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Free Giveaway for the New Monks of the Desert Album!

posted by Evan Derrick

The Monastary of Christ in the Desert was founded in 1964 in Abiqulu, New Mexico. It’s located in, you guessed it, the middle of the desert. Being surrounded by miles of government-protected land, the abbey is the perfect place to […]

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Rick Warren on the ‘Unbelievable’ new worship album you have to hear!

posted by Evan Derrick

Travis Ryan, worship pastor at Saddleback Church, has a brand new worship album out called “Fearless” with a wonderful single on it, “Jesus Precious Jesus.” You can listen to a sample of the song (it’s great!) and download the single […]

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For Greater Glory – EXCLUSIVE First Look!

posted by Evan Derrick

UPDATE: This is an exclusive first look at the poster for the film! I don’t know much about For Greater Glory. I know it stars Andy Garcia, Evan Longoria, and Peter O’Toole. I know it’s the true story of the […]

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WWJD II – The Woodcarver

posted by Evan Derrick

It can be difficult to find family friend entertainment these days. Even cartoons aimed at children can have poor attitudes and language that you’d never want your little ones spouting off. There have been any number of times where, in […]

When Television Helps You Parent Better

posted by Evan Derrick

Just the other week I received a shock as a parent that I should have known was coming. My 5-year old daughter, who started school this year, came home distraught. She’s normally quite chipper, so I asked her what was […]

UNDEFEATED is an Uncommon Film: Share Your Story For a Chance to Win a $500 Giftcard to Sports Authority

posted by Evan Derrick

UNDEFEATED, the new documentary from the Weinstein Company (opening in limited release this Friday), is the real deal. It’s one of those perfect, real life underdog sports stories that are only captured on film once in a long while (ala […]

Exclusive Interview with Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum, Stars of “The Vow”, on Relationships

posted by Evan Derrick

I had the chance to sit down the other weekend with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum and talk about their new film (opening this weekend, Friday, February 10th ) called “The Vow.” Now, just so you know, I am NOT […]

Is Your Dad the Greatest Dad of All Time?

posted by Evan Derrick

Dad’s are awesome! (although, being one myself, I am a bit biased) And if you think your Dad is awesome – no, if you think your Dad is the GREATEST DAD OF ALL TIME!!!! – then we want to hear […]

Mitch Albom’s ‘Have a Little Faith’ Inspires

posted by Evan Derrick

Mitch Albom is world famous for his moving and inspirational books. “Tuesday’s With Morrie,” “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” and “For One More Day” have all spent months upon months on the New York Times bestseller list. His […]

Write a Letter to Santa!

posted by Evan Derrick

In anticipation of the new Christmas film, Arthur Christmas, which attempts to answer the age-old question, “How exactly does Santa manage to deliver all those presents in one night?”, we’ve got a little treat for you. Click the below link […]

We’ve Got 10 Copies of Chris Tomlin’s New Worship Album to Give Away!

posted by Evan Derrick

Christian recording artist and worship leader Chris Tomlin has a brand new CD of his greatest worship songs coming out, and here’s your chance to win a copy! The new album is called How Great is Our God: The Essential […]

Veggie Tales, Raising Kids, and ‘The Little Drummer Boy’

posted by Evan Derrick

Raising kids in the media age can be challenging and terrifying. My 5 year old daughter not only knows how to turn on the Xbox and boot up Netflix’s instant streaming service, she’s also able to spell out the titles to shows […]

New Film “Seven Days in Utopia” is Changing Lives

posted by Evan Derrick

This is message from Dr. Ed Young, senior pastor of Houston’s 2nd Baptist church. And, after you read this message, you’ll find that he’s pretty jazzed about the new film “Seven Days in Utopia” which is playing in theaters right […]

“Warrior” Bible Study Guide

posted by Evan Derrick

Part of my issue with Christian films or films that have Christian elements is that, in terms of quality, they’re almost always terrible. The preachy message part of the film trumps the story/acting/cinematography, leaving Christian audiences with lukewarm feel-good films […]

