Plugging the Morality Meter

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It may seem common-sensical to you that sending a digital naked picture of yourself to a friend might not actually be such a good idea, or that texting a constant stream of obnoxious, hateful messages could tick somebody off. But I guess some teens need a little help understanding that. According to a study recently […]

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Gagging Over Gaga

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Last week Lady Gaga released a nine-minute-long mess. Sorry, but there’s no other way to say it. She fashioned the track “Telephone,” from her album The Fame Monster, into a Thriller-esque film that’s rife with lesbianism, sadomasochism, murder, bizarre outfits, nudity and Tarantino-inspired violence. The video features Beyoncé as Gaga’s partner in crime and even […]

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‘Idol’atry Waning?

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So, American Idol fans, how is Season 9 going for you? I confess, though I once watched almost every week and often voted, I’m just finding it hard to care much this year. Why, you ask? Well, to tell you the truth, I’m not really sure. It’s not that the show is that much different […]

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Movie Monday: Green Zone

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The Cheshire Cat isn’t the only one grinning in Wonderland these days. Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton’s curiously entertaining 3-D romp, was the weekend’s box-office champion again, collecting another $62 million to bring its two-week total to slightly mad $208.6 mil. Three newcomers—Green Zone, She’s Out of My League and Remember Me—made $32.4 million collectively, […]

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Marijuana and a ‘Lost Boy’

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This week brought news of another celebrity’s premature death. Corey Haim, one of the teen stars of 1987’s vampire flick The Lost Boys, died March 10 in California at the age of 38. Published reports have speculated about the role prescription medication may have played in his death. But regardless of whether drugs ultimately played […]

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Attack of the Giant 3-D TVs!

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Wouldn’t you know it. Just when I break down and buy a new, HD, flat-screen, fancy-schmancy television (it even comes with a remote!), I find that it’s already behind the times. HD? That’s sooooo 2009. The Joneses are buying 3-D TVs now. Well, maybe they’re not buying them quite yet. Panasonic and Sanyo just unveiled […]

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Gambling With Chatroulette

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In the ever-changing terrain of online social networks, there seems to be a new chat-tweet-skype-till-you-drop Internet craze popping up just about, oh, every 15 seconds or so. One of the latest rages grabbing everybody’s water cooler gab time is something called “extreme social networking.” Haven’t heard of it? It’s an experience delivered through a Website […]

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He Said What on Facebook?

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Have you ever been told something so personal that you wish you could remove the resulting awkwardness from your brain forever? A few months ago, someone on my Facebook friends list announced to a gazillion people that he was about to have a medical “adventure” that most would want to keep utterly private. (I’ll keep […]

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Movie Monday: Alice in Wonderland

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In the curious country of Underland, there’s a certain cake that, if you eat it, will make you grow. I wonder if the folks at Disney have been force-feeding that magical cake to the studio’s ambitious 3-D project, Alice in Wonderland. The movie’s ticket sales ballooned to an outrageous $116.3 million take over the weekend […]

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Live Oscar Blog

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It’s time to begin Plugged In’s official live blog of the Oscars. Our red-carpet invites must have gotten lost in the mail this year, so we’ll be watching it on television, just like you are, and writing about whatever seems news- or noteworthy to us. Please feel free to add your comments as we go […]

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Oscar Categories I’d Like to See

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If you tune in for this year’s Academy Awards telecast, listen for the phrase in ceremonies held earlier.  Simple words rich with meaning.  For starters, this is a warning.  It says, “The following awards categories were deemed too much of a ratings-kill for inclusion on prime time TV.”  Best Left-Handed Director of a Foreign-Language Stop-Motion […]

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Privacy Schmivacy

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The concept of privacy is, um, really, really different in China. Over there, it seems, everyone has a right to know just about anything they want to know about you. Even the Mandarin word for privacy—yinsi—implies a menacing selfishness among those who want secrecy. As my personal stories from living in China attest (oh, man, […]

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Johnny Depp Freaks Me Out

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My wife and I subscribe to Entertainment Weekly. And this week when the magazine showed up in our mailbox, the image smiling at me from the cover was enough to make me blurt out “AHHHHH” and jump back into the street. What was it, you ask? It was Johnny Depp, made up as the orange-haired, […]

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