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Are the streaming wars really a threat to the film industry?

Are the streaming wars really a threat to the film industry?

In a world of countless entertainment opportunities, movies are one of the few remaining proven ways to attract a new audience and retain existing ones. Yet the dominant narrative seems to be that, in the age of the Internet, the old system of theatrical release can no longer cater for audiences worldwide – or so […]

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Why being stuck at home, unable to hang out in cafes and bars, can drain creativity

Why being stuck at home, unable to hang out in cafes and bars, can drain creativity

While the pandemic has caused thousands of small businesses to temporarily close or shutter for good, the disappearance of the corner coffee shop means more than lost wages. It also represents a collective loss of creativity. Researchers have shown how creative thinking can be cultivated by simple habits like exercise, sleep, and reading. But another […]

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‘All is right’ – why Christmas movies are so appealing during the holiday season

‘All is right’ – why Christmas movies are so appealing during the holiday season

With the pandemic limiting travel over the holiday season, many Americans will be settling in front of the television to watch their favorite holiday movies, along with their favorite drink – a cup of hot apple cider or a glass of wine – to add some cheer. Holiday movies have become an essential part of […]

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Disney’s pivot to streaming is a sign of entertainment and economic changes to come

Disney’s pivot to streaming is a sign of entertainment and economic changes to come

Disney has announced a significant restructuring of its media and entertainment business, boldly placing most of its growth ambitions and investments into its recently launched streaming service, Disney+. The 97-year-old media conglomerate is now more like Netflix than ever before. What this means is that Disney will be reducing its focus from (and potentially the […]

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On this Giving Tuesday, nonprofits are struggling to do more with less funding

On this Giving Tuesday, nonprofits are struggling to do more with less funding

Historically, nonprofits have gotten nearly a third of their charitable donations just during the month of December. In recent years, this flurry of giving has begun on #GivingTuesday, an online campaign that takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We asked Erica Mills Barnhart, a University of Washington nonprofits scholar, to explain how nonprofits […]

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Why Pennsylvania, the Keystone State we call home, unlocks the White House

Why Pennsylvania, the Keystone State we call home, unlocks the White House

Pennsylvania emerged as one of the key swing states crucial for determining the outcome of the 2020 U.S. election. The Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, who is from the city of Scranton in the northeast of Pennsylvania, took the lead in the vote count on Nov. 6 as he edged closer to the White House. As […]

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Sean Connery was ‘Bond, James Bond,’ but so much more in his storied career

Sean Connery was ‘Bond, James Bond,’ but so much more in his storied career

Coverage of the passing of Sir Sean Connery has inevitably been dominated by his legacy as the screen’s first – and best – James Bond. Connery’s “Bond, James Bond” moment near the beginning of “Dr. No” (1962) is one of the iconic moments of cinema history and has spawned countless imitations and parodies. Perhaps the […]

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3 lessons learned from horror pioneer George A. Romero in these scary times

3 lessons learned from horror pioneer George A. Romero in these scary times

I’m no fan of horror movies. At least I wasn’t until I moved from Hollywood back to my hometown of Pittsburgh, where I met the legendary independent filmmaker George Romero, best known as the inventor of the modern-day zombie and movies like “Night of the Living Dead.” I had avoided seeing George’s movies for two […]

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How Eddie Van Halen changed rock music with his signature guitar style

How Eddie Van Halen changed rock music with his signature guitar style

The legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has died aged 65. One of the most influential guitarists of the modern age, Van Halen was known for his mastery of the two-handed tapping technique and for bringing the virtuosic rock guitar solo back into the popular music mainstream in the late ’70s and 1980s. One of the […]

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Netflix’s ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ – why Henry James’ eerie tale still inspires so many adaptations

Netflix’s ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ – why Henry James’ eerie tale still inspires so many adaptations

New on Netflix, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is the latest in a long line of adaptations of Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” (1898) that began in 1954 with Benjamin Britten’s opera. Since then, there has been more than 25 others. Adapters’ enduring fascination with James’ “irresponsible little fiction” can be summed up […]

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