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Where Are the New Year’s Eve Flicks?!

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all of the holidays, New Year’s Eve is the that has sort of gotten a raw deal from Hollywood. I mean, there are lots of Christmas and Easter movies. Many are rooted in our Independance Day, and the number […]

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The Decade’s Top Ten: Religious or Spiritual?

posted by Douglas Howe

If you are one of those who hangs out at the intersection of faith and culture, I’m sure you’ve seen a few of the “Top Ten” lists about religious and/or spiritual films. Of the “Decade’s Top Ten…” lists, these are […]

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Make a Mess of Your Life…and Become a Star!

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all of the “best of” posts, articles, surveys and stories that have marked the end of this year and decade, perhaps none captured the state of pop culture more than USA Today’s headline story Thursday. “Nobodies walk the path […]

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The Golden Couple: Tina Fey and Steve Carell

posted by shuang

I confess I have a girl crush on Tina Fey and an aw-shucks crush on Steve Carell. Love slightly disheveled Liz Lemon of “30 Rock.” Love slightly out-of-tune Michael Scott of “The Office.” Looking forward to next year, “Date Night” […]

‘Weather Girl': My New Year’s DVD Pick

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There is an entertaining new DVD out this week, “The Weather Gir.l”

Carpe Diem: The Importance of Pleasure-Seeking in the Here/Now

posted by Donna Freitas

Are you one of those people that puts off vacations? Going to that fancy restaurant for the exact, right fancy occasion? Opening that bottle of wine you’ve been saving for the appropriate, equally special event to occur in your life? […]

Heavenly Music: Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle?

posted by Idol Chatter

A divine musical union could be in the works for 2010 if wild and edgy pop singer <a href="http://www.ladygaga.com/badromance/defaultdb.aspx" target="_blank" >ady Gagacollaborates with classic and homespun Susan Boyle. The Sun quotes Lady Gaga admiring the “Britain’s Got Talent” star: “I love […]

Decade of TV: The Greats, According to TONY

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The top 50 television shows of the decade, according to Time Out New York.

Movie Review: ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Is Elementary

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all the reviews out there, I found myself agreeing the most with a guy named Matt Bronson of creativeloafing.com, who wrote that “Sherlock Holmes” was “not a great film by any stretch of the imagination” but granted that “director […]

Moview Review: ‘Avatar,’ And Then…

posted by Douglas Howe

Did you see “Avatar“? I’ve waited to post on it so as not to give it away, or throw water on the fire of what for many seems to have been a powerful experience. I thought it was Big. New. […]

Christmas 2009: Where are the Sequels?!

posted by Douglas Howe

I’ve been in a funk throughout the holiday movie season, and I’ve finally figured out why. I just haven’t been inspired much by this year’s fare. I mean, it wasn’t like there weren’t any decent movies out, but I haven’t […]

A Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sighting for 2010?

posted by shuang

Remember the grilled cheese sandwich made famous–and holy–by the face of the Virgin Mary when it was sold for $28,000 on eBay in 2004? That faith sighting, among others, was one of the more fun and funny faith-meets-food highlights of […]

Gone But Not Forgotten: The Stars We’ll Miss from 2009

posted by dross

This year marks the passing of a number of movie and TV stars, literary giants, and influential celebrities–Farrah Fawcett, Frank McCourt, Bea Arthur, and more. Many of them inspired and encouraged us with their accomplishments. And while we mourn their […]

7 Reasons Why Pop Culture Is Spiritual

posted by shuang

Russell Bishop over at the HuffingtonPost has a fascinating article (“7 Signs We Are Becoming More Spiritually Focused”) on whether a spiritual awakening has been happening over the past decade and if it will continue through the next decade. The […]

New Year Quotes from Oprah and More

posted by Idol Chatter

To welcome another year, another decade, read New Year quotes from famous (and some not-so-famous) people to inspire you in 2010.   Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that […]

Facebook Status Updates: Family (#5) and Religion (#15)

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

What did our Facebook status updates say about us in 2009?