Exclusive “Chasing Madoff” Clip

posted by Evan Derrick

Remember when Bernie Madoff defrauded his investors of over $18 billion dollars, a number so staggering that you can’t even begin to comprehend it? Well, a new documentary is coming out that focuses on the efforts of one man, Henry […]

“Senna” Challenges, Inspires, and Makes Me Want To Be a Better Person

posted by Evan Derrick

A new documentary is getting ready to hit the circuit called “Senna,” about one of the world’s most famous Formula 1 drivers, Ayrton Senna from Brazil. If you’re like me, you know little to nothing about Formula 1, have never […]

Broadway Barks For Its Four-Legged Friends

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas All the hoofers on the Great White Way gathered last weekend in honor of everyone’s favorite four-legged friends for the 13th Annual Broadway Barks charity event. The organization was founded by mega-star, […]

Emily Osment Talks About CyberBully

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas On July 17, ABC Family is premiering a very important movie for teens. “Cyberbully” starring Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana” and “Spy Kids 2″) tells the story of a young girl verbally attacked […]

Mila Kunis Changes Schedule to Dance With a Marine

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week when Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake were at Fox News on a press junket promoting their film “Friends with Benefits,” the actress was stunned to learn about a YouTube video […]

Harry Potter – A Look Back

posted by Evan Derrick

Harry Potter ends this Friday for tens of millions of fans around the world. Warner Bros. has put together a retrospective on all 8 films that plays like a single, long, epic trailer for the entire franchise. It’s thrilling, exciting, […]

Jim Henson’s Magnificent Muppets are Back

posted by Evan Derrick

The Muppets have had a rocky decade and a half. Their films, few and far between, have either failed critically (The Muppet’s Wizard of Oz) or failed commercially (Elmo in Grouchland which, despite being utterly charming, tanked in theaters). But […]

Kevin James in ‘Zookeeper’

posted by Evan Derrick

Kevin James stars in ‘Zookeeper,’ about the world’s greatest zookeeper who decides to leave his job in order to pursue the woman of his dreams. The animals, terrified of losing their star caretaker, speak up for the first time and […]

Next Pixar Film Looks GORGEOUS

posted by Evan Derrick

“Brave,” Pixar’s next film, about an impetuous Scottish princess who cuts the wrong deal with the wrong witch and unleashes some very ‘wrong’ stuff upon the kingdom, finally has a teaser trailer worth watching. And boy oh boy does it […]

14-Year Old Croons & Moonwalks Just Like MJ

posted by Evan Derrick

I originally saw this over at Movie Mom’s blog, run by the lovely Nell Minnow, and I knew I just had to share it with our Idol Chatter readers. Trevor Jackson is only 14 but he both sounds and moves […]

192 Countries Come Together to Create One Amazing Film

posted by Evan Derrick

The new film from producer Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald (who directed the must-see documentary, “Touching the Void”) is an intriguing global social experiment. Last year, through YouTube, they solicited over 4500 hours of footage from 192 different countries, […]

Born in the USA! and other awesome songs about America

posted by Evan Derrick

Our music editor, Stephen Russ, put together a sweet top 10 list of inspiring songs about America just in time for 4th of July weekend. “Born in the USA” is obviously on there, as well as tunes by Neil Diamond […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A skate boarder empowers kids, a green musician is honored and a movie star spits for a good cause. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.

