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Superbowl Sunday: Commercials and Performances with a Side of Football

by Melanie Mortensen

This year marks 50 years since the first-ever Superbowl game. The first Superbowl was played on January 15th, 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. In this historic game, the Packers beat out the Chiefs with a score of 35-10. This year, the Superbowl will be played on February 5th. The quarter-finals take place next week and semi-finals take place the week after that.

We all certainly love our Superbowl commercials and half-time performances, and some people may even enjoy these things more than the game itself. This year, Lady Gaga is scheduled for the coveted half-time show performance. She will certainly bring her best “Pokerface” as fans “Just Dance” to some of their favorite hits.

What new commercials will this year bring? Top contenders include Mountain Dew, Skittles, and Snickers.

Mountain Dew tends to come up with commercials that catch viewers’ attention in different ways. This year, the “puppy-monkey-baby” bit may be one of the most exotic.

Everyone knows how well-known the large mouth and voice of Steven Tyler is. Watch 2017’s Superbowl Skittles commercial showing new ways to express this well known figure.

Of course we can’t forget the special Snickers commercials that follow the same theme each year – “you’re not you when you’re hungry.” Marilyn is the new idea to their common theme for 2017.

Whether it’s the football, the music, or the top-notch advertising you’re excited for, the Superbowl should feature something for Americans of all ages to look forward to.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

By: Brooklynn Allen

Topping the box office this week for the fourth week in a row, Rogue One has everyone buzzing in the media. With it scoring an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and getting amazing reviews from well-known critics, I’d say they’ve “forced” their way to the top.

Rogue One is a stand alone film that takes place in the Star Wars universe. It contributes to the original series by giving a backstory of events that occur in episodes four, five and six, but Rogue One isn’t considered a sequel or a prequel to the original series.

For a Star Wars film, the action was decent but the story itself was not as complex and was kind of boring. The whole film just felt like more of a war film than a film about having hope and casting away the empire. I know what you’re going to say, “Oh but Star Wars IS a war film!” No. It’s about the good defeating the evil. it’s not one group vs. another group its the whole universe vs. the empire (might I add is in reality just a small group of people, well a small group of people with a star destroyer but minor details.)  Rogue One lacked what most Star Wars films had, structure. The film felt like the writers wrote it in a day, the story was rushed, the characters didn’t have much substance to them (they just seemed so depressed and unhopeful the whole time) the action was decent but it felt like the writers just went “It’s Star Wars so there has to be a fight in space every second!”.

The film’s exposition is good, it screams Star Wars, the only thing it’s missing is the screen roll. THE SCREEN ROLL! How can it be a Star Wars film with out the SCREEN ROLL! Come on now, get your head in the game here. Aside from all the cons of this film, let’s look at the pros of this film. The music is good even though it’s not composed by John Williams, it is still pretty good. The special effects are far better than they are in the original series, which makes for an awesome visual experience. The space fights are visually stunning and epic, although it was overkill it was still pretty sweet.

Every film will have their pros and cons, even the good ones do that’s what makes them a good film. No film is perfect. My overall score on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 70%








The 74th Annual Golden Globes

by Keegan Beck

317685731317685731317685731317685731The 74th Annual Golden Globes aired on Sunday, January 8 2017, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The Golden Globes is an event that honors the best film and American television series. Awards are given in a variety of categories, such as “Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture,” “Best Original Song,” and “Best Musical or Comedy TV Series,” to name a few.

Here’s a list of who took home awards Sunday night:

Best Drama Motion Picture | Moonlight

Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture | Casey Affleck   

Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture | La La Land

Best Director of a Motion Picture | Damien Chazelle

Best Drama TV Series | The Crown

Best Original Song | City of Stars – Justin Hurwitz

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture | Viola Davis

Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture | Isabelle Huppert

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture | Aaron Taylor – Johnson

Best Original Score | La La Land

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture | Emma Stone

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture | Ryan Gosling

Best Foreign Film | Elle

Best Animated Feature Film | Zootopia

Best Musical or Comedy TV Series | Atlanta

Best Miniseries or TV Film | The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series | Donald Glover

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series | Tracee Ellis Ross

Best Actor in a Miniseries | Tom Hiddleston

Best Actress in a Miniseries | Sarah Paulson


Disney’s Live Action Beauty and The Beast

by Hollie Alder

On March 17 of this year, the live action Beauty and the Beast will be coming out into theaters.

In the new film, Belle is the inventor. She is always trying to find solutions so that she has more time to focus on reading her books. Her father makes music boxes for her so that she has a way of seeing the world and what she is missing.

