Karen Idelson

Buzz builders


Celebrity appearances. Extravagant parties. Industry buzz. Summertime film premieres. It's not Cannes -- it's Comic-Con. The convention most famous for the number of attendees dressed as Captain…

  • TV

Frank criticism


Reality TV is the genre everybody loves to hate and -- even more -- loves to watch. The criticisms are many -- showcasing the worst in human nature, delighting in other people's failure -- but tell…

Dreams come true


This might be hard to picture, but there was once a world without Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. That's because once there was a world without the diverse group of…

Rules of attractions


There are some Imagineers who want to take you to infinity and beyond. And they've spent the last two years figuring out just how to get you there on the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction…

An ear for gaming


Immersion. It's how game designers measure the success of their creations. If the player forgets he's in his living room at 3 a.m. in front of a half-filled box of day-old pizza and starts to believe…

  • Film

Spider-Man 2


Sure, the flashy tight suit and the amazing powers help. But for an audience to really believe in him, Spider-Man has to be weighed down by the very human problem of gravity.

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