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Past articles by Molly:

Grab your moral compass: ‘The Good Place’ takes philosophy mainstream

TV is not the hearth people typically go to for ethics lessons. But "The Good Place" is prompting more thinking around the idea of what it means to be a good person. → Read More

For fledgling filmmakers, ‘open screen’ cracks open the Hollywood dream

The film industry is notoriously difficult to break into. But a practice that encourages new filmmakers to screen their films is opening the industry, at least a little, to newcomers. → Read More

TV’s ‘Little Women’: ‘A very current story about things that haven’t changed’

The March sisters are still beloved 150 years on, but none more so than Jo, a “magnificent original” whom Louisa May Alcott modeled on herself. A female character who defined her happy ending through her work – not by marrying the boy next door – was revelatory (and inspired many heartbroken letters to Alcott from young readers). → Read More

Wanted: Volunteers who like history ... and can read cursive

'Citizen archivists' across the United States are transcribing historical documents to help make them more accessible to the public online. Though some amateurs struggle with reading 19th-century handwriting, organizations are still clamoring for their aid. → Read More

Podcasts are on TV, not just in your earbuds

Podcasts like '2 Dope Queens,' 'Pod Save America,' and 'Welcome to Night Vale' are all making the transition to networks including HBO and FX. → Read More

Why the 2018 Oscars matter: A look at the push for diversity that's changing the face of the movie industry

Hollywood’s biggest night is here again. Here’s a look at what’s dominating the conversation ahead of the prestigious event. → Read More

Galentine's Day: Why the appeal of 'ladies celebrating ladies' endures

The Feb. 13 holiday, invented by NBC sitcom 'Parks and Recreation,' is in its eighth year of bringing gal pals together to honor friendship. Observers and participants note the timeliness of an event that highlights women and interpersonal connections. → Read More

Board game cafes: Why game night no longer means staying in

The desire for a shared experience drives at least as much business as the chance to try laying out a medieval French city in Carcassonne Classic without first plunking down $69.99. → Read More

These 'Star Wars' fans combine dressing up with doing good

Don’t be fooled by the 501st Legion’s sinister appearance. The 'bad guys doing good' donated 182,000 volunteer hours in 2016 and raised $889,000 for charity. → Read More

‘Dunkirk’ won box office – is an Oscar next?

The film is now one of the 10 domestically highest-grossing movies of the year. As a historical drama, it stands in sharp contrast to such fellow Top 10 list occupiers as the remake of 'Beauty and the Beast' and superhero movies 'Wonder Woman' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.' → Read More

Must an author’s wishes be honored after death?

Authors once turned to fire to be rid of writing they didn’t want the world to read. Terry Pratchett took a slightly more creative – and modern – route. He ordered that his hard drive be crushed by a steamroller after his death. → Read More

10 best books of October 2017, according to Amazon's editors

As fall continues, more intriguing titles are headed to bookstores – check out what Amazon says are the best of the bunch. → Read More

Steven Soderbergh's release plan, MoviePass program shake up movie business

It’s been part of American life for decades: Consumers pay to see films and movie studios and movie theaters profit. But that process is being disrupted, and it’s happening against the backdrop of a tough summer for Hollywood. → Read More

12 best books of September 2017, according to Amazon's editors

What are some of the best titles to choose as fall begins? Check out Amazon's list. → Read More

Alexander Hamilton: statesman, dueler, birthday party theme

Projected to earn $1 billion and earning Tony-Award glory, 'Hamilton' the musical is still going strong in backyards and classrooms across the country. → Read More

10 best books of August 2017, according to Amazon's editors

Enjoy the last of summer's days with one of these books by your side. → Read More

Hollywood returns to King with ‘The Dark Tower’

Stephen King movie and TV adaptations are nothing new, but interest seems particularly high this summer and fall as movie projects like 'The Dark Tower' and TV series like 'Mr. Mercedes' arrive. → Read More

Hollywood’s make-or-break season

The movie business is looking for more successes than it had last summer, as 'Wonder Woman' continues to perform well but new installments of the 'Cars' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchises experience their worst domestic opening weekends ever. Meanwhile, streaming services are encouraging some viewers to stay home. → Read More

Latin music scores with chart-topping ‘Despacito’

When the song 'Despacito,' by singer Luis Fonsi and rapper Daddy Yankee, reached No. 1, it became the first mostly Spanish-language song to do so since the mid-1990s track 'Macarena,' by Los del Río. → Read More

10 best books of June 2017, according to Amazon

What are the musts for your beach bag? Whether you're looking for a novel to become immersed in or an intriguing nonfiction read, Amazon's editors have you covered. Here's the full list of their picks for June, with thoughts from Amazon senior editor Chris Schluep. → Read More