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What Do We Want From ‘Lost’?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Lost is ending its six-season run on May 23. What are our expectations for its last four episodes?

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This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a cartoon saved a young girl’s life, Hannah Montana granted 30 wishes, a tycoon ran in a charitable marathon, and one rock star helped a homeless man while another fought […]

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Jill Zarin: Good for the Jews?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Is Jill Zarin one more example of a Jewish stereotype we don’t need to see on TV?

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Watch Trailer: ‘Ramona and Beezus’

posted by dross

Based on the best-selling children’s book series by Beverly Cleary, the film focuses on the young Ramona, the adventures and mishaps she gets herself into, and her older sister Beezus who encourages her to be imaginative and creative. The film […]

Network Pilot Season: Popular Stars, Producers, Premises Abound

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Popular stars, producers, and premises abound in this list of potential network TV pilots.

Enter to Win: Copy of ‘Oh My God’ DVD

posted by dross

In celebration of the DVD release of the Beliefnet Film Award nominated documentary “Oh My God,”–in which filmmaker Peter Rodger traveled the world asking celebrities, religious leaders, and ordinary people about their thoughts on God–we are giving away 5 copies. […]

Sandra Bullock Had Bris for New Son

posted by dross

As you may have already heard, Sandra Bullock is in the process of adopting a baby from New Orleans, something the “Blindside” actress has managed to keep a secret even under an intense media spotlight over her crumbling relationship with […]

Sandra Bullock’s Baby Bombshell: The Best Kept Secret in a Social Media Society

posted by Ellen Leventry

Sure, Sandra Bullock debuting her 3 1/2 month old, adopted son on the cover of People magazine is surprising, but the fact that we haven’t heard about it until now is even more so.

Pierce Brosnan Fights for Whales After Narrating Disney’s ‘Oceans’ Movie

posted by dross

If you’ve seen Disneynature’s newest documentary, “Oceans,” you may have heard a familiar voice narrating the film–actor Pierce Brosnan. And after working on the project, the former “James Bond” has become more passionate about helping the preserving oceans and its […]

The Sexy Mormon Vampire: A History

posted by Donna Freitas

I’ve written a bunch about hot chastity in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series because, well, really, it’s difficult not to notice the erotic tension between vampire Edward Cullen and Bella, his beloved, even though they barely even kiss in the first […]

‘Restore Stephen Baldwin’ Uses Job Story to Inspire Donations

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

A new website asks for donations to help restore the lost wealth of outspoken Christian actor Stephen Baldwin.

Enter to Win: Joel Osteen’s ‘Living In Favor, Abundance, And Joy’ Audiobook Prize Package

posted by dross

In celebration of pastor Joel Osteen’s new audiobook “Living in Favor, Abundance, And Joy,” (which includes 10 of his most inspiring semons, recorded live at Lakewood Church), we are giving away one grand prize: four of Osteen’s audiobooks which includes […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Robin Hood’

posted by dross

Sir Robin Longstride, played by Russell Crowe, returns to his English village after fighting in the Third Crusade, only to find his village taken over by a tyrant. He uses his military skills to gather an army to fight to […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasGood feelings were flowing again this week. Esquire announced a surprising choice for best looking woman in America. One famous chef helped another make a comeback. A trailblazing star released a third memoir. […]

Current TV Series Romances: My Favorites

posted by Donna Freitas

I am totally the target market for the ongoing, “Will they or won’t they?” romantic story line of the television series. You know, those ongoing love stories where you wait and wait for the characters to get together and they […]

Christians Rock Tonight’s Tube: Amy Grant and Jennifer Knapp

posted by Paul O'Donnell

What a bonanza tonight should be for Christian music fans. Late night, Amy Grant will be talking about her first album in six years on ABC’s “Nightline,” while on CNN at 9 p.m., Larry King interviews Jennifer Knapp, the Christian […]

Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy: Entering the NFL Draft, God is Still First and They are Second

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I am a huge college football fan, but I can’t say I pay that much attention to the NFL draft when it rolls around. But talk about one college football player’s faith and his NFL prospects caught my attention yesterday […]

Happy Birthday, Will: The Best Movies Inspired by Shakespeare

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are some recommendations for movies influenced by William Shakespeare!

‘Open Your Heart’ to ‘Glee’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

This week’s Glee tackled teen sexuality – against the empowering backdrop of Madonna’s music.

