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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‘Whaddya Mean the Whole Season’s Cancelled?!’

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Well, it’s finally here: the NFL draft. For sports fans, it feels like Christmas in April, right? I mean, what’s not to love: Waiting breathlessly for our favorite teams to pick the impact player that we know—we just know deep in our bones—will lead our beloved team to Super Bowl glory next year. If, that […]

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Culture Clips: And Now for Some Good News

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The coronavirus continues to dominate each and every news cycle, touching as it does nearly every aspect of our lives. And the vast majority of the time, that news has not been very good. Most of it has been downright grim as news anchors dutifully report each day’s statistics regarding COVID-19’s spread in America and […]

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Coronavirus Sickens Entertainment Industry, Too

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The coronavirus has hit the entire world pretty hard> And one corner of societythat’s been deeply impacted is the entertainment industry. Even as the public seems to be seeking out more entertainment options, the folks who create them are suffering mightily. We obviously haven’t been doing our usual Monday box-office wrap-up in this space for […]

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Culture Clips: Putting the Olympic Flame on Hold

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Everyone knows that the sports world has screeched to a halt for now because of the coronavirus. Professional basketball and hockey seasons have been suspended. Baseball’s Spring Training is on hold. Golfers are stuck at home, polishing their five-irons. ESPN has no idea what to do with all of its airtime. It’s gotten so bad […]

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What to Watch With Your Family While You’re at Home

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Paramount has silenced A Quiet Place II for the time being—pushing its March 20 release date to sometime in the indeterminate future. The latest chapter in the Fast & Furious franchise, F9, has been pushed to next April. No Time to Die, the newest chapter in the James Bond Franchise, was shaken all the way […]

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Culture Clips: Billie Eilish Confronts Objectification … in a Surprising Way

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Pop phenom Billie Eilish is well known for wearing baggy clothes. In a Calvin Klein ad last year, Eilish revealed that her generally loose-fitting garb is an intentional choice to avoid being objectified. “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath,” she said then. This week, however, Eilish made a provocative statement […]

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Culture Clips: The Mouse House Gets a New Big Cheese

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Most of us are familiar with Luke Skywalker, Tony Stark, Mickey Mouse and Homer Simpson. We might not know the guy who was instrumental in bringing them all together in one big Disney family: Bob Iger. Iger, who’d been Disney’s CEO since 2005, announced yesterday that he was stepping down—clearing the way for Bob Chapek […]

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The Complicated, Inspirational Legacy of Kobe Bryant

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When basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash with seven others last weekend, much of the country was rocked. Many cried. Fans and celebrities offered Instagram eulogies and Twitter hagiographies. Kobe Bryant’s passing even dominated much of the Grammys ceremony that night—a ceremony held in Los Angeles’ Staples […]

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Culture Clips: Fascism … on the Hallmark Channel?

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It’s officially 2020, folks, and we all have our own hopes and dreams for what the new year might hold. But some of us have radically different hopes and dreams. For instance, I know that some folks may dream of watching Hallmark Christmas movies all year long. But Salon political writer Amanda Marcotte hopes that […]

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Culture Clips: All I Want for Christmas is Three World Records

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We haven’t even cooked the Thanksgiving turkey yet, but no matter: Lots of people have moved on to Christmas. Trees are up, tiny lights are twinkling and Santa Claus is already shilling stuff on television. Who is Plugged In to squelch all this Christmas spirit? So let’s kick this edition of Culture Clips off with […]

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Culture Clips: Disney+ Storms Into 10 Million Homes … but Not Without Problems

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Remember that big ol’ Imperial Cruiser that fills the screen at the beginning of the original Star Wars movie? Yeah, that’s a little like what the coming of Disney+ felt like yesterday. More than 10 million people have already subscribed to Disney’s new streaming service in its first 24 hours—a pretty good start, considering analysts […]

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