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“THE ANONYMOUS ONES”

SZA SHARES “THE ANONYMOUS ONES” FROM DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), A NEW ORIGINAL SONG WRITTEN BY BENJ PASEK, JUSTIN PAUL & AMANDLA STENBERG, “THE ANONYMOUS ONES” CAST VERSION PERFORMED BY AMANDLA STENBERG OUT NOW, DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 24, AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE DEAR EVAN HANSEN IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 24

GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist SZA releases “The Anonymous Ones,” the next song to be unveiled from the DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), today.  A brand-new song was written specifically for the Universal Pictures release, “The Anonymous Ones” was written by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Amandla Stenberg.  A co-star in the movie, Stenberg’s performance of the song as featured in the film is also released today. “The Anonymous Ones” is a song that reminds us that everyone, even people who seem to have it all together, have their own struggles and insecurities, and fears. But when we open up to each other we realize how much we can help one another just by being there for each other. Dear Evan Hansen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released on September 24 through Interscope Records. Listen to “The Anonymous Ones”—HERE.

The full lineup of artists has been revealed for the soundtrack, including Sam Smith with Summer Walker, SZA, Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay, FINNEAS, and Tori Kelly. Plus, the 16-track album features new recordings by the film cast of these beloved songs with music and lyrics by the Oscar®, Grammy®, and Tony® winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). Among the new songs, the Soundtrack also includes “A Little Closer” performed by Colton Ryan.

Last month, Universal Pictures & Interscope Records unveiled new renditions of the film’s iconic anthems “Waving Through A Window” and “You Will Be Found” performed by Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy® winner Ben Platt, who originated the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway and reprises the role for the film. And just last week saw the release of Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay’s version of “Only Us.”

Pre-order the Dear Evan Hansen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).  —HERE.

The film premiered last night at the Toronto International Film Festival and Universal Pictures will release Dear Evan Hansen in theaters nationwide on September 24th.

Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway in December 2016 and became a generation-defining phenomenon, winning six Tony Awards, including for Best Musical and for Ben Platt as Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The show’s cast album would go on to earn a Grammy®.

Now, in the film, Ben Platt returns as Evan Hansen, an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.  360 Magazine is very excited to watch this movie as this brings a huge portion of our audience. 

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Wonder), the film is written for the screen by the show’s Tony® winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul. Dear Evan Hansen stars six-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams, Oscar® winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Colton Ryan (Little Voice), Nik Dodani (Atypical), and Danny Pino (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

The film is produced by Marc Platt (La La Land, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns) and Adam Siegel (2 Guns, Drive), and is executive produced by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Michael Bederman, and Stacey Mindich.

Tracklist:

  1. Waving Through A Window – Ben Platt & Dear Evan Hansen Choir
  2. For Forever – Ben Platt
  3. Sincerely Me – Colton Ryan, Ben Platt & Nik Dodani
  4. Requiem – Kaitlyn Dever, Danny Pino & Amy Adams
  5. If I Could Tell Her – Ben Platt & Kaitlyn Dever
  6. The Anonymous Ones – Amandla Stenberg
  7. You Will Be Found – Ben Platt, Amandla Stenberg, Liz Kate, DeMarius Copes, Isaac Powell, Hadiya Eshe’, Kaitlyn Dever & Dear Evan Hansen Choir
  8. Only Us – Kaitlyn Dever & Ben Platt
  9. Words Fail – Ben Platt
  10. So Big / So Small – Julianne Moore
  11. A Little Closer – Colton Ryan
  12. You Will Be Found – Sam Smith feat. Summer Walker
  13. The Anonymous Ones – SZA
  14. Only Us – Carrie Underwood & Dan + Shay
  15. A Little Closer – FINNEAS
  16. Waving Through A Window – Tori Kelly
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Outfest 2021

If you’re looking for new entertainment, good news: Outfest L.A 2021 has released the dates, venues, and lineup for its 39th film festival. Outfest LA is returning to in-person screenings more than a year and a half after the Covid-19 pandemic. With nearly 200 films in every genre, Outfest includes voices and stories from the entire queer community.

The nation’s leading LGBTQ+ festival will be held from August 13 to 22 in-person. Alternatively, for those at-risk or those who are outside of the Los Angeles area, Outfest also announced that nearly every film will be available for streaming as well. The 2021 LGBTQ film festival kicks off with an opening night screening of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie directed by Jonathan Butterell, marking the festival’s first outdoor gala taking place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. On August 22, Fanny: The Right to Rock directed by Bobbi Jo Hart will be the closing night film screening at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Platinum Section will be showcasing creators of experimental LGBTQ media and performance, featuring films such as Sundance hit We’re All Going to the World’s Fair and UK documentary Rebel Dykes. The Legacy section will feature screenings of classic LGBTQ features including The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love by director Maria Maggenti.

Not just film screenings, the festival will also include special appearances by Max Harwood and others, with live performances by BeBe Zahara Benet and more. The fifth annual Trans and Non-Binary Summit will be presented, in addition to other special events. Outfest will also present memorial tributes to Outfest alum Ash Christian and icon Cloris Leachman.

General admission tickets are $16. More information on exact prices and films can be found on the official website.

Full list of film screenings and activities listed below:

OPENING NIGHT

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE dir. Jonathan Butterell

Including Special in-person appearances planned by Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, Jonathan Butterell as well as Bianca del Rio.

CLOSING NIGHT

FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK dir. Bobbi Jo Hart

Live reunion performance after the screening by Fanny, including members Jean Millington, June Millington, Alice de Buhr, and Brie Darling, joined by Patti Quattro and Lee Madeloni.

U.S. CENTERPIECE

THE NOVICE dir. Lauren Hadaway

DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE

BEING BEBE dir. Emily Branham

Special live performance by BeBe Zahara Benet.

SPECIAL TRIBUTE CENTERPIECE

THE SIXTH REEL (World Premiere) dir. Charles Busch, Carl Andress

Special memorial tribute to producer and Outfest alum Ash Christian, who passed away during the development of this film in 2020.

