By Sheena Marvin
Last updated: 07/14/14 3:09pm
The family of Connon McCowan, the Okemos resident convicted in the second-degree murder of MSU student Andrew Singler, will appear on the daytime television program "Dr. Phil" at 4 p.m. today on WLNS Channel 6.
According to the transcript, the family believes the verdict of the case was unjust, insisting not all the evidence for the case was shared with the jury. They insist McCowan acted in self-defense.
McCowan was sentenced in November 2013 to between 20 and 60 years in prison for the stabbing death of MSU senior Andrew Singler. The murder happened early in the morning of Feb. 23, 2013 after a string of threatening text messages were exchanged.
In the featured promotional clip, Dr. Phil questioned the family on the reasons why McCowan would bring an open knife to Singler’s apartment if he didn’t intend to use it. The family denied McCowan had the knife open, although McCowan himself admitted he did.
By Simon Schuster
Last updated: 06/28/14 1:27pm
Hailie Scott, the daughter of prominent rap star Eminem, will be attending MSU, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Graduating with a 3.9 grade-point average, the Free Press reported she will be attending MSU to study either psychology or entrepreneurship.
The news was released shortly after media outlets learned pop star Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Leone, would be attending U-M.
Do we sense the beginnings of a cross-genre music rivalry?
By Casey Holland
Last updated: 04/21/14 7:17pm
The fall television lineup will be bringing a variety of new shows to the TV guide, and Entertainment Weekly announced a complete list of the new fall 2014 shows on April 21.
Here are some of the speculated pilots for the fall 2014 television season.
Battle Creek, Michigan will be the setting for a new crime drama. "Battle Creek" will tell the story of two detectives who share conflicting world beliefs. The two will need to work through their differences to help defend the streets of Battle Creek.
Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters and Kal Penn are the current credited cast.
"How I Met Your Dad" will fill in the gap for anyone still upset over the "How I Met Your Mother" finale. A whole new cast of characters will be introduced, but the basic plot will be the same, only this time from a woman's point of view through her misadventures in love.
David Schwimmer will be returning to the television world with "Irreversible," a new ABC comedy. The show follows a vain, self-absorbed couple through different trials they manage to bring upon themselves. Iris Bahr and Jessica Knappett will also star in the series.
"Dangerous Liaisons" is a new drama that will be airing on ABC. The series is centered around the love-hate relationship between two powerful socialites. Their game of seduction will lead to the manipulation of those around them, even those they consider close friends.
NBC will be bringing a new romantic comedy into its ranks. "A to Z" is set within an online dating company, whose mission is to detail the a to z's of relationships, from the first meeting to the break-up.
A DC Comics favorite will be making its debut on the television screen with "Constantine." the new drama will follow Constantine through his struggles with faith as he defends humanity from the dark forces surrounding his city.
A new comedy similar to TeenNick's "Zoey 101" premiere with "Cabot College." The plot is set in an all-female university when it open its doors to four young men for the first time, and shenanigans are set to ensue.
Fox will also be bringing a comic book world to life with "Gotham." The series is the origin story of Commissioner James Gordon, one of the Gotham City Police Department's detectives, and his battles with the city's villains.
The CW will tackle the story of the Flash with a television series by the same name. A freak accident gives scientist Barry Allen the power super speed, and he must use those powers to defend the city.
"iZombie" is also set to air in the fall and features a similar plot to the novel and movie, "Warm Bodies." A med student is turned into a zombie and finds work in a coroner's office, giving her easy access to the brains she needs to consume to stay alive. However, every brain she consumes also comes with the person's memories.
By Ben Stram
Last updated: 04/15/14 4:18pm
From Blake Griffin to Taylor Swift, the celebrities were in
full force attending the MTV Movie Awards Monday night. Heck, even Internet
celebrity Grumpy Cat was there as well!
Between Eminem & Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots and Conan
O’Brien & Adam DeVine the performers gave the crowd entertainment all night
While it was a big night for celebrities and performers, it
was even a bigger night for both “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The
Wolf of Wall Street” at the MTV Movie Awards.
Both movies, along with “American Hustle,” received eight
nominations for awards. However, “American Hustle” did not win a single award. “We’re
the Millers” also received six nominations.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” took home the most awards
with three; the “Movie of the Year,” “Best Male Performance” and “Best Female
The popular series won “Movie of the Year” over “12 Years a
Slave,” “American Hustler,” “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” and “The Wolf of
The film received “Best Male Performance” by Josh Hutcherson.
