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Roseanne’s Jewish Roots

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

She’s changed her name and image more times than Prince or John Mellencamp. Her successful standup career was followed by a popular sitcom, which gave early screen credits to writers like Buffy’s Joss Whedon, SNL’s Norm MacDonald, and the Gilmore […]

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April Fools!: 10 Best Pranks

posted by dross

In the spirit of April Fools Day on Sunday, the Museum of Hoaxes in San Diego has come up with 10 of the best pranks ever pulled on this day–based on their “notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped.” Included […]

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‘Bones’ Picks up Where ‘X-Files’ Left Off

posted by Ellen Leventry

Once upon a time there was a skeptic and a believer who teamed up to solve mysteries on a popular FOX drama. But, with the X-Files’ cancellation in 2002, television audiences lost the delightful facts-vs.-faith parrying of FBI Agents Mulder […]

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TobyMac’s Unanchored ‘Portable Sounds’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

As a Christian rocker, TobyMac owes nobody anything. In the 90s as a founder of the rock-rap trio dc Talk, he wrote the group’s signature song, “Jesus Freak,” and imported mainstream producers to make dc Talk’s albums and videos. He […]

A German ‘No Thanks’ to Tom Cruise

posted by Ellen Leventry

Fears that a Tom Cruise-controlled United Artists studio will produce Scientology-influenced cinema have spread beyond Hollywood all the way to Hamburg, Germany. Really. The grandson of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg–the man who managed to set off a bomb in […]

Return of ‘The Peaceful Warrior’

posted by mkress

“The Peaceful Warrior,” starring Nick Nolte, returns to theaters this weekend following its short-lived limited release last summer. In this screen version of Dan Millman’s “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior,” a young gymnast finds hope and learns to achieve […]

NBC Needs To Leave The “Lights” On

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With only three episodes left, NBC’s small town drama “Friday Night Lights” still has yet to be picked up for another season. Despite numerous critical accolades, some television viewers are still reluctant to give the series a chance. But after […]

American Idol: Sanjaya’s “Lucky Hair”

posted by lmarcus

Sanjaya Malakar, the 17-year-old American Idol finalist, has had a rough couple of weeks. His singing has been eviscerated by the judges, and he’s being criticized for remaining on the show when other, more talented singers have gotten the boot […]

Holy Ghost High Fashion: I Think Not

posted by jmcgee

Tongues. Some are given the gift of speaking, some of interpreting, and others have only heard the gift. Having heard the gift, I count it a blessing to witness the Holy Spirit fall upon someone in such a manner that […]

‘American Idol’s’ Chris Sligh: Is He Christian Enough?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

If some of you “American Idol” fans out there still think that finalist Chris Sligh is playing coy about whether he is Christian enough, people from his past have spoken up with their thoughts on the pressing matter. In a […]

‘Battlestar Galactica’ is Battlestar Fantastica

posted by Ellen Leventry

By now everyone should have been able to get to their recordings of “Battlestar Galactica,” and we can safely discuss the riveting season finale. If you still haven’t gotten to this Tivo’d episode … stop reading and go watch it […]

FFH Walks a Spiritually Musical Path

posted by Idol Chatter

If you’re a spiritually minded person who enjoys a fresh music sound that inspires, check out FFH’s current album, “Far From Home (The FFH Collection).” Unlike some other bands of their kind, FFH manages to maintain a consistently fresh sound–every […]

Hindus v. Elizabeth Hurley

posted by Paul O'Donnell

When the tempest first broke about Elizabeth Hurley’s Hindu wedding to Arun Nayar in Jodhpur, India, the headlines read “Hurley’s Interfaith Marriage Contested by Hindu Traditionalists,” and celebrity watchers and religion geeks scoffed in unison at the closed-mindedness of the […]

Alabama’s ‘Songs of Inspiration’

posted by Idol Chatter

Alabama’s “Songs of Inspiration II” album starts with a wonderful spiritual posture: “I’m a pilgrim and a stranger, travelin’ through this wearisome land.” Then comes the familiar country gospel refrain: “I gotta home in that yonder city, good Lord, and […]

Have You Had a Plague Today?

posted by lmarcus

Some people send their friends e-cards. Some people send their friends plagues. Wait … what? If you’re like me, you’ve seen the recent spate of ads for upcoming horror movie “The Reaping” starring Hilary Swank and featuring the tagline “What […]

