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‘The Brothers Bloom': A Must See!

posted by Donna Freitas

I love a good caper. I even love the word caper. Capers are my favorite kind of movie. “The Thomas Crown Affair” is a good one. “The Imposters” another. And now comes “The Brothers Bloom,” more mad-cap than most perhaps, […]

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Steven Curtis Chapman and Family Still Grieving One Year Later

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I am glad to hear several Christian radio stations remind contemporary Christian music fans that it has been one year since the tragic loss of Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter Maria Sue Chapman. Over the last year the Chapman family has […]

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‘Shotgun Stories': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I know summer is here and we are all looking for perhaps lighter fare to watch on a Friday night, I stumbled across a fairly recent release that is haunting but yet not overly dark. “Shotgun Stories”is the tale […]

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Watch Trailer: ‘Smile Pinki’

posted by dross

This touching documentary–which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject–follows a young Indian girl born with a cleft lip, and her journey to get an operation that will allow her to live a better life. The film […]

A ‘Buffy’ Movie?! (But Without Joss?!)

posted by Donna Freitas

Apparently there is serious talk about a new big-screen “Buffy” flick! My heart went all a flutter when I read the recent article, ““Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Returning to Big Screen” sent to me by fellow Idol Chatter blogger Kris […]

Inspirational Advice from Dwight Schrute

posted by dross

I saw this Youtube clip from “The Office” on Rainn Wilson’s Twitter account and just had to post it here.In it Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott asks Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) to answer the question, “What’s the most inspiring thing […]

‘Terminator Salvation': Loud Yet Lifeless

posted by Donna Freitas

To say that “Terminator Salvation” is dark can’t be too understated. The entire movie is filmed in grey scale, there is only about a total of 15 minutes where something–or someone–is not exploding or being shot at, and then, there’s […]

Mike Tyson’s Daughter Dies

posted by dross

Mike Tyson probably isn’t the most well-liked person in the world (being that he’s a convicted rapist whose been known to fight dirty in the boxing ring), but your heart just has to bleed for him knowing that his 4-year-old […]

Watch Trailer: ‘The Road’

posted by dross

Based off the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Cormac McCarthy, the film is about a father and his young son who struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The movie stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Charlize Theron. The film is […]

Will Anyone Be Balanced About Sotomayor?

posted by Douglas Howe

What a shame. The days of news being reported neutrally, accurately, and fairly are gone. I am so uninspired by tuning into the news networks and President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is a clarifying example. What a great […]

The Real Lesson Behind ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ Season Premiere

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The numbers aren’t official yet, but undoubtedly last night’s much hyped season premiere of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ set ratings records for TLC. But for anyone tuning in who thought that the couple were going to engage in some […]

Susan Boyle Makes ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Finals

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I guess Britain’s infatuation with overnight sensation Susan Boyle isn’t over yet. The 47-year old singer who wowed audiences on “Britain’s Got Talent” a few weeks ago was back onstage last Sunday for the semi-finals and received another standing ovation […]

Sean Penn Withdraws His ‘Arrogant’ Divorce Petition

posted by Douglas Howe

Fox L.A.’s morning show reported in an oh-so-brief clip last week that the pending divorce between Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn is off, as Mr. Penn withdrew the divorce petition he had filed. I’m glad it got a mention […]

Watch Clip: ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (Warning: Explicit Language)

posted by dross

In this clip from Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming World War II movie, the leader of a group of Jewish-American soldiers who hunt and kill Nazis (Brad Pitt), interrogates a German to find out information about nearby Nazis. The film releases Aug […]

Pope Goes Online with ‘Pope2You’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The oldest social network–after all, who but the early Christians invented the idea of “friending” even your enemies?–made a first tentative move onto the latest social network when the Vatican announced their new papal Facebook app yesterday. Part of a […]

Amy Grant Helps Promote Cancer Research

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most interesting media stories of our generation–in terms of personal development, professional growth and spiritual relevance–has been the journey of Amy Grant. From Evangelical Christian Music Star to Pop Music Crossover Success to Country Singer to Celebrity […]

The Christian Secular Culture Disclaimer

posted by Paul O'Donnell

On the “Stuff Christians Like” blog website the other day, “Prodigal” Jon Acuff tries to come up with a “Christian Secular Culture Disclaimer“–a boilerplate excuse-me phrase like “Spoiler Alert!” or NSFW (“Not safe for work”) that appears to warn Christians […]

Watch Clip: Hallmark’s ‘Safe Harbor’

posted by dross

In this Hallmark Channel Original Movie, a newly retired couple, played by Treat Williams and Nancy Travis, looking forward to a trip on their boat, are asked a favor by a family friend, which changes their plans. “Safe Harbor” premieres […]

