Puss and Boots Interview



By Ben Pawliger and Alex Goldstein

Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas have worked together multiple times in movies, including Frida, Spy Kids 3D, Desperado, and now Puss in Boots. We recently had the opportunity to talk to them about Puss in Boots.


What motivated you to participate in Puss and Boots?

Antonio- “The first motivation is that I saw Shrek and I was very blessed with the new approach to animation movies…And then when they called me, I couldn’t believe it.”

Salma- “I was in Paris and I got a call, and they said would you like to do this, and life couldn’t have been more perfect. I love the Shrek films and I love Antonio and how he skyrocketed and what he did with it and I was so honored I had this opportunity.”


You have worked together so many times, what do you like about working with each other?

Salma- “I have never worked with somebody who is so enthusiastic about what they do. He really is such a storyteller by nature and he loves what he does.  He is also very generous and he makes you better as a performer.”

Antonio- “In a good love story, I tend to think that when you think about things that are working, you have a tendency to lose it. I prefer to not know those things that are making us work.”


If you could give some motivational or inspirational statements to today’s parents and those watching the movie, what would you say?

Salma-“I think it’s important for parents to indulge children’s imagination so their brain can be malleable and so it has no limits to what it can believe.”

Antonio-“In a world like today where everything is so unpredictable and tough, to get the opportunity to make kids laugh, and to give them a few hours of great time together, and go home with a smile and learn some of the values that the movie has, its priceless.”


Who would win a dancing contest between you two?

Salma- “Well it definitely depends on the kind of dancing.  If its flamenco, him, but if its salsa, get out of my way.”

Antonio-“I would definitely win, but 2nd place is not bad.”


You said that both of you have children, how do they feel about you being in a children’s movie?

Salma-“Well my daughter who saw it once is obsessed with it. She loves the character but is very critical. She continually asks me why I don’t have a hat, which I find hilarious.”

Antonio-“My son is 26 now so he usually has comments like ‘it’s cool pop’ and my daughter finds it to be pretty cute.”


How would you compare working on an animated movie to a normal movie which involves acting and which do you prefer?

Antonio-“It is way easier because you are totally free. You can do it completely on your schedule. The best part is when I record the audio, I have a hat on with a plastic sword to imagine myself as Puss when I record.






The Beastie Boys by Alex Goldstein

The Beastie Boys are an american hip-hop trio from New York City. It’s members contain Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam Yauch (MCA), and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock). Mike D plays the drums, MCA plays the bass, and Ad-Rock plays the guitar. They have been around since 1979, and started out as a harcore punk band.

Over the years, they have became more into the hip-hop genre of music. They have just released a new song this summer, called “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win. It is a very good song, in my opinion, but it is for a special listener. I know for a fact if i asked my relatives to listen to this song, they wouldn’t like it, because they are simply not used to listening to this type of music.

The Beastie Boys are very special in that they can rap, sing, and play instruments while all mesh to make fantastic songs. The music video for this also shows an episodic of action figures. It is probably one of the coolest music videos i’ve ever seen. Although the beastie boys aren’t on the radio that often anymore, they are still an extremely popular music group, and have received an extravagant amount of awards for their music, which consist of: best rap performance; best hard rock performance; best alternative performance;best rap album;best pop instrumental; etc.

As you can see, they produce all different types and kinds of genres in the music industry, and i would like to see even more out of this very talented group!

Lil Boosie and David Guetta


by Jake Wasserman

Twenty-eight-year-old Lil Boosie has been a rapper since 2000.  He is not very popular in comparison to other rappers.  He did feature in a once very popular rap song with multiple artists, “Out Here Grindin’,” by DJ Khaled.  Currently, he is serving a 4-year jail sentence.  He presents rap music with a very simple beat to rap over.  His rhymes are right on.   In “Dime Piece,” he likes to reiterate his chorus.    In the music video for “Dime Piece,” many camera shots are at a strip club with him dancing with the girls.  Also, many shots are shown with him reading lyrics out of a notebook.  By depicting this image of him reading lyrics out of notebook, he is showing is everyday life: writing lyrics.  To enjoy this artist, you have to really enjoy rap, since his music really is not about the beat and instruments, even though the snare drum is used constantly which is a great addition to a rap song.  His music is more about the lyrics and style of rap.

David Guetta, a 43-year-old French House music producer and DJ, has been popular all over the world.  His music has been topping the charts and people cannot stop dancing to his music.  One of his newest hits, “Where Them Girls At,” has been a hit all over the radio.  This tune is very upbeat and gets people stomping their feet and bopping their heads.  The beat that David Guetta gives to the song is simple, yet listeners never get bored of it.  In the music video, he features the two artists singing in the song, Nicki Minaj and Flo-Rida, who nail their lyrics down.    It starts out with a camera shot over a city with skyscrapers with bubbles everywhere.  David Guetta is featured on top of a skyscraper as a DJ.  Overall, David Guetta keeps on topping the charts in Hip-Hop and Dance music.  He is one of the best artists today that produce dance music.

The War on Drugs

The war on Drugs

Baby missiles & come to the city

Baby missiles

Baby Missiles is an upbeat, catchy, alternative rock song by the American Indie rock band, The War on Drugs. The Music video is clips of videos taken by the band on tour. Some of the videos include clips from on the bus, views of American farmland, and even some sights in Rome. Throughout the video though are some odd-looking shapes and patterns. The clips fit perfectly though with the video, creating a gentle and exciting tone throughout the video.

Come to the city

Come to the city is one of the War on Drug’s most popular hits, due to its catchy tune and its feel good attitude that results from listening to it. The music video shows clips of girls throughout and in between the clips are moving red lines. The tone of the video fits great with the music selection. Philly’s Indie group has once again created a great music video.