Madonna Joins the Choir

It was an interesting week on the Billboard 200 album chart. Two soundtracks clocked in among the Top 5—an unusual happening in its own right. Even more strange, however, was that both were collections from artists who’ve been around a long time: Madonna and AC/DC. Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna snagged the top […]

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Game Over?

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments as to whether California can ban the sale of violent video games to children under the age of 18. I’ll be interested to hear what it decides. California actually passed the bill five years ago, but it was blocked by lower courts and never went […]

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Pulling the Plug

Slate writer James Sturm is doing something interesting. Impossible for the long term, maybe, but still thought-provoking. I wish I could try it, too. He’s giving up the Internet for four months. Now, the net has some really great stuff, including Google Earth, the “Chick-fil-A” Song and, of course, Plugged In. But moderation in life […]

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Movie Monday: The Back-up Plan

Looks like Jennifer Lopez could use a backup plan of her own. J. Lo’s new romantic comedy, The Back-up Plan, couldn’t topple DreamWorks’ charming springtime smash How to Train Your Dragon this weekend: Plan raked in an estimated $12.3 million, about $2.7 million less than the tireless Dragon. Another newcomer, The Losers, lived up to […]

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Anti-Tech … Me?

Lately, I’ve gotten some comments that my blogs are becoming pretty anti-technology—that I’m ready to blame all the evils of the world on our quickly progressing tech. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. No, no no. Believe me, you won’t find me sitting on my front porch, cane in hand, spitting out grumpy […]

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Movie Monday: Kick Something

We just knew a certain unmentionable film was going to rule the box office come Monday. We just assumed that Kick-A– and its band of R-rated superheroes was going to charge into theaters and win the weekend. I mean, really: Who wants to tangle with a profane, purple-wigged, 11-year-old death jockey? Turns out, though, Hit-Girl […]

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Psst. Wanna Know a Secret?

Tonight, the Peacock Network will air Secrets of the Mountain—maybe the safest and riskiest show we’ve seen in a while. Television programming doesn’t get much safer. Secrets (which will be released on DVD in Walmart stores on Saturday) is a G-rated affair—like what I would’ve watched on The Wonderful World of Disney way back in […]

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Cat (Litter) Tales

Heard any of today’s “news of the weird” yet? Before I continue, I’ll let you get a cup of coffee. You might need it in order to ponder the following. (pause) Recently as I was thumbing through a magazine, I saw a picture of a cat’s litter box immediately following an article on the entertainment […]

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Masked Maroons

I wanted to be a superhero. No, really. When I was about 7, it was my career ambition. While other kids were playing baseball or other such nonsense, I would wear a cape, fling webs (my mother’s hair net) at evildoers (stuffed animals) and come up with clever catchphrases. If I had been looking for […]

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Movie Monday: Date Night

A couple of comedians trounced an army of gods and monsters to triumph at the box office this weekend. Date Night, starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, made $27.1 million to nudge past rapidly falling Clash of the Titans ($26.9 million). How to Train Your Dragon—the film I took my own family to this weekend—finished […]

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The Lady and the T-Shirt

Kids getting sent home from school to change clothes is hardly a new thing. But it’s not every day—in fact I don’t think I’ve ever heard a story quite like this one—that an adolescent gets an online shout-out from the rock star who got him into trouble in the first place. According to MTV News, […]

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