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Dwayne Jonson will voice the character of Maui in upcoming Disney film Moana. Disney

Explainer: why blackface (and brownface) offend

Furores over blackface happen with disturbing regularity in Australia. To help explain why blackface is more than a simple case of harmless parody - or even honouring your hero - we must understand its harmful history.
‘I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations. And this is my counterpart R2-D2.’ Gordon Tarpley

How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

No Star Wars movie would be complete without the Universe's two favourite droids. But now the race is on to turn them into fact.
What exactly are our current global character designs communicating? Juliana Cuervo

21st-century character designs reflect our concerns, as always

Characters are designed to respond to specific concerns relative to time and context. But as we move deeper into the 21st century, what are those concerns, and how do they differ from those in the 20th century?
Women – and little girls even more so – are desperate to see images and stories that don’t actively oppress them onscreen. Nadia Meli

The princess is not quite dead, but it’s time to let her go

Some time ago my then five-year-old goddaughter began insistently and, it must be said, somewhat repetitively humming a few bars that would quickly become one of the world’s most ubiquitous earworms. As…
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has told e-book customers to email publisher Hachette to protest against “illegal” price collusion. EPA/Victoria Bonn-Meuser

Amazon’s hachette job evokes George Orwell in ebook price fight

In what is fast becoming a regular negotiating tactic, Amazon has halted pre-orders of DVDs and Blue-Ray discs of some Disney movies. This includes titles such as “Maleficent,” and “Captain America: The…

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