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“Studio 60″ Finally Turns Out The Lights

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I have been enjoying the respite that the final episodes of now cancelled “Studio 60″ have given me this month amidst the summer wasteland of TV reruns and reality junk, I have to say that Thursday’s season finale–which ironically […]

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Deutschmark uber Alles?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Germany is now saying “Wilkommen” to Tom Cruises’ production of “Valkyrie,” reports Reuters. Although the production is ruffling feathers of the heirs of the film’s protagonist, Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg, and German politicians, it seems that money speaks louder […]

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‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist': A Tense, Necessary Ride

posted by Idol Chatter

“The form the novel, with the narrator and his audience both acting as characters, allowed me to mirror the mutual suspicion with which America and Pakistan (or the Muslim world) look at one another,” said author Mohsin Hamid. Hamid’s recent […]

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StorySide:B Florida Rock Band Serves God

posted by Idol Chatter

Florida-based Christian rock band StorySide:B is serving up a fresh mix of musical talent with their new album, “We Are Not Alone,” a follow up to their 2005 debut, “Everything and More.” Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Lu Rubino, drummer Jordan Mohilowski, […]

More Paris Instead of Real News

posted by nsymmonds

Paris Hilton is out of the clink and millions of men and women are still in. But Hilton’s freedom is much bigger news than the freedom of a man that has been incarcerated for 20-years for a crime that he […]

‘The Secret': New Age Vs. Old Testatament

posted by Paul O'Donnell

In the spiritual system of the money-minting hit book and DVD “The Secret,” negative thoughts are a no-no. Freak out about your bike being stolen, and you can kiss it goodbye. Think “fat thoughts,” and you put on pounds. Some […]

Thank God for Rock n’ Roll

posted by Patton Dodd

Yesterday was a bad day. A no-good, low-down, rotten, miserable scum of a day. I won’t offer details because they are a combination of melodrama and mundane, and you’ve all been there. I wanted to bang my head against a […]

Who’s to Blame for the Wrestler Murder/Suicide?

posted by dross

As someone who has never been a fan of the soap opera wrestling you see on TV, but who has been around it her whole life (both of my parents are long-time fans, dating back to the ’70s), I was […]

I Want My Muslims on TV!

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Have you ever noticed how many South Asian doctors there are in the United States these days, but none on “Gray’s Anatomy”? So has Labid Aziz. The filmmaker and aspiring television producer, profiled in the Boston Globe yesterday, is hoping […]

Do You Look Like This Guy?

posted by dross

No, the guy to the right isn’t on the FBI’s Most Wanted list–though I’m sure with his wide eyes and poofy beard and hair, he’s been told more than once that he looks like a crazed madman. For those who […]

Edith Piaf: The Song of the Sparrow

posted by Idol Chatter

I was completely obsessed with the famous French singer Edith Piaf when I was in high school. I would spend hours and hours playing her records until I could do a passable imitation of “Non, je ne regrette rien” in […]

Paris Hilton Breaking the Cycle?

posted by Ellen Leventry

It wasn’t quite Saul/Paul’s blinding conversion on the road to Damascus, but when Paris Hilton emerged from the Lynwood Women’s Correctional Facility last night sans blue contact lenses, I thought two things: 1) She’s a really pretty girl without the […]

Germany’s Military Say ‘Nein’ to Cruise Film

posted by Ellen Leventry

The Associated Press (via MSNBC.com) is reporting that Germany has declared filming at certain military sites “verboten” for a future Tom Cruise film–thanks to his affiliation with Scientology, which the German governement does not recognize as a religion, but as […]

Is ‘Knocked Up’ Really ‘Munich’ed’ Up?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Who really “knocked up” Katherine Heigl’s character in the film of the same name? Was it co-star Seth Rogen’s character? Or was it really a film character crossover from Steven Spielberg’s controversial film “Munich”?If you’ve seen the film, you know […]

Check Out Sinead’s New “Theology”

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Perhaps no singer brings more spiritual baggage to a CD entitled “Theology” than controversial Irish songstress Sinead O’Connor. The singer, who tore up a picture of the Pope on “Saturday Night Live” years ago and claimed once to be ordained […]

‘A Mighty Heart’ and the Need for Dialogue

posted by Idol Chatter

Walking into the Sherry Lansing Theater at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles last Thursday, I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy evening. While looking forward to the screening of “A Mighty Heart”–as I had read the Marianne Pearl […]

‘A Mighty Heart’ Taps Into Important Themes

posted by dali

To bring the story of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl to the big screen was one fraught with difficulties ever since Brad Pitt optioned the rights to Mariane Pearl’s (Daniel’s widow) book, “A Mighty Heart.” Who would be […]

