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Ricky Gervais as ‘Ghost Whisperer’ in ‘Ghost Town’ is Quirky and Wonderful

posted by Donna Freitas

So yes, “Ghost Town” is basically “The Ghost Whisperer” starring Ricky Gervais in Jennifer Love Hewitt’s role on the television series, but here’s the thing: this movie has Ricky Gervais as its ghost whisperer and that makes all the difference. […]

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Sarah Silverman, The Great Schlep, and Jews Who Get Out the Vote

posted by Donna Freitas

Okay so Sarah Silverman is known for her outrageous comedy skits but this one tops all: she’s done a video urging all Jews in the United States to take Florida by storm, making a special visit to their Jewish grandparents […]

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Clay Aiken: Still Southern Baptist and Still Gay

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I don’t really want to belabor the Clay Aiken “coming out” discussion here at Idol Chatter, but I have to say that after I caught his interview with Diane Sawyer, I stopped and did some thinking about what he had […]

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Bill Maher Attacks Faith in ‘Religulous’

posted by Donna Freitas

According to New York Times reporter John Leland, he does. In this weekend arts section article, “Cameras Roll, and Faith Hasn’t a Prayer,” Leland says that “Religulous,” which comes out October 3rd in New York City, “shows Mr. Maher on […]

Goodbye Paul Newman: Hope to See You Again

posted by Douglas Howe

Not even in the news-crazy political season that we’re in could the news of Paul Newman’s passing not make the front pages. He was sort of the closest thing we’ve had to a legend in our generation, and he would […]

Watch Clip: ‘Fireproof’

posted by lmarcus

Despite being a low-key Christian-themed drama, the movie “Fireproof” finished in an impressive fourth place at the box office this weekend. Watch a clip from the movie, where a firefighter (Kirk Cameron) talks to one of his coworkers about strengthening […]

Paul Newman’s Best Movie Lines

posted by Douglas Howe

Paul Newman delivered dozens of great performances in films for parts of six decades, but among those great performances was the ability to deliver great lines, whether they be humorous, wise, deep, or simply surprising. Here are my twelve favorite. […]

Rosh Hashanah Virals for 5769

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

With every Rosh Hashanah season comes a surge of short video content designed as electronic greetings for the new year. For instance, last year saw the emergence of Rosh Hashanah Girl, in which singer Michelle Citrin and creative partner William […]

Remembering Paul Newman: 1925-2008

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Several weeks ago, I posted about Paul Newman’s battle with cancer and the media speculation that he had stopped treatment and would return home to die. Sadly, on Saturday the announcement came that Newman passed away Friday night. The tributes […]

‘Fireproof': Ministry Over Art?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I haven’t seen the Christian movie “Fireproof”–which stars former “Growing Pains” star and currently Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron–but I have seen some of the other work that has come out of Sherwood Baptist Church by the Kendrick brothers (they brought […]

Watch Video: The Phenomenon of ‘High School Musical’

posted by lmarcus

Admit it–you love “High School Musical.” In this video, get a behind the scenes peek of the hugely popular movie series, featuring interviews with cast members, producers, directors, and others who helped create the “HSM” franchise. embedVideo(1805534718);

‘Fireproof’ Enjoying Early Success

posted by Nell Minow

The faith-based film Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron, is enjoying impressive advance ticket sales this week according to Harry Medved of Fandango. It is the story of a firefighter who finds that his most difficult challenge is finding a way to […]

Can Noah’s Ark Save New Orleans?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

An art festival called Prospect 1 New Orleans promoters call the largest exhibition ever held in the United States opens November 1st in New Orleans, and one of the largest exhibits, naturally, will be Noah’s Ark. Los Angeles-based artist Mark […]

Why Were Bristol and Jamie Lynn Treated So Differently?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Celebrity, whether in the political or entertainment sphere, usually means relinquishing control over the message of who you are and what you’re about. Members of the media smell a story and run with it, sometimes despite the truth of the […]

