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Re: Jon and Kate; The Learning Channel Needs to Learn

posted by Douglas Howe

By now you’ve probably heard that TLC’s “Jon and Kate Plus 8” is being turned into “Kate Plus 8,” as Jon is out of not only the marriage but, beginning in November, he’ll be out of the show itself. Idol […]

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Movie Review: ‘Couples Retreat’ Is a Winner During and After

posted by Douglas Howe

Idol Chatter hangs out at the intersection of faith and culture, and such is the exact location of the current film “Couples Retreat.” This has enough laughs to get you through, enough awkward moments to make you squirm, enough drama […]

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‘I Kissed a Vampire': Vampire Stories for the Rest of Us

posted by Kris Rasmussen

iTunes has a new vampire series “I Kissed a Vampire” and it debuts October 13th.

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Three New Movies Examine Attempts to Understand God

posted by Nell Minow

Three new and very different movies have one thing in common — they all ask their characters and their audiences to think about the nature of God and faith. This week we have a perky romantic comedy with Ricky Gervais […]

Jon Gosselin Gets a ‘Dear John’ Letter from TLC

posted by Ellen Leventry

Back in July, I wrote my own “Dear John” letter to Jon Gosselin, explaining that it really was him when it came to my decision to side with “Team Kate.” And now TLC, the cable channel that spawned the whole […]

Anne Frank’s Diary: Lauded by Prose, But Mamet’s Version Canceled by Disney

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

One new book is published about Anne Frank’s diary, and David Mamet’s proposed film on the subject is rejected by Disney.

Roman Polanski: Forgiveness or Accountability?

posted by Douglas Howe

There are certain things that we Americans tend to forgive. And things that we don’t. So, where does Roman Polanski fall? Hmmnn. I don’t think we, as a culture, are sure. You’ve probably heard that he was arrested in Switzerland […]

It’s ‘The Love Boat’ Again! (Or at Least Captain Stubing…)

posted by Douglas Howe

What is it about shows and stars from the 70’s that give them an everlastingness? Perhaps it’s because we only had three networks. Perhaps it’s because there were so many of us boomers growing up at that time? Or, more […]

Enter to Win: ‘Word of Promise’ Audio Bible CD Box Set

posted by dross

Thomas Nelson is gearing up to release an audio Bible CD set with a cool twist–the biblical characters are voiced by some of your favorite actors. The “Word of Promise” audio Bible is voiced by such reknown film and TV […]

Ernie Hudson Talks to Beliefnet About His New Role on ‘Heroes’

posted by dross

Actor Ernie Hudson talks about his role on “Heroes” and whether God plays a role on the show.

‘Bright Star': Transcendent and Above All, Romantic

posted by Donna Freitas

Jane Campion (‘The Piano’) returns to the screen with her latest and perhaps best work yet, ‘Bright Star.’ The film, about the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, the girl who steals his heart and becomes his muse, is the […]

ABC Nightline’s Relevant Question: ‘Are We Born to Cheat?’

posted by Douglas Howe

An episode of a show that sounded lame, one that aired during a time that wasn’t really convenient, aired Thursday night.  I recommend you watch it online here at ABCNews.com. Were we born to cheat? Is adultery an outdated concept? Should […]

Sunday Night Sizzles: ‘Dexter’ and ‘The National Parks’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Missing the Sunday night appointment television rush of “True Blood?” Well, everyone’s favorite serial killer-killing serial killer (say that ten times fast) is back with an infusion of frightening fun. This season Dexter faces not only the complexities and sheer […]

A ‘Supernatural’ Search for God

posted by Ellen Leventry

I never really enjoyed the later “mythology” episodes of the “X-Files,” but sat through them dutifully so that I could get to the delicious monster-of-the-week episodes. But, I’ve never felt that way about “Supernatural,” the CW’s scarily witty and wittily […]

Bite Into Pieces of ‘Twilight’ Chocolate

posted by shuang

Edible publicity for the first ‘Twilight’ movie’ involved Godiva milk chocolate bars ($5.99) imprinted with the famous hands holding an apple. Now candy company Necco is producing boxes of sparkly Sweetheart conversation hearts($2.99) in four flavors (Tempting Apple, Orange Obsession, […]

Kirk Cameron vs. Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Actor Kirk Cameron and friends are distributing versions of “Origin of Species” that includes a 50-page introduction presenting the theory intelligent design.

