Media

On Repeat: Why People Watch Movies And Shows Over And Over

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“Pop culture is a relentless machine of newness and manufactured surprise. We queue around the block for new comic-book-movie installments and crash HBO Go to watch season finales. … Why do we spend so much time with stories whose endings we already know?” Derek Thompson lays out four reasons.

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Building A Television Empire Requires A Lot Of Drama

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“In giving [Shonda] Rhimes the key to Thursday, which remains a lucrative night as film studios promote weekend releases, the alphabet network is acknowledging how big a draw her name has become with her patented style of traditional procedural meets emotional roller coaster — and showing that it sees her as a vital figure in helping them crawl out of a three-year spell in fourth place in the advertiser-preferred 18-49 demographic. “

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When Artists Run Afoul Of Social Media

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“It’s no secret that Facebook and Twitter can help classical musicians promote their work outside of traditional news media outlets. But when artists cross certain boundaries or get overly political, they can quickly find their careers at risk.”

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Is Hollywood Bad For Your Health?

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“Angelenos live longer (81.5 years) than average Americans (78.7), especially if you live in Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica (84.9). But when it comes to mental health and sexually transmitted diseases, the health stats for Tinseltowners don’t stack up so well.”

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The Ten Most Politically Controversial TV Shows In History

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“‘A slanderous farce.’ No, not The Great British Bake Off‘s ‘bincident’, but Pyongyang’s response to Channel 4’s newly announced 10-part drama Opposite Number, about a British scientist captured in North Korea. … It wouldn’t be the first fictional TV show to create a political firestorm …” (includes video clips)

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Study: People Eat More When Watching Action Movies

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“The faster paced TV seemed to distract viewers more, contributing to mindless eating, said Cornell researcher Aner Tal, the study’s lead author. The results, published today in the American Medical Association’s journal Internal Medicine, suggest that a steady diet of action TV could raise risks for packing on pounds.”

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In Germany, Dubbing Movies Is (Like Humor) A Very Serious Matter

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“Over the last few decades, especially in Western Europe, dubbing has emerged as something close to an art form, with actors making a living speaking for cherished global movie stars. In Germany, dubbing, or synchronization, as it is known, has also become a big business.” Dietmar Wunder, who voices the likes of Daniel Craig, Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler, is one of the field’s stars. (includes video)

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What Do You Get When You Cross “Survivor” With “Dungeons And Dragons”?

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You get “a world of inept archery and ill-fitting armor, where people who have no business trying to save a kingdom have been given the responsibility to do just that.” You get The Quest, “set in a fictional kingdom called Everealm, but it actually takes place in the Land of LARP: live-action role playing” – into which ABC has transplanted the standard one-elimination-per-week competition show.

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Are Experimental Films Elitist? (Nope)

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“British experimental film has a long tradition of engagement with political and social issues and this goes against a common misconception: that the art form is irrelevant to mainstream audiences. … BBC Culture’s Rebecca Laurence discusses trends in British experimental film with the London Film Festival’s Experimenta programmer, Helen de Witt.” (video)

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CBC Canada’s Funding Is Broken (Time To Start Over!)

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“Let’s call the whole charade off. The money is not worth the cost. As long as CBC receives an annual allotment, it remains a convenient whipping boy and an easy target for cost-cutting. Government should stop paying. Everyone should stop sniping. The CBC should be freed up to put all its effort into meeting its mandate.”

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Lars Von Trier Returning To TV

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“The Danish director Lars von Trier is planning to make his first televisions series in two decades, a producer for the project recently announced. The English-language series will be titled The House That Jack Built.”

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