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Even Vogue Loves ‘Twilight': Stephenie Meyer Interview

posted by Donna Freitas

Stephenie Meyer is officially a celebrity, and one whom the queen of all fashion magazines has decided is worthy of watching: in “Dreamcatcher,” the March 2009 issue of Vogue features the author of “Twilight” and those vampires of hers we […]

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‘The Domestic Crusaders’ Explores Modern Islamic Art

posted by dali

On September 11, 2009, playwright Wajahat Ali’s “The Domestic Crusaders” will make its world debut off-Broadway. Why does this matter? Because with this play, Ali is thrusting the genre of Islamic art into a modern arena, where theater, television, and […]

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A Tribute to Selena

posted by dross

Thank you Perez Hilton for reminding me that 14 years ago today, the world lost one of the most talented female artists to ever cross over between Tejano music and English pop music, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Although I cannot say that […]

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Holy Land D’oh!

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Frustrated with the conflict in the Middle East? Wondering if the strife in the region will ever be resolved? Despondent over the fact that Muslims, Jews, and Christians can’t agree on anything? Well, don’t have a sacred cow, man: one […]

From Veggie to Jelly: A Interview with Phil Vischer

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Phil Vischer, the madcap mind that brought you VeggieTales, talks like a man who’s been, well, reborn. After surviving the bankruptcy and sale of a Christian entertainment empire that came to include Bible-based feature films, morning cartoon shows and children’s […]

Watch Clip: ‘Love Takes Wing’

posted by dross

In the new Hallmark TV movie “Love Takes Wing,” airing Saturday, April 4, based on the popular book series “Love Comes Softly,” Sarah Jones and Haylie Duff stars as two 19th century female doctors who go to a small town […]

TV Star Willie Aames Has Garage Sale

posted by dross

Christian actor Willie Aames is apparently in such financial trouble that he did what few celebrities have done before him–held a garage sale, according to the Kansas City Star. The newspaper reported that Aames held the sale at his Olathe, […]

‘Friday Night Lights’ Talks About Sex

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Friday Night Lights” has always been a show that is about so much more than football. Season three has had some great moments and rumor has it that it will be picked up for possibly two more seasons, which is […]

Rainn Wilson Says Faith Keeps Him Grounded

posted by dross

Although you probably know him best as hilarious weirdo Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” Rainn Wilson’s new role is as the voice of evil alien Gallaxhar in the new animated film, “Monsters vs. Aliens” which opens today (see Movie Mom’s […]

Actor/Hero/Dad Grunberg Tweets for Epilepsy Awareness

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

I am a huge fan of Twitter – I adore that it brings me a slice of people’s lives, both strangers and familiars, and allows me to connect with people I might have otherwise never met. Because for me Twitter […]

Natasha Richardson Gives Life Through Organ Donation

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Even though it has been over a week now since actress Natasha Richardson died tragically from a head injury in a fluke skiing accident, I have to admit I am still disturbed by the story and it’s seeming randomness. But […]

Korn’s Fieldy Comes Out as Christian in New Book

posted by dross

Musician Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, the bass player for Korn, who recently came out publically as a Christian in a new book, “Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn.” You may remember a few years ago, another […]

Kareem Salama: A Muslim Country Singer for Your iPod

posted by dali

When I think of Muslim musicians, the genres of hip hop, rap, maybe a little rock, and of course the more religious category of nasheeds and Sufi-type music come to mind. But what about country? Putting aside the whole huge […]

WWJT: What Would Jesus Tweet?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Recently fellow blogger Donna asked Idol Chatter readers if they were getting into tweeting as evangelism on messaging and social networking device Twitter. Now with Easter only a short time away, several pop culture watchers are asking a different question: […]

Harry Potter as Satanist Tool of ‘Ziono-Hollywoodists’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Oh, Harry Potter–your Quidditch games, your friendships with Hermione and Ron, your crush on Cho Chang, and who could forget “wingardium leviosa” (that’s the spell that helps you float objects)! You’ve inspired the imagination of so many…including, apparently, Iranian TV, […]

Will There Be a Season 5 of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’?

posted by dross

Last night’s finale of the hit TLC reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ was pretty much a snore–aside from the last few minutes. Commercial teasers for the finale made it seem like we’d eventually witness a blowout between the […]

Liberty Liberal: Kevin Roose’s Year in Christian College

posted by Paul O'Donnell

In the past few years journalists have developed a strain of religion reportage that centers on a stunt, one patterned after George Plimpton’s turn as a major-league pitcher or maybe John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like Me.” The latest version, by […]

Curt Schilling Retires from the Red Sox

posted by mkress

Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has announced his retirement, and I read the news with a mixture of sadness and admiration–sadness that we won’t get to watch one of the most dominant pitchers of our time anymore, admiration that he’s […]

Frak!: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Finale Fails to Satisfy

posted by Ellen Leventry

The season finale of “Battlestar Galactica” aired Friday, March 20. Please note, this review contains spoilers. Several weeks ago I told a friend of mine, half-joking, that it was a good thing “Battlestar Galactica” was coming to an end because […]

Sylvia Plath’s Son Nicholas Hughes Commits Suicide

posted by dross

Nicholas Hughes, 47, the son of revered poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath has hanged himself at his home in Alaska. According to family, Hughes had been suffering from depression for some time. Tragically, his mother, who also suffered from […]

March Madness: Good and, Um, Well…

posted by Douglas Howe

Okay! Two days down. Three weeks to go. And our national holiday rolls on: March Madness! I don’t remember when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament became a national holiday season. I don’t remember when employers decreed that taking time away […]

‘Duplicity': Anything But Duplicitous

posted by Douglas Howe

Julia Roberts! Clive Owen! And a movie that’s compelling. Such is what we’re offered in “Duplicity,” the new romantic comedy from Universal Pictures. (You can check out both the film’s trailer and a great review on USA Today’s website). I […]

Jay Leno’s Entertainment: President Obama!

posted by Douglas Howe

The economy is tanking. The bailed-out companies are sending seven figure bonuses to their key managers. The banks are barely making it. The public is nervous. How does a President respond? Does he start a train tour? Does he take […]

Weekend Watching

posted by Ellen Leventry

TV: Battlestar Galactica Frequent readers of “Idol Chatter” will know that I’m a huge “Battlestar Galactica” fan, reveling in its relevance and enjoying its space opera-esque qualities. So, it is with mixed feelings that I anticipate tonight’s two-hour series finale. […]

Ted Haggard and Wife to Appear on ‘Divorce Court’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

As the death of his career continues, Ted Haggard just keeps moving toward the light–the television light. Since he admitted to homosexual acts and stepped down as pastor of a Colorado megachurch and as president of the National Association of […]

Muslim Video Contest Reveals Being an ‘Arab in America’ Isn’t Easy

posted by idol chatter

For many American Muslims, the mainstream presentation of their diverse voices seems lost in a vacuum dominated by simplistic, cardboard stereotypes depicting them as fundamentalists or perpetual suspects. Thankfully, Link TV in collaboration with One Nation has provided a way […]

Bluetree: You Two Can Be a Worship Band

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Did you know that the Beatles named themselves after Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets and that several of the early Beatlemania hits are essentially skiffled-up versions of Holly songs? Keep this in mind, anyway, when you encounter “God of This […]

Natasha Richardson: 1963-2009

posted by Kris Rasmussen

After enormous speculation, last night representative’s for Natasha Richardson’s husband, actor Liam Neeson, broke the news that seemed inevitable: Richardson passed away in a New York hospital from injuries related to a fall at a ski resort in Canada. Though […]

LeAnn Rimes Cheating on Husband, Magazine Claims

posted by dross

And more of this month in Christian celebrity infidelity… First Jon Gosselin and now LeAnn Rimes? According to US Weekly, married singer Rimes is having an affair with married actor Eddie Cibrian, whom she met on the set of a […]