Cook Like Harry Potter

posted by Evan Derrick

  Butterscotch Brew. Treacle Fudge. Mmmmmmmmmmm… Harry Potter aficionados recognize those names as they’ve undoubtedly dreamed about JK Rowling’s imaginary confectionary creations. Who hasn’t wanted to pop a Peppermint Humbug into their mouth? Well, here’s your chance. “The Unofficial Harry […]

Former Mormon Finds Tony Award-Winning BOOK OF MORMON “Troubling”

posted by Evan Derrick

By Karen Keller Insider humor might be one of the funniest genres of comedy. My Mormon brother jokes about the old Mormon male ‘garments’ – gauzy white underclothes Mormon adults wear – saying they were ‘onesies’ that gave you a […]

Family Movie “Field of Vision” Airs Tomorrow Night

posted by Evan Derrick

The Family Movie Night folks have consistently churned out some good, wholesome family films. They’re not epic feats of cinematic excellence, but they’re reasonably entertaining and you’re guaranteed that there won’t be loads of inappropriate content you’ll have to change […]

Glee’s “Mini Warbler” Is All Kinds of Awwwwwww…

posted by Evan Derrick

Hit LIKE to share! This little boy loves the Warblers, the male prep school glee club that featured prominently in Season 2 of Fox’s hit show, and he has the moves (and costume) to prove it. His parents are going […]

“Blue Like Jazz” the Movie

posted by Evan Derrick

Donald Miller’s “Blue Like Jazz” was a rallying cry to many twentysomething Christians who felt jilted by the hollow faith of their parents and peers. With an intimate, personable style, Miller poured out his thoughts and struggles with an oftentimes embarrassing honesty. […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A rock star unites with puppets, an author urges fans to light a candle and a TV mainstay turns to the world wide web. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]

The Tree of Life – Watch the Trailer and Get a Free Official Movie Poster!

posted by Evan Derrick

Terrence Malick is not an easy filmmaker to wrap your head around. In a career spanning four decades, he’s only directed five films (for you those of you who aren’t math wizzes, that works out to a film every 8 […]

Who Won American Idol?

posted by Evan Derrick

Hit LIKE above to spread the word to all your friends about the winner of American Idol! So who won American Idol? After montages and recaps and special performances galore (Tony Bennett, Tim McGraw, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, and […]

The Adventures of Tintin

posted by Evan Derrick

Tintin is beloved worldwide and is almost as popular and iconic as Mickey Mouse. The creation of Belgian artist Hergé, Tintin first appeared in comic strip form in 1929. With more the 350 million copies of the books sold to […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, the Pop Culture Passionistas A little girl fulfills her dream to dance, stars stick it out for their charities and a pop star turns editor-in-chief. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. ‘Dancing […]

Captain Jack is Back!

posted by Evan Derrick

Pirate rockstar Jack Sparrow is back in theaters today with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. In fact, the rest of Hollywood is so terrified of it that it is the ONLY movie opening in theaters today. The question […]

iPad2 Giveaway!

posted by Evan Derrick

Yes, you read that right. We have a shiny, 64 GB white iPad2 to giveaway to one lucky Beliefnet reader (oh goodness, it’s so shiny… it’s practically blinding me from across the office with its magnificence). This is one of […]

Beliefnet is Searching for the Top 100 Inspirational Films of All Time!

posted by Evan Derrick

We’re attempting to select the 100 most inspirational films of all time and we need your help! What films have made you want to become a better person? What films have given you hope? What films simply put a smile […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by the Pop Culture Passionistas A sitcom teen keeps her good deeds on the down low, a major mogul goes green and a DIY star lends a hand to build habitats. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. […]

An Interview With Director Roland Joffé

posted by Evan Derrick

NOTE: We’re currently giving away 10 pairs of tickets to see There Be Dragons. Go here for details. Director Roland Joffé has never shied away from overtly religious themes in his films. “The Mission,” his Oscar-winning 1986 film about a Jesuit mission […]

Free Movie Tickets to “There Be Dragons”

posted by Evan Derrick

Congratulations to Michelle S., Kelly C., Van K., Pat M., Sara D., Sara C., and ‘Ife C., winners of free tickets to see “There Be Dragons.” Keep your eyes peeled for our next giveaway! I love director Roland Joffé (go […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

posted by Evan Derrick

Let me count the ways I am eagerly anticipating this film. Actually, whatever well-observed reasons I may have for seeing it, they all quickly devolve into a single, all-encompassing thought: MUST SEE NOW! Is there any doubt this will be […]