Aaron Strumpel’s ‘Elephants’ is Unforgettable

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I stopped writing about Christian music full-time several years ago, mainly because I became tired of using words like “fresh,” “innovative,” or “inspired” for music that often wasn’t. In fact, it is a rare occurrence these days when I feel […]

10 Military Movies to Celebrate Memorial Day

posted by Douglas Howe

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and if this is the year to stay home, I suggest you gather with those you love and watch great war movies. Here are ten of my favorite military movies of all-time which you […]

’24’ Finale: More Cliffhanger Than Conclusion

posted by Douglas Howe

After a day or two to reflect–and allow all you TiVO-ers to see the final show–I hope “24” will be back, though I didn’t expect to be thinking this as the show entered its final few weeks. You can watch […]

‘New Moon’ Movie Poster: Ack!

posted by Donna Freitas

So I can’t help but respond to Dena’s Idol Chatter post about the release of the “New Moon” movie poster to the press–especially since I hate it! I am Team Edward through and through, and it was one thing to […]

Watch Video: Yusuf Islam on ‘Colbert Report’

posted by dross

Yufuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, made an appearance on “The Colbert Report” earlier this week to promote his new album, “Roadsinger.”Apparently, the Muslim singer is going by his first name only these days as he “prefers […]

Hugh Jackman’s Spiritual Side

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Hugh Jackman’s latest installment of the X-Men saga may not be wowing critics, but fans are still showing his trademark character, Wolverine some love at the box office for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Maybe that’s because in real life, Jackman is […]

The Joy of ‘Glee’

posted by Ellen Leventry

“Glee” is a show built on cliches–the teacher who will do anything for the kids, the jock who’ll give up popularity to pursue his dorky dream, the talented gal who dreams of becoming a star–but the sum of its parts […]

Mom Movie Interview: Jason Dolley of ‘Cory in the House’ and ‘Hatching Pete’

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Dolley plays Newt in the Disney Channel’s popular series “Cory in the House” and stars in “Hatching Pete,” now out on DVD with another family-friendly feature, “Dadnapped.” Jason found time to talk to me between finals in his college […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Fighting for Life’

posted by dross

A documentary paying tribute to the unsung heroes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan–the military doctors, nurses, and medics who fight every day to save the lives of soldiers and Marines wounded in battle. The film will air on […]

American Apparel Settles with Woody Allen Over Billboard

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Remember the Woody Allen billboard for American Apparel? Remember the lawsuit for $10M by the Woodman against the “vertically integrated” clothing company that indicated the billboard wasn’t in any way approved of by Woody Allen? Well, there’s a settlement, and […]

‘The Higher the Hair, the Closer to God’? The Prom as Sacred

posted by Donna Freitas

As someone who both writes and adores YA (young adult) novels, and has her own share of prom-going experiences to draw on, I get a bit nostalgic this time of year when I see a limo pull up at a […]

First Look at ‘New Moon’

posted by dross

For all you “Twilight”-obsessed out there (I’m looking at you Donna Freitas), check out what I just received in my inbox–a first look at the upcoming “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which hits theaters November 20. The new film stars […]

Madonna and Jesus: Are They Tying the Kabbalah Knot ?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

According to some reports, Madonna is going to marry Jesus (no, not that one)–and may have already done so over the weekend. In between a fling with A-Rod and an attempt to adopt another child from Malawi, Material Girl Madge […]

Bye Bye Braverman

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful Warner Archive has released another movie I remember fondly, Bye Bye Braverman. Director Sidney Lumet, showing the same feel for the city evident in his other films like “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Serpico,” made this film about four […]

Photo Exclusive: ‘More Than a Game’

posted by dross

The exclusive photo above, titled “Team in Prayer,” is from the documentary, “More Than a Game,” which opens October 2, 2009. The film follow five young friends from Akron, Ohio–one of whom would grow up to become NBA superstar LeBron […]

‘Me So Holy’ App Too Much for Apple

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Christians are supposed to see Jesus in everyone, but might not appreciate seeing everyone in Jesus. Or so say the iPhone gatekeepers at Apple. This week Apple rejected a new application that allowed users to crop a picture of their […]

‘Angels & Demons’ Gives Physicists Their 15 Minutes

posted by Paul O'Donnell

After the firestorm of Vatican opprobrium for “The Da Vinci Code” three years ago, the producers of “Angels & Demons” may have counted on further ecclesial disapproval to help publicize today’s opening of the “Code” sequel. The official Roman Catholic […]

