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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Movie Monday: The Book of Eli

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Avatar. No. 1. Again. ‘Nuff said about that. But this weekend, James Cameron’s titanic blue-hued blockbuster had a bit (just a bit) of competition from Denzel Washington’s  The Book of Eli, which slid into the No. 2 slot with $31.6 million (compared to Avatar’s $41.3 million) and was the second biggest opening in Washington’s career […]

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Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Jonas

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A weary roll of the eyes and shake of the head. That’s my typical reaction to supermarket tabloids and shallow fan mags trumpeting the latest celebrity wedding. It’s not because these cleverly nicknamed bride-and-groom tandems (can we stop with the Tomkats, Bennifers and Brangelinas already?) celebrate their nuptials with gaudy excess and guest lists that […]

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Movie Monday: Daybreakers

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Daybreakers, a curious little vampire tale, was the only new film to break into the Top 5 at the box office over the weekend, with $15 million changing hands between mostly mindless moviegoers and mostly bored teenage ticket takers. I doubt very many of you saw this R-rated splatterfest. Still, the film was interesting in […]

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Just Hold Still a Minute!

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Boredom. We don’t often talk about it unless we’re, say, standing in line to get sci-fi convention tickets. (I haven’t experienced this, but a friend just went through a lot of rigmarole to get them for her fiancé. In my book, that is primo, divorce-proof love.) Nonetheless, this week’s Up Front article, “It’s Good to […]

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Headlines and Punch Lines

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Stealing cars. Killing cops. Assaulting prostitutes and swiping their cash. That’s the world of Grand Theft Auto,an enormously popular series of M-rated video games. You may have heard of them. Maybe even played them. But did you happen to catch Conan O’Brien’s reference to GTA on The Tonight Show recently? He turned one of the […]

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Sex Sells? Maybe Not.

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We all know the theory: If you wanna make a big blockbuster film these days, you need to throw in some sex, even if the film doesn’t necessarily require it—a little nudity, perhaps, or a salacious scene, or at the (ahem) bare minimum, a cleavage-revealing appearance by Megan Fox. Turns out, though, that’s not necessarily […]

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Avatar: $1 Billion … and Counting

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It’s 2010, folks, and lots of us are thrilled to have another blank slate on which to draw. But despite the year being so shiny new and all, the box office looks suspiciously similar. James Cameron’s sci-fi extravaganza Avatar made another $68.3 million over New Year’s weekend, according to boxofficemojo.com, bringing its North American box-office […]

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