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‘Lost': I Quit

posted by Donna Freitas

I’ve watched J.J. Abrams’s “Lost” from the very beginning just as faithfully as other devotees. But I have to call it like I see it: the show has deteriorated into a mess of too many plotlines, too many time zones, […]

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Stephenie Meyer: A Latter-Day J.K. Rowling?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Time magazine profiles Stephenie Meyer, author of the vampire-ridden Twilight series whose first non-“Twilight” book, “The Host’ will be out next month. Citing her unlikely rise to best-sellerdom (Meyer was a Phoenix, Ariz. housewife when she penned the first “Twilight” […]

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Top 10 Inspiring Dance Movies Ever

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Dancing has always been a movie metaphor for celebrating your spirit and following your dreams. I think that is why shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and even the cheesy ones like “So You Think You Can Dance?” are so […]

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Oprah/Eckhart Class 9: ‘Your Inner Purpose’

posted by Todd Havens

Welcome back to Week 9 of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” web event. There’s only one more class to go in the ten-week course, if you can believe it! Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 9 “Your Inner […]

I’m Prince Caspian. Who Are You?

posted by dross

Beliefnet just posted this cool new personality quiz, “Which Narnia Character Are You?” According to the quiz, I’m Prince Caspian, rightful heir of Narnia. I also, “have a sharp eye for injustice and a humble heart to improve the world” […]

Miley Beware

posted by nsymmonds

On February 9th, Disney superstar Miley Cyrus and her “achy breaky” father Billy Ray Cyrus participated in a “relaxed family event” photo shoot for Vanity Fair’s June issue. While Cyrus isn’t on the cover, her scantily clad photo—where she is […]

Did James McAvoy Miss His Calling?

posted by lmarcus

Scottish heartthrob actor James McAvoy has quickly become one of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars, with roles in “The Last King of Scotland,” “Atonement,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” However, had he made a different career choice, the screen might have […]

Mick’s Mortality is Short-Lived on ‘Moonlight’

posted by Donna Freitas

Aww, shucks! Why is it that I am such a sucker (ha!) for all things vampire, no matter how kitschy they get? CBS’s “Moonlight” gets more melodramatic by the episode–as does its star vampire Mick St. Johns–but it only makes […]

‘Baby Mama’ is Nice, Light Fare…and That’s About It

posted by Douglas Howe

I got out to see “Baby Mama” with my wife, daughters and son this weekend, and came away with these impressions: 1. This is most definitely a chick flick! The girls were giggling and occasionally laughing as if on a […]

Enter to Win: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Prize Pack

posted by Idol Chatter

In the upcoming animated movie “Kung Fu Panda,” a panda named Po is unexpectedly chosen to train among his Kung Fu idols. Although big and somewhat clumsy, Po works to become a Kung Fu master and defend his friends from […]

NFL Draft: Booooooring!!

posted by Douglas Howe

I still don’t get the NFL draft as a TV event. But apparently I’m in the minority! “According to the NFL, more people will be watching the draft than the NBA playoffs when the two events are being aired at […]

Clay Aiken, One Woman’s Messiah

posted by lmarcus

Clay Aiken has been many things. He was an unassuming North Carolina college student, an “American Idol” runner-up, a popular and mega-selling solo artist, a Broadway star, and now… the Messiah? Aiken is currently starring on Broadway in the Monty […]

Finally, a Doctor is in the ‘House’ Again

posted by Kris Rasmussen

For me personally, one of the worst side effects of the writers’ strike has been the lack of fresh “House’ episodes. No other series is so consistently smart, witty, and thought-provoking. On tonight’s episode, I will once again able to […]

Cruisin’ Back to Oprah Equals Cruising Back to a Career?

posted by Ellen Leventry

So Tom Cruise is heading back to the couch. No, not in the psychiatric sense of the word, heaven forefend, but back to Oprah’s couch. (Although, it could be argued that O is America’s pop psychologist.) It’s been three whole […]

‘Expelled’ vs. Yoko Ono: It’s Not All Business

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The movie “Expelled” dropped out of the box-office top 10 this week, but is back in the news thanks to Yoko Ono, who has sued Premise Media, the production company behind “Expelled,” for using a 10-second clip of “Imagine,” by […]

Was Carly Booted from ‘Idol’ Because of Christians?

posted by lmarcus

This week on “American Idol,” contestants sang songs from the canon of music theater genius Andrew Lloyd Webber. The field had been narrowed to six contestants, and each worked one on one with Webber to prepare their song. Carly Smithson, […]

Gospel Music Week Wrap Up

posted by Idol Chatter

The Gospel Music Association’s annual GMA Week is the time every year when industry professionals, media representatives, and aspiring and established artists from every genre descend on downtown Nashville to network, showcase their talent, celebrate the industry, and basically run […]

2008: Sequels or Soap Operas?

posted by Douglas Howe

2008, more than any other year in a long time, will be remembered as the year of the movie sequel. I think it’s possible, though, that it should more accurately be described as the year of—are you ready for this?—The […]

How to Know What’s Premiering When

posted by Douglas Howe

With air travel and gas prices going north while housing values and income margins going south, perhaps this is a great summer for going to the local theatre. Sure, you may want to eat at home before plopping down the […]

Snipes to Don (Prison) Stripes?: 3-Year Sentence Possible

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Speaking of incarcerated celebs, yesterday TMZ reported that actor Wesley Snipes is going to jail.. In February, the “Blade” star was tried on eight charges–acquitted on five of them, he was convicted of three counts of willful failure to file […]

Christians Curiously Silent on Gay Music-Show Host

posted by Paul O'Donnell

We’re no longer shocked when a popular Christian figure does something to invite the scorn of his or her faithful (so to speak) fans. But when Azariah Southworth, host of “The Remix,” a popular Christian version of MTV’s “Cribs” told […]

Having ‘The Talk’ With Teens: ‘Sexless in the City’ Author Shares Tips

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

But for the rarest of relationships, for any parent and child sitting down to talk about sex is uncomfortable on both ends. Maybe it’s supposed to be that way. But the talk has to happen or a child will get […]

Is Bynum Just Biding Time?

posted by nsymmonds

Last August, Pentecostal televangelist, author, singer, and actress Juanita Bynum was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her then husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks. The two had been separated since June but were allegedly coming together to reconcile […]

Music Video: P.O.D.’s ‘Addicted’

posted by dross

Check out P.O.D.’s new music video “Addicted,” the single from their just-released album, “When Angels and Serpents Dance.” Watch the video below–and when you’re finished, click here to read our interview with P.O.D.’s Sonny Sandoval. embedVideo(1515766875);

Buckholtz’s and Chappelle’s Show: Laughter and Friendship Binds Men of Faith

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

A rabbi and a Muslim walk into a restaurant, garbed in a kippah and a skullcap, respectively. Both are religious educators, but this isn’t a formal summit on religious education in America–it’s a reunion between Charlie Buckholtz and Sedar Chappelle, […]

My Gospel Music Award Predictions

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Christian music’s big chance to shine happens tonight when the Gospel Music Awards, or the Dove Awards, are given for outstanding commercial–and occasionally critical–success on the airwaves this year. Instead of being televised weeks later, as in years past, the […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class 8: ‘The Discovery of Inner Space’

posted by Todd Havens

Wow! We’re already at Week 8 of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” web event. As usual, Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 8 “The Discovery of Inner Space,” is now available for viewing at Oprah.com or here at […]

Enter to Win: ‘Prince Caspian’ Prize Pack

posted by dross

With the release of “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” the much anticipated sequel to “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” on May 16th, we’ve decide to celebrate by—what else?—giving you free stuff! We have 10 ‘Prince Caspian’ prize […]

Jesus is My (Prison) Copilot: Foxy Brown on Coping With Incarceration

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Rapper Foxy Brown just finished serving time (8 months in Rikers) for smacking a Brooklyn neighbor with her BlackBerry. While that might not sound like a prisonworthy offense, it was a violation of her probation, which itself was the result […]

Watch Trailer: ‘The Life Before Her Eyes’

posted by lmarcus

Have you ever wished you could change the future? Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood star in this edge-of-your-seat thriller about how making a single choice can alter your fate. Watch the trailer below. embedVideo(1515771671);

Top 10 Christian Songs…According to a Jew

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The New York Times published a really interesting top ten list by Daniel Radosh on his “Paper Cuts” blog. Radosh, a self-proclaimed secular Jew gives a smart, spot-on assessment of Christian music by listing his top ten favorite Christian songs […]

