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Latest Remake of “Annie” Hits a High Note

By Kirstyn Pelletier ’16

"Annie" is a great experience for fans of musicals.

“Annie” is a great experience for fans of musicals.

“Annie” is a popular musical movie about an orphan girl who gets the chance of a lifetime when the richest man in the world invites her to his home for a few weeks, then ends up adopting her.

This movie has had two remakes. The original “Annie” was released in 1982,with little redhead Aileen Quinn playing the singing orphan. The first remake released in 1999 featured Alicia Morton as “Annie,” the curly red hair now a red bob. This version has a lot more singing than the original.

Top 10 Musical Artists of 2014

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1: Sam Smith

This should come as no shock to anyone. However, who would’ve guessed that someone from London’s voice would travel all the way to America and have such an impact on the way modern music sounds? Sam Smith’s voice is distinctive from most male volcalists, and will always amaze me. With his first song that got him recognization, “La La La”, he just kept getting better and better as each song was released. 2014 was a tremendous year for Sam Smith with his first apperance at the Grammy’s and the release of “Stay With Me,” which peaked at number one on the Pop Charts. Along with that number one hit, he also released “I’m Not the Only One,” and “Latch.” I am very excited to see what kind of masterpiece he will create in 2015.

Annabelle: The Haunted Doll

By Haley Knowlton, ’17

Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton star in "Annabelle," the latest horror film from producer James Wan.

Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton star in “Annabelle,” the latest horror film from producer James Wan.

During the month of October more and more horror movies are released. But from those many, “Annabelle” rises above the fray and is a genuinely  suspenseful horror movie.

In “Annabelle,” the most recent film by producer James Wan of “Saw” and “The Conjuring” fame, John and Mia Gordon (played by Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis, respectively) are expecting their first child, and they get into an argument when John doesn’t show enough enthusiasm about the baby. As a way to make up, John gives Mia a porcelain doll named Annabelle that Mia had been trying to find for years. Shortly after, Mia is brutally attacked by two members of a satanic cult. Following the attack, the Annabelle doll becomes possessed by a demon that will only stop when it consumes a willing soul.

Students Get Dose of Reality at Mock Accident

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

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ELHS strives to show students the dangers of drinking and driving by teaming with a full team of local first responders, even a medical helicopter, to make his Mock Accident as realistic as possible

Every two years, during prom season, Edward Little High School conducts their annual Mock Accident. The program recreates a fatal accident to show students the consequences of drinking and driving. Last week, as students came upon the dramatic accident scene in the lower parking lot, they saw two wrecked vehicles, one flipped on its roof, with multiple students injured and one lying “dead” on the asphalt, covered in fake blood.

“It was very realistic,” said senior Brei Cote. “Definitely showed people the reality of what can happen if you drink and drive. It’s no longer a joke.”

Ask an Eddie: Future Idols, Friends in Love, and Finding Time

Yeah that’s right, I’m still here! You all still get to hear my wonderful and blunt advice! Anyway, welcome to the Eddies Advice column. Ask anything you wish and it will be answered! Want to know how to do that math problem you just can’t seem to solve? Ask An Eddie! (Eddies Echo is not responsible for wrong answers). Need to know how to get yourself organized for that upcoming test? Ask An Eddie! Let’s have some fun, send us whatever you want to know! Email us at AskAnEddie@gmail.com or leave a comment below!

1) Dear Eddies Advice,

Everyone in my family  is telling me to go on American a Idol when I’m 16 and that I will make it but I’m not sure what to do. They all say I’m a great singer. I. Think I’m good but I have slight stage fright. I don’t like having all eyes on me but I think I should do it. What do you think?

-The Apparently Talented

The “Devil” Has Risen (And so has Chiodos)

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By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Normally, I avoid pre-ordering albums on iTunes. It’s never been appealing to me to be able to download one song from an album before the release date. I was led into temptation, however, when the new Chiodos album was announced.

“Devil” is the first Chiodos release with original members Craig Owens and Derrick Frost since 2007’s “Bone Palace Ballet.” The world has been waiting seven years for this. On top of the band’s original member reunion, the group has also welcomed former Fall of Troy frontman Thomas Erak to the band as lead guitarist, and the album was engineered by Maine native Josh Wilbur. Needless to say, this is an exciting mix of people making music together.

Pinterest: The Image of Addiction

imageNever has gathering a collection of pictures been this addicting. Pinterest, the online pinboard chronicling user interests, has grown into a prime destination on the web. It’s a place where creativity is most prominent and greatly admired.

No Gold Statue for this Oscar Ceremony

By Alex Lally, ’14

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony came and went Sunday night and I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. First off, I was angry when “Gravity” swept most of the technical categories. Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects are the only awards that it should have won. However, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score are totally pathetic. I didn’t know that green screen counted as “cinematography” and the score wasn’t even that great, pretty generic in my opinion.

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Ellen’s selfie with movie stars at the Oscars became the most shared photo ever on Twitter.

Ellen DeGeneres was okay as a host. She definitely had some highlights such as the infamous group-selfie with celebrities in the front row and her 1,000 dollar tip for pizza was hilarious. However, for most of the show she just seemed awkward. DeGeneres made a joke of how Liza Minnelli doesn’t look like Liza Minnelli, but a guy in drag as Liza Minnelli. DeGeneres also made a joke about Jennifer Lawrence falling from last years 85th Oscars, and if Lawrence should win “I think we should just bring you the Oscar.”

“Nebraska” and “Saving Mr. Banks” should have won the awards, respectively. Thomas Newman, who wrote the score for “Banks,” now has twelve nominations for Best Original Score without a win. At this point, the academy is just screwing with him.

Best Picture was a gimme, with “12 Years a Slave” winning. I do agree with this decision and everybody should see “12 Years” due to it being the most realistic portrayal of slavery in a film.

Breaking Into the Mainstream Doesn’t Always Mean “Selling Out”

By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force
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Of Mice & Men latest album, "Restoring Force," has led to accusations of selling out.

Of Mice & Men latest album, “Restoring Force,” has led to accusations of selling out.

Of Mice & Men, one of the more successful metalcore bands, released their third album, “Restoring Force,” on Jan. 28. The album quickly peaked at number four on the Billboard charts, an unusual success for the metal scene.

The first single off of Restoring Force, “You’re Not Alone”, immediately broke away from anything the band had done before. It was clear with that first song that the group hadn’t written a sequel to 2011’s “The Flood.” “You’re Not Alone” abandoned the intricate breakdowns, aggressive in-your-face vocals, and complex structures of its predecessors. The song is a heavy-hitting hard rock arena anthem. It’s structurally a simple song, with a chorus that will be sung by crowds in sold-out venues all over the world.

The song isn’t exactly a representation of the whole album though. Of course the first single will be one of the more simplistic, memorable songs on the album. That’s how the music business works, when a band releases an album, they usually put out a single prior to the album’s release, and that song is typically catchy and radio friendly. This should be clear to most people, but if you’ve ever visited YouTube’s “comment” section (you poor soul), you would be led to believe differently.

Spotlight on Drama: Slow Knife! The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered

Soap operas, murder, mystery, narcissism, and “slow acting” knives all in the same play? I believe so. “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” is essentially a satire of the soap opera genre and, to a lesser extent, the 1945 film “And Then There Were None.” This production, hosted January 18, was the directorial debut of Paige Weber and Ally LaVerdiere.