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News From Around the Media World February 20, 2008

Filed under: Media Briefs — NYU WIC @ 10:36 am

Media Workforce Sinks to a 15 Year Low
Advertising Age
One in four media jobs have disappeared since 2000. Ad Age is now warning us: Get out of Media. Go to Marketing. How will this affect you? Check it out.

How Media Would Weather Recession
Advertising Age
It’s no secret that the media world is feeling the effects of the slipping economy. In the face of recession, digital may be the new breakthrough as marketers would likely rely on mobile, e-mail and search shares.

-Tiffany Chang

 

New York Fashion Week February 15, 2008

Filed under: Fashion — NYU WIC @ 1:00 am

New York Fashion Week is over, and the only things stopping us from running into Forever 21 to emulate all the fantastic looks that came down the runway this season are our empty wallets. The Fall 2008 ready-to-wear shows held plenty of options for everyone, with everything from Matthew Williamson’s crazy printed mini-dresses to Cynthia Rowley’s chic New York neutrals. And oh, we love love love it all.

Here are some of our favorites:

Simple, yet painfully chic, these outfits from Erin Fetherston will guarantee you’re the best dressed at school, work, and the party.

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Stay warm in the winter without looking drab: Make like DKNY (L) and Richard Chai and layer your warm-weather dresses for maximum fashion mileage.

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Lacoste mastered boarding-school preppy that is still cool, mature and city-appropriate.

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For all the NYFW shows, go to Style.com, or visit these other cool websites:

The official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week website

The Sartorialist snaps what they’re wearing off the runway

New York Magazine’s clever guide to all things Fashion Week

–Jill Voon

 

V-Day Celebrates Victory and Vaginas (Oh Yeah, and Valentines) February 14, 2008

Filed under: WIC Events — NYU WIC @ 9:55 pm

vday.pngThis February 14, Valentine’s Day means more than just flowers, chocolates, and Hallmark cards from that special someone. All this week, V-Day NYU and Voices for Choice are leading a university-wide movement to end violence against women and celebrate the power of the female anatomy. WIC is honored to co-sponsor one of the week’s highlight events, “The Vagina Monologues,” presented Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at the Kimmel E & L Auditorium.

V-Day was started ten years ago by Eva Ensler, the writer of the award-winning, female-empowering play that is the cornerstone of this annual celebration. College students and local volunteers around the world produce benefit performances of the show to raise awareness about sexual and physical violence against women in both in their local communities and across the globe. Additionally, proceeds from the shows benefit local women’s anti-violence organizations.

All money raised during NYU’s V-Day initiative will benefit the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. GEMS is an organization here in New York City that provides support and positive opportunities for change for young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. While tonight is the last night to see the “The Vagina Monologues,” you can still get join the wild, unstoppable
V-Day movement and celebrate your own vagina power. Check out www.vday.org for more information.

–Tiffany Engsell

 

I Heart PV: Bringing Solar to NYC February 11, 2008

Filed under: Around the city — NYU WIC @ 1:00 am

iheartpv.jpgMost college students use their studies to prepare for a job in the future. Chris Neidl, a graduate student in Gallatin, is doing the opposite. With courses in environmental policy and museum studies, Chris uses his school projects to supplement his work as Outreach Coordinator at Solar One, an alternative energy education center, and founder of a new solar energy advocacy group called I Heart PV.

Chris started working at Solar One in 2004 when the organization was still fairly small and so he largely defined the position he held there. “I had a lot of room to say, ‘This is what I want to do. This is what I want to do,’” says Chris. However, Chris wanted to take more of an active political role in promoting solar energy that Solar One didn’t have. Last summer, he started I Heart PV (short for photovoltaic, the technical term for solar panels that convert sunlight to electricity). The goals of this group are to petition lawmakers to make policies favorable to the solar industry and to encourage New York citizens to do the same.