‘American Idol”s Adam Lambert Covers ‘Ring of Fire’

posted by dross

I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been following “American Idol” this season (Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck has been doing a very good job at that), but when I heard one of the finalists, Adam Lambert, covered one […]

Tweet Without Ceasing? The Church of Twitter

posted by Donna Freitas

I don’t twitter (or is it tweet?)–though a lot of my friends do. And I hear that you can develop a “following” pretty quickly if your tweets are frequent enough and clever, too. So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that […]

Watch Clip: Apple’s Steve Wozniak on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

posted by mkress

It’s a shame that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is injured and had to drop out of “Dancing With the Stars.” Maybe it’s just the dorky two-left-footed dancer in me, but this is just about the most inspiring bit of television […]

Big Trouble for ‘Big Love’?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Thus far, “Big Love” has gone to great lengths to distance their storyline– a polygamous marriage in Utah– from the Mormon faith. The central characters, the Henricksons, don’t refer to themselves as Mormons, and even the throwback sect at Juniper […]

Natasha Richardson Critically Injured in Accident

posted by dross

According to various media outlets, actress Natasha Richardson has been critically injured in a skiing accident in Canada. Richardson, the daughter of legendary actress Vanessa Redgrave and wife of actor Liam Neeson, reportedly suffered what’s being called a “traumatic brain […]

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Blessings

posted by dross

In honor of St. Patrick’s day, check out these 8 Irish blessings for luck. Here’s one of my favorites: May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Is Anybody There?’

posted by dross

A young boy (Bill Milner) who lives in a nursing home run by his parents befriends an elderly man (Michael Caine) who teaches him magic tricks and shows him what life is really about.

Remembering Ron Silver

posted by Ellen Leventry

When I learned of actor Ron Silver’s death this morning, I was saddened and surprised. Surprised because, unlike Patrick Swayze or Jade Goody’s battles with cancer, I was not aware of the 62-year-old, “West Wing” star’s two year fight with […]

Liked the Premier of ‘Kings’? Interview with Michael Green

posted by Donna Freitas

I’m hooked on NBC’s “Kings” just from the premier, so I’ve been searching around for new and interesting tidbits about the show and its future–especially on the religion front. So if you’re loving the show like me, don’t miss this […]

‘Swingers’ at the Seder? That’s Hollywood!

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Every year, our family gathers for the Passover seder (actually we do two seders– sedarim, if you want to be Hebraically accurate– because of our status as Jews in the Diaspora, while in Israel they only have one, but that’s […]

Howard K. Stern’s Arrest Provides a Little Justice for Anna Nicole Smith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s hard to believe it’s been a little over two years since Anna Nicole Smith died of a drug overdose. I remember writing about her death with a sense of sadness that this was one more Hollywood tragedy that really […]

‘Angel Wars: The Messengers’ DVD: Heaven’s Winged Superheroes

posted by shuang

Imagine a group of extraordinary beings who battle evil forces for the good of mankind, providing help and justice to those in need, all the while handling high-tech gadgets and sporting colorful, protective gear. This isn’t X-Men, Justice League, or […]

It’s All Edward, All the Time These Days (‘Twilight’)

posted by Donna Freitas

For the Team Edward fans out there, here’s some good news: Guess who is on the cover of April’s GQ? That’s right! Robert Pattinson (aka, Edward Cullen). Writer Alex Pappademas traces Pattinson’s rise from the dead (he was just a […]

Taking a Second Look at ‘Fireproof’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I certainly was unabashedly harsh in my review of the indie hit “Fireproof” a few weeks ago. Despite its grassroots success, the overtly religious and way-too-cheesy drama about a firefighter’s last ditch attempt to save his marriage is not what […]

‘Angry Conversations With God': A Snarky, Sweet, New Spiritual Memoir

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Spiritual memoirs were once a hot commodity in the Christian book market with reflective but accessible reads like Lauren Winner’s “Girl Meets God” and Donald Miller’s ” Blue Like Jazz” finding a wide audience. Of late, most inspirational memoirs seem […]

