Category: Entertainment » Film and TV

The CSI effect: Viewing TV crime shows does not make better criminals

5 Jan 2018 | U.S. News

Does watching the work of fictional forensic investigators on TV influence viewers? There is a belief that this is the case and that the consequences of people watching shows such as the American crime drama television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" are filtering through into real life, a phenomenon that has been called the CSI effect. read more »

Children's screen-time guidelines too restrictive, according to new research

14 Dec 2017 | World

New Oxford University research suggests that existing guidance managing children's digital media time may not be as beneficial as first more »

Lack of sleep could cause mood disorders in teens

6 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

Chronic sleep deprivation--which can involve staying up late, and waking up early for work or school--has become a way of life for both kids and adults, especially with the increasing use of phones and tablets late into the night. But this social jet lag poses some serious health and mental health more »

Kids and screen time: Signs your child might be addicted

4 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

It's a familiar sight in the majority of young families: young children bent over a screen for hours, texting or gaming, lost in a digital world. Many parents worry, how much screen time is too much?read more »

Researchers find link between excessive screen time and suicide risk

1 Dec 2017 | U.S. News

New research presents compelling evidence that the more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and think about, or attempt, suicide. read more »

Risks for blood clot in a vein may rise with increased TV viewing

13 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

Risk of blood clots increases with the amount of time spent watching television, even if people get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions more »

Youth uniquely vulnerable to sleep disruption from screens

3 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of screen time, according to a sweeping review of the more »

Despite mobile options and cord-cutting, sports fans still turn on the TV

19 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

Despite the growth of mobile technology and viewing options, when sports fans want to watch a game, they turn to traditional live TV, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post more »

Are Children Who See Movie Characters Use Guns More Likely To Use Them?

27 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Children who watched a PG-rated movie clip containing guns played with a disabled real gun longer and pulled the trigger more often than children who saw the same movie not containing guns, according to the results of a randomized experimentread more »

Why Many Russians Have Gladly Agreed To Online Censorship

7 Sep 2017 | World

The Russian government has persuaded many of its citizens to avoid websites and social media platforms that are critical of the government, a new study has more »

Customer Satisfaction Rises for Twitter, Falls for Internet News and Search Engines

26 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Customer satisfaction with e-business is down 0.8 percent to 74.3 on a 100-point scale, according to the latest results of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). read more »

Tobacco Use On the Big & Small Screens Is A Public Health Concern

7 Jul 2017 | Entertainment

A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) analyzing smoking in top-grossing movies finds that one in four youth-rated movies continue to include tobacco imagery and the decline in the number of movies with smoking has more »

Research Finds CEOs Who Appear On CNBC Can See Their Pay Rise Over $200,000 Per Year

14 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

New research that examined 4,452 CEOs from 2,666 U.S. firms, as well as 104,129 news articles and 6,567 CNBC interviews, found that CEOs who appeared in CNBC interviews could expect their compensation to increase by $210,239 on average, notwithstanding firm performance and other mitigating more »

Toy Unboxing Lucrative But Sensitive

22 May 2017 | Entertainment

The global social media phenomenon of toy unboxing is causing concern for parents and other child welfare advocates. Now new research recommends regulation to address more »

TV Accentuates Traditional Women's Roles At Expense Of Their Needs

15 May 2017 | U.S. News

College women who frequently watch television or who believe that the content is real, tend to endorse the gender roles that are portrayed often on TV, says a University of Michigan more »

New Study Reveals Why People Pay For News And What It Means For Future Of Journalism

4 May 2017 | Entertainment

Slightly more than half of all U.S. adults pay for news, with roughly half of those subscribing to a newspaper, according to a study conducted by the Media Insight Project. read more »

Humans Born To Love Superheroes

6 Apr 2017 | Entertainment

We recognize justice before we can talk, reports a research team. The Japanese study demonstrates that human infants recognize heroic acts from early stages of development, suggesting that our sense of justice -- and likewise, adoration for heroes -- is innate. read more »

Study Finds News Exposure Linked To Greater Anger Towards Muslims

3 Apr 2017 | World

New Zealanders -- whether liberal or conservative -- show both increased anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims if they are more avid news consumers, a new scientific study has more »

People Who Watch Entertainment TV More Likely To Vote For Populist Politicians

27 Mar 2017 | US Politics and Govt

People exposed to entertainment television are more likely to vote for populist politicians according to a new study co-authored by an economist at Queen Mary University of London. read more »

Cooking Family Meals, Skipping TV During Those Meals Linked To Lower Odds Of Obesity

24 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Adults who don't flip on the TV during dinner and those who eat home-cooked meals are less likely to be obese, a new study has found. read more »

More Screen Time For Kids Isn't All That Bad

8 Feb 2017 | Entertainment

A researcher says children should be allowed to delve into screen technology, as it is becoming an essential part of modern more »

Psychology Explains How To Win An Oscar

6 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

If you want to win an Oscar it is best to be an American actor in a film that portrays American culture. read more »

Oprah Winfrey Becomes A Special Contributor To 60 Minutes

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed broadcaster, producer, actress and philanthropist, will become a special contributor to 60 MINUTES, it was announced by the news magazine's executive producer, Jeff more »

Satirical News Has Serious Political Effects

24 Jan 2017 | Entertainment

Satirical news programs, often dismissed as mere entertainment, have real political effects on the people who watch them, new research more »

Smoking Related Imagery Absent From Only One James Bond Movie To Date

17 Jan 2017 | Entertainment

Smoking related imagery is conspicuous by its absence from only one Bond movie since 007 first graced cinema screens in 1962, finds an analysis in Tobacco Control. read more »

