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Beyonce’s ‘Ave Maria': Disrespectful Or Not?

posted by nsymmonds

In typical fashion, this year’s BET Awards were a mishmash of randomness–not enough awards, too many sub-par performances and, even for a night that was to be dedicated to the late great King of Pop, Michael Jackson, it was barely […]

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10 Oscar Nominees for Best Picture: I Like It!

posted by Douglas Howe

I read with interest the post by fellow Idol Chatter blogger Kris Rasmussen, as well as several other articles regarding the news from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that they’ll now nominate ten movies for the Best Picture category […]

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‘Cheri': Wonderfully Tragic

posted by Donna Freitas

Don’t let the trailer for “Cheri” fool you. While it seduces moviegoers with promises of period costumes and what looks to be a frothy romantic frolic between the beautiful (yet much older) Lea (Michelle Pfeiffer) and the equally beautiful (yet […]

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Top 10 Most Inspiring Michael Jackson Music Videos

posted by Douglas Howe

Back when making music videos was an art form and a must for anyone hoping for chart-topping releases, Michael Jackson took it to another level. VH1 celebrated him with a full weekend of retrospective videos and provided viewers the chance […]

Prayer for Michael Jackson

posted by Idol Chatter

The legacy of Michael Jackson continues as the memory of his passing still remains fresh in our minds. Say a prayer for him and for the Jacksons as they grieve and mourn the death of a son, a brother, and […]

Michael, Farrah, Ed, and Billy: Where Are They Now?

posted by Douglas Howe

My heart goes out to the families, friends and fans of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, and Billy Mays. I’m not sure I can remember a time when four celebrities passed away so close to each other, and it’s […]

What Jermaine Jackson REALLY Said About Michael at His Press Conference

posted by dross

Earlier today Jermaine Jackson gave a press conference addressing the few known details surrounding his brother Michael’s death. At the end of his emotional speech he says, “May Allah be with you Michael, always.” Interestingly enough, many media outlets, including […]

Remembering Michael

posted by Ellen Leventry

Valentine’s Day 2001 I spent with Michael Jackson and 3,000 of his most adoring fans. At the time the “King of Pop” and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach had started an initiative called “Heal the Kids” which aimed to “restore children’s ‘birthright […]

Michael Jackson: Pop Theologian?

posted by Donna Freitas

Michael Jackson’s music is everywhere in the air in New York City today. Walking along this morning, his songs were pouring into the streets from the doorways of shops. There was a crowd of about ten people, outside, singing “I’ll […]

How We’ll Remember Michael Jackson

posted by Douglas Howe

I join with the legions who are mourning the death of Michael Jackson today. As Neil Diamond would have written–and will likely add to his stage version of the song–Michael is “Done Too Soon.” His was a genius that went […]

‘My Sister’s Keeper': A Tempid Tearjerker

posted by Kris Rasmussen

All movies based on successful novels are going to suffer by comparison with the book for those that have an attachment to the book. Jodi Picoult’s bestseller “My Sister’s Keeper” was a deeply moving, thought-provoking novel that touched women, in […]

Fake Video Game Protest Angers Christians

posted by dross

The marketing department over at video game company Electronic Arts (EA) are geniuses! As promotion for an upcoming video game, Dante’s Inferno, they staged a fake protest outside their recent video game conference in Los Angelos. According to the website […]

Michael Jackson Dies

posted by dross

What a sad day in celebrity news. First Farrah Fawcett’s death and now Michael Jackson Media outlets–including TMZ are reporting that the 50-year-old pop star has died after suffering from cardiac arrest. Michael Jackson wrote this piece for Beliefnet in […]

Oscar’s Big Change: More Movies, Better Show?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Even though I am a film buff, I would be the first to say that the Oscars is slowly but surely marching itself into pop culture obscurity. Yesterday’s announcement that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will “broaden […]