Gabriel Over the White House

posted by Nell Minow

A little-seen 1933 film called “Gabriel Over the White House” has some themes that are particularly resonant in this time of unprecedented economic uncertainty and this historic Presidential campaign. Walter Houston (father of director John Huston and grandfather of actress […]

Check Out Rainn Wilson’s Soul Pancake

posted by dross

Who knew everyone’s favorite “Office” character was such a spiritual dude? Although Rainn Wilson is open about his Baha’i faith, he’s doing much more to spur discussion about religion and God. Wilson’s new venture, Soul Pancake, is a website he’s […]

Exclusive ‘Religulous’ Clip: The Confessional

posted by lmarcus

In Bill Maher’s new movie “Religulous” he travels around the country to find out what makes people believe in religion. In this clip, the lapsed Catholic heads to confession for the first time in 40 years to confess to the […]

Clay, Lindsay, Ellen, Lance, and Brad: The Week in Gay News

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

With Lindsay Lohan officially announcing that she’s been dating Samantha Ronson for “a very long time” and Clay Aiken (finally) coming out in his most recent feature story in People, it might be time to look at the week in […]

Clay Aiken (Finally) ‘Coming Out’ To People Magazine

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Yesterday Perez Hilton’s website revealed the new cover of People magazine in which Clay Aiken at long last tells America the obvious–he’s gay. As of Tuesday, the magazine only confirmed that Clay is on the cover with his newborn son, […]

Watch Trailer: ‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’

posted by lmarcus

Have you missed Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, and the rest of the ‘High School Musical’ gang? Well, they’re back and moving to the silver screen for the third installment of the huge hit franchise. Check out the trailer below and get […]

Miley and Billy Ray to Say ‘Hasta Manana” to Hannah Montana?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Miley Cyrus and father Billy Ray Cyrus have apparently expressed a desire to exit the Disney show that made Miley’s millions and redeemed her Achy Breaky Daddy from one-hit wonderland, TMZ recently learned. The popular entertainment gossip website broke the […]

Watch Clip: ‘Miracle at St. Anna’

posted by lmarcus

Directed by Spike Lee and written by James McBride, “Miracle at St. Anna,” which hits theaters on September 26, tells the true story of four African-American soldiers who risk their lives to save a young Italian boy during World War […]

Lenny Kravitz Offers Free Download in Honor of Peace Day

posted by dross

My friend (OK, Myspace friend) Lenny Kravitz sent out this bulletin on Myspace today in recognition of International Peace Day. Dear Friends, Did you know that Sunday Sept 21st was international Peace Day? Unfortunately it doesn’t get the press it […]

‘Sarah Connor Chronicles': Monotheism’s Favorite One-Hour Drama?

posted by Donna Freitas

Ginia Bellafonte devoted considerable ink to exploring the religious dimensions of Fox’s “Sarah Connor Chronicles” on the front page of this Sunday’s New York Times fall television section. About to head into its third episode of season two tonight (Monday), […]

My Emmy Highlights and Lowlights

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The Emmys is my least favorite award show to watch, mainly because the nominating process is tainted, and rarely do shows that the general public enjoys ever win, much less receive a nomination. But while some are calling last night’s […]

David Foster Wallace: One More Moment of Silence

posted by Donna Freitas

Though my fellow blogger Patton Dodd already so beautifully eulogized writer David Foster Wallace’s early death, and Paul O’Donnell pointed readers to a wonderful piece called “Roger Federer as Religious Experience” reprinted by The New York Times last week in […]

Oprah Liberates Saudi Women

posted by Paul O'Donnell

“I have my coffee, and I sit and watch Oprah,” a woman tells The New York Times in a story today. “It’s my favorite time of day.” Not exactly front-page news you say? The woman in question is a Saudi, […]

