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May 28

10 Years Ago… by Acacia James

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 28, 2021 at 12:53 PM by Genesis Gaule

Have you ever been asked the question: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

While many may look to the future and what comes next, we don’t often stop and think about our past and where we were 10 years ago. It is important to make goals for our future, but it is also important to look to our past to see how we’ve grown and how we can continue to progress in the future. 

It’s strange to think about the year 2011. For some it may feel like yesterday and for others it was light-years away. What do you remember about the year 2011? To jumpstart your memory, take a look at the list below to see some interesting events that took place in 2011:


Jan 6: 37th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Kristen Stewart win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Lisa Edelstein win (TV Drama)

Jan 10: Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in The Hobbit film adaptations

Super Bowl XLVFeb 6: Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25; MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB

Feb 20: 60th NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 148-143; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

Mar 1: Tomb of a 700 year old female mummy, discovered by road workers, opened in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China

Mar 11: 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant

Thor_posterApr 17: Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

Apr 27: Deadliest day of the 2011 super outbreak of tornadoes, the largest tornado outbreak in United States history

May 2: Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by US Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan

May 25: Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show

Jun 20: 1st Critics' Choice Television Awards: Modern Family wins Best Comedy Series, Mad Men wins Best Drama Series

Jul 5: Somebody That I Used to Know single released by Gotye ft. Kimbra (Grammy Award Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year 2013)

harry-potter-posterJul 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the last Harry Potter film, premieres in London

Aug 5: Svalbard Polar Bear Attack - a rogue polar bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy

Sep 3: Following his disqualification in the 100m, Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs a season best 19.40 to win the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea

Sep 20: Call Me Maybe, single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

Oct 30: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres at the Rome Film Festival

Oct 31: The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations


Nov 8: The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometers or 201,700 miles), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.

Nov 18: The X Factor group One Direction release their debut album Up All Night in Ireland and the UK

Nov 18: Video game Minecraft is officially released by Mojang

Dec 18: The last US troops withdraw from Iraq, formally ending the Iraq War

Dec 11

YA Books Coming to the Big Screen by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 11, 2020 at 1:31 PM by Genesis Gaule

One of the best things is finding out that your favorite book will be coming to life as a movie or TV show. Here are some of my favorite young adult books that are coming to the big screen!

Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness


Series Available in book | e-book

This series kept me on the edge of my seat! About a boy named Todd and his dog Manchee, the story takes place on a planet in the future where a mysterious germ killed all the women and affected all of the men, making it so that you can hear all of their thoughts. But things aren’t what they seem, as Todd discovers when he finds a girl, Viola. The movie adaptation is slated to be released in January and stars Spider-Man actor Tom Holland and Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley.

Shadow and Bone/Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Shadow and Bone available in book
Six of Crows available in book

These two lush, amazing fantasy series both tie together in the same universe. Shadow and Bone is about Alina Starkov, a girl who unleashes a magic she didn’t know she had and then is taken to train with the Grisha, the country’s magical military elite. Six of Crows is about a group of six outcasts who come together to pull off an impossible heist. Filming was just done to make these two book series into a Netflix TV show, and it doesn’t yet have a release date.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan


Series Available in book | e-book

This series is an amazing story full of lovable characters and humor. About Percy and his adventures as the son of the Greek sea god Poseidon, him and his friends face monsters, gods, and other figures of Greek mythology. Besides already being made into two movies, those who have read the Percy Jackson books know that the movies had the potential to be much better, so Percy Jackson is currently being adapted into a TV show for Disney with Rick Riordan himself directly involved in the process.

(P.S. Netflix is said to be adapting Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series as well which is about Egyptian mythology!)

The Selection by Kiera Cass


Series Available in book | e-book

This fairy-tale romance is one I never get tired of. The Selection is the chance of a lifetime for 35 girls who get to compete for the crown and Prince Maxon’s heart. But America Singer wants no part in it—having to turn her back on her secret love with Aspen when she’s Selected—until she meets Maxon. This book has been picked up by many producers to no avail but will finally (hopefully!) become a movie under Netflix in the coming years.

Nov 20

Stories from Behind the Scenes by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 20, 2020 at 1:41 PM by Genesis Gaule

One of my favorite parts of home movie releases are the special features--especially the behind-the-scenes segments with the cast and crew. I love seeing who is behind iconic characters, their creative process, and what didn't make it to the final cut. So, let's take a look behind the scenes at a few of my childhood staples and the actors who brought these iconic characters to life.

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Inconceivable tales from the making of The Princess Bride

Written and wonderfully narrated by Westley himself, Cary Elwes, As You Wish is a first-person account of the making of The Princess Bride. Along with interviews from the cast and crew, Elwes takes us from casting call to filming to home release, weaving in production details, bloopers, and insight into the people behind this cult classic. Humorous and heartwarming, the book overflows with genuine affection for the experiences had during the making of the film. For fans of The Princess Bride, I can't recommend this book enough!

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim

How I survived Nellie Oleson and learned to love being hated

With biting wit and stark honesty, Arngrim details her life (as well as a little behind-the-scenes gossip) on the set of Little House on the Prairie and how playing one of the most hated characters on television shaped who she is today. But off the set, Arngrim was struggling. Painfully shy and plagued with sexual abuse from her older brother, Arngrim found a strength and stability in Nellie she sorely needed in her life.

I am Big Bird

The Caroll Spinney story
DVD | NR (Suggested audience 13 and up) | 1h 30m


It has always seemed magical to me, the way a good puppeteer is able to make you believe that a bit of foam and wire is a living breathing creature. Truly great puppeteers even make you forget the puppeteer is present at all. Caroll Spinney was one such person. Covering a large swath of Spinney’s life and work--his triumphs and tribulations--I Am Big Bird gives the viewer a glimpse into the man behind the muppet and is uplifting homage to a person who’s touched countless lives.

Won't You Be My Neighbor

DVD | PG-13 | 1h 34m


Mixing footage from the iconic public television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and interviews with friends, family, and colleagues, this touching tribute poignantly reminds us of the overwhelming good Rogers gave to this world while also gently humanizing this legendary figure. Fred Rogers was a man who lived his life with grace, kindness, and integrity--on and off the screen--even in the midst of his own struggles. I think, especially now, those are good things to be reminded of and emulate in our own lives.