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Will They or Won’t They? Donna & Josh on “West Wing”

posted by donna freitas

It took almost a full seven seasons of “The West Wing” for writers to finally address what I think is the most romantic storyline in this show’s entire run: Will Josh and Donna EVER get together? I mean, for real […]

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Scientology vs. Kabbalah: A Spiritual Battle for Celebrity Souls

posted by ellen leventry

As if it isn’t enough to be badgered by paparazzi and crazed fans, now David and Victoria Beckham, Britain’s celebrity royals, are reportedly being fought over by Tom Cruise and Madonna. Does Tom want the soccer phenom to star in […]

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When Is a Group of Christians Not a Christian Group?

posted by burb

The category “Christian rockers whose band is not Christian”—think Scott Stapp, or P.O.D.–is getting less exclusive every day. But at least one band is willing to sue to get on it. Mute Math, a Louisiana prog-rock group, is suing Warner […]

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“Marilyn Hotchkiss” Has Plenty Of Charm

posted by kris rasmussen

Tangos and foxtrots are hot, hot, hot once again, thanks to shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and movies like “Mad Hot Ballroom.” And now you can take a spin around the dance floor with a new movie that celebrates […]

This Just In: Kids Learn About Sex from TV

posted by burb

A study published recently in the Journal for Adolescent Health concluded that media—TV, movies, music, and magazines—operate in teenagers’ lives like a “super peer,” a beyond-cool kid whom the whole class models its behavior on. And sex is what this […]

Practical Polygamy on “Boston Legal”

posted by doug howe

ABC’s “Boston Legal” regularly raises ethical and moral questions, and this week’s topic was polygamy. Two sharp and attractive clients babysit each other’s kids and share groceries, lawn equipment… and Ray Anderson. “We’ve done nothing wrong, there is no victim […]

Maybe He Should Have Sculpted Beethoven’s Mom

posted by burb

Whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, you have to wonder if holding those horrible posters and lingering outside clinics is the best way to protest abortion. Daniel Edwards, a sculptor based in Connecticut, has come up with a better way. Edwards […]

Mandisa Testifies

posted by ellen leventry

“This song goes out to everybody that wants to be free. Your addiction, lifestyle, or situation may be big, but God is bigger,” proclaimed “American Idol” contestant Mandisa as she strutted onto the stage last night to sing the 2000 […]

Don’t Be a Stupid Girl (or Guy)!

posted by doug howe

Imagine getting the family together for some nice evening TV and watching a music video showing: • A girl pulling a string on her sweater to immediately enhance her breast size;• A girl in a tanning booth looking gross, then […]

“Virtually” Crucified

posted by kris rasmussen

If you’ve ever wanted to witness a crucifixion with your own eyes, well, now you can, thanks to the online computer game Roma-Victor. The multiplayer game is designed to be an authentic recreation of the British Empire in Roman times, […]

Near-Death Experience in Newark

posted by ellen leventry

The metaphysical motif of the final “Sopranos” season rolled on last night, as a comatose Tony, shot by his Uncle Junior, chose not to “walk into the light,” even as he was driven toward it by Paulie Walnuts’s yammering at […]

Forms Follow Faith

posted by burb

The editors of the design magazine I.D. have no beef with intelligent design as a concept. Their annoyance with the debate is based purely on the confusion they felt on hearing their magazine’s title so frequently out of context. Their […]

“Killer” Gets Life

posted by burb

Easily the best media moment for the Mormon Church in the past year is “New York Doll,” a documentary about the last days of rock bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane. The movie, released theatrically last fall and on DVD April 6th, […]

“South Park” vs. Scientology, Round 2. (Or Is That Round 3?)

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The creators of “South Park” promised a war against Scientology, and they made good on their pledge last night, with the opening episode of the always-irreverent series’ 10th season. The brouhaha started when, as you probably know, Isaac Hayes, the […]

Nothing Cheesy about this Nun

posted by ellen leventry

In “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” Rusty Griswold discovers, much to his dismay, that every English television station airs the exact same show on cheese-making. So, when I saw that my local PBS station was airing a documentary called “The Cheese […]

Does Jesus Need P.R.?

posted by burb

Did somebody say “Passion Effect”? A recent CNN piece claims the greatest boon of Mel’s “The Passion of the Christ” fell not to Christian filmmakers but to two Christian P.R. firms that help Hollywood navigate church basements to market their […]

