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Britney’s Meaningless Catholic Scandal

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Madonna has been a constant presence in Britney Spears’ life at least since Madge gave Britney her very first kiss from a girl back in 2003, the year Madonna appeared on the Brit-hit “Me Against the Music.” Now it looks […]

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Meeting Philip Pullman: A Magical Experience

posted by Donna Freitas

I am a bit star struck. Well, more than a little bit. Philip Pullman, author of “His Dark Materials”, the subject of a growing controversy from the religious right, and a man who is about to see his extraordinary novel, […]

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My Top 5 Scary Movies of All Time

posted by Douglas Howe

The American Film Institute recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of “100 years, 100 movies,” a listing of its top 100 movies of all time. Since the start of the series, AFI has also cited movies that are inspiring, great movie […]

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Why “Halloween” Was This Day’s Best

posted by Douglas Howe

Halloween is here and it’s a good day to give my five reasons why “Halloween” is the most inspiring Halloween movie of all time. “What?” you say, “How can a movie about Halloween be inspiring?” Here’s how: 5. “Halloween” was […]

‘Michael Clayton’ Delves Into the Ethical Gray Areas

posted by Idol Chatter

Since the trailer for “Michael Clayton” only left me scratching my head and grunting like a Cro-Magnon, I was surprised to find myself in full command of my cerebral cortex as I walked (upright) out of the theater. Actually, I […]

‘O Jerusalem’s’ Prayer for Peace

posted by Idol Chatter

When one thinks of Jerusalem, the literal meaning of the name–City of Peace–might not be the first notion that comes to mind. However, the current limited theatrical release “O Jerusalem” depicts the desire for peace, for the city and the […]

Quick, Hide the Veggies

posted by Idol Chatter

The big controversy surrounding Jessica Seinfeld’s new cookbook for parents, “Deceptively Delicious,” is whether Jerry’s wife might have copied recipes (or even the idea for the book) from a less well-known author, Missy Chase Lapine, whose cookbook, “The Sneaky Chef,” […]

We See Dead People

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Halloween is a hell of a way to deal with our fear of life beyond the grave. Funerals are the opposite: our attempt to grasp the enormity of death by making it serene and beautiful. In either case, death is […]

Christians Shouldn’t Fear Philip Pullman and His Trilogy

posted by Donna Freitas

As a scholar of religion, a liberal Christian (yes, we do exist), and a lover of great fantasy literature, I am deeply saddened by the growing wave of fearful-to-the-point-of-hysterical online chatter about Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, which was […]

“Pushing Daisies”: ABC’s Oddball Ode to the Forbidden, the Erotic, and the Chaste

posted by Donna Freitas

Curl up in your comfiest blanket and prop yourself with a stack of soft pillows. Close your eyes, put a smile on your face, and let yourself drift back to that time in childhood when storybooks carried you gently off […]

Affleck’s “Baby” Does The Right Thing

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Forget the tabloid headlines of Bennifer days gone by. Forget the comparisons with buddy Matt’s soaring career. You can even forget the “Good Will Hunting” albatross of being labeled a one-hit wonder as a writer. Ben Affleck’s career redemption is […]

Garbage In, Garbage Out? What Your TV Habit Says About You

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

In Entertainment Weekly, in a post titled “You Are What You Watch,” writer Gretchen Hansen related an anecdote: She’d been sitting on a train next to a man watching a slasher film, who said he loved that film, that it […]

Martin and Omartian: A Wild and Crazy Couple

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Pick the two celebrities, any two, you’d consider least likely to have had a youthful romantic hookup. Got ‘em? I can beat that. This week’s New Yorker magazine excerpts Steve Martin’s memoir of his early days in comedy, “Born Standing […]

Father, Son, and Holy Rockies

posted by mkress

Patton Dodd may believe God likes the Colorado Rockies, but over at J-Walking, David Kuo wonders if Jesus wants the Rocks to lose the World Series. Are they pointing to a Heavenly Father-Son rift? Hardly. David’s not saying Jesus has […]

