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Scrap Of The Year

December 31st, 2009 No comments
You couldn’t ask for a better TV moment than this…and it wasn’t even scripted. I’m sure the producers had some idea that Susan Boyle had a little something special, but – wow! Who knew that this was the birth of a major recording star? Her album has sold more than Eminem, Adam Lambert and all of the Jonas Brothers combined. For a plain spoken woman at the tender age of 48, Read more…
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My Picks For The Best Films Of The Decade

December 31st, 2009 No comments

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The ’00s — or the Bush era, as I call it — was an interesting period for cinema. When 9/11 hit, it was unclear just how deeply that event would affect Hollywood. Immediately after, there was crazy talk about digitally erasing the twin towers from movies (most notably in the original Spider-man trailer) and people were asking the question: When can we have fun again? Read more…

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Redbox Decides Not to Stock ‘All About Steve’ Or ‘(500) Days Of Summer’ Due To Their Poor Box Office

December 31st, 2009 1 comment

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Lately, Redbox customers have been having a hard time finding new releases like the Sandra Bullock comedy All About Steve and the modest indie sleeper (500) Days of Summer. That’s because Coinstar Inc., which owns and operates the DVD rental kiosks, has decided not to stock them Read more…

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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘Avatar’ Edges Out The Competition By A ‘Squeakquel’; ‘Nine’ Bombs

December 29th, 2009 No comments

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Avatar came out on top in what was the biggest holiday weekend box office ever. James Cameron‘s 3-D epic edged out Sherlock Holmes (which shattered some records of its own with the highest gross ever for a Christmas day release) and Read more…

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VULTURE DROPPINGS OF THE YEAR: Best Of The Worst Of 2009

December 28th, 2009 No comments

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It’s time once again for the weekly roundup of my favorite pop culture atrocities, misfires and entertaining trainwrecks. This week’s theme: Best of the Worst of 2009.

In a topsy-turvy year where Lady Gaga and Kate Gosselin were considered fascinating people and Redbox gave Hollywood a run for its money, the biggest successes in pop culture had little to do with the tried and true formula that Hollywood studios and record companies have been running into the ground. Susan Boyle, demonstrated that a mega superstar like Beyoncé‘s got nothing when she’s up against Read more…

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THE WEEKEND MARQUEE: An Overstuffed Holiday

December 25th, 2009 No comments

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There’s a little something for everybody on this Christmas. For fans of Guy Ritchie (whose base has been crumbling the past few years) and especially for fans of Robert Downey, Jr., there’s Sherlock Holmes, a re-imagining of the classic detective series by Conan Doyle. In supporting roles are Jude Law as Watson the sidekick and Rachel McAdams as Read more…

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Season’s Greetings

December 25th, 2009 No comments

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A Holiday Souvenir From Shopko

December 25th, 2009 No comments

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Some people hang lights. Others set up miniature villages. I put up displays of Jamie Lee Curtis hawking Parker Brothers board games. It’s only slighty offputting to guests when they enter my living room.

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Moviefone Names Best And Worst Christmas Movies Of All Time

December 25th, 2009 1 comment

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The editors at Moviefone, the popular online resource for tickets and showtimes, have compiled a list of the best worst Christmas movies. Among the best are The Muppet Christmas Carol (my personal favorite), Scrooged, It’s A Wonderful Life and, at the top, A Christmas Story, the only movie to have the distinction of being played on rotaion for 24 hours on Christmas Day every Read more…

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The Most Ubiquitous Ad Of 2009

December 25th, 2009 No comments

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Every time I turn on the TV or open a magazine, I see Lisa, a woman who bosses at the Pfizer corporation label as “not an actor.” She informs us that Chantix helped her quit smoking; that cigarettes aren’t her crutch anymore and that she doesn’t need a crutch. Meanwhile, the voiceover pleasantly informs us that Chantix may cause agitation, hostility, depression, suicidal thoughts, skin irritation, severe allergic reactions and Read more…

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