He was able to edge out Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle,” Chiwetel Ejiofor
in “12 Years a Slave,” Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
The final award “The Hunger Games” brought in was “Best
Female Performance” by Jennifer Lawrence. She received four total nominations
as well, leading the way for females.
She beat out Amy Adams in “American Hustle,” Jennifer
Aniston in “We’re the Millers,” Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” and Lupita Nyong’o
in “12 Years a Slave” to win the award.
Three other movies were awarded two awards a piece; “We're the Millers,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “This Is the End.”
Leonardo DiCaprio also received five nominations altogether
while winning the “#WTF Moment” award.
Other films that received multiple nominations were “12
Years a Slave,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “The
Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “This is the End” all received four.
“Identity Thief,” “Iron Man 3,” “Jackass Presents: Bad
Grandpa,” “Ride Along,” “The Spectator Now” and “Thor: The Dark World” each
By Casey Holland
Last updated: 04/07/14 11:08pm
Sunday night was dedicated to the country music industry at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards. The event was hosted by country music stars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and featured performances from both co-hosts.
Lee Brice, George Strait, The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert also took the stage, along with a special guest performance from Shakira when she performed with her co-star on "The Voice," Blake Shelton.
Here are the winners of the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards.
George Strait beat Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton for "Entertainer of the Year."
"Album of the Year" was awarded to "Same Trailer Different Park" from Kacey Musgraves. The performer is well-known for her song, "Merry Go Round."
The Band Perry earned "Vocal Group of the Year," beating Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band.
Miranda Lambert earned herself a win with "Female Vocalist of the Year." Her sassy single, "Mama's Broken Heart," also took home "Single Record of the Year."
Jason Aldean later earned "Male Vocalist of the Year."
Lee Brice's emotional "I Drive Your Truck," a song about the narrator grieving over the loss of his brother, took home "Song of the Year."
Justin Moore earned "New Artist of the Year," beating Brett Eldredge and Kip Moore for the title.
Florida Georgia Line, the duo behind the upbeat song "Cruise," earned "Vocal Duo of the Year."
The music video for Tim McGraw's song "Highway Don't Care" won "Video of the Year." The song also features Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.
Miranda Lambert took home one more award with the help of Keith Urban. Their duet, "We Were Us," earned "Vocal Event of the Year" as an off-camera award.
By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán
Last updated: 03/10/14 9:33pm
After several unflattering songs directed at his mother, Slim Shady is back and now he is sorry.
Rapper Eminem’s new song “Headlights” is an apology to his mother, Debbie Mathers, whom he has previously insulted in his songs “Cleaning Out the Closet” and “My Mom.”
In “Headlights,” the rapper talks about how he was kicked out of his house on a Christmas Eve and how his father, who has been absent most of Eminem’s life, was responsible for his strained relationship with Mathers.
According to a Yahoo Music article, the song’s name refers to the rapper and Mathers’ last meeting. As she drove, he became fixated on the headlights of her car as he was overwhelmed with emotion.
In the song, Eminem recognized that he let his mom down as he raps, “you did your best to raise us both.”
Fun frontman Nate Russ is featured in this song.
The song is featured on the rapper’s new album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” which was released in November of 2013. “Headlights” is the fifteenth song in the CD, and the single was released in February.
Throughout his career, Eminem has had a controversial relationship with his mom.
In the song “Cleaning Out the Closet”, the rapper confessed that his mom was always using drugs and he even said he hoped she’d “burn in hell.”
Eminem’s life has been a difficult one. From being bullied at school to having to deal with his mom and his own drug problems, he has found music as way to express himself.
Eminem’s first major album, “The Slim Shady LP,” was released in 1999.
By Casey Holland
Last updated: 02/24/14 8:59pm
The 2014 Oscars are less than a week away, and audience members will be anxiously glued to their televisions as they watch to see whether their favorites will go home with an award. Here are some of the films and actors that have received the most nominations for this year’s awards:
“American Hustle” is one the leaders in nominations with 10. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor with Christian Bale, Best Actress with Amy Adams and Best Supporting Actor with Bradley Cooper.
Jennifer Lawrence also earned the movie a nominee as Best Supporting Actress. The film was also nominated for Best Director with David O. Russell, Best Original Screenplay, Film Editing, Costume Design and Production Design.
“Gravity” also roped in 10 nominations. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress with Sandra Bullock, Best Director with Alfonso Cuarón, Film Editing, Best Original Score from Steven Price and Best Cinematography with Emmanuel Lubezki.
The film was also nominated for Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
Another big contender is “12 Years a Slave” with nine nominations. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Best Actor, Michael Fassbender as Best Supporting Actor, Lupita Nyong’o as Best Supporting Actress and Steve McQueen as Best Director.
