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Oscars 2021: 5 experts break down the winners, speeches, fashion, music, and more highlights

Oscars 2021: 5 experts break down the winners, speeches, fashion, music, and more highlights

Chloé Zhao has made history at the 93rd Academy Awards as the first Asian-American woman and first woman of color to win Best Director. She won for “Nomadland,” which Zhao also edited, produced, and adapted as a screenplay (from the book by Jessica Bruder). Only one other woman has ever won Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow […]

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Godzilla vs. Kong – science weighs in on which monster would actually win the fight

Godzilla vs. Kong – science weighs in on which monster would actually win the fight

The 2021 film “Godzilla vs. Kong” pits the two most iconic movie monsters of all time against each other. And fans are now picking sides. Even the most fantastical creatures have some basis in scientific reality, so the natural world is a good place to look to better understand movie monsters. I study functional morphology […]

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Who won the Super Bowl LV ad war? Social media’s reactions to the best and worst commercials

Who won the Super Bowl LV ad war? Social media’s reactions to the best and worst commercials

Live sporting events are among the few remaining places where advertisers can ensure that no one fast forwards through their commercials, which is why companies were willing to pay $5.5 million for just 30 seconds of air time on Super Bowl Sunday. So who “won” the Super Bowl ad war? For the last two years, […]

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How the Super Bowl evolved from a football game to an entertainment extravaganza

How the Super Bowl evolved from a football game to an entertainment extravaganza

In just over 50 years, the Super Bowl has become one of the biggest “shared experiences” in American culture, up there with attending religious services, voting in presidential elections, and playing Pokémon Go. But curiously, many of the tens of millions who tune in don’t actually want to watch football. Perhaps it’s because the game […]

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How the philosophy in ‘Groundhog Day’ can help us through pandemic times

How the philosophy in ‘Groundhog Day’ can help us through pandemic times

Today, many of us will recall the American comedy film “Groundhog Day.” Originally released in 1993, it stars the incomparable Bill Murray as Phil Conners, an insufferable Pittsburgh weatherman. A minor local celebrity who believes himself destined for much better things, he resents his piddling assignment to report on the Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, […]

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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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