The hottest Entertainment Substack posts right now

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The Honest Broker • 79691 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. The entertainment industry is facing challenges like Disney in crisis, Paramount laying off employees, and a decline in TV shows, showing a shift towards a post-entertainment culture.
  2. The culture is transitioning towards a focus on distraction and addiction, with tech platforms using stimuli to create addictive cycles, impacting people's brains and happiness levels.
  3. As our culture evolves into a dopamine-driven society, it becomes essential to be mindful of our consumption habits, unplug from technology at times, and appreciate the real world around us.
Handwaving Freakoutery • 701 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Google Gemini's AI image generation software is adding 'diversity' into images where it doesn't belong, like popes and knights.
  2. Google Gemini uses a simple hack to generate 'woke' images by altering prompts before running image generation AI.
  3. South Park predicted Google's approach by parodying inserting diversity into images through prompts, comparable to what Google is doing with its AI.
Men Yell at Me • 357 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. The 'Dingus of the Week' is Nic Pizzolatto for his reactions to the TV show True Detective's latest season, which featured indigenous women and received criticism from him.
  2. Some recent positive highlights include a strippers' bill of rights, a stingray in North Carolina who reproduced without a mate, and Beyonce becoming the first Black woman to top the country charts.
  3. Celebrating personal victories, like having a book published, can be surprisingly down-to-earth, even involving mundane tasks and moments with loved ones.
Kvetch • 24 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. The rise and fall of the Comanches as a people with their own unique culture and history, and how they clashed with other civilizations over vast lands in violent tribulations.
  2. The portrayal of the Comanche people in the historical epic _Comancheria_ will be morally complex, with a mix of heroes, villains, and grey areas, similar to other historical dramas like _Vikings_.
  3. The outlined episodes for the show _Comancheria_ will cover the rise of Comancheria, conflicts with other groups, interactions with historical figures like Robert Neighbors, Buffalo Soldiers, and events like the Chivington Massacre, providing a detailed and encompassing view of the Comanche history.
philsiarri • 44 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. OpenAI's Sora is a text-to-video model that can create videos in response to prompts, extend existing videos, and generate videos from images, but it remains unreleased as of February 2024.
  2. While Sora has potential in marketing, content creation, training, and education sectors, filmmakers believe it won't replace Hollywood due to issues like temporal consistency and artifacts.
  3. Concerns exist around the release, access, cost, and potential negative impacts of Sora, as Tyler Perry even halted studio expansion due to the tool.
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read • 4894 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Nominees with great performances in multiple roles can lead to extra praise, known as the double exposure effect.
  2. Mustard packaging has a rich history dating back centuries, with brands like Grey Poupon and Maille showcasing timeless design.
  3. Neptune's true color is not actually blue as previously thought, but a milky, unmemorable interstellar cataract, challenging our perceptions.
Steady • 17551 implied HN points • 21 Jan 24
  1. Elton John joined the elite group of EGOT winners with his recent Emmy win.
  2. Sir Elton's music has been bringing joy for decades, with hits like 'Tiny Dancer.'
  3. A stunning video was created for 'Tiny Dancer,' celebrating the 50-year friendship between Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Where's Your Ed At • 16914 implied HN points • 16 Jan 24
  1. Art should be unique and come from personal experiences, not generated by AI or copied from others.
  2. Creativity is limited by the individual, and the magic of art comes from the context and experiences of the artist.
  3. Plagiarism and reliance on generative AI for art creation show a lack of curiosity, entitlement, and a desire to imitate rather than create.
Holly’s Newsletter • 3125 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. There are conservative influencers targeting an artist and her relationship, sparking debates and theories about the implications of her endorsements and impact on voting demographics.
  2. The artist in question has messages of traditional love and relationships in her work, facing criticism and scrutiny from various political perspectives.
  3. The discussions around this artist's personal life and potential endorsements highlight broader cultural tensions and divisions, reflecting the complexity of celebrity influence and political narratives.
Hung Up • 6505 implied HN points • 27 Jan 24
  1. Barbie received eight Oscar nominations, but some notable figures were snubbed in certain categories.
  2. The Oscars may not always reflect the full diversity and quality of films, so it's important to keep perspective.
  3. Reactions to awards nominations, while sometimes intense, should be taken with a dose of normalcy and humor.
The Garden of Forking Paths • 2279 implied HN points • 08 Feb 24
  1. Van Halen's use of brown M&M's as a test exposed the importance of thorough event staff attention to safety details.
  2. Testing systems, like airport security, with red teams reveals vulnerabilities and promotes resilience.
  3. The concept of leaky fire hydrants highlights the need for addressing individual problems within systems to spark wider reform.