Denzel Buys into Methodist Church

posted by burb

Well, not the Methodist Church, but the “Inside Man” star is said to have bought an apartment in a historic Methodist church near Washington Square Park in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. A realty company is converting it into a luxury condiminium […]

Seinfeld: Heaven or Hell?

posted by burb

A critic for Canada’s National Post examines the new field of Seinfeld Studies, as it is represented in “Seinfeld, Master of Its Domain,” a recently published collection of academic writings on the cultural significance of the long-running sitcom. Among the […]

“On a Clear Day”: Baptism in Cold Water

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When I saw the title of the film “On a Clear Day,” my first impulse was to complete the old phrase–“you can see forever.” But this movie isn’t about seeing forever; it’s a small, intimate look at ordinary people who […]

Chronicles of Ridiculous?

posted by ellen leventry

Who says there’s no “Passion” effect, no rush to mimic Mel Gibson’s phenomenal success? Details magazine reports in its April cover story featuring Vin Diesel–whose recent filmography includes “The Chronicles of Riddick” and “The Pacifier”–that he is preparing to star […]

“V for Vendetta”: Virtue in Vengeance?

posted by kris rasmussen

Blowing up a national landmark to make a statement about terrorism. Unleashing a dangerous virus for political gain. No, I am not describing the latest news headlines. It’s the plot of “V for Vendetta,” the latest blockbuster action flick from […]

Lights, Camera, Dover!

posted by kris rasmussen

Dover, Penn.–the town made famous last year because of a court decision to overturn a school board requirement to teach intelligent design in the classroom–is about to get the Hollywood treatment. Variety reports that Paramount Studios is developing a film […]

GQ on the Anticlimax Beat

posted by burb

The April issue of GQ, the magazine for dudes with elegantly mussed hair, baits us with the cover line, “The New Christian Sex Craze.” This continues a series of articles on conservative Christians, most of which have peddled fringey crackpots […]

God to Steve Carell: Build an Ark

posted by donna freitas

Before he was the 40-year-old virgin, Steve Carell had a hilarious cameo role as the competition news anchor to Jim Carey’s Bruce in “Bruce Almighty.” Now, Universal Pictures plans to release a Summer 2007 follow-up called “Evan Almighty,” with Carell […]

Tony Soprano’s Painful Path to Redemption?

posted by donna freitas

Dedicated “Sopranos” fans were shocked last week by the end of episode, the surprise shooting of Tony Soprano by his Uncle Junior (who’s gone a bit senile in recent years). Last night’s follow-up show focused–of course–on the aftermath of the […]

“Thank You For Smoking”: A Morality Farce?

posted by donna freitas

Within seconds after the opening credits of “Thank You For Smoking“–the new film directed by Jason Reitman, based on the novel by Christopher Buckley, with an all-star cast including Robert Duvall and William H. Macey–the film’s central character, Nick Naylor […]

A Little Ethics Before “West Wing” Ends

posted by doug howe

“The West Wing’s” great run is on its last leg, but producers are making a run to the finish, which will include special guest appearances (Jon Bon Jovi’s on next week) and cameos from the show’s former stars. I was […]

For the Wives, “Big Love” Falls Short on Love & Respect

posted by donna freitas

Now we are beyond the second episode into the premier season of HBO’s new family drama “Big Love“–and I am disgusted. I blogged earlier about my concerns for what looked to be “Big Love’s” attempt to “normalize” a polygamous relationship–and […]

Jesus Walks the Carpet

posted by burb

We all loved “Walk the Line” and Reese Witherspoon’s Tennessee-belle acceptance speech at the li’l ol’ Oscuhs. And we hated to see Dolly Parton’s “Travelin’ Thru”—the only Best Song nominee to mention Jesus–get passed over in favor of some rant […]

Matisyahu: Too Big for Gratitude?

