A Crying Shame

Toy Story 3 is coming out on DVD next month, and I, for one, am not looking forward to it. Oh, I’ve heard it’s a fantastic film. Some folks are saying it might not just get nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, but perhaps win the thing. I’m sure that, once I sit down […]

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Shore-ing Up Reality TV

With the success of MTV’s Jersey Shore, it was only a matter of time before reality show makers scoped out the other 49 states to determine what sort of regionally stereotypic, debauched twentysomethings might be exploited for a reality show. Alas, it seems they’ve had to cross Alabama off the list—at least temporarily. Jodi Redmond […]

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Getting Better All The Time

Here’s a little test: Think about some stupid moral choice you’ve made and would rather forget. (Don’t worry: You won’t be required to tell us about it when we’re done here.) Whatever that dredged-up indiscretion was, researchers are willing to bet that you’ve subconsciously chosen an incident from your distant past, or you’re unknowingly fiddling […]

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Trading Tweets for Sweet Art

Singer/songwriter/Twitterer extraordinaire John Mayer stopped tweeting back in February, leaving his 3 million-plus followers adrift and leaderless in a great digital wasteland. He never returned to the medium that helped make him one of pop culture’s most colorful, controversial stars. At the time, we thought Mayer left because the whole electronic media circus had gotten […]

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Movie Monday: The Social Network

Sony “likes” The Social Network—and a whole lot of other folks do, too. The movies most folks are calling “the Facebook film” topped the box office this week, snagging $23 million. The bevy of holdovers that followed weren’t within shouting distance of the Jesse Eisenberg-helmed vehicle. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole came […]

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Whose Football Is It, Anyway?

A couple weeks ago I had a momentarily confusing, disorienting experience watching NFL football on a Sunday afternoon. I’d just gotten my son down for a nap and came down to see the score of the Denver game. I’m no hard-core fan—I can’t even remember who they were playing that day—but I do like to […]

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The Graying of Network TV

Broadcast TV has a problem. (No, not Two and a Half Men, although, trust me, that show’s got more problems than my uncle Benny’s waistband after an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord.) The trouble here is that the average TV audience is getting older while advertisers are still grabbing for the youth market golden ring. A new Baseline […]

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Underground Entertainment

For nearly two months now, 33 Chilean miners have been living a half-mile underground, waiting for rescue. Experts say these miners will see the sun again—eventually. Until then, the miners are cobbling together a new reality down under—and that reality, I think, says something pretty interesting about entertainment: What it’s good for, and what it’s […]

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Movie Monday: Money Never Sleeps

Money really doesn’t sleep. Sometimes at 2 a.m., I think I hear the sound of laughter and music from my billfold, as my tiny collection of George Washingtons boogies down until dawn. If my money is lonely—as it often is—I’ll sometimes find it sitting on the couch watching television, working the remote with its dog-eared […]

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There’s a Worm in my Tweet!

Twitter was infected this week by a virus that flooded user’s accounts with odd messages and prompted un-clicked pop-ups—some of which contained malicious code that could take over your computer if it didn’t have the right safeguards. Even the White House’s official Twitter feed was blitzed. Yeah, it was all cleaned up in short order, […]

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