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Man of Faith Makes ‘Why Did I Get Married Too?’

posted by Douglas Howe

Please go see Tyler Perry’s new movie, “Why Did I Get Married Too?” You can see the trailer here. I so appreciate it when any cultural leader takes the time to make a clear statement of his or her faith […]

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Watch Trailer: ‘Secrets of the Mountain’

posted by dross

In this TV movie created by Wal-Mart and Proctor & Gamble, a family goes on a weekend getaway to an old cabin they inherited and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The film airs on NBC on April 16, […]

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Odd Man Out: The Rocket Summer’s Bryce Avary Hits the Road

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Bryce Avary is The Rocket Summer: a multi-instrumentalist who has played almost every note of his four albums full of unapologetically spiritual, upbeat pop. His latest, “Of Men and Angels,” shows an darker side to Avary, where he depends on […]

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Baron Cohen Leads Simpsons Through Holy Land

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Homer, Marge and the gang head to Israel.

‘Wrinkle’ and ‘Journey': Two Christian Classics Get the Big Screen Treatment

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Two popular books by Christian authors are going to be made into feature films.

‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ Will Continue Thanks to Pastor Steve

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I checked out “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” last Friday looking for some extra motivation to curb my worse-than-usual eating habits of late. However, in comparison to movies like “Food Inc” or “King Corn,” I found the show to be more […]

Discovery Channel’s ‘Life’ Series

posted by Douglas Howe

I tuned in with high expectations. After all, the raves had been flowing. The show had been called “nothing short of mind-blowing” by Newsweek. People called it “gorgeous.” The New York Post proclaimed “every frame should win an Oscar.” “Brilliant,” […]

Enter To Win: Amy Grant ‘Somewhere Down The Road’ Prize Package

posted by dross

Are you a fan of Christian music star Amy Grant? If so, you may want to check out “Somewhere Down the Road” (read Paul O’Donnell’s review here), her first new album in seven years, which releases on March 30, 2010. […]

Amy Grant’s New Album Clears Space for a New Road

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Touted as her first new music in seven years, Amy Grant’s new album, “Somewhere Down the Road,” is something less and something more: only six of the record’s tracks are new songs, mixed in with previously unreleased tracks, old songs […]

‘The Last Song': Another Nicholas Sparks Weepie

posted by Donna Freitas

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I jumped on the opportunity to see a press screening of Nicholas Sparks’ latest movie adaptation, ‘The Last Song.’ Yes it stars Miley Cyrus and yes it’s a film that essentially shows Cyrus […]

Watch Trailer: ‘The Adventists’

posted by dross

The new documentary “The Adventists” takes a look at the history of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and how their holistic view of health has led to the group members being among the longest-living people on Earth. The film will […]

10 Movies That Celebrate Love

posted by dross

Inspired by the upcoming film “The Last Song,” in which a teenager (Miley Cyrus) and her estranged father (Greg Kinnear) try to reconnect through a mutual love of music, I started thinking about my favorite movies about love. And not […]

Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Week

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week we scoured the globe to find the most uplifting examples of celebrity altruists. We joined a Hollywood heavy hitter during his effort to aid Haiti, a British chef in his quest […]

‘Christ Haunted’ Anne Rice Shares Her Testimony on I Am Second

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Anne Rice speaks candidly about her faith at the I Am Second website.

‘American Idol’ Less Than Golden This Season

posted by Ellen Leventry

I’m going to make this post short and sweet, unlike the torturous “American Idol” performances I’ve forced myself to sit through the past few weeks: This season of “Idol” has been terrible. Usually, nestled in amongst the talent and the […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

posted by dross

Based on the best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, a woman (Julia Roberts) believes she isn’t getting what she wants out of life and travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia over the course of the year. The film releases August 13, […]

Mr. Biden, F-Bombs and Our Fading Culture

posted by Douglas Howe

The second most powerful man in our country–the one who sits one heartbeat or motorcade crash away from the Presidency–dropped the F-bomb during one of the most historic and highly rated television news moments in history. You can hear it […]

5 Tiger Storylines From Outside the Ropes

posted by Douglas Howe

While the sports world wonders whether or not he will win as he enters the Holy City of Augusta in a few weeks, here are my Top Five Tiger Woods storylines as it relates to his role not as professional […]

‘The Family Guy’ Takes On the Brain-Damaged

posted by Paul O'Donnell

You have to hand it to “Family Guy” for topicality. Fresh off last month’s run-in with Sarah Palin about her son with Down syndrome, animated sitcom “The Family Guy” opened Sunday night with a skit about Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged […]

Mazal Tov: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla “Ayala” Fisher

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher wed in a Jewish ceremony.