‘Miss Potter': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Who knew that the story behind the tale of Peter Rabbit could be a perfect date movie, a family friendly drama, and a feminist–not to mention environmental–manifesto all at the same time? In the style of “Finding Neverland,” “Miss Potter,” […]

At Least Kids Will Like ‘Evan Almighty’

posted by Donna Freitas

“Evan Almighty” is good, clean family fun. And I know this because the 4-to-7 year olds sitting around me kept up a giddy, running commentary about everything on screen: “Look Mommy, sheep!” “Look Mommy, his beard won’t stop growing,” they’d […]

‘Evan’ is Cute but Not Quite Almighty

posted by Douglas Howe

If you’re a person of faith who loves any time when biblical stories make it into the mainstream cinema, then “Evan Almighty” is for you and everyone you can invite to go with you. But if you’re looking for great […]

VeggieTales Gets on the ‘Evan Almighty’ Bandwagon

posted by Paul O'Donnell

When Hollywood releases a faith-based movie these days, the marketing plan is sure to include sermon outlines, church-basement screenings and other come-ons for evangelicals. But at this weekend’s debut of “Evan Almighty,” evangelicals will be buddying up to the mainstream. […]

‘Evan Almighty’ Amps It Up for Christian Audiences

posted by Idol Chatter

When I was in film school in Los Angeles, I went to sneak previews all the time. It’s a great chance to see movies before critics and friends ruin them for you, and best of all, the audiences are a […]

Celebrate Summer Solstice By Biking Naked!

posted by Donna Freitas

Summer Solstice–one of the most important pagan holidays that celebrates the longest day of the year–is today, June 21st. Maureen Sullivan of MSN “set out to find the more popular–and more unusual–solstice-centered events around the country. … Some are spiritual […]

Shh! Paris Ponders ‘The Secret’

posted by Ellen Leventry

It’s a zeitgeist double-whammy, as celebutante-of-the-moment Paris Hilton is reportedly reading the best-selling, Oprah-endorsed “The Secret” while finishing out her time at a women’s jail in Lynwood, California. A Hilton representative told TMZ.com that “Paris is spending time reading ‘The […]

Artists Rally for Darfur with New Album

posted by Idol Chatter

While many artists are out there stumping for their own music, it is such a delight to find albums that promote something more important than the artists themselves–a good cause. “Instant Karma”, a new two-CD set, is doing just that […]

AFI Celebrates a New Millennium of Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Movie buffs won’t want to miss tonight’s American Film Institute special, “AFI’s 100 Movies 10th Anniversary Edition”, on CBS. Ten years ago the AFI did a special celebrating the top 100 movies of the 20th century as decided by a […]

Cruisin’ Down the Aisle

posted by Ellen Leventry

I have an acquaintance that likes to tell the story about how he was almost married by Jerry Springer when he was the mayor of Cincinnati, but unfortunately, the future talk show host was called away on some important business. […]

An Act of God or Just the Silver Surfer?

posted by Donna Freitas

I love all things superhero. But I have to be honest and say that while I enjoyed the first installment of the “The Fantastic Four” on the big screen, there’s simply no comparison between this film franchise and the likes […]

Bono Remakes the Celebrity Cause

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Bono has finally peaked: We’ve forgotten why his Africa campaign used to be newsworthy. In a drubbing that’s as fun to read as it is misguided, Brendan O’Neill, the editor of the opinion website Spiked, blasts “the pompous singer of […]

Dueling Saviors on ‘The 4400′

posted by Donna Freitas

Sunday night marked the premiere of season four for “The 4400″ on USA–a show about 4,400 indivuduals who disappeared during different points of the 20th century and then mysteriously reappeared–all together, all at once–one day on a beach with no […]

‘Nancy Drew’ Isn’t Exactly Clueless

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Remember the Nancy Drew book series? (That’s when “Buffy” and “Veronica Mars” weren’t created yet, okay?) So the inner geek in me has been gloating that as Lindsay and Paris rule the tabloids right now, the smart and sweet supersleuth […]

‘Grey Gardens': My DVD Pick This Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Before reality television saturated the networks, and even before Michael Moore was applauded as innovative for his up close and personal satirical style in documentaries like “Roger and Me,” Albert and David Maysles produced “Grey Gardens,” a controversial documentary that […]

A Living Goddess Goes to Washington

posted by Donna Freitas

Sajani Shakya, a beautiful 10-year-old girl from Nepal, is currently enjoying her first trip to Washington, D.C. According to New York Times reporter Neela Banerjee, Sajani hopes to, among other things, go to the zoo and ride a roller coaster […]

