Category: Entertainment » Film and TV

Digital remains should be treated with the same care and respect as physical remains

18 Apr 12:00 | World

From live-streaming funerals to online memorial pages and even chat-bots that use people's social media footprints' to act as online ghosts, the digital afterlife industry (DAI) has become big more »

The secret to being cool: Try smiling

13 Apr 16:26 | U.S. News

For many people, one of the unspoken rules for being cool is maintaining an emotionally inexpressive attitude. This message is reinforced through advertisements where fashion models rarely smile and by quotes from more »

Reality television played a key role in taking Trump from apprentice to president

7 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

There are many factors that account for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election victory, but Americans would be doing a disservice to their understanding of the country's political system by ignoring Trump's 14-year starring role as a reality television personality, according to Shira Gabriel, an associate professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychology. read more »

No laughing matter, yet humor inspires climate change activism

2 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

Melting icecaps, mass flooding, megadroughts and erratic weather are no laughing matter. However, a new study shows that humor can be an effective means to inspire young people to pursue climate change activism. read more »

TV's influence on pregnancy, childbirth more powerful than many women admit

15 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

Surfing through cable TV channels often results in catching a glimpse of a woman giving birth or preparing for motherhood in one of the popular pregnancy and childbirth reality more »

Toy Unboxing Lucrative But Sensitive

22 May 2017 | Entertainment

The global social media phenomenon of toy unboxing is causing concern for parents and other child welfare advocates. Now new research recommends regulation to address more »

TV Accentuates Traditional Women's Roles At Expense Of Their Needs

15 May 2017 | U.S. News

College women who frequently watch television or who believe that the content is real, tend to endorse the gender roles that are portrayed often on TV, says a University of Michigan more »

New Study Reveals Why People Pay For News And What It Means For Future Of Journalism

4 May 2017 | Entertainment

Slightly more than half of all U.S. adults pay for news, with roughly half of those subscribing to a newspaper, according to a study conducted by the Media Insight Project. read more »

Humans Born To Love Superheroes

6 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

We recognize justice before we can talk, reports a research team. The Japanese study demonstrates that human infants recognize heroic acts from early stages of development, suggesting that our sense of justice -- and likewise, adoration for heroes -- is innate. read more »

Study Finds News Exposure Linked To Greater Anger Towards Muslims

3 Apr 2017 | World

New Zealanders -- whether liberal or conservative -- show both increased anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims if they are more avid news consumers, a new scientific study has more »

People Who Watch Entertainment TV More Likely To Vote For Populist Politicians

27 Mar 2017 | US Politics and Govt

People exposed to entertainment television are more likely to vote for populist politicians according to a new study co-authored by an economist at Queen Mary University of London. read more »

Cooking Family Meals, Skipping TV During Those Meals Linked To Lower Odds Of Obesity

24 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Adults who don't flip on the TV during dinner and those who eat home-cooked meals are less likely to be obese, a new study has found. read more »

More Screen Time For Kids Isn't All That Bad

8 Feb 2017 | Entertainment

A researcher says children should be allowed to delve into screen technology, as it is becoming an essential part of modern more »

Psychology Explains How To Win An Oscar

6 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

If you want to win an Oscar it is best to be an American actor in a film that portrays American culture. read more »

Oprah Winfrey Becomes A Special Contributor To 60 Minutes

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed broadcaster, producer, actress and philanthropist, will become a special contributor to 60 MINUTES, it was announced by the news magazine's executive producer, Jeff more »

Satirical News Has Serious Political Effects

24 Jan 2017 | Entertainment

Satirical news programs, often dismissed as mere entertainment, have real political effects on the people who watch them, new research more »

Smoking Related Imagery Absent From Only One James Bond Movie To Date

17 Jan 2017 | Entertainment

Smoking related imagery is conspicuous by its absence from only one Bond movie since 007 first graced cinema screens in 1962, finds an analysis in Tobacco Control. read more »

Obama Family Voted Most Desirable Neighbors For 2017; Justin Bieber Named Worst

30 Dec 2016 | Entertainment

Americans would most like to be neighbors with the Obamas in 2017, according to the 10th annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey. read more »

Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies

27 Dec 2016 | U.S. News

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died in hospital following a heart attack aged more »

Scheduling Leisure Activities Makes Them Less Fun

9 Dec 2016 | SciTech

In a series of studies, researchers found that scheduling a leisure activity like seeing a movie or taking a coffee break led people to anticipate less enjoyment and actually enjoy the event less than if the same activities were more »

Those Funny Ads May Make You Laugh, But Maybe Not Buy

2 Dec 2016 | Entertainment

Advertisers often use humor to grab customers' attention, but they should do so with caution, according to a recently published study. read more »

It Takes Less Than A Second To Tell Humans From Androids

29 Nov 2016 | SciTech

It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as "Westworld." But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new research from the University of California, more »

Study Suggests That Parental Health Behaviors May Influence Children's Sleep

25 Nov 2016 | SciTech

A new study indicates that children's sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence, which suggests that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based more »

Consuming Violent Media Linked To 13x Surge In Violent Dreams

16 Nov 2016 | Entertainment

The violent and sexual media you consume during the day may infiltrate your dreams at night, new research more »

How Entertainment Affects Our Politics

14 Nov 2016 | US Politics and Govt

Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat begs the question: when will the highest and hardest glass ceiling be shattered in the U.S.? While change is not yet coming to the nation’s political stage, it is under way on our screens, and new research reveals that the fiction we watch influences our gendered perceptions of what it takes to be an effective more »

Movie Producer Charged With Defrauding Hedge Fund Investors

14 Nov 2016 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former movie producer and self-proclaimed private equity executive with defrauding investors in hedge funds and using the money he stole to support his extravagant more »

