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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Culture Clips: Moving on From the Oscars?

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Yesterday, we talked about Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar speech and briefly mentioned that, relatively speaking, not very many folks watched it. Oh, sure. In an age in which a hit show might garner 4 million viewers, the 23.6 million folks tuned in to see Janelle Monáe’s shimmery dress and hear Billie Eilish sing “Yesterday” is still […]

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How the Super Bowl Halftime Show Fed Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

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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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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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There’s No Nicotine in Social Media, So Why are You Puffing so Hard?

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Who wrote this? We are in the business of relaxing people who are tense and providing a pick-up for people who are bored or depressed. The human needs that our product fills will not go away. Thus, the only real threat to our business is that society will find other means of satisfying those needs. […]

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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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The Complicated, Inspirational Legacy of Kobe Bryant

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When basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash with seven others last weekend, much of the country was rocked. Many cried. Fans and celebrities offered Instagram eulogies and Twitter hagiographies. Kobe Bryant’s passing even dominated much of the Grammys ceremony that night—a ceremony held in Los Angeles’ Staples […]

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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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10 Mind-Blowing Gadgets Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show

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The Consumer Electronics Show for 2020 has come and gone. And, of course, it brought with it a wide assortment of gigantic TVs, foldable phones, futuristic computers and robotic wonders: All the sorts of things you’d expect when the words “consumer” and “electronics” show up in the same sentence. But instead of talking about the […]

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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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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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The Beauty of Christmas Movies … in Black and White

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With family driving in, the hearth glowing and the spirit of the yuletide warming the cockles of your heart, there are probably times when you stop and think, “You know, a fun little Christmas movie might be fun tonight!” That’s exactly what my fellow Plugged In colleagues were doing a day or so ago. And […]

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