Speaking About the Unspeakable

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On Dec. 28, MTV aired a special spin-off of its popular 16 and Pregnant program. Titled No Easy Decision, it focuses on a 19-year-old girl—pregnant for the second time—as she decides to have, and goes through with, an abortion. The girl, Markai Durham, had been featured on 16 and Pregnant in the past, opting then […]

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Box Office Solidarity

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For all you Twitter fans out there, it appears there’s something else that your tiny social interaction blurbs can do really well: improve our choices at the box office. Well, maybe it wasn’t all Twitter’s doing, but you tweet lovers helped, according to The New York Times. It all actually started back in 2009, when […]

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Miley. Sigh.

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I don’t want to write this post. How many times must we talk about Miley Cyrus’ latest indiscretion? When does this tripe stop qualifying as “news” and slips to a gossip site afterthought? I’m tired of this story. I don’t want to talk about the latest batch of photos taken of Cyrus—one of which shows […]

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Movie Monday: Little Fockers

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Personally, I don’t see Little Fockers as an ideal way to celebrate Christmas, but loads of people apparently disagreed. The Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro-fronted comedy took the weekend’s box office title, collecting an estimated $34 million en route. True Grit, the Coen Brothers’ new take on John Wayne’s classic Western, rode in at No. 2 […]

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Texting Santa

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Back when I was a kid, I’d write a letter to Santa nearly every year. I didn’t bother with sending it like most kids did. I’d just leave the note by his milk and cookies, figuring he probably had some spare loot under the sleigh seats. And I still remember the year Santa answered back, […]

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Ve Haf Vays of Makink You Buy

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Here’s your disturbing thought for the day. There’s a new form of advertising being tested in Germany that won’t let you escape a product’s branding, even if you shut your eyes. Stay with me and I’ll explain. The experiment, conducted in a German movie theater, was recently laid out in a YouTube video. It seems […]

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Movie Monday: TRON’s Legacy

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There are lots of folks who’d say there really is no such thing as an original story, and that all of our books and movies essentially rework tales we’ve been telling around the campfire since obsidian was considered cutting-edge technology. But still, it’s interesting that the week’s top three films all drew inspiration from work […]

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Movies and Mental Molding

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Last weekend I attended our church’s annual Christmas extravaganza. There was a bit of everything, from Handel to jazz, Michael W. Smith to Wagner (if you can believe that!). There was even a bit of ballet-like interpretative dancing with a couple songs. And it’s that last bit that I want to talk about. As those […]

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Enough to Raise the Dead?

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Recently a number of websites were buzzing about a report that director/producer George Lucas (of Star Wars and Indiana Jones fame) was buying up the film rights for deceased actors. His goal? He reportedly wanted to use the latest CGI wizardry and put past stars together in some new flicks. Now it all turned out […]

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