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August 2009 Archives

Emmy Hopeful ‘Mad Men’ Has a Spiritual Side

posted by Douglas Howe

As the Emmy awards approach while the Fall season kicks into gear, AMC’s “Mad Men” is at the top of both discussions. It garnered 16 Emmy nominations, more than “Desperate Houswives,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “ER” combined. And for good reason. […]

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‘Inglourious Basterds': Should Jews Be Outraged?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Quentin Tarantino’s new movie about Jews torturing Nazis is a hit, but should it be?

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Wear a Fang: ‘Twilight’ Jewelry from Jules Smith

posted by shuang

Idol Chatter blogger Donna Freitas recently asked the question, “Is Merchandising Ruining ‘Twilight’?”. While she focused on how the “Twilight” actors are becoming too exposed on random merchanise such as puzzles, I’m wondering if the “Twilight” brand itself is becoming […]

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Watch Trailer: ‘As We Forgive’

posted by dross

Watch the trailer to “As We Forgive,” which focuses on two Rwandan women who come face-to-face with the men responsible for the death of their families during the Rwandan genocide, and explores the question “Could you forgive a person who murdered your family?”

Quiz: Memorable Movie Quotes

posted by dross

Match the famous movie quote to the film it’s from with Beliefnet’s Memorable Movie Quotes Quiz.

Famous Designers Draw ‘Twilight’ Wedding Dress

posted by shuang

InStyle.com asked a bevy of famous, upscale designers to imagine Bella Swan’s wedding dress for “Eclipse,” the third movie in the “Twilight” saga.

Gyllenhaal, Messing, Applegate, Other Celebs to Say ‘Shalom Sesame’ for Israel-Themed Kids’ Show

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

A new kids’ program from the creators of Sesame Street examines Jewish life and identity and life in Israel, and will feature several Hollywood celebrities.

Stephenie Meyer’s Plagiarism Woes for ‘Breaking Dawn’

posted by Donna Freitas

Several weeks back allegations flew across the web that Stephenie Meyer, author of the world-wide book and movie phenomenon, “Twilight,” had plagiarized parts of the fourth book in the series, “Breaking Dawn.” The accusation came from little known author Jordan […]

‘Thirtysomething’ Arrives on DVD: Was It Soulless or Soulful?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The 80s cult classic ‘thirtysomething’ is now on DVD and I am thrilled about it.

How Much Do You REALLY Know About Popular Song Lyrics?

posted by dross

Some of the most beloved popular songs of the last 40 years are chock full of spiritual themes. How much do you really know about pop music? Take our quiz!

Spike (James Marsters) to Star on Caprica!

posted by Donna Freitas

James Marsters, who played Spike on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will be starring on SyFy’s “Caprica” as a terrorist.

Moms Who Grieve Find a Place in ‘Motherland’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Losing a parent is a life phase, something we’re conditioned mentally and perhaps biologically to endure. Losing a child so reverses the pattern that parents grieving for children feel they’ve entered a strange and solitary new world. That world is […]

Writer-Director Sophie Barthes of ‘Cold Souls’

posted by Nell Minow

Movie Mom Nell Minow interviews writer-direcrtor Sophie Barthes of “Cold Souls.”

‘The Human Family Tree': Who Are You?

posted by dross

The National Geographic Channel will be airing “The Human Family Tree,” which using DNA samples from over 350,000 people around the world, attempts to demonstrate that we all share common ancestors.

Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Will Finally Get their Sequel

posted by Donna Freitas

Today, the New York Times ran an article announcing that Elizabeth Gilbert’s long awaited and much anticipated sequel to her bestselling spiritual memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love” is at the publisher and is officially due out in January of 2010. (Woohoo! […]

Movie Mom’s Alien Quiz

posted by dross

Whether you loved, hated, or haven’t yet seen (but want to!) “District 9,” you’ll want to check out Movie Mom’s cool new quiz about some of your favorite aliens in film and Beliefnet’s Memorable Movie Alien gallery.

