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Harold Ramis' balanced raunch with heart + Russell Crowe wants Pope Francis to see "Noah"

Date: 02/25/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. A Legacy of Laughs. As you no doubt have read by now Harold Ramis is dead. The prolific and talented writer-director-actor's filmography includes such iconic comedies as Animal House (1978), Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Ghostbusters (1984) Groundhog D ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, The Wrap, Russell Crowe, Pope Francis, Harold Ramis, Nimal House (1978), Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Ghostbusters (1984) Groundhog Day (1993), Analyze This (1990), Big Hollywood's John Nolte, Judd Apatow, 2007 Comedy Knocked Up, Seth Rogan And Katherine Heigl, Joanna Kerns, Russell Crowe's Noah Movie, Pope Emeritus Benedict

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Valentine's Day and Islam - the virtues of mohabbat (love)

Date: 02/14/2014

Happy Valentine's Day! I am biased towards appreciating Valentine's Day not just for it's Gujarati origins but also because it's my birthday. However, not all Muslims share my appreciation. Here's a typical example : In its official Friday sermon text distributed to mosques in the Muslim-majority country, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department blamed Valentine's Day for everything ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer, Islam, Mohabbat

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30 Days of Love: faith and social justice

Date: 02/09/2014

Today's 30 Days of Love prompt is to look at the social justice programs of another faith. Initially I thought I'd write about engaged Buddhism again, as many Americans are unfamiliar with it. But when I went to look for social justice images to use in today's post, I found this one, courtesy of U. S. Catholic . It comes from an article I must have been meant to see, as it's a topic I oft ...

Related Topics: Health And Wellness, Unitarian, Britton Gildersleeve, Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Blogs, Social Justice, Buddhism And Christianity, 30 Days Of Love, Kristen Hannum

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"Gimme Shelter", "Alone Yet Not Alone" face stiff industry/media hurdles + A talk with Kathy DiFiore whose real-life work inspired "Gimme Shelter"

Date: 02/02/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbgWLZ7tf-4[/youtube] Support Gimme Shelter .  Between the Motion Picture Academy's rescinding of its Best Song nomination for the Christian-themed Alone Yet Not Alone and some over-the top-negative reviews in the secular media of the gritty and powerful Gimme Shelter ( now i ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, The Wrap, The Commish, The Passion Of The Christ, Mother Teresa, James Earl Jones, Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Kathy Difiore, "Alone Yet Not Alone Alone", Motion Picture Academy, Brandan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak, Alonso Duralde, Super Bowl Breakfast, New York Giants Legend/Humanitarian George Martin, Eric Metaxas, Athletes In Action, Bart Starr Award, Aaron Rogers Of The Green Bay Packers, When The Game Stands Tall, Jim Caviezel (Person Of Interest, Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle High Spartans, Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Laura Dern (Enlightened, Severalsources.Net, Lifecall.Org

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Gimme Shelter

Date: 01/23/2014

Vanessa Hudgens gives a touching and sensitive performance in this fact-based story of a pregnant, homeless teenager. Both Hudgens and writer/director Ron Krauss moved into a shelter so that they could do justice to the stories of these young women.  That dedication and integrity lifts this above the Afterschool Special formula for an affecting drama that shows us the resilience and courage of ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Movie Review, Trailer, Quotes, Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones, Gimme Shelter

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"Gimme Shelter" strikes a rare artistic balance between edginess and inspiration + A talk with writer/director/producer Ron Krauss

Date: 01/22/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Powerful Gimme Shelter hits theaters this Friday (1/24) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrNdGUFZ6RY[/youtube] Synopsis: Based on the inspiring true events, Gimme Shelter centers on the courageous story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless ...

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The Case of Edward Snowden: Reason versus Rhetoric

Date: 01/19/2014

For a conservative who seeks to conserve the tradition of constitutional liberty bequeathed to Americans by their Founders, the spectacle of self-sworn apostles of liberty in the so-called “conservative” media calling for Edward Snowden’s head on a platter is a painful one to behold. Yet neither is this sight particularly gratifying to those of us who prize sober thinking, for the logic underwri ...

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Can A Movie Change Your Mind About Politics?

Date: 01/19/2014

A provocative new study measured the effects of movies on the viewers' thoughts about political/public policy issues like the environment, abortion, and health care , even the viewers' overall faith in the political system.   Mother Jones explains some of the findings about the influence of particular movies .  This makes sense -- after all, there is a multi-billion dollar industry devoted to th ...

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