Little Girl Lost

Lindsay Lohan is up to her old tricks again. Sadly, I’m not referring to the playful mischief that endeared her to us in 1998’s family comedy The Parent Trap. “I will be very surprised if she doesn’t go to jail,” criminal defense attorney Steve Cron told Fox News in response to Lohan’s latest probation violation. […]

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Babies Gone Gaga

It’s a trend most of us would love to see come to an end: young children acting out adult roles, prompted by clueless parents who apparently want the 15 minutes of digital fame and fortune only a viral YouTube video can provide. There have been many such videos, but here are few of the most […]

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MTV’s Muddled Movie Awards

If you missed Sunday night’s presentation of this year’s MTV Movie Awards and you’re still wondering who won, the answer is, well, nobody. Nobody who tuned in anyway. This crude presentation didn’t do any favors for the films it cheered (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) or the soon-to-be-released flicks it advertised (Grown Ups). Shackled with […]

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Media and the Death of Empathy

A new University of Michigan study reveals some unsettling information: “College kids today are about 40% lower in empathy than their counterparts 20 or 30 years ago,” says lead researcher Sara Konrath. To reach this conclusion, Konrath and other researchers analyzed data from nearly 14,000 students and combined the results of 72 different studies on […]

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Movie Monday: Get Him to the Gutter

Are you sure we’ve made it to the summer blockbuster season? You wouldn’t know it by the box-office takes as of late. Shrek Forever After took the title for the third straight week with $25.3 million—and that says more about its competition than its longevity. All of the newcomers finished below expectations and sent movie […]

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Teen Pregnancy More … Acceptable?

It seems teenage pregnancy is becoming more acceptable among American youth. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers interviewed more than 2,600 teenagers ages 15 to 19 from 2006 to 2008. The newly released study found that 18% of sexually experienced boys and 14% of sexually experienced girls claim they’d be a “little” or “very” […]

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M-E-O-W My Homies

For those who no longer feel that special zing when following the tweets of Justin Bieber or [fill in current celebrity obsession here], the gang at Sony Computer Science Laboratories want to offer something that will really give your empty day a boost: A tweet from your cat. No, I’m not just pulling your chain, […]

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Target Targets Lost Fans

I own three perfectly good smoke detectors, but I wanted to buy another one during the Lost finale. That’s how good Target’s marketing was. The finale itself? Meh (in my opinion …). But the Target advertisements? Fabulous! And I’m not the only one who thought so. The Nielsen Company says First Alert’s “smoke monster” ad […]

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Movie Tuesday: Prince and the City

Sure, the franchise may be tired. Sure, the newest installment may have been a box-office disappointment. But, in a frame that saw the fewest number of movie tickets sold over a Memorial Day weekend since 1993 (according to hollywood.com), Shrek Forever After still smashed its way to the crown, scoring $55.7 million and topping newcomers […]

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The Trojan Happy Meal

So I’m in the checkout line at Safeway the other day with my almost 4-year-old son, Henry. This is always a touchy moment, because he’s usually ready to be anywhere else by the time we get done grocery shopping. This particular day, however, something caught his attention. “Daddy, it’s Jake!” he chirped. Looking around, I […]

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Flush With Invention

Yeah, the app store is overwhelming. Love that touch screen. It’s an all-in-one picture album, GPS, media archive, game platform and know-it-all gadget that’s assuaged the boredom of technophiles everywhere. I hear rumors you can even make calls on it. But iPhone users, tell me: Is America’s too-cool-for-school smartphone really better than the flushing toilet? […]

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The Squishy Temptations of Facebook

Ever heard of the “Marshmallow Test?” No, it’s not a s’mores-eating competition (though that might be nice). It’s an experiment that researcher Walter Mischel conducted in the late 1960’s. He gave marshmallows to 4-year-olds, promising them more marshmallows if they could resist eating the first one for 15 minutes. In a nutshell, he found that […]

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Movie Monday: Shrek Forever After

If I made more than $70 million over a weekend, I’d probably be pretty happy about it. When a big, green, 3-D ogre makes that much coin, he’s kinda bummed. Not that you’d know it immediately. The folks at DreamWorks are surely putting a brave face on Shrek Forever After‘s $71.3 million box-office triumph this […]

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