Watch Video: Kelly Clarkson Performs for the Pope

posted by dross

“American Idol’s” Kelly Clarkson sang the classic hymn Ave Maria for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY last Saturday. His Holiness looks like he enjoyed it, smiling a number of times throughout the […]

‘Red Shoes, the Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes…’

posted by Donna Freitas

Okay, so something has to be said on Idol Chatter about the lighter side of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit: his bright, ruby red(!!) shoes. Yes, he wore them everywhere throughout his entire U.S. visit, and yes, everyone in the media […]

Mick Gets Mortal as ‘Moonlight’ Returns

posted by Donna Freitas

Humans may fantasize about eternal life, rising from the dead (well, perhaps that’s a particularly Christian hope), and the kind of bodily regeneration known only to superheroes and the undead, but Mick St. John, the eighty year old vampire protagonist […]

Kidman Wants Kids Out of Scientology

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I rarely see it said explicitly in the press, it has always been obvious to me that Nicole Kidman lost primary custody of her adopted children in her divorce from Tom Cruise and that Scientology no doubt has had […]

No Matter How You Paint It, Abortion Does Not Equal Art

posted by Ellen Leventry

American author Fran Lebowitz once noted that “Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, […]

James Carroll’s ‘Constantine’s Sword’ Releases in Select Cities

posted by Donna Freitas

“Constantine’s Sword,” the heavyweight indictment of the Catholic tradition’s fraught relationship and history with Judaism by National Book Award winner, Boston Globe journalist and novelist James Carroll (published in 2001 just before 9/11), releases in documentary form tonight in select […]

Kareem Hears a Racist ‘Horton’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I wasn’t really that surprised when I read that theabortion debate somehow wormed its way into the release of the big screen adaptation of “Horton Hears A Who”, you could have knocked me over with a tiny, purple flower […]

‘Lars and the Real Girl': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I believe there were a handful of movies last year that served as a type of litmus test for your own personal level of cynicism and disenchantment about the world. “Juno” was one of those movies, but the tiny indie […]

‘Ghost Whisperer’ Returns Remade with New Episodes

posted by Donna Freitas

So it’s very possible and even highly likely that during the Hollywood writers strike I Netflixed the first two seasons of “Ghost Whisperer.” Yup. I did. I confess. It’s also very possible and even highly likely that I grew to […]

‘X-Files’ Wants Us to Believe in New Sequel

posted by Kris Rasmussen

How do you know a movie is a cult classic with numerous devout followers? When the announcement of the title of the latest chapter in that icon’s history receives attention from every major media outlet. The intriguing title of the […]

Shloime Goldstein, Meet Your Classmate…Cruz Beckham?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

David and Victoria Beckham are already not your typical L.A. couple. He’s insanely hot and talented and famous. She’s insanely skinny and talented (at being skinny and posh) and famous. (OK, so maybe that’s a bit typical. But wait, there’s […]

Brigitte Bardot vs. Muslims

posted by dali

France is no stranger to racial tension–just over two years ago the country was rife with riots as young Arabs and North African Muslims protested the death of two immigrant youths, opening up old wounds of racial, economic, and social […]

Fun with ‘The Big 4-0′

posted by Ellen Leventry

What is it about turning 40 that strikes fear into the heart of the typical American? Does the end of one’s fourth decade on Earth mark some elusive tipping point; signaling that there is no turning back, that youthful follies […]

Review: Ben Stein’s ‘Expelled’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

There’s a wonderful moment toward the end of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” Ben Stein’s new documentary on the intelligent design controversy, where Oxford zoologist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins speculates on how life came to be. Beings from somewhere else […]

Watch Clip: Ben Stein’s ‘Expelled’

posted by Idol Chatter

In this clip from Ben Stein’s new documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” opening this Friday, athiest scientists discuss Darwinism and religion. embedVideo(1504464403);

Oprah/Eckhart Class 7: ‘Finding Who You Truly Are’

posted by Todd Havens

Welcome back to week 7 of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” web event. Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 7 “Finding Who You Truly Are,” is now available for viewing at Oprah.com or here at Beliefnet. This week’s […]

The Dangers of ‘Gossip Girl’

posted by nsymmonds

In just a few days the CW Network’s hottest show “Gossip Girl,” will be back on the air. All “Gossip Girl” fans and closet cases will be able to get their fill of Blair, Serena, Dan, Jenny, Chuck, and Nate—maybe […]

