Hollywood’s Sex Scene Disconnect

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Actress and director Olivia Wilde wants to make filming sex scenes safer for the actors and actresses involved. Specifically, she’s spearheading an effort to “make a better environment” for such scenes—i.e., enforcing a closed set that ensures only those who really need to be there are present. Sitting down with Katie Couric at the 2020 […]

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How the Super Bowl Halftime Show Fed Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking


I watched the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, featuring Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and scores of dancers. Some people called it “dazzling” and “amazing.” But others, me included, would call it troubling. Before I highlight some of the obvious issues with what took place on Sunday night, I’d like to point out that it was […]

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Culture Clips: Oscar the Grouch

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It’s hard to drive anywhere in Hollywood this time of year without plowing into another stack of awards. Honorary hardware practically falls from the sky in January. But all of those awards and honors culminate in the biggest awards show of all: the Oscars. Nominations for said awards were unveiled Monday morning. If you’re interested […]

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What the Ever-Changing Dracula Tells Us About Society and Ourselves


Some things never change, they say. But some things do. Take Count Dracula, for instance—not the historical Vlad III of Wallachia, of course, but the vampire of Bram Stoker’s imagination. His literary legend, through book and movie and television show and videogame, has been pretty constant in two respects: One, he’s technically dead. Two, he […]

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Culture Clips: Silver Tongues at the Golden Globes? Not Quite.

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The Golden Globes took place on Sunday marking the beginning of the end for Hollywood’s 2019 awards season. (The season will officially culminate on Feb. 9th with the 92nd Academy Awards.) But it wasn’t the accolades that stood out so much as the impassioned speeches given by the winners and its host, Ricky Gervais. Gervais […]

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Here’s A Streaming Service That Targets Christian Families


The future of television is streaming. In fact, the present of television is streaming, too. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime have been around for quite some time and have helped to pave the way for newer contenders like Apple TV+ and Disney+ and the short-but-sweet viewing snippets of Quibi.. More are on […]

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Culture Clips: Fascism … on the Hallmark Channel?

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It’s officially 2020, folks, and we all have our own hopes and dreams for what the new year might hold. But some of us have radically different hopes and dreams. For instance, I know that some folks may dream of watching Hallmark Christmas movies all year long. But Salon political writer Amanda Marcotte hopes that […]

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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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Culture Clips: Unwrapping a Streaming Service for Christmas?

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Christmas Day is over, and some of us are still swimming through used wrapping paper in our living rooms. But we’re not the only ones who gave and/or got a few gifts in our stockings. Burgeoning streaming services did, too—even if they came at the expense of other streaming services. Take the upstart Disney+, for […]

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Culture Clips: Tis the Season … for Awards

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Forget the snowball fights so picturesquely common this time of year. In 2019—at least at Netflix’s movie headquarters—they’ll be pelting each other with Golden Globes. OK, so perhaps we’re being a bit premature. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association hasn’t handed out any actual statuettes just yet, just the nominations. But one thing’s for sure: The […]

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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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