‘Christmas Story': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Christmas Story” is an altenative holiday treat.

Susan Sarandon-Tim Robbins Split After 23 Years

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins split after 23 years of non-marriage.

It’s That Time of Year: My Festivus Rantings for 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My annual Festivus rant includes the poor treatment of “Friday Night Lights” and other pop culture wrongdoings.

The Most Inspiring Pop Culture Moments of the Decade

posted by dross

Check out the 12 most inspiring pop culture moments of the decade.

‘Simpsons’ Gets Imprimatur From Vatican Newspaper

posted by Ellen Leventry

Vatican newspaper declares ‘The Simpsons’ Okely Dokely

Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa

posted by Donna Freitas

We’ve now watched seven seasons of Jack Bauer interrogating all sorts of folks, from terrorists to the president–and using techniques I highly doubt are government approved (wink, wink)–on 24. As 24 fans get ready for season eight to begin on […]

12 Most Inspiring Movies of the Decade

posted by dross

Check out Movie Mom’s picks for the 12 Most Inspirational Movies of the Decade–from “The Pursuit of Happyness” to “Finding Nemo” and more.

The Decade’s 10 Spiritual Pop Culture Trends

posted by dross

Whether you’ve realized it or not, religion, faith, and spirituality have permeated American pop culture over the past decade. Idol Chatter’s Ellen Leventry has created this wonderful gallery of the 10 Biggest Spiritual Pop Culture Trends of the Decade. From […]

Brittany Murphy, 32, Dies of Cardiac Arrest

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

“Clueless” star Brittany Murphy died Sunday at age 32 of cardiac arrest.

Santa Claus: To Believe or Not to Believe

posted by Donna Freitas

I was horrified to learn recently that some of my friends who are also parents don’t even bother to pretend to their children about Santa anymore. Apparently, the danger of building up the whole Santa myth with your child is […]

Armageddon Now: Updating the End Times

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Jerusalem has been rocked by an earthquake. New York is under biological attack. It’s up to Lt. John Corbin, a hulking American army officer wielding a Gatling gun, to secure the perimeter. At least until Jesus gets here. Yes, the […]

‘Avatar’ Movie Review: A Celebration of Contradictions

posted by idol chatter

By Craig Detweiler James Cameron’s “Avatar” lives up to its eye-popping, three-dimensional promise. It offers massive spectacle, thrilling set pieces, and seamless special effects. In fact, the entire movie is a special effect, a tribute to what’s possible. The dinosaurs […]

Meet the Most Inspiring Person of 2009

posted by dross

Meet the kid who beat out Michael J. Fox, Youtube sensation Jill and Kevin, Captain Sully, and more of the year’s most inspirational people to win Beliefnet’s annual award. Zach Bonner, a 12-year-old committed to helping homeless kids, is the […]

One Man’s ‘Sacred Books’ Is Another Man’s Sacrilege

posted by Paul O'Donnell

David Michael Slater’s first book, “Cheese Louise,” was about a piece of Swiss cheese who doesn’t like her holes. You’d think the cheese lobby would get up in arms about that calumny, but no, it wasn’t until the Oregon public-school […]

Roy Disney Dies at Age 79

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Roy E. Disney, son of Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney (who together founded Disney), died in Newport Beach, CA today at the age of 79. He worked in the family business for years, as an editor, screenwriter […]

What’s New in Jewish Music This Hanukkah?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

A review of some new (and nearly new) Hanukkah songs.