Farrah Fawcett Reportedly Close to Death

posted by dross

As Holly Rossi over at Fresh Living has posted, Farrah Fawcett is reportedly in grave condition and has been given her last rites, a Catholic ceremony performed by a priest for the dying. Her family and friends have gathered at […]

‘Easy Virtue': A Simple Summer Movie Delight

posted by Kris Rasmussen

At about this time every summer I begin to look desperately for a change of pace at the Cineplex. I am tired of action packed blockbusters, and even broad, recycled comedies like “The Proposal” don’t quite do for it for […]

Buffy vs. Edward: Feminist Redux?

posted by Donna Freitas

So my esteemed fellow blogger, Esther Kustanowitz beat me to the punch by posting the hilarious Buffy vs. Edward video-mash-up flying around the net these last couple of days. But in addition to the sheer enjoyment provided by watching one […]

Today’s Favorite Thing: ‘Harry Potter: The Musical’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

If you’re like me, you know the best thing you can do is take something you already love, and add three simple things: a colon, and the two words “The Musical.” For instance: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Musical.” “Night […]

Review: ‘Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen’

posted by dross

Check out Movie Mom’s review of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, which releases today. In this sequel to 2007’s “Transformers,” where Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) becomes caught in the middle of a war between the Autobots and the Decepticons after […]

Buffy Vs. Edward

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

You knew it was bound to happen in the age of the YouTube video mashup: just because Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward, the broody vamp from “Twilight,” exist in different media doesn’t mean they shouldn’t work together. I mean, […]

Chris Brown Gets Off Easy for Assault on Rihanna

posted by dross

Rapper Chris Brown has copped a deal after pleading guilty to one felony count of assault on ex-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. He received probation, community service, and will need to attend domestic-violence counseling. He faced more than 4 years in jail […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Fame’

posted by dross

This film, based on the 1980 movie of the same name, follows talented students studying performing arts at a New York City high school. The movie is set to release September 25, 2009

‘The Proposal': Cute, Predictable

posted by Donna Freitas

One of the summer’s few romantic comedies, “The Proposal,” released in theaters last weekend. After suffering through “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” in May, which is one of the worst, most unsatisfying romantic comedies I’ve seen, watching Sandra Bullock and Ryan […]

Jon and Kate to Divorce

posted by dross

As almost everyone suspected, the stars of the TLC hit reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” Jon and Kate Gosselin, have publically announced they are separating on a special episode of their show that aired tonight. Although they never […]

Jews in Sports? It’s a Fantasy…Camp

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The famous joke goes: “One person asks, ‘did you hear someone published a book about Jews in sports?’ and the other person says, ‘yeah, it’s a pamphlet.’” With a few exceptions, Jews are not so well-represented on the athletics side […]

‘A Fierce Light’ Calls for Action

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Certainly the best documentary I saw at the Waterfront Film Festival recently was a collection of inspiring stories that made up “A Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action.” Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (“Scared Sacred”) globe trots around the world looking at […]

Review: ‘The Stoning of Soraya M.’

posted by dali

Contains some spoilers. In 1986 Iran, in a remote village where the men manipulate, set, and enforce the laws based on their own version of Islamic teachings, one woman suffers a terrible, terrible consequence when her estranged husband decides to […]

Denise Richards Gets Spiritual

posted by dross

Actress Denise Richards, ex-wife of Charlie Sheen and star of the reality TV show “It’s Complicated,” will soon guest host medium/spiritualist John Edward’s show. The star began a deep appreciation for the spiritual world after her mother passed away in […]

‘Iran and the West': Don’t Miss This Timely National Geographic Channel Special

posted by Ellen Leventry

There could be no more serendipitous programming on television this coming week than National Geographic Channel’s “Iran and the West,” as the eyes of the world are focused currently on the Islamic Republic’s post-election protests and threatened crackdown on those […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Zombieland’

posted by dross

I’m a fan of apocalyptic movies–especially ones with zombies. Check out the trailer to the upcoming horror/comedy “Zombieland” starring Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and, according to Imdb.com, Bill Murray as a zombie.The film releases October 9, 2009.