Watch Movie: ‘Music Rising’

posted by dross

If you like HBO’s new series “Treme” about musicians in New Orleans struggling to rebuild their city post-Katrina, you’ll love the documentary “Music Rising.” The documentary follows musicians dedicated to helping New Orleans residents replace musical instruments detroyed by the […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Sex and the City 2′

posted by dross

Based on the popular TV series, the film follows four friends from New York–Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte–as they travel to Dubai on vacation together and discuss how their lives have changed in the years they’ve been friends. The film […]

Mohammed on ‘South Park’…Again

posted by dross

Aziz Poonawalla over at City of Brass has a great post up about the last week’s 200th episode of “South Park,” which included mentions of the various controversies it has caused throughout its years on the air. In the episode, […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Iron Man 2′

posted by dross

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as billionaire inventor Tony Stark, also known to the world as superhero Iron Man. Now under pressure from the government to share his invention, the Iron Man suit, with the military, Stark also faces […]

ACM Awards 2010 Winners List

posted by dross

The Academy of Country Music had its annual awards ceremony on Sunday and the big surprise was that Taylor Swift–who was nominated in a number of categories and has picked up a bunch of awards over the past tear–walked away […]

Give Me That Old-Fashioned Jewish Deli Any Day. . .

posted by Donna Freitas

I am a foodie, and so I was somewhat amused and somewhat distraught to see a recent New York Times article about the current updating of the old-school Jewish deli sweeping the nation (or at least some of its cities). […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by dross

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week chicks announced they’re rockin’ for charity, a singer made plans to build a school, a child star urged fans to give back to other kids, stars and locals joined forces to […]

The Secrets of the Mountain

posted by Douglas Howe

TV Family Night is back! How cool! I encourage you to tune in to NBC for tonight’s “Secrets of the Mountain,” a made-for-TV movie that is really part of what I hope will be a new version of an old […]

USA Rugby and NCAA Deal Faith Losses on the Field

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Religion took a double hit on the sporting field in recent days.First the NCAA banned messages embedded in eye-black–those stripes of glare-killing grease football players wear on their cheeks, and that Florida quaterback Tim Tebow imprinted with biblical verses.

South Park Creators Tackle ‘Book of Mormon’ for Broadway

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

South Park and Avenue Q creators team up for new Broadway musical titled “The Book of Mormon.”

Behind ‘The Shroud Codex’

posted by idol chatter

By Jerome R. Corsi, author of “The Shroud Codex.” I have been fascinated with the Shroud of Turin since I first saw it at a senior retreat at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. I remember the image of […]

Watch Clip: Disney Nature’s ‘Oceans’

posted by dross

In this clip from the new documentary, we see penguins in their natural habitat. “Oceans” hits theaters Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

Duggar Family Baby Josie Back in Hospital

posted by dross

Last week I was able to happily report that the Duggar family’s latest addition, Josie Brooklyn, who was born prematurely in December, was finally able to come home after an extended hospital stay. Sadly she’s back in the hospital, although […]

Vatican on The Beatles: ‘Not the Best Example, But Forgiven’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

After decades, the Vatican absolves the Beatles.

Watch Trailer: ‘Treme’

posted by dross

Check out the trailer for the new HBO series “Treme” about musicians living in post-Katrina New Orleans and are struggling to rebuild their city and their lives. “Do You Wanna” Clip Trailer: Day

Election 2012: Sarah Palin vs. Vampire (?!) for the Republican Nomination

posted by Donna Freitas

So this has to be the weirdest announcement of a run for the presidency in history, for both the Democratic and Republican parties combined. Even weirder than Sarah Palin getting a spot on last election’s ticket as VP candidate and […]

A Sneak Peek at the Return of ‘Glee’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have a few spoilers to share regarding tonight’s episode of Glee.

Dixie Carter: Faith by Design

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The late DIxie Carter often spoke about the importance of her Christian faith.

Movie Review: ‘Date Night’

posted by Douglas Howe

For her birthday, one of my gifts to my bride was to see a Chick Flick with her, so we went to see “Date Night.” (Her birthday was probably the only reason I’d have gone to see it, as I’m […]

Phil at The Masters: Phamily, Phidelity, Phantastic!

posted by Douglas Howe

Did you catch the Masters’ Tournament this weekend? If not, I can some it up simply and easily: Phamily Phil pulled it off. Phidelity Phil beat Terrible Tiger. The right guy won. The nice guy finished first. Lefty did right. […]

Top 10 Reasons to Love ‘Glee!’

posted by Donna Freitas

Yippee, woohoo: ‘Glee’ returns tomorrow night, Tuesday, for its spring run of episodes after what has felt like the longest hiatus ever. Over the last few months without my weekly ‘Glee’ episode my life has been without song! Without a […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, the Pop Culture PassionistasThis week celebrities take off their make-up, dance for animal rights, overcome illness, open a shelter, and speak out about school budget cuts. Here are our favorite inspirational pop culture moments of […]

J.K. Rowling Contemplates Harry Potter Sequel – Some Day

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Should J.K. Rowling write another Harry Potter book?

