Movie Monday: Iron Hood

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Did you really think that a handful of arrows would be enough to puncture the greatest suit of armor ever? Robin Hood opened this weekend boasting two Oscar-winning stars, a $225 million budget and an enviable Hollywood pedigree. But its $37.1 million weekend take wasn’t nearly enough to poke holes in the high-flying Iron Man […]

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The Ultimate Rescue Mission

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Acknowledging that a popular song, movie or TV show contains an element of “big-T” Truth is not the same as endorsing the entire product. Makes sense, right? Even so, I have to be careful how I talk about those little pop-culture epiphanies, and with whom. For example, the last thing I want is for someone […]

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Miss USA Gone Wild

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Once upon a time, the “only” skin  beauty pageant contestants had to show was during the swimsuit competition. I put “only” in quotes, of course, because these days, those bikinis have gotten pretty teeny and there’s plenty of flesh on display. But apparently that’s not enough sex appeal for the average pageant watcher. Just a […]

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Where’s That Horn to Toot?

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Somewhere between the release of Miley Cyrus’ racy new video and Iron Man 2′s $128 million weekend, Plugged In learned it won the Evangelical Press Association’s Award of Excellence for best online publication. Paul Asay, one of our associate editors, also earned recognition for his Not Just a Movie series we published last year. It […]

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Movie Monday: Iron Man 2

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Don’t mess with a guy in a metal suit. Iron Man 2 clanked to the top of the box office this weekend, blasting its way to a $133.6 million take and humiliating arch-villains and opposing moviemakers alike. Iron Man‘s closest competition was Freddy from the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. But the burned-and-bladed […]

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Friends, Family and Facebook

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Something curious has been happening with my Facebook profile lately: I’ve been getting friend requests from lots of relatives. Some are cousins who are younger than I am. But, interestingly, several have come from my parents’ siblings. I’m now “friends” with a couple of my aunts who are in their ’70s (and if you’re reading […]

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Twittering Tween Tantwums

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I’m not sure if it’s been caused by the overabundance of hormones in their McDonald’s burgers, the excessive sugar in their school cafeteria soft drinks or the invasive radiation constantly emanating from their cell phones, but tween and teen girls have truly gone jump-the-shark wiggie. And it all seems to somehow be connected to this […]

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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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