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Ohio State alumnus parodies devil’s deeds in new show

September 22, 2014
Delivering the word of God is the work of disciples. Delivering the word of Satan, apparently, is the work of a motorcycle gang.  Shane Cibella, a 2004 Ohio State alumnus, has lightly parodied the popular FX show “Sons of Anarchy” — which follows the lives of members in a motorcycle club — in the online series “Devil’s Couriers.” The emphasis is on the “lightly,” though. In Cibella’s opinion, he said, “Devil’s Couriers” stands alone.  “If you watch (‘Sons of Anarchy’), you get a little bit more of the inside jokes,” Cibella said. “If you don’t watch the show, it doesn’t really matter because you can just still follow what’s happening.”… Read more

‘OITNB’ actress Laverne Cox: ‘Justice is what love looks like in public’

September 18, 2014
“And ain’t I a woman?” This question — a reference to a famous phrase by Sojourner Truth — was asked to a packed auditorium at Ohio State’s Fawcett Center Tuesday evening by Laverne Cox,  a transgender actress known for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black”and a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocate. The audience responded with cheers and applause. Cox is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy, which was for her role as Sophie on “OITNB.” In May, she graced the cover of Time magazine and talked about the transgender movement for the weekly news magazine. Tuesday’s… Read more

Opinion: New ‘Weekend Update’ host shows holes in ‘SNL’ casting

September 14, 2014
Last year, “Saturday Night Live” experienced backlash after cast member Kenan Thompson prompted a conversation about not only the lack of diversity on the show but, specifically, the exemption of black women. His comments implied that black female comedians were simply not prepared to join the cast, and it was met with widespread outrage. In an effort to undoubtedly diffuse the uproar, the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, hired LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones as writers and comedian Sasheer Zamata as a cast member. On Thursday, the show proved to once again be working toward expanding and diversifying its cast when it announced Michael Che would be working as the… Read more

Opinion: Anna Gunn, Adrien Brody, Andy Samberg make up TV’s faces of fall

September 14, 2014
In an Internet age where audiences are used to having their every need catered to, it should be no surprise that this fall’s TV lineup is a mishmash of shows.  From shows that take pages straight out of comic books to dramas to documentaries, there’s something for everyone. Comic book shows should be a constant across the airwaves this fall. There are new ones like Fox’s Batman origin story “Gotham,” to Warner Brothers’ “Arrow” spinoff (“Arrow” will be returning to TV itself) “The Flash,” and finally, NBC’s dark “Constantine.” And old shows like AMC’s smash hit “The Walking Dead” and ABC’s Marvel Universe take-off “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will also… Read more

Opinion: Secret vows, ‘staged’ elevator quarrel between Solange, Jay Z make pop culture headlines

September 2, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Joan Rivers on life support after surgery complications Joan Rivers, 81, was undergoing a routine throat procedure last Thursday when she stopped breathing during the surgery and went into cardiac arrest. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she was unconscious and kept on life support as of Tuesday night. Doctors brought her out of a medically-induced coma to assess her brain, and they will be checking for brain function and damage. Rivers’ only child, Melissa, is asking the public for prayers and… Read more

Roadrunners inspire Ohio State grad to derail from the trail

September 1, 2014
The water of the pond is placid; the lily pads that rest upon it glisten in a cool summer breeze, but the air remains hot. Tall grass surrounds the jagged shore at the water’s edge, obscuring an almost untouched forest. Silence pervades all, except for the chirping of an unknown bird and the whirring of odd dragonflies that seem to skip along the surface.  Suddenly, muted ripples rustle through the vegetation, and an iconic leather hat emerges from the obscuring weeds.  Without warning, the hat and the man attached to it spring through the air, and the still surface breaks with a splash as he lands amongst the pads —… Read more

Opinion: ‘Full House’ reunion rumors everywhere you look

September 1, 2014
Who could forget the final emotional scene in “Full House” when Michelle got her memory back and Kimmy surprised D.J. by bringing back Steve as her date to the prom? The sitcom ended in May 1995 after eight seasons following the Tanner family, united under one house to raise three girls after the death of the girls’ mother and their father’s, Danny Tanner’s, wife, Pam. As one of the most beloved American sitcoms of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, audiences were brought to tears as the show came to a close. Some people have been brought to tears again as news of a possible reunion spreads. The rumor is… Read more

Opinion: Emmys provide moments of amusement despite tedious length

August 26, 2014
The 66th annual Emmy Awards show Monday night was long — very long. But although it was long, there were some funny moments and some cringe-worthy bits I thought were plain weird. Unlike actress Sarah Silverman, who told “E! News” host Giuliana Rancic that she brought liquid marijuana to the event, I didn’t have anything to ease the pain of watching the award show. Luckily, host Seth Meyers made some of the dreadful moments easier to watch with his sense of humor. Here are my thoughts from television’s so-called big night. The real star of the night Pretty boy and HBO’s “True Detective” star Matthew McConaughey did his thing Monday… Read more

Opinion: Reality TV frames virginity as a burden

July 15, 2014
The summer before I began my freshman year at Ohio State, I decided to take my chances on this guy. During our “first date,” we parked ourselves on a picnic table at a local park in West Chester, Ohio. I was nervous, as it had been a while since a guy was romantically interested in me, so while talking, I fidgeted with a ring that had been fixated on my right middle finger since freshman year of high school. It was a simple, sterling silver band. “What is that? A purity ring?” this charming bachelor asked in a mocking, sarcastic tone. “Oh, no! It’s just a ring,” I said while… Read more

Aspiring Ohio State entrepreneurs vie for ‘Shark Tank’ opportunity

May 17, 2014
Do you have what it takes to survive in the shark tank? That’s the question some Ohio State students, alumni and faculty asked themselves Thursday as they prepared to pitch their ideas to the casting directors of ABC’s reality show “Shark Tank.” The hit reality show, which allows aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their product or business plan to “sharks,” a panel of potential investors all of whom are self-made millionaires or billionaires, made a stop in Columbus to hear the ideas of current and former Buckeyes. The event, held Thursday in the Founders Room at the Ohio Union, was the first step towards becoming a contestant on the… Read more