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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Leaves Fan Completely Satisfied

I first met Harry Potter when I was nine-years old during reading-time in my fourth grade class. For me, it was love at first sight, and I’m sure Harry would have felt the same if he were not a fictional character.  The story of a boy who was around my age but had to face dragons, monsters, and a mass murderer within his first year deeply enthralled me, and although he certainly was much braver than I was, I felt a connection to Harry because we both had a very cruel and scary teacher (I referred to my teacher as “Snape” behind his back for the rest of my elementary school career).

Flash forward a few years and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was in the movie theaters. Ever since the first movie, I have been in line on the opening day (or at midnight, as the movies progressed) in order to watch my beloved characters fight evil while also having a few laughs along the way. So, obviously, as soon as I got off work on July 14, 2011, I headed to my local theater and joined the hundreds of other people who were standing in line, waiting to get a good seat for the premiere of the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, Part II.

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Larry Crowne Offers a Different View of Higher Education

It’s a common story that is becoming more and more common these days: a hardworking man who has been loyal to his place of employment loses his job due to budget cuts. Desperate to improve his station in life, the man decides to pursue a higher education in hopes that this will allow him to find another job and maybe even improve his overall quality of life. Since this is somewhat of a new trend in today’s workforce and education frontiers, it only makes sense that Tom Hanks‘ and Julia Roberts‘ new movie, Larry Crowne, would address this subject.

In Larry Crowne, Hanks portrays the title character, a hardworking man who loses his job at a Wal-Mart-like store. After sitting around his home for a few days, he decides to enroll in an economic and pubic speaking course at his local community college. Roberts plays one of Larry’s teachers, Mercedes Tianot. However, Mercedes dislikes being a teacher and it is quite obvious that she has other things she would rather do than teach a public speaking course, as evidenced by her temporary thrill when she thinks her class only has nine students and, therefore, does not meet the school’s enrollment requirements. As the movie progresses, Larry must learn to overcome his age difference from the other students. It is the relationships that form between Larry, Mercedes, and the other students that keeps this movie interesting.

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Bad Teacher Doesn’t Live Up to Its Potential

If you have seen a movie about a teacher lately, it most likely follows one of these plot lines:

1. The teacher is completely devoted to his/her students and is saintly in his/her pursuit of bettering the students in their academic lives or their personal lives. (Think: The Freedom Writers).

2. The teacher is a goofball whose heart is actually in the right place and ends up helping his/her students even though there are some funny antics along the way. (Think: School of Rock).

However, you most likely haven’t seen a movie where the teacher really is just a bad teacher and her character does not change or refine her ways throughout the movie. Well, if you want to see a movie like that, I would recommend you go see Bad Teacher, which stars Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, and Jason Segel.

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Kristen Wiig’s Education Background

Kristen Wiig is an American actress and comedian who first gained acclaim for her skits on Saturday Night Life. She has also appeared in several films such as Adventureland, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and How to Train Your Dragon. Her next movie to hit the big screen will be Bridesmaids, in which she co-stars with Maya Rudolph. EDUinReview will take a look at Kristen’s education background.

Wiig was born on August 22, 1973, in Canandaigua, New York. When she was three years old, her family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The family moved once again to Rochester, NY, where Wiig graduated from high school in 1991 from Brighton High School. After high school, Wiig attended the University of Arizona, where she studied art. In order to fulfill a gen-ed requirement for her major, Wiig took an acting class. She was so talented in the class that her teacher suggested she continue acting. Wiig eventually dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

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Danny McBride’s Education Background

Danny McBride is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in several big-screen comedies, such as Superbad, The Heartbreak Kid, Tropic Thunder, and Pineapple Express. He has also provided voice-overs for two children’s movies, Despicable Me and Kung Fu Panda 2, which will be released later this year. His next movie to hit the big screen will be Your Highness, in which he co-stars with James Franco and Natalie Portman. EDUinReview will now take a  look at this funny man’s education background.

McBride was born on December 29,1976, in Statesboro, Georgia. His mother is of Jewish descent and his father is of Irish descent. He grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia and graduated from Courtland High School. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Elizabeth Perkins’ Education Background

Elizabeth Perkins is an American actress. She is very well known for her roles in Big, The Flintstones, and Miracle on 34th Street. She also been played Celia Hodes on the popular Showtime series Weeds. Her next venture to the big screen is Hop, which premieres on April 1, 2010, in the USA. EDUinReview will now take a look at her education background.

Perkins was born on November 18, 1960, in Queens, New York. Her parents are Jo Williams and James Perkins; he parents divorced in 1963 and Perkins was raised in Colrain, Massachusetts. She graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School and then moved to Chicago for three years, where she studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama.

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Hank Azaria’s Education Background

Hank Azaria is an American actor, director, and comedian. He is very well known for voicing several characters on the popular television show, The Simpsons. He has also appeared in several movies, such as Along Came Polly, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Uprising. His next upcoming film is Hop, which released April 1, 2011. EDUinReview will now take a look at his education background.

Azaria was born on April 25, 1964 in Forest Hills, New York. His parents were Sephardic Jews from Thessaloniki, Greece, and he has two older sisters, Stephanie and Elise. His first acting job was advertising Italian television when he was 17-years old. Azaria graduated from The Kew-Forest School, and then went on to study drama at Tufts University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in college, he starred in several school productions, including The Merchant of Venice, and had dreams of being a theatre actor. However, after several years of working as a bartender, he realized that he preferred television acting and moved to Los Angeles.

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James Marsden’s Education Background

James Marsden is a talented actor and singer who will star in this year’s animated feature, Hop, as Fred O’Hare. Marsden will co-star with Russell Brand in this child-friendly film. EDUinReview will now take a look at Marsden’s education background.

Marsden was born on September 18, 1973 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has four siblings: Jennifer, Elizabeth, Jeff, and Robert. His parents divorced when Marsden was only nine years old. Marsden attended Putnam City North High School and graduated in 1991. After high school, he attended Oklahoma State University where he studied Broadcast Journalism. He was also an active member in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and appeared in a college production of Bye Bye Birdie.

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MPAA Asks College Deans to Crack Down on Movie Piracy

Motion Picture Association of America LogoAn open letter addressed to college presidents, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) asks college presidents to adopt their guidelines to curbing illegal file sharing on campus networks. Unlike earlier letters sent by the MPAA threatening legal action, the letter offers colleges advice for creating new user policies.

According to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, colleges are required to develop written plans for how to deal with students who download movies and television shows illegally. However this law, which took effect last July, is quite flexible and may not lead to anti-piracy policies that are as aggressive as the MPAA would like. “Online theft is a job killer that also reduces the number of opportunities for graduates of your institution to make a living in the creative sectors,” the letter reminds universities.

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Jonathan Lipnicki’s Education Background

Jonathan Lipnicki was born October 22, 1990 in Westlake Village, California. He is the second child of Joseph and Rhonda Lipnicki; he has an older sister, Alexis. The young actor first appeared on the big screen in 1996, when he co-starred with Renée Zellweger and Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this American actor.

Lipnicki was five years old when he landed the role of Ray Boyd, Renée Zellweger’s son, in Jerry Maguire. After this movie, he appeared in several television shows, including The Single Guy, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and Dawson’s Creek. The next movie Lipnicki stared in was Stuart Little in 1999. He also stared in The Little Vampire, Like Mike, and Stuart Little 2. Although Lipnicki continued his acting career, his main focus was on being a normal kid and pursuing his education.

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