Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

April 16, 2021

Self-annihilation is a constituent part of many celebrity careers. While some actors or singers slide smoothly from one success to another, hardly pausing for the occasional misadventure, others are ruined, occasionally by others but much more usually by their own devices. Frankie Lymon’s...

The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

March 19, 2021

“The Elizabeth Taylor who’s famous, the one on film, really has no depth or meaning to me,” the Hollywood icon told Life magazine’s Richard Meryman in 1964. “She’s a totally superficial working thing, a commodity. I really don’t know what the ingredients of the image are exactly —...

The Kardashians Changed Everything

September 09, 2020

They say money makes the world go round, but Kim Kardashian West surely chooses its direction. She seems to be able to do pretty much anything. Over the past 14 years, since the launch of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kim and her family have become some of the most influential people in...

What Explains Our Fascination with Celebrities?

August 18, 2018

We are social beings who need close supportive contact with others for both psychological and physical health. Interest in celebrities, as part of a broader preoccupation with the culture of entertainment, has infiltrated almost every aspect of life in modern society. Although interest in...

Hacking in Hollywood: Why the Industry Needs to Shore Up Security

August 11, 2017

Experts say the increasing threat of sophisticated cybercrimes should force entertainment firms to take serious stock of their internal security measures. A cyberattack at Sony Pictures in 2014 resulted in the release of sensitive internal documents, the eventual ouster of the top executive...

Watching Tiger Woods Fall From Grace

June 02, 2017

Tiger Woods charmed audiences while he rose to prominence. But there is arguably a deeper satisfaction for white America in witnessing his fall from grace. Is it me, or is Tiger Woods getting blacker? Eight years ago, the record-breaking golfer, who described himself as a “Cablinasian”...