Christina Shmoleshmary

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Is ‘Chinawood’ the new Hollywood?

The world’s largest film studio isn’t in the US but in China and is one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions. Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore takes a look.<p>On a sunny winter’s afternoon in eastern China chickens scratch and scuffle on a busy market street. Men and women in flowing robes sell their …

Is the romantic comedy over?

Four Weddings and a Funeral was released 20 years ago – but has any rom-com bettered it? What’s happened to the genre? Nicholas Barber finds out.<p>A question for Valentine’s Day: when was Four Weddings and a Funeral released? To those of us who remember all the front page photos of Hugh Grant and …

Getting romantic again: Reviving the art of love

For centuries, love was one of the great subjects of Western art. Out of favour for a period, art about romantic love is making a comeback, says Jason Farago.<p>Love is a paradox. Its force, argues the philosopher Michael Hardt, derives from contradiction. On the one hand, love is an attachment: the …

Sexplosion: 12 Sex-Steeped Films That Defined and Defied Libidos

<i>Editor’s Note: Robert Hofler survived forty years as an entertainment journalist, having worked as an editor at</i> Life<i>,</i> Us<i>,</i> Variety<i>, and several other</i> …

The Story Behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

In the fall of 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald, along with his notorious better-half Zelda, triumphantly returned to New York to celebrate the publication …

Expect Live-Action 'Akira' Adaptation to Depart From Source Material, Director Says

<i>Editor's Note: We're bringing you a bit of fantasy in today's roundup, from news on the Akira adaptation to 'Black Angel' and more.</i><p>Warner Brothers …

The Americanization of 'House of Cards': Old Story, Fresh Results

In the long annals of acclaimed British TV dramas that have been appropriated and adapted for American audiences, failure is the most common result. …

‘House of Cards’ in the Age of Hillary Clinton

<i>Editor’s Note: Kevin Doughten, Senior Editor of Crown Publishers and the editor of the new book</i> HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary …

Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

The question of what it takes to excel — to reach genius-level acumen at a chosen endeavor — has occupied psychologists for decades and philosophers for centuries. Groundbreaking research has pointed to “grit” as a better predictor of success than IQ, while psychologists have admonished against the …

Stop Overplanning: The Psychology of Why Excessive Goal-Setting Limits Our Happiness and Success

<i>“The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it,”</i> Dani Shapiro wrote in her beautiful meditation on the perils of plans. But while embracing uncertainty may be the cure for our epidemic of anxiety and the root of …

The Project of Literature: Susan Sontag on Writing, Routines, Education, and Elitism in a 1992 Recording from the 92Y Archives

Susan Sontag remains one of the most interesting minds in modern history, with provocative and prescient beliefs and opinions on everything from visual culture to love and sex to stereotypes and polarities to why lists appeal to us. But arguably her most timeless insights touch on the heart of her …

How Apple Went from Underdog to Cult in Six Design and Innovation Strategies from the Early Days

In 1982, Apple hired German-American industrial designer and inventor <b>Hartmut Esslinger</b> to overhaul the company’s design strategy. He created the Snow White design language, which would come to define Apple, and turned the Silicon Valley underdog not only into a global force of design and …

We Are Singing Stardust: Carl Sagan on the Story of Humanity’s Greatest Message and How the Golden Record Was Born

In 1939, just before his fifth birthday, Carl Sagan visited the New York World’s Fair, where he marveled at the Time Capsule evincing the fair’s confidence in the future — a hermetically sealed chamber, filled with newspapers, books and artifacts from that year, buried in Flushing Meadows to be …