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Anubhuti Kumar, Highlighter Editor

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John Krasinksi in A Quiet Place.

Staff Recs: Intelligent Horror Films

April 27, 2018
In honor of "A Quiet Place" getting a sequel and "Get Out" winning an Oscar, WSN has compiled a list of the most intelligent horror films for your viewing pleasure.
The Program Board’s new YouTube series “NYU PB ASKS” hits the streets to find out what NYU students are binging and listening to.

Program Board Launches New YouTube Series

April 16, 2018
NYU Program Board Lectures Chair Kavi Wijayaratne launches a new YouTube series. "NYU PB ASKS," digging into the entertainment interests of the NYU community.
Bill Hader stars as the eponymous hitman with a heart of gold in Barry.

Bill Hader and Alec Berg Talk ‘Barry’

April 9, 2018
Hitman-actor is not an occupation you hear about every day, but that's exactly what HBO's newest show "Barry" explores.
Lucy Hale stars in a new, twisted game of Truth or Dare.

Hale and Posey Play ‘Truth or Dare’

April 9, 2018
Imagine spring break gone wrong to the absolute extreme and that might hint at what to expect with Blumhouse Productions' latest film, “Truth or Dare.”
Is Our Tech Spying On Us?

Is Our Tech Spying On Us?

April 9, 2018

Facebook bots, fake news and finessing elections are all old news. The question now is exactly how social media emperor Mark Zuckerberg accumulates this intimate knowledge of user...

Making Politics Pop: Social Commentary in Pop Art

Making Politics Pop: Social Commentary in Pop Art

April 5, 2018
The affair between pop art and politics that began with Warhol’s foray into political commentary continues to bring heat to modern movements under a diverse array of of new crafters and ever adapting techniques.
A still of the friend group of “That’s So Raven”.

Staff Recs: Best TV Friend Groups

February 16, 2018
In light of Galentine’s Day recent passing, the WSN Staff compiled a list of our favorite friend groups on television.
Staff Recs: Best Songs to Cry To

Staff Recs: Best Songs to Cry To

February 9, 2018
The WSN Staff compiled a playlist of the best songs to cry to this Valentine's Day. Sit back, relax and feel all the feels.
Staff Recs: Movies You Might Have Missed in 2017

Staff Recs: Movies You Might Have Missed in 2017

February 2, 2018
From Sean Baker’s indie darling “The Florida Project” to Margaret Betts’ widely unseen “Novitiate,” here are WSN's picks for movies you might have missed in 2017.

15 Frightening Films to Stream This Halloween

October 30, 2017

Beware, Halloween is fast approaching, and in case midterms don’t provide enough of a scare, here are some frightening films to get in the spooky spirit. Netflix: “Stranger...

Ronny Chieng, the Senior Correspondent for the “Daily Show”, was a guest comedian on Oct. 26 for the NYU Program Board at Rosenthal Pavilion. Chieng made comedy and politics go hand in hand, keeping the audience engaged during his performance.

Ronny Chieng Brings Comedy to Kimmel

October 30, 2017
"The Daily Show" correspondent Ronny Chieng came to NYU Kimmel Center last Friday for some spooky comedy.
A History of Political TV

A History of Political TV

October 5, 2017
WSN explores TV political dramas throughout the years, focusing on how the ever-changing administrations and political climate affect these.
Libertine SS18

Libertine S/S 2018

September 11, 2017

Before designer Johnson Hartig's Libertine Spring/Summer 2018 show even started, the dance-inducing music and cool, youthful energy in the room made it feel like, should the...

Riverdale stars NYU alum Cole Sprouse and premiered this past spring on the CW, and can now be streamed on Netflix

10 TV Shows You Might Not Know Star NYU Alumni

August 28, 2017
It is the peak era of TV, so let’s take a look at some shows that you might not realize feature NYU alumni.
Rebecca Ferguson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Sam Reid, as Katya, Misha and Alexander in the British made Cold-War drama, “Despite the Falling Snow.”

‘Despite the Falling Snow’ Has All the Spy Nostalgia You Want

March 29, 2017
Triple-threat novelist, screenwriter and director Shamim Sarif's new film "Despite the Falling Snow" takes all of the glory and nostalgia of spy films and brings it to the Soviet Union.
The bizarre thriller, “The Institute,” directed by James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky, opened on March 3.