Want to Go to the Hollywood Premiere of “Jumping the Broom”?

posted by Evan Derrick

You could win 2 tickets to the Hollywood Premiere of “Jumping the Broom” and rub shoulders with the likes of Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, and Bishop TD Jakes. Tell Sony Pictures executive and author DeVon Franklin how your faith has […]

This Week’s Most Inspiring Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A housewife fights hunger with bread art, a celebrity chef gives back and a rocker helps the homeless. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Teri Hatcher Fights Hunger One […]

‘Call on Faith’ With Your Smartphone

posted by Evan Derrick

Call on Faith is a new app for your smartphone that provides an instant dose of inspiration whenever you need it. I have it on my iPhone and have been pleasantly surprised by it. It essentially works as a dynamic […]

The Joy and Angst of ‘Jumping the Broom’

posted by Evan Derrick

People enjoy seeing themselves on the big screen. And watching “Jumping the Broom” felt like part class reunion and a family gathering – complete with the joys and angst that both can generate. I couldn’t help but be reminded of […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas An Olympic champion sees the impact, heavy metal stars rock out for Armenia and a celebrity chef stages a Food Revolution. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Apolo Ohno […]

Candace Cameron Bure Likes to Lie

posted by Evan Derrick

At least on television, that is. The former Full House star is headlining a new television movie, Truth Be Told, that airs tomorrow on Fox at 8/7c, in which she plays an unmarried marriage counselor who must fabricate a marriage […]

FREE Giveaway, Harry Potter Years 1-7 on Blu-Ray

posted by Evan Derrick

UPDATE: Congratulations to Dez Lopez of Indiana! Enjoy the Harry Potter Blu-Ray goodness, Dez. And thanks to everyone who entered and signed up to follow us on Twitter. We’ll have more great giveaways in the future, so stay tuned. We […]

Giveaway for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

posted by Evan Derrick

This contest is now over! Congratulations to Tina B., Peter C., William K., and Heidi, who all won a copy! We just finished giving away “The Ten Commandments” on Blu-Ray to three lucky Idol Chatter readers and we’ve already got […]

New Adaptation of Pilgrim’s Progress

posted by Evan Derrick

John Bunyan’s classic allegory Pilgrim’s Progress has had a long history of film and television adaptations, including a 1912 silent film, a 1979 live-action film that gave Liam Neeson his first starring role, and numerous animated versions. Unfortunately, they’re all terrible […]

The Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas An Oscar winner becomes a Good Will Ambassador, a Glee cast member gives the gift of Dance and a “Celebrity Apprentice” candidate gives back to the American Red Cross. Here are this […]

This Weeks Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A journalist searches for hope and faith, an anchorwoman turns the spotlight on global health and a great humanitarian passes away. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Liz Taylor’s […]

Enter to Win a Free Copy of “The Book That Changed the World: The Amazing Tale of the the King James Bible”

posted by Evan Derrick

Published in 1611 (which makes this year its 400th anniversary), the Authorized King James Version of the Bible became “the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language.” Regardless […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

Big celebs gather to same the planet before it’s “going, going, gone,” stars rally for survivors in Japan and an actor takes a walk for leukemia and lymphoma. The Planet is Going, Going, Gone The Bid to Save the Earth […]

“The Ten Commandments” Epic 6 Disc Blu-ray Gift Set, FREE

posted by Evan Derrick

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Joshua G. and Lydia B. who each received a copy of “The Ten Commandments” on Blu-Ray, and uber-congratulations to Chris Z. who will be receiving the epic 6-disc gift set to end […]

