Could 2016 be the start of the end for Hollywood’s cinema days?

Hollywood Sign in disrepair, circa 1978 by Bob Beecher

Right now Star Wars: The Force Awakens is busy making box office history.

In only its third week of theatrical release the film is set to overtake the all-time US box office record of $760m set by Avatar over 34 weeks, and after its release in China the sci-fi epic may well be capable of beating the record for the world’s largest grossing film in the history of the box office – also set by Avatar at $2.8bn.

But this is an odd story for the cinema industry, which many artists predicted was on its way out due to the effect streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have had on the way we consume movies.

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What difference will Anonymous make in the fight against Islamic State?

Anonymous, No on 8 Rally, Boston, November 2008 by Tim Pierce

Anonymous issuing a threatening video to the enemies of free society is now an accepted part of every major terrorist attack, and the events in Paris on Friday have proved no different in this regard.

The loose band of hackers and activists wasted little time in posting the following video to YouTube, both in French and English, which many have advertised as a declaration of “war” on Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

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Is the United States already a socialist country?

Bernie Sanders, Arizona, July 2015 by Gage Skidmore

Bernie Sanders, the insurgent Democratic presidential candidate who has eaten into support for Hillary Clinton, is noted for embracing the term “socialist”, a word long tainted by America’s ideological battle with Russian communism during the Cold War.

His adoption of the word was something that Bill Maher, the American comedian turned chat show host, sought to confront directly in an interview with Sanders last week.

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