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‘Wanted’ Leaves You Wanting

posted by Ellen Leventry

“Wanted” is a an intriguing mash-up of “Office Space,” “Fight Club,” “The DaVinci Code,” and “The Matrix.” You could be forgiven for thinking that this Angelina Jolie vehicle was simply another sex appeal-fueled shoot-’em-up loosely based on another graphic novel […]

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Top Five Movies That Celebrate The American Dream

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Most of us will be cooking out and watching fireworks this Fourth of July, but just in case your festivities get rained out or you’re looking for something for the family to watch together, here are some of my favorite […]

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Katy ‘I Kissed a Girl’ Perry, One-Time Christian Singer

posted by dross

It’s pretty much inevitable that sometime this summer you’ll hear Katy Perry’s hit single “I Kissed a Girl” blaring out of someone’s car, or in a dance club, or in a department store, if you haven’t already. And, if you […]

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N.T. Wright Talks Heaven on ‘The Colbert Report’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Bishop and popular author N.T. Wright recently stopped by “The Colbert Report” to debate the afterlife, once again proving no one does late-night religion better than Colbert. Here’s how the discussion went:

‘Wall-E': My First Must-See Movie of the Summer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have been pretty much MIA at the cineplex this summer. There just hasn’t been much that has made me feel I absolutely had to give up my beach time to go to the theater. But I am rushing to […]

‘The Middleman': Gosh-Golly, It’s Good!

posted by Donna Freitas

After reading the New York Times’ excellent review of ABC Family’s newest quirky, squeaky-clean series, “The Middleman,” by Susan Stewart–it’s basically an ode–I quickly DVR’d the pilot I missed from last week and set up the cable to catch epsiode […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Wall-e’

posted by Idol Chatter

Watch the trailer for the new animated movie, “Wall-e” about the last robot on Earth whose job it is to clean up all the trash humans have left behind. The film hits theaters today. embedVideo(1631227929);

Documentary Explores Lives of Gay Muslims

posted by Idol Chatter

Parvez Sharma, an Indian-American documentary filmmaker, is gay and Muslim. Sharma’s feature length documentary, “A Jihad for Love,” which opened in New York last month, is a brave and a powerful film exploring how some Muslim gay men and lesbian […]

‘The Shack': Word of Mouth Makes Christian Novel a Best-Seller

posted by Kris Rasmussen

James Patterson. Nora Roberts. Paulo Coelho. Stephanie Meyer. All names I would expect to find on the New York Times best-sellers list. But the current publishing buzz surrounds the number one soft-cover fiction book in the country right now– a […]

Download P.O.D.’s New Single ‘Shine with Me’–for Free!

posted by dross

Our friends, Christian rockers P.O.D., are offering you a chance to download their upcoming single, “Shine with Me”–set to hit radio July 15–for free, from now until September 30. Click on the photo below to download the song, and when […]

Jim James of My Morning Jacket: Music Man Shaman?

posted by Donna Freitas

Check out New York Times reporter Nate Chinen’s live music review of lead singer Jim James of the band My Morning Jacket who, Chinen calls, a “cheeky Shaman” and describes his music as “music to get lost in, body and […]

The Chosen Dolls

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

When you think of Barbie, you think of unrealistic body proportions that create insecurity in girls and promote an unattainable and superficial beauty ideal. When you think of Bratz, you think of those enormous eyes, and a wardrobe that you’d […]

Tell Us What You Think!

posted by lmarcus

The upcoming FoxFaith feature Moondance Alexander is all about figuring out God’s plan for your life. If you have a great story to tell us about a time when you understood God’s plan for you, tell us about it and […]

‘Get Smart': Have a Little More Faith in Steve Carell Please!

posted by Donna Freitas

I know my fellow Idol Chatter blogger Doug Howe has urged everyone to stay home and wait for the “Get Smart” DVD, but I roundly disagree! I too, saw “Get Smart” on its premier weekend and I not only loved […]

Laura Wilkinson May Give the U.S. Another Golden Moment

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though the Beijing Olympics are still over a month away, NBC is giving viewers plenty of opportunity to see what the U.S. athletes are made of as they broadcast both diving and gymnastics team trials last weekend. I watched the […]

Enter to Win a Cameron Family Prize Pack: ‘The Wager’ and ‘Still Growing’

posted by dross

You probably remember child stars Kirk Cameron and his sister Candace for their roles on “Growing Pains” (Mike Seaver) and “Full House” (D.J. Tanner) respectively–but did you know that they are now both Christian entertainers? Kirk is currently working with […]

Generic Faith Will Prevail in Entertainment

posted by Douglas Howe

The Pew Forum released its second part of its landmark “United States Religious Landscape Survey,” and it explains quite a bit about why certain movies, TV shows, music and other media are well received while others are generally not. In […]

