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‘Perfect Arrangement’ brings Lavender Scare to UMass Lowell

‘Perfect Arrangement’ brings Lavender Scare to UMass Lowell

(Photo courtesy of Hannah Manning/UML Connector) Hannah Manning Connector Editor Schoolchildren across the United States know what the Red Scare is, but there is a good chance they may scratch their heads at the mention of the Lavender Scare. UMass Lowell’s Theatre Arts program intends to change that with their newest show set to premiere this

Lightning did not strike for ‘Shazam’

Dwayne Johnson was originally in talks to play the villain of Black Adam, who ended up not appearing in the film. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) Troy Lafond Connector Editor At the beginning of the second act of “Shazam,” the newest entry in the DC Cinematic Universe, there is a scene where the titular

Underrated Classics: There are millions of reasons to catch up on Showtime’s ‘Billions’

“Billions” is considered the first American TV show to feature a non-binary character. (Photo courtesy of Showtime Networks) Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor “The Sopranos,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Wire” and “Lost:” from broadcast television to the newly established streaming service marketplace, episodic storytelling is in its Golden Age. Big-budget box office filmmaking is not going

Blackpink comeback falls flat

“Kill This Love” is the fastest music video to ever reach 100 million views on YouTube. (Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN News) Troy Lafond Connector Editor Blackpink is a K-pop girl group who burst onto the scene in 2016 with a string of hits, including “Playing with Fire” and “As If It’s Your Last,” which garnered them

‘Pet Sematary’ has more wrong than just the spelling

There are talks of a prequel film to “Pet Sematary.” (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor The phrase, “Sometimes, dead is better,” is plastered over every advertisement for “Pet Sematary,” based on the novel by Stephen King of the same name. Ironically, the filmmakers did not head this warning and decided to

David Archuleta’s Boston City Winery review

David Archuleta has mentioned Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder and Bryan Adams, among others, as his musical influences. (Photo courtesy of Christina Laderoute/UMass Lowell Connector) Christina Laderoute Connector Staff The lights dimmed and David Archuleta took the stage at the Boston City Winery. He was met with an abundance of applause from the dinner guests waiting

Underrated Classics: ‘The Naked Gun’ is comedic mastery

“The Naked Gun” is based off of the short-lived television series “Police Squad!” (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor Before the dredge of comedic-spoof movies like “Scary Movie” and “Epic Movie” were being pumped out as the laziest, most cynical cash grabs in the history of Hollywood, spoof comedy actually had a

‘Dumbo’ flies higher than expected, but not by much

Will Smith, Bill Hader, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were all considered for the main role. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor “Dumbo” is the first of four planned live-action remakes to classic Disney animated films that are slated for release in 2019. If “Dumbo” is any indication to how

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