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Al Roker Lends a Hand and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a fashion designer built sustainable communities in Africa, a weatherman toured the country on a feel good gift giving spree, and a star-studded documentary encouraged kids to go outside and […]

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Amy Poehler Celebrates Smart Girls and More of This Week’s Inspiring Moments in Pop Culture

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas During the past seven days a Broadway performer became a hot dog ambassador for good moods, a comedian celebrated smart girls, and stars came out to fight Pediatric AIDS. Here are this […]

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Ken Jeong’s MTV Movie Awards Speech and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A Hollywood actor was inspired by his wife’s strength and a phone company rewards good deeds are some of this week’s inspirational Pop Culture moments. Ken Jeong Shows His Sensitive Side Some […]

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Hollywood Steps Up for the Gulf and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas In recent celeb news a former Eurythmic got a UN appointment, some Hollywood stars lent a hand in the Gulf, and an ex-Idol asked fans to give back. Here are this week’s […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a cartoon saved a young girl’s life, Hannah Montana granted 30 wishes, a tycoon ran in a charitable marathon, and one rock star helped a homeless man while another fought […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasGood feelings were flowing again this week. Esquire announced a surprising choice for best looking woman in America. One famous chef helped another make a comeback. A trailblazing star released a third memoir. […]

Behind ‘The Shroud Codex’

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By Jerome R. Corsi, author of “The Shroud Codex.” I have been fascinated with the Shroud of Turin since I first saw it at a senior retreat at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. I remember the image of […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, the Pop Culture PassionistasThis week celebrities take off their make-up, dance for animal rights, overcome illness, open a shelter, and speak out about school budget cuts. Here are our favorite inspirational pop culture moments of […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week’s inspiring pop culture events came in all shapes and sizes. A charitable little boy made a big Hollywood deal, the First Lady received a Kids’ Choice Award, and Demi and […]

Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Week

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week we scoured the globe to find the most uplifting examples of celebrity altruists. We joined a Hollywood heavy hitter during his effort to aid Haiti, a British chef in his quest […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week we were inspired by a wide array of pop culture events. There was a mother defending her “Precious” daughter, a collection of stars gathering to Make-A-Wish, a little guy making it […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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Inspirational pop culture moments for the week of March 8, 2010

Spiritual TV Guide Winter/Spring Update

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A Winter/Spring update on the 2010 TV season’s shows that depict spirituality, family, life, and death.

Movie Review: ‘A Prophet’ (‘Un Prophete’)

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By Sara Shereen Bakhshian May contain some spoilers. Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet (“Un Prophete”), currently in its U.S. theatrical release, is one of those films that you continue thinking about long after you leave the theater. The French film, up […]

Images of Jesus in Food and Other Objects

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The famous Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese isn’t the only religious sighting that has been seen (and sold) throughout the years. Other people like you have experienced Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa, and Buddha sightings on food and ordinary objects […]

Please Take a Short Beliefnet Blog Survey

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Hello Idol Chatter readers, In order to make your experience on Beliefnet’s blogs more enjoyable, we created a short survey to get your input on what you like here and want to see more of, and what you can live […]

Interviews with ‘Survivor’s’ Heroes and Villains

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By Sara Shereen Bakhshian CBS is commemorating 10 years of the hit reality franchise “Survivor” by bringing back some of the most notable contestants in “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” The series’ 20th installment premieres tonight Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. […]

Reminiscing with the Cast of ‘Lost’

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By Sara Shereen Bakhshian In anticipation of the final season of “Lost”–which premieres tonight on ABC–cast members Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin,) and Josh Holloway […]

Review: ‘The Last Station’

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By Sara Shereen Bakhshian May contain spoilers The new Sony Pictures Classics’ biopic “The Last Station,” opens with the Leo Tolstoy quote “Everything I know, I know only because I love.” The film chronicles the last year of the life […]

Movie Review: ‘The Book of Eli’

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By Sara Shereen Bakhshian May contain spoilers. Imagine a future where an apocalyptic war results in a “Flash”–blinding many of the few people who were left–followed by 30 years of chaos where people had to hunt and protect themselves from […]

‘The Book of Eli': Interview with Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, and Gary Oldman

