Articles By Christopher Zara

From Entertainment Jul 28, 2012

New York’s Film And TV Tax Credits: Corporate Welfare For Hollywood?

On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved yet another expansion to the state's already-robust incentive program for film and television production, signing legislation that sweetens the deal for filmmakers who do post-production work in the Empire State.

From Companies Jul 27, 2012

Reports Of Newsweek’s Death Are Grossly Exaggerated -- Or Not

Speaking at an earnings call with analysts, Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp, had some pretty grim words to say about what ails the storied magazine and print media as a whole.

From Entertainment Jul 27, 2012

HBO And ‘The Newsroom’ Producer Scott Rudin Are Free To See Other People: Who Dumped Whom?

Although it's unclear which party terminated the deal, two different accounts that surfaced late Wednesday suggest the "Newsroom" producer is seeking more breathing room after some of his projects were axed by HBO along the development process.

From Entertainment Jul 25, 2012

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ And The Debate Over PG-13

Last week's Batman massacre, allegedly carried out by a 24-year-old aspiring scientist who dyed his hair orange and called himself "The Joker," has rekindled old arguments over the effects of violent movies on children.

From Entertainment Jul 24, 2012

Fighting For ‘Downton Abbey’: PBS Prez Blasts Proposed Funding Cuts

PBS receives about 15 percent of its total funding from the federal government, but that percentage is higher in rural areas where viewer support is lower. On July 17, House Republicans unveiled a spending bill that would eliminate funding for public television and its radio companion, NPR.

From Entertainment Jul 24, 2012

Will Amy Winehouse Biopic Ever Happen?

One surefire way to solidify Winehouse's legacy would be through an old-fashioned rock 'n' roll biopic -- Hollywood's time-honored method of immortalizing celebrated music figures with dramatized accounts of their lives and works.

From Entertainment Jul 22, 2012

In Pursuit Of The Paparazzi: Is Harassing Justin Bieber Constitutionally Protected?

In 2011, California enacted the toughest anti-paparazzi laws in the country, reforming earlier anti-pap provisions by adding increased penalties for photographers who "drive recklessly in an attempt to capture a visual image.

From Companies Jul 21, 2012

In Japan, Kobo E-Reader Takes On Paper Books -- And Amazon

The Tokyo-based e-commerce giant Rakuten introduced its Kobo Touch e-reader in Japan on Thursday, and early reports suggest that the device is already a hit.

From Entertainment Jul 21, 2012

Is ‘The Dark Knight’ Cursed? Aurora Shooting May Keep Fans Away This Weekend

Twitter posts have been rolling in from users who are so shaken up over the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., that they cannot bear the thought of seeing the film so soon.

From Entertainment Jul 19, 2012

George Takei: Boy Scouts’ Gay Ban Is ‘Hogwash’

On his blog post, Takei noted that "many well-meaning people counter that the BSA is a private organization, and as such should be able to keep whomever they want out. This is of course the same justification used to prevent minorities from eating in restaurants during the Jim Crow years.