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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What This Year’s Oscars Can Teach Us

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Ratings for the Oscars telecast are in, and they’re … not good. Just 23.6 million viewers tuned in to watch Parasite walk away with Best Picture honors, which the Associated Press says was an all-time low for the ABC telecast. While viewers for all sorts of awards shows have been declining in the age of […]

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The Plugged In Movie Awards 2020: And the Winners Are …

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Welcome, welcome everybody. Don’t trip on the red carpet on the way to your seat. You all look very fine indeed, what with those tuxedos/evening gowns/sweatpants you’ve donned for this very, very special occasion. We’re talking about the Plugged In Movie Awards, of course. It’s a ceremony far more lavish than the Oscars … or […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards 2020: Best Christian Movie

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This category, the fourth in our four-day unveiling of our Plugged In Movie Awards nominations, seems to be getting tighter and more competitive all the time. It feels as though we’re seeing more explicitly Christian movies in the marketplace these days, and the quality of Christian films continues to grow stronger by the year. Still, […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards 2020: Best Movies for Adults

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We’ve hit the third day of our four-day swing through our Plugged In Movie Awards nominations, and we’ve come to the category that engenders the most passionate discussion amongst Plugged In staff members. It is, in many respects, the hardest and the most fun category to fill. Why? Elementary, my dear reader. In choosing movies […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards 2020: Best Movies for Teens

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Plugged In began its annual unveiling of what it considers to be the year’s best movies yesterday. We continue today with another set of five nominees—this one for the Best Movies for Teens. This is always an interesting category, because by default, many of the year’s biggest blockbusters fall into this category. Last year, Spider-Man: […]

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What’s Streaming for Families in January 2020

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Happy New Year! Here we are tippy toeing into a brand-new year and decade. That’s right, the 2010s are over—10 years that saw the birth of the iPad and meat dresses; witnessed royal weddings and Gangnam Style dancing; and gave us everything from ice-bucket challenges to the legalization of same-sex marriage to fidget spinners. And […]

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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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Plugged In’s Christmas Eve Star Wars Showdown

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Answer or answer not: There is no try. But that didn’t stop a couple of Plugged In’s intrepid members—Associate Editor Kristin Smith and Plugged In Director Adam Holz—from answering a few Star Wars-related questions for me. The catch: Adam’s a lifelong Star Wars aficionado, and Kristin … is not. And whether you lined up in […]

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Musical Musings 2019: Adam Holz and Kristin Smith’s Year-End Pics

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“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togedder today.” Yes, yes, I know, I know. Those famous lines hail from the classic comedy Princess Bride. Nevertheless, they are what brings us “togedder” today, in a roundabout way, as we talk about the best music (both tracks and albums) of 2019. Why, you ask? Well, it turns […]

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We’re Always Connected, Thanks to Social Media. Why Do We Feel So Alone?

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Netflix’s The Politician isn’t a show I’d recommend. But it does offer some interesting thoughts on what it means to grow up in the social media age. At one point, main character Payton frets that he doesn’t have the ability to feel, in the same way that everyone else does. His mother says it’s only […]

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The Spiritual Lessons in Felicity Huffman’s Confession

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Public figures—be they actors, musicians, politicians or athletes—sometimes make poor choices. And sometimes they have to face the consequences. Over the last seven months, we’ve watched one such moral scandal play out in the media. Actresses Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, Get Shorty) and Lori Laughlin (Fuller House, When Calls the Heart) were among a group […]

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