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Last Add From Oscars: “The Town” Was Overlooked

posted by Douglas Howe

Now that the Oscars have brought at end to the 2010 movie award season, I was reminded this evening of the movie which I feel qualifies as the Most Overlooked Movie of the 2010 movie award season. Each year, there […]

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Charlie Sheen Needs “The King’s Speech”

posted by Douglas Howe

It takes a rare event–or series of events–to rival Oscar on the lifestyle pages and TV screens of our country, and this year there was a big one. Of all of the awards, gossip, parties, fashion, blogs, photos and other […]

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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 […]

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Mad Men Season Premiere

posted by Douglas Howe

“Mad Men” launches its Season Four this Sunday night, and, like several other ensemble dramas before it (“West Wing,” “24,” etc.), it’s moving beyond a cult-type audience to a wider viewership. The show had some more Emmy nominations and wins […]

Primetime TV, FCC and Court Rulings

posted by Douglas Howe

“Fade whatever is left of the family hour,” said the story. “It’s about to get even racier out there.” When it comes to primetime television, the gap between what’s in the public interest and what will profit private sector just […]

Sting’s Inspiring Concert Tour with the RPCO

posted by Douglas Howe

I saw the best concert of the Summer Season last night and I hope you’ll get a chance to as well. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is touring the United States as part of its current world tour with…Sting! Yes […]

“Footnote” is a New Kind of Show

posted by Douglas Howe

We told you earlier this summer about “Secrets of the Mountain,” a family friendly TV movie from faith-based guys led by Brian Wells. It did very well, thanks also to the sponsorship of Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble and some key […]

Go See Cruise and Diaz in ‘Knight and Day’

posted by Douglas Howe

The weekend movie box office numbers are out and “Knight and Day” ranked third behind Disney’s “Toy Story 3″ and Adam Sandler’s “Grown-Ups.” It got only a third of the business of “Toy Story 3″ and about half compared to […]

Savior Sequels on the Way!

posted by Douglas Howe

This summer’s movies haven’t been doing it for me so far, so I was glad to read premiere.com’s recent news summaries about several sequels which are in the works. What all these projects have in common is this: they’re not […]

Will ‘A-Team’ Make This A-List?

posted by Douglas Howe

“The A-Team” is out today, the latest television show to be made into a movie. Idol Chatter’s Kris Rasmussen recently posted about Hollywood movie remakes with a great list of the best and worst ones. Most of us love TV […]

My Meeting With Coach John Wooden

posted by Douglas Howe

Today is the one week anniversary of the death of Coach John Wooden. I am amazed–and thrilled–that the accolades and chat about him continues to thrive throughout the media universe we live in. Somehow, this man of Christian faith, family […]

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 […]

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 […]

’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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Charlie Sheen Leaving Show for Rehab

posted by Douglas Howe

Charlie Sheen has recognized he has issues which need to be identified and dealt with at a deeper level. He’s admitted his need for help. Well sort of. The Hollywood Reporter was among the first to report that Sheen is […]

Sir Elton Says Jesus Was Gay

posted by Douglas Howe

Jesus was gay. At least, that’s what Sir Elton John believes, as stated in his recent Parade magazine interview. And the real shame of it is that he said seven things about Jesus, six of which I couldn’t have agreed […]

Tiger: Only Thing Missing Was ‘Thank You, Mr. President.’

posted by Douglas Howe

I believe that history will show that Tiger Woods launched his professional political career today, with his well-crafted and publicized press conference. He is no longer the golfer or the celebrity or the superstar. He is the cultural icon who […]

Will Tiger Woods Repent in Public?

posted by Douglas Howe

The media world was abuzz this week with the news that Tiger Woods is going to hold a press conference (sort of) to answer questions (actually not) regarding the recent revelations about his indescretions (which has dominated the news) and […]

Linday Lohan Posing as Jesus?

posted by Douglas Howe

The Huffington Post is helping Lindsay Lohan with some publicity by covering her posing as Jesus on the cover of Purple Magazine. Now, I’d never heard of Purple Magazine until today, and I’ve read The Huffington Post a few times, […]

The ‘Sweetest’ Super Bowl!

posted by Douglas Howe

Well the Super Bowl has a life of its own and it keeps on living after the game! This weeks web is full of debriefs of the day, from the unlikelihood of the Saints’ victory to the most watched advertisement […]

The Olympics Are Almost Here!

posted by Douglas Howe

I miss the Olympics. Worse than that, I think I’ll miss ‘em some more when they’re over. The Winter version of the Olympics starts on NBC in about a week. But so far, I’m just not feelin’ that Olympic spirit […]

My Top 5 Winter Olympic Moments

posted by Douglas Howe

With the Olympics only about a week away, one of the best ways I know to get fired up is to remember some of the great moments from Winter Olympics past. I know the Olympics is supposed to be about […]

Oscar Nods: The Blessing Before the Storm

posted by Douglas Howe

When it comes to awards shows, life is good these days. The Grammys’ ratings were up by a third over last year and rivaled what “American Idol” gets. The “Golden Globes” also did well, as Oscar is up next. But […]

NFL’s Kurt Warner: A Classy Man of Faith

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most unlikely NFL stars of the past (or any) decade has decided to retire. Kurt Warner, surrounded by his family, announced that he was leaving the NFL for a variety of reasons, and said it was what […]

Grammys Sunday: Where is “Most Inspirational”?

posted by Douglas Howe

With the Grammy Awards coming up Sunday, I got to thinking that of all of the plethora of categories and veritable cornucopia of nominated songs, the event is missing what I’d consider to be the most important and relevant category. […]

Shame on You Pat Robertson

posted by Douglas Howe

He called Haiti’s earthquake a “blessing in disguise.” He calls it some sort of retribution for the Haitian people’s “pact with the devil” during the French Revolution. This is about as obnoxious as when he accused martial artists of “inhaling […]

