January 16, 2019

Hollywood

"A Star Is Born isn't sexist or 'rockist' – it's a cutting insight into so-called 'authenticity.' Dig a little deeper than the backlash and Bradley Cooper’s film exposes a truth about the cost of old-school rock’n’roll masculinity."

"C.K. reportedly told the audience that it's been a 'weird year' where he's 'been to Hell and back' and at one point joked that he 'lost $35 million in an hour.'"

"The Conners is the Roseanne revival we should save had. Instead of making hay of culture war flashpoints, the spinoff stays focused on the family’s bleakly circumscribed reality."

“Consumers don’t want ads and don’t want to pay up for TV.”

“Writers from the sitcom’s original run weigh in: ‘You’re not telling a story about a strong matriarch anymore. It’s something else.’”

“Neil Armstrong was a quiet, sensible, level-headed guy, which makes him perfect for flying a spacecraft but not a particularly enthralling movie protagonist.”

“What is the 13th Amendment? A Kanye-inspired history lesson.”

“Taylor Swift, if you're going to talk politics, dig deeper.”

“The show's third season illuminates the hard work of living a better life.”

“How the architect of the Final Solution, an otherwise unremarkable bureaucrat, became a star character for film.”

“Each iteration of the classic film draws audiences in with an allure that transcends generations.”

“Hollywood still hasn’t gotten over the Bush administration. It’s an ugly obsession.”

If you want television that truly reflects the human condition, look to cartoons.

“We associate a lack of makeup with authenticity, but that’s not the whole story.”

Kanye is continuing to upset with his pro-Trump opinions. Is it all just a publicity stunt?

“Is the Jewish state losing its celebrities, or gaining new cultural ambassadors?”

Twenty years after it went off the air, “Murphy Brown” is getting a reboot. This time the show will be more mature, and way more political.

Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison for aggravated indecent assault. As troubling as it is to think of “America’s Dad” as a sexual predator, Bill Cosby got exactly what he deserved.

Roseanne, Arrested Development, Full House, X-Files… the TV reboots are coming faster than we can watch them. Does this mean we’re obsessed with the past? Or that we have no original ideas? (Video)

"In recounting the life of alleged Mossad agent Ashraf Marwan, Ariel Vromen's disappointing film leaves the most interesting parts of the story off screen."

As the first Emmy Awards Ceremony in the post #MeToo era, diversity was supposed to be the theme of the evening. But measuring diversity at an awards show is no easy feat.

Netflix has completely revolutionized how Americans watch TV and movies – now it wants to be recognized by the academy. Here’s a look at Netflix’s quest to win “Best Picture.”

His comments about the #MeToo movement may have been boneheaded, but Norm MacDonald’s message of forgiveness is one that our culture desperately needs to hear.

Thanks to the influence of Jon Stewart, today’s late-night TV landscape is dominated by ultra-progressive comedians with a strong political bent. They might be killing comedy.

"In a wave of films, including a number at the Toronto Film Festival, the kinds of police brutality-inflicted tragedies that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement are being filtered into fiction film with anguished and stirring passion."

Film icon Burt Reynolds, star of “Boogie Nights” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” passed away on Thursday at the age of 82. Here’s a tribute to the legacy of this surprisingly funny American sex symbol.

Cher is 72-years-old and is just as big of an icon as she’s ever been. With a new Broadway musical about her life and a new album coming out, America isn’t done with Cher. Neither is Cher.

According to research, watching “Law & Order SVU” has a positive effect on one’s understanding of consent & sexual assault. The new “Law & Order” hopes to shine the same spotlight on hate crimes.

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JJ Editor's Picks

"In a bid to create new space for green industries and fossil-free energy production, greater Copenhagen wants to build an entirely new business and infrastructure district on the city’s southwestern edge."

Donald Trump ran for president saying that he would be a shrewd businessman with a propensity for making deals. Why, then, are we in the longest government shutdown on record?

"There isn’t an Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the way that many outsiders seem to think... In the Israeli view, no peacemaker can bring the two sides together because there aren’t just two sides. There are many, many sides."

"I've always wondered what fans see in her. After debating with a friend about her “merits” for over half a decade now, I thought I had found the one thing that could probably change my opinion of the pop star: the Reputation tour documentary..."

"Even if the economy is on a roll, many Americans aren’t feeling the benefit... In fact, when adjusted for cost of living increases, real wages actually declined 1.3% since the end of 2017, PayScale found."

"Cutting ties with Facebook would mean consciously cutting ties with my own community, and I can't bring myself to do it. When I asked my connections on Facebook why they were staying, their answers were very similar to mine..."

Fear of the news; fear of climate change, fear of touch screens... these New Yorker cartoons portray the modern phobias that are driving us crazy.

"Texts replaced authors as the privileged objects of scholarly knowledge, and the performance of critical operations on texts became essential to the scholar’s identity."

"When I speak to parents’ groups about kids who are addicted to Fortnite and other video games, I tell them that it is the parents’ job to limit, govern and guide their kids’ use of video games..."

"Startups like Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Produce say they're helping to reduce food waste in America. Critics say they're deceiving their customers and making the problem worse."

"Scholars are now interested in whether having a vocabulary item for a concept influences thought in domains far from language, such as visual perception."

"The much-documented anti-Semitism of the British Labor party leader is no accident... Jeremy Corbyn reminds us that anti-Semitism is not just an irrational hatred, harbored by madmen at the fringes of British society."