J.K. Rowling Goes to Court…Again

posted by shuang

A month after J.K. Rowling went to court to ban the publication of a photograph of her son, she’s back in court to ban the publication of an encyclopedia of the Harry Potter universe. RDR Books, a small publishing firm […]

A Red Sox Curse on the Yankees?

posted by dross

If you’re a Yankees fan like me, you probably have yet another reason to hate the Red Sox and their fans. Last week, it was announced that a Bronx construction worker, Gino Castignoli, working on the new Yankee Stadium, had […]

Watch Clip from ‘Lord Save Us From Your Followers’

posted by dross

In the upcoming documentary, “Lord Save Us From Your Followers,” releasing June 13, 2008 (the book version was released in March), writer/producer/director Dan Merchant, a Christian, “explores the collision of faith and culture in America.” Specifically, he wants to learn […]

Unlit Candle: Awareness of Oppression During the Festival of Freedom

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Every year, Jews celebrate Passover, the Festival of Freedom, often using the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the holiday’s themes: oppression, freedom, and liberation. When I was growing up, our synagogues and schools urged us to remember the […]

‘New Amsterdam’ Ends Tonight, But Leaves With Questions

posted by Donna Freitas

Given that I can’t resist any television drama that features vampires, ghosts, all things-spooky and/or with vampire-like immortality, I’ve watched the entire first season of “New Amsterdam” on Fox with interest, if not unbridled enthusiasm. The season finale is tonight. […]

‘Bones’ Tonight: An Atheist and a Catholic Go Out on A Date

posted by Donna Freitas

I love “Bones.” Love it. I love the series title character, Dr. Temperance Brennan (Bones), I love her fellow science geeks at the lab, and I love her ambiguous, potentially-romantic relationship with the very Catholic Seeley Booth, the FBI agent […]

‘Desperate’ For Faith?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Who would have thought that the saucy, sassy, soapy “Desperate Housewives” would have returned after a strike-imposed hiatus with a smart and spiritual storyline? Definitely not me. I tuned in last night out of curiosity over any new programming, and […]

Jhumpa Lahiri: A New Pop Culture Icon?

posted by Idol Chatter

With the launch of Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest collection of short stories, “Unaccustomed Earth” her readings all over the country have been sold out. Lahiri, an author in the literary genre, has become so popular that Knopf has reportedly printed 300,000 […]

Beliefnet Nominated for a Webby Award!

posted by dross

In case you haven’t heard the good news, Beliefnet has been nominated for a super cool Webby Award in the Religion and Spirituality catagory. Click here to check out the other sites we’re up against. And, most importantly, be sure […]

‘The Dhamma Brothers': Where East Meets…South?

posted by Todd Havens

The Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama holds 1500 of the country’s most violent offenders. Inmates there have been convicted of murder in every degree among other senseless acts of extreme violence that will haunt the victims’ (and the inmates’) […]

A New Chapter for Miller and ‘Blue Like Jazz’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Five years ago Thomas Nelson Publishers took a chance on a relatively unknown author, Donald Miller, and published a slightly unorthodox memoir, “Blue Like Jazz.” The word of mouth for the raw and reflective anecdotes in the book soon had […]

‘Young@Heart': Full o’ Heart

posted by Todd Havens

She’s sassy and flirtatious, vivacious and mischievous. I’m not writing about Hollywood’s next ingénue du jour, I’m actually referring to 92-year old Eileen Hall, one of the most captivating members of ‘”Young@Heart,” a new film from Fox Searchlight about a […]

Hitting a Sour Note on ‘Idol Gives Back’?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Last year’s “Idol Gives Back” was an exciting experiment in charitable giving with a delightful roughness around the edges and a pioneering spirit. This year the “Idol” team produced a slick telethon with a vast array of stars and even […]

Bang a Drum for ‘The Visitor’

posted by Idol Chatter

A drum beat commands attention, gathers communities, invites us to dance. It is the sound of freedom and also the sound of warning: “Sit up, take notice, focus.” The drum beat in “The Visitor” serves as a wake up call. […]

Annie Lennox Inspires on ‘Idol Gives Back’

posted by lmarcus

Last night’s two and a half hour long celebrity installment of “Idol Gives Back” ranged from the bizarre (Teri Hatcher?) to the popular-but-not-inspirational (Fergie) to the truly meaningful. British singer Annie Lennox was one of the few celebrities who seemed […]

