Michael Moore, the film-maker, for “Catholic of the Year?” That is exactly the nomination currently being put forward by Anthony Stevens-Arroyo in Newsweek’s “On Faith.” Before you form your opinion, some points he makes are worth considering. “‘Capitalism: A Love […]
Are we all vampires? And what do vampires have to do with “Mad Men”?
Earlier this year, Spike Lee called Tyler Perry’s work, “coonery and buffoonery”. Lee, a veteran in the industry, believes that we must want more for ourselves in terms of the black entertainment we support and supporting Perry is supporting an […]
Marriage, the death of a parent, the birth of a child: we here at Beliefnet pride ourselves on knowing what brings people back to a faith they’ve long ignored or to discover one they never had. But Jon Gosselin has […]
Scary movies aren’t just for boys. A few suggestions for some femme-friendly Halloween viewing.
A big shout out to Idol Chatter blogger and resident vampire fanatic Donna Freitas who was recently interviewed by two newspapers about the evolution of the fanged creatures. In the Michigan-based newsletter The Macomb Daily she spoke about how vampires […]
I had the chance to see “This is It” in Los Angeles this week. And I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it. It seems like just a little while ago that I was watching news stories […]
A few surprising DVD picks to watch this Halloween.
Kanye West has found God. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate. Kanye West is searching for God. Or some inner peace. News broke last week that the 32-year old VMA stage crasher was heading to India to spend a month in […]
You can’t watch as much offensive television as Catholic League president Bill Donahue does without becoming a bit of a connoisseur. But a TV critic? Faced with the latest provocation from Larry David–in Sunday’s episode of the “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” […]
There’s a new software program out called Freedom and it’s the answer to my prayers: it blocks your computer from any and all internet use for upwards of eight hours per day. You may be thinking: but that’s crazy! If […]
When the Simpsons visit Israel early next year, look for their tour guide to be played by “Bruno”‘s Sacha Baron Cohen.
Watch the trailer to “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”
The World Series starts this week. “Yeah!” say the Yankee fans. “Yeah!” say the Phillie fans. “Dang,” say the Southern California fans, whose Dodgers and Angels both lost in the semi-finals. And, unfortunately, “Yawn” goes the rest of the country. […]
Oscar winner Paul Haggis is leaving Scientology over their opposition to Proposition 8 and because of the rift it caused in his family.
Do you love Edward Cullen? Can you not get enough of Robert Pattinson’s channeling of this vampire heartthrob? Or are you Team Jacob (boo!) and dream of Taylor Lautner at night? Well, lucky you: to gear up for the November […]
As if having one of the more creative titles wasn’t enough to fuel a ton of marketing, Dave Matthews and his “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” tunes have been showing up everywhere around me. And I’m lovin’ it. Dave […]
On “Glee,” Puck finds dating inspiration in the Jewish holiday of Simchas Torah.
I can count way too many JJ Abrams television shows in my repertoire of TV addictions both past and present, but with Felicity as his only exception (unless you count Noel as a guru of sorts–he was an RA after […]
The duo that became famous in the movie “Once” has a new album out called “Strict Joy.”
“Ghot Hunters,” “Destination Truth,” and “Paranormal State” prove that great ghost-hunting frights aren’t just found at the cineplex.
One of Glee’s Jewish characters sings a song in tribute to a Jewish musical icon.
Beliefnet blogger Rabbi Shmuley Boteach was mentioned by Tracy’s Morgan’s character on “30 Rock.”
The widely anticipated “Book of Genesis Illustrated” penned by R. Crumb, the famous comic book artist and graphic novelist released yesterday and the backlash from Christian groups and churches has already begun. I first heard about R. Crumb’s foray into […]
A new vigilante movie made a bigger splash than expected this weekend, and I think the reasons for it are, well, timeless. “Law Abiding Citizen” hearkens back to the great vigilante renaissance of the 70’s, but really goes back to […]
Gene Roddenberry’s vision of “Star Trek” was a future dominated by science and human ingenuity, without religion to mess things up. Even so, we have found 10 examples of how the Ten Commandments have found their way into the popular sci-fi franchise.
I know that Spike Jonze’s screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ is getting fantastic reviews. I’ve seen the raves on the news and in newspapers, too, and listened to a Talk of the […]
Madonna, is of course, perpetually associated with religious controversy. My particular favorite in her repertoire was her live performance of a woman on the cross from her 2006 Confessions Tour, while she sang “Live to Tell.” I even did a […]
Billy Corgan, he of Smashing Pumpkins fame, has thrown his cap into the ring in with other spirituality minded celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow (GOOP) and Rainn Wilson (SoulPancake), and started a website–Everything From Here to There–to discuss matters of […]
A look at a few Jewish characters on “Glee.”
