Teen guide to 2009 Minnesota State Fair

The first Saturday of the Minnesota State Fair, six ThreeSixty reporters spread out to investigate how to have the most fun at the fair. They found ways to have fun with just $10, and scouted out the best freebies. They interviewed the latest “butter head,” 2009 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Elizabeth Olson, and reported on an outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus in the 4-H building that sent competitors home. And more!

Pineapple Express is a great example of the buddy comedy

“Pineapple Express” is nothing short of spectacular as far as buddy-comedy films go.

Emmet's top 10 events of past decade for teens

If you’re a graduating senior this year, you were only 7 or 8 years old when this past decade began. Today’s teens grew up during the first decade of the 21st century. Reporter Emmet Kowler nominates these events and cultural changes as some of the things that had the greatest impact on teens.

Vampire love raising romantic standards for some "Twilight" fans

Emma Olson, a junior at St. Louis Park Senior High, broke up with her boyfriend after reading the “Twilight” series, a vampire romance that has become one of the most popular young-adult stories of the past few years.

“After reading the book I just felt that I deserved better than what I was getting from my boyfriend. I know what I want in a guy, now I just have to find him,” Olson said.

The fair for just $10

The first Saturday of the Minnesota State Fair, six ThreeSixty reporters spread out to investigate how to have the most fun at the fair for just $10 – not including the ticket price.

The reporters found lots of things to do with just $10, but also discovered some of the more popular activities and food at the fair were out of their price range.

Fair freebies come with a price

Finding free stuff at the Minnesota State Fair can be fun, but tiring. Walking through the fair you’ll find many booths of businesses that are mostly concerned with advertising — no stuff for sale on a stick. Most people would not look at them twice if they didn’t know they gave out free stuff. We were sent out into the fair to find all the free stuff we could, and this is our advice.

Minnesota State Fair events for teens

ThreeSixty reporters Matthew Trammel and Nathan Palm put together a list of events happening today through Labor Day at the fair of things they thought teens would especially enjoy, everything from proving your milk chugging skills to watching teens ride bulls to laughing at a ventriloquist comedian.

Fashion trend has roots in ancient history

Gladiator footwear was serious business 2,000 years ago when Roman warriors would wear them during battles, complete with over-the-knee plates to protect their shins. Today they are spreading quickly from retail stores to the streets with prices as low as $20 to as high as hundreds of dollars.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" falls short

ThreeSixty reporters Matthew Aguilar and Morris Martinez find fault with Transformers’ plot and Megan Fox but not the epic special effects of this chronicle of Decepticon forces returning to Earth.


Director J.J. Abrams (of “LOST” and “Cloverfield” fame), brings to life a series formerly enjoyed only by a cult following known as “Trekkies.” Abrams brings the corny TV show “Star Trek” to life not with one bang, but many.

Movie review: "The Soloist" needs better backup

A matinee showing of “The Soloist” is just the way to see it: cheap tickets, empty theater, and a movie worth only the $5 you paid to see it. “The Soloist” is about the real-life friendship between LA Times reporter Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.) and a homeless, schizophrenic Julliard Music School dropout named Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr. (Jamie Foxx).

AUDIO STORY: Karaoke video games winning points with teens

Karaoke’s not just something drunk guys and girls do at bars anymore. The appeal of karaoke video games is growing.

“I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of how karaoke worked. I thought it was kind of corny how people would sometimes — like in movies you would see them standing and singing and sometimes they would sound really bad and I would just hope that I didn’t sound like that,” junior Elena Miller said.

While Elena sings, she watches a taller, sexed-up version of herself on the television screen. With long, black hair swinging behind her, Elena’s avatar shimmies to the music.

St. Paul teen stars alongside Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino"

The barrel of a gun points at your face; Clint Eastwood’s icy glare bores into your eyes. For most Minnesota teenagers, this could only happen while watching a movie, but for one Twin Cities teen, it happened in real life.

Bee Vang, 17, a junior at Armstrong High School, starred in Eastwood’s latest film, “Gran Torino,” which was named as one of 2008’s top 10 films by the American Film Institute.

Opinion: Superheroes capturing mainstream America's attention on silver screen

The summer movie season of 2008 might forever be remembered as the time when comic-book films fully broke out of their niche for hardcore fans into the realm of mainstream movies.
With major releases bringing in big money at the box office and raking in rave reviews by the critics, movies about costumed crime-fighters are starting to be taken seriously by the movie-going public at large.

The first major hit of the season was undoubtedly Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man,” released May 2008. Based on the titular character from Marvel’s comic line, it was the company’s first self-funded film effort, and it was a major success.

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VIDEO: Cloggers and teen step team "Steppin Out" of cultural differences

An inner-city high school step team, the DeLaSalle Delasouljah Steppers, and a group of Appalachian cloggers, the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, combined their dances into a fusion performance Dec. 5-7 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis to show that the similarities in the two cultures’ dances also exist in the people who dance them.

Japanese comics and cartoons -- manga and anime -- growing in popularity with American teens

It is 2:45 on a Thursday afternoon and a group of teenagers are sitting around in a circle at the Brookdale library, laughing and talking. They all have one thing in common: their love for manga — Japanese comic books. They are gathering for their weekly manga club meeting, and are part of a growing trend that is spreading all throughout libraries and schools everywhere.

The advisor, Brookdale Teen Librarian Alicia Anderson, starts off the meeting with a manga-related game; the winners earning Japanese Hello Kitty sodas. They then dive into their discussion of the manga book that was passed out at the last meeting, “The Sand Chronicles.” It is a story with some romance and tragedy, and overall realistic. Manga stories deal with every theme possible, even though they are thought to be mostly science-fiction and fantasy stories.

Just say "No" to "narcing" yourself out on social networks

Posting a photo of yourself holding a giant bag of Marijuana on Facebook and writing “Me and my friend Mary Jane” under it is asking for trouble.

In a speech to about 65 students at the University of St. Thomas in November, C.L. Lindsay, an attorney who runs a non-profit dealing with legal problems that often occur on campuses, warned students to think before they post.

“Assume anything you put online will stay there forever,” he said, so don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your mom, employers or professors to see.

Movie review: Twilight

As a devoted, but not obsessive reader of the “Twilight” series, I headed into the theatre on the Saturday night of opening weekend not quite knowing what to expect. Most movies based off of books are not nearly as good as the original book, but I was still very excited to see “Twilight.” I was prepared to be disappointed, but boy was I wrong. The movie lived up to all of the hype that it had generated.

“Twilight” is based on a book of the same name, written by Stephenie Meyer. It is a Romeo and Juliet type love saga about an ordinary young teenaged girl, Bella, whose life changes completely after she falls in love with a vampire, Edward. Their relationship is tested immediately by their differences: Edward’s craving for Bella’s blood, his immortality. When another vampire hunts Bella, their love is put to the test.

What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

Fooling around on MySpace
Fooling around on Facebook
Playing with a yo-yo
Texting your friends
Talking to your friends on the phone
Playing video games
Watching TV
Other -- Comment and tell us what it is!

Youth have fun and get serious with film at showcase

Minnesota teen filmmakers will showcase their short videos and films during the 2008 Twin Cities Youth Media Network’s All City Youth Film Showcase at 3 p.m. Oct. 25. “If this is a barometer for what’s happening (in teen culture), it’s really, really wide ranging,” said Witt Siasoco, program manager of teen programs at the Walker Art Center, and organizer of the showcase. “We have everything from kids that are doing it for fun to kids that are doing it for very serious issues.”

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