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Banned Books I Want to See as Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are some banned books I would like to see as movies.

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Twilight’s Renesme is Cast for “Breaking Dawn” Movie

posted by Donna Freitas

In my opinion, Renesmee, the part-human, part-vampire spawn of Bella and Edward (and really, I think spawn is the right word), is the creepiest, oddest character of everyone in Meyer’s “Twilight Saga.” Renesmee disturbs me and so many readers mostly […]

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Study Shows that Meditation is Good for your Health

posted by Donna Freitas

Just the other day I posted about how meditation and happiness are connected, and the new book “Why Meditate” makes a case for how the practice fosters such positive outcomes. Now today in the Science section of The New York […]

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‘Take': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

An overlooked movie gem is on DVD.

Meditate Your Way to Happiness

posted by Donna Freitas

Meditation does not make me happy. Maybe it’s because I’m not very good at it, though. Off and on throughout the last decade, I’ve dedicated myself to practicing daily mindfulness (for example) of the Tich Nhat Han variety, and usually […]

God Wants Kurt Warner to Keep ‘Dancing’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

God is on Kurt Warner’s side on “Dancing with the Stars.”

‘Dexter’s’ Michael C. Hall Rebounds from Cancer

posted by Donna Freitas

Like many others, I am a diehard fan of ‘Dexter,’ Showtime’s incredibly riveting show about a serial killer who only kills people who “deserve it”–child murderers, rapists, pedophiles, and the like–and somehow manages to make its title character utterly sympathetic. […]

The New Hawaii Five-O: Lotsa Action But…

posted by douglas howe

The new “Hawaii Five-O” made its debut on CBS last night; it was fast-paced, action-packed, modern and current. It paid homage to the old show while creating far more depth in the main characters. If it was short on only […]

MSU Coach Dantonio Will Overcome Latest Challenge with Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Mark Dantonio has strong faith to help him in his health crisis.

‘True Blood’ Takeaways: Godric (the vampire) as Angel, Salvation through Love

posted by Donna Freitas

The most depraved show on television, HBO’s vampire/fairy/shapeshifter-filled ‘True Blood,’ finished its latest season with a plethora of rather Christian-themed images and ideas about salvation, if presented in a somewhat blasphemous fashion. The first: Salvation through love. Godric, who is […]

“Modern Orthodox” – ANTM Contestant Gives Up Sabbath for Modeling

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

One contestant on America’s Next Top Model identifies herself as Modern Orthodox (Jewish), and then seems to easily give up her Sabbath observance when pressed by Tyra Banks about working 24/7.

‘Lone Star’ : Fathers, Sons, and Second Chances

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Lone Star” is one of the best new series on TV.

Woody Allen talks about Faith

posted by Donna Freitas

Woody Allen, the writer, director, and producer of movies that I love, apparently sees no difference between the worlds religions and fortune-tellers, according to the recent New York Times interview between reporter David Itzkoff and the famous, lifelong New Yorker […]

“Bridging the Gap” – Jewish and Middle Eastern Comics Laugh Together

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Comedians Avi Liberman and Ahmed Ahmed co-host “Bridging the Gap: A Middle East Comedy Conference,” September 16 on Showtime.

Hut vs. Hut – Artists Take on the Sukkah

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

New York Magazine’s competition to build an artistic sukkah (hut used during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot) yields 12 finalists.

Hilarious Twilight Spoof in The Onion

posted by Donna Freitas

I love “The Onion,” but never more than when they spoof on Twilight, especially since they always do so in good fun (and not maliciously) and always in such hilariously creative ways. Earlier this year they published the article, “Woman […]

Deepak Chopra Tries Fiction

posted by Donna Freitas

Guru of just about everybody including Oprah, Deepak Chopra is known for his many self-help, inspirational bestsellers. But for his latest book project he is trying out fiction–religious fiction I suppose you could say, since Chopra has chosen to fictionalize […]

Kanye West: Still Learning the Art of Forgiveness

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Kanye is still trying to apologize to Taylor Swift.

Clooney’s Spiritual Turn in “The American”

posted by douglas howe

My wife is a real George Clooney fan, although she admits “he sometimes really does make some weird movies.” So I went to see his latest, “The American,” as a favor to her and also figuring it’d be better than […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a movie star rebuilds New Orleans, an Emmy dress gets auctioned for charity, and an author donates to a research center. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. […]

Stephen Hawking: No Need for God in Physics

posted by douglas howe

It is rare when someone from the field of science–especially the kind of science that is almost impossible to understand–becomes a pop culture icon. But Stephen Hawking has long been known far outside the academic community as the Tiger Woods […]

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Isaiah Austin was a Baylor basketball standout  who was primed for the 2014 NBA Draft, until he was sidelined with a rare disease. His book Dream Again shares his story of faith and his courage to dream again. What does it mean to you to ...

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posted 2:05:00pm Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 5:28:01pm Jun. 17, 2015 | read full post »

‘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 »

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