Car-ma Talk

posted by Ellen Leventry

I’m not in any way a gearhead. Give me spirituality over sparkplugs any day of the week. But I do love listening to National Public Radio’s “Car Talk.” So, yesterday when the Tappet brothers, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, said that […]

‘The Last Mimzy': Science Meets Spirituality

posted by Donna Freitas

I’ve no doubt “The Last Mimzy” will keep you glued to your seat. Yes, it’s a hokey premise–people from the future send a box of “toys” (and in particular, a stuffed rabbit) for two children to find in the past–and […]

‘Scrubs’ Always Finds A Reason

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Since I returned to watching the screwball medical comedy “Scrubs,” with new-found appreciation last season, I have learned to never underestimate the intelligent and touching ways in which the show tackles big questions about the meaning of life. Last night’s […]

Ally McMatrimony

posted by Ellen Leventry

Remember the days when “Ally McBeal” was only kind of quirky… before the dancing baby? Can you recall the name of the show that became the scene-chewing extravaganza known as “Boston Legal?”* Remember the thought-provoking “Picket Fences?” Apparrently, the producer […]

World Cup Cricket: When Passion Gets Out of Hand

posted by dali

Sports and passion have always gone hand in hand. Indeed, what makes any sport fun to play and watch is the passion with which we do so. When our team wins or loses, our happiness or disappointment can go along […]

‘Reign Over Me': Unfortunately Classic Adam Sandler

posted by Donna Freitas

Everywhere I turn I run into an advertisement, commercial, or preview for “Reign Over Me,” the latest of a series of films related to 9/11, but decidedly unlike others released so far–like Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center” and Paul Greengrass’s […]

Losing Locke on ‘Lost’

posted by lmarcus

Nearly 24 hours later, I am still thinking about last night’s episode of “Lost.” It’s official: My favorite show is back. After a rocky mini-season, I was almost ready to give up for good, but this particular string of great […]

The Man in Black Comes Back

posted by Paul O'Donnell

There are two kinds of people in this world: Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles. Johnny Cash, particularly the Man in Black of recent memory, was strictly OT. His lined crag of a face projected righteous lament, matching a […]

Do You Know Your Christian Trivia?

posted by Ellen Leventry

It recently charged past the video game behemoth known as “Madden NFL ’07” to the number one spot in sales on Amazon.com. But could “Who Rules?”: The Almighty Edition be enough to cause a group of 30 somethings to huddle […]

‘CSI': Crime Scene Redemption

posted by shuang

Despite being a heavily scientific show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation can surprise viewers once in a while by delving into issues of faith, redemption, and forgiveness. Last night’s special airing of CSI (otherwise known as a re-run) focused on the […]

‘The Namesake': A Journey of Self Discovery

posted by Idol Chatter

Gogol Ganguli. That’s the name Ashoke and Ashima fill out in the forms for their newborn when a letter from their grandmother–that was supposed to inform the Gangulis of their newborn’s name, as per the Bengali tradition of the elders […]

Play it Again Sam(aritan)

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

When it comes to music, ethnic is in. From mainstream pop artists like Christina Aguilera, Shakira, and J.Lo singing in their native languages, to Madonna sampling a Hebrew song on her “Confessions on a Dancefloor” album, using foreign languages in […]

‘The Apprentice': God is Not in the Details

posted by lmarcus

I love to hate “The Apprentice.” While the first season of the show was actually kind of good and taught legitimate lessons about business, the show has devolved into something beyond caricature. This season takes place in Los Angeles, because […]

The Bible and the Real Estate Evangelist

posted by Donna Freitas

Since “The Secret” has made quite a splash on the new age-prosperity front (don’t miss the Saturday Night Live skit making fun of Oprah’s “Secret” fixation it from last weekend), why not let the Gospels show you how to make […]

‘Premonition': Déjà Vu Or Curse of the Faithless?

posted by jmcgee

In “Premonition,” creaky stairs, dramatic music, and strange spiritual overtones try to create scares where there are none. This technique proves particularly weary in a church scene that has Sandra Bullock’s Linda Hansen seeking advice from a priest who, huddled […]

Beyond Sacrifice in ‘Beyond the Gates’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In 1994, there were very few safe havens for the Tutsi people of Rwanda when the violent rebels of the Hutu race began killing hundreds of thousands of Tutsi in a brutal civil war. The Ecole Technique Officielle, a school […]