Interview with Irena Salina of ‘FLOW: For Love of Water”

posted by Nell Minow

Director Irena Salina talked to me about her new documentary, “FLOW: For Love of Water,” about the problems of contamination and scarcity in water systems throughout the world. What kind of water do you drink? Tap water! We need to […]

David Foster Wallace’s Religion

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The New York Times’s site has reposted a 2006 article about tennis star Roger Federer, not because of Federer’s resurgence at last month’s U.S. Open, but because the piece is by David Foster Wallace, the beloved and very funny writer […]

Top 10 Classic Christian Artists You (Probably) Haven’t Listened To

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I had so much fun creating my Top Ten Songs I Hate To Love list with some friends of mine, that I became nostalgic and decided to sift back through my archives one more time and pick out some of […]

Bishop T.D. Jakes and ‘Not Easily Broken’

posted by Nell Minow

I was privileged to attend the very first showing of the upcoming film “Not Easily Broken,” based on the book by the Bishop T. D. Jakes and starring three of my favorite performers, Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, and Jennifer […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Soul Men’

posted by lmarcus

If not for the fact that two of its stars, Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac, passed away shortly after completing the film, “Soul Men” would stand as a funny buddy comedy about an R&B duo (Mac and Samuel L. Jackson) […]

Will Smith Denies Scientology Involvement–Again

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My fellow Idol Chatter bloggers and I have written before about how we believe Will Smith doth protest too much that he is not involved in Scientology. I have even questioned Smith’s claims that all religions are basically the same— […]

Move Over Harry: ‘Twilight’ Movie Takes Advantage of HP-VI Postponement

posted by Donna Freitas

The decision that has Harry Potter fans in mourning–Warner Bros. Postponing the movie release of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” until July 2009–turns out to be a boon for Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” fans. “Twilight,” the movie, was moved […]

Watch Clip: ‘The Banana Splits’

posted by lmarcus

Do you feel there’s not enough wholesome kids’ entertainment on TV these days? Have no fear–‘The Banana Splits’ is full of cute, funny jokes and songs that will entertain your little ones and not drive you crazy. embedVideo(1799063618);

Stephen Baldwin Promoting ‘Gossip Girl’? Not…

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

In ad campaigns for the drama’s current season, “Gossip Girl” has embraced its seamy side, using quotes from negative reviews as positives to attract viewers to the sex-ridden show. Now a new review, by actor and vocal Christian Stephen Baldwin, […]

‘Feeling the Force’ at Jedi University

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Fancy yourself a Jedi? In the UK, long the home of pioneering Jedi religious beliefs since Welsh brothers founded an official Jedi church last year, now finally there’s a Jedi course at Queen’s University, Belfast to teach you all those […]

Threats Against McCartney Because of Intended Israel Trip

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

So much for “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “All We Need Is Love.” Such messages are apparently lost on “self-styled preacher of hate” Omar Bakri, who–according to the UK Daily Express–has threatened knighted Beatle Paul McCartney that “he will […]

D.F.W, R.I.P. (David Foster Wallace, Rest in Peace)

posted by Patton Dodd

The news that David Foster Wallace hung himself this weekend came as such a shock not only because it was the news of great loss for literary and academic culture–which it is–but also because it seemed like such a contrary […]

Attend a Sam Phillips Concert for Free!

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I am a huge fan, I have never made it to a Sam Phillips concert–not even when she played a Christian college a few hours away from me last week–but Monday night I will have a chance and I […]

‘The Possibilities of Sainthood’ and the Next ‘Book’ Thing: Book Trailers

posted by Donna Freitas

So I have something that I think is pretty cool to share, and even though it’s about my own new novel, “The Possibilities of Sainthood,” I’m sharing it anyway! A new trend that has sprung up among young adult authors […]

Enter to Win: Chris Tomlin’s CD ‘Hello Love’

posted by dross

Christian singer Chris Tomlin is known for such popular worship hits such as “How Great Is Our God,” “We Fall Down,” and “Holy Is the Lord,” and this year, for the second year in a row, won the Gospel Music […]