Obama Family Voted Most Desirable Neighbors For 2017; Justin Bieber Named Worst

30 Dec 2016 | Entertainment

Americans would most like to be neighbors with the Obamas in 2017, according to the 10th annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey. read more »

Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies

27 Dec 2016 | U.S. News

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died in hospital following a heart attack aged more »

Scheduling Leisure Activities Makes Them Less Fun

9 Dec 2016 | SciTech

In a series of studies, researchers found that scheduling a leisure activity like seeing a movie or taking a coffee break led people to anticipate less enjoyment and actually enjoy the event less than if the same activities were more »

Those Funny Ads May Make You Laugh, But Maybe Not Buy

2 Dec 2016 | Entertainment

Advertisers often use humor to grab customers' attention, but they should do so with caution, according to a recently published study. read more »

It Takes Less Than A Second To Tell Humans From Androids

29 Nov 2016 | SciTech

It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as "Westworld." But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new research from the University of California, more »

Study Suggests That Parental Health Behaviors May Influence Children's Sleep

25 Nov 2016 | SciTech

A new study indicates that children's sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence, which suggests that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based more »

Consuming Violent Media Linked To 13x Surge In Violent Dreams

16 Nov 2016 | Entertainment

The violent and sexual media you consume during the day may infiltrate your dreams at night, new research more »

How Entertainment Affects Our Politics

14 Nov 2016 | US Politics and Govt

Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat begs the question: when will the highest and hardest glass ceiling be shattered in the U.S.? While change is not yet coming to the nation’s political stage, it is under way on our screens, and new research reveals that the fiction we watch influences our gendered perceptions of what it takes to be an effective more »

Movie Producer Charged With Defrauding Hedge Fund Investors

14 Nov 2016 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former movie producer and self-proclaimed private equity executive with defrauding investors in hedge funds and using the money he stole to support his extravagant more »

Television Cooking Shows Overlook Safe Food Handling Practices

9 Nov 2016 | Entertainment

Forty-eight million cases of foodborne illness are reported annually in the United States, including 3,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. read more »

Children's Health And Privacy At Risk From Digital Marketing

9 Nov 2016 | Entertainment

For the first time, researchers and health experts have undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the concerning situation in the World Health Organisation European Region regarding digital marketing to children of foods high in fats, salt and more »

Study Finds Pop-Culture News Helped Destigmatize Out-Of-Wedlock Childbirth

31 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

Celebrity news reports over the past four decades appear to have contributed to the changing makeup of the traditional American family by helping to destigmatize out-of-wedlock childbirths in the United States, according to a study by a University at Buffalo more »

How Frankenstein Saved Humankind From Probable Extinction

31 Oct 2016 | SciTech

Widely considered the first work of science fiction for exploring the destructive consequences of scientific and moral transgressions, a new study published in "BioScience" argues that the horror of Mary Shelley's gothic novel Frankenstein is rooted in a fundamental principle of more »

American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations For Children's Media Use

21 Oct 2016 | Entertainment

Recognizing the ubiquitous role of media in children's lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is releasing new policy recommendations and resources to help families maintain a healthy media diet. read more »

Young Children Who Watch Too Much Television At Risk Of Victimization, Social Isolation

20 Oct 2016 | Entertainment

Results of new study led by Linda Pagani, professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Psychoeducation, show that young children who watch too much television are at risk of victimization and social isolation and adopting violent and antisocial behaviour toward other students at age more »

Man Charged With Stealing Employer's 'As Seen On TV' Trade Secrets

19 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

An employee of a privately-held corporation that distributes “As Seen On TV” products has been arrested and charged with theft of trade secrets and wire more »

Some Children Genetically Predisposed To Overeating In Response To Television Food Ads

12 Oct 2016 | Entertainment

Exposure to food ads on television leads to overeating among children, especially those genetically predisposed to obesity, researchers at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the C. Everett Koop Institute have shown. read more »

More Evidence That TV Ads May Influence Kids' Drinking

7 Sep 2016 | Entertainment

The more advertising kids see for particular brands of alcohol, the more they consume of those brands, according to a new study. read more »

Bay Area Woman Arrested On Federal Stalking and Hacking Charges Related To Kris Jenner

22 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

California nurse’s assistant has been arrested on federal cyberstalking and hacking charges related to harassment and threats targeting television personality Kristen Jenner, members of her family and two more »

Partisan Media Can Influence Viewers To Reject Facts: Study

11 Aug 2016 | Entertainment

A new nationwide study suggests why heavy users of partisan media outlets are more likely than others to hold political more »

Call For Child-Directed Advertising To Be Better Regulated

11 Aug 2016 | Entertainment

Two human rights experts are drawing attention to the impact of commercial advertising directed at young children that instils, at an early age, over-consumption and indebtedness, and have urged the Governments to redefine those child-directed more »

'Media Contagion' Is Factor In Mass Shootings, Study Says

9 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

People who commit mass shootings in America tend to share three traits: rampant depression, social isolation and pathological narcissism, according to a new research paper that calls on the media to deny such shooters the fame they more »

Study Finds Sharks Get Bad Rap When Viewed With Ominous Background Music

5 Aug 2016 | SciTech

In a new study, researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego found that the background music in shark documentaries affects viewers' perceptions of sharks. read more »

How Will Live-Streaming Crime On Facebook Live And Periscope Challenge US Privacy Law?

4 Aug 2016 | SciTech

Researchers have found that current laws protecting individual rights are insufficient to protect privacy when it comes to Live-Streaming technologies and that the First Amendment likely protects livestreaming activities of more »

More Than 2 Million Copies Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Sell In The First Two Days

4 Aug 2016 | Entertainment

Retailer reports estimate that Scholastic has sold more than 2 million copies in North America of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the first two days of sales, unprecedented for a script book. read more »