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The Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu is everywhere these days–Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, record store displays, iTunes most-downloaded lists–but the phenomenal, and surprising, success he’s found doesn’t seem to be enough for him. The New York Times reports that, on the […]

American Oracle? We’re Psyched!

posted by ellen leventry

SciFi Channel is looking for a few good psychics. The cable channel is planning a reality show, slated to air this summer, that promises to delve “into the world of psychic phenomena in a way never seen before.” “The Gift,” […]

You Know You’re An Evangelical If….

posted by kris rasmussen

Why do evangelicals have such an affinity for Fox News, homeschooling, and church potlucks? Is there really a “Master List” of who’s actually gong to hell–and wouldn’t you like to take a tiny peek at it if there was? Author […]

South Park’s Chef Hanging up his Apron

posted by ellen leventry

What’s that saying about getting out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat? Looks like Isaac Hayes, the voice of Jerome “Chef” McElroy, doesn’t like what those “South Park” boys–Matt Stone and Trey Parker–have been cooking. E! Online […]

Focus on the Family: What “The Sopranos” & “Big Love” Have in Common

posted by ellen leventry

The long-awaited opener to the sixth season of “The Sopranos” started out more Beatnik than Bayonne. Viewers were treated to a surreal roundup of what’s happened since we last checked in the Sopranos, some 18 months ago, with William S. […]

Dufour. That’s Spelled ‘B-i-n L-a-d-e-n’

posted by burb

You’re an up-and-coming pop star. You finally got an agent. You look fabulous. Then your uncle, who you don’t even talk to, totally masterminds a plan to fly jetliners into the World Trade Center! How uncool is that? Well, maybe […]

Damian Marley Walks to Zion–and My Play List

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley (Bob’s youngest son) plans to keep on walking the “Road to Zion,” as one of his songs repeats. And with his latest album, “Welcome to JamRock,” released in September 2005, he has walked his way somewhere […]

“Illusion” Is Almost Magical

posted by kris rasmussen

What if someone made a movie of your life? Would you want to watch? And if you did, what would be the highlights? What would you change? The independent film “Illusion,” currently in limited theatrical release, ponders these questions and […]

Anxiously Awaiting ‘Sopranos’ Season Six

posted by donna freitas

Fans of HBO’s “The Sopranos“–the award-winning mafia family-crime drama that many claim is the best show on television–will finally satisfy their long-awaited desire for a new season this Sunday, March 12th, at 9 p.m. It’s been almost two years since […]

What Profiteth It a Man to Sell His Soul? About $504

posted by burb

The Wall Street Journal reports today on a former pastor who engaged a young atheist to attend a dozen church services in order to critique how Christianity was being offered. The pastor got the young atheist’s services by buying his […]

Travolta in ‘Hairspray': Would L. Ron Hubbard Approve?

posted by ellen leventry

John Travolta’s decision to play Edna Turnblad in the upcoming musical film version of “Hairspray” –based on the stage musical, which was based on the original film–has “raised eyebrows of Scientology watchers,” reports MSNBC.com’s Scoop. Made famous by cross-dressing legend […]

Fighting Evil (Nonviolently), One Player at a Time

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It’s been blamed for sparking aggression and contributing to American kids’ obesity, but now the beleagured videogame is being given a higher purpose: Toppling dictatorships and spreading human rights through nonviolent struggle. No, “Doom” has not suddenly gone soft. This […]

Burqa Chic?

posted by donna freitas

The most recent Paris Fashion Week has sparked controversy among fashion critics and feminists alike, not so much over what the models were wearing on their bodies, but instead, what they were wearing on–or over–their heads. The burqa (the most […]

Will Winnie the Pooh Testify Against Thomas Kinkade?

posted by kris rasmussen

Forget Enron exec Ken Lay’s trial or the latest phone company merger, the biggest business scandal in the news this week has been the L.A. Times expose on Thomas Kinkade, the kitsch painter best known for selling warm and fuzzy […]

Pass the (Prayer-bead) Remote?

posted by donna freitas

Soon we will all be able to pray while we channel surf! Zemlyanoj Val ul, a man from Russia, has trademarked something called “Remobeads,” a ring of beads you can hold, pray over, meditate on, and use to see what’s […]

A Spiritual Walk Begins With “16 Blocks”

posted by kris rasmussen

Who needs to see Bruce Willis play a down-on-his-luck, tough-but-tender cop… again? That was my thought when I allowed a friend to drag me to Willis’s latest action-adventure flick, “16 Blocks.” But while “16 Blocks” has all of the typical […]

Prim and Prostitute for Spring!

posted by donna freitas

Apparently, early 20th century prostitutes are the inspiration for women’s fashion this coming spring. The season’s whiter-than-white baby-doll dresses making their way down runways in Europe and the U.S.–from houses like Chloe and Prada–are inspired by a book of photos, […]