Are gore and ghosts ungodly? For years Hollywood has been eyeing the huge audiences in two of the most populous Muslim nations in the world. But now legislators in neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia–both densely populated, with moderate Muslim majorities are […]
Twitter users will have the chance to ask questions of dead celebrities during October 30th’s first ever “Tweance” – a seance conducted over Twitter.
Is Suri Cruise really going to Catholic pre-school in Boston?
“And I’d like to thank God Almighty,” reads the headline in a current USA Today.com feature. “In big-time sports, God often gets a prominent place on the field of play,” it goes on to say. “A shout-out here, a prayer […]
When Dad-of-the-Year Jon Gosselin of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ started dating Hailey Glassman a few months ago, I don’t think many of us (and by “us” I mean fans of the show, people who read tabloids, and/or those in […]
Comedian Sarah Silverman proposes selling the Vatican to fund the eradication of world hunger.
Watch the movie trailer for “2012.”
“Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus’ decision to stop Twittering raised such a furor that you would have thought that Walter Cronkite had refused to read the news during the Vietnam War. Ok, so it wasn’t quite that serious, but everyone […]
Since I know that Idol Chatter readers are BIG fans of all things Twilight and Stephenie Meyer, I can’t resist pointing you to a podcast/radio show I did for the Penguin Classics series, “Vampires on Paper: The Enduring Appeal of […]
Playboy’s November issue will feature Marge Simpson on its cover and in a three-page spread with “implied nudity.”
Oh let me count the ways that ‘The Good Wife‘ is the best new show on television! Julianna Margulies is stunning in the role of Alicia Florrick, the wife of fallen politician Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), caught on video multiple […]
By now everyone has watched Jill and Kevin’s famous wedding entrance video (over 27 million views on YouTube!) to Chris Brown’s song “Forever.” Last night, in one of TV’s most anticipated weddings, Pam Beasley and Jim Halpert (PB&J) finally tied […]
Kate Gosselin must be shaking in her boots: People.com reports that Mackynzie Renée Duggar (see photos here), the first daughter of the oldest Duggar, Joshua, and his wife, Anna, arrived late last night. That’s right, it’s the first grandchild of Jim […]
Michael Moore and Sean Hannity discussed how they have separate political and Christian views.
The popularity of “Gossip Girl” may be waning — it was last in the ratings this past week — but the popularity of “OMG!”, one of the teen drama’s catchphrases and the bedrock of one of its ad campaigns, has […]
Near the northernmost part of the eastern seaboard of the United States, tens of thousands of American military fly in and out on their way to tours of duty or on their way home. A tiny group of people, many […]
C.S. Lewis’ Novel “The Great Divorce” will be made into a movie.
I was a bit irked several weeks ago when I heard about “Gwen,” the one-time homeless girl that makes up American Girl‘s contemporary 2009 Girl of the Year lineup. Irked not because I think that the plight of the homeless, […]
People who watch “Family Guy” are used to a strong case of the random and bizarre. This week is no different, as we’re treated to a seemingly appropro of nothing Superfriends intro credits and two seemingly unrelated storylines (Quagmire discovers […]
In this featurette for the upcoming CBS Films movie “Extraordinary Measures,” inspired by the true story of John Crowley, Crowley himself (played by Brendan Fraser in the film) talks about leaving his corporate job behind for a quest to find […]
A new documentary on the Rwandan genocide is available on DVD.
David Letterman performed a ten-minute comedy routine last evening about how he’d been blackmailed. The punchline was that he had indeed had sex with female employees, the scuttlebutt that his blackmailer, reportedly a producer for the CBS show “48 Hours,” […]
We’ve all heard it before–J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series promotes witchcraft, dark magic, Satanic practices, etc. etc. etc. Some concerned parents have even advocated to ban “Harry Potter” books in the past, though Banned Books Week celebrates the reading of […]
The case of Roman Polanski continues to evolve–not in its legal particulars, which have only become more complicated with Polanski’s hiring of the politically influential D.C. lawyer Reid Weingarten–but in the public perception of Polanski’s arrest, which says a lot […]
Paulist Productions releases a new documentary on forgiveness.