AFI’s Best Sports Movies List Missing Two Greats

posted by Douglas Howe

The American Film Institute’s “Top Ten Sports Movies” of all time features many that you’d expect but excludes two obvious choices that stand out by their absence and undermine the credibility of the list. “Raging Bull” was the top choice, […]

George Carlin Rants on Religion

posted by lmarcus

George Carlin, who died yesterday at the age of 71, was never one to shy away from controversial topics. One of his favorite targets was religion, as evidenced in this clip. Even though I didn’t always agree with what he […]

George Carlin: Remembering a Legend

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

There are many people who don’t get George Carlin. They think his routines are too misanthropic (“People are stupid”), too anti-religious (“Religion is bullsh*t”), or misogynistic (“rape can be funny”). Judge them from the titles alone, and you aren’t deriving […]

‘Get Smart’ and Wait for the DVD

posted by Douglas Howe

The newest incarnation of “Get Smart” contains two hours of the most intriguing plot twists and inspiring character development of any movie this year. Alright, would you believe an hour of inspiration wrapped by a surprise ending? How about two […]

AFI’s ‘Best Westerns’ List Loves the Oldies

posted by Douglas Howe

The American Film Institute recently named their “Ten Best Westerns” of all-time, and to say it is surprising it quite the understatement. There is one “Clint Eastwood” movie on it. There is only one movie that was made in the […]

Watch Clip: ‘Bonnevillle’

posted by dross

In the movie “Bonneville” (available on DVD on June 24th), a widow, played by Jessica Lange, must decide whether to give her newly-deceased husband’s ashes to her mean step-daughter in order to keep her home, or keep them and lose […]

‘Kit Kittredge’ Is a Must See–Bring Your Kids and Kleenex

posted by Donna Freitas

I know all about the American Girl doll empire from my friends who have daughters obsessed with all things American Girl Doll. Plus it’s hard to miss the many-story American Girl Doll headquarters store when you’re walking down 5th avenue […]

AFI’s 10 Top 10s: Romantic Comedies

posted by Douglas Howe

The American Film Institute’s “10 Top 10” show–a three hour Prime Time special earlier this week–named the top ten films in each of ten genres and will give us good discussion fodder for awhile, especially if you’re a list person, […]

Guru Pitka Answers Your Questions

posted by Idol Chatter

In anticipation of tomorrow’s “The Love Guru” movie release, the wise and funny main character, Guru Pitka–the “second best guru in India”–has been responding to your burning questions about life and love in the Beliefnet Community. We created a gallery […]

Naked Yoga at Esalen(!!!)

posted by Donna Freitas

Recently, I had the great good fortune to be invited to participate in a conference at Esalen–that famous, new age spiritual retreat (you know, the Beats hung out there, Huxley tripped there…) in Big Sur, California, perched on the rocks […]

Disney Ventures into Purity Rings and Chastity Pledges with the Jonas Brothers

posted by Donna Freitas

Everyone who either has a tween or knows one also knows that Disney churns out (more or less) family-friendly pop stars (see Hannah Montana) and one-offs like “High School Musical” (and its sequel) to unbelievable success–feeding the hopes, dreams, and […]

Celtics’ Celebration is a Bleeping Dud

posted by Douglas Howe

This year’s NBA Basketball Finals show was a big Prime Time event for ABC and ESPN. It was scheduled to go up against the other networks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for two weeks. It went head-to-head against everything from […]

Gospel Music Channel Creates Original TV Series

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As web series and other alternative outlets continue to diversify the media landscape, the Gospel Music Channel has announced that it will create original series programming for the 2008-2009 season. A sketch comedy show called “Comedy Quickies” and drama entitled […]

Celebrities and Mental Health

posted by lmarcus

Therese Borchard writes Beyond Blue, a sister Beliefnet blog about spirituality and depression. She recently wrote two celebrity-related posts that perked up our ears over here at Idol Chatter. First, she weighed in on the growing controversy surrounding TV therapist […]

Memory Lane at the Movies Tonight!

posted by Douglas Howe

What’s your favorite “Gangster” movie of all time? What’s the best romantic comedy ever made? What movie best brought sports to life on the Silver Screen? What was the best Courtroom Drama? These and other questions will be addressed–and answered […]

‘The Incredible Hulk': Savage Beast or Sensitive Meditator?

posted by Idol Chatter

This post contains some spoilers. Fool me once, shame on you (I’m talking to you, Ang Lee), fool me twice… well; luckily that wasn’t the case. “The Incredible Hulk” asks moviegoers to forgive 2003’s “Hulk” and step into the Marvel […]

Catholics Not Ready for Their ‘DaVinci Code’ Closeup

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Next to the eternity of the afterlife, does screen immortality really count for much? Not in the view of the Roman Catholic Church, apparently. Approached by director Ron Howard and his Sony Pictures production team, the church refused to allow […]