Salt-n-Pepa: Let’s Talk About…God?

posted by Ellen Leventry

When female rap pioneers Salt-n-Pepa disbanded in 2002 it seemed like the typical band breakup: Cheryl “Salt” James couldn’t take the harsh glare of fame and the exhausting lifestyle that came with it, while Sandy “Pepa” Denton was ready to […]

Finally, a Health Benefit of TV

posted by mkress

Yes, it’s true. Eventually, it was bound to happen: a reason to watch TV. And not just any TV, but specifically “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” featuring the social misfit Larry David himself. Sure, the benefits are specifically for schizophrenia patients whose […]

‘Evan Almighty’ DVD Winners

posted by mkress

So what does God look like to you? A few weeks ago, we posed this question, promising that the best 10 responses will win copies of “Evan Almighty on DVD.” More than 300 of you submitted entries, and here are […]

‘Lars & the Real Girl': Watch Clips

posted by mkress

Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling plays another challenging and off-beat role: A young, socially awkward man who is in love with… a life-sized doll he buys off the Internet. Yet somehow, “Lars” ends up as a sweet story about community, faith, and […]

Running with “the Devil”: Lumet and Cast on ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead’

posted by Idol Chatter

The title of Sidney Lumet’s latest is lifted from the old Irish saying “may you be in heaven thirty minutes before the devil knows you’re dead,” the entirety of which is typed across the screen as a disguised Ethan Hawke […]

‘The Abstinence Teacher': Culture Wars Come to the ‘Burbs

posted by mkress

As I’ve mentioned in Idol Chatter before, the novelist Tom Perrotta was a college writing teacher of mine and had a major influence on me professionally, so I’ve avoided reviewing his work in the media. But in his latest novel, […]

Casting Crowns Joins Beliefnet’s Community

posted by dross

Popular Christian rockers Casting Crowns have the distinction of being the first band to post a profile and fan club on our new social networking site. The band most recently topped the music charts with their new album, “The Altar […]

Sorry, Sox Fans, God Likes the Rockies

posted by Patton Dodd

This is the way Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly explains what is happening to the Colorado Rockies this fall: “When it seemed even [Rockies fans’] patience had run out, God looked down and said, ‘Oh, geez, are those people still believers? […]

‘Hindi Bindi Club': Indian Family Ties in the New World

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

For a group of three mothers who left India to start life anew, living in the new world brings new experiences and presents new challenges. Their daughters, Kiran, Preity, and Rani, call their mothers “The Hindi Bindi Club,” also the […]

‘Sopranos': Fade to Black Revisited

posted by mkress

Not having HBO, I am only now plowing through the “The Sopranos“–all of it–on DVD and am still far from the much-dissected ending. But not living under a rock, I am well aware of the diner, onion rings, Journey song, […]

“The Ten Commandments:” Where Are the Christians?

posted by Douglas Howe

Where have all the evangelicals gone? And for that matter, how about the Catholics? The Americans? Anyone who has remote respect for–and belief in–the Bible? Last week, I heard about a controversy over Disney Radio refusing to mention the word […]

Exclusive Clip: ‘Music Within’

posted by mkress

“Music Within” tells the story of Vietnam vet Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston), who returns home with a severe hearing loss. Coping with his own new disability, Richard befriends a genius (Michael Sheen) with cerebral palsy, another veteran (Yul Vasquez) suffering […]

Seinfeld Credits Scientology…’Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Remember the “Seinfeld” episode in which Jerry and George try to convince a reporter that they aren’t a gay couple, but try to come across as politically correct by spouting the phrase, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that?” It’s […]

Enter to Win: Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Theology’

posted by dross

Controversial Catholic singer, Sinead O’Connor–who you may remember as “that woman who ripped up the a photo of Pope John Paul II on TV” is currently on tour promoting her new album, “Theology.” The two-CD set consists of an acoustic […]

