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
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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...)

PA Film & Television Production Tax Credit to Remain Fully Funded at $60 Million

Governor Tom Corbett signed the new state budget on June 30, thus continuing the Pennsylvania Film and Television Production Tax Credit program at its fully funded amount of $60 million plus the ability to obtain current awards from the next three fiscal years. First established in 2004, Pennsylvania’s sustained support (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...)

Statue of Liberty Reopens to Public After Storm Damage

The Statue of Liberty reopened to the public July 4 for the first time since it was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. “It is hard to imagine a more appropriate or powerful way to commemorate our nation’s founding than to reopen the Statue of Liberty, (more...)

Philadelphia Author Explores Love And Promise In New Novel

Author Jax Jillian announces the release of his new contemporary romance novel, “Larkin’s Letters.” “Larkin’s Letters” propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she leaves behind. Ryan worked hard to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, (more...)

Two PA Students have been Selected to Study at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

The New York-based Russian American Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce that Rachel Yinger has been selected for the prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Program – funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – to spend six weeks of the summer 2013 studying (more...)

Miss Pennsylvania USA Seeks Fan Votes

-Winner of fan votes guaranteed spot in Miss USA Pageant semi-finals- Jessica Billings, Miss Pennsylvania USA, needs your help! She will compete for the title of Miss USA at the 2013 pageant on Sunday, June 16 in Las Vegas, NV; however, she needs fellow Pennsylvanians to step up so she can (more...)

Intangible Cultural Heritage

Traditionally, preserving cultural heritage has meant conserving historic buildings, monuments and works of art. But starting in the 1960s, thanks to a growing appreciation of diverse cultures and modes of cultural expression, the preservation of cultural heritage has expanded to encompass so-called “intangible” cultural expressions (more...)

Eurovision 2013: We Are One

Sweden and the city of Malmö had host of Europe's favourite TV show 2013 Eurovision Song Contest - a wonderful evening of entertainment. The show was opened with an Olympic style flag march where the artists entered the arena to the anthem We Write The


Philadelphia Announces Artist Selection For Joe Frazier Statue

The City of Philadelphia announced that Lawrence J. Nowlan will be the artist to create a statue in honor of Joe Frazier. Mr. Nowlan previously created the Harry Kalas Memorial Statue at Citizens Bank Park. The statue is scheduled to be erected at XFINITY Live! by Spring 2014. “I have (more...)

Five Living Presidents Dedicate Bush Presidential Center

“My deepest conviction, the guiding principle of the administration, is that the United States of America must strive to expand the reach of freedom,” former President George W. Bush said in the dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas April 25. The former (more...)

Belgian Soldiers Are Performing The Harlem Shake

New video of half-naked Belgian soldiers with machine guns performing the Harlem Shake brings a lot of visitors on YouTube. According to Orange "the video was taken down within a day of being uploaded but not before it had quickly gone viral after showing the troupe (more...)

The Digital Revolution

Steven Ascher Author bio: Steven Ascher is an Academy-Award nominated director whose films include Troublesome Creek (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize), So Much So Fast, and Raising Renee.  He is author of The Filmmaker’s Handbook, a Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age, a bestselling text. In the history of motion (more...)

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 Doherty is a professor of film studies at Brandeis (more...)