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Podcasters In Search Of A Business Model

Audiences for podcasts are growing quickly. And the number of podcasts is also exploding. Podcasters are scrambling to find ways to support their work and business models that work.
Tags: Art, Media, 01.14.19

Is It Really A Good Idea To Demand That Only Gay Actors Play Gay Roles?

Ryan Gilbey points out some of the unintended consequences beyond the usual “it’s called acting for a reason” argument. As one out gay actor put it, “In the current cultural climate I am invited to participate only on the basis of my supposed oppression.” — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Ryan Gilbey, 01.14.19

The U.S. Poet Laureate Has A Podcast, And It’s Coming To Public Radio

Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars and Wade in the Water, started a podcast in November. Now it’s moving up the podcast chain to the motherlode of podcasting success, public radio. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Mars, Public Radio, Wade, Tracy K Smith, 01.11.19

An Oscar Contender Stirs Guilt – And Soul-Searching – In Mexico’s Middle Class

Roma depicts the relationship of a woman doing housekeeping and nanny work to the family for which she’s working. They like her a lot, but they treat her with an off-handed sense of ownership that may seem appalling to viewers. The film “has also prompted serious soul-searching about the plight of poorly paid and often-unprotected domestic workers in Mexico, where, nearly five decades after the period depicted in the film, inequality remains rife, racism stubbornly persists and social mobility s...
Tags: Art, Media, Mexico, Roma, 01.13.19

We Know You Love ‘Bird Box,’ But Could You Please Not Drive While Blindfolded?

People. Last week, Netflix asked us all – begged us, really – not to take the “Bird Box Challenge” – but someone wasn’t listening. “A teenager with her hat over her eyes drove into oncoming traffic in the city of Layton while taking part in the so-called ‘Bird Box Challenge.'” (No one was injured.) – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, LAYTON, Bird Box Challenge, 01.11.19

The New Spider-Man Movie Is An Indictment Of Live-Action Superheroes

Dear deities of entertainment, why in the world do we have awkward, clunky live-action movies strewn with CGI when animation exists? (Guess why. P r o f i t.) – BuzzFeed
Tags: Art, Media, 01.08.19

Warming Up A Movie Machine By Going Back To Its More Basic, Early Days

When you let someone who’s not Michael Bay direct a Transformers movie, sometimes you get a rather pleasant surprise – and serious animation artists at work for emotional scenes, as well. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Michael Bay, 01.11.19

Netflix Put Castilian Spanish Subtitles On ‘Roma’ In Spain Until Alfonso Cuarón Complained

You know, it’s hard to understand the word “mamá,” better put “madre” in there. Wait. What? “Netflix is essentially sending a message that the way we speak is not better than the way we write, and that’s a very old-fashioned idea,” said a linguistics professor. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Spain, Netflix, Alfonso Cuarón, Roma, 01.11.19

The Silent Film Era Produced 10,000 Movies. The Vast Majority Have Been Lost Or Destroyed

Because early motion pictures were released on nitrate film, which is dangerously flammable and susceptible to decay—only to become even more flammable as it deteriorates—the majority of these films are no longer with us today. While the exact number of lost films is unknown, a study commissioned by the Library of Congress ballparks the surviving number at a scant 14 percent. – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Media, Congress, 01.09.19

Research: Why We Like Horror Films? They’re Good For Us

“Horror movies tend to imaginatively transport consumers into fictional universes that brim with dangers,” the researchers write. “Through such imaginative absorption, people get to experience strong, predominantly negative emotions within a safe context. This experience serves as a way of preparing for real-world threat situations.” – Pacific Standard
Tags: Art, Media, 01.11.19

This TV Movie About Brexit Has Been Just About As Contentious As Brexit Itself

“If James Graham has learned one thing from writing his latest political drama, it is this: ‘Brexit sends reasonable people mad,’ he said. ‘You are stepping into an arena where normal rules don’t apply.'” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, James Graham, 01.10.19

Oscars Will Go On Without A Host This Year: Report

“As it stands, no new offers are out, nor are any expected to be made to a single potential host to fill the void left by [the] Kevin Hart [debacle]. … [Instead,] producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers, said the insiders.” — Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Kevin Hart, Trump, 01.09.19

American Cultural Mythology: Authenticity Above All Else (Hollywood-Style Of Course)

Bohemian Rhapsody, picked apart by cultural commentators for its divergences from the real story of Queen’s rise, is great for its realness? A band that campily reimagined rock and roll as opera, that played with baby talk and disco beats, whose lead singer paraded about in royal finery, is the ensurer of authenticity? – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, 01.08.19

Study: Older People Share More Fake News

Older users skewed the findings: 11 percent of users older than 65 shared a hoax, while just 3 percent of users 18 to 29 did. Facebook users ages 65 and older shared more than twice as many fake news articles than the next-oldest age group of 45 to 65, and nearly seven times as many fake news articles as the youngest age group (18 to 29). –
Tags: Art, Facebook, Media, 01.09.19

Female Film Composers Are Even More Underrepresented Than Female Directors And Screenwriters

“A 2018 study … revealed that for the top 100 fictional films at the box office every year from 2007 to 2017, only 16 female composers were hired, compared with more than 1,200 men.” And yet, says composer Laura Karpman, a governor of the Motion Picture Academy, “The numbers are bleak, but the landscape isn’t. People are reaching out in a way that I’ve never seen it my whole career.” Reporter Tim Greiving meets a few of the women trying to break this particular glass ceiling. — The New York Time...
Tags: Art, Music, Media, Laura Karpman, 01.10.19, Tim Greiving

