Why books and movies are better the second time

New research reveals why people like to reread books, re-watch movies and generally repeat the same experiences over and over again. It’s not addictive or ritualistic behavior, but rather a conscious effort to probe deeper layers of significance in the revisited material, while also reflecting on one’s own growth through the lens of the familiar book, movie or place…


White House: China to Allow More U.S. Films

The announcement is applauded by the MPAA, which says it will “return a much better share of the box office revenues to U.S studios.”

China has agreed to allow “significantly more job-supporting US film exports” in an effort to provide fairer compensation to Hollywood film producers, the White House announced Friday evening…


Mind Reading a Reality in Five Years, IBM Says

Within five years, IBM believes we’ll begin to see early applications of mind reading technology that up to now have been little more than science fiction fantasies. The geeks in blue are, at this very moment, researching ways to link your brain to electronic devices so, for example, you could simply think about calling someone on your smartphone and it would happen. And looking longer term, IBM believes brain control will take over manual typing…


The average movie ticket in the U.S. cost $7.93 last year, topping the previous high of $7.89 in 2010.

Going to the movies has never been more expensive.

Ticket prices in the U.S. hit an all-time high in 2011, according to numbers released Thursday to The Hollywood Reporter by the National Association of Theatre Owners. The price of admission rose last year to $7.93 from $7.89 in 2010.

The high comes despite the average price for a ticket dropping slightly, to $7.83, in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to NATO. The lower fourth-quarter average is believed to reflect a slower pace of business, especially for 3D movies, which carry a higher price….