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What compels the internet troll to target women in media? In recent days, Leslie Jones’ website became a target of hackers who, in addition to exposing her driver’s license and passport photos, juxtaposed nude images of the Saturday Night Live star with photos of Harambe, the silverback gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo this summer. The cyber-attack on Jones brings to mind the memorable words of her Ghostbusters character: “I don’t know if it was a race thing or a lady thing, but I’m mad as hell.” In this case, it appears to be both. Author Celeste Ng tweeted, “What’s happening to Leslie Jones is sickening & incontrovertibly wrong. It’s rooted in...racism & misogyny & we need to root [it] out of society.” Research indicates that the internet troll does, in fact, disproportionately aim at women in general and women in media in particular. Heidi Stevens has worked at the Chicago Tribune since 1998 …read more
As we perfect our starting lineups for our fantasy football leagues, we ask: Has fantasy changed NFL fans for better or for worse? It’s week 12 of the NFL season, and your team is taking the field with a potential playoff berth at stake. Carson Palmer, one of the best feel-good stories of the year, has reemerged as an elite quarterback. Now, if only Antonio Brown snags a few tosses for triple-digit yardage and a pair of touchdowns. But wait, Antonio Brown plays wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carson Palmer is the signal caller for the Arizona Cardinals. No, Palmer isn’t actually going to be throwing passes to Brown, but both of their successes are important to you. In the world of fantasy football league, the ways in which we support professional football players has gone through a drastic makeover in recent years. As a Cleveland Browns fan, …read more
The new Snowden movie tackles the true, politically charged story of a polarizing whistleblower. In his IMDb bio, Oliver Stone is described as, above all, “a master of controversial subjects.” His most recent directorial offering doesn’t back down — in fact, it pushes the claim even further. Snowden, coming out September 16, is set to be a hit, with an all-star cast and one of the biggest stories of the decade. Following the life of Edward “Ed” Snowden, ex-CIA employee and NSA whistleblower, it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the lead, alongside Zachary Quinto and Nicolas Cage in supporting roles. Born and raised in New York City, Stone has always taken the liberty to scrutinize the country he calls home. His movies push buttons and ask questions, with titles such as Platoon (1986), Salvador (1986) and Wall Street (1987) all being noted for their criticism of America’s military and economic history. Stone says, …read more
The Zombie rises again. If art makes you feel something, then it can only be described as successful. Though with Rob Zombie films, what you feel will seldom be classified as “good.” Zombie’s sixth studio film, 31, is here. Though critics often level criticisms at Zombie for being too violent or nihilistic with subject matter, nobody can claim he isn’t doing things his own way. Much like Quentin Tarantino, Rob Zombie wears his inspirations shamelessly on his sleeve. The name of his original band, White Zombie, came from a Béla Lugosi film. His first outing as a director, House of 1000 Corpses, is basically The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (minus the chainsaw). His albums are littered with sound clips taken from classic horror films. The man himself is a walking horror mosaic. With monster face tattoos, snarly beard and bell-bottoms, he looks like he’s stepped off the screen of one of …read more
So this is what happened when I visited Loveland, an erotic art sculpture park in Seoul, South Korea. You don’t visit the Louvre or Guggenheim Museum to watch people; you go for the art. Should you find yourself at a theme park dedicated to erotic art and sexuality, in all its provocative and hilarious forms, you might think the other tourists would be the last thing you’d want to see. I did not intend to people-watch at Loveland, an erotic art sculpture park that features 140 pieces by 20 graduates of Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. Loveland aims to break traditional taboos surrounding sex, while allowing visitors to appreciate the natural beauty of sexuality. The erotic art on display at Loveland would make your grandmother blush — unless she’s like my grandmother, in which case, well, security would take an interest in her activities. Every part of me that …read more
This huevos rancheros recipe will make you say, ‘Holy guacamole!’ This basic huevos rancheros recipe has no avocado, but it’s just so scrumptious I have to say, “Holy guacamole!” Of course, you can add avocado with your own mad science experiments! Huevos Rancheros Recipe Spice up your day with this easy recipe! Corn or flour tortilla Can of refried beans Red or green enchilada sauce Shredded Monterey Jack cheese Fried egg Salsa In a lightly greased frying pan, warm tortilla. Warm refried beans in a saucepan. Move tortilla to plate and spread beans on it. Add a sprinkle of cheese. Fry egg and add to the tortilla. Top with enchilada sauce and some salsa. Yummy. This huevos rancheros recipe is so good you might keep eating it until all the canned ingredients are used up! MAD SCIENCE Um, it’s all up to you! …read more
