Entertainment Industry Responds to Coronavirus With Early VOD Releases, Special Offers

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Well, here we are in the new age of fear and virus loathing. Concerts, conferences and sporting events have been cancelled, school is going totally online, restaurants are closing and public places of entertainment like movie theaters are shuttering for the immediate future. That massive social-isolation shift to our own couch and kitchen table has […]

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Culture Clips: #DontBeASpreader

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The entertainment world has come to a screeching halt as coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. Movie premieres have been delayed, concerts have been cancelled, Broadway’s stages have gone dark and theaters everywhere have closed their doors in the hopes of containing the disease. In addition to washing our hands and not touching our […]

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Libraries Versus Movies: Is There Any Contest? Nope, Not Really.

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There’s a very modern mindset that libraries are antiquated things: obsolete, archaic and dusty old buildings that sit unused. I mean, who needs a library (the thought goes) when you can pull out your phone and instantly have an enormous internet of things at your fingertips? But a recent Gallup poll suggests that ain’t so, […]

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Culture Clips: The Newest Bond Villain is the Coronavirus

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James Bond has tussled with some pretty terrible, ruthless nemeses in his ludicrously long career. He’s battled men with golden guns, steel jaws and razor-sharp hat brims, and he’s always managed to come back to jolly old England with his mission complete. But now, it seems MI6 has come up against an adversary even too […]

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What Parents Need to Know About Hoop

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You might think that with social media options such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others, teens would have enough online friends. But apparently you’d be wrong. In fact, an entirely new class of apps is emerging euphemistically called “social discovery” apps. These apps, such as Hoop, Wink, Yubo and Monkey, piggyback on Snapchat to […]

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Culture Clips: Oscar the Grouch

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It’s hard to drive anywhere in Hollywood this time of year without plowing into another stack of awards. Honorary hardware practically falls from the sky in January. But all of those awards and honors culminate in the biggest awards show of all: the Oscars. Nominations for said awards were unveiled Monday morning. If you’re interested […]

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10 Mind-Blowing Gadgets Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show

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The Consumer Electronics Show for 2020 has come and gone. And, of course, it brought with it a wide assortment of gigantic TVs, foldable phones, futuristic computers and robotic wonders: All the sorts of things you’d expect when the words “consumer” and “electronics” show up in the same sentence. But instead of talking about the […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2019 Edition)

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The year 2019 was a year of goodbyes. We said farewell to sitcoms (The Big Bang Theory) and television serials (Orange is the New Black); rappers (Juice WRLD) and Disney stars (Cameron Boyce); writers (Toni Morrison) and superheroes (no spoilers here) and even a Grouch (as in Oscar and the voice that brought him to […]

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What Is a Dopamine Fast, Anyway?

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One of the most interesting concepts in economics is the law of diminishing marginal returns. It says, basically, the more we consume of something, the less we enjoy it. Put simply, the second cup of coffee we have in the morning has less “marginal utility” than the first cup. The taste may be exactly the […]

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Culture Clips: Alone … With Our Screens

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Plugged In reviewed a strange little video game last week called Death Stranding. Our own Bob Hoose calls it part shooter, part adventure game, part building game and all weird. While dark and bloody, the game has also earned the most nominations this year from the Game Awards (an awards “show” that was watched by […]

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When Videogames Go to School

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It wasn’t that long ago that everybody from parents to clergymen to U.S. senators were all aflutter about the kid-destroying characteristics of videogames. These days, however, its not so much parents screaming at the kids to turn off the videogames as it is parents urging them to sharpen their button-mashing skills. You know, so they […]

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Culture Clips: A Sad Goodbye

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Truett Foster McKeehan, eldest son of Christian hip hop artist TobyMac, died suddenly Oct. 23 at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. As the artist and his family grieve their loss, TobyMac spoke about his son, saying that Truett “had joy that took the room when he entered.” He also released this statement: “My wife and […]

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