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Top 3 Books for Lent

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Every year, in addition to searching for books to help me reflect on Advent, I also look for thoughtful books to read during Lent.  I hunted on Amazon.com and stumbled upon some worthy new selections to add to my collection. Here are three choices that […]

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Mark and Olly in the Amazon: Must-See TV

posted by Ellen Leventry

So it’s Sunday night around 10 p.m. and you’re looking for something to watch because Dexter” and “True Blood” are on hiatus. I suggest you turn to the Travel Channel and check out “Mark & Olly: Living with the Machigenga.” […]

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Use the Force to Go from Large Jabba to Lean Jedi

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Admit it: after you saw “Star Wars,” you tried to use the Force. I’m happy to admit it–I tried to move things across my room, using only my mind. “Heroes” makes me feel special abilities are more possible, but “Star […]

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Jade Goody, Reality TV Star: Dying with Dignity

posted by Ellen Leventry

You may not have heard of British reality TV star Jade Goody, best known for her appearances on the UK Big Brother series, but she is now inspiring writers from Time Magazine to the New York Times to pick up […]

Zzzzzzz: Time for March Madness!

posted by Douglas Howe

Bring on March Madness–we need it! For a competitive guy like me–and Paul the Apostle competed so I know it’s a good trait–this is a lousy time of the year to watch television. There’s not a lot of drama. There’s […]

Obama’s Reality Show

posted by Douglas Howe

Wow, talk about reality TV! Earlier this week, President Obama was on every network. He was Must See TV 2.0, the Rock Star of the campaign trail, the Teleprompter-in-Chief, “No Drama Obama” who is no longer running for office. He […]

Why Do We Decide as We Do?

posted by Douglas Howe

We don’t post enough about the “books” part of our culture here at Idol Chatter, so here’s my step in the right direction: there’s a great new book out for anyone who’s a person of faith and a deep thinker […]

Twitter Is Everywhere–Even on My TV!

posted by Douglas Howe

A new force seems to be taking over the airwaves: Twitter! I viewed three morning shows earlier this week and they all invited the audience to join their “Twitter” page throughout the show. Celebrities at the Oscars weren’t supposed to, […]

Poet Laureate Tickles Ivories for JBooks.com

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Hard times have come upon many companies, websites and publications. Some of them are asking their readers to become supporters, but this requires a major shift: people who were once being provided a service are now being asked to donate […]

‘Twilight’ Director’s Diary on EW

posted by Donna Freitas

Okay: I just can’t help myself. I thought my posts about “Twilight” would end with 2008, but there is just too much stuff out there not to mention it. I just wanted to point all you “Twilight” fans on Beliefnet […]

‘Little (Musical) House on the Prairie': Melissa Gilbert as Ma Ingalls

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

As a child, I was pretty obsessed with all things “Little House on the Prairie”– all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and of course the TV show, which explored the life of a Christian family living in Minnesota and […]

12 Movie Jesuses for Ash Wednesday

posted by Donna Freitas

So Fat Tuesday may be over and fasting has begun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little Ash Wednesday, um, gawk-fest. In honor of today’s Christian holiday, Entertainment Weekly has a Jesus Photo Retrospective of sorts for […]

U2’s ‘No Line on the Horizon’ Already Available on MySpace

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the most successful rock bands in history certainly knows how to exploit today’s technology. Though U2’s first recording in over four years is scheduled to debut on March 3, “No Line on the Horizon” is already getting rave […]

Beyond the Red Carpet to the ‘Blue’ Stage?!?!

posted by Douglas Howe

The public lined up for days. They camped out on the streets. All for a bleacher seat–a chance to see the celebs, the stars, the finest of Hollywood’s crop from this year. And if you couldn’t go there in person, […]

Watch Clip: ‘Watchmen’

posted by dross

In this clip from “Watchmen,” based on the 1980s comic book series, a group of crime-fighting superheroes talk about the saving the world from a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The film opens March 6.

