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Clara Bow appeared in 58 films in just over a decade. John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

Taylor Swift’s homage to Clara Bow

The star of the 1920s silver screen who appears on Taylor Swift’s new album abruptly left Hollywood at the height of her success – a middle finger to the men whom she had made rich and powerful.
O.J. Simpson shows the jury a pair of gloves, similar to those found near the crime scene, during his trial in Los Angeles in 1995. POO/AFP via Getty Images

Has the media learned anything since the O.J. Simpson trial?

Since the ‘trial of the century,’ the lines between news and entertainment have become increasingly blurred.
A man walks past posters of the film ‘PM Narendra Modi,’ a biopic on the Indian prime minister, during its launch in Mumbai, India, in 2019. AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Bollywood is playing a large supporting role in India’s elections

Ahead of elections in India, a series of films that promote the ruling party’s right-wing ideology are seeking to influence voters. An art historian explains how the trend started.
The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate after beating the Iowa Hawkeyes to win the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball national championship. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Is this the dawn of a new era in women’s sports?

Sports media has typically operated under a ‘one and done’ model: focus on women’s sports during high-profile events, before returning to routine coverage of men.
Country musician Linda Martell at her home in South Carolina in 2021. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The most important voice on Beyoncé’s new album

Confinement was the essence of Linda Martell’s brief career as a country star in the 1970s – and it’s the exact sort of fate that Beyoncé has sought to avoid.
Listening to music from a device creates a protective bubble that can counteract a lack of personal space at school or home. Pierre Michel Jean/AFP via Getty Images

How AI is shaping the music listening habits of Gen Z

In the past, adolescents’ musical palettes were dominated by the Top-40 artists, creating a widely shared – if perhaps narrow – repertoire of musical knowledge.
Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein and Carey Mulligan as Bernstein’s wife, Felicia Montealegre, in ‘Maestro.’ Jason McDonald/Netflix

Bradley Cooper, Cillian Murphy and the myths of Method acting

Hopefully, Academy Award winners will be chosen because voters believed in the actors’ performances − not because of some meta narrative about their off-screen behavior.
Best picture nominee ‘Past Lives’ was directed by South Korean-Canadian filmmaker Celine Song and has scenes in Korean and English. A24/Everett Collection

How non-English language cinema is reshaping the Oscars landscape

Non-English language cinema – previously seen by niche audiences – is increasingly finding acceptance and recognition, reflecting the many demographic changes taking place within the academy.