Death and Marriage on “Smallville”

posted by Donna Freitas

Why, why, oh WHY can’t “Smallville’s” boy-Superman Clark Kent finally get it together with the love of his life, Lana Lang? Is it because the small-screen Clark must live up to the DC Comics and big-screen Clark, whose long-time love […]

A March Madness Moment: VCU’s Stunner

posted by dali

I’m on cloud nine this morning, and the first-round exit of the Duke Blue Devils from the NCAA tournament is the reason. But it’s more than the loss of this enemy college basketball team of mine that has me so […]

‘Tortilla Heaven': A Bite of Christ, Reasonably Priced

posted by Donna Freitas

Wacky is the only way to describe “Tortilla Heaven,” this wonderful kitschy comedy film that will have a limited release starting March 16th. Isidor and his family own a restaurant called Tortilla Heaven (of course) in a tiny New Mexico […]

HBO’s “Addiction” Falls Short

posted by Ellen Leventry

Please note that the following review concerns only the centerpiece documentary “Addiction,” which is part HBO’s multi-faceted, multi-day “The Addiction Project.” Let it be said that “The Addiction Project,” HBO’s multi-platform effort to educate the general public about the disease […]

Jesus Wudn’t No Sissy!

posted by Idol Chatter

If you look hard enough in the Gospels, you’ll find a Jesus that any red-blooded, pick-up truck and football lovin’ American he-man can relate to. Just flip past all the parts where Jesus heals the sick and hangs out with […]

The Guilty Pleasure of ‘300’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Just once, I would like to be able to watch a movie and not have to worry about whether I should feel guilty about enjoying it. “300“–a stylized sword-and-sandal take on the epic Battle of Thermopylae, based on Frank Miller’s […]

John Waller Debuts on the CCM Worship Scene

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s impossible for me to think of a more oversaturated section of the contemporary Christian music market than the adult contemporary/worship genre, but John Waller–a worship leader and former member of the group “According to John”–has entered that arena with […]

‘Peaceful Warrior,’ Again. For Free.

posted by mkress

If, like most of the world, you missed last year’s limited theatrical release of “Peaceful Warrior,” fret not. Universal is giving the film a second life, releasing it in theaters again on March 30. And to promote the release, Universal […]

HBO’s ‘Life Support': The Gritty Truth About AIDS

posted by Paul O'Donnell

With “The Sopranos” and “Six Feet Under,” HBO has already rejuvenated the American television series. Can introducing the f-word, frank sex talk and better production values do the same for the “After School Special?” Set in the downtrodden projects of […]

American Idol’s Chris Sligh: Christian or Coy?

posted by lmarcus

Curly-haired Chris Sligh is one of the contestants to watch this year on American Idol. In the short time we’ve known him, he’s already managed to annoy Simon Cowell more than once, and he’s had multiple opportunities to show off […]

Praying For, Not Preying On Celebrities

posted by jmcgee

“Dear father, I pray that you would bless and protect Britney Spears wherever she may be. May you lead her back into a right relationship with you. And help her to remember that you are the friend that sticks closer […]

Give (Music About) War a Chance

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Every year the Eurovision song contest pits countries against each other in an international battle of the bands, which CNN describes as “a 50-year-old pan-European institution renowned less for serious music than for unbridled kitsch and terrible costumes but which […]

TobyMac ‘Sounds’ Off

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In an industry where artists are increasingly trying to redefine themselves just to stay alive, contemporary Christian music artist TobyMac is the only singer from DC Talk, a Christian boy band of the early 90s, who has made a successful […]

Alarmingly Funny “Sarah Silverman Program”

posted by hrossi

Remember how the final episode of “Seinfeld” put the main characters on trial for being selfish, inconsiderate, and just generally shallow? How the show was famously “about nothing” and that there would be “no hugging, no crying” in any episode? […]

David & Goliath’s Music Video

posted by Idol Chatter

A hilarious retelling of the David and Goliath story, set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The song, called “Bethlehemian Rhapsody,” is by a Christian parody band called The Apologetix; the video is by some creative high school students:

Salon Slams Oprah for Ugly “Secret”

posted by Donna Freitas

I’ve already ranted twice about the latest horrifying New Age get-rich quick craze–“The Secret.” But according to Peter Birkenhead of Salon.com, I’m not alone in feeling there is still more to reckon with as this book’s popularity rises and reveals […]

