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Casey Mendoza

Entertainment Correspondent

Casey Mendoza sees pop culture through the lens of social issues, politics, history and technology. From the growing dominance of streaming, the democratized influence of online fandoms and the nuanced discussions about equity and inclusion in Hollywood, she's covered all things related to the ever-evolving entertainment industry. She feels most home at any comic-con around the country, or in her own living room, watching a romantic comedy with her husband and two cats.

Recent Work
knocking on wood

Why Do We Knock On Wood?

Actor Scott Turner Schofield appears in a scene of "Studio City."
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Transgender Actor Explores Importance Of Trans Characters In Film, TV

A character from "Stranger Things" appears during a scene of the show.
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The 'Stranger Things' Connection To Netflix's Success

An image from the movie "Mr. Malcolm's List" shows two characters meeting.
Bleecker Street / "Mr. Malcolm's List"Entertainment

Regency-Era Romance Movies Are A Booming Brand

Minions Stuart, Bob and Kevin.
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New 'Minions' Movie Smashes Box Office Records For 4th Of July Weekend

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Elvis Presley's Complicated History With Black Musicians

Paul McCartney performs on stage.

Musicians Are Continuing To Tour Into Their Old Age

The group BTS is shown on a red carpet.
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BTS Is Taking A Step Back To Focus On Solo Projects

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 Science and Health

Why Do Cats Hiss At Us?

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Growing Bisexual Community Has Made Its Own Culture Online

Wax figures of director Steven Spielberg and E.T. are displayed.
Nick Ut / APEntertainment

40 Years Ago, 'E.T.' Was A Turning Point In Science Fiction

Actor Amber Heard stands with her lawyers Elaine Bredehoft and Benjamin Rottenborn after the verdict was read.
Evelyn Hockstein/APEntertainment

What's Next Now That The Dust Has Settled In Heard, Depp Trial?

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are pictured in a combination of two photos.
Steve Helber / APEntertainment

Johnny Depp Wins Libel Lawsuit Against Ex-Wife Amber Heard

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Hulu / "Fire Island"Entertainment

'Fire Island' Addresses Racism In LGBTQ Community

A side-by-side photo shows Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Fans Have Already Decided On The Depp v. Heard Trial

Characters sit in an episode of "This Is Us."
Ron Batzdorff / NBCEntertainment

'This Is Us' Is Over: Why Audience Grief Can Feel So Real

The image asks, "How does the military control its Hollywood image?"

Pop Quiz: How Does The Military Control Its Hollywood Image?

AAPI activists hold a sign

Report: More Americans See Asian Americans As 'Perpetual Foreigners'

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A New Wave Of Martial Arts Is Making Its Mark On Hollywood

A comic shows the character of Hulk.
Marvel EntertainmentEntertainment

Celebrating 60 Years Of The Incredible Hulk

Comedian Dave Chappelle
David Richard / APEntertainment

Police Arrest Man Who Attacked Dave Chappelle During Hollywood Show

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Pop Quiz: Who Makes Money When You Stream A Song Online?

A scene from a "Star Trek" show.

How 'Star Trek' Has Remained Socially Progressive Over Its 50 Years

A remote shows streaming options.

What's Next For Netflix, Streaming After Subscription Drop?

People sit as part of the "Bridgerton" Experience in Chicago.

Pop-Ups Are The New Pop Culture Phenomenon

Alejandro Sanz takes a selfie with fans.
Chris Pizzello / APEntertainment

Are Selfies And Cameos The New Autographs?


Pop Quiz: What Surprising Things Are We Learning From True Crime?

A hologram of Whitney Houston performs on stage.
Base Hologram / "An Evening With Whitney"Entertainment

Are Posthumous Performances, Albums Innovative Or Just Plain Strange?

Newsy reporters Cat Sandoval, left, and Casey Mendoza

People Of Color Are More Frequently Misidentified

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on the Oscars stage.
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The Entertainment Industry's Inconsistencies With Celebrity Behavior