U.S. NARRATIVE

  • ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE dir. Nathan Hale Williams
  • FIRSTNESS dir. by Brielle Brilliant
  • HOMEBODY (World Premiere) dir. Joseph Sackett
  • LANGUAGE LESSONS dir. Natalie Morales
  • MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY (Online Only) dir. Marion Hill
  • POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA dir. Wes Hurley
  • SEE YOU THEN dir. Mari Walker
  • WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING dir. by Sean King O’Grady

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE

  • THE BEST FAMILIES dir. Javier Fuentes-León
  • BOY MEETS BOY dir. Daniel Sánchez
  • A DISTANT PLACE dir. Kun-Young Park
  • FIREBIRD dir. Peeter Rebane
  • JUMP, DARLING dir. Phil Connell Screening will be accompanied by a celebrity memorial tribute to Cloris Leachman, as well as a rare, pre-recorded introduction by Cloris Leachman herself
  • KNOCKING (Theatrical Only) dir. Frida Kempff
  • LEADING LADIES dir. Ruth Caudeli
  • LOVE, SPELLS, AND ALL THAT dir. Ümit Ünal
  • SWEETHEART dir. Marley Morrison

DOCUMENTARY

  • BOULEVARD! A HOLLYWOOD STORY (World Premiere) dir. Jeffrey Schwarz
  • CRYSTAL DIARIES dir. Enyce Smith and Gina Lamb
    GEMMEL AND TIM (World Premiere) dir. Michiel Thomas
  • EVERYTHING AT ONCE dir. Alberto Fuguet
    INVISIBLE dir. T.J. Parsell – including live performance by Mary Gauthier, Jess Leary, Dianne Davidson, and other members of the cast
  • LADY BUDS dir. Chris J. Russo – Sneak Preview Screening
  • MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY dir. Betsy West and Julie Cohen
  • NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS dir. Vivian Kleiman
  • NORTH BY CURRENT dir. Angelo Madsen Minax
  • RAW! UNCUT! VIDEO! Dir. by Alex Clausen and Ryan A. White
  • SEDIMENTS (International Premiere) dir. Adrián Silvestre

PLATINUM SECTION

  • SOCKS ON FIRE dir. Bo McGuire – Platinum Centerpiece, will include a pre-show drag performance emceed by director Bo McGuire
  • DEATH AND BOWLING (World Premiere) dir. Lyle Kash
  • REBEL DYKES dir. Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams
  • WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR dir. Jane Schoenbrun

PLATINUM SHORTS SHOWCASE (89 min.)

  • EXORCISMS AND OTHER SUPPLICATIONS dir. Georden West
  • DWARF PLANET dir. Adrian Chiarella
  • HYENA dir. Zinzi LeMond
  • BODIES OF DESIRE dir. Varsha Panikar and Saad Nawab
  • THE CROWN WITH A SHADOW dir. JB Ghuman
  • MAN OF MY DREAMS dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends
  • NSFW (ANGRY YELLOW MEAT) dir. Woohee Cho
  • CHILDHOODS dir. Aaron Biscombe
  • F1-100 dir. Emory Chao Johnson
  • REBEL dir. Jose Alfredo and Coker Jones Garcia
  • MONSTER GIRL dir. Jake Mcclellan and Eric Griffin
  • RUN OUT GROOVE dir. Paige Henderson
  • JUPITER & EUROPA dir. Milo Ferguson
  • IN THE AIR TONIGHT dir. Tito Soto

SPECIAL EVENTSLive performance elements are subject to change as policy around Los Angeles’ mask mandate evolves.

  • AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN
  • BALONEY – Screening will be accompanied by a live Baloney show and a Q&A moderated by RuPaul’s Drag Race star BenDeLaCreme
  • THE EXTINCTION OF FIREFLIES dir. James Andrew Walsh
  • LA QUEENCIAÑERA (World Premiere) dir. Pedro Peira
  • THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND dir. Giselle Bailey, Nneka Onuorah – (Free Screening)
  • PROGNOSIS – NOTES ON LIVING dir. Debra Chasnoff
  • SHIT & CHAMPAGNE dir. D’Arcy Drollinger – Champagne White will host a ridiculous pre-show with members of the cast and the world’s trashiest “strippers”
  • THIS IS JESSICA dir. Andrea Meyerson
  • TRANS & NON-BINARY SUMMIT
  • OUTFEST SCREENWRITING LAB LIVE READ

EPISODICS

  • BOY CULTURE – Episodes 1 & 2
  • NOAH’S ARC: THE ‘RONA CHRONICLES
  • BRIDESMAN World Premiere
  • THR PRESENTS: WORK IN PROGRESS Season 2 – FREE EVENT

LEGACY

  • THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO GIRLS IN LOVE dir. Maria Maggenti
  • QUINCEAÑERA (15TH ANNIVERSARY) dirs. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
    Theatrical Only
  • VESTIDA DE AZUL (DRESSED IN BLUE) – U.S. Restoration Premiere! Theatrical Only

