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Some Thoughts On The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story

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If you watched last night’s Lifetime movie on the 90’s Saturday morning show Saved by the Bell, you’d be forgiven if you were confused on what exactly was so unauthorized about this behind-the-scenes look at the program. If anyone was tuning in hoping for some of the salacious accusations that Dustin Diamond (Screech) leveled in his now disavowed memoir about his time on the show, you would be…

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Act of Kindness Edition

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A few weeks ago, within 24 hours, I witnessed two people perform random acts of kindness for strangers. The first was a woman at the grocery store who gave money to the woman ahead of us in line that was counting change to pay for all her purchases; the second was a woman who bought coffee and a breakfast sandwich for a man who was either homeless or had mental health issues (or both). Seeing…

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2014 Primetime Emmy Running Diary

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Another day, another award ceremony. This back-to-back schedule is exhausting and I am definitely not a fan. Had I known how boring the VMAs were generally going to be I would have bailed on them; I have no doubts that the Emmys will also be boring, but I always watch the Emmys. I actually care who wins these things, even if I usually wind up annoyed at half the people they honor. But I’m…

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards Running Diary

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After last year’s shenanigans, I proclaimed that I probably wouldn’t be checking in on the MTV VMAs for another decade or so. I meant it at the time, but with the benefit of hindsight it is obvious what an important cultural event the VMAs were. Sure this is an award show where the awards are almost completely irrelevant, but there’s no debating that the 2013 VMAs made an impact. After all, this…

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – A Review

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When the original Sin Citydebuted in 2005, it was like nothing that I’d ever seen before. With its stylized black and white palette interrupted by the occasional burst of color and its other visual effects, the film was like being fully immersed in a graphic novel. Add in its dark, film noir story and it’s no surprise that I was immediately in love. It was a totally different way to make a comic…

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Today marks the kickoff of FXX’s epic The Simpsonsmarathon where they will air every episode of the series (plus the movie) over the next twelve days. If things weren’t so hectic at work, I’d seriously consider taking a day or two off to just bask in all the animated Springfield glory. Sadly, I am a grown up with grown up responsibilities, so I don’t know how much of the actual marathon I’m…

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Ice Bucket Challenge Edition

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Who would have thought that the craze sweeping the nation would be dropping a bucket of cold water on your head for charity? It was only a matter of time until my turn would come up in the ALS ice bucket challenge roulette and this weekend I was challenged by not one but two people. I’m not one to back down from a challenge –…

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KISS And Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour At The House Of Blues In Hollywood March 17, 2014

In my day, the school bus was the equivalent of the Wild West; it was the one place where kids were lumped together without much adult supervision. It is not surprising, therefore, that this is where we picked up a lot of stuff that our parents wouldn’t necessarily be happy with. Put 5th graders on the same bus with curious (and gullible) younger kids and there is bound to be some bad behavior…

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The Giver – A Review

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When Lois Lowry’s book The Giver was released in 1993 it made an impression; the young adult book won the Newbery Medal in 1994 and is credited with helping kickstart the recent trend of dystopian novels in the genre. The Giver is not without controversy; though the book is taught in many middle schools, it was also one of the most challenged books of the 1990s. Though the book is popular, it…

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Let’s Be Cops – A Review

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Let’s Be Cops? Sigh. Let’s not. Let’s do pretty much anything else.

I was just in the mood for something silly last night. I’m getting a little burned out at work; my decision to not take a real summer vacation is looking a little foolhardy in retrospect. The news has also been kind of depressing, with events unfolding in Ferguson, MO and the tensions in multiple places overseas. The straw that…

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