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By Sara Shereen Bakhshian In Warner Bros.’ “The Book of Eli,” sometime in the future a lone warrior Eli [Denzel Washington] is on a mission surrounding the presumed last remaining Bible. In the midst of his journey, Eli comes across […]

‘Avatar’ Movie Review: A Celebration of Contradictions

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By Craig Detweiler James Cameron’s “Avatar” lives up to its eye-popping, three-dimensional promise. It offers massive spectacle, thrilling set pieces, and seamless special effects. In fact, the entire movie is a special effect, a tribute to what’s possible. The dinosaurs […]

Every Junkie’s Like a Setting Sun: Musicians Who Beat Their Addictions

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A list of musicians who have famously stayed clean and sober after fighting drug addictions.

Kanye Faces East: Musicians Who Find God

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Kanye West has found God. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate. Kanye West is searching for God. Or some inner peace. News broke last week that the 32-year old VMA stage crasher was heading to India to spend a month in […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Precious’

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Watch the trailer to “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

Famous Scientology Celebrities

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Seven of the most famous celebrity scientologist couples.

Enter to Win: Mitch Albom’s New Book ‘Have a Little Faith: A True Story’

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Enter to win a copy of Mitch Albom’s new book “Have a Little Faith: A True Story.”

Spiritual TV Guide — 2009/2010 Edition

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A look at the new spiritual TV shows of the fall/winter season–including “Eastwick,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “FlashForward,” “Human Target,” and more. Plus the returning favorites “Lost,” “Heroes,” “Medium,” and more.

Dreams of Michael Jackson

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By Ariadne Green, dream expert On the afternoon of June 26th, Michael Jackson danced through the gates of heaven. I had a dream announcing his death the night before it happened. I was “dreamwalking” through Neverland mansion taking in the […]

Wikipedia Bans Scientology Posters

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The Pope may have just launched a Facebook app, but he’s got nothing on the tech savvy Church of Scientology: Wikipedia members posting from Scientology domain IP addresses have just been banned from editing Wikipedia posts after the free encyclopedia […]

Among the ‘Angels & Demons': Interview with Ayelet Zurer

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The cinematic adaptation of Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons” hits American theaters on May 15 and follows symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) as they solve a mystery surrounding the Vatican during a conclave. […]

An ‘Angels & Demons’ Tour of Rome

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The movie version of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, opening May 15, follows symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) in a desperate dash through Old Rome. A secret society called The Illuminati are executing Catholic Cardinals in brutal and meaningful ways, […]

Pete Seeger: Bringing Us Together at 90

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Pete Seeger, the great American folksinger, just turned 90 years old. Pete is a great believer in the power of music to bring people together. So what better way to celebrate his birthday than a sing-along with more than 15,000 […]

‘Family Guy’ Clip: Meg and Kirk Cameron

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In this funny clip from “Family Guy” Meg, who is sick in bed with the mumps, watches evangelical Christian actor Kirk Cameron talk about God.Check out our video interview with Kirk Cameron.

Ron Howard Responds to Campaign Against ‘Angels & Demons’

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Director Ron Howard has recently come under fire from Catholic League president William Donohue because of his new film, “Angels & Demons,” based off the Dan Brown best-selling mystery fiction novel–the prequel to “The Da Vinci Code.” In a recent […]

The Intrigue of William Lobdell’s ‘Losing My Religion’

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By Chris Sagona I felt instant foreboding when I ripped open an orange Fed Ex package two weeks ago and saw that the next book I was being asked to review was called “Losing My Religion.” It wasn’t just the […]

Godwink Stories with SQuire Rushnell

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Best-selling author and storyteller SQuire Rushnell–yes, that’s a capital Q– launched his popular Godwink Stories™ on Beliefnet this week. Look for his twice-weekly video vignettes that will lift your heart and make you smile. A “godwink” is what some people […]

Kristin Chenoweth’s Questions for God

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Actress Kristin Chenoweth, known for her roles in “The West Wing” and “Pushing Daises,” as well as her extensive work on stage (most notably as Glinda in Broadway’s “Wicked”) has a new book out April 14, “A Little Bit Wicked: […]

Muslim Video Contest Reveals Being an ‘Arab in America’ Isn’t Easy

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For many American Muslims, the mainstream presentation of their diverse voices seems lost in a vacuum dominated by simplistic, cardboard stereotypes depicting them as fundamentalists or perpetual suspects. Thankfully, Link TV in collaboration with One Nation has provided a way […]

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP–Celebrity Indulgence? Or Helpful Holistic Advice?

