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Kathryn Bigelow Makes History With ‘The Hurt Locker’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Katryn Bigelow makes history by winning the DGA award.

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CBS Nixes Gay Online Dating Ad for Superbowl, Accepts Pro-Life Spot

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

CBS rejects a proposed Superbowl ad from gay online dating site ManCrunch.com, but accepts a pro-life advocacy commercial from Focus on the Family.

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Excited for ‘Caprica’

posted by Donna Freitas

Finally, the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ prequel series ‘Caprica’ premiered on SyFy last Friday. Of course, the two hour pilot has been available on DVD and On Demand for months, but whatever. The real news is that new episodes are upon us […]

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Stephen Baldwin Regrets Miley Tattoo

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Stephen Baldwin tattooed Miley Cyrus’s initials on his body to try to get a part on her show.

‘Goodbye Solo': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One good thing about this frigid weather outdoors is that it gives me an excuse to catch up on a long list of little-heard-of movie gems that I have been wanting to see, but I just haven’t had time or […]

Grammys Sunday: Where is “Most Inspirational”?

posted by Douglas Howe

With the Grammy Awards coming up Sunday, I got to thinking that of all of the plethora of categories and veritable cornucopia of nominated songs, the event is missing what I’d consider to be the most important and relevant category. […]

Shame on You Pat Robertson

posted by Douglas Howe

He called Haiti’s earthquake a “blessing in disguise.” He calls it some sort of retribution for the Haitian people’s “pact with the devil” during the French Revolution. This is about as obnoxious as when he accused martial artists of “inhaling […]

‘Holy Rollers’ – Faith’s Agony and Ecstasy

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

“Holy Rollers” features themes of faith and blind faith in a film (now at Sundance) about a Hasidic ecstasy dealer.

‘Lourdes’ and Other Films are Part of Sundance’s Spiritual Side

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A new film”Lourdes” is one of many movies with religious themes at Sundance.

The Road to Oscar Looks to be a Sentimental – and Popular- One

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock look to be the Oscar favorites.

Hamas TV Cartoon Depicts Jews and Palestinian Authority Police as Enemies

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

It’s another hit for Al Aqsa TV. Hamas’ terrorist TV channel — which (according to the NY Post) “routinely indoctrinates kids by portraying Israelis as ghouls — is launching a new cartoon series that depicts another enemy, the Palestinian Authority […]

‘To Save a Life’ Is Redeeming, Inspiring

posted by Douglas Howe

For all of the negative comments made in the press about the violence or negativity or lack of depth in films, we love to discover and recognize those which have more to offer, especially near that intersection of faith and […]

New Web Series ‘The Bump+’ Debuts on the Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A new series follows women as they decide whether or not to have an abortion.

‘Project Runway’ Bottoming Out?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Pamela was bid “auf wiedersehen” on last night’s “Project Runway,” but has the show bottomed out by allowing Ping to stay?

John Travolta: Steps in to Help Haiti

posted by Donna Freitas

A few years ago, John Travolta–probably better known for his affiliation with the Church of Scientology than his acting at this point–stepped in to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, jetting in food and meeting with the folks of Louisiana. […]

Review: ‘The Last Station’

posted by idol chatter

By Sara Shereen Bakhshian May contain spoilers The new Sony Pictures Classics’ biopic “The Last Station,” opens with the Leo Tolstoy quote “Everything I know, I know only because I love.” The film chronicles the last year of the life […]

‘Fringe': Back this Spring with Exorcisms and Other Paranormal Fare

posted by Donna Freitas

So far, this fall, the second season of ‘Fringe’ was offering mostly time travel arcs, the trademark J. J. Abrams guru figure, and a lot of gross-out sci-fi stand alone episodes–not exactly my thing. Though I really loved season one […]

Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad: Touchdown or Fumble?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Tim Tebow to be featured in Focus on the Family-sponsored Super Bowl ad: Spokesman for family above all or hubristic quarterback heaving it out of bounds?

How Much Do You Know About Religion on ‘The Office’?

posted by dross

Take our quiz on religion on the TV show “The Office: An American Workplace”

2009’s Most Spiritually Literate Films

posted by Douglas Howe

Spiritualityandpractice.com, and its founders Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, has announced its nominees for the Most Spiritually Literate films of 2009. I think it’s a great site and a great category, reminding people of faith to consider not only which […]

Interview: ‘Journey to Mecca’

posted by Nell Minow

In 1325 a 21-year-old man named Ibn Battuta set out from his native Tangier on pilgrimage to Mecca that would take him 18 months. And now the story of that journey has become an extraordinary IMAX film, stunningly beautiful, soul-stirring, […]

Hollywood + Faith = Success!

posted by Douglas Howe

Movies are tapping into issues of faith more and more–and not just during the holidays–a topic which usatoday.com is exploring in its current article on the topic. “The Book of Eli,” in theaters now, kept its secret during a very […]

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Olympics History

posted by dross

As the world gears up for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics XXI in Vancouver (February 12-28), test your knowledge of the religious history of the Games. You’ll be sure to amaze and dazzle your friends and family with new trivia! […]

‘Make It Or Break It': Most Inspiring New TV Show?

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s official: my favorite new television addiction is ‘Make It Or Break It’–the one hour weekly gymnastics melodrama airing its second season now on ABC Family. The show revolves around four girls, all gymnasts, Emily (the poor, scholarship girl), Payson […]

‘The Hurt Locker': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Oscar contender “The Hurt Locker” is on DVD this week.

