Top 5 fascinating things you didn’t know about ‘High School Musical’

According to TheTHINGS.com, there are 15 things about High School Musical that were hidden 10 years ago, and some fun facts you didn’t know. Here are the 5 things from the list that I felt were the most interesting, but for the entire list, click on this link: https://www.thethings.com/15-things-you-never-knew-about-high-school-musical/

  1. The movie wasn’t supposed to be called High School Musical. The title was just a placeholder because they weren’t sure what to name it, but they kept the name at the end of finishing up the first movie.
  2. Zac Efron didn’t sing Troy’s singing parts in the first movie. The sweet vocals from the first movie came from Drew Seeley who auditioned for Troy’s character. Seeley sang songs like “What I’ve Been Looking For” and “Get’cha Head In The Game” but Efron, the one who played Troy, sang parts of “Start of Something New” and “Breaking Free”. The reason why Efron barely sang most of the songs was because his voice was too low for the parts. But in the next 2 movies, Efron was given all of the singing parts because his natural voice could work well.
  3. The snow at the beginning of the movie was actually potatoes. So when Troy and Gabriella first met, it was New Year’s Eve and snowing. It has been proven that it wasn’t snowing, and that it was flakes of potatoes after all. This wasn’t the first food product replaced as the real thing; in Pirates of the Caribbean, they used chocolate powder instead of dirt.
  4. Sharpay’s pink locker still exists since “High School Musical” used a real school to film the movie. The school they used in the show is real and is still operating today. The school is called East High, and it’s located in Salt Lake City, Utah, but what is fascinating is that Sharpay’s iconic pink locker is still there, and any student can have that locker each year.
  5. High School Musical 4 is coming out very soon, but there isn’t an exact date. This movie will be more about East High vs. West High and new characters may appear. One of them is Sharpay and Ryan’s cousin Campbell. Also, it is said that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens will, or will not, be on the same set. But it’ll still be interesting just like the last 3 movies.

Tokyo Sushi

Tokyo Sushi is an all you can eat restaurant that won’t break your bank. This sushi place has been talked about amongst many of our friends so we wanted to see if it was really worth it.

Tokyo Sushi hasn’t been around for very long, but they’ve already made such good business with their fair price, and good quality food. The restaurant itself is very dim lighted, almost calming and intimate. The interior design is far from traditional; it has a very modern, sleek look to it, having a very dark color scheme including: black, grey, and brown. The place is very spacious, I would say, with a majority of the seats being booths. It’s the perfect place for a date night with your significant other, or even a night out with your friends.

Now, since this is an all you can eat place, you can always order as much as you want, making sure to eat your money’s worth. They have many choices including, nigiri, sashimi, rice bowls, tempura, and much, much more.

Tokyo Sushi is a great place for people who have not tried sushi and want to try it. The restaurant has so many choices that are appealing to first timers, such as the spicy salmon hand roll, which is almost like a taco and very savory.

It’s best to have a side dish such as a rice bowl as well, so you can have something to eat on the side that is not raw or fishy, in case you don’t like the sushi you have previously eaten.

Eating sushi at first is a little surprising and intimidating if you aren’t used to the flavors, and especially if you haven’t had raw fish before. Because of this, it is best to stick to the simple rolls. The recommended sushi to try depends on if you have had fish before, and if you like it. If you have had fish before, then trying some salmon, or another fish that isn’t too extreme with taste, will help you adjust. Who knows, you may end up liking sushi.

If you haven’t had fish or don’t really like it, then it’s recommended that you try something very simple such as shrimp, or try the handrolls since the handrolls don’t just come with raw fish, but have many other foods in them as well. But, when you go to try new sushi, or to try it for the first time, it’s best to go with people who know about sushi, or just be a daredevil and do it with people who haven’t, and see how it goes.

Some of the things we ordered were eel fried rice, seafood udon, beef don, squid teriyaki, and eel nigiri. I have eaten sushi before and it is one of my favorite foods, so I already knew what to order. Our friend who tried it out for the first time had a few difficulties, like figuring out what to order and asking what certain foods were. When our food came, she was afraid to try them out.

I think first timers should try out small pieces first and go on from there. As someone who loves seafood, I can eat just about anything with fish, but those who aren’t used to the taste of fish should try out easy and non exotic food first. It was fun seeing my friend’s reactions to the food, and hearing her thoughts on how they tasted. If you haven’t tried sushi before, you should totally give it a try.

