SCRAPPING SUMMER STORIES

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Rebecca Wood

A student shows off what she did over summer.

Katelyn Liston, Reporter

As school resumed on August 12, memories of the past summer will begin to deteriorate. However, the 2013 summer has been a crucial year to our entertainment history by harboring births, music, and a little Iron Man.

The movie Iron Man 3 has been viewed as the most significant event of the summer. This movie surpassed even James Bond: Skyfall after earning over 1.2 billion dollars in box office and has made its way to number 5 on the all-time movie charts. Iron Man 4 rumors have been spreading because of the third movie’s success, however none have been confirmed.

Junior Brandon Chin said,“I thought the movie was good up until the ending when they decided to take out his iron heart.”

This summer has also produced a new kind of soundtrack: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke has become the number one song in 40 countries after maintaining the number one song in the United States for 7 weeks. It even topped Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” which was previously the longest-lived number one song of the year.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have immersed their music with fun beats, catchy lyrics, and hidden meanings. These artists even have produced a song supporting gay rights, “Same Love,” making them adored by more than just rap-lovers.

Freshman Jessie Matos said, “I think that the song [Same Love] is going in the right direction for rappers. It really expresses emotion on an extremely controversial issue and if Macklemore is willing to put his opinions out like that and make himself listened to, good.”

Noteworthy births of the summer include Prince George Alexander Louis, son of Duchess Kate Middleton on July 23.  Kim Kardashian gave birth on June 15 to a baby girl named North West. The name North West has gained a great deal of negative media with Drake Bell writing on Twitter in response, “In honor of Kim and Kanye’s baby ‘North West’ I will be naming my first son ‘Taco.’”

Increasingly popular video games of the summer include Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS) and The Last of Us (PlayStation 3). Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released on June 14, 2013 and rose to the second most purchased game in the United States during the first week it was released. After remaining number two for 4 weeks it was bumped down to number four. The Last of Us (released on June 14, 2013) became the number one most purchased game in the United States in it’s first week of release. This post apocalyptic game is played from the two main characters, Joel and Ellie’s, perspectives and has been praised for everything from its graphics, to voice over, to plot.

Sophomore Ryan Ziegler claimed that The Last of Us was “probably the best Naughty Dog title that had that level of animation.”

Summer is continually bursting with events that impact many different aspects of our lives. These events in entertainment have been crucial to our 2013 summer and are great conversation starters in class.