Why Ashton Kutcher Made a Sitcom for Flyover Country

There’s a great scene in the third episode of The Ranch, Netflix’s new three-camera sitcom starring Ashton Kutcher and veteran character actor Sam Elliott. Kutcher plays 34-year-old high-school football hero Colt Bennett, who never quite made it in pros and is forced to return home to Colorado to work on his family’s cattle ranch. Elliott … Continued

Entertainment, Television


Ben Affleck, Jen Garner, and the Soul Mate Myth

  Let’s hope Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher don’t think of each other as soul mates. If the two—who married last week after dating for the past few years and having a daughter—do embrace the “soul mates” label, they’re in for a rude awakening. Because soul mates—the idea that there is one other person out … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

Why We Need Pranks

Like most humans, I secretly enjoy observing people getting pranked. I grew up watching episodes of Candid Camera and loved Punk’d back in the day when Ashton Kutcher used the show to poke holes in celebrity egos. I confess I’ve watched my fair share of Nutella bathroom pranks on YouTube, and now and again, I … Continued

Culture

In Praise of Ashton Kutcher’s Pro-Father Message

Ashton Kutcher has a challenge for American bathrooms: Install changing tables in men’s rooms. He took to Facebook both to complain and to offer a carrot, writing: As of recent, I know a strangely large amount about the history of changing tables, after doing research on their advent for a separate article about ways that companies have helped families … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Mila Kunis and the New Dogmas of Pregnancy

Let me say at the outset that I am a fan of Ashton Kutcher and his fiancée Mila Kunis, who is expecting the couple’s first child. I’ve written in praise of Kutcher’s understanding of capitalism and I support anyone who falls in love with a dark-haired Jewish beauty, plus Kunis is openly proud of her … Continued

Culture

Celebrities Behaving Well Award

We at Acculturated are very excited to announce our inaugural Celebrities Behaving Well Award. Every day, the tabloids are packed with stories of pop-culture icons behaving terribly, from Robin Thicke and his “rape-ish” song to Justin Bieber urinating in public to Lindsay Lohan being Lindsay Lohan. We—the public, the media, the critics—are often so focused on the more … Continued

Culture

What is Sexy?

Esquire magazine recently named Scarlett Johansson the “sexiest woman alive”. This is the second time ScarJo has been at the top of their “sexiest” list, not to mention the countless other sexiest lists she’s been featured on. She’s obviously beautiful, vivacious, and she can hold her own on the big screen. But, this raises the … Continued

Culture

Post of the Week

People are still discussing Ashton Kutcher’s recent message at the Teen Choice Awards. Melanie Wilcox’s post, Ashton Kutcher’s Smart, Sexy Message, gets our Post of the Week honors this week. Check it out and join the discussion.

Culture, Entertainment, Movies, Post of the Week

Ashton Kutcher’s Smart, Sexy Message

This past Sunday, August 11, at FOX’s annual Teen Choice Awards, Ashton Kutcher stole the show by delivering an uplifting speech in a tone reminiscent of Steve Jobs.  The actor will be portraying one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs in an upcoming biographical film, Jobs, which will be released this weekend, August 16. Kutcher’s message is … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Movies