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By Valerie Reiss Fresh Living As part snarky native New Yorker, part spiritualish yogini, I can semi feel Gwyneth Paltrow’s pain from the media-whipping she’s gotten for GOOP, her recent holistic lifestyle venture. Launched last September, GOOP (a name made […]

Faith and Science Behind ‘Angels & Demons’

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By Rebecca Cusey The mid-February sky shone bright and blue over the mountains of Switzerland when the creators of the upcoming movie “Angels & Demons”–the sequel to the film “The Da Vinci Code,” both based on the novels by Dan […]

Watch Exclusive Clip: ‘Angel Wars: The Messengers’

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In the upcoming “Angel Wars: The Messengers” animated action series, a group of angels are sent to earth to fight fallen angels who seek to corrupt and destroy humanity. The DVD releases March 17.

Review: ‘Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead’

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By Chris Sagona When Peter Manseau, a Washington DC-based religion writer, saw his unborn daughter’s ultrasound in utero, he felt his calling to write “Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead.” It was seeing the technician identify […]

Watch Trailer for NBC’s Upcoming TV Series ‘Kings’

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“Kings”–which has the tagline “hope lies in bravery”–is a modern-day retelling of the biblical story of King David, where a young heroic soldier (Chris Egan) dethrones a corrupt monarch (Ian McShane) to become the king of powerful city.The series premieres […]

Was A-Rod Blaming God?

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By Brad A. Greenberg This post is reprinted with permission from The God Blog. Alex Rodriguez seemed mature yesterday when he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003. Maybe even a bit contrite. But I can’t shake the […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail’

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Feisty grandmomma Madea (Tyler Perry) has anger management issues that get her in hot water, while successful assistant district attorney Joshua Hardaway (Derek Luke) finds his wedding plans in jeopardy when he runs into an old friend who needs help. […]

Spiritual Redemption in ‘Waltz with Bashir’

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To say that most Israeli films are either about war or religion would be reductive, but not necessarily inaccurate. Even films seeking to be about, say, coming of age inevitably hit upon at least one of those essential themes of […]

Mid-Sundance Roundup

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By Gareth Higgins As you may have read in my Idol Chatter post from earlier this week, I was very impressed the animated film “Mary and Max” and I’m hoping it will be the breakout hit of Sundance. Here are […]

The Spirit of Sundance

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By Gareth Higgins The Sundance film festival is in full swing, with the quaint and cold streets of tiny Park City, Utah swarming with movie fans, celebrities, and entertainment lawyers. Sundance is the world’s best known festival of independent film, […]

What Holiday Memory Will You Never Forget?

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Idol Chatter featured a holiday entertaining books contest a few weeks ago and selected our five winners: Cecilia Andes of Pennsylvania Robin Henry of Florida Kathleen Bergquist of Minnesota Shirley Little of Georgia Deborah Finan of Florida They shared amazing […]

How Much Do You Know About Christmas Cartoons?

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If your heart has ever swelled with the Grinch’s, or ached to see Rudolph snubbed by that reindeer clique, then you’ll love this Beliefnet quiz on Christmas cartoons How did you do? Which Christmas cartoons are your favorite? Discuss below.

Top 5 Ways To Love Your Neighbors by Sanctus Real

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After three albums, a string of hit singles (including six No. 1 songs and eleven Top 5 hits), major tours with some of the biggest names in the business, and various awards (including a Dove Award for Modern Rock Album […]

‘Southland Tales': Sign of the End Times?

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“It’s a comedic spin on the apocalypse, as it should occur in the great city of Los Angeles.” So says writer-director Richard Kelly (of “Donnie Darko” fame) about his latest film, “Southland Tales.” But viewer beware! “Comedic” implies laughter and […]

From the Writers’ Picket Lines: ‘I Hate That I’m on Strike’

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This post is from playwright and screenwriter Keith Bunin, author of the plays “The Busy World is Hushed” and “The Credeaux Canvas.” For the past week I’ve been on strike for the first time in my life. I’m a writer, […]

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