‘To Save a Life’ Is Redeeming, Inspiring

posted by Douglas Howe

For all of the negative comments made in the press about the violence or negativity or lack of depth in films, we love to discover and recognize those which have more to offer, especially near that intersection of faith and […]

2009’s Most Spiritually Literate Films

posted by Douglas Howe

Spiritualityandpractice.com, and its founders Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, has announced its nominees for the Most Spiritually Literate films of 2009. I think it’s a great site and a great category, reminding people of faith to consider not only which […]

Hollywood + Faith = Success!

posted by Douglas Howe

Movies are tapping into issues of faith more and more–and not just during the holidays–a topic which usatoday.com is exploring in its current article on the topic. “The Book of Eli,” in theaters now, kept its secret during a very […]

McGwire’s Confession…Finally

posted by Douglas Howe

Mark McGwire is the new Pete Rose. He is the new Jimmy Swaggart. He is the new Richard Nixon. I wish he could have been Charles Colson. Mark McGuire has made his place in history and its certainly not the […]

Jay Leno Back to Late Night?

posted by Douglas Howe

Even having my mom on the show couldn’t stop “the biggest fiasco in the history of television” will come to an end soon, as NBC will end its try at making Jay Leno into a 10 p.m. prime time television […]

A Yeah for Brit Hume!

posted by Douglas Howe

I wish to formally nominate television newscaster and commentator Brit Hume for, well, whatever I can nominate him for! You’ve probably heard by now about the controversy and web buzz because a television commentator suggested that a public figure who […]

’24’ Is Back, and It’s Good in Several Ways

posted by Douglas Howe

As I noticed while watching football on Fox-TV this weekend, their annual campaign has gotten underway. For an entire decade, Fox has spent the majority if its Januarys by advertising one of its most original and culturally relevant shows: “24.” […]

Where Are the New Year’s Eve Flicks?!

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all of the holidays, New Year’s Eve is the that has sort of gotten a raw deal from Hollywood. I mean, there are lots of Christmas and Easter movies. Many are rooted in our Independance Day, and the number […]

The Decade’s Top Ten: Religious or Spiritual?

posted by Douglas Howe

If you are one of those who hangs out at the intersection of faith and culture, I’m sure you’ve seen a few of the “Top Ten” lists about religious and/or spiritual films. Of the “Decade’s Top Ten…” lists, these are […]

Make a Mess of Your Life…and Become a Star!

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all of the “best of” posts, articles, surveys and stories that have marked the end of this year and decade, perhaps none captured the state of pop culture more than USA Today’s headline story Thursday. “Nobodies walk the path […]

Movie Review: ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Is Elementary

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all the reviews out there, I found myself agreeing the most with a guy named Matt Bronson of creativeloafing.com, who wrote that “Sherlock Holmes” was “not a great film by any stretch of the imagination” but granted that “director […]

Moview Review: ‘Avatar,’ And Then…

posted by Douglas Howe

Did you see “Avatar“? I’ve waited to post on it so as not to give it away, or throw water on the fire of what for many seems to have been a powerful experience. I thought it was Big. New. […]

Christmas 2009: Where are the Sequels?!

posted by Douglas Howe

I’ve been in a funk throughout the holiday movie season, and I’ve finally figured out why. I just haven’t been inspired much by this year’s fare. I mean, it wasn’t like there weren’t any decent movies out, but I haven’t […]

Waiting for Word From Tiger’s Pulpit

posted by Douglas Howe

If there was ever a person at the intersection of culture, sports, faith and the public view, it is Tiger Woods. In our time, he has been the single most famous sports celebrity, the most successful spokesperson and endorser of […]

Clooney Rises in ‘Up in the Air’

posted by Douglas Howe

For all of his goofy roles and even goofier off-screen behavior, George Clooney is earning both respect and accolades for his current turn as corporate downsizer Ryan Bingham in “Up in the Air,” now in theaters. “When George Clooney is […]

Tiger’s Trangressions…and Redemption?

posted by Douglas Howe

“What we have here is the first superstar athlete chased down by a digital posse,” says Rick Reilly of ESPN Magazine. “Rightly or wrongly, the tabloids and the gossip sites got their man in breathtaking speed,” he continues. “To bring […]

Oprah’s Show To End; Her Influence…?

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN and other outlets are reporting today that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will be ending after 25 seasons. The last show will be coming up soon: on September 9, 2011. Okay, so it’s not so soon! Mrs. Winfrey has followed […]

Andre Agassi is ‘Open’

posted by Douglas Howe

Former tennis pro Andre Agassi opens up about his drug use in a new book, “Open.”

Carrie Prejean Discusses ‘The Biggest Mistake of My Life’

posted by Douglas Howe

Ms. Carrie Prejean is either a humble servant of the Lord who’s learned from her prior mistakes, a courageous champion for Christian values, an opportunistic young diva who’s ingeniously combining a conservative mindset with risqué acts caught on tape, a […]

New Sports Inspiration Page!

posted by Douglas Howe

“I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” “I just wanna go the distance.” “You’re an impertinent man, Mr Hobbs!” Perhaps you remember one of these quotes from a certain kind of movie. A special kind […]

Girardi the Good Samaritan

posted by Douglas Howe

“I’m goin’ to Disneyland!” …Or so went the story of what champions used to say to the camera after winning the world championship. In an inspiring twist to a great evening for Gotham, New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi provided […]

Vanity Fair’s ‘Proust’ Now in Book Form

posted by Douglas Howe

Vanity Fair magazine has a long tradition that’s being made into a book. I suspect it’ll be a movie before too long! There’s just something wonderful and inspiring about getting to know other people better, whether it be stars, friends […]

‘Capitalism’ Director Moore as Catholic of the Year?

posted by Douglas Howe

Michael Moore, the film-maker, for “Catholic of the Year?” That is exactly the nomination currently being put forward by Anthony Stevens-Arroyo in Newsweek’s “On Faith.” Before you form your opinion, some points he makes are worth considering. “‘Capitalism: A Love […]