Sayid: The Real Leader of ‘Lost’

posted by lmarcus

As a diehard “Lost” fan (and a diehard Jack hater), I’m always thrilled for an episode based around Sayid. As a former member of Iraq’s Republican Guard, he knows way more about technology, strategy, and well, everything, than Jack. I’ve […]

So the Beatles Are Bigger Than Jesus?

posted by mkress

Amidst all the hoopla over the past couple of weeks about the alleged discovery of the tombs of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, James Cameron–the “Titanic” director who produced the documentary “The Jesus Family Tomb”–offered this gem of a comment: Grasping […]

Patty Griffin Shines In ‘Children Running Through’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’ve been hearing rave reviews about singer/songwriter Patty Griffin’s latest release, “Children Running Through” ever since it dropped into stores last month. So I was thrilled to have a chance this week to sit down at last and soak in […]

Flapper Flack: Madonna Criticized for Purim Costume

posted by Ellen Leventry

Poor Madonna, she just can’t catch a break–unless she’s falling off a horse, that is. Once again, the Material Girl is catching flack, or should we say flap, for her choice of Purim party attire. According to MSNBC’s Scoop, Madge […]

Scientology is Hollywood’s New Kabbalah

posted by Ellen Leventry

Just as fashion magazines regularly christen every color of the rainbow to be “the new black” for the season, Hollywood A-listers seem to be saying so long to last season’s Kabbalah and hello to Scientology. “Scientology is the Kabbalah of […]

Biblical Redemption–And a New Risk–On ’24’

posted by Douglas Howe

President Charles Logan was among the most unattractive and disrespected characters ever to appear on the “24” series in all of its seasons. We expect the criminals to be vile, devious, and deviant, but Mr. Logan was the Honorable President […]

Before ‘CSI’ There Was … ‘Hawaii Five-O’

posted by Douglas Howe

Watching TV these days is sort of like a travelogue in prime time as the slick and trendy shots of Boston, Miami, Las Vegas, and New York are beamed into the homes of over-cubicled and under-vacationed Americans each night. These […]

Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck Crosses Over

posted by Ellen Leventry

How much do we love Battlestar Galactica? Not only does this show deliver some of the most erotically charged, unconventional love scenes on television, but it also satiates our less carnal appetites while delivering some of the most metaphysical and […]

Paris Who? AP Says No to News on Hilton Heiress

posted by Ellen Leventry

How did you feel last week? Was everything running as normal, but something–something you couldn’t put your finger on–was different? Did you notice a certain “hotness” missing, even though the weather was mild? Perhaps you too were suffering from PHWS–Paris […]

Sunday, Bono Sunday

posted by Paul O'Donnell

A few months ago Idol Chatter noted that Episcopalians had taken to piping U2 songs into their churches, a phenomenon that’s not surprising, given lead singer Bono‘s coy but steady relationship with Christianity and the group’s redemptive musical themes. Evangelical […]

Brangelina Adoption Makes Four

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Britney’s in and out of rehab. Everyone is still focusing on what might have happened to Anna Nicole. Maybe the media won’t notice if we adopt another kid. That’s what my more cynical side imagines the thought process might have […]

Spiritual Las Vegas?

posted by hrossi

I had heard of Tao restaurant and nightclub in its New York City setting, so why should I have been surprised to see it in Las Vegas as well? Situated in the sumptuous Venetian hotel, Tao has two prominent advertising […]

Get Your Dirt from the Holy Land

posted by Idol Chatter

How much would you pay for a 16-ounce pouch of dirt from Israel? Five hundred dollars? Fifty? No, no, silly. Try 20 bucks. That’s right. For only about twice the price of a one-pound bag of Starbucks’ Sumatran extra bold, […]

Hurley, A Modern-Day Job

posted by shuang

Poor Hurley. Ever since this loveable “Lost” survivor won the lottery, he has suffered continuously: First, his grandpa Tito died. Second, the first house Hurley bought his mother burned down. Third, his best friend ran off with his girlfriend. Fourth, […]

West Bank Story: Love, Politics, and Hummus

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The opening number sets the scene for the rest of the film: There’s the turmoil of rival gangs coupled with a nascent love story that will either unite the warring factions or cause a violent rift. But because this musical […]

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