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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hairspray (1988)

            A popular dance show is all the rage in 1960’s Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad  (Ricki Lake) is it’s biggest fan. When she gets on the show she realizes the hypocrisy of the show and how segregated Baltimore really is. She stands up for what she believes and the result is music to your ears. 

        I’ll have to admit this movie is nothing like I expected. I just wanted to be pleasantly entertained for one hour and thirty two minutes and instead I was given a lesson in integration and the prejudices that existed in the time period. 

          I am not sure whether or not this is a middle scholl movie or a high school flick so I’ll make it my segway piece to the high school movies starting next week. What I am sure of is the awaesome cast in this movie. From the aforementioned Ricki Lake to Sunny Bono and Jerry Stiller this movie has a cast to die for. The spotlight award however goes to duel performer Divine. He plays Tracy’s mother in drag as well as the prejudiced station and director named Arvin Hodepile. 

        This movie was remade in 2007. This outing was nominated for seven smaller awards including Best Director, and Best Female Lead and Supporting Male for Ricki Lake and Divine perceptively. While this movie was not the greatest thing since sliced bread it was pretty entertaining for a lonely Sunday morning. I enjoyed it from start to finish. 

       Decided for yourself whether or not this movie is a hit or not. Go out and rent it today. I cannot guarantee you’ll love it but I will bet you’ll remember it for a while from now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Grade B+

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm