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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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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