Would You Adopt 16 Kids?: Facing Darkness Film

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What would you do if someone dropped a child off at your house in hopes that you’d adopt? What about five children? What about 16? And would it make any difference if all those kids were relatives? That’s about what happened to Liberian native Joseph Gbembo who I met when I was in Foya, Liberia, […]

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Parents: The “Nintendo Switch” Console Could Actually Be Good for Your Family

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Image of the Nintendo Switch logo (Copyright Nintendo 2016)

A Nintendo property is blowing up the Internet… again. Even though it isn’t Pokemon-related, it looks like it could be another game changer. What I’m talking about is the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, which Nintendo hopes will be its comeback in the Sony-and-Microsoft-dominated video game market after the lackluster performance of the Wii U. Why is […]

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Shining a Light on Ebola and Those Who Serve Its Victims

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People often say that, maybe besides someone who samples restaurant food for a living, I have the best job on the planet. When analyzing my position here in Plugged In, these folks are convinced all I do is watch movies and get paid for it. Then when they learn that I, on occasion, get invitations […]

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Talk Faith, Film and Ben-Hur

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The story of Judah Ben-Hur has been one of the culture’s most popular, most powerful stories for more than a century now, and Jesus has always been at the center of it. Earlier this summer, I wrote a blog about the 1880 book Ben-Hur: The Tale of the Christ, discussing the faith journey of author […]

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of Three Movies, a Book and a Surprising Conversion

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The nearly four-hour epic Ben-Hur, released in 1959, won an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Charlton Heston. The American Film Institute lists it at No. 72 on their list of “America’s 100 Greatest Movies.” If it’s that good, then why will Mark Burnett and Roma Downey release a new […]

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The Surprising Unintended Consequences of Fandom

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Movies can make people do strange things. And, no, I’m not talking about some of the usual suspects here. You know, teens taking up smoking (a correlation many studies have indicated) or imitating risky behavior. Nope, I’m talking about buying tropical fish and visiting a tiny island off the southwest coast of Ireland. Why? Because […]

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The Idol Boogie of Tussauds

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Sometimes I think that we Americans have the impression that our fascination with celebrities is a relatively new thing. Some youngsters out there may believe that Kim Kardashian herself invented the concept of seeing celebrities as simultaneously human and botoxed demigod. But, nope, the fact is we humans have been idol-prone for a very, very […]

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Your Personal Plugged In Entertainment Appliance

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For about 25 years now, Plugged In has done its best to help you walk through the strange, exciting and sometimes perilous world of entertainment. Through seminars, newsletters, magazines, radio programs, TV snippets, websites, mobile apps and online videos, we’ve tried to give your family the tools to make wise entertainment choices. But there’s always […]

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And the Oscar Nominees Are … Surprising?

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It’s that time of year again, the time when we movie geeks hold our collective breath at the brink of Oscar nomination time, wondering what lucky films will be nominated for Hollywood’s highest honor. Well, the nomination news is in. And some of the choices this year feel a bit, well, surprising. I’m going to […]

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Diving Into the Theology of Star Wars

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Diving into the Theology of Star Wars

If you’re like me, you enjoy a good, healthy, and robust discussion of theology every now and again. Especially when said conversation means you get to break down what is, arguably, this generation’s most popular cultural myth: Star Wars. As the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens looms large on the horizon, […]

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Elderly Man Challenges Dude Perfect to Epic Trick Shot Battle

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I have something of an affinity for trick shots. Which is partly why I have an affinity for Dude Perfect. (You may recall that I interviewed their Bearded Guy earlier this year.) I also dig Adventures in Odyssey.* Which is why I’m kinda geeking out over this video that has surfaced from the Adventures in […]

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