David vs. Goliath on ‘Kings': NBC’s New Must-See-TV Show

posted by Donna Freitas

Recently, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at NBC’s 2-hour premier of “Kings“–a new television series that begins on March 15th. “Kings” is not only epic in feel and style, but its storyline takes up an epic […]

‘The Wrestler’ as ‘Passion of the Christ’?

posted by Donna Freitas

So Mickey Rourke didn’t win the Oscar for Best Actor for “The Wrestler,” but perhaps he wins the honor for Best Jesus Performance of 2008? In the fascinating, insightful article “Pop-Eye: Meat The Wrestler,” by Brent Plate, Plate wonders the […]

Oscar Night’s Spiritual Moments

posted by Douglas Howe

The Oscars is one of the most inspiring nights of the year when the ceremony is done well, and I’m not sure I can remember one done better than last night’s event. It was quick, witty, fresh and, interestingly enough, […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Angels & Demons’

posted by dross

In the upcoming sequel to Ron Howards’, “The Da Vinci Code,” (based upon the Dan Brown book) Professor Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, travels to Vatican City to investigate a murder and uncovers a plot by a secret society. […]

‘Jai Ho!’ And the Oscar Goes to ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

posted by dali

‘Jai Ho!’ I defy you not to get up, grab a scarf, put it around your neck, grab the ends and get your groove on when you hear the infectious beats of A.R. Rahman’s Academy award-winning song from 2008’s Best […]

‘Crossing Delancey': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’m a little late in making a Valentine’s Day romantic comedy movie pick, but then again, who say s that some of us don’t need an even bigger reminder that true love is possible after Valentine’s Day is over, huh? […]

Why ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ Falls Flat on the Romance Front

posted by Donna Freitas

So, if you read my posts, you know that I go see every (happy-ish/sappy-ish) movie with some sort of a romantic angle. Though normally I would have seen “Confessions of a Shopaholic” the day it released, February 13th, because I […]

‘The Resurrected': Another Easter Epic Hits Theaters in 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Just last week I reported that a new movie about ” Mary, Mother of Christ” is scheduled to come to a theater near you next Easter season. Now Variety is reporting that another biblical film is also slated for an […]

Review: ‘Must Read After My Death’

posted by Nell Minow

A generation ago the technology first became widely available to allow families to document their lives with home movies and audio recordings. The use of these artifacts has transcended the “can you believe I used to look like that?” and […]

Watch Trailer for NBC’s Upcoming TV Series ‘Kings’

posted by idol chatter

“Kings”–which has the tagline “hope lies in bravery”–is a modern-day retelling of the biblical story of King David, where a young heroic soldier (Chris Egan) dethrones a corrupt monarch (Ian McShane) to become the king of powerful city.The series premieres […]

The Ministry of T-Shirts

posted by nsymmonds

In a world where promise rings and promiscuity can go hand in hand, it’s often hard for young people to draw the line and set themselves apart from their peers who “don’t see nothing wrong with a little bump and […]

Interview: Kate Gosselin of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ on Raising 8 Kids

posted by dross

Kate Gosselin, star of TLC’s hit reality show, “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ recently spoke to Beliefnet about raising a large family on a budget, how she deals with sibling rivalry, and the one thing she’s dreading about her children […]

Spirit Clips: Send a Movie Greeting to Someone You Love

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I may be a little late to appreciate the trend, I have become really fascinated with the whole explosion of movie content on the web these days. There’s a new company headed up by Oscar winner Rob Fried that […]

Stephen Baldwin Tried to Convert My Friend

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

What would you do if a celebrity tried to convert you? Well, I suppose with all the pop culture/spirituality overlap in my life and work, it was bound to happen: Stephen Baldwin tried to convert my friend over the weekend. […]

Tarantino Gives Nazi-Haters a Different Type of Holocaust Movie

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Nobody does bloody like Quentin Tarantino, with his chatty rat-a-tat dialogue that matches a machine gun that makes the same noises. All you have to do is look at the scene in “Pulp Fiction” where Marvin buys the farm in […]

Enter to Win: Doreen Virtue’s ‘Archangel Michael’ Book

posted by shuang

Are you in tune with angels? Angel expert Doreen Virtue regularly contacts angels and has written numerous books on the celestial communication and heavenly messages she receives. When she needs extra courage and support, she contacts the strong warrior Archangel […]

Animated Ramayana to Air on PBS: ‘Sita Sings the Blues’

posted by Donna Freitas

I first learned about cartoonist Nina Paley’s animated retelling of the Ramayana, a classic Indian myth (it’s 3,000 years old), called “Sita Sings the Blues,” through an Idol Chatter post by Aseem Chhabra who has a personal relationship to the […]

Oscar Predictions 2009

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My enthusiasm for this year’s Oscar extravaganza is at an all-time low, as I am disappointed in many of Oscar’s choices. Still, I can’t help but make my usual Oscar predictions. I like my odds this year of being right, […]

The Fray: Nothing Lost in Their Second Album

posted by Paul O'Donnell

It makes sense that, when young Christian rockers began to struggle free of the mannered CCM format, they would gravitate toward emo, the brooding, melodic rock genre that trades punk’s teenage angst for teenage “issues.” Exhibit A: The Fray, a […]

The Awards Gala You Didn’t See!

