When Is a ‘First Dance’ Not a First Dance?

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For the record, I don’t believe tweens should live in a protective bubble, completely isolated from the culture. But as a father of preteens, I’m tempted to run a search for “protective bubbles” on Craigslist whenever I hear pop songs destined to heighten children’s sexual self-awareness too soon—especially when those lyrics come from artists who […]

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Dicey Digital Diversions

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The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a report titled Virtual Worlds and Kids: Mapping the Risks, that examined 27 virtual online worlds. The sites the FTC talked about included digital playgrounds such as Build a Bearville, IMVU, Neopets, Runescape and Second Life. And, if you know anything about online video gaming, you will have immediately […]

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You’re Pierced Now?!

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My first thought was, Eww. She looked dirty. Like her hair was matted and could have used a long visit with Head & Shoulders. Then there was that huge nose ring. I hadn’t seen many pierced nostrils before—and only “bad girls” did it then—but Christina Aguilera wasn’t afraid to buck society with nasal trinkets. That […]

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The headline above was brought to you courtesy Fraser Brown, son of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Seems the younger Brown proffered those vowel-impoverished thoughts on his mother’s Twitter account when she left the room for a moment, sending the message to all Sarah Brown’s million-plus puzzled followers. Later, at the formal unveiling of the […]

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Movies ‘R’ Us

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It’s about 78 degrees below zero where I live, which means it’s too cold to think, much less type. So I’m going to ask you to do the blog’s heavy lifting today while I drink a cup of hot chocolate. In the latest installment of my Not Just a Movie series, I talk a bit […]

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Oh, Brothers

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It was the same ol’, same ol’ at the box office this weekend, with The Blind Side trading places with The Twilight Saga: New Moon for slots No. 1 and 2, respectively. Brothers, the week’s biggest new release, slid into the No. 3 position with $9.7 million. I don’t imagine a lot of Plugged In […]

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The Movies Made Me Do It!

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It’s a funny thing how watching movies can give you ideas you might not have had otherwise. Even if, perhaps, you’re old enough to know better. Take the case of 67-year-old Michael Crane. In November, Crane purchased a remote control airplane from Coastal Hobbies in Rockport, Maine. It was a combined birthday and Christmas present […]

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Boston Teen Party

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Kids are stepping it up in Boston. A panel of 14 teens recently started pointing to some contemporary music and telling their peers, “watch out for this junk.”  And their list of noxious tunes included well-known hits from artists such as Lady Gaga  and rapper T-Pain. It all started with the Boston Public Health Commission […]

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Guessed List?

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Last week, Virginia couple Tareq and Michaela Salahi allegedly crashed a state dinner in honor of India’s prime minister. The Salahis—who also are said to have invaded the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Awards Dinner—claim they were uncertain whether they were invited to the White House. So they showed up “just in case.” Somehow (without tickets, […]

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A Knuckle Sandwich to Chew On

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Plugged In has passed the halfway point in my 584-part series on film and faith (well, it seemed that long while I wrote it), and this week’s installment is all about on-screen violence: what it is, what it does to us when we watch it and whether it’s ever appropriate. Americans (speaking in broad generalities […]

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Power to the People

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We tried. We really tried to keep this blog an Adam Lambert-free zone in the wake of his American Music Awards appearance Nov. 22. But recently he said something perhaps as provocative as his awards performance. For those who missed the fracas, Lambert—an openly gay singer and American Idol runner-up this season—unleashed a raunchy, S&M-tinged […]

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Star Pressure

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A while back I spouted a bit about director Roman Polanski, his 30-year-old sex crimes, and the celebrities who rallied together demanding that he be exonerated. Well, a tiny tidbit of side news about that ongoing saga popped up recently. And I thought it was interesting … in a non-Polanski way. OK, that may sound […]

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