Ragnarok Rages Again

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Hulk from Thor: Ragnarok

For the second straight week, it was hammertime. No one could touch Thor: Ragnarok this weekend. Marvel’s latest superhero smashfest banked an estimated $56.6 million and pulled its overall gross to around $211.6 million. That makes Ragnarok the most lucrative Thor movie of all time (though, granted, we’ve only seen three of them) and pushed […]

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Culture Clips: The Most Hated Man in Nerd-dom?

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Luke almost didn’t come back. Mark Hamill portrayed Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, launching him into the kind of superstardom few ever actors ever achieve. No wonder he was a bit tentative about reprising his iconic role. “I was just really scared,” he told the New York Times recently. “I thought, why […]

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Jigsaw Puzzles Together a Win

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Jigsaw

Given the season and all, perhaps it’s fitting that a horror movie won a truly terrifying weekend—at least terrifying as far as Hollywood  bean counters are concerned. Jigsaw, a resurrection of the Saw franchise, took the top spot with a woeful $16.3 million (estimated, of course). Its victory simultaneously confirmed the horror genre’s power this […]

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A Conversation With Kevin Sorbo

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Once upon on a time way back in the last millennium, actor Kevin Sorbo visited many a living room weekly via his popular action-adventure series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. These days, though, he’s often in movies that focus on another kind of adventure—a spiritual one. Sorbo’s latest faith-based film, Let There Be Light, lands in […]

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Culture Clips: Distracted to Death?

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Today’s vehicles are packed with more safety and collision-avoidance technology than ever before. But traffic-related deaths in the United States have nevertheless risen sharply over the last two years, up 14.4% after decades of generally trending downward. Curiously, certain kinds of folks are increasingly prone to be involved in fatal car accidents than others: pedestrians, […]

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Taking the Red Pill

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An interesting new viral movement has been gathering momentum lately: A lot of young people are proudly reporting via YouTube and other sites that they’ve “taken the Red Pill.” No, that’s not another new drug. Nor does it have anything to do with a similarly named “pick-up culture/anti-feminism” discussion on Reddit that some people are […]

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The ‘Trespassers Will’ of Childhood

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Goodbye Christopher Robin

No offense, Walt Disney. But to really understand the magic of Winnie-the-Pooh, you need to read it. Open the book and you walk into a comfortable, wryly funny and beautiful world. You track Woozles. You attend birthday parties. You sail through the Hundred Acre Wood in an umbrella. My mom read A.A. Milne’s beloved stories […]

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Blade Runner Runs Into Trouble

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Blade Runner 2049

Picture a landscape filled with amazing technological advances, but one that feels curiously depressing—something teeming with simulated life, yet strangely lifeless. The Los Angeles megalopolis from Blade Runner 2049? No, I’m talking about the box office from this weekend. Blade Runner 2049 zoomed into theaters with a strong pedigree, lots of ooh-ahh special effects and […]

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Bronies: What’s this Dog and Pony Show All About?

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Brony

Some things in life we know with certainty: The sun will come up tomorrow. Fish will swim in the sea. Kevin Sorbo will star in yet another Christian movie. And when the My Little Pony movie comes to theaters this weekend, standing in the ticket (and popcorn) line will be tens of thousands of adult […]

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