Bolivian Boys Discover They Can’t Become Spider-Man

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Everyone knows that Spider-Man’s powers came from being bitten by a radioactive spider, right? And everyone also knows that super-power-bestowing radioactive spider bites aren’t real, right? Well, three brothers from Bolivia didn’t know that second part. The boys, ages 8, 10 and 12, hail from the remote village of Chayanta in the Andes mountains. And […]

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Unreal Engine 5 Changes the Game (in Ways You Might Not Expect)

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If you look up the term “game engine,” you see it defined as the “basic software of a video game.” But in reality, it’s more. A game engine is much more like a place; a software-development space or environment where gamemakers build their games. I start with that definition, because Epic games just revealed their […]

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Culture Clips: Maxed Out on Streaming Services?

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HBO Max debuts this week leaving many people reeling as they pick and choose which streaming platforms are best for their families. As Vulture.com points out, “Finding something to watch on TV used to be as simple as turning on the set, flipping through a few dozen channels, and stopping when you stumbled upon something […]

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Do Disney’s Recent Kids Shows Pull Punches on Important Issues?

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When Disney+ was introduced last year, it kicked the nostalgia of my adolescence into overdrive. With shows such as Boy Meets World, Lizzie McGuire, That’s So Raven and many others from my youth now at my fingertips (not to mention lots of spare time to view these shows due to the COVID-19 quarantine), I’ve been […]

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Thirty-Four Years on Screens?!

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If you’ve ever worried whether or not you spend too much time looking at screens, consider this: A new study commissioned by Vision Direct reports that “the typical person will spend a staggering 34 years looking at phones, computers or televisions.” Staggering actually seems like the correct word to use here, especially when I consider […]

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When Are the Movies Coming Back?

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It sounds like a pretty simple question: When are the movies coming back? But in our coronavirus-altered age, even simple questions have complicated answers. And the answer is this: No one is 100% sure. That’s because the return of movies depends on multiple, overlapping factors—all of which dynamically influence each other. First, of course, individual […]

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Entertainment That Might Cure Your Boredom (and Benefit Others)

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“We may be apart right now, but coming together has never been more important,” says the Global Citizen, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty. And it has a point. It seems crazy that just a few months ago, we were all commuting to and from work, attending school in actual classrooms, and giving our […]

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Movie Theaters Head Back to the Future … Literally

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So what happens if your theater is ready to reopen … before there are any new movies to screen there? It’s a strange predicament for a strange time, but one that some theaters are facing by going back to the future. As in, screening yesteryear’s beloved blockbusters at a reduced ticket cost. Hollywood studios without […]

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In 1961, the FCC Chairman Called TV a ‘Vast Wasteland.’ Has It Gotten Better?

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We all know who wound up on Gilligan’s Island: Gilligan (of course); the Skipper too; the millionaire and his wife; the movie star; the professor and Mary Anne. But did you know that the chairman for the Federal Communications Commission made an appearance in every episode, too? I didn’t either, until I read a fascinating […]

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Culture Clips: Pomp, Circumstance and the Coronavirus

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Well, here we are in week…wait, is it week six or seven of quarantine? Honestly, I’ve lost count. Regardless, though the days have started blending together, for many folks, this week of quarantine stands out as preschools, kindergartens, high schools and colleges do their best to celebrate graduation. A couple of weeks ago, thousands of […]

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What Parks and Recreation Says about Culture, the Coronavirus and Us

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Coronavirus, Meet Ron Swanson. Five years after NBC’s Parks and Recreation went off the air, Ron, Leslie Knope and the rest of the show’s gang are reuniting tonight (virtually speaking) to raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. It’ll air on, y’know, old-fashioned, traditional TV (NBC, of course) at 8:30 ET/PT. To me, this […]

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Culture Clips: Is Universal Trolling Theater Chains?

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A couple of weeks ago—or, in quarantine time, several eons ago—we reported on the initial success of Trolls World Tour as it rolled out on video (instead of the theatrical blitz Universal Pictures originally intended). Turns out, the early returns were no mirage. Universal reported yesterday that in the space of three weeks, World Tour […]

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