Television Cooking Shows Overlook Safe Food Handling Practices

9 Nov 2016 | Entertainment

Forty-eight million cases of foodborne illness are reported annually in the United States, including 3,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. read more »

Children's Health And Privacy At Risk From Digital Marketing

9 Nov 2016 | Entertainment

For the first time, researchers and health experts have undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the concerning situation in the World Health Organisation European Region regarding digital marketing to children of foods high in fats, salt and more »

Study Finds Pop-Culture News Helped Destigmatize Out-Of-Wedlock Childbirth

31 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

Celebrity news reports over the past four decades appear to have contributed to the changing makeup of the traditional American family by helping to destigmatize out-of-wedlock childbirths in the United States, according to a study by a University at Buffalo more »

How Frankenstein Saved Humankind From Probable Extinction

31 Oct 2016 | SciTech

Widely considered the first work of science fiction for exploring the destructive consequences of scientific and moral transgressions, a new study published in "BioScience" argues that the horror of Mary Shelley's gothic novel Frankenstein is rooted in a fundamental principle of more »

American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations For Children's Media Use

21 Oct 2016 | Entertainment

Recognizing the ubiquitous role of media in children's lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is releasing new policy recommendations and resources to help families maintain a healthy media diet. read more »

Young Children Who Watch Too Much Television At Risk Of Victimization, Social Isolation

20 Oct 2016 | Entertainment

Results of new study led by Linda Pagani, professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Psychoeducation, show that young children who watch too much television are at risk of victimization and social isolation and adopting violent and antisocial behaviour toward other students at age more »

Man Charged With Stealing Employer's 'As Seen On TV' Trade Secrets

19 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

An employee of a privately-held corporation that distributes “As Seen On TV” products has been arrested and charged with theft of trade secrets and wire more »

Some Children Genetically Predisposed To Overeating In Response To Television Food Ads

12 Oct 2016 | Entertainment

Exposure to food ads on television leads to overeating among children, especially those genetically predisposed to obesity, researchers at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the C. Everett Koop Institute have shown. read more »

More Evidence That TV Ads May Influence Kids' Drinking

7 Sep 2016 | Entertainment

The more advertising kids see for particular brands of alcohol, the more they consume of those brands, according to a new study. read more »

Bay Area Woman Arrested On Federal Stalking and Hacking Charges Related To Kris Jenner

22 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

California nurse’s assistant has been arrested on federal cyberstalking and hacking charges related to harassment and threats targeting television personality Kristen Jenner, members of her family and two more »

Partisan Media Can Influence Viewers To Reject Facts: Study

11 Aug 2016 | Entertainment

A new nationwide study suggests why heavy users of partisan media outlets are more likely than others to hold political more »

Call For Child-Directed Advertising To Be Better Regulated

11 Aug 2016 | Entertainment

Two human rights experts are drawing attention to the impact of commercial advertising directed at young children that instils, at an early age, over-consumption and indebtedness, and have urged the Governments to redefine those child-directed more »

'Media Contagion' Is Factor In Mass Shootings, Study Says

9 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

People who commit mass shootings in America tend to share three traits: rampant depression, social isolation and pathological narcissism, according to a new research paper that calls on the media to deny such shooters the fame they more »

Study Finds Sharks Get Bad Rap When Viewed With Ominous Background Music

5 Aug 2016 | SciTech

In a new study, researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego found that the background music in shark documentaries affects viewers' perceptions of sharks. read more »

How Will Live-Streaming Crime On Facebook Live And Periscope Challenge US Privacy Law?

4 Aug 2016 | SciTech

Researchers have found that current laws protecting individual rights are insufficient to protect privacy when it comes to Live-Streaming technologies and that the First Amendment likely protects livestreaming activities of more »

More Than 2 Million Copies Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Sell In The First Two Days

4 Aug 2016 | Entertainment

Retailer reports estimate that Scholastic has sold more than 2 million copies in North America of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the first two days of sales, unprecedented for a script book. read more »

New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3-D

26 Jul 2016 | Entertainment

A team of scientists have demonstrated a display that lets you watch 3-D films in a movie theater without extra more »

One-Third Of Students Report Elevated Psychological Distress

25 Jul 2016 | SciTech

More than one in three - an estimated 328,000 -- Ontario students in grades seven to 12 report moderate-to-serious psychological distress, according to new survey results from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).read more »

Reading Harry Potter Lowers Americans' Opinions Of Donald Trump

21 Jul 2016 | Entertainment

A new study finds that reading Harry Potter books leads Americans to take a lower opinion of Donald more »

U.S. Charges Owner Of Most-Visited Illegal File-Sharing Website With Copyright Infringement

21 Jul 2016 | U.S. News

U.S. authorities have charged the alleged owner of today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website. read more »

Netflix To Beam New CBS "Star Trek" Television Series In 188 Countries

19 Jul 2016 | Entertainment

Netflix and CBS Studios International have announced a landmark international licensing agreement for the new "Star Trek" television series. Netflix will be the exclusive premiere home of "Star Trek" in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). read more »

CIA Imposter Sentenced To Prison For Fraud

18 Jul 2016 | U.S. News

Wayne Shelby Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, a former Fox News commentator who has falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for major fraud against the government. read more »

Could Growing Internet Use Inspire More Democratic Uprisings?

30 Jun 2016 | Entertainment

While events like the Arab Spring brought hope that the internet could inspire the growth of democracy in authoritarian countries, a new study offers a reality more »

Market For Virtual Reality Products Expected To Reach $33.9 Billion In 2022

16 Jun 2016 | Business

The market for virtual reality products and technologies was valued at $1.37 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach over $33 billion by 2022, according to read more »