Movie Monday: Just Go With It

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It was a box office showdown between a 16-year-old superstar and a 44-year-old superstar who still thinks he’s 16, with the oldster showing the whippersnapper how it’s done. Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It barely edged the concert biopic Justin Bieber: Never Say Never this week, $31 million to $30.3 million. It was the 11th […]

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Guitar Hero: R.I.P.

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Not so very long ago, Guitar Hero seemed like an unstoppable video game juggernaut. Now, gamers are penning its eulogies following the announcement that publisher Activision Blizzard is pulling the power cord on the game that let millions of fans indulge in a virtual rock star fantasy. Introduced in 2005, Guitar Hero (and soon after, […]

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Anxious America

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I’m not exactly sure when it struck me. Maybe it was when I brushed my teeth this morning and found the bathroom floor littered with bristles. Maybe it was when I bit through my cereal spoon. Maybe it was when I shook my fist at the plastic pink flamingo in my neighbor’s yard. But at […]

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A Digital Aid to Confession

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Need help knowing what your sins are, or when to confess them? There’s an app for that. Inspired by the pope’s 2010 World Communications Address, which encouraged using new media to serve Catholics and God’s Word, Little iApps has released “Confession: A Roman Catholic App.” News reports say the app is sanctioned by the Catholic […]

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Old Rivals Clash in XLV

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As Super Bowl XLV steamrolled along, the hard-fought battle on TV’s biggest stage seemed to grow in intensity. With so much at stake, each competitor jockeyed for position. Who would win the day? We saw a stark contrast in styles. And I’m not referring to the Packers and Steelers; I’m talking about Coke and Pepsi. […]

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Movie Monday: The Roommate

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Is it time for Hollywood to begin biting their collective, metaphorical nails? D-grade horror film The Roommate snagged box office honors this week with $15.6 million, but the real scare might come from the weekend’s cumulative bottom line. Revenue was down 25% compared to the same time last year—a familiar refrain thus far in 2011. […]

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Getting Snowed

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Like much of the United States, Colorado has been in the grip of some extreme winter weather this week. While we dodged the heavy snow that dumped on Chicago and the inches of ice that blanketed much of the South, thermometers here plunged down to 25 degrees below zero—cold enough to freeze and seize the […]

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Another Gloriously Royal Dimension

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You’ve stocked your cabinets full of commemorative T-shirts, comic books, jewelry boxes and even a monogrammed servant’s bell, but you haven’t got your wedding invites from the Queen yet? Oh, dear. But don’t worry, duckie, it looks like the whole upcoming royal nuptials between William and Kate will be broadcast to your home (and local […]

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Skins: A Cultural Rorschach Test

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Every now and then something comes along in the entertainment world that serves as an impromptu cultural Rorschach test of sorts. One person looks at it and responds, “I see this.” Another counters, “But I see this.” In the last two weeks, MTV’s wildly controversial teen series Skins has been that sort of event (one […]

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Movie Monday: The Rite

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The faith-inflected frightfest The Rite scared up $15 million to claim No. 1 at the box office this weekend. It proved Anthony Hopkins, at the age of 73, can still be a pretty scary guy. In a way, from Plugged In’s perspective, The Rite wasn’t nearly as frightening as second place No Strings Attached—the sexually […]

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A Week Without TV

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The last week has been an interesting one for my family. Why? Because we shut off the TV completely. And it’s been fascinating to observe the results. Here’s how and why it happened. As one of the editors here at Plugged In, I know that research indicates  that television is simply bad news for small […]

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The Virtual Lies They Tell

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I’ve been keeping an eye on a new video game that’s coming out soon called L.A. Noire. It’s a 1940s crime thriller being released by Rockstar Games, the same company that built its reputation around the Grand Theft Auto titles. But I’m not really here to discuss L.A. Noire’s content or the dark crime drama […]

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