“The problem with solar in this city is not that people don’t think it’s a good idea,” Chris says. Rather, most just assume it’s not possible here. Moreover, restrictive government policies keep New York State, and the city, far behind the curve when it comes to solar energy, especially compared to its very solar-friendly neighbor New Jersey.

There is huge potential for solar energy in New York and Chris is working hard to get people to realize this. The biggest hurdle though is getting people’s attention and keeping them interested. “In a post-literate, ADD age you’re not going to get people to read a lot of shit,” says Chris, referring to the numerous academic studies and policy papers available on solar energy. As one idea for his thesis project, Chris envisions an exhibition where artists produce works showing the possibilities of solar.

dsc00347.jpgUltimately, changes in solar policy need to come from the grassroots level, Chris says. California’s landmark laws on solar energy came about because thousands of people signed petitions and held events promoting the idea. Chris hopes to achieve the same success here in New York City with I Heart PV, but it can be difficult to get people to care when there are far more pressing issues like poverty and homelessness. “We’re talking about something that’s sort of a ‘neato’ thing,” says Chris. The focus has to be more on why solar energy is essential to New York rather than a high-minded philosophy on saving the planet. New York has a long history of innovation and its time the city came up to speed when it comes to solar.

–Liz Webber

 

Top 10 Movie Trailers… part two February 8, 2008

Filed under: TV & Movies — NYU WIC @ 12:00 pm

Missed the first half? Click here!

 5. Superbad

As if seeing the words, “From the guy who brought you Talladega Nights and The 40-Year-Old Virgin” wasn’t enough, newly successful from their recent hit Knocked Up, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill are shown alongside SNL‘s Bill Hader and Arrested Development‘s Michael Cera. These facts alone speak for themselves. This movie instantly became one of the most talked about movies of the summer before it even came out; the mere catch phrase “I am McLovin'” was incorporated into teens’ everyday speech before even viewing the movie. Great trailer, great movie.

4. Jarhead

The trailer opens with Jamie Foxx forcing Jake Gyllenhaal (both dressed in full army garb) to play reveille…without a bugle. This awkward hilarity is only the tip of the iceberg of the rest of the engaging trailer, revealing the irony of being a soldier. Never saw the movie, but the trailer is sweet.

3. I’m Not There

There is a silhouette of Bob Dylan as his quote, “All I can do is be me, Whoever that is” is shown. Six quick mug shot-type pictures are suddenly shown as Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” begins to play. This trailer makes everyone from hard-core Dylan lovers to those unsure of who he is curious as to how six completely different people (black, white, young, and even a woman) could play one man. Merely seeing a trailer of Cate Blanchett playing Dylan is enough to make you want to see this movie.

2. Across the Universe

Adorable McCartney look-alike Jim Sturgess opens this trailer singing the Beatles’ “Girl” on a beach. The rest of this amazing trailer is packed with colorful images, happy people, and even some supernatural things; but most importantly, this trailer is full of the re-worked Beatles music, and each song is done to perfection. This trailer brings you through the ages, from the free-loving 60’s to the revolutionary 70’s, while floating atop the wonderful music of the Beatles, making it merely impossible to watch without getting the chills…wait, was that Bono and Salma Hayek?

1) The Dark Knight

As the trailer that came out right around the time of Heath Ledger’s tragic and untimely death, it falls nothing short of spectacular. I could not help but obsessively watch this trailer over and over again, sure that though this was Ledger’s last full movie shot, his work as the Joker will most certainly be his best. The mere contrast of his terrifying and intense utterance of “Why so serious?” to his eerily ironic petrifying smile with his wilted face paint and greasy hair is serious enough to give you chills. His Joker laugh and the terrifying tone of his voice shown within this 3 minute span show you what may be the greatest performance of his sadly short life. Of course Christian Bale returns as one of the most badass Batmans audiences have ever seen, alongside Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine who reprise their roles from the last movie, Batman Begins. Though the hype of this trailer sadly but surely rose after the death of one of its main characters, it has definitely become one of the most anticipated films of the year, only further fueled by this riveting and exciting trailer. RIP Heath.