New Film ‘The Institute’ Satisfies With a Twist

March 8, 2017
James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky’s latest directing venture "The Institute" is less of a thriller than the same-old psych ward mystery flick, though its twist ending keeps it from being a copycat work.
What starts as a tragic series of events slowly transforms into a cringe-worthy friendship in the film, “Donald Cried.”  The hostage-like relationship between Donald and Peter is almost hard to watch, yet suspenseful at the same time.

“Donald Cried” Walks the Line Between Comedy and Tragedy

March 1, 2017
What begins as a somber trip home to settle Peter's late grandmother's affairs turns into a cringe-worthy walk down memory lane in "Donald Cries."
The comedy show “Crashing,” directed by Judd Apatow, premiered Sunday, Feb. 19 on HBO. It airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m.

“Crashing” Departs from the Typical Comedy

February 24, 2017
In a refreshing break from political satire and tiring cynicism, Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes' new HBO series "Crashing" takes a silly, candid look at the trials and tribulations of a comedian.
Written and directed by Jonathan Sheldon, Swing State is comedy parodying the current elections.

Timely ‘Swing State’ Satirizes the Alt–Right

November 4, 2016
If the stress of the real 2016 presidential election is getting to you, don't worry — the new film "Swing State" will let you laugh at the exact same situation, with the safety net of knowing that it's fake.
Husband and wife duo Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, creators of the new HBO show, “High Maintenance” visited NYU on September 28 for a screening of the second and third episodes, as well as a Q&A with the audience.

‘High Maintenance’ Raises the Bar

October 3, 2016
The debut season of "High Maintenance" creates its story around a central protagonist (The Guy), giving lenses into the diverse lives of New Yorkers whose one common thread is their weed dealer.
Is Sundance No Longer Championing Indies?

Is Sundance No Longer Championing Indies?

September 29, 2016
The Sundance Film Festival began as a haven for independent film makers, but has since began supplying the Oscars with more and more commercialized, mainstream movies.
Cable vs. Netflix: Why Cable Should Win

Cable vs. Netflix: Why Cable Should Win

September 29, 2016
Why watch Netflix when you can watch cable?
The second season of Netflix’s original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was released on April 15th.

Kimmy Schmidt Still Unbreakable

April 18, 2016
The new season of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" premiered on Netflix over the weekend and it continues the quality of the first.
Craig Ferguson is the host of the new Thursday night television history show, Join or Die.

Craig Ferguson Lampoons Recent Events in New History Channel Show

February 25, 2016
"Join or Die" with Craig Ferguson is a hilarious and interactive way to learn about history.
Director Janet Grillo discusses the movie “Jack of the Red Hearts” with cast members, Scott Cohen, John D’Leo and AnnaSophia Robb.

AnnaSophia Robb Stars in New Tisch Professor’s Drama

February 16, 2016
“Jack of the Red Hearts” peview proves enlightening for the film’s authentic look at autism.
You, Me and the Apocalypse premiered in the US last Thursday, Jan 28, on NBC.

‘You, Me and the Apocalypse’ Revives Doomsday Plots

February 4, 2016
"You, Me and the Apocalypse" is NBC's surprisingly fresh take on the end of the world.
 Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens starred in Foxs highly anticipated live production of Grease which aired on January 31st.

‘Grease’ Still Slick After 38 Years

February 2, 2016
Grease lightning, go grease lightning.
The cast of “My Life As Morgan,” a YouTube series created by NYU senior Katherine Banos.

NYU Senior Stars in New Web Series

January 25, 2016
New web series created by NYU senior chronicles an underdog girl making her way in New York.
Five films to catch over winter break

Five films to catch over winter break

December 7, 2015
Wondering what films to watch over winter break? Check out these five new films coming out this December.
‘Superstore’ is NBC’s return to comedy

‘Superstore’ is NBC’s return to comedy

December 7, 2015
For fans of "The Office," NBC's latest sitcom "Superstore" stars America Ferrera and Ben Feldman as bickering retail workers in Cloud 9.
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep star in the new British drama, “Suffragette”.