10 Sexiest Celebs Who’ve Starred as a Biblical Figure

posted by dross

Have you ever noticed that some of the world’s sexiest celebrities have made appearances in movies, and TV movies, about the Bible? Believe me, I have! I know it’s completely naive, but I tend to think about ancient religious figures […]

“Friday Night Lights” Fumbles

posted by Kris Rasmussen

After spending last year writing about all of the reasons why more people needed to watch NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”, I wanted to wait and give the show a chance to redeem itself from its terrible premiere episode that caused […]

‘Ten Commandments': Christian Art on the Cheap

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though fellow blogger Doug Howe and I both consider ourselves Midwestern evangelical types, we certainly have been known to strongly disagree once in awhile when it comes to movies–especially overtly religious ones. He enjoyed “The Nativity Story.” I , on […]

Top Ten Robert Redford Inspirational Flicks

posted by Douglas Howe

With a new Robert Redford film (“Lions For Lambs”) coming out, I figured it was a good time to list the top 10 Inspirational films that he’s either been in, directed or produced. There’s been a lot of attention paid […]

When a Wand is More Than Just a Wand: Rowling Outs Dumbledore

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Yes, we were tired of the news being “the Britney Channel.” But over the weekend, a new kind of celebrity non-news hit, with the outing of a Harry Potter character. In case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s the recap: […]

‘Thou Shalt Laugh’–And Talk About It

posted by mkress

“Thou Shalt Laugh 2: The Deuce”–like its predecessor and namesake “Thou Shalt Laugh”–features Christian stand-up comedians whose acts are clean and appropriate for the whole family. This one is hosted by Tim Conway, of “Carol Burnett Show” fame. (Patricia Heaton […]

‘Rendition': Finding Truth Without Turning Away

posted by shuang

Is it better to harm one person’s life in order to save seven thousand? Or does torturing one innocent person’s life create thousands more enemies? In the latest string of serious-minded movies (“Babel,” “Crash”) with an important moral, social, and […]

Paltrow and Coulter…Soul Sisters?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Nobody’s perfect. Especially not Jews, according to Ann Coulter. But that news is SO last week. This week, the hate is on Gwyneth Paltrow for her comments about the character she plays in “The Good Night,” the new movie directed […]

Carell’s ‘Real Life’ Goes Back to the Basics

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

I have to admit that I go into any Steve Carell movie just happy to be there (a theory I am not testing with “Evan Almighty”–why mess with the perfect track record in my head?). Carell’s most recent effort, “Dan […]

Exclusive Clip: ‘Martian Child’

posted by mkress

In “Martian Child,” John Cusack plays a recently widowed science fiction writer who forms an unlikely family with a close friend (Amanda Peet) and a young boy he adopts–who claims to be from Mars. Scheduled for a Nov. 2 release, […]

‘Unfit’ Brit Gets Hit One More Time (By a Court Order)

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Oops, she did it again. No visitation. That’s none. Not supervised, and certainly not unsupervised. According to the latest news in the Huffington Post, Britney gets no visitations with her children until she complies with a court order. The parameters […]

Springsteen’s “Magic” Endures

posted by Douglas Howe

Bruce Springsteen’s “Magic” has been winning fans and critics alike in its initial weeks of release. Some are liking it for its inspiration. Some are wowed by his maturity. Some just love a grittier sound that’s closer to classic rock […]

Express Yourself

posted by mkress

Beliefnet has launched its new social network! We hope you’ll use this exciting new feature to create profiles, express yourself through your journal, post pictures, audio, and video, and join groups to talk about movies, tv, music, and everything else […]

Harry Potter: Not So Satanic After All

posted by shuang

[Editor’s warning: In case for some reason you haven’t finished HP7, consider yourself warned: spoilers below, but only after the jump, to avoid accidental reading. You’re welcome.] Parental protesters and book banners will be shocked to know that after years […]

Talk to the Dead with Lisa Williams

posted by mkress

Lisa Williams, a spiky-haired Brit, talks to the dead on Lifetime’s “Life Among the Dead,” now in its second season. And now you can win a free “reading” with Lisa. Check it out on Lifetime’s website here.

