Volume 2, Number 8 - DEC. 08, 2011

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Holiday Fun Guide

By Stteffanny Cott

Looking for something to do this holiday season, since you don’t have piles of homework and laborious lectures to attend? Well look no further, whether you choose to stay home, go out locally, or take a road trip to Orlando, The Reporter has you covered. If not, you’re screwed.


New Years Eve: An ensemble was cast for this holiday flick, which follows, over the course of New Year’s Eve, the lives of several couples and singles living in New York. Dec. 9th; PG-13
The Sitter: This goofball comedy stars Jonah Hill as a college student, whom, after suspension from college, is coaxed into a babysitting gig he is unequivocally ill-equipped for. Dec. 9th; rated R
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked:  Alvin and the gang are at it again. This time, however, they find themselves stranded in a tropical paradise after accidentally going overboard. They’ll soon discover that their heavenly turf is already occupied. Dec. 16th; rated G
Mission Impossible–Ghost Protocol: The fourth installment of the series Ghost Protocol follows Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as he and his team attempt at clearing the IMF’s name after it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin. Dec.21st; rated PG-13
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively, as the cunning duo join forces to bring down their fiercest enemy, Professor Moriarty. Dec. 16th; rated PG-13
The Adventures of Tintin: This fantastical 3D animated film brings the classic comic to life as Tintin and Captain Haddock set out on a treasure hunt for a wrecked ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestors. Unbeknownst to them, however, someone else is in search of the ship as well. Dec.21st; rated PG
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: This much anticipated thriller follows journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and young computer hacker Salander (Rooney Mara) as they search for a woman who has been missing for forty years. Dec.21st; rated R
We bought a Zoo: Based on a true story, this comedy-drama follows recently widowed Benjamin Mee  (Matt Damon) as he and his family purchase a home in Southern California that happens to have a zoo as its backyard. Dec.23rd; rated PG
War Horse: At the outbreak of World War I, young Albert Naracott’s (Jeremy Irvine) beloved horse Joey is sold to the Calvary and shipped to France. Now it is up to Albert, who although too young to enlist, heads to the trenches of WWI to rescue his friend.  Dec.25th; PG-13
The Darkest Hour: This 3-D science fiction film follows the struggle of five young people attempting to survive an alien invasion in Moscow.  Dec. 25; rated PG-13
The Devil Inside: A young woman goes on the hunt for answers after her mother committed three murders during her own exorcism. Jan.6th; unrated
Contraband: Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris Farraday, a retired criminal now turned security guard who finds himself in a financial rut and considers returning to a life of crime after an associate offers him a profitable opportunity. Jan.13; rated R
Joyful Noise: An unlikely partnership develops after two choir members (Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton) with differing opinions must join forces to save a small-town gospel choir. Jan 13th; rated PG.13
Haywire: This action-thriller follows black ops super soldier Mallory Kane in her quest for vengeance, after she’s double crossed and set up by a close member of her own agency. Jan.20th; rated R
Red Tails: A segregated squad of African American pilots is called into action during World War II under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. Jan 20th; rated PG-13
Underworld Awakening: After humans discover the existence of Lycans and Vampires and plan to eliminate both, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself leading the battle against humankind. Jan.20th; not yet rated.

DVD Release

AAAHH!!! REAL MONSTERS: Season One 2-DVD Set ($19.93 MSRP)
The tales of a trio of young monsters—Ickis, Obleena, and Krum—who attend a monster training school whose mission is to train the creepy critter kids in scare tactics.

CATDOG: Season One, Part One 2-DVD Set ($19.93 MSRP)
The daily life of a conjoined canine/feline creature whose opposing ends serve as an animated odd couple.

ANGRY BEAVERS: Season One & Two 4-DVD Set ($29.93 MSRP)
Norbert and Dagget are beaver brothers that leave home to build their own beaver-dam bachelor pad.

HEY ARNOLD!: Season One 4-DVD Set (29.93 MSRP)
The adolescent adventures of Arnold, a football-headed 4th grader growing up in the big city.

HEY DUDE: Season One 2-DVD Set (19.93 MSRP)
Nickelodeon’s first live-action show follows the antics of a Southwestern ranch owner and his teenage crew.

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE: Season One 2-DVD Set (19.93MSRP)
A wacky wallaby’s encounters with various dilemmas and absurdities encountered in his daily life.

THE WILD THORNBERRIES: Season One 4-DVD Set (29.93 MSRP) & Season Two Part One 2-DVD Set (19.93)
A girl who can talk to animals explores the globe with her nature show-producing parents, her teen sister, a wild boy and chimpanzee.Looking for something to do this holiday season, since you don’t have piles of homework and laborious lectures to attend? Well look no further, whether you choose to stay home, go out locally, or take a road trip to Orlando, The Reporter has you covered. If not, you’re screwed.

 The Blue Man Group

Taking a trip to Orlando this Winter break? If so, be sure to check out the Blue Man Group show at the Sharp Aquos Theatre in Citywalk.

Much more than just a blue-covered trio banging on drums and flinging paint, the show is a breathtaking blend of live-action music, comedy, and superb special effects. Although the performers remain silent, they quickly have the audience alive with roaring laughter and thunderous applause.

Crowd participation plays a key role in the performance, so be prepared just in case you have a moment in the spotlight. Also, be sure to stick around afterward for a chance to meet the performers and don some of their trademark blue paint.

Bring your MDCard for a student discount rate starting at $30 (2 tickets per ID) rather than the regular rate, which starts at $64. Even if you don’t qualify for the discount, it’s well worth the price of admission.If Winter break leaves you feeling nostalgic for days long-gone, the re-release of some classic Nickelodeon cartoons may help you relive your childhood.

In conjunction with TeenNick’s new programming block entitled “The 90’s are All That,” which airs the retro shows every night from midnight to 2 a.m., Nickelodeon has also released some of it’s most beloved shows on DVD. 


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