Steve Jobs: Entertainment Star

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Steve Jobs, the computer visionary who helped create Apple, then was fired from Apple, then came back to Apple to take the business to unprecedented heights, is stepping down from his post as the company’s CEO. Speculation is that Jobs’ health forced his hand: He’s suffered from a form of pancreatic cancer for seven years. […]

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When Grandma Gets Inked

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Once upon a time, back in the stone age, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, everyone knew tattoos were bad. Tattoos were what bikers and other on-the-fringe, not-mainstream folks got. Getting inked wasn’t, simply put, something nice, “normal” people did. Then, well, the ’90s happened. And like lots of things, tattoos […]

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Funny Lady

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I recently had the pleasure of talking to comedian Chonda Pierce. If you’ve heard of her, you know the girlfriend is funny. If you haven’t, then you’re missing out. Chonda recently hosted the fifth installment of the long-running comedy event Thou Shalt Laugh—adding, by the way, that it was high time they finally invited her […]

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Movie Monday: The Help

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The calendar may say we have a month of the season left to enjoy. But as far as Hollywood is concerned, summer’s over. Audiences have quaffed the big blockbusters like so much iced tea and studios are pushing their bargain-basement remainders to the theaters—leaving room for some quiet holdovers to make a mark. Case in […]

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Do You Trust This Woman?

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Listen up, corporate America: 89-year-old Betty White is your best bet if you’re trolling for a celebrity endorser. That’s according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that asked 2,012 Americans about whether they would trust a company more or less if its products were endorsed by certain celebrities. White scored the highest, with 86% of those […]

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The Stitchuation

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So, would this count as a non-endorsement deal? Abercrombie & Fitch, the youth clothing marketeer, has apparently offered Mike “The Situation” Sorriento of MTV’s Jersey Shore a boatload of cash. And all The Situation (or any other Shore cast member) has to do is stop wearing A&F clothes. “We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorriento’s […]

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The (No) Paper Trail

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As you all know, the world of presidential politics is heating up and will be getting incrementally toastier in the next 18 months. Candidates are vying for attention, and media outlets and opposing campaigns are digging around, trying to find out whether candidate X ever advocated banning drinking water or some silly thing. Anyway, I […]

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Are Kids Less Creative?

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What seemingly grouchy adults have suspected for years is actually true—at least according to a new study. Overall, kids today are less creative than they used to be. Kyung Hee Kim, a creativity researcher at the College of William and Mary, examined around 300,000 creativity tests going back to the 1970s, according to an article […]

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Shelved

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Don’t look now, but Apple—the quirky computer company of the 1980s, the one that always played nebbish outsider to Microsoft’s football jock in the 1990s—is now the most valuable company in the United States. As of Wednesday’s stock market close, Apple is worth an estimated $337 billion—surpassing old champ Exxon by a mere $6,000,000,000, give […]

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Heroes in the Tweets

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OK, I’ll admit it, I haven’t always been the most vocal supporter of the wonders of social networking. In fact, I was recently contemplating its similarities to the biblical plagues of Egypt—something in the neighborhood of the nagging flies of Facebook and the irritating boils of celebrity tweets. But my faith in the goodness of […]

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