It is also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Costume Design and Production Design.
The category of Best Picture has the most nominations this year. Along with those previously mentioned, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street are up for the award.
Disney’s “Frozen” earned a handful of nominations as well, both for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song with Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go.”
With so many nominations under their belts, “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” and “12 Years a Slave,” are practically guaranteed to leave with awards.
Other big contenders are “The Great Gatsby” for their dazzling costume design and Leonardo DiCaprio as Best Actor for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
By Sierra Lay
Last updated: 02/18/14 11:05pm
There’s an app for that.
Keeping up with the Vatican has become faster and simpler with the new availability and popularity of a mobile app called Papa Francesco News.
For many Roman Catholics and followers of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, or Pope Francis, being aware of the happenings in the Vatican is paramount to keeping in touch with their faith around the world. The news app, which came out in November 2013, is now available for purchase on both the Apple and Android markets.
Upon purchasing and opening the app, users are immediately greeted with the most recent news about Pope Francis. The app can be adjusted to deliver news in Italian, English, Spanish or Portuguese. Users also can access mounds of information including photos, analysis and the history of the Pope, the Vatican and the religion itself.
Kristen Walenta, a freshman in James Madison College, said the app appeals to her because she can find all the updates about Pope Francis in one place.
“You don’t have to search through newspapers and newscasts to find out what the Pope is doing,” Walenta said.
The app provides a swift and accessible news avenue for anyone who’s interested in what Pope Francis has been doing recently. For some students who find it difficult to attend mass due to the hectic combination of work, class and homework schedules, having the news they want at their fingertips is critical to staying up to date.
Applied engineering sciences freshman Jessica Totten said the accessibility of the app keeps her updated on what she misses when she has to miss church.
“I think it is good because most people have smartphones now, and it’s much easier if it’s on my phone, right in front of me,” Totten said.
By Casey Holland
Last updated: 02/11/14 11:54am
The Beatles celebrated a golden anniversary this past weekend — February 9 marked the beginning of a Beatles takeover with their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
A record-breaking 74 million people watched the show that night, and my grandparents were two of those people who were glued to their televisions as the British band performed.
To many, this was an iconic moment in music history. I myself wouldn’t know of the significance behind it, or The Beatles in general, until my grandparents unearthed their own piece of the band they loved.
I wasn’t really a big listener of The Beatles until I turned 13-years-old, and probably wouldn’t have become one if my grandparents weren’t such big fans. They used to own an Abbey Road vinyl, and my earliest Beatles memory was listening to it with them in their basement during the summer.
After that, I became hooked. “Hey Jude” is one of the most-played songs on my iTunes, though The Beatles are still associated with the sound of vinyl and the comfort of my grandparents’ basement for me.
50 years and three generations have gone by since the band was greeted by screaming girls as they first set foot in America. Even after the tragic deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison, their music has lived on.
Even after all this time, The Beatles are still a prominent name in music today, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I were to one day hear my own kids listening to them.
By Casey Holland
Last updated: 02/03/14 10:01pm
Although Sunday’s Super Bowl game prompted many disappointed groans and frustrated Facebook statuses and tweets, the commercials that ran during the game were not all discouraging.
“Full House” fans were probably pleased when they saw John Stamos, aka “Uncle Jesse,” appear in a Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt commercial. Stamos was quickly joined by his former co-stars, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier, who played neat-freak Danny Tanner and the comedic Joey Gladstone. The trio’s reunion was a reminder of their sitcom days.
Microsoft decided to display the more appealing side of technology and show viewers all the good that it can provide. It might not have initiated laughter from its viewers, but it was a refreshing break from talks of technology takeovers and “Big Brother is watching.” The ad showcased a variety of Windows and Kinect products.
The Budweiser puppy commercial had the potential to melt hearts — it would be hard not to adore the sight of a floppy-eared puppy pursuing the horse he loves. MSU’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations ranked the commercial as number one within their top 10, according to an article by MSU Today.
Bud Light took viewers on a wild ride that depicted a scenario of what would happen if someone were to offer a random person a Bud Light. The man was taken on an adventure in a limo with Reggie Watts acting as his personal DJ and later was a part of a table tennis match with Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing a wig.
As the ads rolled on, they showed a fair balance between the comedic and more serious themes. From a self-mocking RadioShack commercial to a yellow M&M facing the mob and Esurance’s big giveaway at the end of the night, the Super Bowl’s ads were far from disappointing and provided more entertainment than the game itself.