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RECAP: ’80s Night is ‘totally tubular’

Olympian Johnny Wier and pro Britt danced to the '80s ballad “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. The pair scored 29 out of 30, the highest of the night, and season, so far.

Melea Altermatt, Trends Co-Editor

October 17, 2020

Dancing with the Stars traveled back in time on Oct. 12 for '80s night and brought back big hair and leg warmers to the dance floor.  To start the night off, actress Justina Machado and Sasha “brought the '80s,” according to judge Carrie Ann Inaba. The couple danced the jazz and scored 24 out of 30....

The Wildcat goes to the drive-in

A showing of The Goonies in the Brea Mall parking lot. Drive-in movie experiences are making a comeback due to the pandemic and the closing of movie theater chains.

Isabella Abalos, Photo Manager

October 16, 2020

When the sun went down on Oct. 2, my anticipation rose for the 1985 classic, The Goonies, hosted by Starlight Movies.  The Brea Mall parking lot near BJ’s Restaurant was crowded with cars, all facing a massive inflatable screen. Some people watched from the comfort of inside their vehicles, wh...

RECAP: DWTS Week 4 performances bring judges to tears

Actress Skai Jackson and partner Alan perform a foxtrot dedicated to her late co-star, Cameron Boyce. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called the dance

Melea Altermatt, Trends Co-Editor

October 10, 2020

Week 4 of Dancing With the Stars was a night to remember as each star dedicated their dance to someone special in their lives or talked about a personal struggle that they have overcome.  The episode also featured the best dances for some of the stars, resulting in the first scores of 9 and 10, eclipsing weeks of 7s...

RECAP: Week Three of DWTS leaves Disney magic on ballroom floor

Star Jeannie Mai and pro partner Brandon dance a Viennese Waltz to “Married Life” from Up during Disney Night on the Sept. 28 episode of Dancing With the Stars.

Melea Altermatt, Trends Co-Editor

October 2, 2020

One of the most memorable nights of each Dancing With the Stars season, Disney Night, leaves viewers mesmerized by each Disney-themed dance.  For the first theme night of season 29, on Sept. 28, each couple danced to a song from a Disney movie and received judges’ scores and viewer votes that wer...

The Wildcat goes to the movies

An almost-empty marquee at the Edwards theater in Downtown Brea. Wildcat staff members Natalie DiCesaris and Alexis Alexander visited a theater for the first time since theaters closed to customers in March.

Natalie DiCesaris, Opinion Editor

September 18, 2020

The last movie I saw in a theater was Birds of Prey, six months ago, and to be honest, I thought movie theaters might never open again.  Movie chains like AMC and Cinemark are struggling to open their doors to leery and safety-conscious customers after being shut down since mid-March. But when I...

RECAP: Dancing With the Stars premiers Monday with its most eclectic cast ever

Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause poses for a Sept. 7 Instagram post. Stause, and 14 other celebrities and athletes, will compete for the Season 29 Dancing With the Stars title on Monday, Sept. 14.

Melea Altermatt, Trends Co-Editor

September 11, 2020

Waltzing onto our screens on Monday, Sept. 14, is the premiere of season 29 of the long-running dance competition show, Dancing with the Stars.  Each of the 15 celebrities competing for the Mirror Ball trophy will be paired with one of fifteen professional dancers, including the first Black fema...

End(game) of MCU era

End(game) of MCU era

Gunnar Cierley, Staff Writer

June 3, 2019

I was five years old when Iron Man (2008), one of the first films I ever saw in theaters, was released, and ever since then, I’ve loved the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Capping the first wave of MCU movies is Avengers: Endgame, a beautiful, colossal experience of a film that is a bombastic and p...

Drawing from Inspiration

Drawing from Inspiration

Gunnar Cierley, Staff Writer

February 8, 2019

There’s a certain “high” that I experience when I draw. I pick up a pencil, choose a reference (Bruce Timm’s Mad Love Batman comic, for instance), plug in my earbuds (blasting ‘80s playlists), and time flies. Soon, I’m illustrating Spider-Man shooting a web-line across the bustling streets...

Crazy Rich Asians: Why it’s necessary

Crazy Rich Asians: Why it’s necessary

Nicole You, Editor-in-Chief

August 16, 2018

I sat, staring and sobbing at the black screen at the Edwards Brea theater. No, my tears weren’t due to the ending of Infinity War. I was crying because, for the first time in my life, I had just watched a movie on the big screen that featured a predominantly Asian American cast. In Crazy Rich Asians,...

Race Relations

Race Relations

Kenneth Kim, Opinion Editor

August 11, 2018

Spike Lee’s latest “joint,” the passion project, BlacKkKlansman, is an incendiary masterpiece filled with hilarious, multi-layered humor, and harrowing socio-political commentary about race in America. There are a lot of elements that this movie does justice to -- its cinematography (by Chay...

Multiculturalism Meets Marvel

Multiculturalism Meets Marvel

Kenneth Kim, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

There’s a lot to love about Black Panther: it’s the first superhero movie with a majority black cast and it contains a brilliant soundtrack by rap legend Kendrick Lamar. But more importantly, the movie’s core values reflect the culture of a generation characterized by diversity, inclusion, and a fi...

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