Watch Video: ‘The Lord’s Boot Camp’

posted by Idol Chatter

In a 48 Hours special running Saturday night (8 p.m. ET on CBS), CBS News collaborates with Loki Films, the producers of “Jesus Camp,” to document the lives of Christians teenagers training to become Christian missionaries in an effort to […]

Our Favorite Performances from ‘Idol Gives Back’

posted by lmarcus

Last night the actual Idols performed on ‘Idol Gives Back’ (tonight is when the celebrities perform, and Thursday is eliminations–whew!). The theme, as it was last year for the charity show, was “inspirational songs.” Here are my two favorite performances […]

‘Idol Gives Back’ Is Back

posted by Ellen Leventry

Last year’s “American Idol: Idol Gives Back” was an extraordinary experiment in fundraising. No one really knew if Americans would respond with their wallets the same way they responded to the weekly voting? Would the evening turn in phenomenal numbers […]

Meet the New Hindu on ‘Sesame Street’

posted by dross

Whenever the Teletubbies introduce an Indian theme or the Backyardigans sing a Bollywood tune, my son is tickled pink, and immediately exclaims, “That’s just like us!” To an Indian American child finding something Indian on children’s television is fascinating and […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class 6: ‘Breaking Free’

posted by Todd Havens

Here we are already at week six of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” web event. Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 6 “Breaking Free,” is now available for viewing (at Oprah.com or here at Beliefnet). Something really struck […]

Listen to John Shannon’s ‘Somewhere’

posted by lmarcus

You may not have heard of John Shannon, but you will soon. The soulful singer-songwriter just released his debut album, “American Mystic.” Many of the songs on the album were inspired by Shannon’s experiences at a meditation retreat in the […]

‘Billy: The Early Years’ Begins Filming

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Billy Graham, one of the most influential evangelicals in history, is finally due for the big screen treatment. Variety reports that an independent film production has begun shooting the bio pic in Tennessee. Without any sex scandals or other juicy […]

‘Big Love’ in Real Life?: The Raid on the Compound

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

I’m a recently born fan of the HBO show “Big Love,” now in its third season, which focuses on a polygamous (they are very careful not to say “Mormon”) family in Utah. The twist is that the family–husband, three wives, […]

Hottie Pastor and His Groupies on ‘Men In Trees’

posted by Donna Freitas

Just recently, I wrote about how “Men In Trees” (starring Anne Heche) has quite a few interesting “religion” plotlines going this season, including one about a Christian pastor, Eric, who loses his Elmo church congregation because he’s unmarried and in […]

Burning Saints and Mountain Goats

posted by nsymmonds

We at Burn or Burn are always working hard to come up with good fire-related puns to attach to our recommendations (or disses) of today’s faith-minded albums, and we’d like to thank the Mountain Goats for making this one easy: […]

Enter to Win: Beliefnet Film Award Winner DVDs

posted by dross

The Beliefnet Film Awards may be over, but we still thought you might be interested in checking out some of the winning films and performances. We have four sets of DVDs to give away—which each include a copy of “Amazing […]

My Own Personal Bucket List

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There’s an interesting discussion going on in the Beliefnet community that ties to a movie I admit I haven’t seen, “The Bucket List.” The idea is to challenge yourself to think about what is on your own personal “bucket list.” […]

Moses, er, Charlton Heston, Dead at 84

posted by Paul O'Donnell

If many Americans actually pull up Charlton Heston’s face-wigged visage when they think of Moses, it’s worth noting that Time magazine considered Heston “ludicrously miscast” as the biblical patriach in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic “Ten Commandments.” The hammy, melodramatic style […]

Watch Video: Jenny Burton Performs ‘I Stand For You’

posted by dross

If you’re a dance music fan, you may remember Jenny Burton from her days in C-Bank, the band behind the 80s freestyle hit, “One More Shot,” which topped the dance music charts. Burton also found success soon afterwards as a […]

Mac Ad Does Yoga

posted by vreiss

The latest sample of yoga in advertising is this new Mac Ad, in which the “PC” seems frozen in either cobra or the beginnings of upward dog–flattened on what looks like a jute and rubber yoga mat. The teacher, played […]