 –Ilana Phillips

 

Top 10 Movie Trailers… part one February 5, 2008

Filed under: TV & Movies — NYU WIC @ 11:13 pm

Movie trailers have the sheer ability to make—or break—a movie; they are exciting, innovating, and just plain awesome. In order to show my love for movie trailers, here is my list of the top ten trailers of the past few years. Keep in mind that not all of these movies were great or even made a decent amount of money, but their trailers were captivating and had the power to leave viewers drooling at the edge of their seats…

10. Snakes on a Plane

I’m sorry, but how could this movie not be on the list? The trailer opens with dark music playing in the background. The words “They are the world’s deadliest creatures…They can attack without warning…And they’ve just been unleashed…30,000 feet in the air” are shown, and a plane roaring through the sky appears at the end. Who knows what these evil blood-chilling creatures could be? And then you see it: Snakes…and Samuel L. Jackson. I can vividly remember seeing this trailer in the theaters, and hearing the entire audience hysterically laughing. The entire marketing strategy of this movie was based on the sheer ridiculousness of the movie it was promoting. Though it wasn’t a box office hit, the movie was definitely one of the most talked about that summer.

9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Exciting, colorful, fun, Sam Rockwell with long blonde hair and a white furry jacket. It’s a trailer that makes fun of trailers themselves, introducing the pure irony of the movie it is promoting. Definitely worth watching.

8. Young at Heart

The trailer begins with the names of several prestigious rock bands such as The Clash, The Ramones, and Coldplay flashing on the screen. The announcer introduces it as “the concert event Rock and Roll fans have dreamed of their entire lives…” and suddenly it cuts to an old woman’s mouth wailing the tunes of The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” This trailer is hilarious, inspiring, and definitely makes its viewers excited to see the movie.

7. Marie Antoinette

Upon seeing a poster for this movie, one would probably assume it was just another boring period piece about the reign of Marie Antoinette. However, once you view the trailer, you see a whole other side to the film. Though Kirsten Dunst is dressed from head to toe in clothing that seems ancient, she is shown more as a young celebrity living the life ala Lindsay Lohan than a queen. Rock music plays, music one would never associate with a movie such as this, and the words “SCANDAL…SEX…FAME…REVOLUTION” are shown. This trailer reveals the modern twist Sophia Coppola brought to an old story.

6. The Departed

When Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, a hot chick, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and lots of guns, violence, and gangsters are shown on the same screen within two minutes, audiences have no resistance. This movie is absolutely awesome, and so is its trailer.

Want to know the top five? Check back next week for the rest!

–Ilana Phillips

 

American Values for Sale February 1, 2008

Filed under: TV & Movies — NYU WIC @ 2:24 pm

momentoftruth.png“The Moment of Truth” debuted on FOX last week, and oh, what a moment it was. The game show has in its arsenal the most simplistic challenge on television: contestants must answer 21 questions correctly to win up to half a million dollars. So, what’s the bullet? Each question gets progressively more personal and duly difficult; answering “correctly” is but a euphemism for answering “honestly.” This all sounds easy enough until factoring in the lie detecting polygraph, the gaze and curiosity of three loved ones, and a live audience equipped with cheers and jeers for each morally revealing response.

The show’s first contestant, a personal trainer and husband named Ty, embarrassingly — but honestly —answered “yes” to the question, “Have you ever had sex with someone the same day you met them?” After a dismaying wave of “ooh’s,” a confused audience then found itself clapping for Ty—and the $10,000 he secured for answering truthfully. To keep count, that’s one for wealth over scrutinizing casual hanky panky. Then, when Ty denied ever touching a female client more than was required, the audience didn’t clap — whether this was because of his dishonesty, because of his invasive admission, or because he didn’t earn more money is uncertain… Let’s just hope that somewhere in our American barrel of values, there’s something to stop viewers from clapping on this degrading, cheesy, and overdone-reality show for even another episode.

–Nia Tran