SHORT FILMS

  • 1-888-5-BLUE-YOU dirs. Jake Mcclellan, Eric Griffin
  • 2 DOLLARS dir. Robin Cloud
  • ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY dir. Marko Djeska
  • ALMOST A YEAR dir. Jamieson Baker
  • AND THEN dir. Ravenna Tran
  • ARE YOU STILL WATCHING? dirs. Tali Polichtuk, Kitty Chrystal, Alex Cardy
  • AT LAST dir. Lorena Gordon
  • AUTOETHNOGRAPHY dir. Iván Reina Ortiz
  • BEAUTIFUL THEY dir. Cloudy Rhodes
  • BEFORE THE ERUPTION dir. Roberto Pérez Toledo
  • BETWEEN US dir. Cailleah Scott-Grimes
  • BLACK BOY JOY dirs. Joshua Walker, Avery Archie
  • BODIES OF DESIRE dirs.Varsha Panikar, Saad Nawab
  • BOREKAS dir. Saleh Saadi
  • BRACHA dirs. Mickey Triest, Aaron Geva
  • BREAK IN dir. Alyssa Lerner
  • CHILDHOODS dir. Aaron Alexis
  • CHLOE MARY LYDIA dir. Megan Chumbley
  • COCOON LOVE dir. Xiaowen Wang
  • CODED dir. Ryan White
  • COMPLICATED dir. Isak Kohaly
  • COVID SUMMER dir. Todd Verow
  • DAISY BOY dir. Aj Knight, Darrin Bush
  • DREAMER dir. Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez
  • DUSTIN dir.Naïla Guiguet
  • DWARF PLANET dir. Adrian Chiarella
  • EDEN dir. Sven Spur
  • EGGSHELLS dir. Slava Doycheva
  • EXORCISMS AND OTHER SUPPLICATIONS dir. Georden West
  • F1-100 dir. Emory Chao Johnson
  • FAREWELL dir. Maria Åkesson
  • FERVOR dir. José Manuel Vélez
  • FISHBOWL dir. Jacqueline Chan
  • FISHERMAN dir. Nicky Miller
  • GAYME ON dir. Giovanni Adams
  • GIRL NIGHT STAND: CHAPTER TWO dir. Jenna Laurenzo
  • GIRLS & THE PARTY dir. Paloma Lopez
  • GIRLS SHOULDN’T WALK ALONE AT NIGHT dir. Katerine Martineau
  • GOD’S DAUGHTER DANCES dir. Sungbin BYUN
  • GRADUATION dir.Robin Wang
  • GROWING FANGS dir. Ann Marie Pace
  • HEADLOCK dir. Damon Laguna
  • HOMEGOING dir. Carlton Daniel JR.
  • HOT DREAMS dir. Darci Fulcher, Vaughn Greve
  • HOW MOVING dir. Owen Thiele
  • HOW TO BE QUEER dir. Monica Zanetti
  • HOW TO DIE YOUNG IN MANILA dir. Petersen Vargas
  • HOW TO RAISE A BLACK BOY dir. Justice Jamal Jones
  • HYENA dir. Zinzi LeMond
  • IN THE AIR TONIGHT dir. Tito Soto
  • IT WAS THE DOG THAT SAVED MY LIFE dirs. Adam Golub, Sylvaine Alfaro
  • IT’LL BE OVER SOON dir. Benjamin Rigby
  • JACK AND JO DON’T WANT TO DIE dir. Kantu Lentz
  • JUPITER & EUROPA dir. Milo Ferguson
  • KWÊSKOSÎW (SHE WHISTLES) dir. Thirza Cuthand
  • LITTLE MX. SUNSHINE dir. Alessandro Nori
  • LITTLE SKY dir. Jess X. Snow
  • LUV U CUZ dir. Eric Pumphrey
  • MAMA HAS A MUSTACHE dir. Sally Rubin
  • MIND OVER TIME dir. Will Holst
  • MOTHER BUNKER dir. George Metaxas
  • MOTTA dir. Nish Gera
  • MOUNTAIN LODGE dir. Jordan Wong
  • NARCISSISTER BREAST WORK dir. Narcissister
  • NI AQUÍ NI ALLÁ dir. Ley Comas
  • NIMZO dir. Adelina Anthony
  • NOOR & LAYLA dir. Fawzia Mirza
  • NSFW (ANGRY YELLOW MEAT) dir. Woohee Cho
  • NUCLEAR FAMILY dir. Faustine Crespy
  • OF SELF-BLESSING dir. golden lionheart collier
  • OLLIES ON THE MOON dir. Brittany Campbell
  • ONLY FOR THE NIGHT dir. LaQuan Lewis
  • OUR BED IS GREEN dir. Maggie Brennan
  • OVER MY DEAD BODY dir. Quinlan Orear
  • OVER MY DEAD BODY dir. Tamiah Bantum
  • PEACE dir. Adomako Aman
  • PINE dir. Bethany Michalski
  • PINK & BLUE dir. Carmen LoBue
  • PLAISIR dir. Molly Gillis
  • POOL BOY dir. Luke Willis
  • PRIVATE PHOTOS dir. Marcelo Grabowsky
  • PURE dir. Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • QUEER ISOLATION dir. Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim
  • QUINCEAÑERO dir. Justin Floyd
  • REBEL dir. Jose Alfredo Garcia
  • RIGHT TO TRY dir. Zeberiah Newman
  • ROADKILL dir. Aliza Brugger
  • RUN OUT GROOVE dir. Paige Henderson
  • RUTH dir. Beulah Pidakala
  • SEASICK dir. Lindsey Ryan
  • SENIOR PROM dir. Luisa Conlon
  • SMOKE, LILIES AND JADE dirs. Deondray and Quincy LeNear Gossfield
  • SQUISH dir. Xavier SERON
  • STEPHEN & JAMES: BEST GIRLFRIENDS dir. Dave Quantic
  • SUPREME dir. Youssef Youssef
  • SWIMMING TO THE END OF THE WORLD dir. Todd Verow
  • TAFFETA dir. Lovell Holder
  • TAFFY dir. Jon Crawford
  • THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE dir.Elizabeth Archer
  • THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT dir. Whitney Skauge
  • THE BINDING OF ITZIK dir. Anika Benkov
  • THE CROWN WITH A SHADOW dir. JB Ghuman, Jr.
  • THE DAILY WAR dir. Karla Legaspy
  • THE FUGITIVES dir. Dami Sainz Edwards
  • THE LIGHTS ARE ON, NO ONE’S HOME dir. Faye Ruiz
  • THE MAN OF MY DREAMS dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends
  • THE NIGHT TRAIN dir. Jerry Carlsson
  • THE NUMBER 12 dir. Jed Bell
  • THE RECORDER dir. Justine Lupe
  • THE SMALL THINGS dir. Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • THE WAY WE ARE dir. Amanda Ann-Min Wong
  • THE YOUNG KING dir. Larin Sullivan
  • THEY/THEM dir. Goldbloom Micomonaco
  • THƠ dirs. Jake Villadolid, Heather Muriel Nguyễn
  • TO THE FUTURE, WITH LOVE dir. Shaleece Haas
  • TRADE CENTER dir. Adam B Baran
  • UNLIVEABLE (INABITÁVEL) dir. Matheus Farias, Enock Carvalho
  • UNTIE dir. Lane Michael Stanley
  • VALIENTE (BRAVE) dir. Miguel Melo
  • VIRGIN MY ASS dir. Adar Sigler
  • WHAT’S LEFT INSIDE dir. Michael Varrati
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Regal Cinemas’ Reopen with New Locations in L.A.

As Covid regulations are decreasing and more and more people are getting vaccinated, regulations are starting to decrease and people are starting to go outside again, including to the local movie theatres.  Regal Cinemas is reopening, and is also proud to announce 3 additional locations will open in the Los Angeles area, with one in Camarillo, one in Irvine, and one in Hemet. These theatres will open Friday, May 21. 

Lionsgate’s Spiral, a horror movie and Saw spinoff,  will headline the new movies including Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult’s new thriller: Those Who Wish Me Dead and Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man along with a full slate of additional titles. Future releases opening in the coming weeks include A Quiet Place Part II, Cruella and F9.

Reopening plans include a wide range of health and safety measures that adhere to the CinemaSafe protocol and guidelines, which have been created by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) in order to help prevent Covid outbreaks in theatres.

About Regal

Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group, operates one of the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuits in the United States, consisting of 6,979 screens in 526 theatres in 42 states along with the District of Columbia and Guam as of February 28, 2021. The size, reach and quality of the company’s theatre circuit provides its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable moviegoing experience. They are committed to being “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!” Additional information is available on Regal’s website, which can be found HERE.

GRAND OPENING DELAYED at REGAL NORTH HOLLYWOOD & 4DX

WHAT: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that the official opening scheduled for today, Friday, May 21, of the Regal North Hollywood has been postponed. We look forward to officially opening the doors in the coming days and will follow up accordingly when we have the official date.

