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
March 6, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

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

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
Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business diversity gender money movies race-and-ethnicity

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
Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins   

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

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
Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology asteroids movies planets space

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
Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity

~8 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture brains guns imaging-technology movies teenagers violence

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
Feb. 22, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

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

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
Feb. 4, 2019 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture laws libraries literature movies

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
Dec. 5, 2018 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology drones 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
Oct. 26, 2018 | futurity

~1 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture emotions fear movies

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