Culture Clips: Taylor’s Trial’s Inspiring Influence

Taylor Swift

If you follow pop culture happenings, you likely saw the story this week about singer Taylor Swift testifying at a trial in Denver. The case involved a 2013 meet-‘n’-greet in which then DJ David Mueller allegedly groped the singer’s backside. Mueller lost his job over the incident, and actually sued Swift for $3 million. (Swift […]

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Culture Clips: The ‘It’s Tough to Be Famous’ Edition

katy perry

Ah, celebrity, that fickle bestie of the entertainment world. One minute, you’re all, like, hangin’ out together at posh banquets, dressed to the nines and accepting awards. The next you’re wondering what’s the point of awards at all. “All the awards shows are fake,” singer (and frequent award winner) Katy Perry told The New York […]

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I’m Not Ashamed: A Teen Conversation Starter


It’s not often that I see a movie that prompts me to think, Every family with teens I know should see this. But last year’s I’m Not Ashamed, the inspiring, tragic story of Columbine victim Rachel Joy Scott had that effect on me. I’m revisiting the film now for two reasons: One, it was a […]

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2017 Plugged In Movie Awards: And the Award Goes To …


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, after long and arduous deliberation (involving an occasional round of fisticuffs) and painstaking vote counting, it’s time to unveil the winners of our fourth annual Plugged In Movie Awards. Alas, due to budget cuts, we had to cancel our typical star-studded banquet in Hollywood. Perhaps next year. BEST MOVIE FOR KIDS […]

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At The Oscars This Year, It’s All About the Women


The Oscars are nearly here. And we all know it wouldn’t be the Oscars without some Oscar-centric controversy. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has been replaced, according to some, with #OscarsSoMale. A recent study by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that of the 109 films released in 2014, women received fewer than 29% of […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Christian Movie


We close out our Plugged In Movie Awards nominations with our picks for best Christian movie, and man, what a tough year it was. Faith-based films have never been better, and Hollywood made it extra tricky to decide even what, exactly, constituted a Christian movie. Could Martin Scorsese’s Silence or Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, both […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie For Adults


Those Oscar voters have it made. To choose the best of the best based on sheer aesthetics—the writing, the acting, the cinematography—feels easy compared to the task set before us. In this category, we have to factor in ethics, morality and worldview, too. Sure, maybe a given film looks amazing. But what does it actually […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie For Teens


Another day, another batch of nominees! This time we turn to movies for teens. It’s a perennially tricky category to pick for, and this year yields a truly eclectic mix of movies, pitting some of the year’s top-grossing flicks against a couple of little-seen gems. As always, read our full reviews before you or anyone […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie For Kids


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to dust off your finest tuxedo T-shirt, sprinkle glitter on your hair and metaphorically walk down that red carpet with me (or whatever carpet/wood/tile/linoleum that might be nearby). It’s time for the fourth annual Plugged In Movie Awards! Or, at least, the nominations for said awards. Let’s not be too […]

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Disrespect Invites Disrespect, Even in Hollywood


The morning after Sunday night’s Golden Globes Awards, the Plugged In team was talking about two subjects—the powerful wind that was at that time gusting to nearly 100 mph in Colorado Springs and the aforementioned award ceremony. Regarding the latter, I told the team that I planned to write about actress Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech, […]

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Television Tops 2016: Paul Asay’s Year-End Picks


Bacteria and today’s television landscape have a lot in common. Like bacteria, television shows seem to be multiplying at a dizzying rate: Networks and streaming agencies gave viewers 409 scripted shows in the 2015-16 season, more than double the number we saw just six years ago, and even more are on track for this year. […]

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MTV’s 2016 VMAs: Nothing to See Here


The Monday morning after MTV’s Video Music Awards has often been a cultural watercooler moment in a culture that has fewer and fewer of those moments these days. Whether it’s Miley twerking on Robin Thicke (2013), Madonna and Britney kissing (2003) or Madonna’s risqué performance of “Like a Virgin” at the very first VMAs back […]

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