Album review: Pusha-T – DAYTONA

Since 2013’s My Name Is My Name, one has had the sense that Pusha-T is a genius rapper who has not been allowed adequate freedom as a solo artist. Of course, we know of his genius from his early days in Clipse, when he and his brother No Malice reinvented gangsta rap music with the Neptunes-produced Lord Willin’ and Hell Hath No Fury. But, since then, as a solo artist, Pusha-T has only shown flashes of the potential that he first showed as one half of Clipse in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the most notable of these being the Kanye West-produced “Numbers on the Board,” a mini-masterpiece which demonstrated the crucial fact that Pusha-T requires minimalist production to thrive. His cold elocution, deviously arrogant persona and dark ex-dealer rhymes are always painfully out-of-place on pop-rap anthems.

2015’s King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude was in many ways an improvement upon My Name Is My Name. So is DAYTONA, Pusha-T’s most recent venture, upon Darkest Before Dawn, and for the very same reasons; less bloated production, fewer appearances from second-rate GOOD Music artists like The-Dream, more experimentation, and an even shorter runtime. DAYTONA runs a meager 7 tracks and lasts hardly 21 minutes, but it accomplishes far more than any of the 90-plus-minute megamixes currently offered by Migos, Rae Sremmurd, and the like. Wholly produced by Kanye West, at least half of the credit is due to him. DAYTONA is an album of seven “Numbers on the Boards’s,” and it only further solidifies West’s reputation as the most innovative and important popular musician of the 21st century.

The album opens with “If You Know You Know,” a skeletal banger reminiscent of Yeezus which quickly explodes into ecstatic synths like “Father Stretch My Hands” on The Life of Pablo. “The Games We Play” and “Santeria” are darkly Latin-flavored beats based on guitar licks. The latter features a Spanish R&B interlude that goes over surprisingly well.

“Come Back Baby” is the hardest track on DAYTONA, with three verses consisting solely of a swelling bass-line and two hooks sampling The Mighty Hannibal’s “The Truth Shall Make You Free” without alterations. “What Would Meek Do?” is a conversation between Pusha-T and West about current drama over an eerie, energetic beat. What does Kanye have to say? “Poop, scoop! Whoop! Whoopty-whoop!” among other things. Suffice it to say, it goes over far better than West’s own “Ye vs. the People” with T.I., or “Lift Yourself,” for that matter.

DAYTONA closes with “Infrared,” which is proving to be the album’s most impactful track. Pusha-T brutalizes Drake, Lil Wayne and other enemies while simultaneously solidifying his reputation as the godlike gangster he’s claimed to be since “Dirty Money” in 2006. “The lyric pennin’ equal the Trumps winnin’ / The bigger question is how the Russians did it / It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin.” “The only rapper sold more dope than me was Eazy-E / How could you ever right these wrongs / When you don’t even write your songs?” Drake was so offended that he fired back with the similarly excellent “Duppy Freestyle.” One can only hope this beef will produce more excellent tracks.

The only track on DAYTONA that feels slightly out-of-place is the slower and more luxuriant “Hard Piano.” Rick Ross offers one of his best verses, but the song still feels irredeemably unfinished. The “Maybach music” samples are delightful, but the “Santo Domingo” hook is utterly absurd and out-of-date; it sounds like a bad reject from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions.

DAYTONA is the type of rap album Pusha-T (and the world) needs. It is brief, (though maybe too brief), raw (though maybe too raw), and experimental. Even the album cover, supposedly changed at the last moment to a photograph of the late Whitney Houston’s bathroom, is bold. Apparently, DAYTONA is simply the much-awaited King Push renamed for artistic reasons. If not, I hope that that album (or whatever Pusha’s next may be) will only continue the trend of more experimentation and individuality begun here. DAYTONA shows, finally and categorically, that Pusha-T is still capable of making a masterpiece in the contemporary era, if he can only work with his producers to polish his sound for a bigger and more substantial piece. Its success bodes well for Kanye West’s own next album, which contains seven tracks also and is supposedly out June 1st.

8/10

God of War review

God of War’s concept and game play is based on the hack and slash gaming genre; players control Kratos, and kill enemies throughout the journey in many different and gruesome ways. The amount of action and detail that the developers include allow fans to feel immersed in the game. The dynamic camera angles and cinematic scenes within the game, are created to let the fans feel emotional towards the story of the game and the characters.

