TV and movies are one way we understand people and places we’ve never had direct contact with – and maybe never will.

Netflix’s big bet on foreign content and international viewers could upend the global mediascape — and change how people see the world

Arts, Culture & Media

An Italian media scholar raised on American TV assesses Netflix’s ambitious strategy to create original productions in Italy, Japan, Brazil and beyond — and distribute them globally.

A film still of a man sitting at a dressing room mirror with lights

In ‘The Humorist,’ Soviet comedy is no joke

Charles Aznavour, beloved French crooner

Charles Aznavour, beloved French crooner, dies aged 94

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Karim Asir performs for school kids in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Charlie Chaplin on the streets of Kabul? One Afghan takes on the Little Tramp.

Cue-card guy, Wally Feresten during a "Late Night" sketch on May 11, 2016.

Live, from New York, it’s Cue Card Wally

Unsung Heroes

Big Eyes

Arts, Culture & Media

We love big eyes on anything — babies, puppies, cartoon characters, Christina Ricci. But our fondness for big eyes is the work of nature, not Disney. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky found out how evolutionary psychology butts into pop culture.

Finished mounted Oscar Statuettes are seen at the Polich Tallix foundry in Walden, New York.

Oscars’ #MeToo dilemma


The job of policing accusations against filmmakers, agents and actors among the academy’s members has proved slow and difficult.

Artist Lakshmi Ramgopal poses in front of yellow flowers in this 2017 photograph.

Lakshmi Ramgopal is adding Indian classical music influences to her electronic-ambient projects


Lykanthea nestles comfortably in the electronic-ambient genre. But she’s begun to add traces of her childhood training in Carnatic music.

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump

Alec Baldwin, connoisseur of jerks


Alec Baldwin has had a long, successful career in the movies and TV, but playing Donald Trump has brought him a new kind of fame.

Actor Kevin Spacey at the premiere of Netflix's television series "House of Cards" at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center

Netflix dumps Kevin Spacey, police home in on Harvey Weinstein


Netflix late Friday dropped Kevin Spacey, whose career is in free-fall over spiraling sexual assault accusations as police gather evidence for a possible arrest warrant against Harvey Weinstein for alleged rape.