What’s New and Streaming for Families (and Couples) This February

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Candy hearts and flowers, boxes of chocolates, poorly read poetry: that’s all the stuff of Valentine’s Day and the month of February. Of course, another part of the sweetheart celebration is cuddling up with your sigh-worthy squeeze and sharing a romantic flick or two. So let’s see what’s streaming for this month for you discerning […]

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What Netflix Shows Are Your Family Watching?

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Here at Plugged In, we do our best to cover the TV shows everyone’s talking about, whether they’re on broadcast TV, cable networks or, increasingly, on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Typically, we cover one or two new shows each week, as well as two-to-four episode reviews of series we’ve looked at […]

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Controversial “The Best Men Can Be” Gillette Ad Is Actually Brilliant

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Still from Gillette "The Best Men Can Be" ad featuring a father separating two boys who were fighting.

Gillette’s “The Best Men Can Be” short film is actually the culmination of a longer marketing campaign, and a good one at that. Cause marketing isn’t exactly new, but we have certainly heard a lot more about it over the last few years thanks to the Internet and social media. It used to take a […]

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Tim Tebow, Pop Culture’s Most Eligible Bachelor, Just Got Engaged to a Former Miss Universe

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Engagement picture of Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters [Photo Credit: Kelly Braman Photography]

Tim Tebow is nothing if not a lightning rod for pop culture’s attention. From football to baseball to Super Bowl commercials, Tebow’s strong and vocal Christian faith combined with a big smile and “Aww Shucks” Southern charm have won him a lot of fans and controversy—but mostly fans, as evidenced by the overwhelming flood of […]

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Silence is Golden—Especially If It’s a Silent Phone

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If you’re willing to dress up like a cow on Chick-Fil-A’s “Cow Appreciation Day,” you can be assured you’ll be dining on a free entrée. On 7-Eleven’s “Free Slurpee Day,” you’ll quench your thirst without dipping into your wallet. If you traipse into any number of restaurants on your birthday, you’re almost certain to get a […]

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Why Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old is a Doc Worth Seeing

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What a Christmas present. My daughter gifted me the other night with tickets to see the five-year passion project of director Peter Jackson. (The Fathom Event played Dec. 17 in about 500 theaters, and it’ll be in theaters again tomorrow, Dec. 27.) And I just had to type out a quick blog to say … […]

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Is a PG-13 Deadpool Movie a Good Thing?

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I’ll be seeing Once Upon a Deadpool today—the new PG-13 version of the very, very, VERRRRRY R-rated Deadpool 2. But already, without having seen a second of the new cut, I’m super conflicted. On one hand, Deadpool (actor Ryan Reynolds under the mask and prosthetics) can be pretty funny, and much of Deadpool 2’s humor […]

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Of Turkeys, Technology and Accidental Texts

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Many of us likely spent our Thanksgivings with family and friends, passing the mashed potatoes and side-stepping politics as much as humanly possible. But Thanksgiving at Wanda Dench’s house looks a little different. In 2016, 59-year-old Wanda invited her teen grandson and his girlfriend over for Thanksgiving dinner via text. Or, at least, that’s who […]

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Can 13 Reasons Why be tragically influential? A Grieving Mom Says Yes, and Why.

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When researching a book I wrote about media discernment, I found scores of studies linking numerous negative human behaviors to entertainment. For instance, researchers believe that kids who see characters smoke onscreen are more likely to light up in real life. Other studies link onscreen sexual activities and actual sexual behaviors. But what about suicides? […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families This November

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Elections, family gatherings, brisk winter weather, thankfulness and food. Such are the joys of November. Well OK, politicians, icy roadways and some prickly family members may not always make you joyous, but November has ways to warm your heart nonetheless. And that’s especially true when your blanket is comfy, the cocoa is rich and there’s […]

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NFL Star Benjamin Watson Announces Wife’s Pregnancy via Heartwarming TD Celebration

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Ben Watson announces his wife's pregnancy with twins during TD celebration

NFL touchdown celebrations have been the cause of much conversation—and consternation—over the years. Should planned celebrations be allowed? How much is too much? And what if a celebration goes beyond good, clean fun to something that’s meant to shock or demean? Touchdown celebrations themselves have morphed and evolved over the years, but you’ll be hard-pressed […]

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Generation Alpha’s Revolutionary World … And Parenting in It

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If you’ve been lying awake at night wondering what we’re going to name the kids born after Generation Z (those who arrived between 1996 and 2009), the solution is simple: Go back to the beginning. Savvy marketers, who always pay more attention to stuff like this that you and I do, are one step ahead […]

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