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Documentary to promote locally grown produce

By Arthur Aumann | March 15, 2015

“Think Globally — Eat Locally” is the working title for a documentary from the Department of Communication on the importance of homegrown, natural food.Media studies professor Laura Vazquez is directing the project with assistance from graduate...

Season 3 of ‘House of Cards’ has dull, slow start

By Arthur Aumann | March 2, 2015

It appears the façade Frank and Claire Underwood have crafted is set to crack in season three of “House of Cards” (warning: spoilers ahead).The biggest shock of the premiere — the series was released in whole Friday on Netflix — was how little...

Oscars 2015 with the Northern Star

By Northern Star staff | February 22, 2015

Follow the Oscars with Scene writer Arthur Aumann on Twitter: @ArthurAumann.  // <![CDATA[// ]]> [View the story "Oscars 2015 with the Northern Star" on Storify]

Academy Award Face-Off

By Arthur Aumann | February 19, 2015

Tight competition in Best Picture and Best Director will highlight the 87th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.“Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” lead the way with nine nominations each.Best pictureA Best Picture nominee...

Commuters: Resources for having a safe trip back to campus

By Arthur Aumann | February 3, 2015

A weekend blizzard blanketed the Midwest in snow and led to class being canceled at NIU, but classes resumed Tuesday.The blizzard left more than a foot of snow in DeKalb and 22 inches by Lincolnshire, which was the highest accumulation in the state, according...

‘Lost Lords’ stays loyal to TV series

By Arthur Aumann | February 2, 2015

Gamers can anticipate another merciless episode of the “Game of Thrones” video game.The second chapter of Telltale’s video game adaptation of Game of Thrones, “The Lost Lords,” will be released for PlayStation Feb. 3 and Xbox Feb. 4.I was...

Winter Festival of Dance to feature NIU students performing excerpts of ‘Paquita’

By Arthur Aumann | January 27, 2015

School of Theatre and Dance students will appear in the seventh annual Winter Festival of Dance in Schaumburg.The Winter Festival features several dance schools and companies, including Giordano Dance Chicago and Visceral Dance Center. Styles of dance...

“Mortdecai,” which was released Friday and stars Johnny Depp, includes several jokes centered around his newly grown mustache.

‘Mortdecai’ lacks depth, originality

By Arthur Aumann | January 25, 2015

David Koepp’s “Mortdecai” continues the trend of terrible movies flooding theaters during January.Johnny Depp stars in the titular role as Charlie Mortdecai, an eccentric and dapper art dealer trying to recover a stolen painting.Since “Sweeney...

Comedian Lewis Black is known for his angry attitude in performances, which includes ranting and swearing. Black will perform The Rant is Due: Part Deux 8 p.m. today at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Black brings rants back to Egyptian

By Arthur Aumann | January 22, 2015

Comedian Lewis Black is returning to DeKalb today — and no, his attitude has not mellowed out.Black, who is also an author, actor and social critic, uses an angry face style of comedy with plenty of yelling and swearing while trying to get across the...

Actor David Oyelowo, who portrays Marin Luther King Jr. in the movie Selma, speaks at a service in honor of King Monday in Atlanta. The film, which focuses on King’s march for equal voting rights, is still in theatres.   

3 films to watch to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

By Arthur Aumann | January 20, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the man who led the Civil Rights Movement and changed the world with his courage and dream of equality.Here are films that depict people standing up for what they believed in before and during the Civil Rights Movement.“Selma”Academy...

Kevin Spacey poses with the award for best actor in a television series - drama for “House of Cards” at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards  Sunday. The series returns to Netflix for its third season Feb. 27.

“House of Cards” may come crashing down

By Arthur Aumann | January 14, 2015

Kevin Spacey winning a Golden Globe wasn’t the only treat “House of Cards” fans got Sunday night: The first trailer of season three was revealed during the ceremony, and it looks as intoxicating as the first two.Season two ended with a climax fans...

Sex, drugs, ‘vices’ depict hippie culture in drama

By Arthur Aumann | January 12, 2015

A drug-fueled adventure of a man searching for his ex-girlfriend — or what sounds like an average Friday night in DeKalb — is the subject of the film “Inherent Vice,” released Jan. 9.Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a befuddled...