Jon and Kate to Make Announcement

posted by dross

I’ll admit, after being a regular viewer, I’ve missed the last two episodes of “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” I’m starting to get sick of watching them play out their marriage drama on TV, not to mention the fact that […]

HBO’s ‘True Blood': It’s All About Being Saved This Season

posted by Donna Freitas

Finding salvation, redemption, forgiveness–HBO’s second season of the vampire-centric “True Blood” seems to be dripping with these themes in its premiere episode last Sunday, “Nothing But the Blood.” Of course, the forms of salvation, etc., may vary. Jason Stackhouse, Sookie’s […]

’16 and Pregnant’ is Important Television

posted by Ellen Leventry

When news that Jamie Lynn Spears was pregnant at 16 first broke back in December 2007, I suggested that Ms. Spears turn it into a teaching moment and film a reality spotlighting the hardships of being a teen mother. Well, […]

Need a Hasid for Your Film? Call Rabbi Elli – He’ll Hook You Up

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

If you’re setting a film or television program in New York City, and are casting background actors, you’re probably going to need a few good men…specifically, Hasidic Jews. These ultra-Orthodox Jews are part of the NY landscape, and–from television shows […]

Speidi, a Baldwin, and Kate: This Week’s Celebrity Christians on the D-List

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Talk shows as well as the blogosphere were a flutter yesterday with several juicy D-list Christians on reality shows doing some pretty stupid stuff. I don’t relish in their individual shortcomings, as much as I am encouraged that maybe this […]

Koogle: The Search Engine for Orthodox Jews

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

If there’s one thing that’s threatening to the Orthodox Jewish community–aside from assimilation, intermarriage, single Jews marrying later and having fewer kids, women’s singing voices, etc.–it’s the internet. The internet can provide lots of information, but there’s lots of immodest […]

Asra Nomani’s back in PBS’s ‘The Mosque in Morgantown’

posted by dali

If you are at all active in the national American Muslim community, or if you have paid attention in the least bit to the myriad of issues Muslim-Americans have struggled with since the tragedy of 9/11, then you’ve heard of […]

Say ‘I Might’ to ‘Wedding Day’

posted by Ellen Leventry

TNT sells itself as the network that “knows drama,” but it’s now branching out into melodrama with a new “unscripted drama” (read: reality show) called “Wedding Day,” in which deserving couples get their dream walk down the aisle. I’m not […]

Song from The Wrecking May Be Featured in ‘New Moon’

posted by dross

Christian rockers The Wrecking are under consideration to have their song “Our Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” used in the upcoming Twilight movie “New Moon.” Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck, an admitted fan of the band, has details on […]

‘Saving Grace’ Debuts New Season Tuesday Night

posted by Kris Rasmussen

TNT has certainly been successful at creating summer series centered around strong female characters, whether it’s my favorite “The Closer,” “Raising the Bar” or it’s big hit, “Saving Grace.” I felt like the first two seasons of TNT’s police drama […]

Sneak Peek: ‘The Answer Man’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the more entertaining movies I saw last weekend at the Waterfront Film Festival was the romantic comedy ” The Answer Man.” Jeff Daniels plays a poor man’s Deepak Chopra named Arlen Faber. Arlen wrote a self-help book many […]

Madonna, ‘Mercy,’ and International Adoption

posted by Douglas Howe

Madonna’s media representative released the news that the pop star has been approved by a Malawian court to adopt another child from that country. I can’t tell whether I hate or love all of the press she is getting. In […]

David Carradine: Death, Life, Stories…But No Suicide

posted by Douglas Howe

David Carradine, the well-known, well-remembered and well-misunderstood actor, died on the other side of the world recently, and news emerged that his death was the result of either suicide, personal experimentation gone bad, or foul play. Now the news has […]

More Vampires! HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Returns

posted by Donna Freitas

In my opinion, the jury’s still out on whether season two of HBO’s “True Blood“–premiering this Sunday, June 14th–is worth the commitment. Whereas season one started off promising–Sookie Stackhouse meets vampire Bill, who is not only good looking but old-fashioned […]

