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2017: the year in pop culture

A month-by-month digest of 2017s most memorable moments, from Trumps not-so-triumphant inauguration to Get Out reviving the horror genre, Love Islands surprise success and beyondJanuary Trumps inauguration The year began with nobody RSVPing to Donald Trumps inauguration invite. After reaching the end of his Rolodex, he eventually got 3 Doors

George Takei saga sheds light on the murky world of pay-to-promote news

Media companies ended their paid promotion partnerships with Takei after a claim of sexual assault. But what are these celebrity deals, and are they ethical?News that several online media companies including Mic, Slate and Refinery29 have severed commercial ties with Star Trek actor George Takei following allegations of sexual assault

Is the Mosaic app TV’s natural next step or a gimmick too far?

Steven Soderberghs latest show premieres in January, but viewers can watch it now via a choose-your-own-adventure iPhone app thats baffled someIllusion of choice is a somewhat recent concern in the gaming community, a critical phrase coined in reaction to the rise of interactive, decision-based games peddled by game studios like

Michelle Dockery: ‘I consider myself a widow’

After five years in Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery is back playing a gun-toting rancher and a ruthless TV exec. She talks typecasting, the Weinstein effect and the sudden death of her fianceIf Michelle Dockerys latest role had been written in the last 12 months, the part might look like

American Vandal and our growing obsession with the mockumentary

Netflixs standout true crime spoof has managed to elevate a silly premise and is yet another recent example of a faux-doc that soarsIts Stonehenge may only have been 18in tall but This is Spinal Tap is monumental, casting a long, none-more-black shadow over the mockumentary form. More than three decades

How big tech became the new titan of television

Hollywood power is in flux, as traditional broadcast and cable networks, which for decades shaped popular culture, try to keep up with technology companiesIn Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, nobody knows anything. But that was before technology companies rolled in sure of one thing: to conquer television you