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The Tribeca Film Festival 2024: Julia Aks and Steve Pinder Entwine Comedy and Education With “Jane Austen’s Period Drama”

Interview with Julia Aks and Steve Pinder    Truly successful comedy provokes meaningful thought and conversation from audiences, providing laughs first, but ultimately saying something more profound underneath its jovial exterior. This is a clear throughline in “Jane Austen’s Period Drama,” a short film premiering at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival on June 7, written […]

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The New Screen Fest Solidifies a Film Community at The New School

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School celebrated an eclectic display of creativity and dedication earlier this month with the 2nd edition of The New Screen Fest.  Started last year, The New Screen Fest is a student-run, faculty-assisted film festival that showcases short films made by The New School students and alumni.

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‘Philly Loves PAWS’ Citywide Fundraiser Sure to be a Treat

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, (PAWS), will host its 8th Annual Philly Loves PAWS citywide fundraiser on Wednesday, May 15. The event features more than 50 Philadelphia-based restaurants, shops, and businesses that will come together to help PAWS further their mission of saving and protecting pets in need. PAWS is a non-profit organization dedicated to

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Beatles Tribute Show ‘RAIN’ Brings Music and Magic to Philadelphia

The Beatles are commonly deemed one of the best bands to ever hit the stage. Their music and influence have and continue to prove ageless.  RAIN, a tribute show to The Beatles, is returning to Philadelphia from May 9 through May 11 at the Miller Theater. Regarded by the Denver Post as, “The next best

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Pop Culture Press review of Quiet on the Set Docuseries

Quiet On Set Reveals the Horrors Faced by the Child Stars of Nickelodeon

Review of the docuseries Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV Between March 17 and 18, Investigation Discovery aired a disturbing but necessary four-part docuseries interviewing crew members, actors, and parents associated with an empire of children’s entertainment: Nickelodeon. Beginning in 1979, Nickelodeon was launched as the first-ever children’s television network, parented by Paramount

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Hazbin Hotel Excites, Surprises, and Sings its Way Into the Hearts of Fans in Just One Short Season

Review of Amazon Prime Video’s Hazbin Hotel  4 years ago, animator and cartoonist Vivienne Medrano (Vivziepop) premiered the pilot of Hazbin Hotel, a widely anticipated project that to date has almost 100 million views on Youtube. The pilot was praised for its unique premise, intricately stylistic animation, and characters that fans immediately flocked to. Now, the

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Pop Culture Press Movie Review: Miller's Girl

Miller’s Girl Clashes Dedicated Performances with a Rushed, Reluctant Story

Review of Miller’s Girl  Most of us know what it’s like to be “18 and entirely unremarkable.” The solution to this predicament being an emotionally-driven attempt to seduce a teacher poisoned by mediocrity however, is probably not as familiar to many.  The student-teacher relationship has been portrayed, fetishized, and critiqued countless times and Jade Halley Bartlett’s

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Actor-Musician Jalen Harris is Proudly Living His Dream in ‘Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations’

When Jalen Harris was 10 years old, he performed in a church play and continued his appreciation during his high school theater program. Soon after Harris learned that the age to compete on FOX-TV’s American Idol was dropped from 16 to 15, and like any kid at that time he wanted to be a pop

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Jeremy Fury’s Songs for Hanukkah Ignites a Spark in Listeners 

Interview with Jeremy Fury of Jeremy & The Harlequins The holidays being at the end of the year are a time for relaxation and preparing for what’s ahead in the coming year, but it can also be a great time for reflection. With fervent unrest in the world, it can be difficult to look back

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Sugar, Butter, Big Screen! Waitress The Musical’s Pro-Shot Hits Theaters Just in Time for a Holiday Treat

It only takes a taste when it’s something special, or in the case of the Tony award nominated Broadway musical Waitress, it only took a listen of its original cast album for fans to be hooked and wanting to see the show up on stage.   The musical, based on the 2007 film of the

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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Worst or Best Film in The YA/SCI-FI Series

Review of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes    When The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins published The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel to the 3 insanely popular Hunger Games books, fans were reignited with new material to interact with dissect. While some series are known for having an unnecessary amount

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Five Nights at Freddy’s Leaves Fans Elated but Casual Horror Viewers Disappointed