HBO’s ‘True Blood': Season Two Trailer

posted by Donna Freitas

While you’re counting down the days (hours and minutes–HBO actually has a countdown on the “True Blood” homepage), definitely check out the trailer for Season Two. Some of it’s rather sexy and romantic (i.e. promising), some of it is, well, […]

Chastity Bono Undergoing Gender Reassignment

posted by dross

Chastity Bono, gay rights activist and daughter of Cher and the late performer Sonny Bono, has publically announced that she is underdoing gender reassignment and is transitioning from a female to a male. Bono would like to be now be […]

A Video Game for People of Faith

posted by Douglas Howe

“Allow me to be blunt for a moment,” said Max Phillips, in a recent Escapist Magazine article. “Most games avoid anything having to do with the subject of religion.” That got my attention! And it should have. “In most cases […]

Miss California Fired – But Why?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Just when I thought I wouldn’t have to hear any more debate about Miss USA Carrie Prejean and her religious beliefs regarding gay marriage, the news came late in the afternoon yesterday that Prejean has been fired from her position […]

Colbert from Iraq: More Relevant Than We Expected?

posted by Douglas Howe

Every time I travel to Los Angeles I love picking up my beloved L.A. Times. When I can’t, I read it online. A recent story on Stephen Colbert caught my attention. What do you think Stephen Colbert would have to […]

Carrie Prejean Loses Her Crown (And Gains a Career)

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Donald Trump and his Miss USA pageant may not have chosen their battle wisely when they finally decided to take away Carrie Prejean’s Miss California crown yesterday. Fox News is reporting that Prejean, the devout Christian who spoke out against […]

Top 10 Songs of Summer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s that time of year for road trips, day trips to the beach, picnics, and other warm weather activities. And of course, to go along with all of that summertime fun, what’s better than some fun music? My personal playlist […]

‘The Hangover': A Cure for Tough Times

posted by Ellen Leventry

“The Hangover,” the Warner Bros. comedy about the misadventures of four men in Las Vegas for a bachelor party, was the surprise winner at the box office this weekend, taking in $45 million dollars. But, it really shouldn’t have been […]

What You Need to Know Before Going to a ‘Psychic’

posted by dross

Valerie Reiss over at Fresh Living has a great post up on “psychics.” So, as a public service to anyone who’s ever visited a storefront or called a hotline in hopes of hearing about their future, I’ve asked Valerie for […]

Simply the Best: Why the Tony Awards Are So Much Fun

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Yes, I am a self-professed theater geek, but regardless of that fact, I don’t understand why the Tonys aren’t celebrated more or why the show doesn’t draw bigger numbers. As award shows go, it’s the theater folks who know how […]

Most Inspiring Celebrities on Twitter

posted by dross

From “Heroes” star Greg Grunberg who tweets for epilepy awareness to rap legend and reality TV star Rev Run who offers daily spiritual wisdom, Beliefnet has selected the 10 most inspiring celebrities using Twitter in positive ways. Check out the […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Nine’

posted by dross

In this musical, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a director going through a mid-life crisis, who struggles to complete a film. The all-star cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, and many others. The film […]

5 Guilty Summer Pleasures on DVD

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though there still may be a few weeks before I can dip my toes in Lake Michigan without freezing, summer is unofficially here. My workload lessens a bit and I am free to waste time on my favorite activities, including […]

‘College Life’ Spring Break: Christian Style

posted by Ellen Leventry

You may have never heard of “College Life,” MTV’s attempt at creating a real reality show by letting loose University of Wisconsin – Madison students with cameras, but it’s an interesting little gem tucked away at the 11:30 p.m. Monday […]

Religion in ‘Family Quiz’ Quiz

posted by dross

If you’re a fan of the FOX animated show “Family Guy” (and really, who isn’t?), you’ve noticed religion plays a big role in the show–even if most of the time it’s in a sacrilegious and offensive way. Discover how much […]