What Is It? ‘This Is It’

posted by Douglas Howe

I had the chance to see “This is It” in Los Angeles this week. And I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it. It seems like just a little while ago that I was watching news stories […]

The World Series is Here!!! Uh…

posted by Douglas Howe

The World Series starts this week. “Yeah!” say the Yankee fans. “Yeah!” say the Phillie fans. “Dang,” say the Southern California fans, whose Dodgers and Angels both lost in the semi-finals. And, unfortunately, “Yawn” goes the rest of the country. […]

Funny, The Way It Is That ‘GrooGrux’ Inspires

posted by Douglas Howe

As if having one of the more creative titles wasn’t enough to fuel a ton of marketing, Dave Matthews and his “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” tunes have been showing up everywhere around me. And I’m lovin’ it. Dave […]

It’s Not ‘Death Wish,’ but ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Does Well

posted by Douglas Howe

A new vigilante movie made a bigger splash than expected this weekend, and I think the reasons for it are, well, timeless. “Law Abiding Citizen” hearkens back to the great vigilante renaissance of the 70’s, but really goes back to […]

Faith in Sports: Authentic or Superstitious?

posted by Douglas Howe

“And I’d like to thank God Almighty,” reads the headline in a current USA Today.com feature. “In big-time sports, God often gets a prominent place on the field of play,” it goes on to say. “A shout-out here, a prayer […]

Re: Jon and Kate; The Learning Channel Needs to Learn

posted by Douglas Howe

By now you’ve probably heard that TLC’s “Jon and Kate Plus 8” is being turned into “Kate Plus 8,” as Jon is out of not only the marriage but, beginning in November, he’ll be out of the show itself. Idol […]

Movie Review: ‘Couples Retreat’ Is a Winner During and After

posted by Douglas Howe

Idol Chatter hangs out at the intersection of faith and culture, and such is the exact location of the current film “Couples Retreat.” This has enough laughs to get you through, enough awkward moments to make you squirm, enough drama […]

Roman Polanski: Forgiveness or Accountability?

posted by Douglas Howe

There are certain things that we Americans tend to forgive. And things that we don’t. So, where does Roman Polanski fall? Hmmnn. I don’t think we, as a culture, are sure. You’ve probably heard that he was arrested in Switzerland […]

It’s ‘The Love Boat’ Again! (Or at Least Captain Stubing…)

posted by Douglas Howe

What is it about shows and stars from the 70’s that give them an everlastingness? Perhaps it’s because we only had three networks. Perhaps it’s because there were so many of us boomers growing up at that time? Or, more […]

ABC Nightline’s Relevant Question: ‘Are We Born to Cheat?’

posted by Douglas Howe

An episode of a show that sounded lame, one that aired during a time that wasn’t really convenient, aired Thursday night.  I recommend you watch it online here at ABCNews.com. Were we born to cheat? Is adultery an outdated concept? Should […]

One More Eulogy for Mr. Patrick Swayze

posted by Douglas Howe

By now you’ve heard that Patrick Swayze has died. He described himself as a spiritual “seeker.” And you’ve probably read or heard or watched quite a bit about his life. Allow me to add these few words, a few which […]

‘The Lost Symbol': The Most Heavily Guarded Secret Since…

posted by Douglas Howe

A great international secret is being kept! According to “The Guardian” (United Kingdom), the secret is protected “under 24-hour guard in its own chain-link enclosure, with two locks requiring two separate people for entry.” What is the secret? The Ten […]

9/11 Thoughts, Justice, Westerns on Blu-Ray…

posted by Douglas Howe

Two new Westerns are out on big, beautiful Blu-Ray, which is a good thing. They’re both wonderful and important stories, which is better. They both explore something deep in all of us–the quest for justice. And they both have something […]

Spiritually Speaking, We Need to Laugh and Jay’s Back

posted by Douglas Howe

Jay Leno is finally coming back to evening television, and, in my opinion, it’s not a moment too soon. We need to laugh more, go to bed earlier, carry less stress and treat each other better every day. So the […]

Mr. Kennedy’s Religion: Honored in Death, What About in Life?

posted by Douglas Howe

Well, the Lying in Repose, the Celebration, the Memorial Service and the Funeral are over. And the respect for Sir Ted Kennedy will live on. (You can read more here.) And after it all, what I will remember most about […]

Emmy Hopeful ‘Mad Men’ Has a Spiritual Side

posted by Douglas Howe

As the Emmy awards approach while the Fall season kicks into gear, AMC’s “Mad Men” is at the top of both discussions. It garnered 16 Emmy nominations, more than “Desperate Houswives,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “ER” combined. And for good reason. […]

Roker and Kotb: Inspired by Body Odor

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all of the things that get modeled on television, I think one of the most warm, family-friendly and inspiring events that ever occurs is when stars show themselves to be humble. To be human. To be the brunt of […]

Michael Vick: Repentance, Forgiveness, or Refusal?

posted by Douglas Howe

Michael Vick, who was just released from jail after financing and hosting a dog fighting operation, will be given another chance to play for the NFL. Here’s why I’m going to pray for him and draft him onto my fantasy team.

Can Rush, Oprah and Dr. Phil Serve Two Masters?

posted by Douglas Howe

If the top twelve media personalities (including Rush Limbaugh, Oprah, Simon Cowell, etc.) alone banked a total of $829 million last year–then when will our culture wake up to the fact that what we see on the air is not so much a reflection of culture but a reflection of what generates money for media stars and all of those who make money off of their shows?

