The Hot List
October 25, 2011
By Kim Bussing
A remake of the cult classic, “Footloose” once again hits theaters as the iconic story of a town where dancing is outlawed and new kid Ren MacCormack challenges the music ban and strikes up a forbidden romance. Replacing Kevin Bacon as the main character (Ren) is Kenny Wormald; Dennis Quaid takes on the role of the Rev. Shaw Moore, and Julianne Hough plays Ariel, the reverend’s rebellious daughter and Ren’s love interest. An upbeat soundtrack accompanies the movie and features Zac Brown, Cee Lo Green and Victoria Justice.
Book: ‘Steve Jobs,’ by Walter Isaacson
In remembrance of one of the most notable American figures, Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” produces an honest and riveting look into Jobs’ life. Comprised of several years’ worth of interviews from Jobs and his family, friends and colleagues, the biography pries beneath the superficial knowledge of Jobs’ imagination and innovativeness to examine the personal demons and desires that contributed to his success. The author, Isaacson, has been widely recognized due to his books about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.
Music: “Mylo Xyloto” By Coldplay
Coldplay’s fifth album, “Mylo Xyloto,” was set for release Oct. 24. The band, which has been actively recording music for more than a decade, returns with its classic, sweeping melodies to instant acclaim, as evidenced in the success of pre-released singles “Paradise” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” The album ranges from moving and driven to solemn and mourning, and features guest artists, including Rihanna.
Event: Nightmare at Beaver Lake
Every year, Beaver Lake transforms into an intricate, outdoor/indoor haunted house; the “trail of terror” spans almost three-fourths of a mile and is staffed entirely by trained volunteers. The theme changes from year to year to provide a horrifyingly new twist for every Halloween. The event runs through Oct. 31. For younger kids or people looking for a less frightening experience, Family Scares take place from opening until 7:45 and cost $8. After 8 p.m., ticket prices range from $12 to $15, depending on the night, and the trail becomes exponentially more terrifying. Proceeds benefit various humanitarian organizations; bringing a can of food will result in $1 off of a ticket.