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the best and most important awards galas took place Wednesday night. And no, you won’t see any replays on E! TV Network. And no, there won’t be much media banter about what everyone was wearing. I’m not even […]

Joaquin Phoenix on ‘Letterman’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While promoting the movie “Two Lovers,” which is in theaters today (you can watch a clip from the film on Beliefnet’s Entertainment page), actor Joaquin Phoenix appeared on David Letterman’s talk show earlier this week, and, um, well, had a […]

‘Frozen River': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

When I support a movie underdog, I tend to bang the drum relentlessly. I have said before here at Idol Chatter, that “Frozen River ” is a great, completely overlooked film. Now that it is out on DVD this week, […]

Top 5 Movies to Beat the Midwinter Blues

posted by Kris Rasmussen

This time of year I long for some sunshine and even the tiniest sign of spring ‘s soon arrival. Alas, it has been one brutal winter in my neck of the woods, and in my community we have this great […]

T.D. Jakes’ Son Arrested for Indecent Exposure

posted by dross

Jermaine Jakes, son of prominent Christian author, pastor, filmmaker and music artist T.D. Jakes has been arrested in an undercover sex sting in Dallas. Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck has the scoop.

‘Mary, Mother of the Christ': New Easter Epic For 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

You might think that Hollywood has given up on sweeping Biblical epics after the so-so results of a movies like “The Nativity,” especially compared to the relatively high box office results of low-budget Christian films like “Fireproof,” but avid readers […]

Last Word on the Grammys: The Scandal of the Christian Categories

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Who would get your Grammy for best rock song: L’il Wayne, Springsteen, Beck, Brad Paisley or Mary J. Blige? What, you say these artists have nothing to do with one another in terms of genre, audience, or even sales? Why […]

Christianity Today’s Top 10 Redeeming Films of ’08

posted by Douglas Howe

Christianity Today recently named its Top Ten Redeeming Films of 2008, and they really did a nice job of it. I’d switch the order and swap a few of them out, but more people should make it a point to […]

Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ Premiers Friday: Is it Set Up to Fail?

posted by Donna Freitas

Given that I am a diehard “Buffy” fan, “Angel” fan, and make that “Firefly” fan, too, I’ll watch anything courtesy of their creator, Joss Whedon. So, like other cult followers of the talented Mr. Whedon, I’ve long and eagerly awaited […]

Was A-Rod Blaming God?

posted by idol chatter

By Brad A. Greenberg This post is reprinted with permission from The God Blog. Alex Rodriguez seemed mature yesterday when he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003. Maybe even a bit contrite. But I can’t shake the […]

Vote in the Beliefnet Film Awards!

posted by dross

It’s that time again! The Beliefnet Film Awards are upon us. Check out the nominees for Best Spiritual Film, Best Spiritual Performance, and Best Spiritual Documentary of the Year. Voting ends Monday, February 16 and we’ll announce the winners on […]

Praying for Chris Brown and Rihanna

posted by nsymmonds

As more information gets released about the alleged domestic violence situation between Chris Brown and Rihanna, we will be in the position to do one of two things, continue to gawk and be fascinated with it, sharing every detail we […]

David Byrne’s Spiritual, Not Riveting Albums

posted by Paul O'Donnell

I’m betraying myself as incorrigibly uncool by mentioning this, but David Byrne has a couple of new albums out. “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today,” made with Brian Eno, slunk onto the web last August with the lack of fanfare […]

Israeli Election Campaign Video ‘High’light

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Today is Election Day in Israel. Most Israelis view it as a day of choice with no real choice at all– Tzipi Livni, who’s considered honest, but is unseasoned; or Benyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, who is viewed as a “failed” former […]

Decent Duets Can’t Lift Pall Over Grammys

posted by Douglas Howe

I’m a music lover, and believe it can bring so much inspiration in times of trials and challenges. And music of faith is as wonderful as it is essential. And so it is that I was disappointed during most of […]