Focus on Inspiring Celebrity Relationships Over Break-Ups

posted by Douglas Howe

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” -Genesis 2:24 “…as long as we both shall live.” -traditional wedding vow Apparently, vows don’t count much […]

Walter Cronkite: A Man of Truth

posted by Douglas Howe

He was the last trusted anchor. He was the man in the cultural pulpit. He was the one whom we trusted. He was what we once knew every night: the one who brought an unbiased representation of the news of […]

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

posted by Douglas Howe

40 years ago this Monday, my neighbor, Neil Armstrong, walked on the moon. I’m not sure which is more unbelievable to me: the fact that it happened, or the fact that he and I now have mutual friends (I’ve never […]

Emmy Nominations: Expanded Lists, Diluted Power

posted by Douglas Howe

The Emmy nominations were announced today, which for me is a good-news-bad-news thing. In fact, it’s bittersweet. For the record, “30 Rock” and “Mad Men” absolutely dominated the nominations. “30 Rock” led the comedy side of the slate with an […]

David Arquette’s Sacrifice for Hunger Relief

posted by Douglas Howe

Many celebrities do really nice things for charity, but every once in a while they not only take on a cause, but they’re willing to get uncomfortable doing it. Such a sacrifice will be made next week above New York […]

‘Bruno’ is No ‘Borat’

posted by Douglas Howe

We like to keep things positive here at Idol Chatter. The intersection of pop culture and faith is a dynamic and inspiring corner of the blogosphere. But I’m struggling to find what’s positive or inspiring about Sasha Baron Cohen’s latest […]

The Ultimate Reality TV: Convert an Athiest!

posted by Douglas Howe

Well, we borrowed “American Idol” from Britain, and I say it’s time to borrow another TV show. This one’s from, of all places, Turkey! It’s designed to do something you’d never think is possible in a country like that–nor ours […]

Respects to All, Including Mr. McNamara

posted by Douglas Howe

Apparently death isn’t a strong news story if there’s too many at one time. I fear our pop culture has become such a strong force in our nation that it may have more of an impact than it should upon […]

Faith-based Sarah Palin is a Media Star

posted by Douglas Howe

You may like her. You may not. But regardless of what the majority of politicos and pollsters are saying about her, Sarah Palin is emerging as one of the most recognizable pop culture icons of our time. She is the […]

Roger Federer and Tiger Woods’s Weekend Wins

posted by Douglas Howe

Sometimes sports television crosses over into the world of pop culture, and this year’s July 4th weekend certainly marked such a time. Roger Federer won his historically best 15th Grand Slam tennis title, and Tiger Woods won the tournament he […]

10 Oscar Nominees for Best Picture: I Like It!

posted by Douglas Howe

I read with interest the post by fellow Idol Chatter blogger Kris Rasmussen, as well as several other articles regarding the news from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that they’ll now nominate ten movies for the Best Picture category […]

Top 10 Most Inspiring Michael Jackson Music Videos

posted by Douglas Howe

Back when making music videos was an art form and a must for anyone hoping for chart-topping releases, Michael Jackson took it to another level. VH1 celebrated him with a full weekend of retrospective videos and provided viewers the chance […]

Michael, Farrah, Ed, and Billy: Where Are They Now?

posted by Douglas Howe

My heart goes out to the families, friends and fans of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, and Billy Mays. I’m not sure I can remember a time when four celebrities passed away so close to each other, and it’s […]

How We’ll Remember Michael Jackson

posted by Douglas Howe

I join with the legions who are mourning the death of Michael Jackson today. As Neil Diamond would have written–and will likely add to his stage version of the song–Michael is “Done Too Soon.” His was a genius that went […]

Madonna, ‘Mercy,’ and International Adoption

posted by Douglas Howe

Madonna’s media representative released the news that the pop star has been approved by a Malawian court to adopt another child from that country. I can’t tell whether I hate or love all of the press she is getting. In […]

David Carradine: Death, Life, Stories…But No Suicide

posted by Douglas Howe

David Carradine, the well-known, well-remembered and well-misunderstood actor, died on the other side of the world recently, and news emerged that his death was the result of either suicide, personal experimentation gone bad, or foul play. Now the news has […]

A Video Game for People of Faith

posted by Douglas Howe

“Allow me to be blunt for a moment,” said Max Phillips, in a recent Escapist Magazine article. “Most games avoid anything having to do with the subject of religion.” That got my attention! And it should have. “In most cases […]

Colbert from Iraq: More Relevant Than We Expected?

posted by Douglas Howe

Every time I travel to Los Angeles I love picking up my beloved L.A. Times. When I can’t, I read it online. A recent story on Stephen Colbert caught my attention. What do you think Stephen Colbert would have to […]

Conans’ ‘Tonight Show’ Launched, But Not Lost at Sea!

posted by Douglas Howe

The fifth host of “The Tonight Show” took his place last night as Conan O’Brien launched his reign, succeeding Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, Jack Parr and Steve Allen. If you saw it, you know that there were several stunts, stars, […]

Jennifer Hudson is…Preggers?

posted by Douglas Howe

One of my teenage daughters recently asked me if I’d heard that “Jennifer Hudson was preggers?” Being the responsible journalist that I am, I was able to confirm the report at several sites including ones here and here. I believe […]

MTV Awards — Ready For Prime Time Cable!

posted by Douglas Howe

The MTV Movie Awards have always been wild, but I found myself in one of two places last night and I can’t figure out which. Either I’m everything I never wanted to become in terms of being like my parents […]

Jay Leno’s Last ‘Tonight Show’

posted by Douglas Howe

Last Friday, I witnessed a piece of TV history–the last “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” as it ended its 17-year run with a highly anticipated and well-marketed finale. I grew up about a mile from the set of “The Tonight […]

Will Anyone Be Balanced About Sotomayor?

posted by Douglas Howe

What a shame. The days of news being reported neutrally, accurately, and fairly are gone. I am so uninspired by tuning into the news networks and President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is a clarifying example. What a great […]

Sean Penn Withdraws His ‘Arrogant’ Divorce Petition

posted by Douglas Howe

Fox L.A.’s morning show reported in an oh-so-brief clip last week that the pending divorce between Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn is off, as Mr. Penn withdrew the divorce petition he had filed. I’m glad it got a mention […]

Amy Grant Helps Promote Cancer Research

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most interesting media stories of our generation–in terms of personal development, professional growth and spiritual relevance–has been the journey of Amy Grant. From Evangelical Christian Music Star to Pop Music Crossover Success to Country Singer to Celebrity […]

10 Military Movies to Celebrate Memorial Day

posted by Douglas Howe

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and if this is the year to stay home, I suggest you gather with those you love and watch great war movies. Here are ten of my favorite military movies of all-time which you […]

’24’ Finale: More Cliffhanger Than Conclusion

posted by Douglas Howe

After a day or two to reflect–and allow all you TiVO-ers to see the final show–I hope “24” will be back, though I didn’t expect to be thinking this as the show entered its final few weeks. You can watch […]

‘Farrah’s Story’ Airs Friday Night

posted by Douglas Howe

Reality is setting in for many in the Baby Boomer generation whose former favorite actress and poster girl is battling cancer. What once was vicarious joy is now vicarious pain, as Farrah Fawcett has spent many of her final days […]

The Donald Says Carrie Prejean Not Fired!

