Plugged In Author: Bob Smithouser

Senior Editor for PLUGGEDIN.COM. In addition to hosting the weekly "Official Plugged In Podcast," Bob also writes reviews, articles and Movie Nights discussion guides, and manages areas of this website. He has served at Focus on the Family for more than 20 years. Since 1995, Bob has penned "High Voltage," a monthly column that answers children's entertainment questions in Clubhouse magazine. He has co-authored several books, including Chart Watch, Movie Nights, Movie Nights for Teens and, most recently, The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions. Bob is also co-host of "The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast."

Disney’s Crash Course in Celebrity

Perhaps inspired by the exploits of Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron and others over the past year, Disney now requires all its up-and-coming young stars to attend Talent 101, which is designed to prepare them for the pressures (and temptations?) of celebrity life. The faculty includes security experts, psychologists and media consultants who’ll help young performers […]

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Take Me Out to the Movies

With the Major League Baseball playoffs in full swing, I thought I’d share my Top 5 most-recommended baseball movies for family viewing. It’s not your typical “favorites” list. To make it to first base, films needed to be entertaining and uplifting. Promoting solid family ties was a plus, too. And while very few films are […]

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Way Out West

Rapper Kanye West made a fool of himself at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards by jumping onstage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, grabbing the mic and telling everyone that he thought Beyonce’s video was better. Swift was dumbstruck. The crowd’s boos hammered West like an icy rain, obviously surprising him while leaving no doubt […]

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