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Marie Osmond Faces Another Family Tragedy: Her Son Michael Commits Suicide

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide in LA this past weekend.

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‘Captain Abu Raed': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jordan’s first Oscar hopeful is my DVD pick of the week.

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Olympic Medalists: Not Showing Enough Mettle?

posted by Ellen Leventry

The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have had their share of athletes who competed hard and partied harder. Is it just blowing of steam or just too much?

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Johnny Weir, More Than Meets the Eye

posted by shuang

Recently, more than Johnny Weir’s status as a good role model was questioned when two French-speaking Canadian sports commentators made politically incorrect and insensitive comments about Weir’s gender and sexuality during the national broadcast of his long program performance. In […]

Andrew Koenig’s Death: A Tragic Lesson

posted by Ellen Leventry

Actor Andrew Koenig’s tragic death brings attention to the seriousness of depression.

Purim’s Star-Power: Can You Shpiel It?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

The Jewish holiday Purim is about remembering persecution, celebrating redemption, and pushing identity, examining who we really are in contrast to how we present ourselves to the world (that’s where the costumes come in). That’s the serious stuff – but […]

Say It Ain’t So, Mark Buehrle

posted by Paul O'Donnell

My favorite White Sox fan is an 12-year-old from the far South Side of Chicago, who summers at his family’s beach house in Massachusetts, where news of the outside world comes but slowly. So as I watched Mark Buehrle, the […]

Kirk Cameron Makes Plea to Missing Actor Andrew Koenig

posted by dross

Actor Kirk Cameron has released a statement about missing actor Andrew Koenig, whom he starred with on the hit TV series “Growing Pains.” “Andrew, if you’re reading this, please call me,” said Cameron. Koenig, who according to his family showed […]

Keith Olbermann’s ‘Life Panel’ Special Comment

posted by Ellen Leventry

Keith Olbermann’s impassioned plea to allow insurance-covered end of life discussions with doctors is a good lesson for all.

‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave': One Last Celebration of Johnny Cash’s Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Most critics admire Johnny Cash for being a one-of-a-kind singer who has blazed trails artistically in both life and in death. His decades-spanning, multi-generation-influencing career has lasted longer than other greats like The Beatles and Elvis, to name a few. […]

Idol Chatter at the Movieguide Awards

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

TV and film actors gathered for the Movieguide Faith and Value Awards to recognize the best family-friendly movies and TV shows of the previous year.

Charlie Sheen Leaving Show for Rehab

posted by Douglas Howe

Charlie Sheen has recognized he has issues which need to be identified and dealt with at a deeper level. He’s admitted his need for help. Well sort of. The Hollywood Reporter was among the first to report that Sheen is […]

Ice Dancing: When Siblings Shimmy and Shake…Together

posted by shuang

Here are three reasons I loved last night’s gold medal ice dancing winners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: They had spectacular chemistry on ice, they were the first North Americans to win the gold medal (in their first Olympics!), and…they weren’t […]

Please Take a Short Beliefnet Blog Survey

posted by idol chatter

Hello Idol Chatter readers, In order to make your experience on Beliefnet’s blogs more enjoyable, we created a short survey to get your input on what you like here and want to see more of, and what you can live […]

‘The Hurt Locker': This Award Season’s Most Important Movie?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“The Hurt Locker” is the Oscar season’s slam dunk winner.

