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‘American Reunion’ waxes nostalgia

The gang is back for the same old comedy with a nostalgic twist. In film, what is American? Hollywood creates sweeping portrayals of America that range from sacrificial valor in films like “The Patriot” to discomforting tragedy in films like “American Beauty.” Then there’s the “American Pie” film series.…

Faces of the Philly brew scene

Temple alumn Mary Grace Hodge now works as a brewery representative for local favorite Flying Fish Brewery. “I love Shock Top – definitely one of my favorite beers,” said Frank Michaels, a student sitting at the bar Bob and Barbara’s on South Street.…

Musical shows trials of showbiz

MATT FLOCCO TTN (Top) Diana, played by junior theater major Eileen Aurelia, stands “on the line” with the other performers. The self-referential musical, “A Chorus Line,” opened in Tomlison theater March 16, and tells the story of auditions for a musical.…

Disney recreates classic science fiction novel

Courtesy Universal Pictures Taylor Kitsch and Director Andrew Stanton give a behind the scenes scoop on the creation and filming of “John Carter,” which premiered March 9. Aliens, time travel, cowboys, warfare, animation, special effects, social commentary – it seems everything that Hollywood has to offer is packed into two hours of Disney’s latest film, “John Carter.” The film, based on the novel character written 100 years ago by Edgar Rice Burroughs, follows the story of a man who is transported from Civil War America to the planet of Barsoom – better known by humans as Mars.…

Race and class take center stage

MATT FLOCCO TTN (Above) Junior theater major Scott Gunner plays Chambers and senior theater major Alex Fraser plays Tom Driscoll in “Pudd’nhead Wilson.” (Below) Huston West dons blackface and portrays a minstrel player.…

Semester sign-off

MATT FLOCCO In his final installment of “The Freshmen Fifteen,” Matt Flocco offers some final thoughts for the end of the semester. Due to the 12 hours of sleep I’ve had during the past four days, my jokes will be rustier than the hinge to the cabinet door where I keep my textbooks.…

Tips for pulling the all-nighter

MATT FLOCCO In his 15-part series, Matt Flocco gives freshmen a slice of wisdom each week. There is nothing more draining than an all-nighter in college. We have all done them, some more than others, but they are unavoidable.…

Give me a break

MATT FLOCCO In his 15-part series, Matt Flocco gives freshmen a slice of wisdom each week. For the past two years, my New Year’s resolution has been to make Sunday the day of rest.…

SEPTA 101

MATT FLOCCO In his 15-part series, Matt Flocco gives freshmen a slice of wisdom each week. This year, I’m in charge of a group of students who volunteer at a high school right off the Erie Broad Street Line stop in North Philadelphia.…