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For Dennis Hopper, ‘Hoosiers’ Was the Best

posted by Douglas Howe

The text came over the CNN newswire to my blackberry today: “Actor Dennis Hopper has died, his family confirms.” Idol Chatter’s Kris Rasmussen has posted two great videos from his life here. I believe the day will come when actors […]

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Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Dennis Hopper left a lasting legacy as an actor, artist, and icon.

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A Personal Remembrance of Gary Coleman

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here is a personal ancedote about Gary Coleman and his longing for friendship.

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The Sands Moved Slow in ‘The Prince of Persia’

posted by Douglas Howe

While I waited to get home from a business trip to see “Sex and the City 2″ with my girls, I went in to see “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” I figured “hey, it’s a Jerry Bruckheimer film,” […]

Some Inspirational Reading for Summer

posted by Douglas Howe

Are you a reader? Does summer offer that awesome chance to get alone with a book and get lost somewhere near the beach, or at a coffee house, or just in that comfy couch in the living room? If you’re […]

PBS Concert and Other Memorial Day Choices

posted by Douglas Howe

There are times when our national culture can take the form of a high school or college campus. Back in school days, the whole mood of the student body could change based on what happened in the big game, or […]

The ‘Lost’ Finale and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by dross

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas We finally said aloha to “Lost,” which went out with a message of hope, America Ferrera joined the list of celebs building schools, and two famous Brad Whitfords collided. Here are this […]

Gary Coleman Dies: Post Your Prayers

posted by dross

This post has been updated from earlier today Actor Gary Coleman, 42, most famous for his role as Arnold on the 80s sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died from a brain hemorrhage. He had been on life support. A rep for […]

‘American Idol’ Finale: DeWyze Wins. SeriousLee?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Lee DeWyze pulls a surprising upset on the “American Idol” season nine finale and we’re just upset that Simon is leaving.

Video: Movie Mom’s Look at Upcoming Summer Movies 2010

posted by dross

Nell Minow, Beliefnet’s Movie Mom, talks about some of this summer’s new films — “Shrek Forever After,” “The Karate Kid,” “The A-Team,” “Twilight: Eclipse,” and more.

‘This Gorgeous Game’ Releases

posted by dross

Since Idol Chatter blogger Donna Freitas would never toot her own horn and promote her brand new young adult novel “This Gorgeous Game” here, I’m going to do it for her! “This Gorgeous Game” is about a teenage girl’s experience […]

Top 5 Controversial Series Finales

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Lost” wasn’t the best , worst, or most controversial T.V. finale.

Boyd Crowder: Bad-boy Preacher-Convert on ‘Justified’

posted by Donna Freitas

Well, I know deep down that I am supposed to dislike Boyd Crowder, the complicated villain from FX’s new show ‘Justified’ who bombs a black church in episode one. After Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) nearly kills Boyd while trying to apprehend […]

‘Lost’ Series Finale: Moving from Dark Purgatory to Heaven’s Light

posted by shuang

Six years ago, when Oceanic Flight 815 first crashed, the word “purgatory” was tossed around a lot. Viewers and, at times, even the survivors themselves thought they were already dead and the Island was a temporary place of punishment. They […]

The End of ‘Lost': Hated it!

posted by Donna Freitas

My Idol Chatter colleague, Esther, did a wonderful summary and analysis of why the ‘Lost’ series finale was disappointing, but I can’t resist chiming in for a few moments on this because while Esther feels disappointed, I feel even stronger: […]

‘Lost’ Series Finale Review: Initial Thoughts

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Some initial thoughts about the Lost series finale.

My DVD Picks for Jewish American Heritage Month

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few favorite movies of mine that celebrate Jewish American heritage.