Revenge in Stamford: ‘Reservation Road’

posted by Idol Chatter

“Reservation Road,” which opens this Friday, has nothing to do with the forthcoming “Revolutionary Road,” though both are adapted from books about families in crisis. The former, directed by “Hotel Rwanda”‘s Terry George and based on John Burnham Schwartz’s excellent […]

‘The Ten Commandments’ News Roundup: God Gets Censored, and More!

posted by Douglas Howe

Wow! Another “Ten Commandments” movie is coming out and its getting a lot of buzz. For instance, “Hollywood Takes On the Ten Commandments” read the Yahoo headline. “Film producers take action with Oct. 19 animated release starring Ben Kingsley, Elliott […]

‘Peanuts’ Unshelled: New Biography Makes Schulz’s Darkness Visible

posted by Douglas Howe

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography isn’t the first biography about Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, but according to at least one review, it might be the deepest, and offer some insights into the spiritual journey behind the beloved comic strip. Charles […]

“Why Did I Get Married?” A Good Study in Relationships

posted by nsymmonds

Ah, the black love story. It is de rigueur for black actors and the bane of existence for black audiences with discriminating taste, but it has become the necessary evil for anyone that wants to see people of color portrayed […]

A Walk with Democracy: “Run, Granny, Run”

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Anyone wanting to see America’s religion at work might tune into HBO tomorrow evening for the documentary “Run, Granny, Run,” chronicling the unlikely 2004 campaign of a 94-year-old New Hampshire woman named Doris Haddock for a seat in the U.S. […]

Unforgiven: Don Imus Returns

posted by Paul O'Donnell

It’s especially cruel to hear that Imus is back in the middle of my local public radio station’s pledge drive. After being hounded off his morning radio and cable TV slot for referring to Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team in […]

‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age': Not So Shiny

posted by Ellen Leventry

You know that sinking feeling you get when you take someone who hasn’t seen a great movie to see the long-awaited sequel to that film, and the follow-up doesn’t live up to it? It’s a strange form of guilt; a […]

Tom Petty, Humble Heartbreaker

posted by hrossi

Last night my husband and I saw the four-hour Peter Bogdanovich mega-documentary “Runnin’ Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” during its one-night-only showing in Boston (the movie will soon be released on DVD). The film painted a remarkable […]

“For the Bible Tells Me So”: An Overdue, Important Voice for Sexual Minorities

posted by Donna Freitas

The new documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So” is framed by devout Christian families who tell moving stories of how they’ve navigated the challenges and ups and downs of facing their son or daughter’s sexual orientation in the context […]

Amy Grant’s Memoir is a “Mosaic” of Memories

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With numerous gold albums, music awards, and even a brief television career, probably the only thing left on Christian singer Amy Grant’s professional to do list, was to jot down her life experiences in a memoir. So it’s no surprise […]

“Men In Trees”: Spiritual Rebirth Via Rock-Throwing?

posted by Donna Freitas

First off, I’m happy that ABC gave “Men In Trees” a second chance at life–and a second season, which premiered on Friday. The series turns on a NYC writer Marin Frist (Anne Heche) who heads up to the tiny, quirky, […]

Journalism’s Pop Culture/Religion Roundup

posted by Donna Freitas

This weekend “The New York Times” offered a bounty of articles that parse religious and spiritual trends within realms as diverse as Ben Affleck’s new movie ventures to authors of literary fiction. Don’t miss the following: Tyler Perry’s confession that […]

Enter to Win: Angelic Messenger Cards

posted by shuang

Do you want to improve your communication with the angels and connect with the Divine? Learn how to with Angelic Messenger Cards: Divine Guidance for Personal Healing & Spiritual Discovery, a 46-card divination deck by spiritual teacher Meredith Young-Sowers. Depicted […]

Top 5 “Green” Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

On Blog Action Day, a day when bloggers around the world unite in discussing the issues surrounding caring for our planet, I thought I would remind Idol Chatter readers about some of the better “green” movies – besides the obvious […]

What Reese and Ryan Can Teach Us About Divorce

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Celebrity divorces: they’re seldom pleasant. As we’ve seen, there’s name-calling, slander, lawsuits, and fighting over custody. (Actually, that does sound a lot like most non-celebrity divorces as well: just without coverage in the Enquirer.) When we see a couple that […]

Tyler Perry Rules the Box Office

posted by mkress

As if there was any doubt that the prolific multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry rules the world, “Why Did I Get Married?”–his second release of the year–topped the weekend box office, grossing a reported $21.5 million, almost double its nearest competitor. Congratulations, […]

Bill Donohue Attacks Philip Pullman, “The Golden Compass” Movie

posted by Donna Freitas

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, is at it again. Known for his hard-hitting attacks on, well, just about anything and everything (including Miller beer), Donohue has decided to settle on one big target for the time being. On […]

Video Interlude: SoCalled’s “You Are Never Alone”

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

It’s as riveting as it is deeply weird. It borrows musically and thematically from just about everywhere–from cowboys to klezmer to 80s Peter Gabriel videos. It’s been viewed over 754,000 times since it debuted this past weekend. It’s been “favorited” […]

Radiohead’s Spiritual Business Model

posted by Patton Dodd

Here at Burn or Burn, we’ve been careful not to encourage dishonesty: you’ll notice that when we advise you to digitally burn a record, it’s as an extra copy, say for your car. We’re good citizens, and it is still […]

Lars and the Real Girl: Life-Sized Love

posted by shuang

Meet Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling): an emotionally withdrawn, idiosyncratic, and socially awkward young man who lives in the garage owned by his older brother, Gus (Paul Schneider), and sister-in-law, Karin (Emily Mortimer). One day, a large wooden box is delivered […]

“Refuge Rock Sublime”: Mare Winningham Sings the Jews

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Children of the John Hughes generation know Mare Winningham as the earnest-faced innocent from St. Elmo’s Fire (cue David Foster’s evocative love theme); or as Meredith Grey’s doomed stepmother on Grey’s Anatomy. (Oops, I guess that was a spoiler. Sorry. […]

Al Gore: Nobel, Emmy, Oscar

posted by mkress

Al Gore now adds Nobel Peace Prize winner to a resume that includes Oscar and Emmy wins–not to mention his Beliefnet Film Award for “An Inconvenient Truth.” The news of his Nobel seems like a good reason to revisit the […]

Maybe Christopher Hitchens Is Right

posted by mkress

Under the headline “Does God Read?”, my friend Daniel Septimus has this witty observation over at Mixed Multitudes on MyJewishLearning.com: Maybe God really isn’t great. If He were so great, wouldn’t He have made sure Christopher Hitchens wasn’t nominated for […]

Ghosts in the Outfield?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

October is for Halloween, and playoff baseball. Yesterday, the AP told a tale that suits both. This Spring, an old bronze plaque turned up in a storage room at Jacobs Field, the Cleveland Indians’ home stadium, commemorating former Indians shortstop […]

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Final Season’

posted by mkress

Sean Astin and Rachael Leigh Cook star in this inspirational movie about a baseball coach and his small-time, highly successful high-school team, which must learn to cope with major changes and still find a way to win. Opening Friday, watch […]

“The Wind That Shakes The Barley”: DVD Pick Of The Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With an onslaught of documentaries and dramas trying to dissect the war in Iraq, my vote for an excellent movie that explores the downfall of political and religious ideology is the recently released 2006 Cannes Film Festival winner, “The Wind […]