Watch Clip: ‘Not In God’s Name’

posted by dross

In this documentary, religious leaders of various faiths,including the Dalai Lama, talk about religious conflicts around the world and the key to peace. The film airs on PBS in April 2010.

Three Spiritual Lessons From the Season Three Opener of ‘Breaking Bad’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Breaking Bad” begins a new season.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week we were inspired by a wide array of pop culture events. There was a mother defending her “Precious” daughter, a collection of stars gathering to Make-A-Wish, a little guy making it […]

Health Care: Learn From ‘Dave,’ ‘Mr. Smith’ and Toby

posted by Douglas Howe

Health Care Schmealth Care! It’s not just on the news channels right now. From the prime time TV newsmagazine shows to the morning, afternoon and evening talk shows, something called “The Health Care” vote is sure getting a lot of […]

Jesse James’ Apology: What Does it Matter?

posted by Douglas Howe

She gave an inspiring performance on screen. She won several awards including the Oscar. She praised her husband. Then a new story leaked. The alleged mistress gave an interview. The bride moved out. The husband issued a telepology. It joins […]

Nurse Jackie: Holy Shift!

posted by Donna Freitas

I love Edie Falco though I’ve never watched ‘Nurse Jackie’–I love her from the good ole days on ‘The Sopranos’ and because on that show she talked (both with accent and word) like all the Italian ladies I grew up […]

Watch Clip: ‘Amish Grace’

posted by dross

In this clip from “Amish Grace,” based on the true story of the schoolhouse shooting in Nickle Mines, Pennsylvania, a reporter sent to cover the tragedy talks to the community’s Deacon about forgiveness. The movie premieres on March 28, 2010 […]

Sandra Bullock’s Marriage to Jesse James Blindsided by Adultery?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sandra Bullock may have split from husband Jesse James over his possible affair with a tattoo model.

National Day of Unplugging: a Sabbath from Technology

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

This weekend marks a National Day of Unplugging: an organization called Reboot created the “Sabbath Manifesto,” which provides ten core principles to guide the unplugging.

Watch Trailer: ‘The Last Song’

posted by dross

In this film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, Miley Cyrus plays a teenager who reconnects with her father, played by Greg Kinnear, and falls in love during a summer away from home. The film releases […]

Jewish Organization Urges Bar Refaeli to Dump Gentile Boyfriend

posted by dross

Lehava, a Israeli organization, has publically called for supermodel Bar Refaeli to dump her boyfriend, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and marry a nice Jewish man instead. The organization also sent a letter to Refaei’s mother. How inappropriate! Carrie Sloan over at […]

March Madness Inspiration

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the more religious practices in our country is taking place this month. And no, it’s not “Lent!” Okay, well, actually “Lent” is taking place for many faithful Christians across the land, but my guess (and what seems to […]

Top 5 ‘Twilight’-Themed Parody Videos

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse get the parody treatment on YouTube.

Enter to Win: ‘The Blind Side’ on DVD

posted by dross

“The Blind Side” turned out to be much more than the football movie everyone expected it to be. It inspired many to live their faith through their actions instead of just their words, recently winning the People’s Choice Award for […]

So Avatar Didn’t Win Oscar for Best Picture, Well…

posted by Donna Freitas

Well, whatever. I’m glad it didn’t win. I might be the only person in the world who didn’t like ‘Avatar’, but I don’t care: I thought the story itself was boring, overly basic, and oh-so-unbelievably derivative, especially for people who […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

Inspirational pop culture moments for the week of March 8, 2010

I Love Vampires, But Not ‘Twilight': What Am I Missing?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

I love fictional vampires, especially the ones that show signs of more substance than just the bite-and-kill instinct. First, there’s my well-documented love for all things Buffy, plus I have read every Anne Rice book, and even saw that awful […]

‘Twilight: Eclipse’ Trailer: New Victoria vs. Old Victoria

posted by Donna Freitas

In terms of plot, I think “Eclipse” is my favorite of the Twilight Saga books. Well, aside from “Twilight”. It has lots of sign-worthy Bella-Edward romantic moments, plus some good Edward-Jacob conflict, and then, of course, the moment of reckoning […]

Watch Clip: ‘Letters To God’

posted by dross

A young boy with cancer describes to his friend how writing a letter to God for help with a problem is like “texting a best friend.” The film releases April 9, 2010. You can watch the full “Letters to God” […]

Corey Haim: 1971-2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Corey Haim died early Wednesday morning of a possible overdose.

The Bible in 3-D is Coming to a Theater Near You

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Will the creation account from Genesis become a 3-D epic movie?

