Read the essay Michael Jackson wrote for Beliefnet about his childhood, going door-to-door as a Jehovah's Witness missionary, and how he "wished to be a normal boy."
While Michael Jackson's memorial service could highlight funeral rituals associated with a particular faith, it may ultimately demonstrate the power of celebrity as a new kind of sacred.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach reminisces over the death of his estranged friend, Michael Jackson
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Who declared this the summer of the animated snails? In Twentieth Century Fox's "Epic," a snail and slug duo stole the spotlight from the human characters, even the Beyoncé-voiced nature queen. The end credits of Pixar's "Monsters University" features not the movie's main characters but a cute snail coda. And now DreamWorks'"Turbo," one of this year's best family films, gives racing snails cen ...
It's often more fun to read about a bad movie than a good one (more fun to write about a bad one, too). "The Lone Ranger" is not a terrible movie. It does not inspire the kind of horrified hyperbole of legendary hubristic disasters like "Battlefield Earth" but it is the kind of bad movie that inspires some exceptionally thoughtful insights. Some I have particularly enjoyed include: Christopher ...
As a defender of atheism, Richard Dawkins has publicly declared that religion is the "root of all evil," which became the title of his first big television hit in the UK, broadcast in 2006. Its follow-up, in 2007, allowed me to meet him in person. He invited me to answer a few questions on camera, and I did. The resulting video footage has just emerged - leaked by an unknown source - and can be ...
Real-life "Blind Side" mom Leigh Anne Touhy talks about her life since the movie, the importance of adoption and her new UP reality show launching tonight
Here’s today's dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Team Touhy takes on television. Family Addition with Leigh Anne Touhy , premieres tonight (Friday, June 7 @ 9:00 PM ET), is the first new original to premiere on UP since the Uplifting Entertainment network formerly known as GMC TV changed its name last Saturday. The show, which certainly is a prime example of ...
Summer movies are just too big to stay within the calendar months of the season this year. Officially, summer does not begin until June. At the box office, it begins this week, with the first of the year's guaranteed blockbusters, "Iron Man 3" starring Robert Downey, Jr., People Magazine's current "most beautiful woman in the world" cover girl Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin ...
This looks adorable. Did you recognize the voices? The cast includes Paul Giamatti, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Maya Rudolph, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Rodriguez. But "Push It" is becoming the new "I Feel Good." It has appeared in "Something Borrowed," "Project X," "Hot Tub Time Machine," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Soul Plane," and many television sh ...
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This week's release of the prequel, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is a good reason to take another look at what may be the greatest family movie of all time, the classic MGM musical version of "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, and Frank Morgan. The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie Magic and Studio Power in the Prime of MGM tells the ...
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