WHERE: Regal North Hollywood & 4DX                                                        (3251 20th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132)

BeBe Shopp illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Miss America Partners with Rowan University

Miss America Partners with Rowan University for 100th Anniversary Archival Project

With an eye on history and ideals of beauty, students digitize Miss America archives

“There she is…”

One hundred years of artifacts from the Miss America Competition—from jeweled crowns and velvet capes to programs, photographs, judges’ books, oil paintings, films, and business records—tell more than the story of the competition.

They also provide a rich look at both American and New Jersey history and help illustrate how ideas surrounding beauty and women’s roles in society have changed over a century. 

Now, through a unique partnership with the Miss America Organization, Rowan University students are sifting through the organization’s expansive archives and digitizing the artifacts. Their work, currently underway in the Digital Scholarship Center at Campbell Library, will be the cornerstone of the new Rowan Digital Collections.

Scholars worldwide eventually will have access to the artifacts through the archive, hosted by Rowan Libraries.

Currently, the massive Miss America collection is tucked away in storage in South Jersey. The storage contains a treasure trove of floor-to-ceiling artifacts from the competition.

The Miss America Organization will continue to retain the physical artifacts. But the digitization, which began with program books and some oil paintings of former winners, will ensure the artifacts are categorized and documented–and available widely to future scholars.

The preservation partnership was orchestrated by University administrators, who were approached by the Miss America Organization.

‘An enduring feature of American culture’

“We’re excited Rowan is doing this, and we’re thrilled the University sees value in this project,” says Shantel Krebs, chair of the board and interim president and CEO of the Miss America Organization.

“This is New Jersey history. The digitization project will help others learn more about the quintessential competition and its evolution from a ‘bather’s revue’ into a nationally recognized non-profit that offers scholarship assistance and helps thousands of young women from America to improve their communities through service.”

The project will be a crucial resource to scholars and students, notes College of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean Nawal Ammar.  

“The Miss America competition has been an enduring feature of American culture, producing idealized images of female beauty and achievement,” says Ammar.

“However, the pageant also has been a space to challenge those images, both inside and outside the competition hall. This collection will be an invaluable source for the study of American history, culture, women’s history, business history, media studies, and many other topics.”

Project manager Katie Turner, a professor of history and American Studies, says Rowan students working on digitization are gaining first-hand experience of the archival process. 

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get their hands on history and to really see what goes into making a collection,” adds Turner. “Everything today is digitized for students. They often don’t get to see and touch historical documents. When you sift through paper and do research in an archive, there’s a real commitment to the work.”

Founded as a bather’s revue by businessmen in 1921 as a gimmick to lengthen the summer tourist season in Atlantic City by capitalizing on popular American ideals of female beauty, the competition in its early years was often a steppingstone for women who wanted to pursue show business careers. More than 100,000 people swarmed onto the Atlantic City Boardwalk the first year to watch 16-year-old Margaret Gorman be crowned.

Candidates in the 1920s were rated by judges on everything from the construction of their heads to their “grace of bearing” to their eyes, hair, torso, and hands. Every measurement—from ankles to biceps to head—was recorded by judges and assessed on a points system.

By the 1950s, the competition, under the leadership of Lenora Slaughter, the program’s director for more than 25 years, had been transformed into a source of scholarships for contestants. In 1958, more than $200,000 in scholarships were awarded.

A crown jewel for Atlantic City.

But the competition, a crown jewel for Atlantic City, has not been devoid of controversy. In 1968, it was the site of the first major women’s liberation protest in the United States, when the New York Radical Women, some 400 strong, protested on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. They maintained that the competition objectified women and upheld female stereotypes.

Protestors through the years also objected to the program’s exclusion of women of color. The first Black Miss America, Vanessa Williams, was crowned in 1983—more than 60 years after the competition’s founding.

That isn’t lost on Rowan senior English and writing arts major Destiny Hall, who is working on digitization. She started with the 1984 Miss America magazine, where Williams is featured prominently. Hall, a women’s and gender studies minor, says work on the project has been eye-opening as she explores her own views of feminism.

“Part of being a feminist is allowing women to be whatever they want to be. I have a complicated history with Miss America. In the beginning, I saw it as sexist. Now, I see it as a celebration of womanhood. Many of these women compete to further their careers,” says Hall, 22, who will attend graduate school at Columbia University in the fall as she pursues a career writing fiction for women.

“Through this project, I feel like I’m preserving history and I really appreciate that. It’s important to have this information and to have access to it.”

Freshman English major Grace Fox, who is pursuing the Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Concentration in the Honors College, is digitizing program books.

“I’m hoping I’ll find one nugget…something nobody knows about,” says Fox. “I’m definitely looking at the advertisements, the kinds of products they marketed, the images of fashion. There’s so much value in this work. It’s so applicable to things we talk about in class, including how societal views on women’s bodies are enmeshed in the culture we see.”

Robert Hilliker, interim associate provost and director of research engagement and scholarship at Rowan Libraries, and Michael Benson, digital scholarship specialist, are overseeing the digitization work. Additionally, Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication Director Julie Haynes, whose research focuses on depictions of gender in popular culture, is involved in the project.

About the collection

While programs, photos, and other ephemera are being scanned, other artifacts, such as crowns, trophies, and a Waterford scepter carried by winners, will be photographed. Scores of oil paintings and sketches of winners, including some sketches by renowned portrait artist Everett Kintsler, whose work includes official White House portraits of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, will be digitized under the guidance of Rowan art historians.

Rowan’s Department of Radio/Television/Film may assist in digitizing hundreds of films and slides, some of which were donated by shore-area residents who religiously attended the annual Miss America parade on the Boardwalk.

“Prioritization of the digitization will be quite a project,” Hilliker notes. “The collection is so special from an archivist’s standpoint because it contains varied materials. That will make for some interesting research projects, but it also presents a lot of technical challenges. For our students, this project certainly will be an excellent apprenticeship in digital preservation.”

The collection is an eclectic mix.

The same storage that currently houses the unwieldy Golden Mermaid trophy, presented in the early 1920s to the winner, also includes the crown of 1955 winner Lee Meriwether, who went on to a successful television career. Then Miss California, Meriwether was the first Miss America to be crowned on television, an event that drew 27 million viewers.

Stars flocked to the competition over the years. Grace Kelly was a judge. Marilyn Monroe was the grand marshal of the parade in 1952. Eddie Fischer was a host before Bert Parks, famed singer of the “There She Is” Miss America theme, emceed for 24 years.