Could This Be the Chinese Susan Boyle?: Lin Yu Chun

posted by dross

A young man’s appearance on the Taiwanese talent show “Super Star Ave.” has the Internet abuzz. His performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is shockingly weird/awesome.Check it out:

Ordination Barbie: I Want One!

posted by Donna Freitas

Introducing Feminist Theologian Barbie. Reverend Barbie. Pastor Barbie! I literally cannot get over this: Barbie is getting ordained in the Episcopalian Church. I mean, I know she’s been president and entered into a whole host of other professions, but a […]

Baby Josie Duggar Released from the Hospital

posted by dross

The Duggar family’s newest addition, Josie Brooklyn–baby 19–was finally released from the hospital yesterday after she was prematurely born in December. As you read on Idol Chatter a few months ago, Michelle Duggar, who along with husband Jim Bob star […]

For National Poetry Month: My Favorite Movies That Celebrate Poetry

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few excellent movies that celebrate poetry and poets.

NCAA Basketball Championship: Almost Butler!

posted by Douglas Howe

Such was the line from “Hoosiers,” the best basketball movie ever made, and the line repeated all over the Butler University Campus. It was one of the Top Five memories from one of the most inspirational NCAA Basketball Finals we’ve […]

Tiger Woods Press Conference & Buddhism

posted by Douglas Howe

Tiger Woods faced the world through 206 media representatives, multiple television cameras and a host of digital cameras. As anticipated, the questions ranged from his personal life to golf to his personal life to Augusta to his personal life to […]

‘Saving Grace': Season 3.5 Premier Difficult to Stomach

posted by Donna Freitas

Last weekend I was excited to see ‘Saving Grace,’ TNT’s cop show starring Holly Hunter, back in my DVR queue–it meant a new season was beginning. The gritty stories and characters appealed to me from the very start, much to […]

‘Clash of the Titans’ Movie: A Titanic Disappointment

posted by Ellen Leventry

Big names and big effects prove to be less than epic in this unnecessary and dispensable remake.

‘Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too': A Bad Study in Black Relationships

posted by nsymmonds

Before I started writing this review, I had to go back and read what I wrote for “Why Did I Get Married?” I needed to see what inspired me in the first movie to see if I could cobble together […]

Stephenie Meyer to Release ‘Eclipse’ Novella

posted by Donna Freitas

The other day I got a notice from Amazon to my email informing me Not to wait! Pre-Order Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Eclipse’ novella now! Despite my obvious fandom of ‘Twilight’, my first thought was: Novella? Why would I want to read […]

Actor Neal McDonough Fired For Not Doing Sex Scenes?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Actor Neal McDonough is fired for not doing sex scenes on set.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week’s inspiring pop culture events came in all shapes and sizes. A charitable little boy made a big Hollywood deal, the First Lady received a Kids’ Choice Award, and Demi and […]

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The Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female NFL Coach
The National Football League appears to be making the same strides toward gender equality by hiring Jen Welter who is the first female NFL coach. The Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians hinted towards the hiring of a female coach back ...

posted 8:52:03am Jul. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n5A6ZCXuis[/youtube]Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston, died Sunday at the age of 22. On June 24, the family announced that Bobbi Kristina would be moved to a hospice facility ...

posted 9:47:31am Jul. 27, 2015 | read full post »

“The Great” Hope Hits Theaters Today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11tsR0kI1ZQ&feature=youtu.be Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy “The Great” Hope, a junior middleweight boxing champion in “Southpaw.” Hope had all the riches he could dream of--a solid family and a ...

posted 10:20:53am Jul. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Becky Hammon Makes History Again
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posted 8:08:40am Jul. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Caitlyn Jenner Receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sznBIipVekU[/youtube] The 2015 ESPY Awards recognized Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The award is a sports-oriented award, but is not limited to sports-related people or actions, ...

posted 9:26:34am Jul. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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