You Deserve A Frackin’ Break Today

posted by Ellen Leventry

You know all those stories that came out about two weeks ago about how March Madness reduces productivity at American companies and that with CBS streaming the games free online will cost corporate America some $4 billion dollars? Well, that’ll […]

A House That Wards Off Death

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The New York Times House & Home section yesterday took an oddly spiritual leap with a feature about a house they bill as “death-defying.” The house, being built for a mysterious set of owners in the Hamptons, on Long Island, […]

Movie Trailer: ‘The Visitor’

posted by lmarcus

In the movie “The Visitor,” opening this weekend, a depressed college professor (Richard Jenkins) discovers that a young immigrant couple has illegally moved into his New York City apartment. Rather than turn them away, he befriends them, a decision that […]

‘Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I have a few friends and acquaintances who are die-hard fans of “Battlestar Galatica”, I have stubbornly refused to believe the show is as good as they say. They wax poetic about the writing, the acting, the deep spiritual […]

The Night the Rabbi Went 10 Rounds?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Which is more draining, world-class athletic training or rigorous spiritual and intellectual learning? Ask Yuri Foreman, a fighter who will defend his light middleweight boxing title tonight, and who is studying to become an Orthodox rabbi. The 27-year-old was born […]

Watch Video: ‘Lord Save Us From Your Followers’

posted by dross

In the upcoming documentary, “Lord Save Us From Your Followers,” releasing June 13, 2008 (the book version was released in March), writer/producer/director Dan Merchant, a Christian, “explores the collision of faith and culture in America.” Specifically, he wants to learn […]

Pay-Per-View Funerals For Real? Or an April Fool?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

I’m pretty gullible, so for me the problem with April Fool’s Day is that I suspect everything with a date of April 1. Back in the days when I wrote memos, I would actually pre or post-date them so that […]

Bringing It On Differently: Introducing the Manatees

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

If you’re tired of the same cheerleader stereotypes–Jaime Pressly, Kirsten Dunst and Hayden Panettiere, I’m looking at you–then you’ll want to catch a ticket to see the Florida Marlins’ new cheerleading squad, the Manatees. If that doesn’t sound like the […]

Enter to Win: ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’ Read It Before You See It

posted by Idol Chatter

With the much anticipated, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” sequel “Prince Caspian” hitting theaters May 16, we thought you might want to start getting into the Narnia spirit of things. We have two books to give away—”The Chronicles […]

‘Nothing a Good Leeching Wouldn’t Cure': Demi Gets Sucked

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Oh, celebrities! What won’t they do for beauty and youth? If they’re willing to inject their faces with botulism or get lipo’d during a lunch hour or wear red strings/study Kabbalah, why should anything as natural as a good leeching […]

Sobering Up With Scientology

posted by Ellen Leventry

It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of secretive, esoteric, spiritual communities that charge loads of money to reach higher levels of enlightenment (unless of course they involve cool decoder rings), so what I’m about to say is […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class 5: ‘The Pain-Body’

posted by Todd Havens

Welcome back to the fifth week’s commentary, the halfway mark, on the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle ‘A New Earth’ Worldwide Web Event. Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 5 “The Pain-Body,” is now available for viewing (at Oprah.com or here at […]

Manhattan Marketing Mystery: Was American Apparel’s Billboard a Crime or Misdemeanor?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Mighty Aphrodite! About eleven months ago, denizens of New York’s Lower East Side were tickled and surprised to see an iconic image of Woody Allen (from the film “Annie Hall”) being used in an American Apparel ad. (Idol Chatter covered […]

‘Real World’ Reunion: Top 5 Favorite Cast Members

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s difficult—if not a little depressing—to believe that the “Real World” franchise is now 15 years old. Love the series or hate it, it undoubtedly has influenced pop culture and had much to do with the boom of reality programming […]

‘Men In Trees’ on Chastity, Church, and Now Charity

posted by Donna Freitas

Like many other women I know, “Men In Trees” grew on me (ha!) quite a bit in its first season last year and I’m happy to see it not only survived to see a second, but made it through the […]

‘Battlestar’ Is Back

posted by Idol Chatter

Well…almost. In just four short days, one of the most spiritual shows in the history of television, and surely the one with the deepest exploration of the complexities of religion, finally returns to the Sci-Fi Channel for its fourth and […]

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