‘So You Think You Can Dance’ brought dance to mainstream prominence. From So You Think You Can Dance to Dancing with the Stars to America’s Best Dance Crew, the entertainment value of dance competition shows is endless. The unspoken message: You could move your body in the same way if you put your mind to it. British producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller are behind the launch of the dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance. The summer reality show first premiered in July 2005, and this summer we saw the inspiring launch of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. SYTYCD took some time to find its footing, but the creative energy of the production team combined with talented dancers vying for the top prize ensured several Emmy awards and a place among the most watched shows of the summer. The format was picked up in …read more
From virtual reality Jesus to a land without sunlight, check out these intriguing cinematic offerings featured at the Venice Film Festival. Situated on a thin strip of land that shelters the main archipelago from the Adriatic Sea, the Venice Film Festival is itself a trusty island in the vast ocean of world cinema. Founded in 1932, it’s the oldest film festival in the world and shares the title of one of the “big three” along with Cannes and Berlin. Each year thousands of filmmakers, celebrities and movie buffs flock to the northern Italian city to debut their work, compete for prizes and generally immerse themselves in their shared obsession with the art of moving images. With the exception of a brief period of closure in the ’70s, the Venice Film Festival consistently redefined the face of cinema throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. For instance, the great Japanese …read more
Cancelled TV shows and bubble shows are still relevant to our lives. Sitcoms are dying. Superheroes are rising. Television constantly changes due to audience numbers. When people discuss television, they tend to talk about the trending shows: Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead and anything by Marvel. Most don’t spend all day talking about a show that got cancelled. They might vent a while, but soon they’re back to discussing the popular show, the trend. People underestimate the power that cancelled TV shows can have. Small-screen history is filled with cancelled TV shows that only made a season or two, some barely making it a few episodes. The advancement of social media and streaming has created easier ways for audiences to find new shows. Social media helps fans market to friends, but what happens when a show can’t garner enough social media buzz? Whereas social media …read more
Author and filmmaker Gregory Lamberson on bringing his first book, ‘Johnny Gruesome,’ to the screen. How long would you hang on to a dream before you allowed it to die? In the winter of 1984, at the tender age of 19, I took a break from my wearying life as a movie theater manager and film school dropout in New York City and returned to my snowy hometown, the village of Fredonia, one hour south of Buffalo, ostensibly to write a movie screenplay. The fruit of my labor was titled Johnny Gruesome, an EC Comics–flavored revenge-from-the-grave tale populated by teenagers. At the time, slasher films inspired by Friday the 13th were still the rage in horror cinema: films with silent killers stalking young women while wearing expressionless masks. I wanted to inject a dose of supernatural into my character, who would be a teenage version of the classic monsters I’d …read more
These Emmy winners impacted the TV landscape over the past 20 years. From its black-and-white pixelated origins to the evolution of network primetime to modern digital streaming à la Netflix, television has dominated the entertainment scene for almost a century. This mass media outlet revolutionized how people consume information, engage in popular culture and make sense of the human experience. But while television at large continuously frames our social awareness, certain programs have risen above the mainstream to become global sensations — untouched by shifting decades or wavering trends. As the 68th annual Emmy Awards approach (September 18 at 7:00 p.m. EST), let’s reminisce on five small-screen Emmy winners that definitively impacted the TV landscape over these past 20 years. Friends (1994–2004) Warner Bros. Television This seven-time Emmy winner — including the 2002 “Outstanding Comedy Series” recipient — defined an entire generation of twentysomethings on the verge of millennial reform. …read more
Your books got me through a health crisis and inspired me to follow a dream. Hi, Chuck, When I was 18, I missed an appearance of yours at Spokane’s Auntie’s Bookstore by one day. I had to leave for home for medical reasons. In 2014, I missed your reading at Skidmore. I had plans through Northshire Bookstore to see you in Saratoga, but chemotherapy had drained me of what little energy Crohn’s and the Big C hadn’t already taken. A battery of tests and a few biopsies later, doctors told me I had three years to live. After some hospitalizations and more medications and treatments than I can remember, I sat in Albany Medical Center, Room E516, Bed B, hearing my doctor give me a choice: surgery or three months. I am Jack’s Dustin’s colon… I get cancer, I kill Dustin. Needless to say, I chose surgery. (A total proctocolectomy with …read more
Satisfy your subscription addiction with these extraordinary subscription boxes. The world of e-commerce. Vast. Impersonal. Enter subscription boxes. Part shopper paradise. Part surprise. Part community experience. A lot of FOMO. Way too much dry shampoo. Discovery. Curation. The world of subscription boxes meets the world of art with “curators” choosing the next big thing, their most favorite thing. Review sites for subscription boxes began as simple unboxing or review venues. Now they drive the market. Liz Cadman of the popular My Subscription Addiction (MSA) describes subscription boxes as letting “consumers discover fun, new products in the convenience of their own homes” with “popular boxes offering great value and a fun/surprise element.” MSA is one of the first and leading review sites for subscription boxes and adds the elements of swaps, discounts and spoilers in forums. Liz takes the addiction side of My Subscription Addiction seriously in describing her “gateway” box: …read more