Top 5 Worst Reality TV Shows Ever

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s easy to complain about the glut of reality TV this summer–“Celebrity Circus,” “Wipe Out,” “High School Musical: The Series,” etc. But then I started thinking about it, and really, reality TV has actually improved–generally speaking–from where it started. Anyone […]

Enter to Win: tobyMac’s ‘Alive and Transported’

posted by dross

If you’re a fan of Christian hip-hop superstar tobyMac, his new DVD/CD collection, “Alive and Transported”–his first live album– is a must-have. Featuring versions of some of his most popular songs, such as “Jesus Freak” and “No Ordinary Love,” the […]

Tim Russert on Fatherhood

posted by mkress

In his Idol Chatter entry about Tim Russert, Patton Dodd put voice to the loss we, his fans, feel at his sudden death. There’s another side of Russert that I’ve been focused on, however: Tim Russert the devoted father and […]

Joe Eszterhas: From ‘Hollywood Animal’ to ‘Crossbearer’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the most notorious screenwriter/producers of modern movies, Joe Eszterhas, is releasing a memoir this fall in which he reveals how he went from writing tawdry hits like “Basic Instinct” and “Showgirls” to finding a relationship with God. Blogger […]

Monday Morning Christian Music Trivia

posted by dross

Starting today, every Monday, our Gospel Soundcheck blogger, Joanne Brokaw will post a trivia question about Christian music. Check out today’s question here and be sure to return to Gospel Soundcheck on Wednesday for the answer!

Tim Russert, Rest in Peace

posted by Patton Dodd

As someone who begins to look forward to Sunday morning’s “Meet the Press” sometime on Saturday afternoon, I am shocked and dismayed at the news of Tim Russert’s fatal heart attack. TV news is so consistently bad that I rarely […]

Mel’s Dad Friends Ron Paul

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Don’t you hate when your parents try to be cool and get on MySpace? Mel Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, famous for his crackpot Catholicism and his doubts about the historicity of the Holocaust, has reportedly erected his own page on […]

Why I Walked Out of ‘Sex and the City’

posted by Donna Freitas

After a long-term love affair with the four fabulous ladies of HBO’s series, “Sex and the City,” like the rest of female America, I was jumping up and down about the movie from the moment New Line announced they were […]

‘Little Mosque’ Could be Coming to the U.S.

posted by dali

Your friendly neighborhood Canadian mosque could be making its debut soon in the U.S. Perhaps you’ve never heard of the Canadian hit sitcom, “Little Mosque on the Prairie” developed by Zarqa Nawaz (hailed by Islamica Magazine as one the ten […]

Katherine Heigl to Star in Movie Version of ‘Escape’

posted by Donna Freitas

Carolyn Jessop has become a familiar face on many a news channel and the talk show circuit, with the eerily timely release of her memoir “Escape” in fall 2007, which chronicles her life growing up (and leaving) the FLDS Church–the […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Religulous’

posted by lmarcus

Bill Maher’s upcoming documentary, “Religulous,” features the comedian, pundit, and atheist trying to figure out what makes people believe in God. Whether you find it offensive or hilarious, the movie is bound to get people talking. Check out the clip […]

Hulk Hogan Talks God on ‘Larry King Live’

posted by lmarcus

2008 has not been kind to Hulk Hogan. His 17-year-old son Nick was racing his car when he caused an accident, crashing into a tree and putting his friend and passenger, John Graziano, into a vegetative state. Since then, Hogan […]

‘Four Months': A Forgotten Abortion Tragedy

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s tough to recommend a movie as bleak as “Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days.” It’s certainly not fluffy, escapist summertime fare. However, the movie, which won at the Cannes Film festival last year, does what great films should do– […]

Top 10 Inspiring TV Fathers

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Some TV dads are just buffoons, and others are sterling examples of exactly what not to do, but throughout the years, TV has idealized, even immortalized, the qualities of fatherhood. Just in time for Father’s Day, I have put together […]

From Beliefnet

posted by bnet

Dear Readers– Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled. We aim to be back up and running by the end of […]

AFI: The Best Fantasy Film of All Time?

posted by Douglas Howe

When the CBS network airs The American Film Institute’s “Top Ten” movies for every genre, one of the more interesting and popular choices will be for the “Fantasy” category. The ballot is a As the AFI says it, Fantasy is […]

Popcorn vs. Faith in Shyamalan’s ‘Happening’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

M. Night Shyamalan’s movies—”The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “Signs”—have been touted to me as spiritual explorations posing as standard supernatural thrillers. I’ve always seen them the other way around: the aliens banging on the roof, the spooked-up kids, the “Twilight Zone” […]

