Topic: Media & Entertainment

Dynamic Film Lets Viewer Play God

Filmmakers in Canada have created the first-ever "dynamic film," using A.I. to create new storylines every time you watch.

Fox News Uses the Word 'Hate' Much More Than MSNBC or CNN

The conservative cable news channel particularly favors the term when explaining opposition to Donald Trump. This framing of the news can lead Fox viewers to see the world as us versus them.

Reality TV’s New Reality in the COVID Era

Is it safe to stick strangers in a house—and do we still want to watch?

The Rise and Fall of Video Game Cheat Codes

Cheaters never win…unless you’re talking about video games.

How Hollywood Sold Glamour

The complicated notion of glamour in classic Hollywood, suggesting that stars were aloof and unknowable, was also a means to sell products.

Utopia and the Power of the Conspiracy Thriller

Amazon’s new show Utopia tells the story of a plot to depopulate the earth with a pandemic. It’s just the latest paranoid drama to offer perverse comfort, writes David Jesudason.

OnlyFans Never Wanted to Be a Sex Worker’s Paradise

Despite its reputation as sex-worker-friendly, OnlyFans has been blocking escorts and full-service sex workers. Could a peek into its murky origins reveal why?

The Joker: Put on a Happy Face

Discover the origins and evolution of #TheJoker, and learn why The Clown Prince of Crime is universally hailed as the greatest comic-book supervillain of all...

Michael Jackson’s Blood-Stained Propofol IV Drip ‘Which He Had in His Arm on Death Bed’ Auctioned Off by Singer’s Cousin

A BLOOD-STAINED IV drip from Michael Jackson’s death bed – which may have administered his final fatal dose of drug propofol – is going under the hammer. A Las Vegas memorabilia e…

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"Amazon Room" Becomes Hot Amenity for Hollywood Homebuyers Amid Pandemic

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Lights, Camera … COVID! The Perils of Shooting Amid a Pandemic

Whispers of horror stories are beginning to make their way around town. There's the film that told its cast and crew they couldn't leave the Motel 6 where they were staying, only to realize there...

Updated: RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Can Circuit Breakers Stop Viral Rumors on Facebook, Twitter?

PAWG: The Instagram Accounts Devoted to Phat-Ass White Girls

Why are women paying these dudes to post photos of their butts?

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

Mike Postle was on an epic winning streak at a California casino. Veronica Brill thought he had to be playing dirty. Let the chips fall where they may.

Guy Quits Social Media for a Few Weeks, Tracks Mood

Would You Pay to Follow an Influencer?

Spooked by plummeting advertising revenue, content creators are hoping that loyal fans will pay up to watch their videos.

Agents of Chaos: A Shocking Look at What Really Happened in the 2016 Election

A two-part series from Alex Gibney attempts to definitively explain Russian interference, from troll factories to hacking to a mutual ‘seduction’ of greed

The Pastry Chef Adding to Japan’s 400+ Flavors of Kit Kat

Kit Kat is big in Japan. From cheesecake to wasabi to purple sweet potato, the crispy wafer bar is available in more than 400 varieties, according to Yuji Ta...

Short-Film: All Cats Are Gray in the Dark

How Celebrity Bodyguards Are Trained

Bodyguards go through intense training to be ready to protect celebrities, CEOs, and politicians. Security firm Global Threat Solutions has protected the lik...

Best Sellers Sell the Best Because They’re Best Sellers

Publishing is becoming a winner-take-all game. Nobody dominates it like Madeline McIntosh and Penguin Random House.

Photographs From the Last Quiet Places on Earth

Little can compare to the healing power of silence

The Covid Story That Sports Media Won’t Tell

Despite heavy coverage of every positive test, remarkably few serious cases have been recorded among pro athletes.

TV’s Future Will Be More Animated

Animation is one of the only sectors in the entertainment industry that hasn’t been forced to shut down during the pandemic, leading to a boom for a format that was already on the upswing.

Inside the Virtual Crusade Against Animal Cruelty on YouTube

Despite public outrage, videos of cat decapitation, puppy abuse and mouse torture continue to amass views on YouTube. Can the company come up with a solution?

Flight Simulator 2020 vs. Real Life at LAX

In this video, I compare Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 against real life in the Airbus A320 at Los Angeles airport. The approach takes us to 25L at KLAX. C...

The subtle ways that ‘clicktivism’ shapes the world

Often derided, online activism is far more effective than it first appears – but there are big differences between how the political left and right deploy it to spread ideas.

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The story Behind Penthouse’s Most Controversial Issue

One scandal would’ve been enough.

AP monthly staff photo contest

Each month The Associated Press honors photographers for outstanding coverage while on assignment. The winners for the August 2020 AP Photo Contest are Hassan Ammar for News Photography Single...

Has Music Become a Disposable Commodity?

Our relationship to recorded sound has changed a lot. So has the way we listeners interact with the artists we're most devoted to. 

Photographing the War in Afghanistan

Former soldier turned photographer, Alison Baskerville, talks about gender, conflict and the impact war can have on the men and women serving on the battlefi...

The Sounds of the Forest Soundmap

Explore the first ever forest soundmap of the world

The True Stories Behind Comic Sans and Ctrl-Alt-Del

Thanks to the brilliance of these four computer programmers we can play Solitaire on our computers, discover Easter eggs in video games, write emails and res...

Super Mario at 35: Mario's makers on Nintendo's most enduring mascot

The joyful jumping plumber has been on every Nintendo console and inspired a generation of players. Shigeru Miyamoto, Kenta Motokura, Takashi Tezuka and Yoshiaki Koizumi reflect on his legacy.

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American horror story: how the US lost its grip on pop culture

Trump, Covid and streaming have weakened the country’s cultural dominance – and artists around the world are filling the gap