The collection also includes Slaughter’s personal scrapbooks. Some of her other papers are housed at the Smithsonian Institution.

Some of the artifacts, such as the film of Meriwether being crowned, were lost during an Atlantic City Nor’easter some years ago. That makes the digitization project particularly valuable, Krebs notes.

BeBe Shopp, Miss America 1948, says she’s delighted Rowan students are preserving Miss America’s legacy.

“This will make it easier for anyone to view our history and learn how Miss America has grown and become even more vital to young women today,” says Shopp, who represented Minnesota in the competition. “This is important. What an experience the students must be having combing through hundreds of thousands of documents and learning about our past. At my age, I’m thrilled that they are going to preserve me for ages to come.”

Supporting the archival work

The Miss America Organization has established a campaign to help fund the digitization project and preserve the thousands of artifacts in the organization’s 100-year history. Visit the organization’s funding site to learn more about supporting the work.

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The Africa Channel Programming Expansion

The Africa Channel is Now Available to Millions More Xfinity TV Customers

Expansion Furthers Ongoing Commitment from Comcast to Increase Access to Best-in-Class Black Programming 

The Africa Channel (TAC), the longest running Independent, minority owned, media company focused on presenting pan-African content to global audiences, announced today that its programming, which includes scripted and unscripted series, films, documentaries, news and information programs, is now available to millions more Xfinity TV customers, in 60 new markets on Channel 1629, and also via the Xfinity Stream app. Xfinity customers with X1 can also say “The Africa Channel” into their Xfinity Voice Remote to access the channel. Sample content from The Africa Channel will also be featured, at no additional cost, on the newly-launched Black Experience on Xfinity Channel.

Launched in 2005, The Africa Channel’s mission is to introduce contemporary stories of Africa and the African diaspora to American audiences while presenting a more inclusive perspective on Black entertainment. The channel is a showcase for outstanding English language television series, feature films, documentaries and news about Africa and the global African Diaspora. It aspires to build bridges between cultures while reinforcing positive narratives of Africa through diverse content and programming.

“We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Comcast and are delighted to renew and expand our partnership with Comcast by reaching even more key markets across the US,” said Narendra Reddy, Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Africa Channel. “We feel that showcasing diverse content through the prism of contemporary Africa plays a seminal role in building cultural bridges, while connecting Black Americans to their heritage. We are particularly excited to partner with Comcast in their commitment to diversity through their Black Experience on Xfinity initiative.”

Through the programming and partnership with Comcast The Africa Channel aims to educate and connect all Black Americans to their heritage, and to specifically serve a fast-growing Black immigrant population who currently represent over 20% of the Black population in the US. The majority of TAC’s content has never been seen in North America. Now, with the network’s expanded distribution on Xfinity, millions of new viewers will be able to access this vast catalog of culturally relevant content.

“We’re thrilled to bring The Africa Channel’s unique, informative, and high-quality programming about African culture to an even larger audience than ever before,” added Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services. “Our mission is to continue to amplify Black voices and stories by providing a platform for the next generation of Black storytellers. Comcast currently offers its customers access to more than 100 independent networks targeted to deliver content that centers culturally diverse audiences, and The Africa Channel is an integral part of this content offering.”
More viewers than ever before will be able to catch TAC’s newest slate of programming including:

  • World Wide Nate – This destination adventure series follows larger-than-life Chicago native Nate Fluellen, who fears nothing as he explores Africa’s abundance of death-defying thrills. Nate proves to be an excellent example for other intrepid African Americans seeking adventure and a connection to the continent that created today’s African American population’s robust ancestors. Airs weeknights at 9:00pm Eastern.
  • Amah Knows Best – This show is driven by platinum-selling South African rapper; iFani, who travels to China to learn how to cook from Chinese grandmothers. The adventure is also a cultural learning experience, not just for iFani but also for the Chinese people who unquestioningly embrace their unique visitor. Airs weeknights at 9:30pm Eastern.
  • Lockdown – Viewers experience a different kind of “lockdown” in this new prison drama. Set in a fictional high security female prison, the stories of these inmates reveal the paths which landed them behind bars. The gritty prison drama features an all-female cast with African American actress Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris) joining the line-up in Season 3. Airs Wednesdays at 10:00pm Eastern.

Xfinity delivers the best entertainment to customers, including thousands of hours of diverse programming from more than 100 networks and streaming services, via its X1platform. X1 delivers delivers the most comprehensive library of entertainment on one voice-controlled platform­–aggregating live TV, On Demand, and popular streaming apps from a growing collection of networks and streaming services. The expansion of The Africa Channel is part of an ongoing commitment from Comcast to increase access to best-in-class Black programming by providing a platform for the next generation of Black storytellers.

Please visit The Africa Channel’s website for more information on how to watch TAC and follow TAC on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About The Africa Channel  

The Africa Channel and its production arm, TAC Studios, is a showcase for the African continent’s most outstanding English-language television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, biographies and cultural and historical content. The channel’s mission is to open a daily window into modern African life, and in the process, help demystify Africa for viewers globally. The Africa Channel with offices in Los Angeles and Johannesburg, South Africa is available in North America and the Caribbean on cable systems such as Comcast, Charter/Spectrum, Rogers Ignite and Bell Fibe (Canada), and the Caribbean Cable Cooperative.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit Comcast’s website for more information.

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Oscars 2021, Only Kind of White

By Dana Feeney

The nominations for the 2021 Oscars have finally been announced. In June 2020 it was announced that the awards show would be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Oscars were originally scheduled for February 21 but they will now be on April 25. The award show is run by the Academy of Motion Pictures, which was founded in the 1930s. This is the third time in Oscar’s history that the show has been postponed: the first time was in 1968 after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the second in 1981 due to an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, there are many incredible films that have been created in the past year. This is the first time in Oscars history that the Academy will allow streaming films meaning films that did not have a box office debut. According to the Academy announcement last April, it will be a one time exception made to the eligibility rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting theater closures. This makes films like 2021 awards season powerhouse Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which exclusively premiered on Amazon Prime Video, eligible for award nominations.

Landmarks in Diversity

This is the first time in the Academy’s history that two women have been nominated for Best Director; Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman.”  Zhao is the first woman of color to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. She is also the first woman to ever receive four nominations in one year. 

