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The Quarantine Stream: ‘Little Woods’ is an Astonishing Debut Feature From Nia DaCosta That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Little Woods Where You Can Stream It: Hulu The Pitch: In a female-led neo-Western, Tessa Thompson plays Ollie, a reformed ex-con with dreams of escaping her dreary fracking hometown of Little Woods, North Dakota. But when her terminally ill mother dies and her sister (Lily James) arrives on her doorstep with an unplanned pregnan...
Tags: Movies, America, Features, Npr, Hulu, Tessa Thompson, James, Thompson, Lily James, Deb, Ollie, Jordan Peele, Ian James, DaCosta, David Mackenzie, Featured Stories Sidebar

Cuba is getting a crash course in internet culture — and it’s changing everything

Those changes have had both positive and negative effects
Tags: Travel, Trends, Features, Cuba, Digital Culture

How to fight information overload, but still stay informed

Don't worry, we won't ask you to delete your favorite apps
Tags: Trends, Social Media, Information, Web, Features, Tips, Don

The Quarantine Stream: ’21 Chump Street’ is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s One-Act Musical Written Between ‘In the Heights’ and ‘Hamilton’

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: 21 Chump Street Where You Can Stream It: YouTube The Pitch: In a plot that mirrors the events of 21 Jump Street, a Florida police officer goes undercover and poses as a high school student in an attempt to bust the kids who were dealing drugs. But when a straight-laced, straight-A student falls for the undercover cop, the story ...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Disney, Features, Stage, Broadway, Adaptation, Musical, Hulu, Miranda, Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, Justin, Naomi, Jon M Chu, Featured Stories Sidebar

Making a personal oasis: How I built my own outdoor theater

From great sound to a compelling 4K display, here's how we built our own backyard theater.
Tags: Trends, Features, Home Theater, Sonos, BENQ, Elite Screens, Backyard home theater, Polk Atrium

For Chinese Americans, WeChat ban threatens their ties to home

Trump's executive order has triggered a wave of panic for Chinese Americans
Tags: Mobile, China, Trends, Features, United States, WeChat, Trump

‘Lovecraft Country’ Review: Horrors Both Human and Otherworldly Haunt Misha Green’s Spellbinding Series

“This is the story of a boy and his dream,” a narrator tells us. “But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and a dream that is truly American.” That narrator is from the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story, but he’s also, in effect, narrating Lovecraft Country, Misha Green‘s phenomenal horror series. Rather than just use musical needle drops, Lovecraft Country uses narration pulled from other sources, audio clips, spoken-word poetry, creating a rich tapestry; a collage; a mosaic. ...
Tags: Florida, Hbo, Television, Movies, Rihanna, Horror, Stephen King, America, Indiana, Features, Green, Chicago, Adaptation, New England, Montrose, James Baldwin

The Quarantine Stream: ‘Host’ is a Horror Film Made During Lockdown That is, Somehow, Really Good

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Host Where You Can Stream It: Shudder The Pitch: What if a group of friends, isolated and bored during quarantine in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, decided to hold a seance over Zoom? And what if everything went catastrophically wrong, unleashing something evil into their homes? And what if this film, from director Rob S...
Tags: Movies, Features, Savage, Host, Rob Savage, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream

As coronavirus cases rise, a Miami mom struggles to keep up with distance learning

Norma Schwartz hasn't yet told her kids that they aren't going back to school this fall
Tags: Education, Trends, Features, Miami, Distance Learning, Homework Series, Norma Schwartz

Conservative, pro-Trump witches are flocking to Facebook

Political polarization has led to a pagan schism
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Social Media, Features, Trump

Weekend Event Guide: Biciclista Garage Sale, alleycat, and more

Cruise over the Denver Avenue Plaza in Kenton and support local businesses!(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Typically on a warm summer weekend in August we’d have tons of great bike events to share. Things aren’t back to normal by any stretch, but there are a few things worth noting. The big one is a three-day garage sale from our friends (and BikePortland supporters!) Biciclista US. Their laser mask is my go-to for riding these days and you can grab one of them and check out all their o...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Tnr, Kenton, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Se Ankeny, Weekend Event Guide, Jonathan Maus BikePortland, Denver Ave, Biciclista US, Denver Avenue Plaza, North St Bags Castelli Retrogression

Everything You Should Watch After You Stream ‘Howard’ on Disney+

Howard Ashman is, hyperbole be damned, one of the most important figures in the history of animation. It’s an impressive feat considering that he never once drew a character or directed an animated feature. You may not know his name, but Howard Ashman’s words have given life to some of the most beloved characters of modern Disney animation. What’s more, his lyrical compositions and collaboration with composer Alan Menken inspired the last 30 years of mainstream American animation in one way or...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Robin Williams, New York City, Disney, Features, Williams, Middle East, Broadway, Bill Murray, Charles Dickens, Walt Disney Company, Steve Martin, Little Mermaid, Ariel, Angela Lansbury

From ‘SCTV’ to ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ Eugene Levy Reflects on the Road to Newport Beach Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Honor

Ask any handful of cinephiles and television heads about their favorite performance from Eugene Levy’s almost five-decade-long career, and you likely won’t receive the same answer twice. From his days in the 1970s with the Second City improv troupe in Toronto that turned into “SCTV” in the 1970s, to partnering with Christopher Guest for a […]
Tags: Awards, Toronto, Features, Second City, Christopher Guest, Creek, Newport Beach Film Festival, Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