Cast members include:

  • Belle: Emma Watson from Harry Potter (Hermione Granger)
  • Beast: Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey (Matthew Crowley)
  • Gaston: Luke Evans from The Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug (Bard)
  • Mrs.Potts: Emma Thompson from Nanny McPhee (Nanny McPhee)
  • Le Fou: Josh Gad from Frozen (Olaf)
  • Lumiere: Ewan McGregor from Big Fish (Edward Bloom)
  • Cogsworth: Ian McKellen from The Hobbit (Gandalf)
  • Maurice: Kevin Kline from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus)
  • Chip: Nathan Mack from The Unborn

Three new songs are going to be introduced into the new film:

  1. Our Song Lives On (appearing several times in the movie)
  2. For Evermore (The Beast sings when he  releases Belle)
  3. Days in the Sun (When the objects and Belle are falling asleep)

Top 10s of 2016

by Melanie Mortensen

For many, 2016 was a year for the books. The entertainment industry lost some legendary stars, a new President of the United States was elected, and technology has advanced like never before. Here are some top 10 lists to round out 2016 and ring in the new year.


10: Loving

9: Arrival

8: The Lobster

7: OJ: Made in America

6: Manchester by the Sea

5: Toni Erdmann

4: Jackie

3: Hell or High Water

2: La La Land

1: Moonlight

TOP 10 Albums:

10: Car Seat Headrest — ‘Teens Of Denial’

9: Angel Olsen — ‘My Woman’

8: Kanye West — ‘The Life Of Pablo’

7: A Tribe Called Quest — ‘We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’

6: Radiohead — ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

5: Solange — ‘A Seat At The Table’

4: Chance The Rapper — ‘Coloring Book’

3: Frank Ocean — ‘Blonde’

2: David Bowie — ‘Blackstar’

1: Beyoncé — ‘Lemonade’


10: Anohni — ‘Drone Bomb Me’

7: Frank Ocean — ‘Ivy’

8:  Beyoncé — ‘Sorry’

7: Mitski — ‘Your Best American Girl’

6: Rae Sremmurd — ‘Black Beatles’

5: Rihanna — ‘Work’

4: Chance The Rapper — ‘No Problem’

3: Solange — ‘Cranes In The Sky’

2: Beyoncé — ‘Formation’

1: Kanye West — ‘Ultralight Beam’


10: Garth Greenwell — ‘What Belongs To You’

9: Susan Faludi — ‘In The Darkroom’

8: Paul Kalanithi — ‘When Breath Becomes Air’

7: Adam Haslett — ‘Imagine Me Gone’

6: Matthew Desmond — ‘Evicted’

5:  Zadie Smith —  ‘Swing Time’

4: Han Kang — ‘The Vegetarian’

3: Nathan Hill — ‘The Nix’

2: Yaa Gyasi — ‘Homegoing’

1: Colson Whitehead — ‘The Underground Railroad’

2016 meant R.I.P. to Hollywood legends

By: Brooklynn Allen

Hollywood said goodbye to many of their own this past year. From big name stars that we have grown up with to stars that were just rising to fame just to have it abruptly cut off. This is a list of the most heart-breaking deaths in 2016.

David Bowie (1947-2016)David Bowie was one of the most influential figures in Rock and Roll. He’s mostly known for his music and his role as the Goblin King in Labyrinth. 

Alan Rickman (1946-2016)- Alan Rickman was best known from his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter franchise and for is his role as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd.

Harper Lee (1926-2016)- Harper Lee is the writer of the award winning classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird. 

Muhammad Ali (1933-2016)- 3- time winning heavy weight champion was known worldwide as one of the greatest boxers in the world.

Gene Wilder (1933-2016)- Actor Gene Wilder was known as a comedic legend. He was the witty Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory and as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein. 

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)- Leonard Cohen was the writer of the classic ballad Hallelujah.

George Michael (1963-2016)- George Michael was a member of the band Wham! After the band ended, Michael began his solo career.

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)- Carrie Fisher was best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. 

Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)- Debbie Reynolds was very famous back in the golden era of film. Her most notable roles were as Kathy Selden in the musical Singin’ in the Rain and as Aggie Cromwell in Halloween Town.

These are some additional celebrity deaths:

  • Nancy Reagan: (1921- 2016) Actress and First Lady (1981-1989)
  • Prince: (1958- 2016) Musician
  • Kenny Baker: (1934-2016) Actor- Star Wars 
  • John Glenn: (1921-2016) Astronaut
  • Richard Bradford: (1934-2016) Actor
  • Christina Grimmie: (1994-2016) Singer


New Movies Coming in 2017

by Hollie Alder

2016 was a great year for movie-lovers. With films like Finding Dory, La La Land, and the Ghostbusters re-make bound to become classics, it seems hard to top what’s already been so successful, but this coming year just may do it. Here are some films set to release in 2017.


