Snap Judgments

Some folks say that they and cameras do not get along. But few people can say, as I can, that they’ve killed one with their face. It’s remarkable it didn’t happen sooner. I was a gangly, pimply, brace-filled, bespectacled child in junior high, often taunted by classmates, teachers and the biology lab’s hamster mascot. It […]

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As I Lay Dying: The Concert

They’re the most aggressive-sounding band in the genre, in my humble opinion. Their front man is a lumberjack-sized fellow with a booming, guttural growl that can shake the walls. But here’s the thing: They do it in the name of Jesus Christ. I’m talking about the Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, one of […]

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The Twilight of Addiction

This is the age of addiction. Think about it. People are pointing to new addictions just about every day. The Internet, now, there’s a real life-stealer. Reality TV shows, wow, just can’t get enough of those dancing stars of yesteryear. Movies. Music. iPads. Videogames. Seems that everybody is up-ending their lives to mainline something or […]

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Movie Monday: Grown Ups

So, given your choice of watching children’s toys act like adults or real adults act like children, what would you pick? Most Americans went with the playthings this week, pushing Toy Story 3 to the top of the weekend’s movie charts again with $59 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The Adam Sandler-helmed Grown Ups, […]

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Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Online

I just saw a New York Times article that I had to comment on. The piece, by Tara Parker-Pope, asked the question: “Is the Internet making teenagers do more dumb things than ever?” Now, it’s easy to rationalize that teens are gonna do stupid stuff no matter what. So why blame the Internet? After all, […]

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You’ve Got a Friend in Us

Plugged In has been talking about Facebook and Twitter for, oh, years now—their pros, their cons and how they’re changing the way we relate to each other. Now, Plugged In has launched its very own Facebook page and Twitter feed (@pluggedintweet, if you want to follow us there), where we’ll be chatting about—well, among all […]

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Movie Making, the Syfy Way

Syfy, the oddly spelled cable outlet once known as the Sci-Fi Network, has never been known for its award-winning original programming. Known for such films as Aztec Rex (in which Aztecs and Conquistadors team up to fight a rampaging dinosaur), The Man with the Screaming Brain and, of course, Dinoshark (pictured here). So perhaps it […]

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Movie Monday: Toy Story 3

It was easy to figure out this week’s big movie (ahem) buzz. Toy Story 3, the newest installment in Pixar’s timeless franchise, collected an estimated $109 million this weekend—enough cash to buy everyone in New York City a Barbie doll. It was Pixar’s biggest opening ever and, if the estimates hold, it’ll rank as the […]

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Mmmmmm, Pop Culture …

Quick: When you hear the name Homer, do you think of the father of Western civilization’s literature, the Greek poet who crafted The Iliad and The Odyssey? Or do you think of a yellow-skinned cartoon character who has a thing for donuts? Mmmmmm, donuts … Don’t feel ashamed if you answered Matt Groening’s paterfamilias from […]

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Luuuke, I Need a Doctor …

Have you ever wondered what really caused Darth Vader to turn to the dark side? Maybe not. But there’s new research that points to an answer. And it has nothing to do with the Force. French psychiatrists have studied Anakin Skywalker’s cinematic metamorphosis into the nasty piece of work who caused Luke’s daddy issues and […]

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When Kids’ Meals Aren’t for Kids

The other day I learned that fast-food kids’ meals may be even less healthy than I thought. Fries aside, and not counting greasy burgers, sugary drinks or those processed chicken nuggety things, it turns out something else in those colorful, puzzle-tatted bags o’ fun could be a problem: the prize. Apparently, Wendy’s recently removed a […]

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Death Does Not Become Us

Even in death, some celebrities can’t escape the spotlight. After actor Gary Coleman’s tragic passing, a controversy of sorts erupted when it came to light that pictures of his final hours—and some shots of him after his death—were apparently being shopped to the tabloids. Surfing news sites last week, I saw some headlines about the […]

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