The Quarantine Stream: The Satire of ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Packs Potent Punches in Both Comedy and Drama

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Jojo Rabbit Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max The Pitch: Taika Waititi plays Hitler as an imaginary friend to a young boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), who feels compelled to be a good little Nazi towards the end of World War II. Unfortunately, he can’t quite measure up to the ruthlessness expected of him. Once the kid discov...
Tags: Hbo, Comedy, Movies, Drama, War, Features, Scarlett Johansson, Hitler, Fox Searchlight, Jojo, Taika Waititi, Stephen Merchant, Featured Stories Sidebar, Jojo Rabbit, Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Roman Griffin Davis

How One Claustrophobic Scene in ‘Alien’ Creates Suspense Through Its Performers 

(Welcome to  Scariest Scene Ever , a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: This claustrophobic scene in Alien relies heavily on the intensity of the actors’ performances to sell the fear.) Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien birthed an iconic movie monster as well as an enduring franchise. It also birthed one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history with the infamous chest-bursting scene. That scene delivered one of the most ...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Sci-fi, Earth, Features, Dallas, Ash, Ridley Scott, Alien, Kane, Scott, Brett, Weaver, Cartwright, Lambert, Ripley

Texas teacher plans to be ‘overly cautious’ as schools reopen

Spanish teacher Juliana Davila is going back to school. But it's not that simple
Tags: Texas, Trends, Features, Coronavirus, Schools Reopening, Homework Series, Juliana Davila

Google Pixel 4a vs Apple iPhone SE: Which is best?

Which smaller, cheaper flagship alternative is the one worth wielding?
Tags: Apple, Google, Features

The best Samsung Galaxy Note 20 deals for August 2020

Take note! Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 20 is here (and it’s cheaper than you think)…
Tags: Samsung, Features, Samsung Galaxy Note

Alexa vs. Google Assistant vs. HomeKit: Which smart home platform to choose?

Before you spend money on a smart home platform, find the right one for you.
Tags: Google, Trends, Features, Smart Home, Alexa

Data storage and dirty energy: What Big Tech’s carbon neutral pledges leave out

Are Silicon Valley's biggest companies really green?
Tags: Apple, Climate Change, Trends, Features, Silicon Valley, Big Tech, Carbon Neutral, Green New Deal

Content Boom Fuels Diversity Gains for Film and TV Talent

The rising tide of programming for the small screen, along with a greater push for diversity in Hollywood, has increased the number of roles for actors of color overall in recent years. And while it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how many of those gains have been made by younger performers — organizations such as SAG-AFTRA […]
Tags: Hollywood, Features, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Power of Young Hollywood, Little Fires Everywhere, The Baby-sitters Club, Never Have I Ever

‘Greenleaf’ Team on the ‘Transformative’ Series Finale and Breaking the Mold of Black TV

If the finale of “Greenleaf” were wrapped up in a perfectly packaged bow, with complications or heartstrings pulled, it wouldn’t really be a “Greenleaf” ending at all. Throughout its five seasons, the OWN drama tackled faith on TV in a way that few others of its kind have, slowly rolling out the flaws of the […]
Tags: News, Features, Craig Wright, Greenleaf, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Mold of Black TV

How Young Stars Have Coped With the Coronavirus Pandemic

Rowan Blanchard was about six months into her Vancouver-based shoot for Season 2 of TNT’s dystopian thriller “Snowpiercer” when COVID-19 struck North America. “We were so close to finishing. They had two episodes left on Season 2 and they immediately sent everyone home,” says Rowan’s mother, Elizabeth Blanchard. The sudden pivot from working nonstop to […]
Tags: Features, North America, TNT, Rowan Blanchard, Rowan, Michael Cimino, Jojo Siwa, Lexi Underwood, Paul Mescal, Power of Young Hollywood 2020, Elizabeth Blanchard

Emmys 2020: Breaking Down Odds to Win in 14 Major Races

The Television Academy’s willingness to nominate a number of newcomers has shaken up the majority of the key races. Here, Variety breaks down the early odds in 14 categories at the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Drama Series With last year’s winner (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) no longer in the running, there was a big […]
Tags: Hbo, Awards, Features, Emmys, Television Academy, Succession, Watchmen, Schitt's Creek, The Masked Singer

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on John McEnroe and Crying on Camera

The 18-year-old-star of Netflix’s breakout hit “Never Have I Ever” hasn’t let fame go to her head. “The most famous person in our house is the dog,” she says of her pup Melody. “She’s the only famous MR in the house.” Still, it’s been a whirlwind year for the actor, who, despite having no professional […]
Tags: Features, Netflix, John McEnroe, MR, Young Hollywood, Never Have I Ever, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Why Megan Thee Stallion Isn’t Slowing Down — or Backing Down

For the 2020 Power of Young Hollywood Issue, Variety profiled three young stars making an impact in the entertainment industry. For more, click here.  Megan Thee Stallion is ready to move on. Since she burst onto the hip-hop scene in 2017 with “Stalli Freestyle,” the now 25-year-old rapper has been on a seemingly inexorable rise, with last […]
Tags: Beyonce, Features, Power of Young Hollywood, Megan Thee Stallion, POYH, Power of Young Hollywood Issue Variety

Lift-off to splashdown: SpaceX’s historic Crew Dragon mission in pictures

The story of an historic space mission told in photographs
Tags: Space, Spacex, Trends, Nasa, Features, Crew Dragon, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Demo-2, Breaking Twitter