Sneak Peek: Lust vs. Adultery on ABC Nightline

posted by shuang

Are we born to cheat? Is lust a natural desire or a form of adultery? In part one of ABC Nightline’s ‘Ten Commandments’ series, the hot topic of adultery is openly debated between four panelists: Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship […]

Book Excerpt: ‘Role of a Lifetime’

posted by dross

Read an excerpt from sports host James “JB” Brown’s new book “Role of a Lifetime.”

10Q Tackles Repentance’s Biggest Problem

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

10Q, a project of Reboot, helps repentance by sending this year’s promises back to us next year to see how we did at fulfilling them.

The Dude, the Lord, and the Coen Brothers

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Cathleen Falsani’s latest book, “The Dude Abides: the Gospel According to the Coen Brothers,” caused me to notice something strange about Joel and Ethan Coen’s movies. Though I admire every one of their films–almost (what, the Alec Guinness version of […]

Mackenzie Phillips’ Revelations: Reality Check, Paycheck or Both?

posted by Ellen Leventry

This afternoon, actress Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) is set to take to Oprah‘s couch to reveal all about the ten year, drug-fueled incestuous relationship she had with her father, John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas. […]

The New Spiritual Cowgirls

posted by Donna Freitas

Full disclosure: I am friends with (and proudly so) two of the women featured in the New York Times Style feature, “Seeing Yourself In Their Light,” about today’s new young women spiritual gurus, and how “there is a new role […]

‘House’ Season Premiere: Healing House is a Bad Idea

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My favorite misanthrope doctor, Gregory House, returned to TV in the season premiere of “House” last night, but was he too nice?

Religions Raise Awareness of Poverty, Other Afflictions Through Uniting Concept: Sabbath

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

One Sabbath is an initiative designed to use the concept of Sabbath, across multiple religions, to raise awareness of global poverty and disease.

‘Friday Night Lights’ Wins Humanitas Prize

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of my favorite shows, “Friday Night LIghts” just received the coveted Humanitas Prize for excellence in writing.

David Bazan Finds Faith a ‘Curse’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Former Pedro the Lion singer David Bazan has a new album out.

Michael Moore Wants to Make Movies That Are Fiction

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Michael Moore says he may not make any more documentaries.

Inspired by Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol': 10 Myths About Freemasonry

posted by dross

In response to Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,” Jay Kinney, an author and practicing Mason, clears up 10 myths about Freemasonry, including whether Obama is a member, and if Masonic symbols are on U.S. currency.

Jim Carroll: Death of a Catholic Boy

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Solitary, spare in his poetry and his person, the writer and musician Jim Carroll, who died last week at age 60, was never easy to take as an artist. His songs were punk rants, his poems drug-scorched versions of Frank […]

Angels are the New Vampires

posted by Donna Freitas

Stephenie Meyer’s smash hit, Twilight (that’s an understatement, of course), its corresponding movie series, and merchandising of everything you could possibly think of and more, originated from the genre of fiction known as YA (young adult). Since Twilight, it seems […]

One More Eulogy for Mr. Patrick Swayze

posted by Douglas Howe

By now you’ve heard that Patrick Swayze has died. He described himself as a spiritual “seeker.” And you’ve probably read or heard or watched quite a bit about his life. Allow me to add these few words, a few which […]

‘True Blood’ Season Finale: Nice Day for a White Wedding

posted by Donna Freitas

So there’s no singing, but the grotesque and the bizarre mixed with the comic is how I’ve finally come to see HBO’s most popular new series, True Blood. The season finale on Sunday came with a heavy dose of ridiculous, […]

Patrick Swayze’s Social Media Mourners

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Patrick Swayze’s death had huge echoes online, as fans Tweeted and updated their status to pay tribute to the “Dirty Dancing” star.