The Darjeeling Limited: A Most Interesting Journey

posted by nsymmonds

Never one to shy away from films dealing with the complexity of family life, Wes Anderson explores the oddity of sibling relationships in his latest film “The Darjeeling Limited.” The movie follows three brothers Francis (Owen Wilson), Jack (Jason Schwartzman) […]

Dr. House Meets a Mormon

posted by Ellen Leventry

Everyone’s favorite cantankerous, pill-popping physician has taken on organized religion, faith healing and has even aimed his sarcasm at atheists. And while House had to deal with Chase’s ontological/theological struggles and Cameron’s ethical quandaries, he’s never had to deal with […]

Brad Pitt on Faith and Family

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

In contemplating Brad Pitt, people often focus on the external; from his big screen debut in “Thelma and Louise” to some of his more current projects, we view him as a thing of beauty. Which he undoubtedly is, partly because […]

Most Powerful Christians in Hollywood

posted by mkress

Faith in Hollywood? Yes, it does exist, and our Beliefnet Power List of the Most Powerful Christians in Hollywood proves that Christian faith can survive–and thrive–in the entertainment capital of the world. Click here to see who made the list […]

Win ‘Evan Almighty’ on DVD

posted by mkress

“Evan Almighty,” starring Morgan Freeman as God and Steve Carell as a modern-day Noah, is out on DVD, and we’ve got 10 copies to give away. But first, we want to know: What do you think God looks like? The […]

Leaving “Left Behind” Behind?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The New York Times reported Sunday on the upstart Asylum Films, which has been churning out films it calls “mockbusters”—though schlockbusters might be a better word. Their low-budget movies imitate box-office hits, mostly in their titles. Their “Transmorphers” made a […]

The Weakerthans Make Strong Music

posted by Idol Chatter

Have you noticed? There’s an intake of fresh oxygen being sucked into the collective lungs of Christians who love music. It’s finally time, it seems, for genuine Christian engagement with pop music – any pop music, made by anybody, sold […]

“Knocked Up”‘s Missing Abortion Debate Revisited

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

When “Knocked Up” took America by storm, many people (Idol Chatterers among them) wondered, in a movie about a pregnancy which resulted from a one-night stand outside of marriage, where was the abortion discussion? Ellen, who blogged this originally, found […]

“Halo 3″: Salvation by Machine-Gun Fire?

posted by Donna Freitas

“Halo 3” debuted with as much buzz and fanfare as its predecessors, maybe more, but there’s no surprise there. Rated “M” for “Mature, it’s the top selling video game of all time. But perhaps what might stun readers is that […]

Iron and Wine’s Bible-Belt Music

posted by Patton Dodd

There are some things we just expect from certain musicians. We know Radiohead will give us postmodern technological alienation. We know Kanye West will give us pious braggadocio. And after five LP and EP releases, we’ve come to know that […]

Israel Houghton’s ‘Deeper Level’

posted by lmarcus

Occasional Idol Chatter contributor Nicole Symmonds has a great interview with Christian singer Israel Houghton. To prepare for the release of his new album, “A Deeper Level,” Houghton prayed, fasted, and connected with God. Click here for the interview.

Redemption and Resurrection: ‘Smallville’s’ 7th Season Promises Religious Themes

posted by Donna Freitas

Yes, it’s true. I am seeing the CW’s Smallville series to the very end. I can’t help it. I still love it. And if the season premiere says anything about what’s to come this year, I’m excited. A brief recap: […]

Jars’ ‘Monsters': Better Than the Real Thing

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The last time I saw Jars of Clay live the highlight of the show was lead singer Dan Haseltine’s obstreperously slurping impression of a coffeehouse barista steaming milk—the bane of the moody, acoustically inclined band’s existence and, at that time, […]

‘Hope and Glory': Ann Wilson’s Political Anthems

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I am somewhat of a fan of the music group Heart, I haven’t exactly ever found myself to be a fan of political protest songs in general–which poses a bit of a conundrum regarding Ann Wilson’s first solo effort, […]

