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‘Into the Woods’ catchy yet clustered

“A cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold.” Into the woods they all went with greed, envy and lust following closely behind them with song and dance. Disney’s “Into The Woods,” released Dec. 25, is a twist of classic children’s fairy tale stories with some well-known...

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Film depicts “Wild” search for purpose

Sometimes you can feel so lost in your life that all you wish you had was a chance to start over. “Wild,” based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, is a journey of self-discovery, released Dec. 5 in select theaters. Strayed, once a heroin addict and troubled young woman, embarked on a soulful 1,100-mile journey through the Pacific Crest Tra...

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Alumni couple competes on “The Amazing Race”

  Dennis Hour and Isabelle Du raced to the American Airlines check-in desk. The couple was not late, they just had to beat contestants for seats on the first flight of “The Amazing Race.” The couple competed in an approximately 25-day race around the globe. “It is an insane emotional roller coaster more than anybody will eve...

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Q&A with Justin Bird from “The Millionaire Matchmaker”

Justin Bird had no idea he would be working on a reality dating TV show after graduation. But Bird, a 2011 Chapman MBA business entrepreneurship alumnus, works on “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” a show on Bravo that helps wealthy singles find their perfect match. He works as host Patti Stanger’s assistant, who often refers to him as “e...

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J. Cole brings current issues to rap game

  To say that J. Cole is a skilled lyricist is like saying that Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is a good dunker. That’s why it’s no surprise that the 29-year-old’s third album “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” released Dec. 9, feels different than other music in the rap game today. Following in the footsteps of his ...

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Dodge twins double for Hollywood’s stars

Skipping first grade, and instead performing on-screen and earning cash for three months, was Kanan and Houston Hooker’s childhood dream gig. The twins were busy playing stunt doubles for Juny Cortez in “Spy Kids.” “The coolest thing to me is getting paid to have fun and do what we love to do, which are these extreme, adrenaline-fil...

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Seeking change after Ferguson

After two grand jury decisions and dozens of nationwide demonstrations, the nation turns to face its racial inequality. At Chapman, a university with its own concerns over diversity, what can we learn? Signs were painted, megaphones turned on and umbrellas pushed up, as students marched on campus Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, chanting, “hands...

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Student bets on Bitcoin business

While many Americans were braving crowded malls and stores Nov. 28, Jon Holmquist was scoring deals online with alternative currency from the comfort of his bedroom. Holmquist was taking advantage of Bitcoin Black Friday, an event he founded three years ago. “I was trying to come up with some ways to better publicize that there are bitcoi...

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Sausages served with specialty flair

Dog Haus, a Pasadena-based hot dog and sausage restaurant, opened its first Orange County location Nov. 22 at MainPlace mall — and they are Oscar weiner worthy. The menu includes a variety of artisan hot dogs, sausages and burgers with pun-y names like Bad Mutha Clucka, Another Night in Bangkok, The Pig Lebowski and Tae Kwon Dog. There’s...

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Collaboration of old with new

One thing I appreciate about music is songwriting. A talented songwriter can capture a listener and make a connection with their listeners. Bob Dylan’s ability to connect transcends decades and makes it so that time isn’t a factor in relating to his music. A stack of Dylan’s unfinished songs from “The Basement Tapes” era of 1967 were d...

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