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Number One

March 4-6
$38.0 million
February 21-27
Due Date
Adele, 21

352,000 units
Lady Gaga, "Born This Way
3rd week at #1

14.2 million homes

3rd week at #1

The Big Bang Theory
8.6 million homes
Academy Awards
24.6 million homes

Jersey Shore
5.5 million homes
8th week at #1
Killzone 3
253,695 units for the PlayStation 3

Sources for #1s: Box Office Mojo, Billboard, SoundScan, Nielsen Media Research, Rentrak Corporation, VGChartz

CULTURE CLIPS is researched and written by Adam R. Holz with assistance from Paul Asay, Meredith Whitmore and Bob Hoose. It is edited by Steven Isaac.
March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011

This year, Hollywood will break its record for the most sequels released in a 12-month period. Box Office Mojo reports that in 2011, 27 films will be sequels, up from the previous record of 24 in 2003. Mojo founder Brandon Gray told USA Today, "Hollywood is dipping into the well of past glory more than ever. It's truly unfortunate that story is held in such little regard, when that's what sells the picture more than any other element."

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QUOTE: "Well, the churches are coming to the table where they belong. So they have muscles again, and their congregations are getting quite large. They can single-handedly maybe change the spiritual countenance of the country."

—Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., talking about the influx and importance of films produced by churches. Gossett has appeared in a handful of faith-based films, including the recently released The Grace Card. Asked if the quality of church-based filmmaking has improved, Gossett says, "It's getting there. The Grace Card is a high-quality movie. These young filmmakers are having a chance to prove their points, and they're doing it beautifully."

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Only about a quarter of teens attend church youth groups regularly, according to a study from the Barna Group, and some other measures of church engagement are also either stagnant or falling. "Sweet 16 is not a sweet spot for churches," says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. "It's the age teens typically drop out. A decade ago teens were coming to church youth group to play, coming for the entertainment, coming for the pizza. They're not even coming for the pizza anymore. They say, 'We don't see the church as relevant, as meeting our needs or where we need to be today.'"

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Fox News reports that ABC is working on the pilot for a potential new show called Good Christian B‑‑ches. The dramedy, based on Kim Gatlin's novel of the same name, is drawing criticism both from Christian groups and from women's groups that feel the title is meanspirited and sexist. Yana Walton of the Women's Media Center said, "It is not an appropriate term to use to describe any woman, regardless of their faith. Entertainment media, especially music and films, have been normalizing misogynistic language for years." Dan Gainor of the Culture and Media Institute adds that the proposed show's title is the latest evidence of how television networks are increasingly depending on shock value to get viewers' attention. "ABC is doubling down on the offensive by also approving Don't Trust the B‑‑ch in Apartment 23, following up on the CBS show $#*! My Dad Says. And this continued decline is unsurprising," Gainor said. "The media keeps trying to redefine words and morality to mean what they say, not what they really do mean. One wonders which network will be the first to drop the f-bomb in a TV title and whether the FCC will even intervene."

[, 3/4/11]

QUOTE: "The guys had gotten me on location, and I was just trying to do whatever they needed. They had two pails put down and they said, 'Now Janie, you come down and pick up the pails.' Well, I had the normal costume thing on, so I leaned down and picked up the pails; I had no idea what they were doing, and I sure found out. I went to the director, Howard Hawks, in tears, and he said, 'Now listen, you're a big girl now, and you've got to take care of yourself. And when anybody asks you to do something that makes you nervous, you say no loud and clear.' Well that was the best thing anybody ever said to me. And after that, the photographers would get up on a balcony or something, and they would ask, "Now Janie, walk under here," and I would stand there with my hands on my hips and say "No," and they would pack up their gear and go. It was an amazing time. But all it was about was some cleavage!"

Jane Russell, discussing how she was filmed in The Outlaw. Russell, who died Feb. 28 at the age of 89, was a Hollywood sex symbol in the 1940s and '50s. But she was also one of the entertainment industry's most prominent Christians, leading the Hollywood Christian Group and later becoming active in the pro-life movement.

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QUOTE: "It messes with your head … That's why we go crazy. That's why we fight with each other. That's why we drink. We're living in a house for two months with that s‑‑‑. We can't have cell phones, TV, radio or the Internet. If the president died, we'd have no idea. There's no normalcy. It's just like prison, with cameras."

Jersey Shore's Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, talking with Rolling Stone about what it's like to be filmed 24 hours a day, every day. Polizzi says the show gives viewers a skewed picture of what she's like: "Obviously, they're only going to put the good stuff in, and the good stuff is us drunk, so all I'm seeing is me drunk and falling down. … I look like a freakin' alcoholic. … I just look like s‑‑‑." Still, she says she hopes to parlay her fame into a Jessica Simpson-like celebrity machine: "I'm trying to build an empire, because after this I can't get a normal job. I mean, how do I go and sit behind a desk?"

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It's official, Justin Bieber's hair is more precious than gold—significantly more so, it turns out. After having his famed shaggy locks shorn, the teen singer offered some hair clippings up for a charity auction on eBay. The winning bid? An incredible $40,688. The proceeds are being donated to The Gentle Barn, which rescues abused animals and uses them to help disadvantaged kids.

[, 3/3/2011]

L.A. Reid, head of Justin Bieber's label, Island Def Jam, says, "There's a frenzy going on about Justin, and the frenzy is that he's hot. The girls just love him. They think he's their boyfriend, that there's a shot for them. Justin sold them a dream, and they are buying it hook, line and sinker." Justin's response to all that craziness? "I really don't know why they're acting that way. And you know what? I don't think about it. My attitude is, why ask questions when things are going so well? Ain't no questions that should be asked in this situation. They love me, and that's it."

[Rolling Stone, 3/3/11]

QUOTE: "had a great bday and at the end of the night we got surrounded by paps and i reacted in a way i know better. im sorry."

—a tweet from Justin Bieber, after he and date Selena Gomez were swarmed by paparazzi, and the young star responded with his middle finger

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It took Charlie Sheen only 25 hours, 17 minutes to rack up 1 million followers on his newly opened Twitter account.

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QUOTE: "You could argue that eight seasons playing a fictional version of himself on Two and a Half Men was the perfect incubation period for [Charlie Sheen's] new multimedia existence. In just a matter of days, Sheen has already become a kind of Internet Megameme—he's like the perfect combination of Chuck Norris and the Double Rainbow guy, with just a touch of Dramatic Chipmunk. The sheer volume of offensive gonzo insanity that Sheen has been spewing will almost certainly stop being interesting just a few minutes from now. But in some ways, the actor almost seems to have rewritten the meltdown playbook for the new digital age. Much of Sheen's current state of mind seems to be based on the megalomaniacal sensation that everyone on earth looks up to him. I'm not sure that's true. But there is something fascinating about seeing the man's unfiltered thoughts pour out online. At least 1,011,000 people—the current total [of people following Sheen on Twitter] as of this sentence—agree with me."

Entertainment Weekly contributor Darren Franich

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