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George Lucas Explains How Hollywood Became So Brainless

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas opened up about how Hollywood has deteriorated. While he created two of the biggest franchises ever in Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Lucas criticizes what he sees as a move toward brainless blockbusters and sequels. Show More Summary

Blog: A message from a scared Egyptian journalist

Tamer Abuarab's article today under the title "A message from a scared person" offers strong insight into why we at CPJ decided to produce our upcoming documentary film, "Under Threat," and make an appeal for journalists to speak out with the hashtag #EgyptLastWord....

Reflections on Photographing Tragedy

#457912672 / Last Friday morning I found myself frantically running out of the house to get to Marysville-Pilchuck High School. I arrived to find a chaotic, scary, and tragic scene. Another school shooting had happened in the U.S., and it was the second in Washington state this year. Show More Summary

Controversy Over BBC's 'Rwanda: The Untold Story'

We bring you a story that is raging in England and in Europe at large. The story is brought to us by the good old BBC, the British Broadcasting Corporation of Great Britain, which is almost as old as Queen Elizabeth of England, just 4 years her senior at 92 years old this month (founded October 18, 1922) with the Queen at 88 (born April 21, 1926). Show More Summary

In Profile: Muir, Dobbs, Kohn

ABC “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir has a spread in People magazine’s new issue. Much like his episode of MediabistroTV “My First Big Break,” Muir talks about his dream job and when he realized he would be a news anchor. I get to take on this adventure, and it’s a huge responsibility, but I love it…. Show More Summary

Today in Media History: Martians attack Earth in Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast

4 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

On October 30, 1938, 23-year-old Orson Welles and his radio program, Mercury Theatre on the Air, broadcast “War of the Worlds.” Their fictional radio news bulletins about a Martian invasion panicked many and made Welles famous. (Click...Show More Summary

SNL Star Michael Che Offends With Sexist Facebook Status About Catcalling

Yesterday, a video about catcalling took over the internet. It was taken from the perspective of a woman who walked around Manhattan with a camera, and documented the times when she was catcalled, spoken to, whistled at, or commented on. Show More Summary

Today in Media History: The Internet began with a crash on October 29, 1969

4 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

The beginning of the Internet is the story of two large computers, miles apart, sending the message: “LO.” The world has never been the same. In the late 1960s an experimental network of four computers called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) was commissioned by the U.S. Show More Summary

Here's The Extended 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer

Marvel promised more "Avengers: Age of Ultron" material and it's here. The studio premiered an extended trailer for next year's "Avengers" sequel Tuesday evening after a brand new episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC.Show More Summary

Blog: BBC's Rwanda documentary leads to illogical, illegal suspension

When the BBC released its televised documentary "Rwanda's Untold Story" in early October, which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide, a massive outcry inside and outside Rwanda's borders ensued. Locals and foreigners alike protested the documentary's findings, parliamentarians demanded a ban and legal action, and authorities summarily suspended...

Beware of 'Alarmist' Journalism During Times of National Crisis

In America, the President reigns for four years and Journalism governs forever and ever -- Oscar Wilde I am afraid, folks. Not of ISIS or Ebola or immigration or Ferguson or the fluctuating financial markets or even the recent threats towards journalists' lives -- of which I am one. Show More Summary

9 Famous Americans You Probably Didn't Know Were Muslim

On the sports field and at awards ceremonies, it's common to hear people thanking God. Thanks to Allah is heard less often. Still, there are over 2.5 million American Muslims, making it the third largest religion in the country. While...Show More Summary

Time After Time: Why Teachers Are So Frustrated With Time's 'Rotten Apples' Cover Story

Released online a few days ahead of print, the newest edition of Time magazine will fill newsstands and mailboxes on November 3. This issue features a cover of a gavel about to smash an apple, with the headline "Rotten Apples." A sub-heading previews the story inside: "It's nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. Show More Summary

Today in Media History: Remembering the “CBS Reports” documentary “Harvest of Shame”

On October 27, 1959, the CBS News documentary series, “CBS Reports,” premiered. Screenshot from “CBS Reports” documentary The most memorable program from the series may have been the 1960 documentary, “Harvest of Shame.” “’CBS Reports’ was a documentary program series inaugurated on October 27, 1959, in the aftermath of the quiz show scandals. Show More Summary

How The Most Brutal Scene On Sunday's 'The Walking Dead' Came Together

Warning: There are major spoilers ahead. "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman was right. The show stuck closely to a popular storyline from the comics. Sunday night's episode of the AMC hit brought a fast close to a subplot about a group of cannibals, known as the hunters, after only three episodes into season five. Show More Summary

Taylor Kitsch on True Detective, Call of Duty, and Living Out of His Car in L.A.

Taylor Kitsch is someone you'll be seeing a lot of, and soon. From his first role—a minor part in Samuel L. Jackson surprise hit Snakes on a Plane—to his breakout part on NBC's high school football drama Friday Night Lights as running...Show More Summary

Mississippi TV newsrooms star in a new TruTV series

It appears the community-newspaper reality show that NBC Peacock Productions was teasing nearly two years ago isn’t going to happen. But a similar – this one featuring small-market TV newsrooms – is in the can and debuts on TruTV in December. The preview, which hit YouTube this week, has this description: BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a … Read More

Keanu Reeves Makes Ghostly Headlines

It’s been quite the week of celebrity throw-back revelations on Jimmy Kimmel Live. On Tuesday’s program, Bill Murray recalled his days as a Little Caesar’s pizza slinger and impoverished raw-dough eater, alongside another employee in Evanston, Illinois who would go on to become a celebrity chef. Show More Summary

Oh Well, So Much for The Avengers Trailer Driving SHIELD Viewership

It was a great plan while it lasted. To boost ABC's flagging Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel planned to debut the trailer for next May's The Avenger's: Age of Ultron film during next week's episode—but that changed last night. Wednesday evening, a version of the trailer with low-quality sound but comparatively high-resolution visuals hit the Web. Show More Summary

Viral Video: Air New Zealand and The Hobbit Team-up For the Most Epic Safety Video Ever

When was the last time you paid attention to a pre-flight safety demonstration? For all those who can’t remember either, Air New Zealand is betting their new instructional video is one you’ll watch without batting an eye, and, most importantly, actually remember. Show More Summary

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