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by Dawn Eyestone

27 Aug 2015

Deadline for essay pitches: Saturday September 11th

Deadline for final essay: Monday, September 28th

Submit your pitches to: PopMatters’ Features Editor Dawn Eyestone eyestone(at)popmatters.com

Email subject line: PopMatters / Auto-Tune

Auto-Tune, that now ubiquitous technology, got its less than humble beginning with Cher’s “Believe”.

Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

But that’s just a rhetorical question, really.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Aug 2015


PopMatters is looking for smart music writers.

We’re looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and past alongside a cultural generalist perspective with strong interests in many areas of culture.

 

MUSIC REVIEWS

Regular CD reviews run 500-700 words and display a knowledge of music history and real genre expertise, rather than simply “I like this” or “I hate that”. They should employ a smart look at the music within its larger cultural contexts. Capsule reviews run between 100-150 words.

by Dawn Eyestone

6 Aug 2015


Deadline for essay pitches: Friday, September 11th
First drafts: Friday October 23rd
Final essay: Friday, November 13th
Submit your pitches to: PopMatters’ editor Dawn Eyestone eyestone@popmatters.com; cc: zarker@popmatters.com
Email subject line: Harryhausen SFX Legacy

Although filmmaker and special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen officially retired from feature filmmaking in the ‘80s, his legacy continues on the set of B-movie films and Hollywood blockbusters alike. Even filmgoers who’ve never heard of Harryhausen are likely familiar with his film techniques and might recognize one or two of his creations. Without Harryhausen’s creatures in Clash of the Titans, film geeks everywhere would be without the battle cry “Release the Kraken!” Without Harryhausen’s development of stop-motion filming, how would George Lucas have made Luke Skywalker run across a frozen wasteland on the back of a fictitious Tauntaun? Without Harryhausen’s monstrous inspiration, would Spielberg’s Jaws have been as terrifying?

by Erin Giannini

5 Aug 2015


Pitch Deadline: Monday, August 31st
Final Essay Deadline: Monday, September 21st
Please send pitches to: giannini@popmatters.com, cc: zarker@popmatters.com
Email subject line: PopMatters / SNL – Still Alive

Like the late-night creature that it is, Saturday Night Live seems nearly unkillable. Started by Baby Boomers, reborn for a Gen X audience, and still watched by millennials, SNL has managed to stay, if not always relevant, at least on the air.

Seven presidents, two Iraq Wars, and numerous other sketch shows seeking the SNL crown have come and gone since George Carlin hosted the first episode in October 1975. What keeps a show—a comedy show, no less—around that long? The talent? The recurring characters, from Belushi’s Samurai to Cecily Strong’s “A One-Dimensional Female Character from a Male-Driven Comedy”? The commentary (and sometimes controversy) on the issues of the moment? Will SNL ever die? What is this constant human need that SNL feeds? (Or are we feeding it?)

by Erin Giannini

4 Aug 2015


Pitch Deadline: Monday, August 17th
Final Essay Deadline: Monday, September 7th
Contact: Erin Giannini and Karen Zarker
Email: egiannini37@gmail.com / zarker@popmatters.com
Email subject line: PopMatters / The Stewart/Colbert Affect

When The Daily Show debuted in 1996, there was little to suggest what it would become. Despite the desires of creator Lizz Winstead, both the Comedy Central execs and host Craig Kilbourn set a tone for the series that was more a parody of infotainment and less a trenchant satire of modern news media.

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Ubisoft Understands the Art of the Climb

// Moving Pixels

"Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Grow Home epitomize the art of the climb.

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