Ted Haggard’s Fall: Gayle’s Story

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Gayle Haggard, wife of disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard, will publish a book “Why I Stayed” early next year.

Attention Team Jacob: Get Your Werewolf Shoes in time for ‘New Moon’!

posted by Donna Freitas

Team Jacob (as in Jacob Black, the werewolf hottie best friend of Bella in ‘Twilight’) fans have long been gearing up for the fall release of ‘New Moon,’ since it’s probably the most Jacob-focused book out of the four in […]

Best Celebrity Tweets

posted by dross

Check out Beliefnet’s new feature The Best Celebrity Tweets to Inspire You, which highlights uplifting posts on Twitter from your favorite stars.

Lady Goes Gaga for Jerusalem: Promised to Tone It Down

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Lady Gaga’s excited to be in Israel and to visit Jerusalem. So much so that she’s promised to “tone it down” for Israeli fans.

Will Tony Dungy Save Michael Vick?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tony Dungy has agreed to mentor Michael Vick.

‘Bandslam': Too Cute (and Wholesome) To Miss

posted by Donna Freitas

People have been making fun of me for wanting to see ‘Bandslam,’ which just showed up in theaters (finally) Friday. I was a little embarrassed to admit that I wanted to see the movie simply because I can’t help but […]

A ‘G.I. Joe’ Meets a Guardian Angel

posted by shuang

Channing Tatum of “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” spoke to Parade magazine about his spiritual outlook on life.

Watch Exclusive Clip: ‘My One and Only’

posted by dross

Watch an exclusive clip from “My One and Only,” starring Renee Zellweger.

Introducing “Pastor Brown”

posted by nsymmonds

Watch out Tyler Perry, there’s a new black church/Christian film in town. Tyler meet “Pastor Brown”, the directorial debut from “Soul Food” series star Rockmond Dunbar. It’s the story of an exotic dancer’s return home to assume the position of pastor of her dying […]

‘Mad Men’ Season Opener: What Happened to the ‘Mad’ Women?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Mad Men season three premiere aired Sunday night.

Rock’s Founding Father Les Paul Dies

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Where did rock ‘n roll come from? Campfire hootinannies down south in the 1940s, sure. From Elvis’s hips. From the Beatles’ insanely inventive recording sessions. But most of all, it came from a guitar player and electronic tinkerer named Les […]

A Vampire, A Werewolf, and a Ghost Meet in a Bar: The BBC’s ‘Being Human’

posted by Donna Freitas

Have you seen the BBC’s new tv series, ‘Being Human‘ yet? It’s the latest entry in a growing list of television shows (think HBO’s ‘True Blood’ and CBS’s one-season wonder, ‘Moonlight’) trying to capitalize on the phenomenon of people everywhere […]

Vampire v. Preacher, Werewolf v. Satan: ‘True Blood’ Careens to a Close

posted by Donna Freitas

“True Blood” is getting interesting again as it heads into the next four, and final, episodes of this summer.

The Practical Passion of ‘A Greater Yes’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Filmmaker Bradley Dorsey looks more like he should be helping you find a movie down at the video store than making one himself. The 29-year-old Texan, who directed, co-wrote and co-produced the recently released “A Greater Yes: The Story of Amy Newhouse.”

Are you a ‘Family Guy’ Fan? Some Interesting News…(And one Native Rhode Islander’s Opinion)

posted by Donna Freitas

Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy,” has confirmed that Lois is Jewish and Stewie is gay.

Watch Trailer: ‘The Lovely Bones’

posted by dross

Watch the trailer to “The Lovely Bones” based on the best-selling book, about a young girl who is murdered and who watches over her friends and family from heaven.

Omarosa: The Apprentice Theologian

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Omarosa says she has heard God’s call to go to seminary.

