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    Film Review: 'Suicide Squad'

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    (L-R) Jay Hernandez as Diablo, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Karen Fukuhara as Katana in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure Suicide Squad, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. Photo credit: Clay Enos/ TM & (c) DC Comics.

    ***Warning: spoilers ahead***

    With all of the hype this past year promoting Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ release of the long awaited Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (Fury, The Fast and the Furious, Training Day), the film is disappointing most likely due to the speed at which the film was produced. That being said, Ayer’s vision for the film needs to be taken into consideration.

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    Mobolade Ajomale Qualifies for Rio 2016

    The Urban Knight accomplishes a personal best at the Canadian Track & Field Championships and Rio Selection Trials

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    Mobolade Ajomale is Academy of Art University’s first-ever Olympian. Photo by Rachael Smith.

    The “Road to Rio” begins here.

    Breaking further ground in a historic freshman season, Mobolade Ajomale became Academy of Art University’s first Olympian with an incredible personal best in the 100m dash at the Canadian Track & Field Championships and Rio Selection Trials on July 9.

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    Bathroom Germs Spawn Award-Winning Animated Short

    Animation alum Hans Tsai’s short film, Knob, finds success on the festival circuit

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    A scene from Hans Tsai’s award-winning animated short film, Knob. Photo courtesy of Hans Tsai.

    Most people don’t find public bathrooms particularly inspiring or appealing. But for Hans Tsai, these breeding grounds for germs sparked the idea for his award-winning 3-D animated short film, Knob. Before attending Academy of Art University to earn his M.F.A. in 3-D animation, Tsai was a registered nurse who worked in a hospital and spent a lot of time in the bathroom trying to keep his hands germ-free.

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    Graduate's 3-D Artist Career Is a Dream Come True

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    Steve Hyunsuk Suh’s model for the telepresence box, a futuristic computing device featured on Fox TV’s Minority Report. Photo courtesy of Steve Hyunsuk Suh.

    Ever since he was a young boy growing up in South Korea, Academy of Art University alum Steve Hyunsuk Suh loved art. “Doodling was my favorite hobby because I could directly express what I wanted,” he said. 

    Suh was also a big fan of Disney animated films. And when Pixar came out with Toy Story in 1995, he was mesmerized by the hit movie’s sophisticated animation.

    “I’d never seen anything like it before,” he remarked. “I learned that Toy Story was made with 3-D computer graphics and dreamed of becoming an animation artist.”

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    Academy Students Get Rare Chance to Attend E3 for Free

    “A Disneyland for video game lovers,” the exclusive trade show showcases groundbreaking technologies, products and companies

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    (L–R) Academy of Art Univeristy animation students Leo Cruz and Camille Sloan at this year’s E3 event, posing with a LEGO statue of Kylo Ren at the Warner Brothers Games booth. Photo courtesy of Camille Sloan.

    Each year, thousands of video game industry professionals from around the world flock to the Los Angeles Convention Center to attend E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). The premier trade show for computer, mobile and video games connects attendees with others in the field while showcasing leading companies, groundbreaking technologies and exciting new products. 

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    Academy of Art Instructors Make Their Mark

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    Bettina Pauly’s finished book, Grimm’s Fairy Tale Theater: Hänsel & Gretel. Photo courtesy of Bettina Pauly.

    Three longtime instructors from Academy of Art University’s School of Fine Art, specializing in book arts and letterpress, were invited by the San Francisco Center for the Book to produce artist’s books for the Center’s Small Plates imprint. Macy Chadwick, Jennie Hinchcliff and Bettina Pauly were chosen by a panel of board members, teachers and community members on the strength of their proposals to create the small-scale books, in an edition size of 100.

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