ABBA in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: What is Rock Anyway?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Are you ready to rock??? Presenting…ABBA! If those two sentences are confusing you, you’re not alone. Today, the LA Times announced that ABBA – among others, including the less shrug-inducing Genesis, The (almost Air Supply sounding) Hollies, reggae-ska-pop artist Jimmy […]

Black Metal Band Spirituality?

posted by Donna Freitas

Academics are known to get geeky about popular culture, especially if we’re talking about the mythologies of Joss Whedon across his many shows, especially Buffy, or anything to do with Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and lately, professors are […]

Dream a Dream: YouTube’s Top Videos of 2009

posted by Paul O'Donnell

It’s been a tough year. if you had any doubt about it, look at what the world watched on YouTube. If future historians want to know what recession, terrorist threats, environmental worries and partisan strife did to the public mood […]

‘The Advent Conspiracy’ Movement Grows and the Media Takes Notice

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“The Advent Conspiracy” – a new way to look at Christmas – has interest explodng on the internet.

Watch Exclusive Trailer: ‘Creation’

posted by dross

Watch the trailer for “Creation,” the new movie about the life of scientist Charles Darwin.

Conan’s Max Weinberg Sings Response to Orrin Hatch’s Hanukkah Tune

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Max Weinberg, of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” responds in song to Orrin Hatch’s “Eight Days of Hanukkah” song.

A ‘Twilight’ Christmas: The Top 10 Gifts for Your Favorite Twilighter This Holiday Season

posted by Donna Freitas

This year is the year of the insane, everything-Twilight Christmas gift. There is so much Twilight merchandizing, it was difficult to choose which to include on this list. But I picked some of my “favorites” (notice the quotation marks: they […]

Jon Gosselin Ordered to Stop All of the Press

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jon Gosselin must stop speaking to the press due to a court order.

A Rapture-Ready Yule on ‘American Dad’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

This year the Charlie Brown Christmas special was pre-empted by President Obama’s Afghanistan speech, leaving the holidays to be celebrated by the likes of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” which, it must be said, have their own way of keeping […]

The Real War on Christmas

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Beginning its article with “Attention, culture warriors,” Time magazine briefly recounts the history of the War on Christmas in this week’s issue, noting that while the Puritans were not so big on celebrating the coming of the Christ child, their […]

Watch Clip: ‘The Office’ Secret Santa

posted by dross

Watch this great clip from last night’s episode of “The Office” in which boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) tries to get everyone to understand the real meaning of the holiday–for his own selfish reasons, of course.

Michelle Duggar Has Emergency C-Section: Names Baby Josie Brooklyn

posted by dross

Michelle Duggar is officially a mom of 19. The star of the TV series “18 Kids and Counting”–TLC will be changing the name to “19 Kids and Counting” soon– delivered a baby girl, Josie Brooklyn, via emergency C-section Thursday night, […]

Tebow’s Farewell Tour Overshadowed by Tiger?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tim Tebow may not win the Heisman, and he is being overshadowed by Tiger Woods, but he deserves all the praise he is receiving from peers this week.

Waiting for Word From Tiger’s Pulpit

posted by Douglas Howe

If there was ever a person at the intersection of culture, sports, faith and the public view, it is Tiger Woods. In our time, he has been the single most famous sports celebrity, the most successful spokesperson and endorser of […]

Bob Dylan’s ‘Christmas in the Heart’ : Is He Still a True Believer?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

When I first heard that Bob Dylan was releasing a Christmas album, I didn’t feel much enthusiasm for the idea. Then I listened to a few tracks of “Christmas in the Heart” and my feelings were confirmed. Dylan’s raspy vocals […]

Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ Cancelled: It’s Too Sexy

posted by Donna Freitas

After watching ‘Buffy,’ ‘Angel,’ and ‘Firefly,’ it’s not hard to tell that Joss Whedon’s latest, ‘Dollhouse,’ starring Eliza Dushku of Buffy fame, and which airs on Friday nights on Fox, is not his best work. I’ve faithfully watched all Whedon’s […]

‘Twilight’ and Mormonism: Getting Beyond Chastity

posted by Donna Freitas

Stephenie Meyer might be the most famous Mormon to ever take the bookstores, movie theaters, and all-thing pop culture combine, and the press and fans seem to have an insatiable interest in exploring how this Mormon Mom of three came […]

