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.

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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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The headline above was brought to you courtesy Fraser Brown, son of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Seems the younger Brown proffered those vowel-impoverished thoughts on his mother’s Twitter account when she left the room for a moment, sending the message to all Sarah Brown’s million-plus puzzled followers. Later, at the formal unveiling of the […]

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Movies ‘R’ Us

It’s about 78 degrees below zero where I live, which means it’s too cold to think, much less type. So I’m going to ask you to do the blog’s heavy lifting today while I drink a cup of hot chocolate. In the latest installment of my Not Just a Movie series, I talk a bit […]

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Oh, Brothers

It was the same ol’, same ol’ at the box office this weekend, with The Blind Side trading places with The Twilight Saga: New Moon for slots No. 1 and 2, respectively. Brothers, the week’s biggest new release, slid into the No. 3 position with $9.7 million. I don’t imagine a lot of Plugged In […]

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A Knuckle Sandwich to Chew On

Plugged In has passed the halfway point in my 584-part series on film and faith (well, it seemed that long while I wrote it), and this week’s installment is all about on-screen violence: what it is, what it does to us when we watch it and whether it’s ever appropriate. Americans (speaking in broad generalities […]

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Power to the People

We tried. We really tried to keep this blog an Adam Lambert-free zone in the wake of his American Music Awards appearance Nov. 22. But recently he said something perhaps as provocative as his awards performance. For those who missed the fracas, Lambert—an openly gay singer and American Idol runner-up this season—unleashed a raunchy, S&M-tinged […]

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