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN (as well as just about every news agency and tabloid under the sun!) is reporting that Miss California USA Carrie Prejean will be allowed to keep her crown, despite the recent controversies surrounding her title, her contest answer to […]

Who’s the Best Captain Kirk?

posted by Douglas Howe

Have you seen the newest “Star Trek?” If so, you may want to chime in on Time.com’s poll which asks your opinion on the best Enterprise captain of all time. Would you choose William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Patrick Stewart […]

10 Most Inspiring Baseball Movies of All-Time

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN recently invited its I-reporters to opine on the greatest baseball movie of all time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of “Field of Dreams” and “Major League.” At least one of those two is a must for your DVD collection. […]

Wynonna Judd on Her New CD, Death, and Dreams

posted by Douglas Howe

Wynonna Judd is celebrating her 25th anniversary in the music industry. She released a new CD called “Sing: Chapter 1″ in February, which includes cover songs from some of her favorites including Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” […]

A Good Read: ‘The Last TV Evangelist’

posted by Douglas Howe

There’s a new book out that may provide some of the most compelling reading in years for those who are interesting in spirituality, pop culture, and faith-based television. “The Last TV Evangelist” is authored by Phil Cooke, a veteran producer […]

Marlon Wayans Signs on for ‘Year of Living Biblically’

posted by Douglas Howe

Several insider websites including comingsoon.net, themovieinsider.com, and cinematical.com are reporting that A.J. Jacobs’ book “The Year of Living Biblically” is being made into a movie. And, for some real fun, they’ve signed Marlon Wayans to play the lead role. This […]

Is the Christian Music Industry Dying?

posted by Douglas Howe

Recently I was checking some concert schedules to see if my favorite Christian musicians are touring this summer. My family and I love Third Day’s current stuff and we’re nostalgic for the likes of Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis […]

‘Gladiator’ as Robin Hood? A New ‘ Star Trek’?

posted by Douglas Howe

For movie fans who love a truly inspiring movie, there are some wonderful and curious upcoming mega-films for which I’m still awaiting my Premiere invitations. (See more upcoming trailers on Premiere.com.) First up is “Star Trek,” the prequel that brings […]

April Showers Bring Rainy Movie Scenes…

posted by Douglas Howe

Well here we are in the midst of “April showers” which I hope will soon give way to “May flowers,” as well as a whole lotta sun! But while it’s wet, it’s also a good time to curl up with […]

‘State of Play’ Pays Homage to a Time Gone By

posted by Douglas Howe

I was engaged, thrilled, and entertained while watching the wonderful “State of Play” recently. And whether it was the Easter season on my heart or some classic traditions on my mind, it hit me that “State of Play” is as […]

Tony Dungy’s ‘Off-field’ Coaching Career

posted by Douglas Howe

How wonderful to see the choice for the cover story at USAtoday.com–and on the cover of Monday’s print editions! Tony Dungy, former Super Bowl coach of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts made headlines not for what was happening on a football […]

‘Angels & Demons,’ and Spiritual Questions Thereafter

posted by Douglas Howe

Having lived for quite a while in the wonderful media city of beautiful Downtown Burbank, I got to play men’s league basketball with “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels & Demons” director Ron Howard and his brother, Clint. Ron was known […]

Richard Jenkins as ‘Pray’ in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’?

posted by Douglas Howe

How does a long-time-clean-square-white character actor get selected to play one of the most complex roles to come down the pike in a long time? Such is the crazy business of movie-making, especially when it comes to movies where faith […]

A ’24’ Update: Good Drama and Good Questions

posted by Douglas Howe

As “24” wraps up “Day Seven” and as a matter of business, “Day One” after a writers’-strike-induced 19-month absence from its regular Fox slot, the questions remain: How will this day end? Has the show regained relevance? And, I believe, […]

Inside TV’s Best 50 Dramas

posted by Douglas Howe

AOL’s Inside TV has announced its choices for the “50 Best TV Dramas Ever.” Which would you choose? From “House” at #50 to “The Sopranos” at #1, the popular blog scoured the decades and actually accomplished a rare task, in […]

Susan Boyle Stuns ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Audience and Even Simon Cowell

posted by Douglas Howe

The evening and morning news shows–as well as 5 million YouTube viewers–are abuzz over a lesson we all need to learn. And the first live audience was enthusiastically willing to do so, as their judgmental laughter and eye-rolling turned into […]

What Is Your Favorite Movie of All Time?

posted by Douglas Howe

Has anyone ever asked you: “What is your #1 favorite movie of all time?” It’s a challenge to choose, isn’t it? Or maybe for you, it’s not. Post yours below if you can think of it. This week, Turner Classic […]

Mel Gibson and Wife to Divorce

posted by Douglas Howe

I was discouraged to hear the news of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Gibson’s pending divorce. Robyn Gibson signed the paperwork last week, the day before Good Friday. Mel must have had a different kind of passion this Easter. The Gibsons […]

Easter Made the TV News!

posted by Douglas Howe

Of all of the Easter traditions on television, I hope a new one was born this past weekend. Easter came to network television, and I hope it continues for years to come. On just about every weekend since the 60’s, […]

