Culture Clips: The Chris Pratt Talks About God on MTV Edition

Awards shows on MTV have often offered celebrities big stages for bad behavior. (We could start with Miley Cyrus and work backwards from there.) But perhaps the biggest story at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards is something Monty Python might have introduced with the disclaimer, “And now for something completely different.” Really different. […]

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The Importance of Pops in Pixar

Incredibles again

Incredibles 2 is officially out now, and just in time for Father’s Day. Great timing, really. Like a lot of Pixar movies, this one has a whole lot to say about fatherhood. Indeed, I think it’s film’s emotional core. It’s a bit ironic, given that the Incredibles 2 storyline focuses on Mama Incredible, aka Helen […]

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Ocean’s 8 Pilfers the Prize

Ocean's 8

Just ask the Golden State Warriors: Sometimes it’s better to have a really strong team behind you than trying to win a title … solo. Ocean’s 8, an ensemble actioner that includes three Oscar winners (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway), toppled Solo: A Star Wars Story for the weekend’s box-office championship. Ocean’s 8, which […]

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Vodcast: Connecting With Our Kids in a Wireless World

vodcast with Dr. Kathy Koch

For a long time—longer than maybe I want to admit, even—my professional life has revolved around helping families navigate this bewildering world of entertainment and technology we live in. Those twin influences are only getting stronger as time goes on: Kids and teens have so many shows to watch, music to listen to, games to […]

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Culture Clips: Yeah, Being a Couch Potato is Bad For You

cat couch potato

We’ve always known, deep down, that sittin’ on the couch to do nothin’ but watch TV probably isn’t the best way to spend one’s day. Or month. Or year. But now, thanks to Scientific American, we have some indication of how bad the sin of sloth can be for us. It’s not just that couch […]

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Anything Coming Out on Streaming Services This June Worth Watching? Well …

I am david

Summer’s technically a couple weeks away yet, but for most of us, we’re emotionally already there. School’s either out or kids are counting the days ’til it is. Parents are prepping for picnics, vacations, trips to the beach and hikes in the mountains. It’s a great time to reconnect as a family. And sometimes, families […]

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Presenting Plugged In’s Family Movie Nights Discussion Guide

discussion guide

My kids got out of school yesterday. They’re thrilled! Mom and Dad? We’re, um … thrilled? Summer is obviously a fantastic season for families to spend more time together. But sometimes, if we’re honest as parents, we can run low on activity ideas. So we have one for you: Our Summer 2018 Family Movie Nights […]

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Culture Clips: The Let’s-Think-About-What-We-Say-Before-Saying-It edition

Roseanne

This is why we can’t have nice things. Let’s start with Roseanne Barr, whose 2018 career trajectory looks a little like the flight of a model rocket with a faulty parachute. First came the ABC revival of her beloved sitcom, Roseanne. It came out of the gate like an angry buffalo, galloping to some seriously […]

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