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4 items from 2015


Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders

23 February 2015 6:11 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.

The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.

The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »

- Frank Ochieng

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Why you should be watching 'King of the Nerds'

20 February 2015 5:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The competition between nerds is now in its third season, and you should be tuning in every Friday. Why? Super-nerdy and fun challenges A giant game of Angry Birds. A giant game of Battleship. A giant Rubik's Cube. Quidditch, complete with flying. Robots playing dodge ball. A real-life version of Tron. Nerf guns shooting down drones. Lots of quizzes on nerd-ish trivia. The show's challenges--two each episode, one team challenge and one individual challenge--play on nostalgia and pop culture. They always have a sense of humor, and they're also visually interesting, fair competitions that rival those on bigger shows. Great hosts having fun "King of the Nerds" offers a big portion of wackiness and ridiculousness with a side of self-deprecation, and it's all served on a bed of a serious competition. Hosts and executive producers Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine, who starred in "Revenge of the Nerds," set that tone. »

- Andy Dehnart

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7 Rising Sons of Movie Stars to Watch For

3 February 2015 8:43 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Michael Douglas. Josh Brolin. Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Jeff and Beau Bridges. David, Keith and Robert Carradine. Ben Stiller. Kiefer Sutherland. Scott Caan. Peter Fonda. What do they have in common? They managed to become respected actors in their own right despite being sons of famous fathers and often mothers. There is a long tradition of acting clans in Hollywood and it continues to grow with this relatively recent list of seven acting sons of movie stars: 1. Domhnall Gleeson, 31. The son of Irish actor Brendan Gleeson (“Calvary,” “In Bruges”). They both were participants in the Harry Potter franchise – Domhnall as Bill Weasley and Brendan as Mad-Eye Moody. Domhnall was a standout as farmer Konstatin Levin in 2012’s “Anna Karenina” and starred in last year’s time-travel romance “About Time.” This year, he has four titles coming out: “Ex-Machina” (April 14), where he falls in love with a cyborg; “Brooklyn, »

- Susan Wloszczyna

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Twitch Teams with TBS to Stream First Live TV Show

14 January 2015 9:47 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Videogame webcaster Twitch will stage its first-ever live TV viewing event in partnership with TBS, as part of a promotion for the upcoming season of the cabler’s geek-competition series “King of the Nerds.”

The event, to be held at Twitch’s San Francisco headquarters on Friday, Jan. 16, will feature a preview screening of the first episode of “King of the Nerds” season three, slated to debut the following week. Popular Twitch gamecasters Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham and Jon Carnage are set to moderate the event, to be streamed live on twitch.tv/twitch on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. Pt.

In addition, “King of the Nerds” hosts and executive producers Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong (pictured, above) will be on hand and will engage in a chat session live on Twitch.

Amazon acquired Twitch last summer for around $1 billion, as the e-commerce giant expands its online-video business; Twitch had also been in talks with YouTube. »

- Todd Spangler

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