Michelle Duggar in the Hospital

posted by dross

Michelle Duggar, pregnant reality TV mom on TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting” (soon to be “19 Kids and Counting”) was rushed to an Arkansas hospital over the weekend due to gallbladder issues according to People Magazine. According to a network […]

Enter to Win: Norah Jones’ New CD ‘The Fall’ Plus Lithograph

posted by dross

Does the sweet, bluesy, jazzy sound of Norah Jones’ music soothe your soul? If so, you’ll love our latest giveaway. We have one copy of Norah Jones’ new album “The Fall,” plus a lithograph of the album to give away. […]

‘Britain’s Missing Top Model’ is Tops

posted by Ellen Leventry

Featuring disabled contestants, ‘Britain’s Missing Top Model’ aims to break down barriers and overcome prejudices in the competitive modeling industry.

Control Your TV with a Kymera Magic Wand

posted by shuang

Muggles all over the world can now get a taste of the wizard life by bringing home a Kymera Magic Wand and “perform magic for real” without breaking any wizarding laws. Mail Online reports that two Brits, Chris Barnardo and […]

G-dcast’s Spin on Chanukah

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

An animated video series helps to round out the education on what Chanukah is about.

‘Eclipse’ Release Date: More Twilight Saga Coming Soon!

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s true, people are still flocking to see ‘New Moon’ in movie theaters for the first time, (and second time and third time), but Twilight fans don’t have too long to wait before ‘Eclipse,’ the third book in the series, […]

First Look: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

posted by shuang

Vimeo.com has a video that shows a few already-filmed scenes of the final two-part movie in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” There are brief introductions by producer David Heyman and director David Yates and some behind-the-scenes footage […]

Funny Lolcats Review ‘Twilight: New Moon’

posted by Idol Chatter

  Q: What happens when you cross Lolcats with “Twilight”? A: You get a hilarious series of cat photos that reviews an entire 2-hour movie in 200 words or less. The blogger of Microsuede has combined two of the internet’s most […]

In (Belated) Honor of St. Nicholas: My Top Five Movie St. Nicks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my top five picks for playing Saint Nick.

The 10 Least Inspiring Celebrities of 2009

posted by dross

With Beliefnet’s annual Most Inspiring Person of the Year feature in full swing, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about the celebrities (and in some cases, I use that term very loosely) who’ve disgusted me over the year. […]

How to Switch Markets Like Switchfoot

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The first story I was assigned on the topic of Christian music, back in the early ’90s, was an investigation into whether Christian bands used religious talk shows the way mainstream bands boosted their records on the “Tonight” show or […]

Clooney Rises in ‘Up in the Air’

posted by Douglas Howe

For all of his goofy roles and even goofier off-screen behavior, George Clooney is earning both respect and accolades for his current turn as corporate downsizer Ryan Bingham in “Up in the Air,” now in theaters. “When George Clooney is […]

Tiger’s Trangressions…and Redemption?

posted by Douglas Howe

“What we have here is the first superstar athlete chased down by a digital posse,” says Rick Reilly of ESPN Magazine. “Rightly or wrongly, the tabloids and the gossip sites got their man in breathtaking speed,” he continues. “To bring […]

For PETA’s Sake: Naked Joanna Krupa With Cross Stirs Controversy

posted by Ellen Leventry

Playboy model Joanna Krupa’s new campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals crosses the line.

‘Hoarders’ Catches Oprah’s Eye

posted by Ellen Leventry

This was originally published In October, but we’re reposting it in light of yesterday’s season premiere. You can watch “Hoarders” on Monday night’s at 10/9 Central on A & E. I’ve been transfixed by “Hoarders,” A&E’s new reality show about […]

Vote for the Most Inspiring Person of 2009

posted by dross

Who’s inspired you the most this year? Perhaps it was actor Michael J. Fox, who in spite of his battle with Parkinson’s disease, spread the word about the benefits of optimism through his latest book and TV special. Or maybe […]

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