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The Big Hurt: This week in offensive content

In her long career of pushing boundaries, Madonna has run afoul of some of the world's most powerful institutions.

By DAVID THORPE  |  March 08, 2013
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The Big Love Hurts: Valentine's Day press releases

Valentine's Day brings an enormous opportunity to squeeze money from the most lucrative demographics: the frustrated, the clingy, the lonely, and the stalky.
Spoil the mood with terrible dates, familiar faces and sex toy surprises
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 08, 2013
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The Big Hurt: Pop-culture news in brief

Could Nicki Minaj be casting aside her reputation as a fashion trailblazer?

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 25, 2013
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The Big Hurt: The week in food

Losing weight is one of the most common new year's resolutions. Prepare for another year of failure, corpulent reader: time for an extra-greasy food news roundup!

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 11, 2013
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The Big Hurt: The week in trouble

This week in big rap no-nos: Fat Joe faces the possibility of two years in the slammer after pleading guilty to evading more than $700 grand in taxes.

By DAVID THORPE  |  January 04, 2013
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The Big Hurt: Pop-culture news in brief, from Tyga’s busta to Katy Perry’s scents

First priority: prevent Karmin/Will.i.am meeting. Second priority: smother Baby Hitler.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 14, 2012


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The Big Hurt: The Week in Fine Dining

It's a time of great upheaval for America's restaurant of last resort: Arby's is getting a major brand revamp.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: That's My Boy

Director Sean Anders does nothing to mop up this gross-out comedy mess about a middle-school boy who gets molested by his teacher and ends up raising their love child — with disastrous results.
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By MONICA CASTILLO  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
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Female-to-male alongside pop culture

About this time a year ago, I watched Chaz Bono on Late Night with David Letterman try to explain to America what it meant to be transgender. Letterman's hammy reaction made me clammy with fear. Oh god, I thought, terrified.
Year in transition
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  May 25, 2012
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Review: 21 Jump Street

Everyone bemoans the endless sequels and remakes, but occasionally a treasure like Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street comes along that redeems the rehashing.
More than just a rehash
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 16, 2012


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The Big Hurt: Winehouse blows it in the Balkans, Morrissey murders cats

Some people think music writing is pretty soft compared to being a war correspondent or whatever, but I listened to a Limp Bizkit song and an Evanescence song tonight. That has to be a million times worse than anything that's ever happened in Libya.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 01, 2011
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The Big Hurt: MJ's ghost speaks!

In case you've been bummed by the dearth of posthumous Michael Jackson tracks, I've got some good news.
A Florida psychic gets the message from Michael
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 24, 2011
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The Big Hurt: 'That Girl in Pink' cures cancer; Nick Jonas falls for Big Oats

This week, another stroll through the terrifying graveyard of unloved press releases.
Tween releases
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 10, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Lep, Squire, Cee-Lo, and Sufjan duke it out

There's no end of lameness in music news this week, but here are a few of the highlights.
Lamewatch!
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 20, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Loko and loco

A little part of me died when the Man took Four Loko away. Yes, it was a much smaller part than the area of my brain that died while Four Loko was legal, but I still miss the stuff. Last month, reports surfaced that Colt 45 would be filling the void with
This month in hip-hop controversy
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 06, 2011


This week in The Big Hurt by David Thorpe

The Big Hurt: Britney, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Rebecca Black, and Miley Cyrus weigh the price of fame

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued for $10 million by the company that helped her score a fragrance deal with Elizabeth Arden. It's claiming that she owes it a 35 percent commission on the sales of her popular scents. This boosts my self-esteem a little — say
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 15, 2011
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Big Hurt: Chris Brown's problematic timing

Last Tuesday was an awkward day for MTV.com and the rest of the Chris Brown promotional forgiveness machine — on the same day that his career-saving comeback album was dropped, he appeared on Good Morning America and became incensed by pre-vetted questi
Almost saved!
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2011
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Big Hurt: Chris Brown's problematic timing

Last Tuesday was an awkward day for MTV.com and the rest of the Chris Brown promotional forgiveness machine — on the same day that his career-saving comeback album was dropped, he appeared on Good Morning America and became incensed by pre-vetted questi
Almost saved!
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2011
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The Big Hurt: What's really raw?

Plus, another 'Big Hurt' quiz
Plus, another 'Big Hurt' quiz
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 11, 2011
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Charlie Sheen's 24/7 reality show

Good times, Charlie!
Good times, Charlie!
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 05, 2011


Podcast: Pop Culture News With Fletcher 8-23-10

Podcast: Pop Culture News With Fletcher 8-23-10


 Fletcher just LOVES the Hollywood gossip and watching Seacrest. So he gives you the latest Pop News DOWNLOAD:  Pop Culture News with Fletcher 8-23-10.mp3To save podcast,...
By MorningIntern  |  August 23, 2010
Podcast: Pop Culture News With Fletcher 8-19-10

Podcast: Pop Culture News With Fletcher 8-19-10


Fletcher LOVES watching Seacrest on E! So He's going to break down the latest pop news for you!  DOWNLOAD:  Podcast Pop News With Fletcher 8-19-10.mp3To save...
By MorningIntern  |  August 19, 2010
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Looking for a better idea

P+J aren’t sure how many Vo Dilunduhs caught Matt Bai’s story on Linc Chafee in last week’s New York Times , but BeloJo political columnist Edward Fitzpatrick certainly did and, in his Tuesday column, he decided to do a little follow-up with the other g
Lauding Linc; Pining for Jersey Shore ; the new First Couple; fighting for students' rights
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 23, 2010
Podcast: Pop Culture Report 7-1-10

Podcast: Pop Culture Report 7-1-10


Fletcher has the latest on Pop Culture, including the Worst Party Down News ever. I loved that show. Damn it... Oh and live action Cinderella!PODCAST:...
By MorningIntern  |  July 01, 2010

Thinking about domestic violence


With several disturbing domestic violence stories in Maine's newspapers over the past few weeks, thi...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  May 05, 2009


Babies, Pat D vs. Manny, Dawn Yanek and WTF?

Babies, Pat D vs. Manny, Dawn Yanek and WTF?


We play "Are You Smarter Than A Baby?", hear cleaning guy Pat D freak out about Manny, talk to Dawn Yanek from Life and Style...
By Charlie  |  July 28, 2008
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Fake-news vacuum

It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.

Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race


By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007
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Pop goes to war

Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 25, 2007