Elton and Jesus

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Last week, Parade magazine published Internet-exclusive outtakes from an interview with enduring pop icon Elton John. In it, the English singer talked about, well, just about everything: love, drugs, fame, commitment, friendship, HIV and … Jesus. “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems,” John told interviewer Dotson Rader. “On […]

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Movie Monday: Shutter Island

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As stormy and dark as Shutter Island is, it seemed to be the place to be this past weekend. The ominous, R-rated insane asylum thriller blew a kiss to star-laden Valentine’s Day as it rushed past with hurricane force—netting a whopping $40.2 million and the top of the box office. This was the biggest opening […]

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The Agony of De Camera

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I like the Olympics. I like almost everything about them. I like the snowboard cross. I like bobsledding. I like it when figure skaters hit the perfect quad and when short-track speed skaters careen into walls. I even like the biathalon, for goodness’ sake. Every night for the last week, my family has postponed its […]

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‘The Wolfman’ is One Ruff Film

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Halfway through The Wolfman, I began wondering, “would the werewolf be quite so murderous if someone just gave him some Milk Bones?” I know Milk Bones always cheer my dog up. Really, you’d think someone would’ve tried to formulate a better strategy for dealing with the film’s rampaging werewolves. Perhaps if they’d brought in Cesar […]

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Movie Monday: Valentine’s Day

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Did you do something special with your significant other this weekend? Give them flowers? Chocolates? A new crescent wrench? Or did you celebrate Valentine’s Day like much of America apparently did, and buy your sweetie … some movie tickets? A trio of new films dominated the box office this weekend, bumping poor ol’ Avatar to […]

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Romantic Pic Tips

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All right. You’ve got the flowers. You’ve got the candy. But now you’re searching for a great old movie that you can surprise your sweety with for Valentine’s Day. I say great old movie because, let’s face it, watching some of the new romantic comedies can be like spending the evening stretched out on a […]

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Auto-Tune: Ditch the (Perfect) Pitch

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While watching the recent Grammy Awards telecast, I was reminded of a fascinating technological breakthrough. No, not the iPad, though I’m sure the free product placement during Stephen Colbert’s monologue had Steve Jobs doing cartwheels. Rather, I’m referring to Auto-Tune. If you’ve never heard of Auto-Tune, well, that’s just fine with the music industry. They’d […]

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Bowling Over ‘M*A*S*H’

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I should have been a baseball fan. Why, you ask? Well, I like records. They’re interesting. And baseball has lots o’ records. So does TV. And one of the biggies, a record that’s withstood everything television programmers could hurl at it for 27 years, fell on Sunday night. According to preliminary ratings estimates by Nielsen, […]

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TD for Tim T?

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So I was sitting on my couch yesterday, munching on nachos and sipping a carbonated beverage when I saw Tim Tebow tackle his mother. It was a clean hit—no flags were thrown, no fines were levied. And it was, I must admit, a clever turn for what at first appeared to be a slick-but-standard advertising […]

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Movie Monday: Dear John

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With $32.4 million worth of box-office receipts, Dear John officially toppled Avatar after seven weeks at No. 1. Why was it Dear John and not last weekend’s Edge of Darkness? Maybe it’s the alluring power of Kleenex. A Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-movie first shocked me with its tear-duct-draining ability in Los Angeles when I saw The […]

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