What We Get—and Lose—by Turning History Into Entertainment

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History, they say, is written by the victors. We might also say that history’s written by the entertainers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—but it does bring its share of asterisks to the party. Take Hamilton, the smash Broadway hit that became another smash on Disney+ this year. The musical comes with some issues that […]

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The Virus That Ate the Summer Multiplex

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The coronavirus has ravaged our world for the last six months, forcing unprecedented closures, quarantines and adjustments to our normal ways of living. And that’s been especially true when it comes to movies. The big studios have repeatedly shifted opening dates for summer tentpole movies, each time hoping and believing the next date will really […]

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Disney’s Hamilton is Cleaner Than the Broadway Version. But That Doesn’t Make It Clean.

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If you’ve ever participated in theater—or even just been exposed to theater—you’ve probably heard the phrase “the show must go on.” And while this is usually applied to when a star singer loses her voice or an actor breaks his toe while performing a stunt on stage, Disney took these words to heart during this […]

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Serious, Brutal, Doubt Is Biblical, and God Welcomes It

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Jon Steingard, lead singer of the Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, recently announced via a lengthy post on Instagram that he had walked away from his faith: “After growing up in a Christian home, being a pastor’s kid, playing and singing in a Christian band, and having the word ‘Christian’ in front of most of […]

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Culture Clips: A Different Sort of Blackout

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Yesterday, the world’s social media feed was inundated with black squares instead of pictures. And no, it wasn’t because your Internet connection was taking its sweet time downloading the pictures. It was part of a movement called #BlackoutTuesday. According to Rolling Stone, the original idea was called #TheShowMustBePaused, and organizers asked the music industry to […]

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Culture Clips: Billie Eilish Confronts Objectification … in a Surprising Way

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Pop phenom Billie Eilish is well known for wearing baggy clothes. In a Calvin Klein ad last year, Eilish revealed that her generally loose-fitting garb is an intentional choice to avoid being objectified. “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath,” she said then. This week, however, Eilish made a provocative statement […]

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Culture Clips: The Newest Bond Villain is the Coronavirus

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James Bond has tussled with some pretty terrible, ruthless nemeses in his ludicrously long career. He’s battled men with golden guns, steel jaws and razor-sharp hat brims, and he’s always managed to come back to jolly old England with his mission complete. But now, it seems MI6 has come up against an adversary even too […]

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Why Lizzo and Other Celebs Left Social Media for Good

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Lizzo has been all over the entertainment media for several months. She won three Grammys last weekend and even nabbed a spot on Plugged In’s annual “Movers and Shakers” list. But Time Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year also made headlines earlier this month when she announced her decision to quit Twitter. Blaming the decision on […]

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Culture Clips: Billie the Kid Takes Home Five Grammys

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The 62nd Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Jan. 26. The evening was marked with a somber moment (news of Kobe Bryant’s sudden passing had broken earlier that day) as host Alicia Keys said, “Earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole world lost a hero.” The show also paid […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2019 Edition)

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The year 2019 was a year of goodbyes. We said farewell to sitcoms (The Big Bang Theory) and television serials (Orange is the New Black); rappers (Juice WRLD) and Disney stars (Cameron Boyce); writers (Toni Morrison) and superheroes (no spoilers here) and even a Grouch (as in Oscar and the voice that brought him to […]

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Introducing The Plugged In Show

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If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wonder if Plugged In is ever going to do a podcast, because it seems like they should,” well, the wait is over. I’m thrilled to announce that we have recently launched The Plugged In Show! Each week, members of the Plugged In team will be joined by author, […]

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Culture Clips: All I Want for Christmas is Three World Records

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We haven’t even cooked the Thanksgiving turkey yet, but no matter: Lots of people have moved on to Christmas. Trees are up, tiny lights are twinkling and Santa Claus is already shilling stuff on television. Who is Plugged In to squelch all this Christmas spirit? So let’s kick this edition of Culture Clips off with […]

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Culture Clips: A Sad Goodbye

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Truett Foster McKeehan, eldest son of Christian hip hop artist TobyMac, died suddenly Oct. 23 at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. As the artist and his family grieve their loss, TobyMac spoke about his son, saying that Truett “had joy that took the room when he entered.” He also released this statement: “My wife and […]

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