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The intense, and vast amount of details, in the graphics of the game, and the cinematic scenes were amazing. Fans were able to clearly see and tell what was going on with the story and the events that were occurring. The way the camera allows you to see every scene and detail perfectly, and the character emotions, lets the gamer relate more during their time playing the game.

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Published by Sony, and created by Ready at Dawn, the new creation of the God of War game transformed how fans perceived the previous games. For starers the camera view is locked as a third-person view instead of a free, changing camera during the gaming portion while the cinematic scenes are always changing to put more intense and excessive feeling in the scene.

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The story and plot they created for the God of War game was different than before but allowed fans to feel nostalgic towards the past installments.

After a time passes, and the events of God of War 3 pass, Kratos finds himself in a place called Midgard and creates a family. Soon after, Kratos and his son, Atreus takes the ashes of his wife to the highest mountain throughout the realms. This is the start of their journey that takes place in Norse mythology, and while on their journey they encounter enemies, creatures, and monsters that cross their path.

Many fans bought God of War because they had played the previous installments and hoped to continue the lore of God of War and the story of Kratos. Some fans never got to play the previous God of War installments, and buying the newest one would allow them to get a feel for the story. Others bought it for the interest of God of War, the genre that the game is made for, or the innovation of graphics, gameplay, and story.

The only drawback of the game is that it is PlayStation exclusive, so owners of the Xbox franchise do not have access to God of War.

Summer blockbuster movie preview

We have had a big start to the year with movies. This year had some great blockbuster movies such as Black Panther. Black Panther had great cultural impact, sent a strong message about African culture, and also touched on how those who are oppressed are more likely to lash out and try to make things fair. The other purpose of Black Panther was to set up Infinity War.

Infinity War was another great Marvel movie. Marvel had been building up to Infinity War for ten years, and they managed to make it all pay off. Infinity War was great, but it does end on a cliffhanger. That cliffhanger will pay off in May 2019.

Now, we should look forward to the rest of 2018. In summer, the big blockbuster movies will be Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mission: Impossible Fallout, and Deadpool 2.

Deadpool 2 did come out in May, but I will count it as a summer blockbuster. Deadpool 2 was great and very funny. It also sets up the next X-Force movie.

The new Ant-Man movie will serve as one of the two lead ups to Avengers 4 (the other being Captain Marvel which releases in 2019). Ant-Man will probably end up as another perfectly adequate Marvel movie. It will probably be a predictably, funny movie that pleasantly kills a couple hours of your life.

Mission: Impossible 6 should be another movie similar to Ant-Man. I would not be surprising if there is some kind of twist in this next movie, but ultimately it will be another good addition to the Mission: Impossible series. Tom Cruise got injured on another stunt, and the movie will probably be another adequate movie, with some amazing stunts.

We should be ready for another great year of movies. I don’t know where the movie industry will go next, but we should just enjoy this era of comic book movies and spy thrillers. Movies will continue to evolve and it will be interesting to see where they go.

Recap on the Met Gala

The Met Gala as always, left us shooked as celebrities served looks that we weren’t prepared for. This has undoubtedly been a year to remember, as many celebs walked the red carpet in stunning outfits. The theme of this years Met Gala was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Let’s just take a trip back and relive some of the most beautiful outfits that walked the carpet this year.

Rihanna

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Without a doubt, you can always count on Rihanna to faithfully execute any Met Gala; she really hit the crowd with a thunderbolt as she went matched the theme and as always looked fierce and sexy. She wore Maison Margiela by John Galliano, however, the highlight of this extravagant piece is definitely the Vatican papal tiara, which was studded with 18,000 diamonds. Rihanna came to shut the show down, which she did effortlessly.

Zendaya

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WOW! The Versace dress with detailed sequins and metal work shoulders and arms left everyone amazed. Zendaya resembled the Catholic Saint, Joan of Arc. The beautiful metal dress compliments not only her golden complexion but also her dark red hair and strong smoky makeup. Altogether, Zendaya walked the carpet in high fashion and with one of the most literal outfits of the night.

Solange

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It is no surprise that Solange came to shut the show down. Wearing an Iris Van Herpen dress, complemented with a bottle of communion wine. The doo-rag and the halo were what really shut the Internet down. Doo-rags have become a cultural phenomenon, which was what really shocked the crowd with this look.

Cardi B

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Nothing says “heavenly body” more than a pregnant woman. Cardi B wore a pearl and jewel-studded gown designed by Moschino. The look was accompanied by a separate tailpiece, and one of the best headpieces seen all night.

