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Bristol Palin Promises Modesty on ‘Dancing’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Bristol promises to cover up on “Dancing with the Stars”.

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Forget “Heat;” How ‘Bout “Love” Index?

posted by douglas howe

This post brings with it a bit of pop culture social commentary and I’m curious as to your opinion of the following: USA Today and usatoday.com should launch the Celebrity Love Index. What? Well, for quite a while now, USA […]

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The Pope is a Susan Boyle fan!

posted by Donna Freitas

Will late-in-life singing phenom Susan Boyle bring tears to the Pope’s eyes, just like she’s done for so many millions the world over? We will soon find out, since Boyle is set to “to sing her signature song” as Time […]

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My Favorite Inspiring Moments from the 2010 Emmys

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My thoughts on last night’s Emmys.

New Book Discusses “Fake” Christians, Not Paris Hilton

posted by douglas howe

I’ve posted (ranted?) before in this space about the ridiculous stuff that passes for “news” and/or “features” reported in and about our culture. I saw another wasted news item this week regarding Paris Hilton and her drug arrest. Really, who […]

Will the New “Five-0″ Inspire?

posted by douglas howe

I remember one of my favorite things to do with my granddad–I’d climb up into one of his big chairs and we’d watch Hawaii Five-0 together, looking forward to some new way in which Steve McGarrett and his team would […]

What, Exactly, Is Glenn Beck?

posted by douglas howe

The fine line between talk show host, newsman, media commentator, pop culture icon and spiritual leader has rarely become more cluttered than during the performance of Glenn Beck at the Washington, D.C. “Restoring Honor” event. “Something beyond imagination is happening,” […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a movie star prepares to break her long silence for a good cause, a “Choir” goes to Royal Albert Hall, and a rock star tribute benefits War Torn Countries. Here […]

Chris Isaak’s Live CD Captures Tour Magic

posted by douglas howe

If I told you I watched a concert with a hip guy wearing a sequined covered suit with a band full of old white guys in matching dress–crooning in their version of a rockabilly style–you’d probably think I had bought […]

‘Flipped’ Returns Reiner to His Movie Roots

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Rob Reiner has a new family-friendly movie in theaters.

Anne Rice Further Explains Her Break Up with Christianity

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Anne Rice further tries to explain why she is distancing herself from Christianity.

Saving Lindsay Lohan

posted by Donna Freitas

Unless you live under a rock, you are aware that Lindsay Lohan has had more than her share of troubles in the last few years and there have been a number of moments already when folks have speculated she is […]

‘True Blood’ & Rolling Stone

posted by Donna Freitas

Oh. My. Word. Have you seen this upcoming Rolling Stone cover for September? That magazine drives me nuts because of the way it portrays young women (often teen) pop stars–almost without exception–either naked, or almost naked, while (almost) never asking […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a charitable rocker gets a town named after him, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” gives back, and John Lennon sends some posthumous advice. Here are this week’s most inspirational […]

A Few Questions with ‘What If….’ Director Dallas Jenkins

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here is an interview with Christian director Dallas Jenkins about his latest film.

New York Times Gets Readers to Unplug

posted by Donna Freitas

I write a lot about unplugging from technology and in particular, from the web here on Idol Chatter–from internet sabbaths to giving it all up for Lent. So I was particularly interested by this recent New York Times feature on […]

Katy Perry Talks Sex & Spirituality in Rolling Stone

posted by Donna Freitas

Pop phenom Katy Perry’s evangelical Christian background is infamous at this point, since it seems to contradict her conduct, choice of attire, and all around image. So I suppose it comes as no surprise that she’s the cover story of […]

‘Eat, Pray, Love': Best Chick Flick in Ages

posted by Donna Freitas

Well, at least since ‘Julie & Julia.’ I made it a point not to read the critics’ reviews of the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s smash hit memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love,” starring the always wonderful Julia Roberts–I wanted to enjoy […]

Cameron Dives Deep for Birthday, Plants Trees for the World

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

When you’re James Cameron, director of Avatar, how do you spend your birthday? If you said, “submerging yourself beneath a Russian lake,” you’re correct!

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week celebrities a rapper got swabbed, some “Real Housewives” showed they have heart, and a talk show legend made some big donations (posthumously). Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]

McDonough’s Next Job is ‘Priest’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Neal McDonough is developing a new series.

Robert Duvall Thinks It’s Time to ‘Get Low’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Robert Duvall discusses his latest film and how it examines faith.

It’s Official: Teens Choose Vampires!

posted by Donna Freitas

The Teen Choice Awards were last night, and perhaps unsurprisingly so, it was pretty much all vampires, all the time, getting the love from teen voters. Most especially, everything Twilight related (Twilight garnered 12 awards!), but also ‘Vampire Diaries’ too. […]

Courageous Actress Patricia Neal Dies at 84

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Patricia Neal died Sunday after a long illness.

The Path to Happiness is Minimalist?

posted by Donna Freitas

Books about happiness, talk of our happiness quotient and level and how to be happy is all the rage these days. And what, with the film adaptation of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ coming out on Friday, featuring Elizabeth Gilbert’s fantasy road […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week celebrities Tweeted to save lives, Superman stopped a foreclosure, and a TV funnyman battled a serious case. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Stars Twitter to Save […]

Zoe Ferraris: What’s Islam About?

posted by Idol Chatter

By Zoe Ferraris, author of the new novel “City of Veils” I sometimes think Islam is all about the rules. When I lived in Saudi Arabia, I discovered that there are rules for everything. How to tuck your feet when […]

The Billionaires and Their Giving!

posted by Douglas Howe

The new stars of our pop culture are not coming from the typical places, whether that be movies, music, television or somewhere else. No, they’re coming from another place and being talked about everywhere from the tabloids to the tube […]

Enter to Win: Copy of ‘Letters to God’ DVD

posted by rwilliams

On August 10th, the inspiring story “Letters to God” will be released on DVD from Possibility Pictures and Vivendi Entertainment. Inspired by a true story, the film tells the story of a young boy who faced a daily battle against […]

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