Inspiration from the Masters, and Then…

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most inspirational and highly watched events of the television sportscasting year took place Sunday, as the Masters beamed out from Augusta to a staggering number of interested homes on Easter. Ratings for the first days of the […]

March Madness: Good and, Um, Well…

posted by Douglas Howe

Okay! Two days down. Three weeks to go. And our national holiday rolls on: March Madness! I don’t remember when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament became a national holiday season. I don’t remember when employers decreed that taking time away […]

‘Duplicity': Anything But Duplicitous

posted by Douglas Howe

Julia Roberts! Clive Owen! And a movie that’s compelling. Such is what we’re offered in “Duplicity,” the new romantic comedy from Universal Pictures. (You can check out both the film’s trailer and a great review on USA Today’s website). I […]

Jay Leno’s Entertainment: President Obama!

posted by Douglas Howe

The economy is tanking. The bailed-out companies are sending seven figure bonuses to their key managers. The banks are barely making it. The public is nervous. How does a President respond? Does he start a train tour? Does he take […]

Is ’24’ Over the Top or a Timely Warning?

posted by Douglas Howe

Last night’s “24” went where no television show has gone before. Senators’ staffs being run by undercover terrorists. An international dictator leading commandos into battle in Washington. A firefight in the White House. It bordered on the thin line between […]

Zzzzzzz: Time for March Madness!

posted by Douglas Howe

Bring on March Madness–we need it! For a competitive guy like me–and Paul the Apostle competed so I know it’s a good trait–this is a lousy time of the year to watch television. There’s not a lot of drama. There’s […]

Obama’s Reality Show

posted by Douglas Howe

Wow, talk about reality TV! Earlier this week, President Obama was on every network. He was Must See TV 2.0, the Rock Star of the campaign trail, the Teleprompter-in-Chief, “No Drama Obama” who is no longer running for office. He […]

Why Do We Decide as We Do?

posted by Douglas Howe

We don’t post enough about the “books” part of our culture here at Idol Chatter, so here’s my step in the right direction: there’s a great new book out for anyone who’s a person of faith and a deep thinker […]

Twitter Is Everywhere–Even on My TV!

posted by Douglas Howe

A new force seems to be taking over the airwaves: Twitter! I viewed three morning shows earlier this week and they all invited the audience to join their “Twitter” page throughout the show. Celebrities at the Oscars weren’t supposed to, […]

Beyond the Red Carpet to the ‘Blue’ Stage?!?!

posted by Douglas Howe

The public lined up for days. They camped out on the streets. All for a bleacher seat–a chance to see the celebs, the stars, the finest of Hollywood’s crop from this year. And if you couldn’t go there in person, […]

Oscar Night’s Spiritual Moments

posted by Douglas Howe

The Oscars is one of the most inspiring nights of the year when the ceremony is done well, and I’m not sure I can remember one done better than last night’s event. It was quick, witty, fresh and, interestingly enough, […]

The Awards Gala You Didn’t See!

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the best and most important awards galas took place Wednesday night. And no, you won’t see any replays on E! TV Network. And no, there won’t be much media banter about what everyone was wearing. I’m not even […]

Christianity Today’s Top 10 Redeeming Films of ’08

posted by Douglas Howe

Christianity Today recently named its Top Ten Redeeming Films of 2008, and they really did a nice job of it. I’d switch the order and swap a few of them out, but more people should make it a point to […]

Decent Duets Can’t Lift Pall Over Grammys

posted by Douglas Howe

I’m a music lover, and believe it can bring so much inspiration in times of trials and challenges. And music of faith is as wonderful as it is essential. And so it is that I was disappointed during most of […]

A-Rod’s Steroid Use Further Heightens Baseball’s Fall

posted by Douglas Howe

The Rights of Spring are becoming the Wrongs of Swingers, and the Boys of Summer may soon be the Boys of the Slammer. It’s not an encouraging story, and I’m growing dang tired of it. Sports Illustrated broke the story […]

What’s Your Favorite Love Song?

posted by Douglas Howe

With Valentine’s Day approaching–and in these days of mp3 and YouTube technology where you can watch and listen to oldies as easy as today’s tunes–we thought it’d be great to name the Top 15 Most Inspiring Love Songs of all-time. […]

Why is Clint Eastwood Being Shunned at the Academy Awards?

posted by Douglas Howe

Why is Clint getting dissed? I don’t know if you saw “Gran Torino,” but it was one of the more redemptive films of 2008, albeit with the R-rating, violence, and language. I can’t wait to show the TV version to […]

Hutt, Hutt, Hype!: The Best Ways to Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday

posted by Douglas Howe

Yes, the Super Bowl is here! That also means that the Super Bowl Ads are here, the Super Bowl halftime show is here, the extended Super Bowl pre-game and post-game shows are here and, thankfully, the Athletes in Action Super […]

The Oscars: More Than a Two-Horse Race

posted by Douglas Howe

This year’s Best Picture Oscar is a competitive field. The media likes to paint it as a two-person or two-film race in many categories, but it may be one of those years in which many films have a chance. Some […]

John Updike’s Passing

posted by Douglas Howe

Two wonders of literature passed away today and they will be missed. The first was John Updike, who succumbed to a long battle with lung cancer at 76. The second is the time in our history when authors represented the […]

My Top 12 Super Bowl Moments

posted by Douglas Howe

Next week’s Super Bowl marks what has become something of a national holiday. New TV sales go through the roof, parties are found on every other block and open seats are available on flights! Bruce Springsteen will perform. Alicia Keys […]

S.A.G.’s Win in Award Show Race

posted by Douglas Howe

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are not the most popular nor are they the highest rated award shows to be broadcast on TV. The Golden Globes kick off the season and the Academy Awards bring the conclusion, as well as […]

The S.A.G. Tribute to Actors We Lost…

posted by Douglas Howe

The most spiritually compelling moment of the Screen Actors Guild Awards came when the Guild paid tribute to those who’d lost their lives since the last gathering. Susan Sarandon shared a very nice tribute to the actors who’ve passed, and […]

