garnered a lot of attention for its diverse representation and its moving portrayal of a black musician living in America. Released during a time when most movie theaters were still shut down across the country, Soul turned out to be a heartfelt film that families could watch from the comfort of their living rooms.
The star-studded cast features big names such as Jamie Fox, who voices the character of Joe Gardner, and Tina Fey.
By Sammie Cohen
1. Schitt’s Creek
Winning “Best Comedy Series” at the 2020 Emmys, along with 8 other Emmy Awards, Schitt’s Creek is a six-season show that follows the Rose family, who go from extremely wealthy to practically broke in just a few days. With nowhere else to go, they end up in a dreary town that they bought as a joke years back--Schitt’s Creek. They have to learn how to adapt from their lavish lifestyle to living in a rural city motel. The show was created by father and son duo Eugene and Dan Levy. With episodes under 30 minutes each, the show is a quick watch and always leaves you with a good laugh.
By Stefanie Sadocha
It is safe to say that Netflix has been a dominating streaming service since 2007. However, with new competitors like HBO Max adding popular titles to their catalog, many subscribers are questioning which streaming service will give them more for their dollar.
Netflix is known for providing easy access to a variety of movies and television shows for a low monthly price. However, the downfall of their impressive streaming catalog began in January 2020, when “Friends” was removed. Although the favorite sitcom was gone, many loyal subscribers found that Netflix offered many other titles that could make up for it.
By Matthew Wong
Warning: spoilers ahead!
With the end of the second season of The Mandalorian, fans have many things to look forward to in the third season. To recap, the second season of one of Disney+’s most popular shows revolved around transporting Grogu, the Child, or Baby Yoda, back to his kind (the Jedi). There were many new characters, but many old characters from the first season and previous movies made an appearance to the delight of many fans, including me.
By Shannon Walsh
Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift shifts from her typical music style for her first album of 2020 entitled, Folklore.
For Swift fans, this record was different from her previous country and pop albums. For those who still think of her as the eighteen year old who only sings breakup songs, well, this album is a world away from that. Swift, now 30, is a newly blossomed woman, significantly more mature from when she first began her career.
By Grace Barrios
On December 4th, the new Netflix biopic series Selena: The Series, starring Christian Serratos, who plays the transcendent Mexian-American singer, premiered. The opening scene, a flash forward, shows Selena feeling afraid before performing for the first time without her original band that she has been playing with all her life. But then, she arrives on stage and starts to sing with that powerful voice of hers, and it’s clear that she is right where she is meant to be.
The first scene was a strong opening to the series, and I believe anyone watching will be hypnotized by the voice of Selena and the spot-on imitation by Serratos.
By Ava Aschettino
2020 has been full of ups and downs for most, so many have been looking forward to the holidays to lift their spirits. NBC took note and elevated the excitement for this year’s holiday season by announcing a live, musical version of the Christmas classic, The Grinch. Friends and families gathered with their mugs of cocoa and bags of popcorn on December 9th to watch Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison offer his interpretation of the infamously nasty Santa Claus impersonator, the Grinch.
Morrison stars alongside Denis O’Hare as Old Max, Booboo Stewart as Young Max, and Amelia Minto as the littlest Who, Cyndi-Lou Who.