Short Story Collection Explores Indian-American Experience

posted by Idol Chatter

Karma, chance, fate, destiny, and providence, are the muses for a set of tales skillfully crafted by Rishi Reddi in her debut collection of short stories titled “Karma and Other Stories.” Set mostly in the Boston area, the stories vividly […]

‘Kyle XY’ is Worth a Try

posted by Donna Freitas

The only reason why I recently tuned in to ABC Family’s summer series “Kyle XY” is because of the heavy promos they’ve given the show recently (apparently they worked). While I am not seduced by the fact that Kyle “has […]

‘Freedom: Sounds of the New Breed’ Really Delivers

posted by nsymmonds

The music industry is full of egocentric artists, so it is rare that those artists will voluntarily give their backup singers an opportunity to shine in the spotlight. But thank God for gospel music and worship leader Israel Houghton, who […]

‘Shame on Sony,’ Says Church of England

posted by Ellen Leventry

The Church of England is taking on the “Fall of Man,” and we aren’t talking about Adam and Eve. No, this time they are battling the multimedia serpent known as Sony. CNN reports that Manchester, England church leaders “have accused […]

Artists Rally to Save Darfur on New Album

posted by Idol Chatter

While many artists are out there stumping for their own music, it is such a delight to find albums that promote something more important than the artists themselves–a good cause. “Instant Karma”, a new two-CD set, is doing just that […]

The Judgment of Paris Hilton

posted by Ellen Leventry

In Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” the soul of Paris, the mythological King of Troy, is battered eternally by gale-force winds for partaking in the sin of lust. And, while one could draw a comparison to Paris Hilton’s in-and-out incarcerations, it seems […]

Five Reasons to See ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’

posted by Idol Chatter

In a summer of blockbuster sequels and mixed reviews, I found the latest sequel, “Ocean’s Thirteen,” to be surprisingly fun and wonderfully done. Even though it wasn’t very new. Where “Ocean’s Twelve” sought to go deeper but confounded audiences and […]

‘Big Love’ Really Gets Going in its Second Season

posted by Idol Chatter

HBO’s “Big Love” promises delights and intrigue in its second season, as it premieres on its new night tonight at 9 p.m. (ET). Compared to last year, the second season is more comfortable in both its dramatic and comedic skin. […]

‘Sopranos': Better Dead than Red Herring?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Someone I know once said, in reference to the poorly received season six of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” “What does David Chase care, he’s living in a f–king castle in France.” Now I don’t know if Chase lives in a castle […]

‘John From Cincinnati’ Deserves a ‘Dear John’ Letter

posted by Ellen Leventry

To paraphrase the titular character, “Some things I know, and some things I do’’t know. But I know that I won’t be watching this show again.” Unlike fellow blogger Valerie Reiss, I didn’t have the benefit of multiple advance copies […]

Paris is Back in Jail: The Saga That Just Won’t End

posted by dali

Media outlets yet again had a field day today when everyone’s favorite celebutante, Paris Hilton, was ordered back to jail–one day after being released by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, who had released Hilton to serve out the rest of her […]

You’re Up, Dude

posted by vreiss

In the new HBO series, “John from Cincinnati,” The Yosts are a wildly dysfunctional, furious family of three generations of surfers in California, near the Mexico border. We meet the Yosts in the midst of a meltdown that’s been going […]

‘Grey’s’ Departure: Sayonara, Isaiah

posted by Ellen Leventry

Dr. Burke has been asked to scrub out of “Grey’s Anatomy” for good. Entertainment Weekly reports that ABC Studios will not renew Isaiah Washington’s contract with the hit show, due to what they call “a pattern of suspicious behavior by […]

Muslim Entertainment Visionaries Show How its Done

posted by dali

Is it just me, or does it feel like Muslims are still viewed as being on the outskirts of society in North America, though polls and statistics say the opposite? Consider popular CNN talk show host Glenn Beck, who last […]

‘Studio 60′: Love in the Time of Culture Wars

posted by mkress

Last night’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (yes, still on television, briefly, as it finishes airing its remaining original episodes) was so faith-focused, it’s hard to know where to start. The show had largely abandoned its obsession with the […]

Good News For Christian Entertainment

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While studios like Fox are busy trying to ramp up their production of entertainment marketed to the Christian community, Christian media moguls like David Kirkpatrick aren’t interested in seeking Hollywood’s favor. Instead, Kirkpatrick, a former executive at Paramount, wants Hollywood […]

