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A year for enduring pop culture icons to shine

December 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Marilyn Monroe. The Rolling Stones. And Bond James Bond. What do they have in common? Sure, one’s long gone, and one’s fictional. But all three marked a golden anniversary in 2012. And after a half-century in our pop-culture consciousness, they each displayed a surprisingly enduring appeal. Continue Reading

Smithsonian unveils more modern, diverse US history timeline

April 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” have a new home with a diverse set of artifacts in a new timeline of American history that includes a piece of Plymouth Rock, a slave ship manifest, Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone and Kermit the Frog at the Smithsonian Institution. Continue Reading

POP CULTURE Q&A: ‘A Gifted Man’ has a shaky future

March 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Q: One of my favorite shows is “A Gifted Man.” I hope that the most recent episode was not the last one. Please, please do not cancel it. There are so few good shows on TV anymore that don’t show all kinds of bad stuff Continue Reading

Make room, Socrates, for Lady Gaga and Beyonce

March 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In a music classroom on the quiet Catholic college campus, a group of students scribbled notes in the dark, their eyes intent on a 10-minute video. They then launched into a discussion of postmodernism, film and religious symbolism. On the screen? Lady Gaga’s music video for “Telephone,” featuring Beyonce. The video’s product placements, prison scenes and boyfriend killings are the point of this St. Catherine University course, titled “The Music and Image Monster: Lady Gaga in Context.” The class is one example of courses with a specific pop culture focus that are increasingly populating academia. Continue Reading

POP CULTURE Q&A: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams and ‘The Notebook’

March 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Q: Please tell me about Ryan Gosling. I saw a movie called “The Notebook” on TV and I had never heard of him or Rachel McAdams. Continue Reading

Pop culture Q&A: Nicholas Ray movies, ‘Man Up’ down

February 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Question: I am wondering what happened to my new favorite sitcom, “Man Up,” which aired on ABC on Tuesday nights. I thought it was excellent, but it suddenly disappeared. Continue Reading

Pop culture Q&A: ‘Lights Out’ is out, Belzer vs. Bowzer, underwater zombies

February 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

I’d like to know if the man who plays on “Law & Order,” I think his last name is Bowzer, is the same man who sang with the group Sha Na Na. Continue Reading

Pop culture Q&A: Madeline Stowe of “Revenge” is married to which actor?

February 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

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Pop culture Q&A: Searching for old movie titles, videos

December 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

I have been looking for a Christmas-type movie. I believe “The Red Shoes” is the title. It stars Rob Lowe and a little boy trying to buy a pair of red shoes for his dying mother. Is there a DVD or VHS that you know of? Continue Reading

POP CULTURE Q&A: Susan Heyward, Louis Jourdan, ‘The Playboy Club,’ ‘The Return of the Secaucus 7,’ etc.’

December 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A reader asks about a made-for-TV film that provided the final film role for Susan Hayward.
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