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ — Trailer and Blog

posted by Nell Minow

There is no movie I am more excited about right now than the Spike Jonze-directed “Where the Wild Things Are,” opening this fall and based on the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak. Having watched the trailer several times, I […]

The Jolly, ‘South Park’ Loving Side of the Catholic League’s Bill Donahue

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The New York Times likes to profile William Donahue, president of the Catholic League, as much as it likes to quote his bombastic attacks on perceived enemies of the church. The ex-marine and one-man Defender of the Faith makes for […]

‘Angels & Demons’ Review: Nonstop Melodrama and Fun

posted by Donna Freitas

The Catholic Church is under attack! There’s a war between science and reason! Quick, lock the Cardinals in the conclave or the Catholic Church is lost! The Pope’s been murdered! Call Dr. Robert Langdon of Harvard! He’ll save us–even though […]

Kate Gosselin: Not Sure if She Believes Jon

posted by dross

Wow! Kate Gosselin drops a bombshell in the latest issue of People Magazine. After all that standing by her man stuff–blaming husband Jon’s bad behavior on an inability to deal with newfound celebrity–for the first time, the star of TLC’s […]

Among the ‘Angels & Demons': Interview with Ayelet Zurer

posted by idol chatter

The cinematic adaptation of Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons” hits American theaters on May 15 and follows symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) as they solve a mystery surrounding the Vatican during a conclave. […]

She’s Baaaack: Sarah Palin Gets a Book Deal

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Tina Fey, better find your Sarah specs: Governor Palin has a book deal with HarperCollins to produce a memoir for publication in 2010, the year she’s up for re-election. “There’s been so much written about and spoken about in the […]

To All You ‘SonSeed’ Doubters: Zap!

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Another shoe has dropped in the controversy over SonSeed, the band whose song “Jesus Is My Friend” inspired as many doubters as fans when it debuted on the blog “Dougsploitation” last year. Arena Rock Records announced Tuesday that it would […]

‘Farrah’s Story’ Airs Friday Night

posted by Douglas Howe

Reality is setting in for many in the Baby Boomer generation whose former favorite actress and poster girl is battling cancer. What once was vicarious joy is now vicarious pain, as Farrah Fawcett has spent many of her final days […]

Bankrupt Willie Aames Starts Campaign Against ‘Financial Illiteracy’

posted by dross

If a friend goes through relationships like toilet paper, would you go to her for relationship advice? If your child-less sibling offers you parenting tips, would you take him seriously? If someone loses their shirt in the stock market, would […]

Miss California’s ‘Bad Theology': A Scholarly Look

posted by Donna Freitas

Miss California, Carrie Prejean, certainly made ripples a few weeks ago at the Miss USA pageant when she took a stand against gay marriage–whether these were positive or negative ripples she sent outward depends on your politics. And yesterday Donald […]

The Donald Says Carrie Prejean Not Fired!

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN (as well as just about every news agency and tabloid under the sun!) is reporting that Miss California USA Carrie Prejean will be allowed to keep her crown, despite the recent controversies surrounding her title, her contest answer to […]

Winslet Sues, Clarkson Takes a Body Image Beating

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Over at Entertainment Weekly, a writer is now calling shenanigans on “super-skinny actresses who insist they eat like lumberjacks and never get off the couch.” The hook for this particular declaration is Kate Winslet’s lawsuit against the Daily Mail for […]

Will Donald Trump Strip Carrie Prejean of Her Title? Post Your Predictions

posted by dross

Miss California Carrie Prejean has enjoyed her share of controversy over the past few weeks. From the initial backlash over her stance on gay marriage (as opposed to “opposite marriage) to the release of some sexy photos to her breaking […]

Who’s the Best Captain Kirk?

posted by Douglas Howe

Have you seen the newest “Star Trek?” If so, you may want to chime in on Time.com’s poll which asks your opinion on the best Enterprise captain of all time. Would you choose William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Patrick Stewart […]

An ‘Angels & Demons’ Tour of Rome

posted by idol chatter

The movie version of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, opening May 15, follows symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) in a desperate dash through Old Rome. A secret society called The Illuminati are executing Catholic Cardinals in brutal and meaningful ways, […]

Nia Vardalos’s Adoption Blessing

posted by dross

Nia Vardalos, star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and the upcoming “My Life in Ruins” became a mother for the first time last year when she and her husband adopted a 3-year-old girl. In a People.com essay that ran […]

Defending a Wall Between Church and Film? ‘Angels & Demons’

posted by Donna Freitas

This weekend, Terrence Rafferty of The New York Times looks at the tension that flares up whenever faith and cinema clash–“The awful thing about these religious-movie dust-ups is that there’s no resolving them to anybody’s satisfaction, either believers’ or nonbelievers’”–and […]