Kenneth Cole Launches Soulful Ad Campaign

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I can’t claim to be much of a fashionista, but I have to admit that clothing and shoe designer Kenneth Cole’s latest ad campaign does a great job of being both slick and spiritual. The tagline for the campaign is […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Ghost Town’

posted by lmarcus

Ricky Gervais, who made me laugh uncontrollably as the star of UK shows “The Office” and “Extras,” stars in this movie as a misanthropic, grumpy man whose life is changed forever when he develops an ability to communicate with ghosts. […]

What Would Johnny Cash Do?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Johnny Cash died five years ago today, and every day he becomes more religious. Or rather, each day you can find another Christian praising Cash’s sorrowfully guilty, sin-prone faith and calling for today’s Christians to be more like him. It’s […]

‘90210’ Actress Now Woman of the Cloth

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Which ‘90210’ actress, now reprising her role in the new series, gives sermons on Sundays? While many of us might like the story that would result if the answer had been “Shannen Doherty,” the real answer is Ann Gillespie, who […]

Watch Video: Matt Damon Compares Sarah Palin to ‘Bad Disney Movie’

posted by dross

In an interview with the Associated Press, actor Matt Damon talks about his fear that Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, will eventually become President. Check out a clip from the interview below.

Jon Voight and Adam Sandler to Attend Chabad Telethon

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

When you think Chabad, the religious Jewish outreach organization that creates Jewish community centers in various places all over the world, you probably think about one name…Jon Voight.You don’t? Well, you should, and you will, since Voight–a Catholic–has been working […]

‘Awake My Soul': Inspirational Documentary Plays for Free

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As yet another example of how filmmakers are purposefully taking their production out of the hands of studios and going straight to the consumers, the critically acclaimed documentary “Awake My Soul” is now playing for free for a limited time […]

Seeking Forgiveness in a PostSecret World

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

A few years ago, the PostSecret site took off, providing people with a central place for posting their own hidden truths and spy on the secrets of others. This public confessional was perfectly reflective of the technology-enabled, “tell-all generation.” The […]

Back to School Movies, Part Deux!

posted by Douglas Howe

Kris Rasmussen is one of the smarter people and better writers in the blogosphere, but I do have some alternative choices for my Top 5 Back to School Movies list (this is her list). A great movie around the theme […]

Jewels of Elul Presents Dershowitz on Dreams, McCain on Hope, and Obama on…?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Elul is the Hebrew month that precedes Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and is traditionally treated as a pre-repentance period, during which Jews become aware, through special prayers and study, that the High Holidays are coming. Which makes it the […]

The Secrets and Lies Behind ‘Religulous’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’ve tried to hold off on expressing my thoughts and opinions about Bill Maher’s movie “Religulous” until closer to the movie’s official release date on October 3, but in the last few weeks there have been more and more early […]

MTV VMAs: Defending the ‘Sluts’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Twenty-five years ago Madonna opened up the very first MTV Video Music Awards with a now iconic rendition of her smash hit “Like a Virgin.” And, yet, you would have never known it from last night’s 25th anniversary VMAs where […]

MTV VMAs a Pity Party for Britney?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Don’t get me wrong, I love Brit-Brit and have been pulling for her to beat her reported battle with bipolar disorder, but last night’s MTV Video Music Awards was such a Britney lovefest that it feels as if a recount […]

O’Reilly Hosts Obama; Oprah Denies Palin

posted by Douglas Howe

Two big names in the news-talk-entertainment business sent two surprising and completely different signals over the last several days. Oprah Winfrey, perhaps the foremost advocate of opportunities for women, says she will not have Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin on […]

‘True Blood': Does God Really Hate Vampires?

posted by Donna Freitas

Not according to me! I am happy to announce that HBO’s “True Blood” is finally here–and I eagerly watched the premiere episode, “Strange Love,” last night. My thoughts so far (and surely there will be more to come): 1) The […]