Lena Writhe

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Lena came to the Met to literally make a statement. A sophisticated look, but outrageously stunning. Wearing a black and white suit, paired with a bright LGBT flag. This is just yet another look that will be remembered for ages. We could all take a page from Lena Writhe’s book, next time you want to make a statement, you should wear it!

Although there were plenty of other amazing looks, these are just a few of the celebrities who deliberately came to shut the show down, and also matched the theme of this year’s Met Gala exactly, except Lena Writhe of course, who clearly deserves her own Met Gala theme.

 

 

 

 

BTS comeback

BTA are now releasing a new album, which means they have a whole new concept for this. All of the members dyed their hair black, because the concept is supposed to be a dark one.

So far, they have released two teaser trailers, the first one was released on May 14th, with over 9 million views. The second trailer was more recent, May 16th, with over 8 million views already.

This concept is different than usual, Last Comeback was pure and soft, and this is more dark. They also released a video of the member Taehyung having a solo song called “Singularity.” This got a lot of attention because it was our first look into what’s to come.

They are also preparing for a tour around the world, like usual, the tickets are already sold out almost everywhere due to the smaller venues they picked. They limited some fans by only allowing people 16 and over into the pit. Soon, they will release more tour dates, but for now everything is sold out in America.

The new album, Love Yourself Tear, is basically a continuous part, with their last album being Love Yourself Her. There will be a third album since they both have 4 versions. Love Yourself Her, Covering Love, and Love Yourself Tear with Your. The next album is Covering Self.

Love Yourself Tear was released May 18th, and so was the music video of their title track, “Fake Love.” The idea of the music video is that all love is fake; that there’s no such thing as love. The music video is also linked to their older videos, meaning it has references for the fans to theorize about.
This album has 11 tracks:

1. “Intro: Singularity”
2. “Fake Love”
3. “전하지 못한 진심” (feat. Steve Aoki)
4. “134340”
5. “낙원”
6. “Love Maze”
7. “Magic Shop”
8. “Airplane pt. 2”
9. “Anpanman”
10. “So What”
11. “Outro: Tear”

This list was released early, to get fans excited, along with member RM stating his favorite song. This time, there was no break in the album, usually there is a skit, or one track where it’s not a song.

Overall, I like the concept of this album; they are kind of going back to their older concepts in a way, but making it better. It has been awhile since we’ve seen them with dark hair like this, and fans are very happy about it.

‘How to Hang a Witch’ review

How to Hang a Witch is a fantasy book that is also connected to the real life history of the Salem witch trials. The main character, Samantha Mather, or Sam as she likes to be called, moves to Salem with her stepmother Vivian. Her father is in the hospital, in a coma, but no one knows what caused him to be in a coma.

Sam is descended from Cotton Mather who started the Salem witch trials, and is surprised when she meets “The Descendantswho are also connected to the trials, since their ancestors were of the accused witches. The Descendants are named Alice, Mary, and Susannah and they don’t like her at all, they even glare at her when they are in class.

In the book, Samantha deals with a curse that has killed members of both the witches families and her own family. In order to stop, and break the curse, she needs to figure out how it all started.

When she is looking around, she meets a classically  handsome looking boy who turns out to be the ghost of a boy who recently inhabited the house. Sam finds out that the ghost’s name is Elijah, and that he has a big connection to the curse that afflicts her and The Descendants.

The troubles start when it’s Sam’s first week in school, and she decides to offer pastries to her classmates to try and make new friends, just like her stepmother wanted. The class ends up getting sick and they blame her and her pastries, causing both the class and The Descendants to dislike her. This then leads the others to put Sam on the lists of suspects for all of the deaths going on. Sam later learns secrets about her past and even about close friends and family of hers that relate to her fate and the fate of  her father’s coma.

The author, Adriana Mather, is a real descendant of Cotton Mather who, like in the book, started the witch trials. She also descends from people who boarded and survived the Titanic. Adriana Mather usually uses her familie’s history in her writing; letting other people see through the eyes of her family to get a glimpse of their lives. Adriana Mather also has a second book, much like How To Hang A Witch. This second book of hers, has the same characters but has the plot of Sam being connected to the Titanic.

Avengers: Infinity War review

Many people loved the beginning aspect of Infinity War; how it instantly introduces the antagonist of the entire movie at the start. This movie was so exciting that many people all over the world started to pre-order tickets almost a month before its actual release. Surprisingly, the directors of Avengers: Infinity War, Joe and Anthony Russo, had moved the release date from May 27th, to April 27th. This influenced many people that were already planning to go watch it, get the chance to watch it early.