Free Music, Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Evan Derrick

Keith and Kristyn Getty are contemporary Irish hymn writers, and this St. Patrick’s day they’re giving away three different hymns as well as the accompanying sheet music. Each of the three hymns – “Behold the Lamb,” “The Power of the […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA mogul turned reality show host gets roasted, a country band gives back and an undercover millionaire helps the poor. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Donald Trump Gets RoastedDonald Trump […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A celebrity chef sheds light on a still devastated nation, an Oscar winning movie gives one charity a boost and a potential Idol loses himself in music. Anthony Bourdain Has No Reservations […]

Idol’s Chris Medina Receives $70,000, 1% of ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Box Office, Towards Care of Fiancée

posted by Evan Derrick

Chris Medina, recent Idol hopeful who unfortunately didn’t make it through Hollywood week, was on Ryan Seacrest’s radio program today to discuss Idol and his new single when he received a happy shock. Medina’s fiancée, Juliana, was injured in a […]

Dancing With the Stars Cast Revealed

posted by Evan Derrick

During tonight’s episode of The Bachelor, ABC did a live reveal of the new cast for Dancing With the Stars during the commercial breaks. It was a bit anti-climactic as most of the cast appeared either bored or a little […]

This Weeks Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A reality judge opens her heart, a TV icon is honored by the Queen and a news anchor shares extraordinary advice. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. “American Idol”: […]

James Durbin Overcomes, Leaves American Idol Judges Speechless

posted by Evan Derrick

21 year old James Durbin has had a rough life. Although he gets his musical ability from his father, he never had a chance to really know him – he overdosed on drugs when James was young. “I didn’t get […]

Emily Anne Reed Loses House, Gains Ticket To Hollywood on American Idol

posted by Evan Derrick

26 year old Emily Anne Reed received a phone call last week that no one wants to hear: “Your house is on fire.” She ran home from her job in Arlington, VA to discover only ashes. Standing on the Idol […]

Stefano Langone Survives to Wow American Idol Judges

posted by Evan Derrick

A horrific accident almost took his life, but Stefano Langone was too tough to give up. It took 4 months of intensive therapy to recover, but his passion for music and the piano lit a fire inside of him that […]

Top 5 Feel Good Superbowl XLV Commercials

posted by Evan Derrick

The much-anticipated Superbowl commercials this year have been mostly rude (hello Brisk and Eminen), crude (I’m looking at you, PepsiMax), and lewd (ugh, GoDaddy). Let’s be honest, though: they almost always are (and to be even more honest, they can […]

Cuteness of Puppy Bowl Threatens To Eclipse Super Bowl XLV

posted by Evan Derrick

I think the cells that process cuteness in my brain are about to be overloaded. Superbowl counter-programming typically entails running marathons of Law & Order or CSI, but Animal Planet trumps all of them with Puppy Bowl VII. Starting at […]

Christopher Nolan Believes In Joseph Gordon-Levitt

posted by Evan Derrick

Total Film reports that director Christopher Nolan has tapped the always-riveting Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in his third and final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” As this is the second time the pair have worked together following last summer’s […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moment

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas The President asks us to live up to a young girl’s vision of the nation, an Icelandic singer saves her country’s nature and a Harry Potter group fights real-life evils. President Obama […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A TV judge returns with a positive spin, a homeless man gets a second chance and some big stars give it up for charity. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]

Brooke White has a “Change of Plans”

posted by Evan Derrick

Butterflies threatened to overwhelm Brooke White’s stomach when she first stepped onto the stage of American Idol during its seventh season. After conquering them and making it all the way to the Top 5, one might think that butterflies would […]

This Year’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments (Part 2)

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas As 2010 comes to an end, we look back and pick our Ten Most Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Year. Here’s the second half of our selections. To see numbers six […]

The Year’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments (Part 1)

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas As 2010 comes to an end, we look back and pick our Ten Most Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Year. Check back next week to see the final five. 10. Balthazar […]

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