‘Gossip Girl': Can Two Wrongs Actually Make a Right?

posted by Donna Freitas

This weekend I indulged in my new favorite (super) Guilty Pleasure–the season premiere of the CW’s “Gossip Girl.” (It’s also possible I indulged in the new incarnation of “90210” and set up the DVR to tape yet another series premiering […]

MercyMe Fans: Listen to ‘Hymned Again’ by Bart Millard

posted by shuang

The best part about “Hymned Again,” Bart Millard’s second solo album of updated (familiar and unfamiliar) hymns is his powerful and buttery voice. As part of Christian band MercyMe, Millard’s voice is always what stands out, adding that extra punch […]

Penn Jillette: A Welcome Change to the Political Discussion

posted by Douglas Howe

There’s a new kind of entertainment journalism emerging these days. Or, should I say that there’s a new kind of journalistic entertainment these days? I think it’s the former. Penn Jillette–the taller, louder partner of “Penn and Teller”–has written one […]

Pastor’s Parables Taken From Movies

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post Metro section has an article about a pastor who uses movies to bring spiritual lessons to his congregation. For a special series of sermons this summer, Senior Pastor Rob Seagears at Christ Chapel Mountaintop in Prince William […]

‘El Father’ Finds the Father, Wraps his Rap Career

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Before you read this item, reggaeton fans, remember: what’s the use of gaining the world if you lose your soul? Hector Delgado, a pioneering practitioner of the Latin rap genre reggaeton, announced yesterday that he’s devoting himself and his musical […]

Sarah Palin: Our Culture’s Newest Star

posted by Douglas Howe

Hell hath no fury like the media scorned. And their all-out attack on the woman who could be the new feminist icon for a new generation of young women needs to stop. Or, there just need to be some other […]

Madonna’s Latest ‘Like a Prayer’ Controversy

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Say what you want about Madonna, but you always know where you stand with her. For instance, whether you’re Hitler or John McCain, it doesn’t really matter to the controversial Madame Madge: if she goes on tour, you’re going in […]

Prime-Time TV: The ‘Diverse’ Republicans!

posted by Douglas Howe

Once every four years, like the Olympics, the National Presidential Nominating Conventions are called to order. The politics is a matter for another blog, but I’d like to comment on the inspiration, entertainment, and excellence that is making this week’s […]

De Niro and Pacino, Pitt and Clooney, Together Again

posted by Douglas Howe

Two movies featuring major stars sharing the silver screen are coming up soon, and I’m looking forward to both of them. I may even need to make it a double feature, since they’re opening on the same night! A movie […]

To Read or Not to Read?: Stephanie Meyer’s Leaked Version of ‘Midnight Sun’

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s happened before. In fact, it happened to J.K. Rowling a couple of days before the release of Book Seven in Harry Potter–someone posted the entire manuscript illegally on the Internet. But this time around it’s a bit more painful […]

Andres Serrano’s Dropping Stock

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Not long ago we blogged that Andres Serrano, the artist whose photograph, “P–s Christ”–a hazy shot of a crucifix dunked in the artist’s urine–raised Cain with social conservatives back in 1989, was planning a new exhibit at a Manhattan gallery, […]

‘Traitor': A Movie with Two Kinds of Muslims

posted by dali

Thanks to my husband’s parents who have come to live with us for several months (really, it is a good thing!), we were able to see a movie this weekend (which we haven’t done so in more than a year–since […]

Duchovny, Lohan, Clinton and Dre: The Weekend in Celebrity News

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Whenever I see a story of celebrity misdemeanors and odd behaviors, I have to wonder how I’d stand up to public and constant scrutiny. For instance, while using my blog to voice my disappointment with someone is entirely possible (although […]

Why All the Vampires?

posted by Nell Minow

Vampires are really big this year. Breaking Dawn, the fourth volume in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series was the most eagerly anticipated book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And one of the most popular events at Comic-Con was the […]

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