Button Pushers

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We humans are strange, mixed-up things. We are God’s creations, carrying God’s likeness and love—yet we are fallen creatures, torn by sin and selfishness and decay. We seem both animal and angel, and often we’re unable to truly grasp the division within ourselves. I thought of this paradox when reading a story from Time about […]

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Is Decency Human Nature?

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Director John Lee Hancock has a way with inspirational, people-driven sports movies. The Rookie. The Blind Side. Great stuff. I had a chance to chat with him recently, and we discussed those hits, Hollywood’s view of sports flicks, Sandra Bullock’s Oscar and more. If you’d like to hear that interview, it will be on the […]

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Movie Monday: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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The box-office showdown figured to be a tag-team clash of celebrity heavyweights: In one corner sat Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, tabloid faves and stars of the adventure rom-com The Bounty Hunter. In the other crouched Jude Law and past Oscar champ Forest Whitaker, titans of Universal Studios’ Repo Men. Who wins? Some wimpy kid […]

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A Matter of Life and Death

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Video games have always been about life and death, digitally speaking. When I was growing up, losing your digital life was pretty straightforward: fail to dodge Donkey Kong’s barrel, and Mario bites it. Game over. We still have video games, of course, and digital realms where characters can meet their virtual demise. Nowadays, however, things […]

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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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