Review of Blumhouse Productions’s Five Nights at Freddy’s   Indie game developer Scott Cawthon was in a cyclical rut. He couldn’t seem to create a connection with audiences through his games which mostly took inspiration from religious allegories and Biblical stories. He decided to shift gears after scathing criticism towards his game Chipper & Sons

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Rehya Stevens Gives a Show-Stopping Voice to The Soundtrack of Secrets of a Celebrity Nanny

Review of Rehya Stevens’s songs in Secrets of a Celebrity Nanny   The new Lifetime drama Secrets of a Celebrity Nanny doesn’t only portray a riveting story about a young woman desperate to save herself from the dangerous inner circle of a glamourous superstar, the film also features an eclectic soundtrack fronted by the lively

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Exclusive From PFF: Maestro: Sonically Masterful but Narratively Faulty

Review of Maestro  Bradley Cooper’s sophomore film Maestro has generated much excitement and controversy since the announcement of its production. Produced by legendary filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg coupled with a star-studded cast, the film was anticipated to be an even more exceptional addition to Cooper’s filmography than A Star is Born.  Following the

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Big Mouth Brings in a Major Star-Studded Voice Cast For its Second to Last Season

Review of Big Mouth Season 7   The Big Mouth kids are finally going to high school! But not before 10 episodes of fights, new crushes, and attempts to leave middle school behind as our eccentric group ventures into one of the most tumultuous times of adolescence.  As the beloved theme song suggests, our characters are

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Luke Boor Savors the Sorrows of The Post-Breakup Process in His New Single “Queens”

Part of one’s musical journey often relies heavily on location and the places the heart and soul travel to for inspiration. From Texas to Tennessee to New York, indie-rock musician Luke Boor has reflected deeply on each home he’s had over the years and how they’ve contributed to his creative endeavors from music to writing.

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Philadelphia Film Fest Exclusive Review: The Holdovers is a New Must-Watch During the Holiday Season

Review of The Holdovers   Alexander Payne’s films have always been known for their biting satirical commentary and unmatched comedic timing. Now he’s bringing a handful of heart home for the holidays to mesmerize audiences with The Holderovers. Set against a Wintery New England backdrop in the 1970s, The Holdovers follows the story of a cynical

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Andrew Adkins Defies the Construct of Genre With His Experimental EP “Birdcage Boy”

Interview With Andrew Adkins  Andrew Adkins has never found himself subscribing to conventional notions of genre. Instead, the Nashville singer takes an introspective approach to his music, finding what speaks to him and then emulating it through his own unique perspective and combination of sounds. His latest EP “Birdcage Boy ” follows this eclectic marriage

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Charles Newman On Creating The Diverse Soundtrack From Universal Pictures’s The List

We all remember those iconic scenes from a selection of films that have remained a staple of cinema. From the actor’s performance to the sharp editing and mood-determining lighting, every little intricate detail melds together to create a moment that audiences will soon label as unforgettable. Of course, there’s another key element that assures a

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Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie Will Disappoint Both Die-Hard Fans of The Series and Incoming Fans

Review of Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie  *Spoilers for seasons 1-5 of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir and Ladybug and Cat Noir: The Movie* For 8 seasons, fans of the wildly popular French Cartoon (which premieres on Disney Channel in English in the U.S.) Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir have dealt

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Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman Make Their Directorial Debut With the Nostalgic, Energetic Theater Camp 

A film as niche and personal as Theater Camp could only have been made by unabashedly eccentric theater kids themselves. It probably also didn’t hurt that the cast and crew were incredibly close knit.  Childhood best friends Molly Gordon (Booksmart), Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), and Nick Lieberman along with Platt’s fiance and Gordon’s Booksmart

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Emmrose’s New Single Illustrates a Slow-Dance Gone Wrong in a Beautifully Intoxicating Haze

Review of Emmrose’s new single “Electric Nights“ Emmrose’s singles have always been deeply personal, tackling love, loss, and even being Waitlisted by NYU.  Using her New York City background as constant inspiration, the 19-year-old singer has continuously enticed listeners with her dreamy vocals, relatable lyrics, and various experimentations in genre. This time, Emmrose is Taylor

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Barbie is so Much More Than A Campy Film Wrapped in a Glittery, Glamorous Package

Review of Barbie  It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly the hype for the Barbie movie began considering the multiple promising attachments the film had secured, generating massive conversation even before the first teaser trailer dropped in late 2022.  The very idea of a live-action film depicting the various intricacies and complexities of the massive toy icon

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