Exclusive Preview: Tyler Perry’s Latest

posted by mkress

The very prolific Tyler Perry has yet another new movie coming out, his second release of the year (not to mention his TBS sitcom “House of Payne“). In “Why Did I Get Married?” a group of couples go away to […]

How to Tell Islam’s Story? 1001 Short Films

posted by Paul O'Donnell

It’s great that we now have a teen sitcom about a Pakistani Muslim exchange student who changes the lives of his host family in small-town Wisconsin. Now all we need to finish the job of promoting understanding about the Muslim […]

“Pushing Daisies” Blooms Tonight On ABC

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With dazzling colors, quixotic characters and whimsical storylines, death and resurrection – not to mention pie– have never been treated with such Wonka-esque style as they are in ABC’s new dramedy “Pushing Daisies.” Unlike other new series that play around […]

Jewish History Barbie

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

You might not know it to look at her, but the ultimate blonde beauty, Barbie, is Jewish. And despite the “blonde jokes” that might plague her, Barbie’s actually got a lot to teach us about Jewish history and identity. This […]

No God But God on Network TV

posted by mkress

“Aliens in America” debuted last night on the CW. It’s a sitcom about a Midwestern family that takes in an exchange student hoping for a cool, popular (European) boy to elevate the social standing of their geeky son. Instead, Raja […]

“Foreskin’s Lament” Chronicles Orthodox Judaism, Skepticism and Alienation

posted by Idol Chatter

Being something of a disaffected Orthodox Jew myself, I was captivated by Shalom Auslander’s no-holds-barred evocation of the right-wing modern Orthodox world in his new memoir “Foreskin’s Lament.” Echoing the themes of his debut story collection, “Beware of God,” “Foreskin’s” […]

Leave Britney Alone!

posted by nsymmonds

When I heard the news about Britney Spears losing custody of her children, my heart fell. This reaction may seem strange to some, but watching her rise and decline in stardom for the last few years, I felt compelled to […]

No Boo Hoo for “Toxic” Britney

posted by Ellen Leventry

Britney Spears has temporarily lost physical custody of her children. Her once much-maligned ex-husband Kevin Federline now has the boys 100% of the time. Spears does, however maintain legal custody of the children, and will continue to be entitled to […]

We’ve Got Winners!

posted by mkress

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a giveaway contest for free DVDs of “Beyond the Gates.” The question was “What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make?”–and you responded with stories of gut-wrenching, heart-breaking life choices that make […]

Video: ‘I Ran’ on SNL

posted by mkress

Bobby Brown Goes to Church

posted by lmarcus

First Paris Hilton. Then Michael Vick. Now Bobby Brown. It seems that whenever a celebrity has been getting some bad press, they start finding religion, leaving everyone to wonder if it’s a real revelation or just another PR stunt. Bobby […]

WWJD: What Would Jane (Austen) Do?

posted by Donna Freitas

Finally! Finally, a good romance at the movies once again! But why, why, why are all the good ones somehow related to Jane Austen? The last time I was overcome by something romantic on the big screen it was “Becoming […]

A Mets Fan’s Lament

posted by mkress

Dear New York Mets, I imagine that today, one day after your historic late-season collapse, you may be looking for a little religion, something to hold fast to, an anchor amidst the uncertainties and difficulties of life. Let me recommend […]

Do Euthanized Cats Go to Heaven? Top 5 ‘Office’ Religious Moments

posted by mkress

“The Office,” my favorite current TV show, has never been big on faith-focused storylines–except for its hilarious Diwali episode last year–but this year’s season premiere, which I finally caught online last night, was a major excpetion. Religion on “The Office”? […]

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posted 10:46:28am Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

We Bid Farewell to Leonard Nimoy
Friday, February 27th Leonard Nimoy, famously known for his role as Spock in the infamous Star Trek series, passed away at the age of 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, stating that the cause was the end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy publicly announced last

posted 2:25:26pm Feb. 27, 2015 | read full post »

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