Did Tony Soprano Die? The Two Guys Who Wrote ‘The Sopranos Sessions’ Hash It Out

Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall, who were the TV critics at Tony’s hometown paper (The Star-Ledger) when the series ran on HBO and who have just released a major book about the show for its 20th anniversary, lay their arguments over this subject on the line. — Vulture
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Tony, Matt Zoller Seitz, Alan Sepinwall, 01.09.19, Tony Soprano Die

Public TV Network In Oklahoma Cuts Ties With Foundation That Raises Money For It

“Yesterday, in a unanimous vote, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), a PBS affiliate, elected to cut ties with its thirty-year independent charitable fundraising partner, the OETA Foundation. … Their relationship has soured in a public enough fashion that the foundation believed it could take its case to court, suing OETA, its birth parent, over control of the foundation.” — Nonprofit Quarterly
Tags: Art, Media, Pbs, OETA, 01.09.19, Oklahoma Educational Television Authority OETA, OETA Foundation

This One Nifty Chart Shows The Danger Facing Netflix

The problem: “most viewership on Netflix gravitates toward audience favorites that first aired on other networks, which Netflix itself doesn’t own” — which means it could lose the right to stream them. — Vox
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 01.07.19

‘The Favourite’ Leads BAFTA Nominations

“Yorgos Lanthimos’s raucous period romp about a high-stakes love triangle in the court of Queen Anne [received] 12 nominations … Meanwhile Vice, the Dick Cheney biopic …, came away with six nominations. Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman has five, and Green Book and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War have four each.” — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Dick Cheney, Pawel Pawlikowski, Anne, Yorgos Lanthimos, 01.09.19, Spike Lee s BlacKkKlansman

There Were Brilliant Documentaries In 2018, And Docs Did Great Box Office. Too Bad They Weren’t The Same Films

“Go to festivals like Sundance or True/False and it feels like we’re living through a golden era of nonfiction film; turn up at your local art-house theater and you’d think the medium was nothing but celebrity-driven hagiography and cheap provocation.” — Slate
Tags: Art, Media, 01.02.19

NBC Says It Will Reduce Ads In Prime Time By 20 Percent

Why? Increasingly, viewers are resistant to ads cluttering programming. TV is competing for its life with streaming services and other entertainment options. And NBC is experimenting with something called “prime pods” – slots that the broadcaster believes are more effective. –
Tags: Art, Media, Nbc, Audience, 01.08.19

The Village Voice May Be Gone, But Its Annual Film Critics’ Poll Doesn’t Have To Be

“The [Voice] film poll was a fun and useful snapshot of the year in cinema from a healthy roster of film critics, and it’s one feature that a grieving fan desperately trying to duck family members over the holidays could theoretically replicate.” So that’s what Mike D’Angelo did. Here’s what he found. — Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Mike D Angelo, 01.07.19

Leisure Gap: Men Are Watching More TV On Average Than Women

According to the government’s American Time Use Survey (ATUS), which tracks how people spend their days, men on average are watching three hours of TV or movies per day, while women average two hours and 34 minutes.  – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 01.07.19

For The First Time, A Woman Will Run CBS News

Susan Zirinsky will become CBS News President in March after years as the executive producer of “48 Hours.” She’s taking the reins after CBS has been rocked – and perhaps changed – by reports of massive sexual harassment at many levels, including the very top. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Cbs News, Cbs, Susan Zirinsky, 01.06.19

Netflix Bows To Censors In Saudi Arabia

Take the First Amendment, and then flip it. That’s Saudi Arabia’s media landscape – and Netflix, the huge media company, is supporting the regime’s censorship. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Saudi Arabia, Netflix, 01.06.19

The Year Of The Little Indies That Could

Oh, are movies entirely dominated by Disney and Netflix? These 2018 independent movies beg to differ. – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Netflix, Audience, 01.06.19

Wait, *What* Happened At The Golden Globes?

Whoa. (Here’s the full list, including some rather surprising winners.) – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 01.06.19

Everything About The 2019 Golden Globes

Here’s a collection of stories and a future live-blog for the ceremony, which starts at 8 Eastern tonight. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 01.06.19

One Of Hollywood’s Early, Prolific (Woman) Directors Gets Two Movies Restored

A century ago, Lois Weber ruled Hollywood, directing 138 films and being counted as one of the three finest minds in the industry, alongside DeMille and Griffith. Her biographer: “She was a very vocal advocate for cinema’s ability to portray complex social issues in a popular narrative form. … She considered cinema what she called ‘a voiceless language.’ And by that I think she meant cinema had an ability to convey ideas to anybody, regardless of their educational level, regardless of their comm...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Griffith, DeMille, Lois Weber, 01.05.19

Breaking Down The Critic-Proof Appeal Of A Netflix Film

Why is anyone, much less seemingly everyone, watching Netflix’s deeply mediocre (if even that) Bird Box? Some critics try to explain. For one thing: “It’s like a taunt: The negative reviews pour in, so the streaming site ― which otherwise doesn’t publicize viewership data ― deflects with a not-so-humble brag that can’t be fact-checked. How convenient.” – HuffPost
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 01.05.19

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