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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Blinded by the ‘Twilight’

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Leave it to a vampire to drain us of our discretionary income. Recession? Pish. The Twilight Saga: New Moon powered to a staggering $140.7 million take at the box office this weekend, breaking all sorts of records and proving, yet again, that tween girls really do rule the world. With all the hubbub surrounding Team […]

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An Unfriend-ly Trend

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The New Oxford American Dictionary, North America’s last word on words, recently named unfriend as its word of the year. It means, in dictionary parlance, “to remove someone from a social networking site.” But you already knew this. This annual announcement used to be a bigger deal, before all of us started using the Internet […]

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Story Time … Online

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Before my 3-year-old son, Henry, clambers into bed most nights, we almost always read a story (or two, or maybe three, depending on how determined he is to stay up). If I had a quarter for every time he’s asked me to reread his favorite book about tractors and diggers, well, I could probably retire […]

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To Meep or Not To Meep

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Just call them the Meep Generation. A bunch of kids from Danvers (Mass.) High School nearly hopped into (ahem) a beaker full of hot water when they used the word meep as a method of social disruption. Meep, to my ear, seems an odd sort of rallying cry for school chaos. Introduced to the English […]

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The Sky Is Falling! Again!

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Disaster. No, I’m not talking about my hair. I’m talking about movies, people. The film industry has been on a disaster kick lately, and in the last couple of years we’ve seen the world destroyed (or, at the very least, seriously threatened) by monsters, men, machines, men and machines, robots masquerading as men, robots masquerading […]

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‘A Good Story Well Told’

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It’s November now, and here at Plugged In that means we’re on the cusp of Oscar season. Films with Academy Awards aspirations are starting to trickle into the the theaters, and those sorts of films present all manner of opportunities and challenges for us. I mean, what do we do with beautifully made films that […]

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Gossip Girl and the New Normal?

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How do we know what normal is? For example, is it normal for three college students—two girls, one guy—to have a simultaneous sexual encounter? That’s exactly what happened on this week’s episode of CW’s boundary-pushing series Gossip Girl. And some, including the Parents Television Council, believe that depictions of once aberrant behaviors such as these […]

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