Media

Here’s How Hollywood Keeps Women From Powerful Jobs

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“Women are not tapped for power jobs in Hollywood. Their numbers trail far behind the percentage of females in executive positions in other heavily male-dominated endeavors, including the military, tech, finance, government, science and engineering. In 2013, 1.9 percent of the directors of Hollywood’s 100 top-grossing films were female, according to a study conducted by USC researcher Stacy L. Smith. In 2011, women held 7.1 percent of U.S. military general and admiral posts, 20 percent of U.S. Senate seats and more than 20 percent of leadership roles at Twitter and Facebook — and both companies now face gender-discrimination lawsuits.”

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Disney’s Dying For Millennial Fans, But Can’t Let Its News Partners Do Their Own Thing

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“The cultures of the companies and Fusion have already clashed. For instance, according to two senior Fusion staff members, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Disney put the organization on notice that it would not take kindly to coverage that might dent its standing with consumers. The warning came after Fusion published several stories based on documents that hackers stole from Sony.”

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Why Doesn’t Hollywood Cater More To Older Audiences? (They’re Growing)

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“According to a 2014 study of theatrical market statistics by the Motion Picture Association of America, the number of “frequent moviegoers” in the 60-plus demographic (that is, those who attend the cinema at least once a month) jumped almost 30 percent last year from 2013, to 5.3 million viewers. That is the highest level for the 60-plus demographic since 2010. Over the same period, attendance by frequent moviegoers ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 39 — still the dominant age groups, with annual attendance about 7 million each — continued to slide. But the pickings are sometimes slim for mature audiences looking for characters their age appearing in quality fare.”

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How Hollywood Has Failed The Great Comic Books

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“To love American cinema is to love comic-book movies, and to want better comic-book movies in the future. What made the first round of actual comic book movies from Superman (1978) to Batman (1989) so disheartening was that they were distinctly bad. They were bad for a number of reasons.”

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Heel-gate Ends: Cannes Film Festival Apologizes

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“We apologise. There was perhaps a small moment of over-zealousness,” Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux said, apparently referring to the security guards who prohibited women without heels from walking the festival red carpet.

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Pandora Buys Music Data Service To Track Popularity

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“Next Big Sound has quickly become a standard part of the analytical sphere of the music industry, digesting the ebbs and flows of artists’ popularity through activity on YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia and elsewhere. It sells its analyses to record companies and other outlets, and its reports on music consumption are frequently cited by the music press.”

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How Pandora Can Make A Success In The Music Streaming Business

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“As is the case for most digital-media content providers, growth increasingly depends on maximizing the reams of data compiled about users — totalling some 79.2 million for Pandora as of March 31. For Pandora, advertising is especially important because the great majority of its users choose to listen to ads rather than pay for a subscription to avoid them.”

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Digital Companies Make Big Inroads At Tradition-Bound Cannes

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“Presentations by companies such as Netflix and virtual-reality outfit Oculus have been priorities for attendees. Agents who once never gave a second thought to nontraditional platforms are now courting them. Beefed-up teams from digital entities such as Amazon and Vimeo are pursuing rights with the zeal once reserved for studios like Universal Studios and Warner Bros.”

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Calls To Boycott ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ From Furious Men’s Rights Advocates (Wait, What?)

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One anti-feminist blogger calls the action film starring Charlize Theron a “Trojan Horse [that] feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things. … If you were like me, the explosions, fire tornadoes, even the symphonic score surrounding Fury Road‘s first trailer made your attendance a foregone conclusion. It looked like a straight-up guy flick.”

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What Exactly Makes The Shower Scene In ‘Psycho’ So Effective?

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“For what’s often considered the most memorable death in film history, Psycho‘s shower scene is strangely devoid of gore. … This ‘Art of the Scene’ video explores how the director and his collaborators crafted a moment of pure horror without showing too much of the murder itself.”

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Facebook’s ‘Instant’ Goes Live, And Media Immediately Post The Longest Form Longform Articles Possible

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“In the beginning, having access to Instant will provide a huge advantage over publications that don’t. Eventually, publishers’ numbers will even out as competition increases. Easy traffic will be harder to come by, and certain tricks — as on the web — will wear out and become useless. This will be good in that it will prevent lazy behavior.”

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It Took Queen Latifah 20 Years – And HBO – To Bring A Movie About Bessie Smith To The Screen

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Director Dee Rees: “This is a woman who is complicated, and even the way she’s talked about is complicated. And no two people necessarily agree on who she was or how she was. And if I couldn’t answer the ‘how,’ I wanted to answer the ‘why.’ I wanted to understand what’s inside her, so I started with her lyrics, with the songs she wrote, to try to really understand her as an artist.”

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Public Radio Is Membership-Supported. But That “Membership” Is Changing

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“Though membership has always been a core part of public media, over the past several years, public radio has been grappling with new questions concerning membership and listener loyalty. The traditional form of building membership and leveraging organizational loyalty — the pledge drive — has declined in effectiveness, and new conversations are beginning about how to recruit and retain members who access content off-air.”

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David Letterman, Great American Broadcaster

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“Nobody would have been shocked if, as Letterman aged, he simply tried to cling to his younger irreverence, flinging his 68-year-old self to Velcro walls, like in the old days. That’s what TV does to people who want to stay on TV, and it’s usually a cringefest. Instead, Letterman began a quiet but noticeable transformation to a broader, more open, human version of himself.”

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How Our Use Of The Internet Is Increasingly Contributing To Global Warming

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“Instead of buying a few videos and watching them again and again, we’re now binge-watching entire seasons of shows in a sitting, which ends up creating a bigger carbon footprint overall. This trend extends to other industries as well. For example, according to the report, publishers now consume more energy as a result of their data center usage than they did through their use of printing presses.”

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How Marvel Is Killing The Popcorn Movie

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“The human mission has been lost: these are faceless Stormtrooper movies, unleashed in waves upon the presumed-to-be-faceless Stormtrooper audience. Stories are an affirmation of our human value; they teach us what life means, make and keep us human. Marvel, by removing the human from its storytelling, may be bringing about the end of story altogether.”

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Ira Glass Says ‘Public Radio Is Ready For Capitalism’ – On Podcasts, Advertisers, And Content

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“A couple of weeks ago, NPR and two of its most influential member stations, WNYC and WBEZ, invited a large group of media and marketing people to Le Poisson Rouge, a nightclub in Greenwich Village, for an event called ‘Hearing is Believing.’ … Ira Glass, the host of This American Life and producer of Serial, told a reporter for AdAge, ‘My hope is that we can move away from a model of asking listeners for money and join the free market.'”

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Seattle’s Main PBS Affiliate Cuts Local Production. Does It Deserve To Be Supported Locally?

This artwork by M. Ryder relates to speculation about the possible demise of PBS or signficant changes to its format.

“The problem is that being able to perpetuate yourself is not the same as having a distinctive mission. KCTS is a tax-exempt organization licensed to use the public airwaves in the public interest. Our region deserves better. Only a little more than half of KCTS spending is on program services. The rest goes for fundraising and administration.”

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Satyajit Ray’s Great ‘Apu Trilogy,’ Restored And Returning To Movie Screens

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“Now, a new generation of filmgoers has a chance to discover Ray’s humane genius in a rerelease of the [films]” – Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and The World of Apu – “first in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles in May, and then in selected theaters around the country, after a lengthy and painstaking restoration by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”

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