Brandon T. Jackson: A Divine Career So Far

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Playing the best friend of a teen demigod in the blockbuster “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” Brandon T. Jackson, at 25, is an veteran among a cast of new faces, with more than a dozen movies under […]

Sir Elton Says Jesus Was Gay

posted by Douglas Howe

Jesus was gay. At least, that’s what Sir Elton John believes, as stated in his recent Parade magazine interview. And the real shame of it is that he said seven things about Jesus, six of which I couldn’t have agreed […]

Ginny Weasley Dates a Volturi Vampire

posted by shuang

Looks like a love spell has been cast over a Hogwarts wizard and a Twilight vampire. People.com reports that actress Bonnie Wright, best known as Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, is dating actor Jamie Campbell Bower, best known […]

Interview: Danielle Bisutti of ‘No Greater Love’ and ‘True Jackson VP’

posted by Nell Minow

On the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP, Danielle Bisutti plays Amanda, the fashion company executive who is jealous of — and always outsmarted by — the teenage title character played by Keke Palmer. She also stars in the popular Christian […]

Tiger: Only Thing Missing Was ‘Thank You, Mr. President.’

posted by Douglas Howe

I believe that history will show that Tiger Woods launched his professional political career today, with his well-crafted and publicized press conference. He is no longer the golfer or the celebrity or the superstar. He is the cultural icon who […]

Johnny Weir: A ‘Fallen Angel’ on Ice

posted by shuang

If you’ve been watching the Winter Olympics and following the men’s figure skating competitions, you’ve probably familiar with Johnny Weir. You might have also heard the word “redemption” thrown around a lot by commentators across different sports at these Olympics–the […]

Record Release, Tour Dates for The Macaroons

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

JDub Records announced the official release date of “Let’s Go Coconuts!,” the debut album by inaugural JDub Kids band The Macaroons.

Will Tiger Woods Repent in Public?

posted by Douglas Howe

The media world was abuzz this week with the news that Tiger Woods is going to hold a press conference (sort of) to answer questions (actually not) regarding the recent revelations about his indescretions (which has dominated the news) and […]

Beliefnet Interview with Robert Duvall

posted by dross

Beliefnet Interview with Robert Duvall on “Crazy Heart.”

Madonna to Pen Film about Forbidden Royal Romance

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Madonna to write film based on the scandalous 1930s romance of Kim Edward VIII and divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Video: Stars of ‘The Office’ Tell Their Favorite Olympic Moments

posted by dross

Check out this video where actresses from NBC’s “The Office” talk about their favorite thoughts and memories from Olympics past. My favorite line comes from Mindy Kaling (who plays Kelly Kapoor), who gives her thoughts on female figure skaters. She […]

Twilight Cruise Anyone?

posted by Donna Freitas

No, this isn’t a joke. If you didn’t know already, there is actually a Twilight Cruise for Twilight fans. The New York Times was touting it in their special cruise review “Offering Whatever Floats Your Boat” in the Travel section […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Blood Done Signed My Name’

posted by dross

The film, based on a true story, tells of the racially motivated murder of a black man in rural North Carolina, by a white man, his acquittal by an all white jury, and the civil unrest that ensued. The film […]

It’s That Pesky Condom Again!

posted by Donna Freitas

Perhaps it’s fitting that just when the results of a recent study announced that a certain sort of abstinence education within a very select group of very young kids (sixth and seventh graders) kinda sorta might work a little bit […]

National Geographic Goes ‘Inside Polygamy’ This Valentine’s

posted by Ellen Leventry

National Geographic is given unprecedented access to explore an FLDS polygamous family in “Inside Polygamy: Life at Bountiful.”

My Top Overlooked, Must-See Christian Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

< I was recently faced with the challenge of selecting the top ten Christian movies of all time for Beliefnet. As I scoured back through my movie archives, I came across many more movies that I wanted to share with […]

Percy Jackson, ADHD Action Hero

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The good thing about being a demigod–the half-human offspring of a Greek god and one of the god’s earthly romantic dalliances–is that you have a natural propensity for swordplay and a couple of nifty superpowers. The downside is that you […]

Taqwa + Core = Muslim Punk

posted by Donna Freitas

The Arabic word Taqwa means God-consciousness. You often hear the word hardcore when people are describing all thinks punk. But now there’s Taqwacore, which is something like “Muslim Punk” or hardcore, God-consciousness, mohawks, screeching music and all.Recently, Hussein Rashid, Kaitlin […]

