What’s American About American Movies?

Thomas Doherty The American film industry, despite its critics, continues to dominate the world market for movies. The author discusses why this is and relates the impact of several recent movies in the United States and abroad. Thomas
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Hip-Hop: From the Streets to the Mainstream

Hip-hop is more than just music. The term encompasses a whole culture, and that helps explain how it has become one of the most influential elements shaping global entertainment and youth self-expression. All over the world, hip-hop is a tool for explaining the complexities of daily (more...)

Philadelphia Orchestra Announce 2015 European Tour

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Orchestra will embark upon a European Tour in 2015, culminating in two performances at the South Bank Centre in London.  Mayor Nutter made the announcement at a reception for the Philadelphia delegation hosted by UK Trade & Investment and featuring more than (more...)

Opera: Premiere of Svadba – Wedding by Ana Sokolovic

November production, presented in collaboration with FringeArts, is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Opera Philadelphia is once again expanding its civic footprint – and its 2013-2014 Season – by launching an annual series that will offer fully staged operas in unexpected (more...)

Olympic Torch Takes Its First Spacewalk

In a view from Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy’s helmet camera, flight engineer Oleg Kotov waves the Olympic torch outside the International Space Station during a November 9 spacewalk. The torch taken on the spacewalk will be used to light the flame at the Olympic Games in February 2014 in Sochi, a (more...)

NY Deacon Proposes a Treatment Method To the Disease of Racism

To be featured in the (2013 New York State Reading Association), Deacon Kenneth L. Radcliffe considers ‘Applying Alcoholics Anonymous Principles to the Disease of Racism’ an effective approach to liberate the victims from the shackles of racial discrimination NEW YORK – Using Christian and humanist principles and a 12-step program designed (more...)

Second Annual ThinkFest Kicks Off — a Weeklong Event

Second Annual ThinkFest Kicks Off — a Weeklong Event Featuring Dynamic Speakers, Unique Entertainment and Smart Conversation about the Future of Philadelphia Prominent speakers to include M. Night Shyamalan, Chris Matthews, Marc Vetri and Kathleen Kane Organizers of ThinkFest announced their second annual program, which will be held from Nov. 4-9. (more...)

But You Like Really Dated?!

Leonardo DiCaprio and Mariah Carey?  Cher and Tom Cruise? BUT THEY LIKE REALLY DATED?! Using the same quick wit and signature illustration style that has attracted thousands of fans to his website, Ryan Casey presents all of the hilarious details behind four decades of celebrity hookups in But You Like Really (more...)

Saving Syria’s Cultural Heritage

Part of the humanitarian disaster in Syria is the threat to the country’s cultural objects and sites. Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, and are as important to human civilization as Syria. Syria’s history extends over thousands of years. A succession of (more...)

Soccer: America’s Sport of the Future?

Football, or soccer as it is called in the United States, is the most widely played and watched sport in the world. Historically, this sport had not garnered much attention in the United States. That began to change in the 1960s and 1970s, but the major (more...)

Government and the Movies

Unlike many countries where the government oversees cultural programs, including cinema, the United States does not have a government office or ministry that regulates the film industry. Government, however, does interface with the movie business in several ways. Film Production In the United States, films generally come (more...)

Tanya Anina announces release of “Time for a Change”

New book takes readers through the love entangled life of Taya, a free spirit In “Time for a Change” (published by AuthorHouse), author Tanya Anina’s new novel, readers join a young woman, Taya, as she grows and matures through her difficult life experiences. Readers follow Taya as she travels across (more...)

Oh Sweet Lorraine – A Most Touching & Heartbreaking Tribute Love Song

"Oh Sweet Lorraine", a most touching & heartbreaking tribute love song had written by 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh from Peoria after his 91-year-old wife died last April. He isn’t a musician, but the lyrics he put on paper are now being shared with the world. It got most visits on (more...)

Renovations at Iconic Gateway Arch Aim to Improve Visitor Access

One of America’s greatest tourist attractions is getting a multimillion dollar makeover to improve access for visitors. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and state and city officials and other partners August 2 broke ground on the “Park over the Highway” (more...)

2013 Fourth Annual New Hope Film Festival Announces Awards

The 2013 Fourth Annual New Hope Film Festival, touted as the “emerging Sundance East” in a June 2012 article in The Huffington Post, is excited to announce the awards presented on Sunday, (more...)

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