Author Archives: Yvette Mancilla

‘The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2’: Jennifer Lawrence delivers a fitting send off to dystopian saga

It’s here, folks. After four years of Katniss Everdeen firing off more arrows than one can count, the four-film franchise is over with a dutiful, but still undoubtedly deflated, ending. Lionsgate studio executives continued the profitable trend set by young ...

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“Inside Out” creators talk about the latest Pixar animation

Disney Pixar fans will have plenty to look forward to in the summer since the creators of “Up” will have their latest film slated for a nationwide release on June 19th. “Inside Out” tells the story of a little girl’s ...

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‘The Age of Adaline’ might be Blake Lively’s stepping stone

Blake Lively has given us a promising glimpse into the actress’s future without having to resort to any “Gossip Girl,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” references or the latest and most low-brow – “she’s Ryan Reynold’s wife” – to distinguish ...

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Take a Hike: Mount Whitney Trail

Jordan Nicholson Special to The Collegian If you’ve been keeping up with this column and have enjoyed some of the previously recommended hikes, then I’m sure you are in the right state of mind: you have to go bigger. It’s ...

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How ‘Mad Men’ has influenced fashion over its seven-season run

Booth Moore Los Angeles Times As the first of several final episodes signaled, “Mad Men,” the most fashion-influential TV show since “Sex and the City,” is coming to an end. AMC’s 1960s period drama about slick ad men and curvy ...

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Cream store opening in June

What happens when you squish vanilla ice cream between two snickerdoodle cookies and finish it off with a gob of chocolate sauce topped with sprinkles? You get a CREAM sandwich. CREAM, short for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me,” first opened ...

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Weekend Wonders

Where to go, what to see and what to do 7-Eleven BYO (Bring Your Own) Cup Day For all those who are fans of Slurpees, the convenience store chain is offering a one-day opportunity on Saturday to fill up any cup or ...

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Take a Hike: Mountain Goat Trail

By Jordan Nicholson Special to The Collegian Sometimes you just need to get away. Whether it’s a trip to the coast or up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s important to spend time away from the fast-paced days of the ...

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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ takes flight

On tour since 2002, Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai” made its way to Fresno on Wednesday for its first of seven performances at the Save Mart Center. Since 1984, the internationally-famed Canadian entertainment group has been touring the world with performances ...

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Take a Hike: Jackass Lakes and Madera Peak

Jordan Nicholson Special to The Collegian The Sierra Nevada Mountains are the ultimate playground for mountaineers, climbers and hikers. The jagged mountain peaks, rushing rivers and rocky terrain call for vast exploration and at times, technical skill. It’s also the ...

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Director talks new comedy ‘Fresno’

New film “Fresno” is a comedy that revolves around a co-dependent sister relationship, one a sex addict and the other a lonely lesbian, who work in Fresno as hotel maids. After accidently killing one of the guests, the sisters Martha ...

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Take a Hike: Redwood Mountain Trail

By Jordan Nicholson The weather in the Central Valley as of late has been quite sunny and warm. Pretty soon, the threat of rain won’t be an excuse to put off that epic hike you’ve been meaning to do since ...

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Inspired by India: Photographs explore ‘new India’

Fresno State photography professor Neil Chowdhury showcased a solo exhibition at local gallery Corridor 2122 as a part of ArtHop. ArtHop takes place twice a month at various venues in Downtown Fresno and Tower District. Chowdhury’s exhibition takes on his ...

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Weekend Wonders

Blossom Trail Run The 18th annual 10k run starts bright and early in Sanger at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The route not only takes runners alongside the blooming flowers, but also through Downtown Sanger where participants finish near 7th Street. ...

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Take a Hike: The Four Mile to Glacier Point

By Jordan Nicholson  Papers and projects are piling up, and pretty soon the library will be filled to the rim with students buckling down for midterms. Tensions will be high, but what better way to brush those midterm blues off ...

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What to Watch Wednesday

“The Voice” 8 p.m. (NBC) Season 8 returned with original judge Christina Aguilera back in one of the red chairs after a two season absence. The blind auditions will conclude on Monday, but tonight’s episode is a two-hour special featuring ...

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2015 Rogue Festival Fires Up Creativity

The 14th annual festival features independent artists performing a variety of performing arts including theater, dance, music, art, film and comedy. This year’s festival will have around 68 acts performing about 300 shows in 10 venues over ten days. Rogue ...

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Q&A with Kevin Costner and Jim White of ‘McFarland, USA’

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner stars in the upcoming film, “McFarland, USA” based on the 1987 state champion cross country team from the Central Valley high school. Costner portrays the real-life coach, Jim White, who helped the team – made up ...

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