Famous Scientology Celebrities

posted by idol chatter

Seven of the most famous celebrity scientologist couples.

MTV Video Music Awards: Back in Fighting Form

posted by Ellen Leventry

I bemoaned last year’s MTV Video Music Awards as lacking the usual raucousness usually associated with the water cooler-worthy awards show. But last night’s VMAs, hosted once again by British comedian Russell Brand, didn’t disappoint. Intended to be a fitting […]

Enter to Win: Mitch Albom’s New Book ‘Have a Little Faith: A True Story’

posted by idol chatter

Enter to win a copy of Mitch Albom’s new book “Have a Little Faith: A True Story.”

Watch Trailer: ‘Oh My God’

posted by dross

Filmmaker Peter Rodger traveled the world asking people of all walks of life–including celebrities like Ringo Starr, Hugh Jackman, Seal, David Copperfield, and Bob Geldof–the question, “What is God?” .

‘The Lost Symbol': The Most Heavily Guarded Secret Since…

posted by Douglas Howe

A great international secret is being kept! According to “The Guardian” (United Kingdom), the secret is protected “under 24-hour guard in its own chain-link enclosure, with two locks requiring two separate people for entry.” What is the secret? The Ten […]

9/11 Thoughts, Justice, Westerns on Blu-Ray…

posted by Douglas Howe

Two new Westerns are out on big, beautiful Blu-Ray, which is a good thing. They’re both wonderful and important stories, which is better. They both explore something deep in all of us–the quest for justice. And they both have something […]

Week in Review: ‘Melrose Place,’ Glee,’ Vampire Diaries,’ Supernatural’

posted by Ellen Leventry

September is here and that can mean only one thing: new television! Ok, it also means that kids are back in school and the leaves will soon be turning, but there’s nothing like the lure of brand new episodes of […]

Why a 9/11 Release for ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’?

posted by nsymmonds

This past Wednesday I had an opportunity to interview none other than blockbuster filmmaker, playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, and actor Tyler Perry about his latest movie release, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” The movie, starring Perry as Madea–of […]

Watch Clip: ‘The Saint of 9/11′

posted by dross

A video clip from the 2006 documentary “The Saint of 9/11,” which chronicles the life of Father Mychal Judge, the Fire Department of New York’s chaplain on 9/11, and the first official victim of the terrorist attacks.

Jennifer Aniston, Relationship Expert: On Failure

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

I used to hate romantic comedies starring Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer is beautiful, funny and has a winning personality – if the premise of a movie was “Jennifer Aniston has trouble finding a man,” then what kind of shot did the […]

Class Conflict: ‘American Idol’ Adds Ellen DeGeneres

posted by Paul O'Donnell

You can’t argue that Ellen DeGeneres is everything my fellow blogger Joanne Brokaw says she is: funny, encouraging, warm–and I’ll add forthright, wholesome and brimming with common sense. All of which makes her selection to replace Paula Abdul as a […]

‘The Vampire Diaries’ Starts Tonight!

posted by Donna Freitas

Question: Is it possible that we’ve gone a little vampire overboard? Answer: Naahhhh. Not according to me at least. When LJ Smith’s “The Vampire Diaries” series of books came out in the very early 90’s, I read them as an […]

Donald Miller’s Latest Memoir: ‘A Million Miles in a Thousand Years’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Don Miller releases a sequel memoir to “Blue Like Jazz.”

Lovitz vs. Cruise: Religious Cagematch on ‘Conan”

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The religious debate of the century: Jon Lovitz on behalf of Judaism, Tom Cruise representing Scientology in a most hallowed venue: on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

Julia Child Quotes

posted by dross

Seven inspirational quotes from Julia Child.

