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GTA V radio playlist

GTA V radio playlist

Spencer Kilgore

October 1, 2013

Whether changing with the era, as seen in “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,” or utilizing the big-name DJs of “Grand Theft Auto 4,” the integration of radio has shaped itself into an elemental component of GTA gameplay. Featuring stations hosted by some of the most prominent and current names in the...

Business law major maintains education while rap career escalates

Business law major maintains education while rap career escalates

Spencer Kilgore

September 18, 2013

While working toward a degree in the school’s business law department, CSUN alumnus Archie Roundtree was also paying his dues in the rap scene. Perhaps it’s best to refer to him by his stage-name, Tru-Ace. Walking off campus with diploma in hand this past May, Tru-Ace was laying down tracks in...

Original series for streaming companies on the rise

Original series for streaming companies on the rise

Spencer Kilgore

September 11, 2013

Cable television is undoubtedly bringing the heat with a slew of shows that leave its audience dripping wet, begging for more. Morally questionable schizophrenic serial killers, ad men drinking fine whiskeys, doing whatever it takes to be top dog, a gang of sociopathic bartenders bent on breaking the will of their friends; it ...

Los Angeles no longer a dry county

Los Angeles no longer a dry county

Spencer Kilgore

September 5, 2013

Living in Los Angeles, it’s hard not to pass by the Anheuser-Busch brewery. It’s the defining landmark of the end of the northbound 405 freeway. If it was still the publicly accessible family attraction it was in the 80s, it would be hard to imagine the weekend-warrior beer enthusiasts sitting in its taproom enjoying a generic American-style lager. If Bud...

Robots! Zombies! Planes!…Steve Jobs?

Spencer Kilgore

August 28, 2013

Summer is over, which means another season at the multiplex is in the can. This year we were treated to big summer blockbusters (and flops), small indie gems and a handful of sequels. Here’s a quick list of what worked and what didn’t at the movies this season. BEST: Only God Forgives : Cut out...

CSUN has its own unique identity

CSUN has its own unique identity

Spencer Kilgore

May 6, 2013

  I took on a second job as a part-time bagger to make some extra cash over the 2012-‘13 winter break. Sitting on the for-sale pile of firewood outside the Ralphs in the NoHo Arts District I was on my lunch break, having a smoke as usual. A 20-something-year-old Armenian guy walks up a...

Former ‘Star Trek’ screenwriter, David Gerrold, releases play to CSUN

Former ‘Star Trek’ screenwriter, David Gerrold, releases play to CSUN

Spencer Kilgore

April 29, 2013

In 1967, when this campus was still called the San Fernando Valley College, student David Gerrold of the school’s theater arts program wrote and sold “The Trouble with Tribbles.” The script that started as his senior project went on to become one of the most popular Star Trek episodes to date. After an extensive career that was started while...

The harsh truth behind being a screenwriter

Spencer Kilgore

April 24, 2013

Truck driving. I’m really excited; I graduated from college to be a truck driver. It was who I knew.” That’s Jon Vang’s story, at least part of it. Vang graduated from CSUN in 2011 with a degree in screenwriting. That’s what he wanted to do, write comedy. He’s a funny guy with ideas. He...

Bill Willingham, author of ‘Fables,’ wants you to write a ‘drabble’

Bill Willingham, author of ‘Fables,’ wants you to write a ‘drabble’

Spencer Kilgore

April 17, 2013

If you are into comic books and aren’t hip to the name “Bill Willingham,” there’s a special place in Hell just for you. Combine the 120+ issues of his own folklore-gone-wrong “Fables” series on Vertigo (DC Comics) with its very own Fablescon, the ample spin-offs and the fact that this guy ...

‘G.I Joe: Retaliation’ was dull, as expected

Spencer Kilgore

March 29, 2013

The blockbuster based on Hasbro Toys’ action figures that is “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” in theaters tomorrow, March 28, is almost guaranteed to mind-numbingly help it’s viewers forget any and all similarly recent terrible-movie experiences by offering nothing more or less than what one would ex...

‘Iron Matador’ declares winner for cooking competition

‘Iron Matador’ declares winner for cooking competition

Spencer Kilgore

March 26, 2013

Anyone considering competing in Food Network’s show “Chopped” or “The Next Iron Chef,” should watch their backs. The Sweet Hearts, the victors of Saturday’s 7th Annual Iron Matador cook-off, aren’t messing around. The Iron Matador competition is an annual competition hosted by the...

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