Oscar Nominations and Omissions

posted by Douglas Howe

Oscar season has formally begun as the nominations were announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The full line-up and more info can be found at at Oscars.com and commentary will be all over the Net. […]

What, the Grammys?

posted by Douglas Howe

The poor Grammys have a tough road. (If you don’t know what the Grammys are, then that will prove my point even further!) January is a pop culture tour de force, complete with the Golden Globe Awards, the launch of […]

Be Inspired by History TV

posted by Douglas Howe

If you’ve got some people together–or just have the TV on–and the Inauguration events are getting boring, check out “History in the Making Week” on The History Channel. If they’d have taught history like this in school, I’d have been […]

President Obama, the Rock Star!

posted by Douglas Howe

President Obama is a rock star! He and his family have shown up at more parties, events, gatherings, celebrations, fundraisers and other pre-Inauguration activities than movie stars on Oscar night. And the cameras have been there. Therefore, this may be […]

The Must-est ‘Must-See-TV’ Ever!

posted by Douglas Howe

From a television–and pop culture– point of view this has been one of the longest, dramatic, and most entertaining Presidential races of all time. And it comes to an end today with the swearing in of Barack H. Obama as […]

Casting the Bible?

posted by Douglas Howe

If the Bible were being made into a movie, who would play the characters? Paul Asay has a piece on Beliefnet’s current homepage which poses some possibilities. Who would De Niro play? How ’bout Denzel? Adam Sandler? Glenn Close? How […]

’24’ is Back…Finally!

posted by Douglas Howe

“24’s” new season starts with two full-speed car crashes, the scary kidnapping of a dad in front of his daughter, Keifer Sutherland’s weathered but tan Jack Bauer on trial before Congress for his actions during the prior seasons, a heroic […]

Thoughts from The Golden Globes

posted by Douglas Howe

Fresh thoughts while my bride (of 23 years) and I watched the 65th Golden Globes, live from the same Beverly Hilton ballroom as our Senior Prom… The simple beauty of an awards show that sits friends with each other around […]

Thoughts from The Golden Globes Red Carpet

posted by Douglas Howe

Fresh thoughts while my family and I are watching these stars, fashions and Red Carpet interviews which have become the first part of the Golden Globe Awards’ Doubleheader… The pre-show is really as much of a show as the show; […]

Porn Industry Seeks Bailout — Are You Kidding Me?

posted by Douglas Howe

On a faith-based site such as Beliefnet.com, one wouldn’t expect to read much about the porn industry except perhaps for either a scandal plaguing some religious leader or some fire-and-brimstone preaching from perhaps even the same person. But some news […]

The Palladia Channel: TV’s Best-Kept Secret

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the most raw and inspiring concert performers of our time is Bruce Springsteen, and one of the most recognizably tight bands of all time is his E Street Band. As such, tickets to the concerts are expensive and […]

14 Inspiring Films of All Time

posted by Douglas Howe

The American Film Institute recently named its Top 100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time. I wish there was an Academy Award for the Most Inspiring Film of each year. Here are 14 of my favorite inspiring films of all […]

Best Spiritual Read of 2008: ‘The Purpose of Christmas’

posted by Douglas Howe

A few weeks ago I received an invitation from Beliefnet co-founder and editor-in-chief teve Waldman to make note of my “Best Spiritual Read of 2008.”  One book clearly came to mind. It’s a pretty simple, straightforward book, though I’ve tried […]

Is ‘Benjamin Button’ Brad Pitt’s Best Role Ever?

posted by Douglas Howe

Moviephone.com has made the confident pronouncement that Brad Pitt’s turn in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is not only excellent, but it is his best role ever. That’s saying something–and it’s an interesting question for us to ask about […]

Top 10 Most Inspiring Films of 2008

posted by Douglas Howe

In this upcoming award season, there will be much talk about the major categories but not nearly enough about, what I like to call, The Forgotten Category, the one that should exist: “Most Inspiring.” Movies, after all, exist not only […]

Best Christmas Movie Moments on DVD: Part Two

posted by Douglas Howe

Kris Rasmussen is certainly one of Idol Chatter’s best bloggers, and her “Best Holiday Moments in Film” article is worth reading if you’re a fan of Christmas movies, blogs, and/or blogs about Christmas movies. We all of have own tastes, […]

‘National Treasure’ Meets ‘Da Vinci Code’ Meets …?!

posted by Douglas Howe

In a scene straight out of the spirit of “National Treasure” or “The Da Vinci Code,” a curator at the Louvre in Paris has discovered secret drawings on the back of a Da Vinci painting. “The extraordinary find was made […]

Rev. Warren: Pastor, Author, Debate Host, Inauguration Star

posted by Douglas Howe

Several years ago, a pastor’s son planted a church in a tough-to-reach upper middle class suburb in Southern California. For years–even decades–he shunned the spotlight to focus on his ministry. His church grew. It spun off other churches. He coached […]

Best Quotes of the Year: Where’s the Inspiration?

posted by Douglas Howe

America Online recently reported its annual list of Top Ten Quotes of the Year, as named by Fred R. Shapiro. I found the list to be somewhat entertaining, partially nostalgic but, most of all, quite less than inspiring. Tops on […]

‘Frost/Nixon': Entertainment, History and Some Work

posted by Douglas Howe

While it doesn’t open in wide release until Friday, I had a chance to see “Frost/Nixon” out in Los Angeles last week and I can’t recommend it enough–for adults who remember the time but who can now reflect on history […]

The ‘Princess Diana Bible’?

posted by Douglas Howe

Okay, I can hear the cards and letters (or posts) comin,’ because Idol Chatter is usually a generous and congenial part of the Beliefnet blog network, and we usually take a pretty open position in embracing our culture and the […]

Welcome Back, ’24’

posted by Douglas Howe

Imagine the expectations when one of the most popular–and one of the most inspiring–television shows returns to the air for the first time in more than a year and a half. I mean, that’s a lot of time for creativity […]

Election P.S.: Don’t Quit Campaigning!

