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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Just Wait ‘Til They See the Ad!

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It’s amazing what dust an eensy-weensy Super Bowl ad can stir up. As some of you may have heard, Focus on the Family (Plugged In’s parent organization) will be airing a commercial during the Big Game this weekend. The ad—featuring former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and his mom—has become a pretty big deal around […]

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It’s Good to Be the King

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OK, so maybe he is king of the world. The movie world, at least. I’m talking, of course, about director James Cameron. On Tuesday, his sci-fi behemoth Avatar surpassed Titanic—also a Cameron-helmed film—as the highest-grossing North American film of all time. Cameron’s blue-skinned protagonists pulled ahead of his tragic ship-sinking story by a margin of […]

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Words to Live By

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I wanted to share a couple recent cultural happenings that you may not be aware of. Frank Buckles had a birthday. And singer Ke$ha knocked Susan Boyle off the No.1 spot on the album sales charts. Now, you may not have heard of either of these two people. Or, if you have, you may be […]

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Movie Monday: When in Rome

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Someday, I will write this Monday blog and announce that Avatar has fallen to No. 2. But today is not that day. Avatar continued to hold a convincing lead on the weekend’s box office charts, pulling down another $30 million to continue its march to becoming North America’s top-grossing film of all time. Mel Gibson’s […]

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Alba’s Fair in Love and Gore

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We’ve read stories on how celebrities influence us. We’ve read stories on how we’re growing more obsessed with how we look. We’ve even read stories on how celebrities affect that obsession. But I’ve never read a story quite like this. There’s a woman in China (London’s Daily Mail just calls her Xiaoqing) who desperately wants […]

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A Sweet, Salty Facebook Tale

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I’ve never really been a social network supporter. It’s all seemed kind of silly to me, really. Just thinking about the idea of MySpace and Facebook took up more time than I wanted to spend. My philosophy has always been pretty straight-forward: Why waste my life reading notes from someone on the other side of […]

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Hallelujah Mountain … of Money

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Avatar, as you may have heard, is kind of a big deal. It’s now the highest-grossing movie ever internationally, and it’ll likely break Titanic‘s $600 million record for domestic grosses in the next week or so. So, with all that money floating around (so to speak), lots of folks are trying to capitalize on Avatar‘s […]

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Movie Monday: Pick ‘Em!

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I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for Avatar. Yes, the film proved its box office might yet again, grabbing another $36 million to claim the top spot for the sixth straight week. Yes, I’m sick of starting off every Monday blog with the same thing. Still, Avatar kept the blasphemously bad Legion […]

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To Save a Christian Film

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This January, it looks like the film industry has found religion. (Or, if you’re more cynical, you might say it’s found that religion can be a nice selling point.) The Book of Eli has made about $43 million in its first week of release. Avatar and The Lovely Bones are also overtly spiritual in their […]

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The New Face of New Faces

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Mankind has always gone gaga over beauty. From the voluptuous paintings in Egyptian tombs to the airbrushed magazine covers of Hollywood icons, the beautiful have historically grabbed our attention and invited us to adore them. But today’s advanced plastic surgery is playing a pied piper’s tune of perfection that’s starting to become a little—well, ugly. […]

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Get Rich Tweet Scheme

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Clearly, I’m doing this writing thing all wrong. I write roughly 6 gazillion words a day, most of which are immediately cut (and sometimes burned) by my editor. Those which remain could still lay siege to a mid-sized fortress (if they somehow attained the muscular structure and will to do so), and yet one of […]

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