Angel v. Devil on ‘Bones’

posted by Donna Freitas

‘Bones‘ is my weekly, tv guilty pleasure. I watch not only because Booth (aka Angel) and Brennan are a reincarnation of the chemistry between ‘The X File’s’ Sully and Mulder, but also because of their ongoing faith vs. science debate. […]

Interviews with ‘Survivor’s’ Heroes and Villains

posted by idol chatter

By Sara Shereen Bakhshian CBS is commemorating 10 years of the hit reality franchise “Survivor” by bringing back some of the most notable contestants in “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” The series’ 20th installment premieres tonight Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. […]

‘Bright Star': My Valentine DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Bright Star” is a new biopic about the poet John Keats.

Evolution of the Werewolf in Film

posted by Donna Freitas

Oh Stephenie Meyer, you’ve started two trends with Twilight: the vampire and the werewolf! Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black is perhaps the most famous movie werewolf at this point, but he’s one in a long line of other incarnations over […]

Linday Lohan Posing as Jesus?

posted by Douglas Howe

The Huffington Post is helping Lindsay Lohan with some publicity by covering her posing as Jesus on the cover of Purple Magazine. Now, I’d never heard of Purple Magazine until today, and I’ve read The Huffington Post a few times, […]

The ‘Sweetest’ Super Bowl!

posted by Douglas Howe

Well the Super Bowl has a life of its own and it keeps on living after the game! This weeks web is full of debriefs of the day, from the unlikelihood of the Saints’ victory to the most watched advertisement […]

Who Are Your Favorite Movie Couples?

posted by dross

Donna Freitas has created this great new gallery of her 10 favorite movie couples. And yes, Maria and Captain Von Trapp from “The Sound of Music” are on the list. But would you believe, Edward and Bella of “Twilight” are […]

The Scotland Monk-Wine Controversy

posted by Donna Freitas

Who doesn’t love wine made in a monastery? What better than a group of monks who make their living through a winery? Kind of like Holy Drinking Water, blessed by priests in CA, and sold in convenience stores on the […]

Tackling the Tebow Super Bowl Ads

posted by Ellen Leventry

Paradoxically, the controversial Tim Tebow Super Bowl ads, may have been the least controversial of the broadcast.

Watch Clip: ‘The Waltons’ on Marriage

posted by dross

Ever wondered how marriage changes everything? Even the women of “The Waltons” dealt with the scary changes of going from single to married. Check out this clip from the show and post your favorite moments from the show in the […]

CBS Censors Dante’s Inferno Super Bowl Ad

posted by Kris Rasmussen

CBS censors yet another Super Bowl ad.

‘Caprica': The First Cylon

posted by Donna Freitas

The new ‘Battlestar Galactica’ prequel series, ‘Caprica’ is turning out to be a gold mine of religious parallels and allusions. Among the most interesting topics and themes thus far, from its newest episode: The First Cylon: it’s a she. A […]

‘Lost’ Season 6 Premiere: Choices and Consequences

posted by shuang

Two days after the season 6 premiere of “Lost,” I’m still thinking about the episode that will define the arc of the final season. By now, I’ve already taken a few deep breaths, asked a bunch of questions, considered all […]

The Olympics Are Almost Here!

posted by Douglas Howe

I miss the Olympics. Worse than that, I think I’ll miss ’em some more when they’re over. The Winter version of the Olympics starts on NBC in about a week. But so far, I’m just not feelin’ that Olympic spirit […]

My Top 5 Winter Olympic Moments

posted by Douglas Howe

With the Olympics only about a week away, one of the best ways I know to get fired up is to remember some of the great moments from Winter Olympics past. I know the Olympics is supposed to be about […]

City, Minus Sex, Plus Religion Equals “Srugim”

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

An Israeli TV show featuring the Orthodox Jewish singles scene hits US TV sets via the Jewish Channel.