The Dalai Lama Rocks Radio City and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasCelebs were spreading the good vibes this week. A “Desperate Housewives” star was spotlighted for her good deeds on NBC Nightly News, primetime network anchors joined forces to Stand Up to Cancer, two […]

Shavuot: Beyond Blintzes, the Notion of Nation

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

While it isn’t as popular as Chanukah or Passover, the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, which counts the weeks between Passover and this holiday), which Jews celebrated this week, represents what I think are some of the best […]

Silence is All the Rage in a Noisy Culture

posted by Donna Freitas

A couple of years back I reviewed “Into Great Silence” for Idol Chatter, a several hour film that chronicles the lives of Carthusian monks at Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps. These monks take a vow of silence and so, […]

New Jesus In Food Photo: Seitan Christ

posted by dross

It seems like images of Jesus and other holy figures have been appearing on all kinds of food lately–grilled cheese, pierogies, tortillas, just to name a few. Which is why I was skeptical, yet intrigued, when I received a press […]

Watch Trailer: ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

posted by dross

In this third installment of the “Twilight’ series, Bella choose between her love for vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. The film opens June 30,2010.

’24′: The Finale

posted by Douglas Howe

As USAToday.com reports, “24” was responsible for several wonderfully dramatic contributions to the television action drama genre. It “set a new visual style,” had a “pace that kept viewers on edge,” “proved that a densely serialized thriller” could be successful […]

Watch Beliefnet TV: ‘One Night With the King’

posted by dross

If you haven’t already heard the news, Beliefnet now has a Hulu Channel called Beliefnet TV. Keep it bookmarked and visit it often–we’re constantly adding new, full-length movies about spirituality and inspiration. Our latest offering is a film called “One […]

Congratulations Miss USA Rima Fakih, On Your …??

posted by Douglas Howe

Ms. Rima Fakih. Have you heard of her? If not, you will soon, for the same reasons that you probably didn’t know about Carrie Prejean, last year’s Miss USA Pageant winner, until you heard later that she was a born-again […]

Another Book Attempts To Expose Tom Cruise and Scientology

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A new book makes more allegations about Scientology and Tom Cruise.

Mr. Trump’s Racy Photos Will Backfire…

posted by Douglas Howe

As the father of three girls who doesn’t see himself as that old-fashioned or out of touch, I can’t tell you how much Donald Trump and his enterprise are off base by requiring Miss USA pageant contestants to pose in […]

Edward Norton Interview with Beliefnet on New Website Crowdrise

posted by dross

Last week Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton unveiled a new social networking website Crowdrise.com, to help volunteers and charitable organizations promote their causes and raise funds. He’s already got some of his celebrity pals–like Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, and […]

‘Letters to Juliet': Sappy and Sweet

posted by Donna Freitas

My theory about romance movies these days is that they hover around one of two poles–either the horrid, slapsticky variety where pratfalls and humiliating scenarios abound (think ‘Fool’s Gold’) or the Nicolas Sparks variety that are too syrupy to get […]

Flood Relief Rocks Nashville and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week Robin Hood gives to the poor, Hollywood lends a helping hand at Cannes, a billionaire makes art for charity, a rapper saves families from foreclosure, and Nashville stars help their […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Secretariat’

posted by dross

In honor of the Preakness on Saturday, check out the trailer to “Secretariat,” which tells the real-life story of Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) and her Triple Crown-winning horse Secretariat. The movie also stars John Malkovich and hits theaters October 8, […]

Dana Plato’s Son Tyler Lambert Commits Suicide: Todd Bridges Comments

posted by dross

The son of “Diff’rent Strokes” actress Dana Plato has committed suicide. The 25-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound late last week, almost 11 years after his mother took her own life by overdosing on prescription pills. His family members […]

‘Sex and the City’ Has Lost All Its Original Heart

posted by Donna Freitas

A few years back when the “Sex and the City” movie hit theaters, I eagerly paid my money to see it and about an hour in I walked out of the theater and out on Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, […]

Watch Trailer: ‘The Karate Kid’

posted by dross

In this remake of the 1980s classic, a young American boy (Jaden Smith) and his mother (Taraji P. Henson) move to China where he is taught kung-fu by a master (Jackie Chan). The film releases June 11, 2010.