Enter to Win: ‘Precious Moments: Our Angel Saves the Day’ Personalized DVD

posted by dross

Enter to win a ‘Precious Moments: Our Angel Saves the Day’ personalized DVD.

No ‘Stairway': Heaven’s Reign Has Ended

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Last year I wrote about the predictability of rock radio’s holiday countdowns of the best songs ever, which, seemingly by an Act of Congress, year after year anointed Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” the Greatest Tune Ever Played. This Labor […]

Spiritual TV Guide — 2009/2010 Edition

posted by idol chatter

A look at the new spiritual TV shows of the fall/winter season–including “Eastwick,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “FlashForward,” “Human Target,” and more. Plus the returning favorites “Lost,” “Heroes,” “Medium,” and more.

The Duggars Do it Again: Will the Public Ever Tire?

posted by Ellen Leventry

I was trolling around People.com yesterday looking for the poll asking readers to weigh in on what “J” name Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting,” should bestow on their recently announced nineteenth addition, when I […]

My Top Five Labor Day DVD Picks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are few favorite movies that celebrate the working class this Labor Day weekend.

Get Your ‘Hot Yoga’ Clothes: Yoga Fashion

posted by Donna Freitas

Despite the summer heat, Bikram yoga (hot yoga)–done at temperatures of at least 100 degrees and usually more–is ever more popular. I am not someone who can imagine subjecting myself to that kind of workout in dead summer, though in […]

Exclusive Clip: ‘Tyler Perrys I Can Do Bad All By Myself’

posted by dross

Watch an exclusive clip from “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself.”

The Subversive Faith of Stephen Colbert

posted by Paul O'Donnell

It’s not news that Stephen Colbert is a Catholic. He’s admitted as much on his Comedy Channel show, “The Colbert Report.” (Besides, even with the best hairstylists in television at your disposal, you can’t fake that precisely parted, altar-boy-grown-up hair-do.) […]

Ramadan Is a time for Prayer, Fasting, and…TV?: ‘Freej’ and Grannies in Veils!

posted by Donna Freitas

I learned something new today. Apparently, at least in Dubai, Ramadan is a time for more than daily prayer and fasting, it’s a holy time for television, too: “it is also the Middle Eastern equivalent of sweeps month,” according to […]

Spiritually Speaking, We Need to Laugh and Jay’s Back

posted by Douglas Howe

Jay Leno is finally coming back to evening television, and, in my opinion, it’s not a moment too soon. We need to laugh more, go to bed earlier, carry less stress and treat each other better every day. So the […]

The United States of Qur’an?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Can the Qur’an, a book that is indelibly, even necessarily, Arabic, have a place in American culture? Sandow Birk, a “vaguely Presbyterian” American artist from Southern California presents that question in “American Qur’an.” In an exhibit of works on paper […]

Carrie Prejean Files Lawsuit Citing Religious Discrimination: Genuine or Publicity Stunt?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Carrie Prejean, the recently dethroned Miss California whose anti-gay marriage comments at the April 19 Miss Universe Pageant stoked the national debate, filed suit yesterday against Miss California Pageant officials, citing religious discrimination amongst a litany of other charges. TMZ.com […]

‘True Blood': HBO’s Biggest Hit Next to ‘The Sopranos’?

posted by Donna Freitas

Despite (or perhaps because of?) all the cannibalism, orgies, blood-sucking, and shape-shifting in season two of HBO’s vampire-centric ‘True Blood,’ surveys say that ‘True Blood’ is a bona fide hit–HBO’s biggest in the history of the network next to ‘The […]

Mr. Kennedy’s Religion: Honored in Death, What About in Life?

posted by Douglas Howe

Well, the Lying in Repose, the Celebration, the Memorial Service and the Funeral are over. And the respect for Sir Ted Kennedy will live on. (You can read more here.) And after it all, what I will remember most about […]

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