The main antagonist is known as, Thanos (played/voiced by Josh Brolin), and he drives the main plot in the movie. This movie introduces an enemy to the Avengers that they have never faced before, and they are going to face hardships. Many characters in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) have grown accustomed to their role in the movies and are fan favorites.

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Avengers: Infinity War, the third installment of Marvel’s Avengers series, and has been a blockbuster hit! After only a day of its release, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War had made over $10 million. Surprisingly enough, Infinity War had become the number one movie in the world, making, in total, over $600 million world-wide.

The total cost of making Infinity War was said to be around $300 – 400 million, which is said to make it the most expensive movie in the world. Because Marvel is now owned by Disney, Disney’s creative influence has been increased since they own both the Star Wars franchise and Marvel Studios. According to a box office website, Marvel stock had been down 2.8%, but after Infinity War it was raised to 3.2%. This demonstrates the amount of influence these movies have, in the way people all over the world show interest in movies that portray their childhood, or something they wished to see.

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Personally, I loved the movie. I had watched the first movie, created by Marvel back in 2008, which was Iron Man. I loved the comics of Marvel and DC; they influenced my childhood, and to see people bring those characters, those ideas into a cinematic portal I personally love it.

The beginning of the movie was just shocking; to just see Thanos and the Black Order, overthrowing Thor and the Asgardians, that scene is forever engraved in my mind. The emotions put into that scene affected many fans, seeing important characters being killed off so easily and readily throughout the story amazed me.

The entirety of Thanos just made chills run down my spine, they made him as cool as he could be, the way John Brolin portrayed Thanos made me think of his voice when I would read the comics.

Even in the end of the movie, I personally didn’t think that the Russo brothers would make Thanos collect all six Infinity Stones in the first movie.

Overall, I’d give this movie a 9/10 rating. I wanted there to be more of an explanation to certain scenes, like the Red Skull, or the Soul Stone, all these pieces have little explaination behind them. I wanted more, but honestly this movie makes me think who is the bad guys, and who are the good guys, and makes me think of what the next Avengers movie will be.

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Kanye West

According to The Hill’s article about Kanye West, West thinks that Africans that were brought to America as slaves were given a “choice” to become slaves. Kanye West was seen with President Trump and many people thought that he got his slavery comment from Trump. He created a controversy in the black community. He might have done this because he loves getting attention. On Wednesday, April 25, West tweeted “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.” Kanye lost millions of followers for tweeting positive things about Trump.

West was seen wearing a Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hat, and posted a picture on Twitter. He also made a statement that said, “Slavery was a choice.” This angered a lot of people to the point where his own wife called him out on Twitter to stop the nonsense. His friend, John Legend, reached out to him and told him that “Abraham Lincoln freed slaves and also helped them, and that he was Republican. And that Republicans were the ones who helped a black people back then.” And he ended the text with “Not trying to manipulate your freethought; Trying to inform you!” West tweeted a screenshot of the messages, and many people said that Legend genuinely was just trying to inform him and his fans on how the topic of slavery is really sensitive to many people. People thought it was low of West to post a private conversation with his friend on Twitter.

Many celebrities that idealized Kanye for his music and personality were very disappointed and hurt by his comments. According to a Nicki Swift article, singer Will.i.am said, “And when you’re a slave, you’re owned,” he said. “You don’t choose if you’re owned… That statement is one of the most ignorant statement that anybody who came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors, that slavery is a choice”. Will.i.am reacted to Kanye’s comment because his great-great-grandmother was a slave. He believed that slavery wasn’t a choice, and Kanye was wrong to say that it was. Another celebrity that spoke about Kanye’s comment was the singer Eve. She said, “You want to be a free thinker, you want to be thought provoking, you cannot have these ideas without facts to back them up. Slavery is a fact. Slavery is part of our history… We are still feeling the effects of slavery within our community, within our culture. It hurts me”. Eve spoke about how slavery still affects the black community to this day, and couldn’t have been a choice.

Kanye West doesn’t know that the comments he made on slavery, and supporting Trump, caused him his followers on Twitter, and hurt his career. He just thought he was expressing his opinion, which he was but, it caused really bad tension between him and the black community because what he said was not true. Also, many African Americans saw him as a role model, so for them to hear Kanye say those comments really hurt them.