A man carries a WGA (Writers Guild of America) sign that reads 'Humanity vs. AI.'

‘AI is not a writer:’ Why the writers’ strike deal matters beyond Hollywood

As Hollywood writers get back to work, the AI protections they won will help others keep their jobs (for now).

Ben Berkley • September 28, 2023
Expendables movies

When a $789m film franchise turns risky

The latest in the Expendables franchise debuts against box office headwinds.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 22, 2023
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Why do festivals keep ending in disaster?

From EDM concerts to Burning Man, large-scale events are running into big problems.

Sara Friedman • September 19, 2023

The jobs most (and least) likely to land you on ‘The Bachelorette’

Over 19 seasons, 523 men have competed for the final rose. And on TV, some professions are sexier than others.

Zachary Crockett • August 19, 2023
Magic 8 Ball

The history of the Magic 8 Ball

Mattel’s making a Magic 8 Ball movie. The toy’s history involves ghosts and a billiards company.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 4, 2023

These influencers are so fake… no, really

Virtual influencers are on the rise. Are these characters the next Marvel or Disney?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • February 16, 2023

The ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ debacle, explained

For years, “Dungeons & Dragons” fans have been able to create new content freely. They got really mad when that almost changed.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 30, 2023

Board games are passing go and collecting $200, many times over

The market has exploded, with niche creators leading the way.

Jacob Cohen • January 6, 2023

Movie theaters need Avatar to be a tortoise

Theater owners are banking on Avatar to keep making bank.

Mark Dent • December 20, 2022

Did Netflix make the right move with Glass Onion?

By any metric, Netflix’s Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion, did fantastic at the box office this past week.

Jacob Cohen • November 30, 2022

Why even QVC has a holiday rom-com

Holiday rom-coms are cheap to make and generate big ad revenue dollars.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • November 22, 2022

The future of Miss Universe

Transgender activist and business tycoon Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip bought the Miss Universe Organization for $20m.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • November 2, 2022

The strange business history of the Ouija board

How an entrepreneur merged spiritualism and capitalism to create a multimillion-dollar brand.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 28, 2022

Secret Cinema’s wild, immersive screenings

Secret Cinema, known for its immersive film and TV screenings, was acquired for $100m+.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 27, 2022

Publishers and Hollywood are a perfect match

Publishers need revenue, and Hollywood needs better stories.

Rob Litterst • September 21, 2022

The Little Mermaid’s whirlwind week

An engineer did what now?

Jacob Cohen • September 16, 2022

Bezos’ $715m gamble on The Lord of the Rings

Why this bet is personal.

Jacob Cohen • September 1, 2022

The next mafia TV show is about… PayPal?

We’ve seen shows about WeWork, Uber, and Theranos. Is the “PayPal Mafia” next?

Jacob Cohen • August 31, 2022

YouTube = future podcast champ?

YouTube’s new podcast homepage is live in the US. Will it become the top podcast platform?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 26, 2022

Will MoviePass’ return help struggling theaters?

MoviePass is coming back. Can its OG founder make it work this time around?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 23, 2022

Sylvester Stallone picks the ultimate fight

Can he pry the rights to “Rocky” away from a former Hollywood mogul?

Mark Dent • August 5, 2022

Superyacht sales are booming

The pandemic and skyrocketing wealth are pushing superyacht sales to an all-time high.

Rob Litterst • July 25, 2022

Movies are back with a vengeance

The popcorn is a-poppin’

Jacob Cohen • July 12, 2022

How teens are changing the movies forever

With a meme, teens have made Minions relevant for an unexpected demographic: themselves.

Jacob Cohen • July 6, 2022

The rise of the ‘kidult’

Toy and game businesses are getting a boost from nostalgic adults revisiting their youth.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 5, 2022

The bizarre return of a stolen $160m painting

Did two ordinary school teachers steal a famous painting and hang it in their bedroom for 32 years? Maybe.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 9, 2022

A high-tech arcade enters the hospitality biz

Two Bit Circus will open a second gaming park in Dallas and convert two hotels into immersive destinations.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 7, 2022

Gaming can be good for you

A recent review of over ten years of gaming studies found that gaming in moderation has some positive side effects.

Mia Sullivan • May 23, 2022

Digits: Coldplay tickets, hump day, and more

Plus: Redbox, 129.2k bitcoins, and $120 diapers.

Rob Litterst • May 16, 2022

Why 2022 could be a massive year for art

The sale of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe kicked off what could be a massive year for art.

Rob Litterst • May 12, 2022

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