Posts Relating to: Economy / Poverty

Look For: New Movies and TV This Weekend

July 29, 2016  |  Weekly Roundup

Movies Friday, July 29: Bad Moms starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett-Smith. Finally, a comedy for and about moms! Getting great reviews too! Friday, July 29: Jason Bourne starring Matt Damon as the amnesiac assassin. A movie about surveillance and terrorism is almost art imitating life. TV Sundays, 10PM HBO:…

Cannes You Dig It?!

May 19, 2016  |  Film Festivals

With a few days still to go before the Palme d’Or grand prize is awarded, the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival has already sparked conversations about representation of women behind the camera, the refugee crisis, the future of virtual reality, and, of course, celebrities in attendance and what they’re wearing. And that’s just what’s happening…

Sundance Film Festival Marqee

2016 Sundance Films Headed to a Theater Near You (and Streaming too!)

February 1, 2016  |  Film Festivals

Topics represented include racism, opportunity access, alcoholism and drug abuse, cancer, LGBT rights, feminism, freedom of speech, and dozens of others. Many of these films have already been acquired to screen at your favorite local theater, as well as streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. That means you’ll get a chance to experience them for…

And the Social Issue Goes To…

January 15, 2016  |  Film

At the Golden Globes ceremony this past Sunday night, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Lorenzo Soria reminded everyone to, “use our influence to shine a spotlight on violence, injustice, intolerance.” Now that the 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced, social issue themes are in that spotlight. Here are a few from the nominees. It’s not…

Scene from The Big Short

Sparks in Entertainment

December 8, 2015

 FILM: Big issues on the big screen  It’s not very often that a book on the economy gets turned into a humorous major motion picture. “The Big Short” looks at the 2008 Financial Crisis through the eyes of Wall Street execs and financial speculators. Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell star in director Adam McKay’s film…

The Spotlight team of reporters gathers around a desk in their newsroom at The Boston Globe.

Fall/Winter Movie Preview

October 28, 2015  |  Film

We’re excited that so many of the season’s most buzzed-about films tackle important social issues—and that most of them are inspired by the real-life experiences of people fighting for justice and representation. Here are some of the stories we expect to spark the cultural conversation: NOVEMBER Spotlight In theaters November 6 Look for: Freedom of…

Sparks in Entertainment: 9.26.2015

September 26, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

For upcoming, issue-oriented film and television storylines, please follow our Twitter account and stay tuned as we build our databases, websites and newsletters Time Warner CEO opens Parkinson’s treatment center Former Time Warner CEO Jerry Levin announced Friday that he and his wife will open a center for people with Parkinson’s. The mission of the…