AFI to Name Top Films by Genre

posted by Douglas Howe

One week from tonight, on the CBS network (not just cable, so this is a big deal!), the American Film Institute is naming its “Top Ten” movies—one from each genre—as part of its “100 Years, 100 Movies” campaign. The genres […]

Disney Star Selena Gomez Latest to Vow Abstinence

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Move over Miley Cyrus, because there’s a new girl at Disney who is carving out an image as a chaste role model for teens. Selena Gomez, star of the series “Wizards of Waverly Place” has told the tabloid show “Extra” […]

Heartthrob Update: Swayze, Gibson Back After Cancer Scare, Anti-Semitic Rants, Respectively

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

In classic roles in movies from the 90s, they seemed untouchably young, virile, and sane. Mel had the eyes and that amazing, charming, mischievous smile. But Patrick had the dancer’s bod, and was the kind of guy who’d dance with […]

Watch Clip: The SuperDevil on ‘Family Guy’

posted by dross

What?! The devil is not the greatest threat to salvation? Watch this funny news report from “Family Guy.”

‘Son of Rambow': A Colorful Adventure for Everyone

posted by Kris Rasmussen

If you’re like me and you’re already burned out on CGI-laden blockbusters at the cineplex, I have the perfect movie anecdote for you— though it may be hard to find. The coming-of-age story “Son of Rambow” is in limited release […]

Holy Hip-Hop! Pre-Sabbath Breakdancing in Jerusalem

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The streets of Jerusalem have been known for centuries: from the stones that speak ancient rhymes to people from different religions as well as for its prophets and would-be prophets, its farmers-turned-kings, and shepherds-turned-leaders. And on Friday afternoon (on which […]

Bill Maher’s ‘Questions to Ponder’

posted by dross

As you may have read in Sherry Huang’s Idol Chatter post yesterday, a new parody website, Disbeliefnet.com, has just launched. Designed as a marketing tool promoting Bill Maher’s upcoming documentary, “Religulous”–which will explore the problems with religion in the world– […]

Disbeliefnet.com: The Anti-Beliefnet

posted by shuang

There’s a new tongue-in-cheek religion website and its sacrilegious name is Disbeliefnet.com. You may notice similarites to our site (especially in the logo and eCards designs), to The Onion (for its irreverent humor), and Slate.com (in its heavy-handed “news” coverage). […]

Top 10 Religious Beliefs About the Apocalypse

posted by Idol Chatter

People have been predicting the end of the world since, well, the beginning of it. For some, the Last Days are the ultimate righting of the scales, for some, the dark at the end of the tunnel, and for some, […]

‘Flawless': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In my quest to unearth hidden movie gems this summer season, I have stumbled across a heist movie I have heard little about. In fact, heist movies aren’t really my thing, but “Flawless” out on DVD this week, is an […]

The Soul of Sports: Celtics vs. Lakers

posted by Idol Chatter

The epic basketball showdown has almost arrived. Televisions and sports bars around the country will all be tuned into the NBA Finals for the classic match up of the Boston Celtics versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams have experienced […]

Check Out Our New Christian Music Blog!

posted by dross

If you love Christian music of all kinds, you’ll love our brand new blog, Gospel Soundcheck. Written by music journalist, Joanne Brokaw, the blog will include reviews, commentary, interviews, video, and more on your favorite Christian artists and music–everything from […]

It’s Time to Go to the Theatre!

posted by Douglas Howe

The summer conversations often go like this: “What are you doin’ this weekend?” “Goin’ to a show.” “Yeah, what movie are you going to see?” There was a time when “show” didn’t mean TV or the movies—it meant live people […]

Spurlock Spends Another ’30 Days’ in Someone Else’s Shoes

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the few reality shows that attempts to do more than humiliate or promise a career is Morgan Spurlock’s (“Supersize Me”) FX series “30 Days.” The third season debuts tonight and continues Spurlock’s premise of learning life lessons by […]

What Indy’s ‘Crystal Skull’ Says About Us

posted by Douglas Howe

What’s with all the negative reviews for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”? It’s almost as if all of these critics have gotten older over these last 19 years! I think the most profound revelation about the […]

Stephen Baldwin Attends Wrong Kind of Rehab

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Actor Stephen Baldwin lives on the skinniest edge in Hollywood. Though he has a recognizably significant movie to his credit (“The Usual Suspects“), these days he’s more often associated with the slacker classic “BioDome.” He’s even more famous, however, for […]

‘Sex’ Doesn’t Get Better With Age

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The truth be told, I was never a big fan of “Sex and the City” when it was on the air—at least not until the last season— and always felt like I was so tragically un-hip for not getting what […]

Video Clip: Slave Trading Ancestors

posted by aroan

In a new documentary, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her ancestors in a prestigious New England family were the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” will air on the […]

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