Roker and Kotb: Inspired by Body Odor

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all of the things that get modeled on television, I think one of the most warm, family-friendly and inspiring events that ever occurs is when stars show themselves to be humble. To be human. To be the brunt of […]

Fox’s ‘OctoMom’ Special Anything But

posted by Ellen Leventry

So FOX has ordered up a Nadya Suleman special to be titled “Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage.” Or as I like to think of it, “When Fertility Treatments Attack.” As the Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports, the two-hour documentary, set […]

New ‘Twilight’ Barbie Dolls Revealed

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Barbie dolls made to look like Bella and Edward from the hit “Twilight” series will be on sale in November.

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Romance Movies?

posted by dross

How well do you know romance movies? Take our new quiz.

Miley Cyrus’ ‘Pole Dancing’ at the Teen Choice Awards

posted by dross

Everyone is upset that Miley Cyrus was “pole dancing” at the Teen Choice Awards. But why doesn’t anyone care that convicted rapist Mike Tyson was on the show?

Ross Douthat: Judd Apatow Too Subtle for Right-Wing Audience?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The New York Times’s token conservative columnist, Ross Douthat, bemoans the state of his cause in today’s paper. The latest blow to social conservatism? The supposed unpopularity of Judd Apatow’s latest movie, “Funny People.”

Madonna to Take Children to Auschwitz

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Madonna is taking her children to visit the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

John Hughes: A Few of My Favorite Films

posted by Ellen Leventry

It goes without saying, I believe, that every thirty-something American would call “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” one of their favorite John Hughes movies. And I’ve never really found the post-1990, post-“Home Alone” Hughes oeuvre platable, so an entire decade of […]

DVD Pick of the Week: ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

For years movie critics have been trying to figure out why we haven’t had a great Iraq War picture. After six years, the Iraq War is still too “hot”–politically divisive and emotionally unresolved–for filmmakers to distill the experience of overextended […]

Rita Wilson: Why I Love My Greek Orthodox Faith

posted by Idol Chatter

In a video interview with Sally Quinn, producer of “On Faith” at The Washington Post, actress and producer Rita Wilson (one half of a Hollywood celebrity super couple with Tom Hanks) shares why she loves the Greek Orthodox faith (“I love […]

‘Julie & Julia': A Sweet Dish

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Meryl Streep portrays pioneer feminist and foodie Julia Child.

BBC America’s Buzzworthy ‘Skins’ Returns

posted by Ellen Leventry

The news of director John Hughes’ (“The Breakfast Club,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Pretty in Pink”) passing this morning is made even more poignant by the fact that the latest season of “Skins,” a gritty BBC teen drama full of […]

Legendary Writer/Director John Hughes Dies at Age 59

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The Hollywood Reporter obituary was simple: John Hughes, director of “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and “Home Alone,” died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 59. Hughes died while taking a morning walk […]

My Final Advice to Kate Gosselin

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My final advice for TLC star Kate Gosselin on life after Jon.

Stone Cold Michael Jackson?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Okay, we know it feels like Michael Jackson’s face is everywhere these days, but officials at the Field Museum in Chicago weren’t seeing things when they noticed that a 3,000-year-old bust of an Egyptian pharoah bears an uncanny resemblance to […]

A Shawshank Prayer

posted by dross

Martha Williamson uses a memorable scene from “The Shawshank Redemption” to describe the promise of prayer.

Emma Watson Descended from a Witch

posted by shuang

Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter movies,” is the descendent of a woman accused of being a witch during the 16th century.

Seth Rogen’s ‘Funny People’ Shirt Prompts a Question: What Is a SuperJew?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Esther Kustanowitz talks about the “SuperJew” T-shirt, newly popularized by Seth Rogan in “Funny People.”

Pope Benedict XVI: The Christmas Album

posted by Paul O'Donnell

If you can’t do, teach. And if you can’t sing, make a Christmas album. The latter adage has been proven again by the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will join Regis Philbin, Colonel Sanders, and The Brady Bunch in releasing […]

Video: Lauren Graham on Hollywood Spirituality

posted by dross

Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls” talks about her new movie “The Answer Man” and balancing spirituality and religion.

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