The Decade of the Shrinking Celebrity

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Remember who was in the celebrity news way back in 1999? The Spice Girls were still strutting their British girl-power stuff. Angelina Jolie was the twentysomething “it” girl. Tom Cruise was getting “sexiest star” and “beautiful people” of the year awards, still a long way from his Scientology/Oprah show meltdown. Madonna had made it through […]

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Back to the Future?

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It’s the end of the year—and the end of the decade. And so, like virtually every other entertainment-oriented writer out there, I’m working up an article detailing some of the significant stuff that’s happened in the last 10 years. In my case, I’m focusing on music. Vastly aiding my research efforts has been Billboard magazine’s […]

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Christmas Music: Our Faves

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Every year, record labels release an avalanche of new Christmas products. It’s a holiday tradition right alongside “batteries not included” and leftover fruitcake. But for every bona fide classic, we’re peddled dozens of discs from artists churning out the obligatory seasonal résumé item. So I wondered, How is a person looking for new music supposed […]

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Movie Monday: Avatar

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James Cameron’s Avatar cruised to a strong start over the weekend, topping the box office with $73 million. Granted, the take was on the low end of the studio’s expectations, but considering much of the East Coast was hammered by a massive snowstorm, Cameron and crew are probably pretty happy this morning. In addition, the […]

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When Is a ‘First Dance’ Not a First Dance?

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For the record, I don’t believe tweens should live in a protective bubble, completely isolated from the culture. But as a father of preteens, I’m tempted to run a search for “protective bubbles” on Craigslist whenever I hear pop songs destined to heighten children’s sexual self-awareness too soon—especially when those lyrics come from artists who […]

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Dicey Digital Diversions

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The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a report titled Virtual Worlds and Kids: Mapping the Risks, that examined 27 virtual online worlds. The sites the FTC talked about included digital playgrounds such as Build a Bearville, IMVU, Neopets, Runescape and Second Life. And, if you know anything about online video gaming, you will have immediately […]

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You’re Pierced Now?!

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My first thought was, Eww. She looked dirty. Like her hair was matted and could have used a long visit with Head & Shoulders. Then there was that huge nose ring. I hadn’t seen many pierced nostrils before—and only “bad girls” did it then—but Christina Aguilera wasn’t afraid to buck society with nasal trinkets. That […]

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The headline above was brought to you courtesy Fraser Brown, son of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Seems the younger Brown proffered those vowel-impoverished thoughts on his mother’s Twitter account when she left the room for a moment, sending the message to all Sarah Brown’s million-plus puzzled followers. Later, at the formal unveiling of the […]

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