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Hollywood Has A Growing Appreciation For Foreign Cultures: Top Movies Of 2022

North American films attract massive audiences around the world, which is why film companies based in the US and Canada control the majority of the world film industry’s market share. This power has led to the promotion of North American culture and tradition through film, resulting in a global language, lifestyle, value and ideology effect. However, …

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It’s baaaack! A proposed aerial tram to the Hollywood Sign

“How do I get to the Hollywood sign?” That’s the question I’m invariably asked when hiking in Griffith Park, the largest urban wilderness park in the United States. Los Angeles has long been vexed about how to best direct visitors to the landmark without clogging residential neighborhoods. So it’s not surprising that aerial tram proposals, …

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Hollywood in Place: The Velocity of Discourse Where I Live, Part 2 (June 1, 2020)*

Propaganda has escaped the internet, it’s running amok in my neighborhood (and yours!). Helicopters and sirens and camouflage, oh my! A popular local hiking spot near me was closed for Covid–19, then reopened, then closed—“because of the riots.” Covid testing was unavailable, and then it was free, and then it was shut down— “because of …

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Hollywood in Place: The Velocity of Discourse Where I Live, Part 1 (April 1, 2020)*

I went to my local pharmacy megachain to buy a thermometer last month and I saw Pete Buttigieg and his husband at the self-checkout. For a few days I was puzzled by my own puzzled feeling about seeing them. I recalled reading on Twitter that Pete was hosting Jimmy Kimmel, which films nearby, and I …

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A Violent Reality: Hollywood’s Influence On Violence Against Muslims

I heard the call to prayer for the first time in the United States this Friday. But it was not the familiar, sweet call to worship that I so fondly remember from my time abroad; this was a call to come together as a community—to mourn. I gathered in the courtyard with countless others in …

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Play or Pass? An Examination into Why Actors Choose to Step Away from Or Remain in Controversial Roles

We are proud to publish Hollywood Lens Z, a series of student essays written in partial fulfillment of Dr. Kathleen Tarr’s first-year course taught in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, “That’s Entertainment! The Rhetoric of Hollywood’s Inequities.” “Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, …

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