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the more inspiring storylines to this year’s election cycle was the large number of people who went to the polls. And one of the driving forces behind that was the large amount of non-news channel coverage of the […]

The Real Reason Obama Wins

posted by Douglas Howe

48 years ago, there was a national Presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Those who heard it on the radio believed that Nixon won. Those who saw it on TV hailed Kennedy as the winner. Kennedy then […]

A Preview of the Holiday Movie Season

posted by Douglas Howe

USA Today has a great holiday movie preview story running today which lays out the best of the upcoming movie season in two categories: “Oscar-worthy flicks” and “Box-office biggies.” Nicole Kidman’s “Australia,” Sean Penn’s “Milk,” Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino,” and […]

Top Five Media Masquerades

posted by Douglas Howe

Halloween gives the young (and the young at heart!) a chance to dress up, play a role, wear a mask, and be something or someone they’re not. For a day. That’s the key. On this Halloween, I’ve assembled a list […]

Jesus, Beer, Catholics and a Bit of Profit…

posted by Douglas Howe

WWJB? That’s “What Would Jesus Brew?” possibly coming soon to a bracelet or T-shirt near you! According to CNN, a Southern California entrepreneur is using the Jesus angle to sell beer. I’m a pretty casual guy about such things, and […]

‘SNL’ and The ‘Palin Effect’

posted by Douglas Howe

If John McCain is photographed holding up a “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline on Election Night in two weeks, pundits and media talking heads across the country will no doubt point to the invisible “Obama Factor” as the reason for why […]

Faith and Society in ‘Appaloosa’

posted by Douglas Howe

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out “Appaloosa” before it’s gone from theaters. Then circle back to this blog, as the discussion of faith issues in the movie I’m about to talk about will include a few spoilers. I […]

Oliver Stone Waxes Wise on ‘W’

posted by Douglas Howe

It’s always a privilege to be in on these media conference calls, but all I needed to hear from Oliver Stone about his current film, “W,” came in a response to Fox’s Courtney Friel’s questions about his approach to the […]

‘Reverend’ Neil Diamond?!

posted by Douglas Howe

I’ve heard Neil Diamond’s music before and loved it. But I never thought it’d be time to call him Reverend Neil! Let me explain. What do you do when you’re 67 years old, on a world-wide tour, after having lost […]

Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman ‘United’

posted by Douglas Howe

From the honesty and transparency of discussing his daughter’s death to the energy and passion of their greatest songs to the warmth and joy in a loyal audience, Steven Curtis Chapman’s pairing with Michael W. Smith on their current tour […]

Where’s the Faith?

posted by Douglas Howe

During these troubled times, with prime-time TV dominated by news channels, I wish there would be more mention of our nation’s history of turning to God in times of trouble. I’ve scanned The History Channel, PBS, CNN, FoxNews, CNBC…and I […]

The Three Debate Goofs

posted by Douglas Howe

Man, what a drag! I like writing positive posts and wanted to say something great about last night’s debate. I suppose we could say that it was civil, and perhaps we could say that no fights broke out, and perhaps […]

Goodbye Paul Newman: Hope to See You Again

posted by Douglas Howe

Not even in the news-crazy political season that we’re in could the news of Paul Newman’s passing not make the front pages. He was sort of the closest thing we’ve had to a legend in our generation, and he would […]

Paul Newman’s Best Movie Lines

posted by Douglas Howe

Paul Newman delivered dozens of great performances in films for parts of six decades, but among those great performances was the ability to deliver great lines, whether they be humorous, wise, deep, or simply surprising. Here are my twelve favorite. […]

Back to School Movies, Part Deux!

posted by Douglas Howe

Kris Rasmussen is one of the smarter people and better writers in the blogosphere, but I do have some alternative choices for my Top 5 Back to School Movies list (this is her list). A great movie around the theme […]

O’Reilly Hosts Obama; Oprah Denies Palin

posted by Douglas Howe

Two big names in the news-talk-entertainment business sent two surprising and completely different signals over the last several days. Oprah Winfrey, perhaps the foremost advocate of opportunities for women, says she will not have Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin on […]

Penn Jillette: A Welcome Change to the Political Discussion

posted by Douglas Howe

There’s a new kind of entertainment journalism emerging these days. Or, should I say that there’s a new kind of journalistic entertainment these days? I think it’s the former. Penn Jillette–the taller, louder partner of “Penn and Teller”–has written one […]

Sarah Palin: Our Culture’s Newest Star

posted by Douglas Howe

Hell hath no fury like the media scorned. And their all-out attack on the woman who could be the new feminist icon for a new generation of young women needs to stop. Or, there just need to be some other […]

Prime-Time TV: The ‘Diverse’ Republicans!

posted by Douglas Howe

Once every four years, like the Olympics, the National Presidential Nominating Conventions are called to order. The politics is a matter for another blog, but I’d like to comment on the inspiration, entertainment, and excellence that is making this week’s […]

De Niro and Pacino, Pitt and Clooney, Together Again

posted by Douglas Howe

Two movies featuring major stars sharing the silver screen are coming up soon, and I’m looking forward to both of them. I may even need to make it a double feature, since they’re opening on the same night! A movie […]

Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman Begin Tour

posted by Douglas Howe

Two of the most enduring and integrous Christian musicians of the last two decades are teaming up for what will no doubt be an inspiring and entertaining tour. And if your Christian faith is important to you, this will likely […]

The Conventions: Life Imitates Art

posted by Douglas Howe

Did you watch the Democratic National Convention on TV Monday night? No. Neither did I. It made me think back to that “West Wing” episode of a few years ago, where the dramatic twist featured all three major television network […]

Must-See TV: McCain and Obama at Saddleback Church

posted by Douglas Howe

Well, if you’re tiring of the Olympics, or can’t afford the gas to drive to a movie theatre, or can’t afford the popcorn after you buy the gas, there’ll be a relevant, interesting, and hopefully inspiring show that you can […]

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