Dakota Fanning Vamps it Up in ‘Twilight’ Movie Sequel: ‘New Moon’

posted by Donna Freitas

So this just in for those still following all things-Twilight. TVGuide reports that Dakota Fanning has signed on to play one of the Volturi–the ancient vampires who live in Italy and enforce vampire code world-wide. Fanning will play Jane, the […]

Mandisa Gaining Success, Losing Weight

posted by dross

In a new article on CNN, “American Idol” finalist and Christian music star Mandisa talks about her weight loss (75 pounds and counting) and her new album, “Freedom” which hits stores March 24. She says she has forgiven “Idol” judge […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Bart Got a Room’

posted by dross

In this comedy, a young Jewish teen struggles with finding a date to the prom, pressured by the fact that the school’s biggest nerd already has one, and has even booked a hotel room. The film stars Steven Kaplan, William […]

‘Angels & Demons’ Causing Catholic Stir (Again)

posted by Donna Freitas

I’m sure Dan Brown must be used to coming under attack from Catholics for his pulpy, page-turners and the nearing release of the film version of “Angels & Demons” is no exception. The Vatican banned “Angels & Demons” from filming […]

Watch Exclusive Clip: ‘Enlighten Up!’

posted by dross

In this upcoming documentary journalist Nick Rosen travels the world talking to mystics, gurus, and others in search of the true meaning of yoga. Here, he speaks with yogi Norman Allen of Hawaii about the connection between yoga and enlightenment.

Catholic Church Bans ‘Gay-friendly’ Play in CA: ‘The God Box’

posted by Donna Freitas

By the end of my first time reading through the YA novel “The God Box” by Alex Sanchez (a writer colleague of mine) I was sobbing. Not only is it a beautiful story of two boys who fall in love, […]

Alice Walker Goes to Gaza

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Yahoo! News reports that Pulitzer-prize winning author Alice Walker, who wrote “The Color Purple,” is traveling to Gaza with a group of female activists to deliver aid and meet with non-governmental organizations and residents. The trip was organized by U.S. […]

Oprah’s Warning to Rihanna

posted by dross

Although I am certainly not one to fall down at Oprah’s feet and praise every word she says like some people, I do have to give her props for her latest public message to singer Rihanna, whose boyfriend, singer Chris […]

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP–Celebrity Indulgence? Or Helpful Holistic Advice?

posted by idol chatter

By Valerie Reiss Fresh Living As part snarky native New Yorker, part spiritualish yogini, I can semi feel Gwyneth Paltrow’s pain from the media-whipping she’s gotten for GOOP, her recent holistic lifestyle venture. Launched last September, GOOP (a name made […]

NBC’s New ‘Kings': Could Be Epic!

posted by Donna Freitas

“It’s not popular to speak of God,” utters Ian McShane’s character, King Silas Benjamin, as he addresses the people of Gilboah in the opening minutes of the premier of “Kings“–a show that, if it’s about anything, it’s about God. Silas […]

Jewish and Scottish? Try the Tartan Tallis

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The traditional Jewish tallis (or tallit) is blue and white, a fringed prayer shawl with four corners. But if you’re Scottish and Jewish and looking for a way to express your binational pride, now you can own your very own […]

Dora’s Disappointing Makeover

posted by Nell Minow

Here is the opening paragraph of a new press release: Mattel, Inc. (NYSE:MAT) and Nickelodeon/Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP), announced today that Dora the Explorer™ is growing up! The companies have introduced a whole new way to look at Dora for […]

Eight, er, Fourteen is Enough: Octomom Be Gone

posted by Ellen Leventry

Whenever I hear mom of fourteen Nadya Suleman referred to as “Octomom,” I immediately conjure up an image of Dr. Octopus from Spider-Man 2, but, instead of Alfred Molina inhabiting the wildly gesticulating, mechanical, tentacled apparatus, Ms. Suleman herself is […]

