Abraham Lincoln’s Entertainment: “It Gave Him an Hour or Two of Freedom.”

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Americans celebrate our Independence Day tomorrow—a day full of hot dogs and fireworks and family and friends for many folks. But for history wonks like me, it can also be a bit of a time of reflection. When I’m not watching movies or television shows or writing blogs and stuff, I tend to be reading. […]

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Culture Clips: The Kanye by Kanye West Edition

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Kanye West

For years, faith-based films have been largely ignored in the secular entertainment establishment. They never— I’ma let you finish, faith-based film guy. But first, we have to talk a little about Kanye West. Love him or not, the influential rapper sure says some … interesting things. And with his new album, Ye, out, West is […]

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

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

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

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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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Vodcast: Rogues, Religion and Robot Romance in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I get the chance to talk with Paul Asay and Bob Hoose on the upcoming Star Wars Film: Solo. We dive into the appeal of the “rogue,” the spiritual connections associated with the film and a newly kindled robot romance. It’s all pretty exciting … even when you don’t know immediately know who “Solo” is. […]

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Culture Clips: Show Dogs Comes to Heel

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For a movie that’s made all of $7 million, Show Dogs has certainly sparked its fair share of controversy, including (obviously, if you’ve been following the blog lately) here in Plugged In land. I imagine more stories have been written about the flick than people have actually seen it. Well, the makers of the talking […]

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Show Dogs Controversy Hits the Mainstream

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Controversy surrounding the kids’ movie Show Dogs ratcheted up another notch today. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has issued a statement on scenes involving a talking dog having its genitals touched during a dog show, scenes that they’re concerned may promote sexual abuse of children. The NCOSE’s statement reads: “The movie Show Dogs sends […]

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13 Reasons Provides a Teachable Moment (for Netflix)

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When Netflix unveiled the first season of 13 Reasons Why last spring, the streaming service knew the show would be buzzy. It might not have understood the show’s sting. Based on the book by Jay Asher and produced in part by singer/actress Selena Gomez, the show’s first season revolved around the suicide of a young […]

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The Clanging Cringiness of Musical.ly

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We’ve all heard about Facebook and Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. Certain apps and social media platforms are as ubiquitous as, well, the smartphone you’re probably clutching in your hand right now. But kids flock to some apps that we parents are sometimes woefully unaware of. The Musical.ly app may be one of those. On the […]

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Spotify vs R. Kelly

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R. Kelly

So Spotify just did a thing. According to their new public hate content and hateful conduct policy, they’ve chosen to take R. Kelly’s music off of their streaming playlists. His music will still be available on Spotify, but will no longer be promoted. After nearly 20 years of allegations that the artist has had sexual […]

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Put Down That Remote! Binge-Watching Can Be Bad for You

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On May 18, Netflix will roll out the second season of one of its buzziest, most controversial and, let’s face it, most bingeable shows: 13 Reasons Why. We wrote quite a bit about the show’s first season, beginning with our review and spiraling out from there. (Our parents’ guide to the series will be updated […]

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