Where Does The Star Wars Universe End?

The canon of the Star Wars universe is so vast, in depth, and ever expanding that there is an employee at Lucasfilm whose sole job is to uphold the consistency of all Star Wars content developed. This employee is Leland Chee and he is the creator and keeper of ‘the Holocron‘: a continuity database that […]

The Paradox of Neoliberalism

When reading Empires of Entertainment (Holt) I was struck by one particular quote; “Robert Britt Horwitz explains in The Irony of Regulatory Reform (1989) that deregulation incorporated a “surprisingly heterogeneous” political coalition that was aligned against continued government regulation.” (Holt, 12) The phrase “surprisingly heterogeneous” regarding the state of media landscapes rings true even almost […]

A Closer Look at the Disney vs. Netflix Debacle

Jennifer Holt remarks in her book Empires of Entertainment that “just six conglomerates now dominate the global media marketplace, sharing the common traits of convergence, consolidation, and a major international presence along with the apparent drive to ‘control everything’…” (2) Disney is one of these six key players—as has been remarked upon in other posts […]

Sequels Everywhere: Contextualizing the Fast-Burn of Recent Blockbuster Films

On July 30th, 2008, Zach Beane published a series of interactive stream graphs that display the box office earnings of major Hollywood films on a weekend-to-weekend basis. These graphs offer some interesting insight into the box office trends of a given year, especially regarding the staying power of certain films over others. Indeed, this ongoing struggle […]

The Craziness of Fans

Fans or fandom is something that is has been changing over the years as it is one of the most important factors surrounding any film, TV show, sports entertainment, celebrities etc. Katherine Larsen and Lynn S. Zubernis talk about fandom in their book FANGASM: SUPERNATURAL FANGIRLS and they have many unique examples. One example they […]