The Humility, Charity, and Comic Genius of Gene Wilder

Time is a precious thing. Never waste it. Gene Wilder lived by those words. The world lost the great comedic actor on August 28, 2016, from complications with Alzheimer’s. With impressive stoicism and thoughtfulness for his many young fans, Wilder decided not to publicly disclose that he was suffering from the disease for the past … Continued

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Tom Cruise: The Greatest Movie Star of All-Time

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation comes out this weekend and with it will be another round of people beating up on Tom Cruise. They make fun of him for his religious beliefs. They knock him for making overly commercial movies. They mock him because he was one of the first people in America to have the … Continued

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How Chris Pratt Became America’s Leading Man

Normally Hollywood is in little danger of under-hyping anything, but this month the suzerains of entertainment were caught completely off-guard by the success of Jurassic World, which has just broken the record for earning $1 billion at the global box office more quickly than any other film in history. It will end the summer at … Continued

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Jennifer Lawrence: The Girl on Fire

Jennifer Lawrence really is the “girl on fire”. In The Hunger Games, her character, Katniss, is known as the girl on fire, which is fitting for J.Law. Jennifer Lawrence is everywhere – movies, television interviews, magazine covers, and she’s constantly filling newsfeeds everywhere. The public doesn’t just follow Jennifer or write about her or talk … Continued

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It’s Go Time for Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme is back. His heyday of the 90s far behind him, the former “Muscles from Brussels,” Bloodsport kickboxer, and mulleted action star with the odd forehead lump recently began popping up in GoDaddy commercials, beating bongos and shaking maracas while doing the splits, leering at small business owners and yet inspiring them with … Continued

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What We Lost When We Lost Paul Walker

The entertainment world was stunned Saturday evening to learn of the untimely death of actor Paul Walker, only 40 years old, of the phenomenally successful Fast and Furious movie franchise. Ironically, the car enthusiast Walker and his racer friend Roger Rodas both perished when the red Porsche Carrera GT Rodas was driving lost control on … Continued

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The Unknown Steve McQueen

Last week my friend and Acculturated colleague R. J. Moeller wrote about C. S. Lewis, who died fifty years ago this year, and whom R. J. described as “Fascinating and Flawed.” In keeping with that theme, I thought I’d offer up another fascinating but flawed figure also marking a fifty-year anniversary, from the other end … Continued

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