The Honest Broker • 31517 implied HN points • 06 Dec 23
  1. The tension between macroculture and microculture is escalating and will turn into a war in 2024.
  2. Despite the dominance of legacy media, alternative platforms in the microculture are growing rapidly and have a significant impact on the media landscape.
  3. The traditional institutions are reluctant to embrace the microculture, leading to a war where the microculture creators are pitted against the very platforms they rely on.
Hung Up • 5444 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. Selena Gomez announced a social media break but only lasted 18 hours, showing that celebrities can be just like us in not sticking to resolutions.
  2. Julia Roberts' recent British Vogue cover shoot captures her glamour and self-assuredness, reminiscent of '90s icons.
  3. Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) commented on Drake's music being suitable for malls, sparking thoughts on how certain artists and genres naturally align with specific environments.
Both Are True • 339 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Participating in a murder mystery dinner theater can be a thrilling and unique experience, blending acting with interactive storytelling.
  2. Stepping into a different persona at work or in social situations can bring a sense of liberation and freedom from societal expectations.
  3. Embracing the opportunity to be whoever you want to be every day can lead to a more authentic and fulfilling existence.
Airplane Mode with Liz Plank • 2535 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. The lack of Oscars nominations for the Barbie movie highlights gender bias in the film industry
  2. Only eight female directors have ever been nominated in the 95-year history of the Academy Awards, showing a significant gender disparity
  3. The success of the Barbie movie, despite lack of recognition, shows the industry's need for change and the importance of celebrating female creators
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 2364 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Nikki Haley's campaign faces challenges after falling short in New Hampshire, signaling potential struggles ahead.
  2. Trump's resurgence in popularity and the GOP's lack of understanding contribute to his strong position for the 2024 presidential race.
  3. New poll data shows immigration as a top voter concern, impacting President Biden's favorability ratings.
The Ankler • 923 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Actors can benefit from the Double Exposure Effect when they have multiple great performances out at the same time, boosting their chances in award competitions.
  2. Timing is crucial in the entertainment industry; a well-timed release can elevate an actor's Oscar campaign, while an ill-timed one can damage it.
  3. The overall career and public perception of an actor can also influence their chances in award shows like the Oscars, showcasing the importance of a strong body of work.
HIDDEN.RSRCH • 687 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. The Sopranos, created by David Chase and HBO, made television history 25 years ago with the iconic character Tony Soprano.
  2. The series by Chase introduced a new breed of anti-heroes and redefined the glorified image of gangsters.
  3. The world-building and character development in The Sopranos set a new standard in television storytelling.
My Goodness! From Jo Elvin • 432 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Some men react strongly to content that is not specifically catered to them, displaying incredulous outrage.
  2. Women's entertainment options are often broad and inclusive, while men sometimes struggle with consuming content not targeted at them.
  3. Top podcasts and media platforms are predominantly hosted by white men, raising questions on audience preference and representation.
ChinaTalk • 429 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Many people found the 2024 Spring Festival Gala to be enjoyable and a hit among the past few years' shows.
  2. The performances included a variety of acts showcasing traditional Chinese arts like drums, dancing, opera, martial arts, and folk songs.
  3. Despite some controversial comedy skits, overall the Gala featured high-quality, impressive performances and a mix of propaganda and entertainment.
Numlock News • 589 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Former New York Jets icon Brett Favre has been ordered to repay $1.1 million received as speaking fees from a nonprofit.
  2. An LED sphere in Las Vegas has faced financial losses, with the Sphere Entertainment losing $193.9 million on revenue of $167.8 million.
  3. The original contract Led Zeppelin signed in 1968 revealed they received $104,100 upfront from Atlantic Records and had specific terms designating Jimmy Page as the band's leader.
Marc Stein • 511 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. The author shares personal reflections on legendary actor Carl Weathers and his impact on their life.
  2. The article mentions the busy time leading up to the NBA trade deadline and briefly touches on the All-Star Weekend.
  3. Stats on NBA players scoring high points in games and the upcoming changes in draft format are highlighted.
Range Widely • 530 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Pablo Torre's podcast _Pablo Torre Finds Out_ covers a wide range of topics beyond sports, aiming to entertain and inform across various subjects.
  2. Pablo Torre's show structure includes deep-dive episodes, talk show-style segments with friends, and one-on-one interviews with notable personalities, allowing for a diverse range of content.
  3. Balancing investigative reporting with entertaining content, Pablo Torre's podcast provides insightful stories while treating sports fans like adults.
Atlas of Wonders and Monsters • 371 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. Sparta and North Korea were both reactionary societies that lacked free flow of ideas, causing harm to their people.
  2. Nuanced narratives like _Three_ and _Crash Landing on You_ provide valuable insights into life in closed-off societies like Sparta and North Korea.
  3. Striving for nuance rather than strong opinions is important when discussing societies that are unable to respond, like Sparta or North Korea.