This is the first time that the Best Actor category is not majority white. Steven Yeun was the first Asian American to be nominated for Best Actor for his role in “Minari“. Also nominated for Best Actor, Riz Ahmed is the first person of Pakistani descent and the first Muslim person ever nominated for an acting Oscar for his performance in “Sound of Metal.” They are nominated alongside Chadwick Boseman for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Anthony Hopkins for “The Father” and Gary Oldman for “Mank.” Chadwick Boseman is the first black actor to be nominated for a posthumous Oscar and may be the first black actor to win a posthumous Oscar considering his Golden Globes win

Many black filmmakers and professionals made history this year including Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, who are the first Black women nominated for best makeup and hairstyling for their work on “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Additionally, “Judas and the Black Messiah” is the first movie with an all-Black producing team, Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, to be nominated for best picture. Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield’s acting nominations for “Judas and the Black Messiah” marks the first time two Black actors from the same film were nominated. “Judas and the Black Messiah” now holds the record for most Black nominees ever from the same film with 10 nominations compared to the past record which was “The Color Purple” with 7 nominations.

The best actress nominees include Viola Davis for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” who is now the most nominated Black actress ever and Andra Day for her performance in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” The best supporting actor nominees include Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah”, Leslie Odom Jr. for “One Night in Miami…” and LaKeith Stanfield for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Additionally, Yuh-Jung Youn, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Minari”, is the first Korean person ever nominated for an acting Oscar.

As expected, the nominations for the Oscars have many familiar titles from the Golden Globes nominations. You can read more about this year’s Golden Globes here. It’ll be interesting to see how the Oscars winners compare to the Golden Globes winners considering last year’s parallel with Parasite’s Oscars win for Best Picture versus it’s Golden Globes snub.

This year’s nominations are as diverse as the Oscars have ever been, though the bar still is on the floor considering the nominees are still predominantly old, white, and male. In 2020 the Oscars earned the hastag, #OscarsSoWhite so The influx of recognition for minorities is significant in comparison. For reference last year the only non-white person nominated was Cynthia Erivo, who was nominated for Best Actress. 

The Academy is working on improving their organization and have increased the number of female identifying members from 25% in 2015 to 33% in 2020, and increased members from racial and ethnic minorities, from 10% in 2015 to 19% in 2020. Considering the significant lack of diversity and recognition in categories like Best Picture and the lack of representation for Latinx individuals almost entirely, the Academy still has a way to go til its awards actually recognize and represent the diversity of the film community. 

Full List of 2021 Oscar Nominations

Similar to college basketball’s March Madness brackets, we highly recommend making Oscars ballots. It’s a super fun way to engage in awards shows which tend to be pretty monotonous and motivates people to actually watch the nominated films.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

NOMINEES:

RIZ AHMED

Sound of Metal

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

ANTHONY HOPKINS

The Father

GARY OLDMAN

Mank

STEVEN YEUN

Minari

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

NOMINEES:

SACHA BARON COHEN

The Trial of the Chicago 7

DANIEL KALUUYA

Judas and the Black Messiah

LESLIE ODOM, JR.

One Night in Miami…

PAUL RACI

Sound of Metal

LAKEITH STANFIELD

Judas and the Black Messiah

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

NOMINEES:

VIOLA DAVIS

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

ANDRA DAY

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

VANESSA KIRBY

Pieces of a Woman

FRANCES MCDORMAND

Nomadland

CAREY MULLIGAN

Promising Young Woman

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

NOMINEES:

MARIA BAKALOVA

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

GLENN CLOSE

Hillbilly Elegy

OLIVIA COLMAN

The Father

AMANDA SEYFRIED

Mank

YUH-JUNG YOUN

Minari

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

NOMINEES:

ONWARD

Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae

OVER THE MOON

Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou

A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON

Richard Phelan, Will Becher, and Paul Kewley

SOUL

Pete Docter and Dana Murray

WOLFWALKERS

Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants

CINEMATOGRAPHY

NOMINEES:

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Sean Bobbitt

MANK

Erik Messerschmidt

NEWS OF THE WORLD

Dariusz Wolski

NOMADLAND

Joshua James Richards

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Phedon Papamichael

COSTUME DESIGN

NOMINEES:

EMMA

Alexandra Byrne

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Ann Roth

MANK

Trish Summerville

MULAN

Bina Daigeler

PINOCCHIO

Massimo Cantini Parrini

DIRECTING

NOMINEES:

ANOTHER ROUND

Thomas Vinterberg

MANK

David Fincher

MINARI

Lee Isaac Chung

NOMADLAND

Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Emerald Fennell

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

NOMINEES:

COLLECTIVE

Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana

CRIP CAMP

Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

THE MOLE AGENT

Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER

Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, and Craig Foster

TIME

Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino, and Kellen Quinn

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

NOMINEES:

COLETTE

Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION

Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

DO NOT SPLIT

Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook

HUNGER WARD

Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman

A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA

Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan

FILM EDITING

NOMINEES:

THE FATHER

Yorgos Lamprinos

NOMADLAND

Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Frédéric Thoraval

SOUND OF METAL

Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Alan Baumgarten

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

NOMINEES:

ANOTHER ROUND

Denmark

BETTER DAYS

Hong Kong

COLLECTIVE

Romania

THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN

Tunisia

QUO VADIS, AIDA?

Bosnia and Herzegovina

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

NOMINEES:

EMMA

Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze

HILLBILLY ELEGY

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle, and Patricia Dehaney

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson

MANK

Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri, and Colleen LaBaff

PINOCCHIO

Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

NOMINEES:

DA 5 BLOODS

Terence Blanchard

MANK

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

MINARI

Emile Mosseri

NEWS OF THE WORLD

James Newton Howard

SOUL

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

NOMINEES:

FIGHT FOR YOU

from Judas and the Black Messiah; Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

HEAR MY VOICE

from The Trial of the Chicago 7; Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

HUSAVIK

from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga; Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus, and Rickard Göransson

IO SÌ (SEEN)

from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se); Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

SPEAK NOW

from One Night in Miami…; Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

BEST PICTURE

NOMINEES:

THE FATHER

David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi, and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Shaka King, Charles D. King, and Ryan Coogler, Producers

MANK

Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth, and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

MINARI

Christina Oh, Producer

NOMADLAND

Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, and Chloé Zhao, Producers

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell, and Josey McNamara, Producers

SOUND OF METAL

Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers

PRODUCTION DESIGN

NOMINEES:

THE FATHER

Production Design: Peter Francis; Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton

MANK

Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

NEWS OF THE WORLD

Production Design: David Crank; Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan

TENET

Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

NOMINEES:

BURROW

Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat

GENIUS LOCI

Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise

IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU

Will McCormack and Michael Govier

OPERA

Erick Oh

YES-PEOPLE

Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

NOMINEES:

