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.

Just Wait ‘Til They See the Ad!

It’s amazing what dust an eensy-weensy Super Bowl ad can stir up. As some of you may have heard, Focus on the Family (Plugged In’s parent organization) will be airing a commercial during the Big Game this weekend. The ad—featuring former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and his mom—has become a pretty big deal around […]

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Movie Monday: When in Rome

Someday, I will write this Monday blog and announce that Avatar has fallen to No. 2. But today is not that day. Avatar continued to hold a convincing lead on the weekend’s box office charts, pulling down another $30 million to continue its march to becoming North America’s top-grossing film of all time. Mel Gibson’s […]

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Alba’s Fair in Love and Gore

We’ve read stories on how celebrities influence us. We’ve read stories on how we’re growing more obsessed with how we look. We’ve even read stories on how celebrities affect that obsession. But I’ve never read a story quite like this. There’s a woman in China (London’s Daily Mail just calls her Xiaoqing) who desperately wants […]

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Hallelujah Mountain … of Money

Avatar, as you may have heard, is kind of a big deal. It’s now the highest-grossing movie ever internationally, and it’ll likely break Titanic‘s $600 million record for domestic grosses in the next week or so. So, with all that money floating around (so to speak), lots of folks are trying to capitalize on Avatar‘s […]

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Movie Monday: Pick ‘Em!

I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for Avatar. Yes, the film proved its box office might yet again, grabbing another $36 million to claim the top spot for the sixth straight week. Yes, I’m sick of starting off every Monday blog with the same thing. Still, Avatar kept the blasphemously bad Legion […]

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To Save a Christian Film

This January, it looks like the film industry has found religion. (Or, if you’re more cynical, you might say it’s found that religion can be a nice selling point.) The Book of Eli has made about $43 million in its first week of release. Avatar and The Lovely Bones are also overtly spiritual in their […]

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Get Rich Tweet Scheme

Clearly, I’m doing this writing thing all wrong. I write roughly 6 gazillion words a day, most of which are immediately cut (and sometimes burned) by my editor. Those which remain could still lay siege to a mid-sized fortress (if they somehow attained the muscular structure and will to do so), and yet one of […]

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Movie Monday: The Book of Eli

Avatar. No. 1. Again. ‘Nuff said about that. But this weekend, James Cameron’s titanic blue-hued blockbuster had a bit (just a bit) of competition from Denzel Washington’s  The Book of Eli, which slid into the No. 2 slot with $31.6 million (compared to Avatar’s $41.3 million) and was the second biggest opening in Washington’s career […]

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Television Kills You. Sorta.

Here at Plugged In, we’re always telling y’all that too much TV is bad for you. Yes, we know that some of you roll your eyes and say, “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” and then flip on Gossip Girl just to spite us. So it’s for you that I’ll reiterate: Too much television is literally hazardous to […]

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Movie Monday: Daybreakers

Daybreakers, a curious little vampire tale, was the only new film to break into the Top 5 at the box office over the weekend, with $15 million changing hands between mostly mindless moviegoers and mostly bored teenage ticket takers. I doubt very many of you saw this R-rated splatterfest. Still, the film was interesting in […]

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Sex Sells? Maybe Not.

We all know the theory: If you wanna make a big blockbuster film these days, you need to throw in some sex, even if the film doesn’t necessarily require it—a little nudity, perhaps, or a salacious scene, or at the (ahem) bare minimum, a cleavage-revealing appearance by Megan Fox. Turns out, though, that’s not necessarily […]

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Avatar: $1 Billion … and Counting

It’s 2010, folks, and lots of us are thrilled to have another blank slate on which to draw. But despite the year being so shiny new and all, the box office looks suspiciously similar. James Cameron’s sci-fi extravaganza Avatar made another $68.3 million over New Year’s weekend, according to boxofficemojo.com, bringing its North American box-office […]

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Movie Monday: Sherlock Holmes

Avatar ruled the box office for the second straight weekend, losing just 3 percent of its opening weekend tally to score $75 million. The film’s 10-day North American total now stands at around $212 mil. With a few more weekends like that, James Cameron may have enough cash to buy the moon of Pandora. But […]

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Movie Monday: Avatar

James Cameron’s Avatar cruised to a strong start over the weekend, topping the box office with $73 million. Granted, the take was on the low end of the studio’s expectations, but considering much of the East Coast was hammered by a massive snowstorm, Cameron and crew are probably pretty happy this morning. In addition, the […]

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