Enter to Win: Doreen Virtue’s ‘Archangel Raphael’ Book

posted by shuang

  Have angels ever healed you or someone you love? Angel expert Doreen Virtue regularly contacts angels and has written numerous books on the celestial communication and heavenly messages she receives. When she needs guidance on diet and exercise, pain management, and […]

Watch Movie: ‘Life After Tomorrow’

posted by dross

If you’re in the mood for a little uplifting this morning, check out the movie “Life After Tomorrow,” which reunites more than 40 women who played orphans in the Broadway production of “Annie.”View the full movie below.

Kristin Chenoweth Defends Gays to Newsweek

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Kristin Chenoweth resents an author’s attack on gay actors.

Wiccans on ‘Bones’

posted by Donna Freitas

Mostly I watch “Bones” for the ongoing, will they or won’t they? romance between Booth and Bones, but last week’s episode was unusually interesting because the murder case took Bones, Booth and the team straight into the middle of a […]

Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Apology and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week a talk show host got schooled by her kid, a comedian spoke of possibility with some working class heroes, an ’80s pop star turned jeans into dreams, a rocker preached the […]

Beliefnet Exclusive Interview: Michelle Duggar Gives Update on Baby Josie Duggar

posted by dross

If you’ve been following the story, you know that the newest addition to TV’s the Duggar family, Josie Brooklyn, has been struggling ever since mother Michelle gave birth to her prematurely in December (she wasn’t due until the spring). In […]

Sneak Peek Videos: ’19 Kids and Counting’ Mother’s Day Special

posted by dross

Check out two clips from Sunday’s special Mother’s Day episode of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” And then read my exclusive interview with Michelle Duggar, who gives me an update on baby Josie’s condition.A Mother’s CallJosie’s Homecoming

Watch Video: Todd Bridges on Childhood Abuse and Drug Addiction

posted by dross

Todd Bridges, formerly of “Diff’rent Strokes” and currently seen on TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest Criminals,” recently sat down and spoke to me about life on the set of the groundbreaking show, the media’s portrayal of former child stars, being abused as […]

‘Friday Night Lights’ Season Four Premiere: ‘What Kind of a Man Are You?’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Season four of “Friday Night LIghts” is the best yet.

TV Academy Recognizes Shows With a Conscience

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A television award show that focuses on quality television happens May 5th.

Watch: Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ New Music Video

posted by dross

Carly Simon just released a new music video to her classic song “You’re So Vain.”The singer held a contest, inviting fans and filmmakers to create the video concept. Brett Bisogno created the winning video, featuring a dancing Hasidic Jew on […]

May the Force Be With Us

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

For fans, Star Wars Day 2010 arrives and provokes reflections on religion and popular culture.

Helen Wagner Dies

posted by dross

Soap Opera fans are mourning the death of veteran “As the World Turns” actress Helen Wagner, who passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Wagner played the role of Nancy Hughes for 54 years, a Guinness World Record. “As […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Shrek Forever After’

posted by dross

In this final installment of the “Shrek” series, the ogre finds himself in an alternate reality in which he never existed and must work to go back to the correct time or risk disappearing forever. The movie features the voices […]

‘Justified': Way Better than ‘Saving Grace’

posted by Donna Freitas

Until this second segment of season three for ‘Saving Grace,’ I’ve been fairly devoted to this guardian angel/cop show starring Holly Hunter. Hunter is a fantastic actress and she turns what could be an utterly cheesy part (having a guardian […]

Yoga and the Price of Zen

posted by Donna Freitas

While some churches get a negative rep for conning dollars out of their community members, we don’t often talk about the money side of alternative spirituality–even though it’s big business. One of my favorite overviews of this subject is the […]

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