FEELING THROUGH

Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski

THE LETTER ROOM

Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan

THE PRESENT

Farah Nabulsi and Ossama Bawardi

TWO DISTANT STRANGERS

Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

WHITE EYE

Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman

SOUND

NOMINEES

GREYHOUND

Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders, and David Wyman

MANK

Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, and Drew Kunin

NEWS OF THE WORLD

Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, and John Pritchett

SOUL

Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott, and David Parker

SOUND OF METAL

Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

VISUAL EFFECTS

NOMINEES:

LOVE AND MONSTERS

Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt, and Brian Cox

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon, and David Watkins

MULAN

Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, and Steve Ingram

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, and Santiago Colomo Martinez

TENET

Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

NOMINEES:

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM: DELIVERY OF PRODIGIOUS BRIBE TO AMERICAN REGIME FOR MAKE BENEFIT ONCE GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN

Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad

THE FATHER

Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

NOMADLAND

Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

Screenplay by Kemp Powers

THE WHITE TIGER

Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

NOMINEES:

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King; Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas

MINARI

Written by Lee Isaac Chung

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Written by Emerald Fennell

SOUND OF METAL

Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Written by Aaron Sorkin

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Valentine’s Day Movie Favorites

The movie experts at Redbox have just released some interesting movie insights, just in time for Valentine’s Day. They asked movie watchers what their favorite romantic comedies are from the 1990s and 2000s. Redbox is also running a campaign where they are promoting the most romantic films for Valentine’s Day. Check out their list below which features movies for all of your romance movie needs.

Which is your favorite romantic comedy from the 2000s?

1.           Sweet Home Alabama

2.           My Big Fat Greek Wedding

3.           50 First Dates

4.           Crazy Rich Asians

5.           Hitch

Which is your favorite romantic comedy from the 1990s?

1.           Pretty Woman

2.           There’s Something About Mary

3.           The Wedding Singer

4.           10 Things I Hate About You

5.           Sleepless in Seattle

Redbox is also running a swoon-worthy Movies You’ll Adore campaign now through 2/14, visit their website for more information. It includes:

  • Valentine Faves At The Kiosk: Wild Mountain Thyme, Love & Monsters, After We Collided, The Broken Hearts Gallery, The Photograph, Crazy Rich Asians
  • On-Demand Deals: Love Simon, The Other Woman, The Fault in Our Stars, 27 Dresses, This Means War
  • Meet Cutes: I Still Believe, The Secret: Dare to Dream, Overboard, Long Shot, When Harry Met Sally
  • Galentine’s Picks: Girls Trip, Pitch Perfect, Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, Legally Blonde
  • Teen Romance: Twilight, Words on Bathroom Walls, Cruel Intentions, After, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Bromances: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Top Gun, Friday, Step Brothers, Fight Club
  • Fantasy Films: The Shape of Water, Edward Scissorhands, Practical Magic, Ghost, Ella Enchanted
  • Break-Up Movies: 500 Days of Summer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, He’s Just Not That Into You
  • Romantic Thrillers: Fifty Shades of Grey, Gone Girl, Mrs. & Mrs. Smith, Unfaithful, Obsessed
  • Time Travel Love: Groundhog Day, 13 Going on 30, About Time, The Lake House, The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Period Romances: Pride & Prejudice, Belle, Ammonite, Gone with the Wind, Shakespeare in Love, Sense & Sensibility
  • Tearjerkers: Titanic, A Star is Born, All My Life, Me Before You, Romeo + Juliet, City of Angels, A Walk to Remember, Brokeback Mountain
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How the gambling houses have shaped the popular taste

The casino industry has evolved a lot over the last few centuries. In Europe during the 18th century, the underground gambling halls morphed into the first legal casinos. Eventually, the same thing happened in the United States, with Nevada’s fledgling Las Vegas providing entertainment for the workers of the nearby Hoover Dam.

From those sawdust-covered floors, modern casinos developed with names like the Golden Nugget in the 1940s. The giant integrated resorts we know today began springing up in the 1980s, and online casinos came into existence in the late 1990s.

Today, most of Europe and a growing number of US states have legalized online casinos, though New Jersey continues to lead the way on this side of the pond, with more than 23 online casinos to choose from in NJ.

At every stage along the way, these casinos have influenced pop culture, changing what we watch, what we read, and what we listen to.

Casino’s Influence on Language

You may be surprised at just how many casino-related words and phrases you use in your everyday conversations. Casino and card games have been around for the best part of a millennium, with blackjack being the descendent of several card games that go back as far as the 13th century AD. 

Having been around for such a long time, words and phrases while playing these games have worked their way into the common vernacular. 

For example, “hedging one’s bets” is a phrase we use regularly to explain when we’re not committing to one particular option to protect ourselves from a negative outcome. In betting, you may hedge your bets by wagering on two opposing outcomes, while in life you might take a job interview while staying at your old job until you see which is the better option. 

All commonly used phrases include “all bets are off,” which can mean no one is sure about the outcome of an event; and “poker face,” which describes someone who is not displaying any emotion.

Casino’s Influence on Music

Speaking of poker faces, Lady Gaga’s hit song is one of the most recent examples of the influence of casino games in music. But there are plenty of others

The country and western singer Garth Brooks had a hit with Two of a Kind Working on a Full House back in 1990. The song leaned heavily on references to poker hands to discuss his relationship with his wife (two of a kind) and the fact that they planned to build a life together (a full house). The song contained betting references all the way through, with links like “I’m her wild card man” and “a real hot hand.”

Other popular songs that have been created by the influence of casinos and casino games include The Gambler by Kenny Rogers, House of Cards by Tyler Shaw, and Ace of Spades by Motörhead.

Casino’s Influence on Movies

Perhaps the most obvious influence that casinos have had on popular culture is in movies. Hollywood loves to set a movie in Las Vegas and its casinos, with at least 92 movies set in the city since 1941. 

Popular examples include Ocean’s Eleven (and its 21’st century remake), Viva Las Vegas, Diamond Are Forever, The Godfather, Casino, The Hangover, and 21. 

Writers often find the excitement and mystery that casinos offer are a great setting for their stories, with films like Ocean’s Eleven and Casino entirely based around the inner workings of the gaming business. 

Others, including many James Bond movies, use casinos in certain scenes as they offer a great way to show the characters outwitting their rivals. A casino setting is also one of the few places where a protagonist and villain could sit in the same room and talk without being forced to attack or fight each other. 

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Casinos in Pop Culture

From movies and TV shows to books and songs, casinos have prominently featured in pop culture throughout the decades. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous inclusions of casinos in entertainment.

Casinos in Movies

Gambling establishments are older than you may think. The oldest casino in the world, the Casino di Venezia in Venice, opened its doors way back in 1638. Today, people all over the world love to play casino games like baccarat, roulette, and blackjack at both land-based casinos and online live casinos like Casumo. And there is something about the allure of a casino that makes it the perfect setting for many movies.