Sneak Peek Video: ‘What’s in the Bible?’

posted by dross

“VeggieTales” co-creator Phil Vischer gives us an inside look at his new children’s video project, “What’s in the Bible?”

“The Church of Facebook”: Virtual Faith

posted by Donna Freitas

When I’m not blogging on religion and pop culture for Idol Chatter, my academic research centers on faith and youth, so when pop culture enters the picture in that realm, I pay attention. That’s why I’m excited to read “The […]

Cast Your Vote: The Beliefnet Film Awards

posted by dross

It’s movie award season and with that comes our fifth annual Beliefnet Film Awards. Check out which films and documentaries we selected this year, watch videos from the nominees, and vote for your favorite. Best Spiritual Film Nominees Best Inspirational […]

‘We Are the World’ Redux to Help Haiti

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

USA for Africa reforms with today’s celebrities to rerecord 1985’s “We Are the World” and raise funds for Haiti.

Oscar Nods: The Blessing Before the Storm

posted by Douglas Howe

When it comes to awards shows, life is good these days. The Grammys’ ratings were up by a third over last year and rivaled what “American Idol” gets. The “Golden Globes” also did well, as Oscar is up next. But […]

Oscar Noms 2010: No Surprises, Only Some Commercial Successes Nominated

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Oscar noms have few surprises and not much mainstream popularity.

List: Oscar Nominations 2010

posted by dross

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced this morning. Here are some of the nominees in the biggest categories.The winners will be announced on March 7, 2010. Best Picture of the Year “Avatar” “The Blind Side” “District 9″ […]

Reminiscing with the Cast of ‘Lost’

posted by idol chatter

By Sara Shereen Bakhshian In anticipation of the final season of “Lost”–which premieres tonight on ABC–cast members Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin,) and Josh Holloway […]

Cool on ‘Caprica’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Fine performances and effects can’t hide “Caprica’s” lack of dramatic tension.

What Do You Do with a Problem Like Tim Tebow?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Somewhere in academia, a grad student in cultural anthropology is already writing his or her dissertation using Super Bowls ads to deconstruct the history of modern America, a job that got easier last week when CBS reversed its policy against […]

NFL’s Kurt Warner: A Classy Man of Faith

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most unlikely NFL stars of the past (or any) decade has decided to retire. Kurt Warner, surrounded by his family, announced that he was leaving the NFL for a variety of reasons, and said it was what […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Letters to God’

posted by dross

Watch the trailer to “Letters to God.”

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The New ‘Peanuts’ Trailer Is Here, And We Just Can’t Get Enough
[youtube]https://youtu.be/El7chqzwKlo[/youtube] Charlie Brown and the gang have a whole new look in the first-full length trailer for the “The Peanuts Movie”, and it’s absolutely fantastic. We promise, you’ve never seen them quite like ...

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‘I'm Tired of Watching America be Led by Lunatics’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j_JmeYUsZM Conservative talk show host Kevin Jackson was signed to a national syndication deal by USA Radio Networks and will launch July 20th on USA Radio Networks XDS Channel 3. The Kevin Jackson Show will ...

posted 9:41:20am Jun. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman Will Produce 'The Story of God'
National Geographic Channel and Executive Producers Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger of Revelations Entertainment announced today The Story of God, a new global series exploring mankind’s quest to understand the divine. Host ...

posted 9:17:12am Jun. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Everyone's Favorite Villain: Christopher Lee Dies at 93
Sir Christopher Lee passed away June 7, 2015 due to respiratory problems and heart failure shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday. The news broke June 11th, as his wife wanted to delay the announcement until all of the family was made ...

posted 12:24:47pm Jun. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Rupert Murdoch Stepping Down from 21st Century Fox
Media giant Rupert Murdoch is stepping down from 21st Century Fox as CEO. Murdoch, 84, is expected to give his son James the ...

posted 12:15:53pm Jun. 11, 2015 | read full post »

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