Experts: Spotlight on art is one upside of lockdowns

Whether taking in art or making it ourselves, long stays at home during the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to a new appreciation of the arts.

Andy Ober-U. Arizona • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 art television books society-and-culture creativity movies

Social media haters can ruin your enjoyment of TV shows

"Social media affect viewers because they speak to our natural tendency to follow the crowd—a phenomenon that scholars describe as the 'bandwagon effect.'"

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media television society-and-culture social-lives movies

Report: Movies can thrive without white male lead actors

A new report debunks the Hollywood myth that films with female or underrepresented minority lead actors tend to perform worse at the box office.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Why Rilke’s words still resonate (and appear in ‘Jojo Rabbit’)

An expert on Rainier Maria Rilke offers his take on why the Austrian poet and novelist's words resonate, particularly in films like the new "Jojo Rabbit."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: poetry writing literature emotions featured society-and-culture movies

How plausible are the planets in Star Wars?

Could icy Hoth really exist? How about the iconic double suns of Tatooine? Experts on planetary formation, processes, and habitability discuss the science of Star Wars.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~2 min

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Teen brains don’t react to all movie violence the same way

How do teen brains react to movie violence? It depends on whether the violence is justified or not, according to new research.

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
Dec. 11, 2019 ~8 min

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How BlacKkKlansman’s music uses the ‘evil triad’

Check out this video to see how Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated movie BlacKkKlansman uses an old musical trick to unsettle movie-goers.

Rick Hellman-Kansas • futurity
Feb. 22, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: music emotions sound featured society-and-culture movies

Copyright just lifted on lots of neat stuff

As of January 1, copyright restrictions have lifted on a wide range of creative works from 1923. "They now belong to everyone."

Louisa Shepard-Penn • futurity
Feb. 4, 2019 ~7 min

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Could drones replace cameras for making animated movies?

Rather than use dozens of cameras to capture an actor's motion to turn it into animation, a new method would only need two drones and a laptop.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Dec. 5, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: drones science-and-technology movies

How horror movies turn fear into fun

Prepping your marathon of horror movies to celebrate Halloween? A movie expert explains their history and why frightening films work on us.

Kathleen McGarvey-Rochester • futurity
Oct. 26, 2018 ~1 min

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