When Ratings Creep

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Think films are getting more violent? If so, you’re not alone. Some researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Center think so, too, and they have a whole bunch of sciency stuff to back it up. The folks at Annenberg (part of the University of Pennsylvania) studied films from 1950 to 2006 and discovered that, since […]

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May the Fourth Be With You

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Today is Star Wars Day. I know this because a friend told me, and not because I’m a Luke Skywalker fanatic. Apparently, the phrase, “May the Force be with you” has been cleverly translated into May fourth (get it?) and turned into an international holiday in tribute to George Lucas’ franchise and other cult films. […]

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Movie Monday: What a Nightmare

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It was a Nightmare at the box office this weekend. Specifically, the remake of Wes Craven’s 1984 horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street slashed the competition. The movie raked in an estimated $32.2 million—and that despite the fact that mainstream critics treated the film about the same way Freddy Krueger treats his victims. Coming […]

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Christian Film: Beautiful or Banal?

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Working for Plugged In has its perks. Take today, for instance. We had the chance to listen and talk with screenwriter/professor/Christian Barbara Nicolosi, perhaps one of Christianity’s most eloquent, most provocative voices when it comes to faith and film. Adam Holz had a chance to interview Nicolosi for an upcoming story and podcast, so I […]

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Madonna Joins the Choir

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It was an interesting week on the Billboard 200 album chart. Two soundtracks clocked in among the Top 5—an unusual happening in its own right. Even more strange, however, was that both were collections from artists who’ve been around a long time: Madonna and AC/DC. Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna snagged the top […]

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Game Over?

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Earlier this week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments as to whether California can ban the sale of violent video games to children under the age of 18. I’ll be interested to hear what it decides. California actually passed the bill five years ago, but it was blocked by lower courts and never went […]

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Pulling the Plug

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Slate writer James Sturm is doing something interesting. Impossible for the long term, maybe, but still thought-provoking. I wish I could try it, too. He’s giving up the Internet for four months. Now, the net has some really great stuff, including Google Earth, the “Chick-fil-A” Song and, of course, Plugged In. But moderation in life […]

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Movie Monday: The Back-up Plan

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Looks like Jennifer Lopez could use a backup plan of her own. J. Lo’s new romantic comedy, The Back-up Plan, couldn’t topple DreamWorks’ charming springtime smash How to Train Your Dragon this weekend: Plan raked in an estimated $12.3 million, about $2.7 million less than the tireless Dragon. Another newcomer, The Losers, lived up to […]

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Anti-Tech … Me?

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Lately, I’ve gotten some comments that my blogs are becoming pretty anti-technology—that I’m ready to blame all the evils of the world on our quickly progressing tech. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. No, no no. Believe me, you won’t find me sitting on my front porch, cane in hand, spitting out grumpy […]

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Movie Monday: Kick Something

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We just knew a certain unmentionable film was going to rule the box office come Monday. We just assumed that Kick-A– and its band of R-rated superheroes was going to charge into theaters and win the weekend. I mean, really: Who wants to tangle with a profane, purple-wigged, 11-year-old death jockey? Turns out, though, Hit-Girl […]

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Psst. Wanna Know a Secret?

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Tonight, the Peacock Network will air Secrets of the Mountain—maybe the safest and riskiest show we’ve seen in a while. Television programming doesn’t get much safer. Secrets (which will be released on DVD in Walmart stores on Saturday) is a G-rated affair—like what I would’ve watched on The Wonderful World of Disney way back in […]

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