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SXSW Interactive: Five Incredible Artists From Paola Antonelli’s Keynote

Featured image above by Ars Technica (CC by NC-ND-2.0) What do ancient Mayan gum, menstruation simulators, and glasses that let you write with your eyes have in common? They were all featured by Italian author, editor and curator extraordinaire...Show More Summary

WINNING 'BACHELOR' COUPLES: Where are they now?

It's hard to believe, but "The Bachelor" has now been on the air for more than a decade. ABC's hit reality series just wrapped up its 19th season earlier this week when Iowa farmer Chris Soules asked fertility nurse Whitney Bischoff to be his wife. Show More Summary

Of course Kevin Bacon is starring in an ad for eggs

There's a lot of fun to be had with Kevin Bacon in ads. In the UK, he's been starring in commercials for wireless carrier EE since 2012, which all riff on the popular parlor game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" — which works on the assumption that anyone in the world is just six degrees of separation away from the Hollywood star. Show More Summary

Dear Madonna: Gays and African Americans Are Women, Too

There's a seat reserved for Madonna next to Patricia Arquette. Madge may be the high priestess of pop and an arbiter of pop culture, but the songstress proved no expert in intersectional feminism in an interview with Out Magazine about...Show More Summary

Living in Blurred Times

The jury has come back in the Blurred Lines trial and handed what to many is a surprising ruling. But what does it mean for copyright law?

‘PBS NewsHour’ Whips Out Infographic on Record Growth

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

Just as “PBS NewsHour” has seen growth on TV, the brand is also seeing strong social growth. So attractive are the numbers, in fact, NewsHour decided they would look great in an infographic. “We’ve not only increased the amount of reporting...Show More Summary

'Chappie' is a mess, but its director keeps failing upward

"Chappie" has an identity crisis. The film tells a story better fit for PG-rated family fare, and then covers it in enough ugliness to garner a R-rating. In one scene, it's trying to make you laugh, the next it's trying to make you cry, and by the end, it aims to stun with excessive gore. Show More Summary

'Top Gear' is the greatest show on TV — but now it's facing its greatest challenge

"Top Gear" has been pulled from the BBC's television lineup and its lead host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the network after a fracas with one of the show's producers. For the first time since its rebirth in 2002, the show is facing the very real specter of cancellation. Show More Summary

Reza Aslan, Kamau Bell to Host New CNN Series

CNN is adding two new Original Series to the mix of programs already in the lineup. Author and religious scholar Reza Aslan will host the new spiritual adventure series “Believer,” and comedian W. Kamau Bell will travel across the U.S. Show More Summary

How a YouTube sensation made the catchy theme song for ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

In the DVR-obsessed world we live in, one of the major casualties has been the opening theme songs of TV shows. After you've heard it once or twice, you’re fast-forwarding to the start of the episode without hesitation. But with Tina Fey’s NBC-reject-turned-Netflix-gem “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” we can’t get enough of the auto-tune opening. Show More Summary

All Novels Have Six Plot Points According to Professor & His Computer

3 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Matthew Jockers, a University of Nebraska English professor, thinks that there are about six or seven basic plot shapes to any novel. Jockers came to this conclusion through “microanalysis,” the process of analyzing texts using computers...Show More Summary

“Marching to Selma,” Part 5: Bloody Sunday, Then and Now

Editor’s note: This post is the last in a series of ongoing articles that cover a five-part lecture series presented by David Domke, professor and chair for the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. The seriesShow More Summary

Today in Media History: The Dot-com bubble burst in 2000

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

The 1990s dot-com boom ended on March 10, 2000. According to Wired magazine, the boom was: “….more accurately described as a bubble, since it rested largely on wild stock speculation and freewheeling venture capital investment that resulted...Show More Summary

A bunch of big actors make surprise cameos on 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Warning: There are major spoilers below if you haven't finished "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Netflix launched the first season of Tina Fey's new show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," March 6 to much hype and strong reviews. The series follows a group of women saved from a Doomsday cult in Indiana. Show More Summary

iHeartMedia Helps Raise Awareness for Clinton Foundation’s ‘No Ceilings’ Campaign

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

iHeartMedia, in participation with the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings initiative, is helping raise awareness for gender inequality issues with a symbolic, but powerful, gesture. The mass media company announced this morning that more...Show More Summary

The Legend of the Alabama Leprechaun

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlNY

Jimmy Kimmel calls it \"the greatest local news story of all time.” Ahead of the late night talk show host’s annual St. Patrick’s Day replay of the 2006 report by Brian Johnson for Mobile, Alabama NBC affiliate WPMI-TV, Press-Reporter...Show More Summary

Here's the truth about making money on YouTube, from the guy behind 'What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men?'

Patrick Willems is a New York-based director who makes geek humor short films on YouTube. He released his biggest viral video this week with "What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men?" which has racked up millions of views and dozens of blog posts. Show More Summary

Here's the Guy From Adult Swim Who Trawls Vimeo for Your Art School Thesis

Dave Hughes is not a household name. He is, however, a beloved figure if you're really into strange art video and electronic music, largely because of his insane Adult Swim show, Off the Air. The show is 15 minutes long, airs at 4 a.m. Show More Summary

Is the NBC News Shakeup Really About Brian Williams?

News broke Friday morning that NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel will be replaced by Andy Lack, whose name is more or less synonymous with NBC News' late-'90s renaissance, when the Today show was going from strength to strength and Tom Brokaw anchored Nightly News. Show More Summary

Vice’s Phenomenal (Yet Depressing) Premiere and Its Sloshy Afterparty

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

Shane Smith (Credit: Ralph Alswang). At the US Institute of Peace last evening, “Vice on HBO” screened their season 3 premiere entitled: “Our Oceans Are Rising.” The episode, which will air tomorrow night at 11 PM ET on HBO, presented...Show More Summary

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