Archive for July, 2011

Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Three: Tonight’s The Night?

July 29, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Three: Tonight’s The Night?

BBC1 edited out two intercut gay/het sex scenes - neither especially graphic - from its broadcast of Torchwood: Miracle Day episode 3, 'Dead of Night'. What's at stake here for John Barrowman as an actor/TV personality?
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Advice on Surviving the Competing Demands of Academia

July 26, 2011
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Advice on Surviving the Competing Demands of Academia

We know there are certain things we must do to achieve tenure and maintain our employment. But we often become so obsessed with this—or the next step up after—that we forget to consider our reasons for going into the field to begin with.
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Captain America and the Representation of Entertainment

July 23, 2011
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Captain America and the Representation of Entertainment

The USO sequence in Captain America: The First Avenger speaks to the influence of a cynical modern eye and a gendered dismissal of historical realism, comic book necessity, and the possibility of media effects.
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Two: A Rickety Rendition?

July 22, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Two: A Rickety Rendition?

As Torchwood: Miracle Day progresses past its initial world-changing premise, how does it shape up? Episode 2 ('Rendition') seems to lack coherence. But for Torchwood, that's almost business-as-usual...
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Academic Productivity, Part 1

Academic Productivity, Part 1

Amanda Lotz and Jonathan Gray offer some tips on productivity, as part of Antenna's new column on School/Work.
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Transatlantic Torchwood: Everything Changes?

July 15, 2011
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Transatlantic Torchwood: Everything Changes?

What changes has Torchwood undergone as a BBC Worldwide/Starz co-production? Perhaps this latest version brings to the surface a logic present from the very beginning of Russell T. Davies's Doctor Who spin-off.
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How the Categories Got Their Shapes: Eligibility & the Emmy Nominations

July 14, 2011
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How the Categories Got Their Shapes: Eligibility & the Emmy Nominations

While we are often quick to point out the flaws in the Emmy nomination process, lamenting the absence of our favorite programs, often the nominations are guided as much by eligibility as by voter subjectivities.
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You Have Friends That Want You Back Home

July 7, 2011
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You Have Friends That Want You Back Home

Treme’s focus on how its culture and cultural economies are created and presented through music and cuisine has meant a majority of its almost 22 narrative hours watching musicians struggle with bar owners, the recording business, the law and each other.
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Whatever Happened to the Devil’s Music?

July 3, 2011
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Whatever Happened to the Devil’s Music?

Surely in the final minutes of the last day of the Glastonbury rock festival, people are supposed to look sick, bedraggled and filthy, following a weekend of unfettered debauchery, but those kids are just too clean!. Come to think of it, why is Beyonce headlining anyway?
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Sarah Palin, Anti-Fandom, and the Nature of Political Celebrity

July 1, 2011
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Sarah Palin, Anti-Fandom, and the Nature of Political Celebrity

With the release of the new documentary on Sarah Palin, the former governor takes umbrage at the "hate" directed toward her by Hollywood celebrities. She either doesn't understand celebrity culture or understands it all too well.
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