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    Making UKR History

    Noah Rivers recorded the 50th episode of his Hashtag the Praise Break program this spring

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    Noah Rivers’ Hashtag the Praise Break is the longest running program in UKR history. Photo courtesy of Noah Rivers.

    Academy of Art University School of Communications & Media Technologies (COM) and UrbanKnightsRadio.com (UKR) Program Director Noah Rivers made department history on Sunday, March 4, when he logged his 50th episode of Hashtag the Praise Break, the longest run in UKR programming. 

    “In the radio business, 50 episodes is where we say, ‘This is officially a show,’” said Matty Staudt, UKR general manager. “The key is consistency—anybody can start a show, but the folks that really stick with a show are the ones that really make it.”

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    'The Rider' Will Rein Audiences In

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    Brady Jandreau as Brady Blackburn. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

    Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, The Rider is the moving story of Brady Blackburn, a young cowboy struggling to hold on to the only way of life he knows after suffering a serious head injury while competing in a rodeo. In his acting debut, Brady Jandreau delivers a quiet, yet riveting, performance as Blackburn, a fictionalized version of himself. Like his character, Jandreau is a member of the Lakota Sioux cowboys who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He also fractured his skull in a rodeo and ignored his doctor’s advice to say goodbye to the world of horses he loved.

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    Film Review: 'Rampage'

    If you like science gone wrong, unrealistic monsters, and huge amounts of action—well, Rampage is just the movie for you.

    In theaters today, the classic arcade game turned movie stars Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji) as Davis Okoye. The story focuses on Davis and an albino silverback gorilla named “George,” who he rescued at a young age, as they look to overcome a rogue genetic mutation that causes George to grow to an enormous size.

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    Film Review: 'Ready Player One'

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    Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

    Ready Player One goes hard in the paint with the 1980s nostalgia, theatrical eye candy for any and every pop culture geek from Hill Valley, California to Shermer, Illinois. The story, however, takes place in dystopian Columbus, Ohio in the year 2045, where, for the most part, the real world is secondary to a fictionalized one.

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    Film Review: 'Final Portrait'

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    Armie Hammer as James Lord and Geoffrey Rush as Alberto Giacometti in Final Portrait. Photo by Parisa Taghizadeh. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

    Out in limited release this weekend is Final Portrait, written and directed by Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games). Adapted from A Giacometti Portrait, a memoir by writer and art enthusiast James Lord (portrayed by Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name), the film focuses on a specific snapshot in time, during the year 1964, when Lord sat for a portrait for his friend and renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (portrayed by an unrecognizable Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love) before departing Paris to head back to the U.S. What the artist initially tells Lord will take hours, an afternoon, at the most, turned into 18 sittings over the course of nearly three weeks.

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    Characters Overcome Gender Oppression in ACT's Lively 'Cloud 9'

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    (L–R) Valerie Compton, Mario Mazzetti, Garrick Sigl, Zoe Foulks and Zaya Kolia in Cloud 9. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Hide your feelings. Deny your sexuality. Know your place and follow the rules society deems right for your gender. These themes permeated Academy of Art University School of Acting’s (ACT) recent production of Cloud 9, which transported audiences at the Sutter Street Theater from 1800s Colonial Africa to modern-day London. Due to the timing of Spring Break, the cast had a tighter-than-usual rehearsal schedule for the two-act farce by British playwright Caryl Churchill. But that didn’t stop actors Jack Clendenen, Valerie Compton, Zoe Foulks, Zaya Kolia, Mario Mazzetti, Renee Rogoff and Garrick Sigl from pulling off a seamless, side-splitting rendition of Cloud 9.

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