eSports viewership outpaces the Super Bowl, NBA Finals and Wimbledon — by a long shot. But why? Soon, average sports fans may become avid fans of what some don’t even acknowledge as a sport: eSports. When it comes to traditional TV sports ratings, the NFL — and specifically the Super Bowl — is unmatched. We saw 111.9 million tune in to watch Peyton Manning ride off into the sunset in Super Bowl 50 earlier this year. More recently, 44 million watched the Cleveland Cavaliers dismantle the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals to bring an elusive championship to the shores of Lake Erie. Even more recently, a combined 13.3 million tuned in to the Wimbledon Singles finals where Serena Williams solidified her spot in history at the top of women’s tennis while Andy Murray laid claim to the elite among Federer, Djkovic and Nadal. Some 13.9 …read more
Mihaela Noroc promotes tolerance by showing the beauty and strength of women across the globe. For Mihaela Noroc, beauty truly can be found everywhere. As a photographer who travels the world in search of women who embody a diverse idea of beauty and strength, Noroc has been taking pictures of women she meets and posting them on her popular website, The Atlas of Beauty, for over three years. The Atlas of Beauty, a constantly growing online photography project, is Noroc’s way of proving her hypothesis that “beauty can make us more tolerant.” “Every day when we watch mass media we see an Atlas of War, Conflicts, and Fear,” Noroc said. “People are fighting just because they are different: because they have a different religion, culture, or race.” Mihaela Noroc hopes that her photographs will show that “diversity is something beautiful and not a reason for conflict.” Anastasia, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, …read more
Uncovering the realities of the lives of photojournalists whose lenses capture conflict and tragedy. (Warning: Graphic Images.) A photographer does more than capture images. With their lens, they are to capture truth, tell a story and share a message with the world. However, the message audiences have received have often been the one chosen by the editors that decide to publish them. In some cases, specific photos may be deemed too graphic or violent to merit publication, but that decision rests solely in the hands of the gatekeepers each photographer must contend with. Of course, all publications have different standards as to what those boundaries are. For instance, in 2012, the New York Post chose to publish an image of a 58-year-old man named Ki-Suck Han on their front page. The man had been pushed onto the subway tracks moments before an oncoming train struck and killed him. The photographer who …read more
A vibrant downtown and Midtown have made Detroit cool again, but the spotlight belongs to the street artists. If you haven’t heard, the streets of Detroit are changing. And the street artists of the city are playing their part in that evolving narrative. A lot of it has to do with a new mayor, new businesses, new roads, a rediscovery of “cool” — all great possibilities, but you can also look at the city’s art scene. The art scene in Detroit has always been a part of the Motor City’s DNA sequence. Today that connection is more obvious as street artists under 40 remake Detroit in their own image. In places like the Eastern Market (a popular gathering spot for fresh produce and live music) and the Grand River Creative Corridor (GCC) and all around the city, the limitless canvas of buildings is being touched — and retouched — by …read more
The new (age) consciousness of the Burning Man festival. Fluffy moon boots — check. Ski-goggle sunglasses — check. Viking helmet — check. A cacophony of voices, drums and howling sandstorms — check. Over 70,000 half-naked people dancing around an arid landscape of scorching 110º heat — check. I know what you’re thinking: we’re in Bosch’s hell, right? Nope, just Nevada… Welcome to Black Rock City, home to the one and only Burning Man festival. The Burning Man festival, temporary residence of the enlightened among us (myself included, of course) is, on the surface, a music, arts and performance festival. But it’s actually more than that: it’s an attempt to imagine a social space of coexistence, collaboration and self-expression. From its conception, it has been carried by 10 principles, imagined and defined by its founder, Larry Harvey, that describe what being a “burner” really means. These include things like “Radical Inclusion,” …read more
Who assigns meaning to art: the artist or the audience? La Lagunilla is one of the largest and oldest markets in Mexico City and is certainly its most famous. Located just north of the city’s main square, it attracts thousands of tourists each year but remains a market for local people. Principally known for its antiques and counterfeit clothes, La Lagunilla mixes the specialist with the generic. Walking down its hallways of bridal gowns and designer knock-offs, you’ll be stared down by the stoic faces and folded arms of the legions of vendors. Maybe you’ll track down that My Little Pony onesie you wanted, or maybe you’ll find yourself somehow caught in the midst of a bargaining dispute. Folkloric tales of a given item’s history are epically and painstakingly relayed by gesticulating old men in Adidas tracksuits, and no matter how starkly improbable they may sound, you’re always inclined to …read more