Awesome Wedding Music Video

posted by dross

Thanks to Holly Rossi over at Fresh Living, for pointing out this wonderful music video created by a British couple at their wedding. Most (if not all) of the wedding party participated in lip-syncing the classic Queen song, “Don’t Stop […]

The End of Jewish Humor?!

posted by Donna Freitas

In an article called, “Twilight of the Tummlers,” also the cover story (featuring a photo of Larry David and Woody Allen together) in the latest edition of New York Magazine, Mark Harris predicts the “end of Jewish humor”–at least of […]

David Carradine Dies

posted by dross

Actor David Carradine, who’s starred in a number of movies and TV shows, but best known for roles in the TV show “Kung Fu,” and the “Kill Bill” movies, was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok, according to […]

Video: Joe Jonas Dances to ‘Single Ladies’

posted by dross

More disturbing than witnessing Sasha Baron Cohen land in Eminem’s lap during the MTV Movie Awards, is watching purity-ring-wearing Joe Jonas dance around in a leotard and heels, lip syncing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in an […]

‘New Moon’ Trailer: OK, I Might Come Around…

posted by Donna Freitas

So after HATING the movie poster released for “New Moon” (did I mention hate? because I can’t emphasize how much I hate seeing Bella in Jacob’s arms and not Edwards, which I already posted about), I am rather encouraged after […]

Ethics and ‘The Goode Family’

posted by dross

Over on the cool blog Everyday Ethics, Hillary Fields talks about the new Mike Judge cartoon comedy, “The Goode Family,” where a family of PC do-gooders take being responsible to the extreme. Fields asks, “Does being ethical mean being annoying?” […]

Candace Cameron Bure to Star in New TV Show

posted by dross

Best known as adorable older daughter DJ on “Full House,” Candace Cameron Bure focused most of her time on her marriage and raising a family after the hit TV show ended in 1995. Now the Christian actress has landed a […]

The Speidi Prayer Heard ‘Round the World

posted by nsymmonds

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have struck again. The conflicted couple of “The Hills” fame has taken their sideshow to the reality show about washed up celebrities, “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.” Now I will be honest, […]

Wikipedia Bans Scientology Posters

posted by idol chatter

The Pope may have just launched a Facebook app, but he’s got nothing on the tech savvy Church of Scientology: Wikipedia members posting from Scientology domain IP addresses have just been banned from editing Wikipedia posts after the free encyclopedia […]

Conans’ ‘Tonight Show’ Launched, But Not Lost at Sea!

posted by Douglas Howe

The fifth host of “The Tonight Show” took his place last night as Conan O’Brien launched his reign, succeeding Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, Jack Parr and Steve Allen. If you saw it, you know that there were several stunts, stars, […]

Jennifer Hudson is…Preggers?

posted by Douglas Howe

One of my teenage daughters recently asked me if I’d heard that “Jennifer Hudson was preggers?” Being the responsible journalist that I am, I was able to confirm the report at several sites including ones here and here. I believe […]

Susan Boyle Almost Reaches Dream, Has Meltdown

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The Cinderella story of Scottish singer Susan Boyle ended Saturday night when she performed on the “Britain’s Got Talent” finale. Though she was an odds-on favorite to win, the dance team Diversity beat her with a stunning performance, leaving Susan […]

MTV Awards — Ready For Prime Time Cable!

posted by Douglas Howe

The MTV Movie Awards have always been wild, but I found myself in one of two places last night and I can’t figure out which. Either I’m everything I never wanted to become in terms of being like my parents […]

Watch Trailer: ‘New Moon’

posted by dross

The trailer to the upcoming vampire film “New Moon” premiered at last night’s MTV Movie Awards. What do you all think? Check it out below.

Jay Leno’s Last ‘Tonight Show’

posted by Douglas Howe

Last Friday, I witnessed a piece of TV history–the last “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” as it ended its 17-year run with a highly anticipated and well-marketed finale. I grew up about a mile from the set of “The Tonight […]

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