Mo’Nique’s Hairy Legs and ‘Open’ Marriage

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most underwhelming Oscar shows of all-time sure stood in contrast to perhaps the most significant–if, indeed, the last–of the Barbara Walters Specials. I was on the West Coast so I watched it after the Oscars and, yikes, […]

Enter to Win: The Funny “Look! It’s Jesus!” Book

posted by shuang

Have you ever seen Mother Teresa in a cinnamon bun or Jesus in a chicken cutlet? A new book, “Look! It’s Jesus!” by Harry and Sandra Choron compile photos and stories of amazing holy visions seen by people around the […]

JD Salinger as Mystic?

posted by Donna Freitas

One of my all-time favorite books to teach is the Zooey side of JD Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey.” Without giving too much away for those who haven’t read this wonderful novel(a), the end has one of the most stunning, beautiful […]

Ben Stiller Goes Hebrew on Oscar Night

posted by mkress

One of my favorite moments of last night’s Oscars show was Ben Stiller’s “Avatar” spoof, when he presented the award for best makeup in blue-face (and blue-tail) Nav’i get-up, with his speech mixing English and, of course, Na’vi. Alas, all […]

Whose God Won the Oscar?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Hollywood and evangelical Christians don’t agree on much, but last night they shared a deep conviction that only God could have put an Oscar in Sandra Bullock’s hand. Often dismissed as the actress with the least star quality since the […]

‘Twilight’ Drops Off Bestseller List

posted by Donna Freitas

Well, sort of. The four books in Stephenie Meyers‘ mega-bestselling Twilight Saga, “Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse,” and “Breaking Dawn” are still hanging on to USA Today’s bestseller list–just further down toward the bottom than usual. While it has become ubiquitous […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Tyler Perrys Why Did I Get Married Too?’

posted by dross

A group of friends vacationing together analyze their marriages. The film stars Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Jill Scott, and Louise Gossett Jr. and releases April2, 2010

Oscar Winners 2010 List

posted by dross

Although I’m a little sleepy from staying up so late to watch the 82nd annual Academy Awards last night, I’m so happy that “The Hurt Locker” beat out blockbuster “Avatar” for Best Picture of the Year. Also excited for Kathryn […]

Spiritual TV Guide Winter/Spring Update

posted by idol chatter

A Winter/Spring update on the 2010 TV season’s shows that depict spirituality, family, life, and death.

Old School Animated Flick Starring Monk Gets Oscar Nod/Watch Trailer

posted by Donna Freitas

This Sunday we will find out who wins the Oscar for, among other categories, Best Animated Feature. Among the nominees are: ‘Up’, ‘The Princess and the Frog’, ‘Coraline’, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’, and. . .‘The Secret of Kells’?I know. I haven’t […]

The Other Suicide: ‘Frontline’ Looks at Assisted Suicide

posted by Ellen Leventry

A documentary on assisted suicide that stirred turmoil in Britain premieres in North America to little controversy–so far, allowing the story to speak for itself.

Chuck is a Christian?

posted by Donna Freitas

NBC’s series ‘Chuck’ is one of my favorite shows to watch every week. Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski is the most lovable tech-smart spy-geek (or is it geek-spy?) to hit television since Maxwell Smart of ‘Get Smart,’ though Chuck is […]

Academy Awards Predictions 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my annual predictions for who will win Oscar.

Watch Exclusive Clip: ‘VeggieTales: Pistachio’

posted by dross

Watch a clip from the latest “VeggieTales” DVD, which offers a twist on the classic Pinocchio story. The DVD is now available.

Megan Fox Confesses to Loving Two Men–Ever

posted by Paul O'Donnell

It’s often said that celebrities are America’s royalty, and nowhere is that more obvious in the way we treat their bodies as public property. In the days of absolute monarchs, as historian Helen Castor puts it, “privacy was relative and […]

Announcing the Winners of the Beliefnet Film Awards

posted by dross

After weeks of voting, we are happy to announce the winners of the Best Spiritual Film, Inspirational Film, and Spiritual Documentary of the Year. Find out the winners of the Judges’ Award and the People’s Choice Award (voted on by […]

Movie Review: ‘A Prophet’ (‘Un Prophete’)

posted by idol chatter

By Sara Shereen Bakhshian May contain some spoilers. Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet (“Un Prophete”), currently in its U.S. theatrical release, is one of those films that you continue thinking about long after you leave the theater. The French film, up […]

Images of Jesus in Food and Other Objects

posted by idol chatter

The famous Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese isn’t the only religious sighting that has been seen (and sold) throughout the years. Other people like you have experienced Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa, and Buddha sightings on food and ordinary objects […]

Watch Trailer: ‘The Buddha’

posted by dross

This documentary from David Grubin explores the life of Prince Siddhartha of India, whose spiritual quest for enlightenment gave birth to Buddhism. The film, narrated by Richard Gere, includes interviews with the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, and other experts, and […]

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