Movie Monday: Cop Out

Sure, Shutter Island may have lost nearly 50% of its box-office take in a week. Sure, it might’ve made just $22.2 million—less than Avatar has probably earned through themed lunchbox sales. But it was still enough to push the Martin Scorsese thriller to the top of the movie heap again, besting newcomers Cop Out ($18.6 […]

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The Sounds of Success

So, what’s the most enticing sound you can think of? Birds singing? The engine of a Ferrari 458 Italia? Rain spattering on your window? How about … a buzzing cell phone? According to neuromarketing research expert Martin Lindstrom, we love the soft hum of a silenced cell phone—or, at the very least, we can’t ignore […]

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Elton and Jesus

Last week, Parade magazine published Internet-exclusive outtakes from an interview with enduring pop icon Elton John. In it, the English singer talked about, well, just about everything: love, drugs, fame, commitment, friendship, HIV and … Jesus. “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems,” John told interviewer Dotson Rader. “On […]

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Unsafe Cyberspace?

I have surprising news and I have bad news. (This isn’t a fun way to start a Tuesday. I’ll make it up to you later.) Let’s start with the surprising: A recent Kaiser Family Foundation study found that, on average, kids spend seven and a half hours a day plugged into some sort of electronic […]

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Movie Monday: Shutter Island

As stormy and dark as Shutter Island is, it seemed to be the place to be this past weekend. The ominous, R-rated insane asylum thriller blew a kiss to star-laden Valentine’s Day as it rushed past with hurricane force—netting a whopping $40.2 million and the top of the box office. This was the biggest opening […]

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The Agony of De Camera

I like the Olympics. I like almost everything about them. I like the snowboard cross. I like bobsledding. I like it when figure skaters hit the perfect quad and when short-track speed skaters careen into walls. I even like the biathalon, for goodness’ sake. Every night for the last week, my family has postponed its […]

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Taylor Swift: Why All the Hate?

It’s been several days since Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks sang their infamous duet at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards—a duet in which Swift sounded, um, a little off-key. But people are still talking about the performance—and whether all the ensuing negativity against Swift is justified or not. And we’re talking some serious negativity. Take […]

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‘The Wolfman’ is One Ruff Film

Halfway through The Wolfman, I began wondering, “would the werewolf be quite so murderous if someone just gave him some Milk Bones?” I know Milk Bones always cheer my dog up. Really, you’d think someone would’ve tried to formulate a better strategy for dealing with the film’s rampaging werewolves. Perhaps if they’d brought in Cesar […]

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Movie Monday: Valentine’s Day

Did you do something special with your significant other this weekend? Give them flowers? Chocolates? A new crescent wrench? Or did you celebrate Valentine’s Day like much of America apparently did, and buy your sweetie … some movie tickets? A trio of new films dominated the box office this weekend, bumping poor ol’ Avatar to […]

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Romantic Pic Tips

All right. You’ve got the flowers. You’ve got the candy. But now you’re searching for a great old movie that you can surprise your sweety with for Valentine’s Day. I say great old movie because, let’s face it, watching some of the new romantic comedies can be like spending the evening stretched out on a […]

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Auto-Tune: Ditch the (Perfect) Pitch

While watching the recent Grammy Awards telecast, I was reminded of a fascinating technological breakthrough. No, not the iPad, though I’m sure the free product placement during Stephen Colbert’s monologue had Steve Jobs doing cartwheels. Rather, I’m referring to Auto-Tune. If you’ve never heard of Auto-Tune, well, that’s just fine with the music industry. They’d […]

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Bowling Over ‘M*A*S*H’

I should have been a baseball fan. Why, you ask? Well, I like records. They’re interesting. And baseball has lots o’ records. So does TV. And one of the biggies, a record that’s withstood everything television programmers could hurl at it for 27 years, fell on Sunday night. According to preliminary ratings estimates by Nielsen, […]

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