  • A Monster Calls
  • Hidden Figures
  • Between Us
  • Lost and Found
  • Sherlock: The Final Problem
  • Patriot’s Day


  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The Great Wall
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Fifty Shades Darker


  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Power Rangers
  • The Boss Baby
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife


  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • Going in Style
  • The Fate of the Furious


  • Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • Everything, Everything
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Baywatch


  • Wonder Woman
  • Captain Underpants
  • The Mummy
  • Cars 3
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Despicable Me 3


  • Spiderman: Homecoming
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Girls Trip


  • The Emoji Movie
  • Annabelle 2
  • Baby Driver


  • Marvel’s The Inhumans
  • The LEGO Ninjago


  • My Little Pony: The Movie
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Cloverfield 2017


  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Creed 2
  • Justice League
  • Coco
  • Let it Snow


  • Star Wars: Episode VIII
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • Jumanji
  • The Greatest Showman on Earth


2016 Christmas concert

By: Brooklynn Allen

On December 15th Rockwell’s music department put on a wonderful Christmas performance. The Rockwell Singers, Rockwell’s very first audition choir, put on a phenomenal A Capella version of “Carol of the Bells”. The Concert Choir, performed an outstanding version of “Mary, Did You Know?”. The orchestra, guitars, and Rolling Rocks performed a marvelous set of classic Christmas songs. We were treated to a surprise performance by the music directors. The choirs combined and performed a sensational rendition of “All I Want For Christmas”  and heartfelt version of “Star of Bethlehem”. The two soloists that performed, Vivienne Peters and Samantha Lofgren, did a remarkable job. At the end of the concert, all of the performers came together to perform an outstanding version of “Silent Night”. The directors of the concert, Ms. Larsen, Ms. Jones and Mr. Jewkes did an amazing job with putting this whole concert together.

Christmas Classics

by Paige Alder

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s finally time to pull out our favorite Christmas movie classics, like Elf which surveyed to be Rockwell favorite Christmas classic.

“Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.” – A Christmas Story

If you’re looking for some Christmas classics to catch up on or watch for the first time, heres a list of some of the most watched Christmas classics.

A Christmas Story-1983


The Santa Clause-1994

Home Alone-1990

The polar Express-2004

A Christmas Carol-1938, 1951, 2009

Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas-2000

A Charlie Brown Christmas-1965

Frosty the Snowman-1969



How Well Do You Know Christmas?

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year to watch Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Story while singing Joy to the World and decking the halls with boughs of holly, right? How well do YOU know the Christmas classics? Take this quiz to find out.

“Name That Christmas Song” Quiz:

1. “Tis the season to be jolly”:

  • Deck The Halls
  • Jingle Bells
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


2. “Looked down where he lay”:

  • The First Noel
  • Joy to the World
  • Little Town Of Bethlehem
  • Away in a Manger

christmas-movie-magic-at-the-yorkshire-museum-elf-little-vikings-uhej7x-clipartChristmas Trivia:

  1. Where was mommy kissing Santa Claus?
  • on the couch
  • in the kitchen
  • under the mistletoe
  • in the bedroom


2. What should children leave for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve?

  • cookies and milk
  • gum
  • cheese
  • water


3. Who is Ebenezer:

  • the 23rd president
  • the creepy guy at the grocery store
  • the mail man
  • the scrooge


4. Which reindeer’s name starts with the letter “B”?

  • Bart
  • Blitzen
  • BoBo
  • Blitz


5. Which is not one of Santa’s reindeer?

  • Dash
  • Dancer
  • Comet
  • Dasher


6. What is the name of Scrooges dead business partner?

  • James Marley
  • Josh Morey
  • Jacob Marley
  • Joe Mason


7. Who tried to steal Christmas from the Who’s of Whoville?

  • Scrooge
  • The Grinch
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Cindy Lou Who


8. Which ocean is Christmas Island in?

  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Indian Ocean


9. In “The Twelve Days of Christmas” what is given on the tenth day?

  • golden rings
  • french hens
  • maids-a-milking
  • lords-a-leaping


10. Fill in the blank: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of ____________”

  • Christmas fun
  • Christmas joy
  • misfit toys
  • happy elves


11. What did Chevy Chase plan to buy with his Christmas bonus in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?

  • an RV
  • a pool
  • a christmas tree
  • a red convertible


12. In “A Christmas Carol” who is the first ghost to appear?

  • the old business partner
  • the ghost of christmas past
  • the ghost of christmas present
  • his dead self


13. What three gifts did the wise men bring the baby Jesus?

  • gold, frankincense, and myrrh
  • silver, myrrh, and gold
  • gold, frankincense, and silver


14. Which is not one of Santa’s reindeer?

  • Vixen
  • Prancer
  • Blitzer
  • Rudolph


15. “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a __________”

  • mouse
  • moose
  • cat
  • horse


16. What is the Grinch’s dog’s name?

  • Max
  • Dash
  • doesn’t have a name
  • Moe


17. Is this the best christmas quiz you have ever taken?

  • yes
  • absolutely
  • for sure
  • heck yeah



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