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  • Film
  • January 7 2016, 2:44 PM

An oral history of PM Entertainment, a low-budget high-octane American dream

An oral history of PM Entertainment, a low-budget high-octane American dream

In 1989, a Syrian émigré founded PM Entertainment, producing action movies on a shoestring budget. This is their story, as told by Joseph Merhi, Cynthia Rothrock, Cole McKay and more.

 

Design January 06, 2016 1:40 PM

The life, death and rebirth of "New York's Coffee Cup" Anthora

In 2006, the iconic Anthora paper coffee cup was discontinued. Nine years later, it's back due to popular demand. Here is its product life cycle, from design roots to the waste dump.

The life, death and rebirth of "New York's Coffee Cup" Anthora. Image 1.

 

  • Video Games
  • December 31 2015, 1:40 PM

I played every game by the worst video game company ever

I played every game by the worst video game company ever

LJN specialized in turning blockbuster movies into unrelated, unplayable video games, and is often considered to be the worst of all time. We made a friend play all of its games so you don't have to.

  • Film
  • December 17 2015, 4:59 PM

Beyond Netflix: Can small curated film sites survive in a big streaming world?

Beyond Netflix: Can small curated film sites survive in a big streaming world?

Hopes&Fears talks with the founders of Fandor, MUBI, Shudder, and the Tribeca Shortlist about alternative business models for streaming content and the value of the critics' pick.

  • Music
  • December 11 2015, 1:43 PM

This synth is not a bomb

This synth is not a bomb

Hopes&Fears talks with touring electronic musicians about flying with gear, where they’ve had the biggest issues, and what you need to do to catch your flight.

  • Design
  • November 20 2015, 3:16 PM

The underappreciated art of furniture in video games

The underappreciated art of furniture in video games

Furniture has often been a part of games, but for players, it's easy to ignore. Even if the home is the next frontier of gaming environments, will players ever stop to feel the velvet drapes?

 

13 miles of typography
on Broadway, from A to Z

 

13 miles of typography on Broadway, from A to Z. Image 1.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

13 miles of typography on Broadway, from A to Z. Image 2.

  • Film
  • November 16 2015, 11:54 AM
  • New York

The appropriation artist who can't get George Lucas to sue him

The appropriation artist who can't get George Lucas to sue him

In 1996, the Sucklord released an album of breakbeats made up entirely of sounds from Star Wars. We caught up with the artist to see what he's been up to since.

  • Art
  • November 12 2015, 5:16 PM

An apology to Shia LaBeouf

An apology to Shia LaBeouf

There isn't a doubt in my mind that LaBeouf is performing for the camera while he's live streaming himself watching his films. But it's the best kind of performance.

  • Art
  • November 12 2015, 12:41 PM

Racist conceptual joke discovered in Malevich’s Black Square

Racist conceptual joke discovered in Malevich’s Black Square

A team of art historians and researchers from Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery have found handwriting in Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square. And it’s not good.

Into the future with YACHT's Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt
  • Music
  • November 11 2015, 12:09 PM

Into the future with YACHT's Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt

YACHT is not just a band. They're an idea and a belief system long concerned with philosophical inquiry. Hopes&Fears spoke with Claire Evans about the latest chapter in YACHT’s journey of discovery.

Meet the designers of NYC’s Latin club night posters
  • Design
  • November 10 2015, 12:31 PM
  • New York

Meet the designers of NYC’s Latin club night posters

Latin club night posters are a ubiquitous feature of New York City's Hispanic neighborhoods. We looked into how they're made, who makes them, and why.

Dungeons & Dragons and the ethics of imaginary violence
  • Video Games
  • November 4 2015, 11:28 AM

Dungeons & Dragons and the ethics of imaginary violence

“Right” is a relative concept in Dungeons & Dragons. But can in-game violence actually teach people morality?

  • Film
  • October 31 2015, 11:26 AM

From Halloween to Home Alone: how John Hughes made the slasher movie safe for kids

From Halloween to Home Alone: how John Hughes made the slasher movie safe for kids

What do Michael Myers and Kevin McCallister have in common? We make a case for Home Alone as a slasher movie.

The dubious relationship between Lego and the art world
  • Art
  • October 28 2015, 3:31 PM

The dubious relationship between Lego and the art world

While plenty of people use Lego to implement their ideas, most of these ideas aren't art. So when is Lego art and what's at stake for the toy's corporate empire?

Drugs, death and that wig: An oral history of 'Vampire in Brooklyn'
  • Film
  • October 27 2015, 1:53 PM

Drugs, death and that wig: An oral history of 'Vampire in Brooklyn'

We talk to the people involved in Eddie Murphy's 1995 flop Vampire in Brooklyn about the actors' on-set tantrums, drug use and the many other difficulties the film encountered.

Why horror movies are obsessed with creepy kids, dolls and clowns
  • Film
  • October 26 2015, 10:44 AM

Why horror movies are obsessed with creepy kids, dolls and clowns

We asked filmmakers, actors, writers and professors of horror what makes innocence lost such a compelling horror genre staple.

How eSports are saving the PC industry
  • Video Games
  • October 23 2015, 5:12 PM

How eSports are saving the PC industry

The makers of the world's most elite graphics hardware explain the ways that eSports have caused the industry to explode.

Smashing the competition: what it’s like to be a professional video game commentator
  • Video Games
  • October 16 2015, 4:07 PM

Smashing the competition: what it’s like to be a professional video game commentator

We talked to D'Ron "D1" Maingrette, one of the premiere commentators for Super Smash Bros. competitions, about coming up in the game and seeing it grow.

CAN's Damo Suzuki on busking across Europe in the late 60s
  • Music
  • September 30 2015, 11:37 AM

CAN's Damo Suzuki on busking across Europe in the late 60s

The former krautrock frontman and improvisation advocate talks about his life before CAN, when he was a spiritual traveler and homeless drifter, remembering what it truly meant to be free.