Stars and Scars: Disfigurement in Film

Onscreen, scarring represents a loss of beauty for women and toughness for men, but what about the actors who bear visible scars?

Don’t Say Cheese! The Smiles of Buster Keaton and Humphrey Bogart

Some celebrities like Buster Keaton and Humphrey Bogart are recognized for not smiling—and when they do, it comes across as, well, unnatural.

The Apu Trilogy Revisited

The Apu Trilogy of films has been newly restored and re-released

An American in Paris: Onstage and Onscreen

Whatever your thoughts on the Broadway production, An American in Paris is a big deal in the history of movie musicals.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Spike Lee, Danny Aiello
Credit: Universal Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Forming a Critical Sense of Race with Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”

Interpretations of the film may differ by race, media scholar Kelli Marshall finds.

May the 4th Be With You…The Ego and Id in The Empire Strikes Back

A Freudian reading of The Empire Strikes Back for Star Wars Day

Why You Know Marc Maron Better Than Your Own Family

How the transmedia work of Marc Maron engages with fans.

Rednecks: A Brief History

What is a "redneck" exactly? Kelli Marshall explores a brief history of the word.

Coming Clean on Gender in Soap Operas

Academic scholarship on gender in soap operas.
Ghostbusters (1984)
 Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis
Credit: Columbia/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

How “Ghostbusters” Changed the Way We Speak

A controversial and little-known aspect of Ghostbusters cultural influence can be found in a seemingly simple suffix, “-busters.”