Plugged In Author: Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

Culture Clips: The Upside Down Edition

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Netflix will face some pretty serious challenges in the coming months. Right after NBCUniversal announced that it’ll pull The Office from the popular streaming site when its contract runs out (in 2021), Time Warner chimed in and said it’ll yank another wildly popular sitcom, Friends, in 2020 and slap it on HBO Max. Forbes’ Stephen […]

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Spider-Man Swings to No. 1

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Last week, I asked this question: Will superhero fans still flock to see a post-Endgame web-slinger? Answer: Yes. Boy howdy, yes. Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to land in theaters since the MCU’s climactic Avengers: Endgame, has earned a huge $185.1 million since its unusual Tuesday opening. That’s […]

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Tech Tuesday: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Big Tech?

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Are you worried about how Facebook or Google might be using their information about you? If so, you’ve got company. According to an IBD/TIPP poll released just yesterday, 89% of us worry that huge tech companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple will misuse the reams of personal data they collect. Nearly as many […]

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Culture Clips: Too Smart For Our Own Good?

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We’ve been inundated with anniversaries both happy and sad this weekend. Both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died on June 25, 2009—almost exactly a decade ago. Nicholas Sparks fans will be toasting the 15th anniversary of The Notebook. The 1989 version of Batman (you know, the one with Michael Keaton) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary—and […]

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Toy Story 4 Goes to Infinity, But Not Beyond

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Not many businesses would consider a $118-million weekend a disappointment. But that’s Hollywood for you. Disney had expected Toy Story 4 to fire up its rockets, flip its little space wings open and fly to the upper reaches of the financial stratosphere—$140 million at least. Some suggested that even a galactic $200 million opening wasn’t […]

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Culture Clips: The Currency of Social Media. Literally.

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Facebook has always been a go-to social media site to spend time—and sometimes way too much of it. Now, it’s hoping to give you something else to spend: its own cryptocurrency. That’s right, Mark Zuckerberg and Co. hope to create a bitcoin-like digital monetary system called Libra. And it’s partnering with businesses such as PayPal, […]

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Culture Clips: Serving Up Some Curry

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Basketball fans know that the Golden State Warriors—the NBA’s latest and, some say, greatest dynasty—are hanging onto their collective throne by their fingernails. They barely won Game 5 on Monday, pushing the series back to Golden State’s home court. If the Warriors lose, it means we won’t be seeing much of superstar Stephen Curry for, […]

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Aladdin Flies to No. 1

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It’s not as if Disney needs a magic lamp. It owns the year’s top two movies already. It’s filling its theme parks. And forget needing to impress the princess: Disney’s roster boasts more princesses per square foot than all the royal residences of Great Britain. Still, the Mouse House got another wish come true this […]

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Entertainment, Media and Mental Health: Psychoanalysis on the Screen

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This is the second part of a three-part series examining the connection between our entertainment/media culture and mental health, the latter of which is a growing problem for America’s youth. Last week, Kristin Smith discussed how celebrities are increasingly open about their own struggles with anxiety and depression, giving their fans permission to do the […]

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Culture Clips: Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out

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Yes, the fate of Westeros has been decided (at least on HBO). Fans know that Game of Thrones’ famed Iron Throne was [spoiler warning] claimed, technically, by no one: The dragon Drogon immolated the world’s most uncomfortable chair. But according to some, the throne might not the only thing that was torched Sunday night. Some […]

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