‘Meshugene Men': A Purim Parody

posted by Kris Rasmussen

You might have to be a die hard “Mad Men” enthusiast to appreciate this new video parody, in which ad execs at a Jewish firm try to come up with a campaign to market mayonnaise to Jews. There’s lots of […]

‘Tattoo’ Barbie Causes a Stir: Get Over It!

posted by dross

With Barbie celebrating the big 5-0 this year, some might say she’s experiencing a mid-life crisis by going out and getting herself inked up. “Totally Stylin’ Tattoos” Barbie–which comes with small tattoo stickers for Barbie and a “tattoo gun” for […]

Faith and Science Behind ‘Angels & Demons’

posted by idol chatter

By Rebecca Cusey The mid-February sky shone bright and blue over the mountains of Switzerland when the creators of the upcoming movie “Angels & Demons”–the sequel to the film “The Da Vinci Code,” both based on the novels by Dan […]

Watch Exclusive Clip: ‘Angel Wars: The Messengers’

posted by idol chatter

In the upcoming “Angel Wars: The Messengers” animated action series, a group of angels are sent to earth to fight fallen angels who seek to corrupt and destroy humanity. The DVD releases March 17.

Jon Gosselin of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ Allegedly Cheating on Wife

posted by dross

Say it ain’t so! Star Magazine is reporting that Jon Gosselin, star of the hit TLC reality show, “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ may be cheating on his wife. According to the Magazine, Jon–who along with Kate and the rest […]

Spinal Tap Tour Announced: ‘Taking it to 11′ in 30 Cities

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Twenty-five years later, and the “Spinal Tap” gang is getting the band back together. The trio at the core of Spinal Tap, a fake heavy metal band profiled in the mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap,” Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and […]

Shame on Me for Watching ‘The Bachelor: After the Final Rose’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Oh, the guilt, shame, and humiliation that comes with sinking to a new low. No, I am not talking about that despicable rascal Jason Mesnick, aka ABC’s latest manifestation of “The Bachelor.” Proving that all of the other dreamboat bachelors […]

Watch Exclusive Clip: ‘Wake Up’

posted by dross

One day four years ago Jonas Elrod woke up with the inexplicable ability to see and hear ghosts, angels, demons, and auras. The documentary “Wake Up” follows his journey across the country and overseas for the next three years to […]

For Rizzle?! Rapper Snoop Dogg Joins Nation of Islam

posted by dross

Rapper and sometimes actor Snoop Dogg has revealed that he has joined the Nation of Islam, according to the BBC. After appearing at the group’s Saviour’s Day event in Chicago, Snoop told reporters why he decided to officially join the […]

Review: ‘Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead’

posted by idol chatter

By Chris Sagona When Peter Manseau, a Washington DC-based religion writer, saw his unborn daughter’s ultrasound in utero, he felt his calling to write “Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead.” It was seeing the technician identify […]

Is ’24’ Over the Top or a Timely Warning?

posted by Douglas Howe

Last night’s “24” went where no television show has gone before. Senators’ staffs being run by undercover terrorists. An international dictator leading commandos into battle in Washington. A firefight in the White House. It bordered on the thin line between […]

Lindsay Lohan Converting to Judaism?

posted by mkress

Things are apparently serious enough between Lindsay Lohan and girlfriend Samantha Ronson for Lindsay to be considering converting to Judaism, Ronson’s faith. From the Daily Mail: Although raised a Catholic, the 22-year-old star announced she was planning to change her […]

Drew Barrymore to Direct ‘Twilight 3: Eclipse’? Oh No!

posted by Donna Freitas

So I thought that all-things “Twilight” would fade away with the end of 2008, but the series and talk of it is much like the Energizer Bunny–I see that now. It shows no signs of abating and so, alas, I […]

Keisha Castle-Hughes: Making Waves Again

posted by shuang

The last time Keisha Castle-Hughes, the Oscar-nominated actress of “Whale Rider,” was in the news, she was in the middle of a publicity storm. Right after filming “The Nativity Story” (directed by Catherine Hardwicke of “Twilight”) as the Virgin Mary, […]

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