Location, Location, Location

posted by ellen leventry

With homes in London, the British countryside, and Los Angeles, why would Madonna be interested in a “shack” by the Sea of Galilee? According to the The Times of London and other news organizations, the Material Girl’s representatives have been […]

How the Mighty Have Disappointed

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I read with sadness about the death of Kirby Puckett, the charismatic former star of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. Dead after suffering a stroke Sunday, he was only 45. Hard working, charming, exhilarating, dedicated, Puckett was one of my […]

Take My Oscar, But Don’t Steal My Tagline

posted by burb

After “Brokeback Mountain” lost out to “Crash” last night for Best Pic honors, “Brokeback” screenwriter Larry McMurtry was quoted as saying, “Perhaps the truth really is, Americans don’t want cowboys to be gay.” And he wasn’t the only one implying […]

On Sunday, Did God Create “Desperate Housewives”?

posted by ellen leventry

Those viewers who didn’t turn off the televisions directly after the Best Picture acceptance speech last night were treated to a bit of tasteless self-promotion by ABC. Pumping the return of its regularly scheduled Sunday night lineup–“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” […]

Nine Big Moments–and the Missing One

posted by doug howe

As the cameras intrude further and further upon what used to be private Oscars night moments, we the audience get to witness fewer and fewer (truly) authentic moments. It’s an increasingly scripted evening, which is why some of my favorite […]

Jon Stewart: ‘What next for the Jews, Steven?’

posted by donna freitas

Though I enjoy watching the Oscars every year, this time the event became more of an opportunity to watch Jon Stewart than to view an awards show. In fact, at one point yesterday I even asked a friend, “When does […]

Dolly Parton: Traveling Through Transamerica

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If most of you are anything like my roommates and me, you were too busy staring at Dolly Parton’s crazy outfit and impossible breast-to-waist ratio to pay attention to what she was singing at the Oscars last night. But Dolly […]

Different Thumbs for Clooney, Altman

posted by doug howe

I usually like what fellow blogger Kris Rasmussen has to say, but had to disagree with her praise of Robert Altman and pan of George Clooney when it came to Oscar speeches. She called Clooney’s “the worst, most self-aggrandizing speech […]

The Awards for the Best & Worst Oscars Speeches Go To…

posted by kris rasmussen

Last night’s Oscar ceremony showcased the best and the worst of Oscar’s tradition of longwinded acceptance speeches. The one moment of last night’s Oscar ceremony that I was truly dreading was 81-year-old director Robert Altman’s acceptance speech for his honorary […]

And When I’m Right..

posted by kris rasmussen

I can’t even remember the last time “Oscar” and I actually agreed on the winner for Best Picture. Last night, however, the Academy decided to listen to me, as well as many other critics, and they named “Crash” the best […]

Michelle Williams Won’t Be Speaking at Alumni Day

posted by ellen leventry

Actress Michelle Williams, who first shot to fame as beleaguered ex-bad-girl Jen Lindley on “Dawson’s Creek” and has since been Oscar-nominated for her turn as the beleaguered, heartbroken wife of gay cowboy Ennis Del Mar in “Brokeback Mountain,” won’t be […]

Jesus on ‘Idol’

posted by dena ross

Carrie Underwood, country singer and “American Idol” winner, returned to her roots last night, performing her hit single, “Jesus Take the Wheel,” on the show that launched her career. Although I’m not a big fan of “Idol,” Carrie Underwood, or […]

Idol Chatter’s Handy-Dandy Oscars Refresher

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Now that the winners of the Beliefnet Film Awards have been announced (click here if you haven’t seen them yet), we can finally turn our attention wholeheartedly those other awards, which are being given out Sunday night. Since there’s not […]

Simon Says

posted by burb

One benefit of Oscar season–besides finding out which gown designer is totally hot–is the rash of articles about worthy movies that didn’t get nominated. The films that make critics’ woulda-shoulda lists are jewels that are too small, too weird, or […]

And the Oscar Goes To…

posted by kris rasmussen

Watching the Oscars has always been one of my greatest guilty pleasures. I love everything about the evening, from chuckling with Joan and Melissa as they dish the dirt live on the red carpet to watching weepy celebrities–dressed in clothes […]

“Lost”: Locke’s Own Private God

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One definition of mysticism is “a belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension.” That’s a pretty heady term to apply to a TV show–but “Lost” isn’t an ordinary show. The series begins with a plane crashing […]

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