Luuuke, I Need a Doctor …

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Have you ever wondered what really caused Darth Vader to turn to the dark side? Maybe not. But there’s new research that points to an answer. And it has nothing to do with the Force. French psychiatrists have studied Anakin Skywalker’s cinematic metamorphosis into the nasty piece of work who caused Luke’s daddy issues and […]

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Death Does Not Become Us

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Even in death, some celebrities can’t escape the spotlight. After actor Gary Coleman’s tragic passing, a controversy of sorts erupted when it came to light that pictures of his final hours—and some shots of him after his death—were apparently being shopped to the tabloids. Surfing news sites last week, I saw some headlines about the […]

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Little Girl Lost

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Lindsay Lohan is up to her old tricks again. Sadly, I’m not referring to the playful mischief that endeared her to us in 1998’s family comedy The Parent Trap. “I will be very surprised if she doesn’t go to jail,” criminal defense attorney Steve Cron told Fox News in response to Lohan’s latest probation violation. […]

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Babies Gone Gaga

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It’s a trend most of us would love to see come to an end: young children acting out adult roles, prompted by clueless parents who apparently want the 15 minutes of digital fame and fortune only a viral YouTube video can provide. There have been many such videos, but here are few of the most […]

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MTV’s Muddled Movie Awards

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If you missed Sunday night’s presentation of this year’s MTV Movie Awards and you’re still wondering who won, the answer is, well, nobody. Nobody who tuned in anyway. This crude presentation didn’t do any favors for the films it cheered (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) or the soon-to-be-released flicks it advertised (Grown Ups). Shackled with […]

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Media and the Death of Empathy

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A new University of Michigan study reveals some unsettling information: “College kids today are about 40% lower in empathy than their counterparts 20 or 30 years ago,” says lead researcher Sara Konrath. To reach this conclusion, Konrath and other researchers analyzed data from nearly 14,000 students and combined the results of 72 different studies on […]

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Movie Monday: Get Him to the Gutter

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Are you sure we’ve made it to the summer blockbuster season? You wouldn’t know it by the box-office takes as of late. Shrek Forever After took the title for the third straight week with $25.3 million—and that says more about its competition than its longevity. All of the newcomers finished below expectations and sent movie […]

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Teen Pregnancy More … Acceptable?

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It seems teenage pregnancy is becoming more acceptable among American youth. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers interviewed more than 2,600 teenagers ages 15 to 19 from 2006 to 2008. The newly released study found that 18% of sexually experienced boys and 14% of sexually experienced girls claim they’d be a “little” or “very” […]

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M-E-O-W My Homies

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For those who no longer feel that special zing when following the tweets of Justin Bieber or [fill in current celebrity obsession here], the gang at Sony Computer Science Laboratories want to offer something that will really give your empty day a boost: A tweet from your cat. No, I’m not just pulling your chain, […]

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Target Targets Lost Fans

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I own three perfectly good smoke detectors, but I wanted to buy another one during the Lost finale. That’s how good Target’s marketing was. The finale itself? Meh (in my opinion …). But the Target advertisements? Fabulous! And I’m not the only one who thought so. The Nielsen Company says First Alert’s “smoke monster” ad […]

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Movie Tuesday: Prince and the City

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Sure, the franchise may be tired. Sure, the newest installment may have been a box-office disappointment. But, in a frame that saw the fewest number of movie tickets sold over a Memorial Day weekend since 1993 (according to hollywood.com), Shrek Forever After still smashed its way to the crown, scoring $55.7 million and topping newcomers […]

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