More on the Jon Gosselin Alleged Affair

posted by dross

Will it ever end?! The new issue of US Weekly features more information on Jon Gosselin, star of TLC’s hit reality show, “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” and his alleged affair with Deanna Hummel, the woman whom he was seen […]

Jewish Moments in ‘Star Trek’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

There’s always something new to appreciate about Star Trek, even for people who have only minimally dipped toes into the mythology of the series and the movies they inspired. For me, there’s one episode I constantly refer to: “The Trouble […]

Womb with a View: An ‘Extreme’ Mother’s Day Special

posted by Ellen Leventry

Not in the mood for the usual Hallmark Hall of Fame fare this Mother’s Day? Then check out National Geographic Channel’s “In the Womb: Extreme Animals.” Astonishing real-time 4D ultrasound images and fetal imaging techniques allow viewers to experience the […]

Vatican Declares ‘Angels & Demons’ Harmless

posted by Donna Freitas

According to an article from the Associated Press, the folks in Rome aren’t worried about the new Dan Brown movie, “Angels & Demons,” which premiered there on Monday, reporting that: “Reviewers at the Vatican’s newspaper have passed judgment on “Angels […]

Top Movies Christians Should Watch

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Because I have been known to write a top ten list now and again here at Idol Chatter, I often go in search of what kinds of top lists exist out there on the web. I discovered one yesterday that […]

Participate in Our ‘Angels & Demons’ Virtual Treasure Hunt!

posted by dross

In celebration of the upcoming Ron Howard film “Angels & Demons” (hits theaters May 15), Beliefnet has created a cool new treasure hunt. By finding and following small images from the movie around the website, you can then enter to […]

Miss California Defends Sexy Pics

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’ve only barely noticed the media furor over Miss California USA Carrie Prejean’s comments about same sex marriage, but one story yesterday made me groan, even though we all should have seen it coming a mile away: a tabloid website […]

Susan Boyle, The Early Years

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Some of you may have already moved on from the whole Susan Boyle phenomenon, but for the rest of us, there have been numerous video leaks on the web showing Boyle in her younger days. The latest to make the […]

Miley Cyrus Pledges to Remain Virgin Until Married

posted by dross

“Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus has had her share of controvesy over the past year. Cyrus, now 16, posed for what some called “too sexy” photos for Annie Leibovitz and Vanity Fair back in 2008. Plus other personal photos of […]

Pete Seeger: Bringing Us Together at 90

posted by idol chatter

Pete Seeger, the great American folksinger, just turned 90 years old. Pete is a great believer in the power of music to bring people together. So what better way to celebrate his birthday than a sing-along with more than 15,000 […]

The Ten Commandments in the Worlds of ‘Star Trek’

posted by dross

Trekkies everywhere are collectively holding their breath in anticipation of J.J. Abrams’ (“Lost,” “Alias,” “Cloverfield”) new “Star Trek” film, which hits theaters this Friday. Will the film– which gives the back stories of James T. Kirk and Spock–be everything they’ve […]

David Cook’s Brother Dies After Cancer Battle

posted by dross

David Cook, 2008’s “American Idol” winner’s brother has died after a battle with brain cancer. Cook announced his brother Adam’s death yesterday during a benefit run for the National Brain Tumor Society where he was the Grand Marshall. You may […]

Top 5 Summer Romance Movies Coming Soon

posted by Donna Freitas

At this point in the year, I am in need of a little post-winter inspiration and likewise, starved for a fun romance flick–emphasis on the fun and the romance as opposed to tragic and dark, which for me, defeat the […]

Actress Kelly McGillis Reveals She’s Gay; Says God OK with It

posted by dross

“Top Gun” actress Kelly McGillis, who also played a closeted lesbian on Showtime’s “The L Word,” has revealed publically, through an interview with the gay site SheWired.com that she is gay. The twice divorced mother of two also said that […]

Watch Trailer: ‘My Sister’s Keeper’

posted by dross

In this film based on the Jodi Picoult novel, a girl (Abigail Breslin) conceived through in vitro fertilization for the purpose of providing bone marrow to her leukemia-stricken sister, sues her parents for control over her own body. The film […]

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[youtube]https://youtu.be/61AfGNlXf9M [/youtube] CW’s “The Messengers”, starring Diogo Morgado from the hit series “Son of God”, centers around five individuals who die as a result of an earthly phenomenon. When they return to earth as Angels with unique abilities, they must band together

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We Bid Farewell to Leonard Nimoy
Friday, February 27th Leonard Nimoy, famously known for his role as Spock in the infamous Star Trek series, passed away at the age of 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, stating that the cause was the end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy publicly announced last

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