From old black-and-white classic heist movies like the original Ocean’s Eleven to modern-day comedies like The Hangover and What Happens in Vegas, the casino has made countless appearances on the silver screen. Other notable casino movies include Martin Scorsese’s epic 1995 gangster movie Casino, the modern classic 21 that is based on a true story of a math professor training a group of students to count cards in Las Vegas, and the 2003 film The Cooler, which involves a man whose luck is so bad that casinos hire him to stand at tables to affect punters on hot streaks. There are countless other casino films, such as Rounders, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Steven Soderbergh’s immensely popular Ocean’s movies.

Casinos in TV Shows

One striking admission from the above casino movies is 007 himself, James Bond. 2006’s Casino Royale, which saw Daniel Craig take up the mantel of Bond in a reimagination of the popular spy series of movies, is surely one of the greatest casino films ever made. And, of course, the casino setting has been used in many other Bond movies over the years. But few people know that the first time Bond’s Casino Royale appeared on screen was not in cinemas but on television. The 1954 live television adaptation of Casino Royale was the first episode in the American anthology series Climax! It starred Barry Nelson as the very first actor to play Bond on screen.

Casinos have featured in plenty of TV shows over the years. Do you remember the Friends episode when the troupe went to Vegas to visit Joey, who was working at a casino? How about The Simpsons episode where Homer takes Ned Flanders on a trip to Sin City? There have also been popular television shows set in casinos, such as the 2000s series Las Vegas, which revolved around a former CIA agent working at a casino, and the reality TV show The Casino that took a look behind the scenes of casino operations.

Casinos in Books

Many of the most popular casino movies, such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 21, and Casino Royale, began life in literature. Casinos have made many appearances in novels over the years, including Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler and Graham Greene’s Loser Takes All.

Also, numerous books discuss the principles of casino games and offer advice on how to beat the house and true stories like Straight Flush, which tells how a group of frat boys began one of the biggest online poker sites.

Casinos in Popular Music

Casinos have also permeated popular music. Over the years, there have been countless songs about casinos, gambling, and playing games like poker and roulette. Notable songs include Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler, Ray Charles’ Blackjack, and the Rolling Stones’ Casino Boogie. But perhaps the most famous casino song of all is by the King himself, Elvis Presley. Viva Las Vegas!

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HBO’s Halloween Movies

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HBO: ALL THE SCARES, ALL IN ONE PLACE

Stream spooky new flicks, horror cult classics, eerie mysteries, and much more — all on HBO Max.

Start your 7-day free* trial HERE and take your Halloween to the next level.

*Free trial is for new customers only. After your free trial ends, you’ll be charged $14.99/mo. plus applicable tax. Restrictions apply.

New Spooks:

Lovecraft Country

Need a scare? Catch up on the “smart, gripping and wonderfully wild” (TIME) series following three travelers escaping the monsters — real and imagined — in 1950s America. Now streaming.

The Witches

Get spooked with our newest haunt starring Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway, and Stanley Tucci. In the spooky reimagining of Roald Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks him away to a seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.

Frightening New Flicks:

The Invisible Man

The unseen maniac of the Universal monsters canon returns to invisible life in this frightening 2020 reboot. Golden Globe(R)-winner Elisabeth Moss (TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”) stars as a young woman who escapes her abusive relationship with an optics engineer only to have him fake his death and return as the titular terror–who makes it his sole mission to terrorize her.

Black Christmas: Premieres Halloween at 8 pm

IT: Chapter Two

For 27 years, it has waited…now, the diabolical evil that appears as Pennywise the Clown has awakened once again to terrorize Derry, Maine. It’s up to the Losers Club, who reunite as adults, to stop “It” once and for all. “A psychologically merciless sequel…deeper, scarier, funnier” (Empire).

Cult Classics:

Child’s Play 2

Chucky the demon doll returns to terrorize a young boy again in this horror sequel. In the wake of his mother’s breakdown, little Andy has been stuck with a foster family. But when the ‘Good Guys’ dolls go back into production, the murderous Chucky–a doll possessed by the spirit of a serial killer–comes back to life and begins a bloody rampage that centers on Andy.

Alien

Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi chiller about seven astronauts who find intergalactic horror in deep space. Tom Skerritt plays the captain of the spaceship Nostromo, whose crew is picked off one-by-one by a seemingly indestructible creature. Sigourney Weaver is the tough Ripley, who faces the killer in a final showdown that made movie history.

Eraserhead

A printer named Henry Spencer is on vacation when he learns that his ex-girlfriend, Mary X, has given birth to a terribly deformed baby. Henry marries Mary and the two try living together, but it does not work out. So Mary leaves and Henry begins to care for the baby. After this, several bizarre events take place. There are visions of a woman in Henry’s radiator who dances and crushes small, tadpole-like creatures. Henry has a tryst with a woman who lives across the hall, and he has a dream that his head is being used to make pencil erasers.

Old School Horror:

Night of the Living Dead

An army of dead bodies comes to life and terrorizes a group of friends trapped inside a rural farmhouse.

Horror of Dracula

On a search for his missing friend Jonathan Harker, vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing is led to Count Dracula’s castle. Upon arriving, Van Helsing finds an undead Harker in Dracula’s crypt and discovers that the count’s next target is Harker’s ailing fiancée, Lucy Holmwood. With the help of her brother, Arthur, Van Helsing struggles to protect Lucy and put an end to Count Dracula’s parasitic reign of terror.

The Curse of Frankenstein

Eerie Series:

A retelling of Shelley’s famous novel, but told in flashbacks from the point of view of Dr. Frankenstein, awaiting execution for the murder of his wife in the climactic confrontation with the monster.

True Blood

In the near future, vampires have come out of the coffin…no longer in need of a human fix. But can a young Louisiana waitress (Anna Paquin) forge a love match with a bloodsucker? HBO presents this drama series created by Alan Ball (‘Six Feet Under’) and based on the best-selling ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ novels by Charlaine Harris.

The Outsider

The gruesome murder of an 11-year-old boy in the Georgia woods leads a local detective into a disturbing search for the truth in this drama series based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel. Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vazquez, Jeremy Bobb, Marc Menchaca, and Jason Bateman star.

The Murders at White House Farm

An infamous true crime story. Over thirty years ago, three generations of one family were murdered at their isolated farm. Initial evidence pointed the finger at the daughter of the family who had a history of mental illness, however one detective refused to accept this and delved deeper into the investigation. His determination uncovered new evidence that shed suspicion on another family member. This is a dramatized true crime story based on extensive research, interviews, and published accounts, looking at the mystery behind what happened that fateful day.