‘Traveler': Back From the Dead

posted by Donna Freitas

Last night “Traveler“–in its third episode–maintained the breakneck pace of its two-hour premier. Between the nonstop action and music to set the we’re-not-going-to-let-you-even-breath mood, “Traveler” is proving itself as the new “24”. Jay Burchell and Tyler Fog are desperate, on […]

Prediction: A New Christian Media Company Won’t Deliver

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Disney couldn’t do it, though “The Chronicles of Narnia” was a darned good try. New Line didn’t connect with audiences with “The Nativity Story.” But if anyone can recreate the box-office magic that Mel Gibson found in “The Passion of […]

‘Gracie’ Will Inspire You

posted by Donna Freitas

When the credits rolled for “Gracie” I couldn’t leave. I wanted to see every last second of this extraordinary film, which opened last week, about a fifteen-year-old girl, Gracie, who works through the loss of a favorite older brother by […]

Paris is Out, but Should We Care?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Paris Hilton is a free woman. I repeat, Paris Hilton is a free woman–well, sort of. The celebutante was released from the Century City Correctional Facility early this morning, report celebrity gossip purveyors TMZ.com and Perezhilton.com. The L.A. County Sheriff’s […]

Classy Mindy Doo Rocks EW!

posted by mkress

Entertainment Weekly has posted video of the top three “American Idol” finalists visiting the magazine’s offices, and once again, I am reminded that Melinda Doolittle was just about the classiest, most talented contestant the show has seen. In the five-minute […]

Praying for Paris’ Redemption?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Gossip site TMZ.com is reporting that Mark Dice, a Christian conspiracy theorist, and his group of like-minded individuals called “The Resistance,” were no-shows at a promised “Pray for Paris” rally/incarceration celebration at The Beverly Hilton last night. “TMZ camera’s were […]

‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne:’ It’s All in the Delivery

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With television sitcoms becoming an almost extinct species these days, it might seem like ratings suicide to air a sitcom as old-fashioned as TBS’s “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” which debuts tonight. The premise of more than one generation of […]

Cleaning Up After the MTV Movie Awards

posted by Douglas Howe

Hallelujah! (And you don’t have to bleep that out!) After watching the rude-and-crude MTV movie awards and readying to post a blog that would have leaked a bit too much anger and frustration at what television is still becoming, some […]

Tyler Perry Tackles TV

posted by Idol Chatter

It was little more than two years ago that Tyler Perry seemed to come from nowhere–actually, it was from the African-American theater scene–to see his debut film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” gross more than $50 million. That made […]

Meteorologist Moby Vs. Evangelicals

posted by Ellen Leventry

It seems that Moby is stepping into the religious weather man role now that Jerry Falwell has passed on. Last week, the musician asked in his online journal, “You know how the religious right will every now and then say […]

‘Knocked Up’ Actually Goes Beyond Raunchy Laughs

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though he started out writing some of the most sparkling comedy on television back in the ’90s (“Freaks and Geeks,” “The Ben Stiller Show”) director/writer Judd Apatow has been given the dubious distinction of producing a new genre of film–romantic […]

Organ Donation Reality Show is Really a Big Con

posted by Ellen Leventry

Many reality television shows have some kind of secret twist at the end for the contestant, a scintilating surprise that only the audience is in on. Recall Bravo’s 2003 “Boy Meets Boy,” a gay dating show where not all the […]

‘Knocked Up': Where’s the Abortion Discussion?

posted by Ellen Leventry

I remember being equal parts curious and disturbed several years ago when my mother told me that she really enjoyed “The 40-year old Virgin.” Disturbed, since one naively doesn’t like to imagine one’s mother enjoying such sexually explicit humor (much […]

‘Battlestar Galactica’ Goes Supernova

posted by Ellen Leventry

In announcement that will surely crush every sci-fi fanboy and fangirl out there, not to mention this reporter, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, executive producers of “Battlestar Galactica,” have decided that season four will be the last for the […]

40 Years Ago Today: I’m Still a Pepper

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Nearly 50 years after they met, and despite thousands of articles, books, radio interviews, film documentaries and tribute albums, we’re still finding out how little we know about The Beatles, as a band and a phenomenon. Even Paul McCartney is […]

CCM magazine: A New Name, A New Direction?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

“In Christian music, ‘show business’ is an irrelevant concept,” a Christian singer said in CCM magazine recently. Her statement wasn’t meant as a criticism but a kind of brag, and until earlier this month, it could have served neatly as […]

Losing Faith: Cancellation Leaves Dangling Plot Lines

posted by Donna Freitas

I’m sick and tired of committing to shows, watching faithfully every week, and then seeing them cancelled without any resolution of the story lines. Last year it was the abrupt cancellation of “Invasion” after what I thought was a pretty […]

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