Laura Bennett
Staff Writer

The Hidden Secrets of TV Posters
July 18, 2013

The TV poster has evolved from marketing tool into artistic enterprise.

Forget Netflix: The Real Problem With This Year's Emmy Nominations
July 18, 2013

After much hubbub over the potential for Netflix to further shake up the television landscape with Emmy nods for its original programming, the dust has settled and “House of Cards” reliably prevailed.

Why the Zimmerman Juror's Memoir Was Doomed From the Start
July 16, 2013

The news that juror B37 from the Zimmerman trial was signed by a literary agent—Sharlene Martin, persuasively described on her website as “the Jerry Maguire of literary agents” and tied to books written about the trials of Jodi Arias, O.J.

James Franco Will Not Save the Comedy Central Roast
July 11, 2013

The recent announcement that James Franco would be the subject of the next Comedy Central Roast has been met with general enthusiasm. “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?” wondered The Atlantic Wire.

CNN Is Bad at Tabloid Journalism
July 10, 2013

Defense testimony for the Zimmerman trial, perhaps concluding Wednesday, has so far been something of a sideshow.

Why Do Whistleblowers Make Good Characters?
July 03, 2013

The video released on YouTube several days ago by a group of amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong is the first of what will surely be many dramatizations of the Snowden saga.

The Reality Competition Show, Deconstructed
June 28, 2013

“Siberia,” the bizarre new series premiering Monday on NBC, is scripted horror drama framed as a reality competition show, which means that it replicates the thumping suspense and quick camera cuts of  “Survivor” and “Fear Factor” and “The Amazing Ra

After Wendy Davis, the Strangeness of Watching Paula Deen
June 26, 2013

For anyone who has been following the news for the past 24 hours, watching the “Today” show this morning was a surreal experience.

Instagram Is Turning Children Into Fashion Monsters
June 25, 2013

There has perhaps never been a more fashionable child than the five-year-old featured yesterday on New York mag’s The Cut, who—with the languidly bored face of a Brazilian supermodel—flaunts his stylishness in photo after photo: here he wears a bombe

The Tedious Obsession With Authors' Retirements
June 20, 2013

In a piece published in the National Post yesterday, Alice Munro—hours after winning the Trillium Book Award for her short story collection Dear Life—told a reporter that she was “probably not going to write anymore.” “Not that I didn’t love writing,