A-Rod’s Steroid Use Further Heightens Baseball’s Fall

posted by Douglas Howe

The Rights of Spring are becoming the Wrongs of Swingers, and the Boys of Summer may soon be the Boys of the Slammer. It’s not an encouraging story, and I’m growing dang tired of it. Sports Illustrated broke the story […]

Top 10 Best (Worst) Romance Movies for Valentine’s Day

posted by Donna Freitas

I am an unabashed romance junkie, be they novels or films. Given that Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it takes place over the weekend (cue the movie marathon), I thought I’d tempt your hearts with some of my favorites […]

God and Sinners at the Grammys

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Still in the early going, the Grammys telecast has a savvy mix of blasphemy and gospel going. Notice how Kid Rock dressed as a parson and sang “Rock and Roll Jesus,” followed (after a palate cleanser of pure spun sugar […]

The Future of Christian Rock

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Christian rock/rapper Toby Mac’s “Alive and Transported” was not to be denied this year, at the Dove Awards this Spring or at the Grammys last night, when he took home the award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Toby’s […]

What’s Your Favorite Love Song?

posted by Douglas Howe

With Valentine’s Day approaching–and in these days of mp3 and YouTube technology where you can watch and listen to oldies as easy as today’s tunes–we thought it’d be great to name the Top 15 Most Inspiring Love Songs of all-time. […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Frozen River’

posted by dross

An upstate New York mother struggling to make ends meet (Academy Award nominated actress Melissa Leo) starts smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S./Canada border. The film releases to DVD on February 10, 2009.

‘Happy Wednesday': A Beliefnet Exclusive

posted by dross

What do successful actors like Tony Hale and Mindy Sterling do when they’re not busy working on high profile projects like the upcoming “Arrested Development: The Movie” or family comedies like “The Dog Who Saved Christmas”? Well, sometimes they take […]

Your Kids’ Daily Minimum Requirement of Scripture

posted by Paul O'Donnell

There are some great books out there to introduce your kids to Christian Bible stories. But how to get your kids to make the leap from books of Bible stories or children’s Bibles to the real thing? You won’t be […]

Kate Gosselin of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ on the Octuplet Mom and Raising a Family on a Budget

posted by dross

Of course, as soon as news broke last week that California woman Nadya Suleman gave birth to octuplets, media outlets scrambled to talk to TV’s most famous mother of multiples, Kate Gosselin of the hit TLC show, “Jon & Kate […]

Stephen King’s Public Smackdown of Stephenie Meyer: Just Jealousy?

posted by Donna Freitas

Maybe it’s simply difficult to criticize an author whose seen wild success without sounding jealous. Or maybe it really is jealousy between authors. All I know is that a lot of people have had harsh things to say about the […]

Watch Exclusive Clip: ‘Two Lovers’

posted by dross

In this scene from the upcoming film “Two Lovers” an aspiring photographer (Joaquin Phoenix) is introduced to a woman (Vinessa Shaw) at his family’s dinner party. “Two Lovers” is now available on HDNet Ultra VOD and will open in theaters […]

Bart Simpson Scientology Calls

posted by Ellen Leventry

When I read last week on HuffingtonPost.com that Nancy Cartwright, a.k.a. the voice of Bart Simpson and devoted Scientologist, was making robocalls on behalf of a church event in the voice of everyone’s favorite 10 year-old troublemaker, I was curious […]

Michael Phelps Bong Bust

posted by dross

Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps is just the latest sports figure to get caught doing something stupid that could cost him his career–he was photographed at a house party smoking pot shortly after his Bejing win. This is the swimmers […]

Why is Clint Eastwood Being Shunned at the Academy Awards?

posted by Douglas Howe

Why is Clint getting dissed? I don’t know if you saw “Gran Torino,” but it was one of the more redemptive films of 2008, albeit with the R-rating, violence, and language. I can’t wait to show the TV version to […]

Seeing the Super Bowl as an American Holy Day

posted by Donna Freitas

I have to be honest and tell you that I woke up yesterday morning, not even realizing that it was Super Bowl Sunday. I’m visiting friends in Vermont, and a long time girlfriend and I made plans for a lovely, […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail’

posted by idol chatter

Feisty grandmomma Madea (Tyler Perry) has anger management issues that get her in hot water, while successful assistant district attorney Joshua Hardaway (Derek Luke) finds his wedding plans in jeopardy when he runs into an old friend who needs help. […]

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