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August 29, 2019

See the original post in The Hollywood Reporter

When Universal called off the Sept. 27 release of The Hunt amid criticism (including from President Trump) of its violence and polarizing political themes — both under heightened scrutiny amid a wave of U.S. mass shootings...

November 18, 2018

History has a way of repeating itself.

The shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, coupled with the latest increase in anti-Semitism, bears a cold resemblance to the tumultuous climate in the United States prior to World War II. In 1941, the United States...

July 5, 2018

It’s hard to comprehend how Ernst Lubitsch — one of the wittiest, most subversive filmmakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age — could be so overlooked by today’s film fans. Luminaries adored him: Alfred Hitchcock counted the German-born director as an influence, and Billy Wil...

April 13, 2018

“This is the beginning of an American concentration camp.”

Those words shook the Washington courtroom as Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo shouted over a slamming gavel. Trumbo was one of many who refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee (...

December 5, 2017

The Hollywood studios that cultivated the golden age of movies almost never got off the ground. Blame Thomas Edison. The great inventor fought to secure royalties from anyone using a film projector, which ultimately crushed many exhibitors. But one industry pioneer fou...

October 23, 2017

THE GERMANS TRIED to destabilize the United States government in the 1930s, and founded groups like Friends of New Germany (FNG) and the Silver Shirts to sow internal discord. But a counterintelligence ring in Los Angeles infiltrated these groups and helped bring them...

October 21, 2017

YOU ARE BEING CONTROLLED by images, though you may not know it yet. After reading Douglas Rushkoff’s Aleister & Adolf, which influential and eccentric comics writer Grant Morrison calls an “apocalyptic struggle for the soul of humanity,” you may start to consider the w...

February 8, 2017

Recent essays in the Chronicle of Higher Education have taken on the current state of fake news and misinformation. Phrases like “Post-Truth” are being thrown around with more frequency. One root of this issue is social media in how these platforms allow us to customiz...

November 3, 2016

When looking at the current state of politics in the United States today, one is likely to fall into a state of anxiety. With national leaders and political pundits resorting to finger-pointing and apocalyptic rhetoric, we can learn a great deal from the strong and sto...

August 15, 2016

Over the weekend a top trending hashtag was #MilwaukeeUnrest as sections of the Sherman Park neighborhood were set aflame. Twitter users took to social media to both condone and condemn the rioting, 140-characters at a time. During this time the Twitter feed was a snap...

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