Movie Review: ‘The Book of Eli’

posted by idol chatter

By Sara Shereen Bakhshian May contain spoilers. Imagine a future where an apocalyptic war results in a “Flash”–blinding many of the few people who were left–followed by 30 years of chaos where people had to hunt and protect themselves from […]

The Onion’s Hilarious, Twilight Spoof

posted by Donna Freitas

If you’ve ever read my posts on The Twilight Saga and its author Stephenie Meyer, you know that I adore Edward, Bella, and even Jacob, and think that both the books and the movie are great fun. I’m definitely not […]

‘The Book of Eli': Interview with Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, and Gary Oldman

posted by idol chatter

By Sara Shereen Bakhshian In Warner Bros.’ “The Book of Eli,” sometime in the future a lone warrior Eli [Denzel Washington] is on a mission surrounding the presumed last remaining Bible. In the midst of his journey, Eli comes across […]

Watch Trailer: ‘No Greater Love’

posted by dross

In this trailer, a family torn apart struggles to come back together through the strength of faith and their deep, abiding love. On DVD January 19, 2010.

Texting Aid to Haiti, $10 at a Time

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

An online campaign to text aid to Haiti $10 at a time through the Red Cross takes off on Twitter.

“Onward Christian Athletes”: What Mark McGwire and Tiger Woods Have in Common

posted by Donna Freitas

The publication this past October of “Onward Christian Athletes” by Tom Krattenmaker couldn’t be more timely, what with Mark McGwire all over the news acting explicitly penitent as he discusses his steroid use, and don’t get me started on the […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Legion’

posted by dross

Watch the trailer to “Legion,” starring Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, and Charles S. Dutton.

‘The Tonight Show’ Debacle Will Save Conan’s Career

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I think the news of Jay Leno returning to late night is good for Conan’s career.

Vatican Media No Fans of ‘Avatar’

posted by Ellen Leventry

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official newspaper, and Vatican Radio are giving ‘Avatar’ two thumbs down, way down.

Miep Gies, Rescuer of Anne Frank’s Diary, Dies at 100

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Miep Gies, Anne Frank’s rescuer, has died at the age of 100.

McGwire’s Confession…Finally

posted by Douglas Howe

Mark McGwire is the new Pete Rose. He is the new Jimmy Swaggart. He is the new Richard Nixon. I wish he could have been Charles Colson. Mark McGuire has made his place in history and its certainly not the […]

Jay Leno Back to Late Night?

posted by Douglas Howe

Even having my mom on the show couldn’t stop “the biggest fiasco in the history of television” will come to an end soon, as NBC will end its try at making Jay Leno into a 10 p.m. prime time television […]

A Yeah for Brit Hume!

posted by Douglas Howe

I wish to formally nominate television newscaster and commentator Brit Hume for, well, whatever I can nominate him for! You’ve probably heard by now about the controversy and web buzz because a television commentator suggested that a public figure who […]

‘Daybreakers': Atmospheric, but Anemic

posted by Ellen Leventry

What starts out as a noirish, atmospheric thriller, turns into a gore-laden action flick with bits and pieces of bloodsuckers flying in as many directions as the plot.

Watch Trailer: ‘Dantes Inferno: An Animated Epic’

posted by dross

Watch trailer to Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic

Enigmatic, Cinematic: The 50 Most Important Religion Films Ever

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Am I alone in feeling a little empty after reading all the obligatory year-end and decade-end “best of” lists in the past couple of weeks? Accompanying the articles declaring the “Aughts” to be “a lost decade” and bidding the recession-fallout […]

‘Leap Year': Bad, Bad, Bad Romance

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s okay to borrow a title from Lady Gaga once in a while, right? Because in this case, ‘Leap Year,’ the new Amy Adams/Matthew Goode “romantic” “comedy” (notice how both those words are in quotation marks) can only be rightly […]

‘Adam': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Movie Mom was the first critic to make me aware of the sleeper romantic drama “Adam” which played in very limited release last summer. The understated tone of this movie probably had a lot to do with why it didn’t […]

Katherine Paterson Takes Office as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

posted by Donna Freitas

Katherine Paterson is one of my all-time favorite children’s writers. Author of the beloved “Bridge to Terabithia,” which won the Newbery Medal for Young People’s Literature, and so many other childhood favorites, like “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” Paterson took office […]

‘Jersey Shore': Bad for Italian-Americans or Good Reality TV?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Italian-American groups are upset with MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore,’ claiming it reinforces negative stereotypes, but don’t all reality shows?

Watch Trailer: ‘Tyler Perrys I Can Do Bad All By Myself’

posted by dross

Watch “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself” trailer on Beliefnet

Death and the Scientist in ‘Avatar’

posted by Paul O'Donnell

It’s hard to quibble with the majesty of the imagined world of “Avatar,” James Cameron’s lushly animated science-fiction pic that, according to recent reports, is on track to ring up the second highest box-office receipts in history, after Cameron’s own […]

’24’ Is Back, and It’s Good in Several Ways

posted by Douglas Howe

As I noticed while watching football on Fox-TV this weekend, their annual campaign has gotten underway. For an entire decade, Fox has spent the majority if its Januarys by advertising one of its most original and culturally relevant shows: “24.” […]

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