‘Suffragette’ screening, panel discuss sexism at Cantor Film Center

November 23, 2015
The Fusion Film Festival at NYU launched their celebration of women in film with a screening of the film "Suffragette" and a panel discussion with leading feminists of the modern day.
Panelists Shirley Leyro (left) and Isabel Martinez (right), from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, discuss immigration issues after screening of JR’s new film Ellis starring Robert De Niro.

Immigration experts tackle ‘Ellis’ immigration in film

November 16, 2015
Immigration experts examined and deconstructed Robert DeNiro's latest film, "Ellis" from a historical perspective in a panel discussion at Kimmel on Nov. 9.
NYU must stand with the Clean Water Rule

NYU must stand with the Clean Water Rule

November 9, 2015
NYU students must do their part and raise awareness about the importance of clean water to every facet of our life.
ABC’s new drama, Wicked City, premiered on the 27th of October, 2015.

‘Wicked City’ does not live up to hype

November 2, 2015
Ed Westwick kills for sport on the streets of Sunset Boulevard in ABC's new show, "Wicked City."

Are race jokes funny?

October 22, 2015
Sitcoms exploit race as sole punchline.
Aja Naomi King stars in  Jose Nestor Marquez’s new film “ Reversions”, a Si-Fi thriller released on October 9th, 2015.

Relive your most joyful moments with “Reversion”

October 7, 2015
"Reversion" shows the dark side of artificial intelligence when it comes to tampering with memories. Starring Aja Noami King of "How to Get Away with Murder," this psychological thriller is a guaranteed eye-opener.
Intern, released September 25th, stars Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway.

DeNiro, Hathaway take on workplace comedy in ‘The Intern’

September 28, 2015
Robert DeNiro stars as a 70-year old intern for boss Ann Hathaway in the heartwarming comedy, "The Intern."
Neil Patrick Harris hosts Best Time Ever, a new variety show.

‘Best Time Ever’ a wild ride for audiences

September 23, 2015
Neil Patrick Harris takes his talents to live television with his new sketch show "Best Time Ever," airing on Tuesdays on NBC 10/9c.
Rita Vinieris Spring/Summer 2016

Rita Vinieris Spring/Summer 2016

September 11, 2015
Rita Vinieris Spring/Summer 2016
Released September 11th, “Sleeping with other people” is a tale of two sex addicts.

Commit to ‘Sleeping with Other People’

September 8, 2015
Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star in the new romantic comedy, "Sleeping with Other People" coming to theaters on Sept.11 .
‘Fresh off the Boat’ refreshing

‘Fresh off the Boat’ refreshing

April 8, 2015
Until recently, television portrayals of Asian-American families typically relied on stereotypes. However, now, with "Fresh Off The Boat," Asian-American families are being portrayed realistically.
The Art Institutes Fall/Winter 2015

The Art Institutes Fall/Winter 2015

February 17, 2015
A review of the The Art Institutes Fall/Winter 2015 collections.
A Detacher Fall/Winter 2015

A Detacher Fall/Winter 2015

February 14, 2015
A Detacher Fall/Winter 2015 showcased a rustic chic collection that balanced drama and simplicity.
Giovanni Cattleya Fall/Winter 2015

Giovanni Cattleya Fall/Winter 2015

February 12, 2015
A review of the Giovanni Cattleya Fall/Winter 2015.

Spring television premieres, farewells

January 26, 2015
A recap of the television shows premiering this spring.

Upcoming films demonstrate versatility, excitement

January 26, 2015
A look at films premiering in 2015.
Film depicts raw family dynamics

Film depicts raw family dynamics

November 12, 2014
"Brahmin Bulls" is notable for its powerful characters
via Wikipedia

Female villains perpetuate stereotypes

November 6, 2014
Female characters on film perpetuate stereotypes about evil women
via facebook.com

‘Parks and Recreation’ star speaks at bookstore

September 17, 2014
On Sept. 12, Nick Offerman talked to fans about his upcoming memoir, "Paddle Your Own Canoe"
Staff graphic by Cicek Erel and Kavish Harjai

Pumpkin spice latte makes early arrival

September 9, 2014
Starbucks releases its iconic fall drink a month early.

Supima Spring/Summer 2015

September 7, 2014

Clothes, colors, and cotton galore were a perfect way to introduce the fresh faces of New York Fashion Week. That is what Supima, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting...