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My Earth Day Movie Picks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Movie Mom and I have both posted lists in the past  of excellent movies available on DVD with a “green focus.”  Well, for Earth Day 2011, I would like to update my list with a couple of new choices you […]

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Priest Tweets the Stations of the Cross

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Think you don’t have time to particpate in this Holy Week? Think again. On this Good Friday there is a priest who will tweet the Stations of the Cross and you can follow him as he does. Father Paddy Byrne […]

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‘The View’ Discusses the Virgin Mary and Judas

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Heated debates about religion are nothng new to ABC’s “The View”, but I have this week’s spiritual conversations on the gabfest  enjoyable. Yesterday, Whoopi discussed at great length her opinion on Judas as well as whether or not Lady Gaga […]

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Passover – Google Style

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I stumbled upon a great video that told the story of the Nativity using social media and now I have discovered an equally entertaining video for Passover. It tells the complete story of the deliverance of the Jews from Pharoah […]

Underwood Credits Faith for New Film Career

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While most of the attention for “Soul Surfer” has focused on the real-life inspiration for the movie, Bethany Hamilton, or the actress who plays her , Anna Sophia Robb,  there is one other person whose movie career might benefit from […]

Kristin Chenoweth Appears On CMT Tonight, Has A New Album and A New TV Show

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of my fave celebs,  Kristin Chenoweth, has to be one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood right now. She just finished a new album, has been cast in the controversial pilot “Good Christian B—–es”,  will return to “Glee” ‘ […]

Gospel For Teens Inspires On CBS Twice This Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I really needed a pick-me-up this morning to get me through the last day before the weekend and thankfully I found it when I was watching CBS this morning. Their morning show featured a rather lengthy interview and performance with a […]

‘Friday Night Lights': My Favorite Faith-Full Moments

posted by Kris Rasmussen

  Some of my very favorite posts that I have written for this blog  over the years have been about “Friday Night Lights.”  And yet  I am not sure any of them encapsules how much I truly love this show.  […]

Martin Sheen Thinks Faith Will Help Charlie

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As the Charlie Sheen media circus goes back into full swing with reports coming out of his stand-up show in Detroit this weekend  that  the show was a mess and he was booed by fans, his father Martin Sheen breaks his […]

Celebrate TV’s Tweet Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s not as if the tv networks can stem the tide of the onslaught that is social networking media, so one network has decided to give in and use social media to their advantage . CBS will begin “tweet week” […]

Katy Perry’s Mom Tells All In New Book?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

  Sure, all parents have expectations of what they hope their children might become,  But Mary Perry Hudson, Katy Perry’s mom, is prehaps feeling that disappointment on a different level as her daughter continues to strut, prance and flit her […]

Reese Witherspoon Still Has Faith in Marriage

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Just as it had been rumored all of last week, Reese Witherspoon wed agent Jim Toth at her Ojai ranch on Saturday. But while details and pictures surrounding the event are few and far between, one thing that has been […]

‘Wasteland': Garbage as Inspiration

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I realize that many people wince or roll their eyes when someone recommends a documentary for must-see movie viewing, but have a little faith in me, because the just-released  “Wasteland” will make you grateful and perhaps even force you to […]

Elizabeth Taylor: Her Thoughts on Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As many are mourning the loss of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, now is a good time to celebrate her life by looking at her thoughts on faith and spirituality. Her son has released a statement that has said the following:“Though […]

Bethenny Frankel: Baptism, Judaism, Catholicism – Reality Style

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My favorite moment of television so far this week happened on one of my favorite guilty pleasures, “Bethenny Ever After.” She’s mouthy, she’s abrasive, and she’s trashy at times, but I still love her moments of vulnerability and ruthless honesty. […]

Oscar’s Inspiring Quote of The Night

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Overall, the Oscar ceremony for me was not only predictable – though of course I loved that Colin Firth now has an Oscar- but also rather boring. Can’t say I loved Anne HAthaway and James Franco as hosts and can’t […]

‘Get Low': A Must-See DVD

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Get Low” is an inspiring movie now on DVD.

‘The Grace Card': Is It the Next ‘Fireproof’?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“The Grace Card” is the latest Christian movie in theaters.

‘Minute To Win It': Latest Big Winner’s Earnings Will Fund Ministry

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Angel House ministries will benefit from awoman’s game show earnings.

Kristin Chenoweth Receives GLAAD Award

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Chenoweth is recognized for her support of gay rights.

Super Bowl XLV Stories That Inspire

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I grew up watching the Steelers and the Iron Curtain dominate the NFL so of course, I was cheering on my favorite team to win yet another Super Bowl and crying in my yellow towel when they didn’t win. But […]

My Two Favorite Moments from the SAG Awards

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I understand not everyone can sit through those long-winded award shows, but I just had to share two uplifting moments from last nght’s SAG Awards. The first is Betty White’s surprise win over “Glee” start Jane Lynch in the Best […]

Committed Releases New Single

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The group Committed has released a new song.

Oscar Nominations 2011: Oscar Gets it (Mostly) Right

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my thoughts on today’s Oscar noms!

Religion is Hot at Sundance in 2011

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Several movies getting buzz are featured at Sundance this week.

Gervais Speaks up about Golden Globes and God

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Ricky Gervais and Piers Moran discuss the afterlife.

My Favorite Inspiring and Entertaining Moments from the Golden Globes

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few of my favorite Globes moments.

Kirk Cameron ‘Monumental’ Prophet on CNN

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Kirk Cameron dishes on dead birds, end times and his new film with Anderson Cooper.

‘Exorcism’ DIrector To Take on Goliath

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There will be a new, modern version of the Biblical tale.

Best Overlooked Holiday Movies For New Year’s Eve

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sure Christmas is over and you’re burned out from watching sentimental holiday classics like ‘A Christmas Story” or “A Miracle on 34th Street ” one too many times. But if you are still looking for a few DVDs to fill […]

Thomas Kinkade is Going To Jail – But Just for 10 Days

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The famous painter is going to jail for a DUI.

A Modern, Digital Look at the Nativity

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Check out htis new look at the Bativity through the use of various social media.

‘The Sing Off’ is Still ‘Committed’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Committed is a gospel group featured on “The SIng Off’ and they are not to be missed.

My Favorite New Christmas Songs, Part Two

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have posted on some great new finds on just-released Christmas music already this season, but because I am a Christmas music junkie, I now need to add a few more must-listen-to Christmas songs to that list that have been […]

‘The Sing Off': A Real Life ‘Glee’-ful Inspiration

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The SIng Off is my favorite new series

Steve Martin Speaks Up About ‘Beauty’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Steve Martin’s latest appearance didn’t wow some fans.

Over the Rhine: ‘The Long Surrender’ Is the Perfect Holiday Gift

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Over the Rhine’s latest is their best.

Michael Vick Continues His Road to Redemption

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With Philadelphia on a winning streak at the hands of Michael VIck, the discussion about VIck’s criminal past and whether or not he is truly reformed has resurfaced with surprising intensity. It’s a fascinating dialogue that’s taking place with some […]

The Palins Have Officially Ruined “DWTS”

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Bristol Palin is in the final three and has ruined “DWTS.”

An Early Look at New Christmas Music for 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are some new Christmas releases.

J.K. Rowling Drops More Hints About Potter-related Books

posted by Kris Rasmussen

J.K. Rowling continues to tease Potter fans with thoughts of a future book.

‘Secretariat': The Debate Continues?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Some critics are still debating the religious overtones of the popular horse movie.

‘Winter’s Bone': My Must-See DVD This Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Winter’s Bone” is one of my favorite movies this year.

Tom Bosley Quietly Embraced His Jewish Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tom Bosley spoke rarely but profoundly about his Jewish heritage.

‘Blue Like Jazz’ Movie Might Make History

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The “Blue Like Jazz” movie is going to happen after all, thanks to fans.

‘Glee’ Meets God Tonight

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Glee” is finding faith this week when one character sees Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Help Save Don Miller’s ‘Blue Like Jazz’ movie

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Blue Like Jazz” movie needs your help.

Banned Books I Want to See as Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

‘Take': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

An overlooked movie gem is on DVD.

God Wants Kurt Warner to Keep ‘Dancing’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

MSU Coach Dantonio Will Overcome Latest Challenge with Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

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

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

Kanye West: Still Learning the Art of Forgiveness

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Kanye is still trying to apologize to Taylor Swift.

Bristol Palin Promises Modesty on ‘Dancing’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

My Favorite Inspiring Moments from the 2010 Emmys

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My thoughts on last night’s Emmys.

‘Flipped’ Returns Reiner to His Movie Roots

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

Anne Rice Further Explains Her Break Up with Christianity

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

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

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

McDonough’s Next Job is ‘Priest’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Neal McDonough is developing a new series.

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

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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

Courageous Actress Patricia Neal Dies at 84

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Patricia Neal died Sunday after a long illness.

My Favorite Inspiring Pop Culture Finds for the Summer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few fun pop culture finds for summer.

Anne Rice Breaks Up With Christianity via Facebook

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Anne Rice makes a startling announement via facebook and her website.

‘Screwtape’ and ‘Freud': Searching for God Off-Broadway

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Two plays featuring C.S. Lewis a re getting great reviews.

Whoopi Goldberg: Mel Gibson’s Only Ally?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Whoopi is possibly the only person who is defending Mel Gibson right now.

Orthodox Jewish Doctor Joins the Cast of ‘Big Brother’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A Jewish doctor says he will abide by all Orthodox Jewish laws while in the “Big Brother” house.

2010 Emmys: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Receives First Major Emmy Nods!!!

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Friday Night Lights finally gets an Emmy nod.

Jon Gosselin May Pen Memoir with Help of New Life Coach

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jon Gosselin is possibly writing a memoir.

My Fourth of July DVD Picks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few undiscovered DVD picks for the holiday.

Nikki Blonsky is a ‘Huge’ Success at ABC Family This Summer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

ABC Family has a delightful new series “Huge.”

Tom Cruise and ‘Knight and Day’ Fail to Inspire at the Box Office- But Why?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Knight and Day” tanked at the box office, but there are many theories as to why.

Finding Faith and Inspiration at the World Cup

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tim Howard has become my favorite soccer player as I learn to love the World Cup.

‘Painter of Light’ Thomas Kinkade Continues to Face Dark Times

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Thomas Kinkade was charged with allegedly drunk driving last weekend.

Why The Tony Awards Inspire Me

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I really wish life was exactly like the Tony Awards. Rock bands would mingle with sitcom stars who would sing with Broadway legends. Then, they would hang out with all the rest of us common folk and everything would happen […]

Sandra Bullock Returns to the Stage at the MTV Movie Awards

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sandra Bullock shined at the MTV Movie Awards.

‘Glee’ Adds a Christian to Its Cast

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Next season “Glee” will add a Christian character to the show.

Top 5 Picks For Best And Worst Movie Remakes

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my picks for the best and worst movie remakes ever.

Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Dennis Hopper left a lasting legacy as an actor, artist, and icon.

A Personal Remembrance of Gary Coleman

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here is a personal ancedote about Gary Coleman and his longing for friendship.

Top 5 Controversial Series Finales

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Lost” wasn’t the best , worst, or most controversial T.V. finale.

My DVD Picks for Jewish American Heritage Month

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few favorite movies of mine that celebrate Jewish American heritage.

Another Book Attempts To Expose Tom Cruise and Scientology

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A new book makes more allegations about Scientology and Tom Cruise.

Kristin Chenoweth Defends Gays to Newsweek

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Kristin Chenoweth resents an author’s attack on gay actors.

‘Friday Night Lights’ Season Four Premiere: ‘What Kind of a Man Are You?’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Season four of “Friday Night LIghts” is the best yet.

TV Academy Recognizes Shows With a Conscience

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A television award show that focuses on quality television happens May 5th.

Jill Zarin: Good for the Jews?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Is Jill Zarin one more example of a Jewish stereotype we don’t need to see on TV?

Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy: Entering the NFL Draft, God is Still First and They are Second

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I am a huge college football fan, but I can’t say I pay that much attention to the NFL draft when it rolls around. But talk about one college football player’s faith and his NFL prospects caught my attention yesterday […]

Happy Birthday, Will: The Best Movies Inspired by Shakespeare

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are some recommendations for movies influenced by William Shakespeare!

A Sneak Peek at the Return of ‘Glee’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have a few spoilers to share regarding tonight’s episode of Glee.

Dixie Carter: Faith by Design

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The late DIxie Carter often spoke about the importance of her Christian faith.

J.K. Rowling Contemplates Harry Potter Sequel – Some Day

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Should J.K. Rowling write another Harry Potter book?

For National Poetry Month: My Favorite Movies That Celebrate Poetry

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few excellent movies that celebrate poetry and poets.

Actor Neal McDonough Fired For Not Doing Sex Scenes?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Actor Neal McDonough is fired for not doing sex scenes on set.

‘Wrinkle’ and ‘Journey': Two Christian Classics Get the Big Screen Treatment

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Two popular books by Christian authors are going to be made into feature films.

‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ Will Continue Thanks to Pastor Steve

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I checked out “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” last Friday looking for some extra motivation to curb my worse-than-usual eating habits of late. However, in comparison to movies like “Food Inc” or “King Corn,” I found the show to be more […]

‘Christ Haunted’ Anne Rice Shares Her Testimony on I Am Second

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Anne Rice speaks candidly about her faith at the I Am Second website.

Three Spiritual Lessons From the Season Three Opener of ‘Breaking Bad’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Breaking Bad” begins a new season.

Sandra Bullock’s Marriage to Jesse James Blindsided by Adultery?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sandra Bullock may have split from husband Jesse James over his possible affair with a tattoo model.

Corey Haim: 1971-2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Corey Haim died early Wednesday morning of a possible overdose.

The Bible in 3-D is Coming to a Theater Near You

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Will the creation account from Genesis become a 3-D epic movie?

Academy Awards Predictions 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my annual predictions for who will win Oscar.

Marie Osmond Faces Another Family Tragedy: Her Son Michael Commits Suicide

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide in LA this past weekend.

‘Captain Abu Raed': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jordan’s first Oscar hopeful is my DVD pick of the week.

‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave': One Last Celebration of Johnny Cash’s Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Most critics admire Johnny Cash for being a one-of-a-kind singer who has blazed trails artistically in both life and in death. His decades-spanning, multi-generation-influencing career has lasted longer than other greats like The Beatles and Elvis, to name a few. […]

‘The Hurt Locker': This Award Season’s Most Important Movie?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“The Hurt Locker” is the Oscar season’s slam dunk winner.

My Top Overlooked, Must-See Christian Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

< I was recently faced with the challenge of selecting the top ten Christian movies of all time for Beliefnet. As I scoured back through my movie archives, I came across many more movies that I wanted to share with […]

‘Bright Star': My Valentine DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Bright Star” is a new biopic about the poet John Keats.

CBS Censors Dante’s Inferno Super Bowl Ad

posted by Kris Rasmussen

CBS censors yet another Super Bowl ad.

Oscar Noms 2010: No Surprises, Only Some Commercial Successes Nominated

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Oscar noms have few surprises and not much mainstream popularity.

Kathryn Bigelow Makes History With ‘The Hurt Locker’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Katryn Bigelow makes history by winning the DGA award.

‘Goodbye Solo': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One good thing about this frigid weather outdoors is that it gives me an excuse to catch up on a long list of little-heard-of movie gems that I have been wanting to see, but I just haven’t had time or […]

‘Lourdes’ and Other Films are Part of Sundance’s Spiritual Side

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A new film”Lourdes” is one of many movies with religious themes at Sundance.

The Road to Oscar Looks to be a Sentimental – and Popular- One

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock look to be the Oscar favorites.

New Web Series ‘The Bump+’ Debuts on the Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A new series follows women as they decide whether or not to have an abortion.

‘The Hurt Locker': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Oscar contender “The Hurt Locker” is on DVD this week.

‘The Tonight Show’ Debacle Will Save Conan’s Career

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I think the news of Jay Leno returning to late night is good for Conan’s career.

‘Adam': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Movie Mom was the first critic to make me aware of the sleeper romantic drama “Adam” which played in very limited release last summer. The understated tone of this movie probably had a lot to do with why it didn’t […]

‘Weather Girl': My New Year’s DVD Pick

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There is an entertaining new DVD out this week, “The Weather Gir.l”

‘Christmas Story': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Christmas Story” is an altenative holiday treat.

It’s That Time of Year: My Festivus Rantings for 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My annual Festivus rant includes the poor treatment of “Friday Night Lights” and other pop culture wrongdoings.

‘The Advent Conspiracy’ Movement Grows and the Media Takes Notice

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“The Advent Conspiracy” – a new way to look at Christmas – has interest explodng on the internet.

Jon Gosselin Ordered to Stop All of the Press

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jon Gosselin must stop speaking to the press due to a court order.

Tebow’s Farewell Tour Overshadowed by Tiger?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tim Tebow may not win the Heisman, and he is being overshadowed by Tiger Woods, but he deserves all the praise he is receiving from peers this week.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Christmas in the Heart’ : Is He Still a True Believer?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

When I first heard that Bob Dylan was releasing a Christmas album, I didn’t feel much enthusiasm for the idea. Then I listened to a few tracks of “Christmas in the Heart” and my feelings were confirmed. Dylan’s raspy vocals […]

In (Belated) Honor of St. Nicholas: My Top Five Movie St. Nicks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my top five picks for playing Saint Nick.

Five New Favorite Songs For Christmas

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Now that the turkey leftovers have been put away, and Black Friday is just a bad memory until I get my credit card statement, I can turn my indulgent nature to listening to the Christmas music I love nonstop. Christian […]

Best Advent Reads for 2009

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my choices for some great Advent devotionals for the season.

‘Big Night': My Thanksgiving DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Big Night”, though not about Thanksgiving, is a great holiday movie choice.

Susan Boyle Breaks Sales Records and Reveals Secrets

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Susan Boyle’s debut is a bestseller and she is using the limelight to speak out about her past

‘Friday Night Lights’ Does Church Right

posted by Kris Rasmussen

FNL’s latest focuses on Julie Taylor’s thoughts on church.

Miley is No Fan of ‘Twilight’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Miley Cyrus is no fan of “Twilight.”

‘Pray the Devil Back to Hell': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A documentary about Liberian women and their peaceful protest is now on DVD.

On ‘Glee’ the Last Shall Be First

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Glee” shined with an inspiring look at those with disabilities.

Unconventional Halloween DVD Picks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A few surprising DVD picks to watch this Halloween.

Director Paul Haggis Leaves Scientology

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Oscar winner Paul Haggis is leaving Scientology over their opposition to Proposition 8 and because of the rift it caused in his family.

The Swell Season’s Latest Is Pure ‘Joy’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The duo that became famous in the movie “Once” has a new album out called “Strict Joy.”

Suri Cruise Attends Catholic School?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Is Suri Cruise really going to Catholic pre-school in Boston?

Michael Moore and Sean Hannity Discuss Jesus and ‘Capitalism’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Michael Moore and Sean Hannity discussed how they have separate political and Christian views.

Beloved Pictures to Produce Lewis’s ‘Divorce’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

C.S. Lewis’ Novel “The Great Divorce” will be made into a movie.

‘As We Forgive': A New Look at Rwanda’s Genocide

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A new documentary on the Rwandan genocide is available on DVD.

‘The Big Question': To Forgive or Not to Forgive?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Paulist Productions releases a new documentary on forgiveness.

‘I Kissed a Vampire': Vampire Stories for the Rest of Us

posted by Kris Rasmussen

iTunes has a new vampire series “I Kissed a Vampire” and it debuts October 13th.

‘House’ Season Premiere: Healing House is a Bad Idea

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My favorite misanthrope doctor, Gregory House, returned to TV in the season premiere of “House” last night, but was he too nice?

‘Friday Night Lights’ Wins Humanitas Prize

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of my favorite shows, “Friday Night LIghts” just received the coveted Humanitas Prize for excellence in writing.

David Bazan Finds Faith a ‘Curse’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Former Pedro the Lion singer David Bazan has a new album out.

Michael Moore Wants to Make Movies That Are Fiction

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Michael Moore says he may not make any more documentaries.

Donald Miller’s Latest Memoir: ‘A Million Miles in a Thousand Years’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Don Miller releases a sequel memoir to “Blue Like Jazz.”

My Top Five Labor Day DVD Picks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are few favorite movies that celebrate the working class this Labor Day weekend.

‘Inglourious Basterds': Should Jews Be Outraged?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Quentin Tarantino’s new movie about Jews torturing Nazis is a hit, but should it be?

‘Thirtysomething’ Arrives on DVD: Was It Soulless or Soulful?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The 80s cult classic ‘thirtysomething’ is now on DVD and I am thrilled about it.

Will Tony Dungy Save Michael Vick?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Tony Dungy has agreed to mentor Michael Vick.

‘Mad Men’ Season Opener: What Happened to the ‘Mad’ Women?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Mad Men season three premiere aired Sunday night.

Omarosa: The Apprentice Theologian

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Omarosa says she has heard God’s call to go to seminary.

New ‘Twilight’ Barbie Dolls Revealed

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Barbie dolls made to look like Bella and Edward from the hit “Twilight” series will be on sale in November.

‘Julie & Julia': A Sweet Dish

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Meryl Streep portrays pioneer feminist and foodie Julia Child.

My Final Advice to Kate Gosselin

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My final advice for TLC star Kate Gosselin on life after Jon.

Catch Up With Susan Boyle on ‘America’s Got Talent’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I am no flash in the pan Susan Boyle fan. I have been following her rising star with both interest and anxiety as she has navigated life after being runner-up on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Overnight singing sensation Boyle was hospitalized […]

‘We Are Wizards': A Whimsical Look at Growing Up Harry Potter Style

posted by Kris Rasmussen

If watching “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” over the weekend wasn’t enough to curb your Harry Potter cravings, I have good news for you. There’s a new “Harry Potter” movie you can watch and it’s free. Best of […]

Final Episodes of ‘Pushing Daisies’ Now Available

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Many “Pushing Daisies” fans were left with only a small taste of the sweetness and richness that made up the crazy world of magical pie baker Ned and his resurrected childhood sweetheart Chuck because ABC played only a few episodes […]

Harry Potter Finally Receives Vatican Blessing

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It seems no one is truly impervious to the Chosen One from Hogwart’s spell after all. Although the Vatican has thoroughly denounced the” Harry Potter” series in the past (as recently as last year), the Vatican newspaper recently announced that […]

Jerry Jenkins and Stephen King: BFFs?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jerry Jenkins undoubtedly has a devoted fan base in Christian publishing and Stephen King is legend among horror novel devotees, but who would think these two would have much in common–much less have formed a friendship. Just when I thought […]

Michael Jackson’s Memorial: The Therapy of Spectacle

posted by Kris Rasmussen

When exactly the media reached the tipping point in its gluttonous, ravenous coverage of Michael Jackson’s death, I don’t know. The information, rumor and innuendo have been coming at me from my TV, my laptop, and my radio at a […]

Actor Karl Malden: 1912-2009

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With so much of the world grotesquely fixated on every detail surrounding Michael Jackson’s death, the news of yet another Hollywood legend’s death was announced yesterday with little fanfare. Actor Karl Malden, known, to some, for being the voice heard […]

‘My Sister’s Keeper': A Tempid Tearjerker

posted by Kris Rasmussen

All movies based on successful novels are going to suffer by comparison with the book for those that have an attachment to the book. Jodi Picoult’s bestseller “My Sister’s Keeper” was a deeply moving, thought-provoking novel that touched women, in […]

Oscar’s Big Change: More Movies, Better Show?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Even though I am a film buff, I would be the first to say that the Oscars is slowly but surely marching itself into pop culture obscurity. Yesterday’s announcement that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will “broaden […]

‘Easy Virtue': A Simple Summer Movie Delight

posted by Kris Rasmussen

At about this time every summer I begin to look desperately for a change of pace at the Cineplex. I am tired of action packed blockbusters, and even broad, recycled comedies like “The Proposal” don’t quite do for it for […]

‘A Fierce Light’ Calls for Action

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Certainly the best documentary I saw at the Waterfront Film Festival recently was a collection of inspiring stories that made up “A Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action.” Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (“Scared Sacred”) globe trots around the world looking at […]

Speidi, a Baldwin, and Kate: This Week’s Celebrity Christians on the D-List

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Talk shows as well as the blogosphere were a flutter yesterday with several juicy D-list Christians on reality shows doing some pretty stupid stuff. I don’t relish in their individual shortcomings, as much as I am encouraged that maybe this […]

‘Saving Grace’ Debuts New Season Tuesday Night

posted by Kris Rasmussen

TNT has certainly been successful at creating summer series centered around strong female characters, whether it’s my favorite “The Closer,” “Raising the Bar” or it’s big hit, “Saving Grace.” I felt like the first two seasons of TNT’s police drama […]

Sneak Peek: ‘The Answer Man’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the more entertaining movies I saw last weekend at the Waterfront Film Festival was the romantic comedy ” The Answer Man.” Jeff Daniels plays a poor man’s Deepak Chopra named Arlen Faber. Arlen wrote a self-help book many […]

Miss California Fired – But Why?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Just when I thought I wouldn’t have to hear any more debate about Miss USA Carrie Prejean and her religious beliefs regarding gay marriage, the news came late in the afternoon yesterday that Prejean has been fired from her position […]

Top 10 Songs of Summer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s that time of year for road trips, day trips to the beach, picnics, and other warm weather activities. And of course, to go along with all of that summertime fun, what’s better than some fun music? My personal playlist […]

Simply the Best: Why the Tony Awards Are So Much Fun

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Yes, I am a self-professed theater geek, but regardless of that fact, I don’t understand why the Tonys aren’t celebrated more or why the show doesn’t draw bigger numbers. As award shows go, it’s the theater folks who know how […]

5 Guilty Summer Pleasures on DVD

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though there still may be a few weeks before I can dip my toes in Lake Michigan without freezing, summer is unofficially here. My workload lessens a bit and I am free to waste time on my favorite activities, including […]

Susan Boyle Almost Reaches Dream, Has Meltdown

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The Cinderella story of Scottish singer Susan Boyle ended Saturday night when she performed on the “Britain’s Got Talent” finale. Though she was an odds-on favorite to win, the dance team Diversity beat her with a stunning performance, leaving Susan […]

Steven Curtis Chapman and Family Still Grieving One Year Later

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I am glad to hear several Christian radio stations remind contemporary Christian music fans that it has been one year since the tragic loss of Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter Maria Sue Chapman. Over the last year the Chapman family has […]

‘Shotgun Stories': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I know summer is here and we are all looking for perhaps lighter fare to watch on a Friday night, I stumbled across a fairly recent release that is haunting but yet not overly dark. “Shotgun Stories”is the tale […]

The Real Lesson Behind ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ Season Premiere

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The numbers aren’t official yet, but undoubtedly last night’s much hyped season premiere of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ set ratings records for TLC. But for anyone tuning in who thought that the couple were going to engage in some […]

Susan Boyle Makes ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Finals

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I guess Britain’s infatuation with overnight sensation Susan Boyle isn’t over yet. The 47-year old singer who wowed audiences on “Britain’s Got Talent” a few weeks ago was back onstage last Sunday for the semi-finals and received another standing ovation […]

Aaron Strumpel’s ‘Elephants’ is Unforgettable

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I stopped writing about Christian music full-time several years ago, mainly because I became tired of using words like “fresh,” “innovative,” or “inspired” for music that often wasn’t. In fact, it is a rare occurrence these days when I feel […]

Hugh Jackman’s Spiritual Side

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Hugh Jackman’s latest installment of the X-Men saga may not be wowing critics, but fans are still showing his trademark character, Wolverine some love at the box office for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Maybe that’s because in real life, Jackman is […]

Madonna and Jesus: Are They Tying the Kabbalah Knot ?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

According to some reports, Madonna is going to marry Jesus (no, not that one)–and may have already done so over the weekend. In between a fling with A-Rod and an attempt to adopt another child from Malawi, Material Girl Madge […]

Top Movies Christians Should Watch

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Because I have been known to write a top ten list now and again here at Idol Chatter, I often go in search of what kinds of top lists exist out there on the web. I discovered one yesterday that […]

Miss California Defends Sexy Pics

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’ve only barely noticed the media furor over Miss California USA Carrie Prejean’s comments about same sex marriage, but one story yesterday made me groan, even though we all should have seen it coming a mile away: a tabloid website […]

Susan Boyle, The Early Years

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Some of you may have already moved on from the whole Susan Boyle phenomenon, but for the rest of us, there have been numerous video leaks on the web showing Boyle in her younger days. The latest to make the […]

Ashley Cleveland’s Latest: ‘God Don’t Never Change’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The other day I discovered the best pick-me-up-to-beat-the-work-week-blues ever. The news that put a smile on my face was that Christian rocker Ashley Cleveland has finally announced the official release date of her new album “God Don’t Never Change.” While […]

Inspired by Susan Boyle–The Top 10 Movie Underdogs

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With “Britain’s Got Talent” turning Susan Boyle into an international household name overnight, I have been thinking a lot about other great underdogs, real and fictional, that have captured my heart and mind over the years. As a society we […]

‘Father Roy': My Online Movie Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

For quite some time now I have periodically posted DVD picks about little heard of films that are then released on DVD , but now with the burgeoning world of online access to movies, I may have start posting an […]

Why Does Susan Boyle Need a Makeover?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Along with the rest of America, I was immediately captivated by Susan Boyle’s inspiring performance on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Yet I am equally as dismayed at how quickly the discussion of Ms. Boyle’s extreme makeover has taken off. What made […]

Jamie Foxx Disses Miley Cyrus

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I both accept and ignore the insatiable need of some media to scrutinize and criticize celebs like Miley in hopes that they will fall, but I really don’t understand when one celebrity trashes another. No I am not talking about […]

Bruce Cockburn’s Offering a New ‘Slice O’ Life’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I returned to folk artist Bruce Cockburn’s music a couple of years ago when he released“Life Short Call Now,” one of the best recordings I listened to that year. Now Cockburn has a new two CD live set called “Slice […]

National Poetry Month: Wendell Berry’s ‘Wild Blessings’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Beliefnet has begun its celebration of National Poetry Month and while I love poetry, in trying to think of a poet to write about for Idol Chatter, I came upon a favorite of Crunchy Cons, the egrarian philosopher/minister Wendell Berry.I […]

Download a New Sam Phillips Song for Free

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I recently posted a list of songs to celebrate the coming of spring, but I am already going to alter that list and add one more song. One of my favorite artisits, Sam Phillips, is offfering a free download of […]

5 Favorite Movies For Holy Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In the final days leading up to Easter, it is, of course, common to bring out the biblical epics on film such as “The Ten Commandments” or dramas like “Ben-Hur.” You may even have the stomach to watch “The Passion […]

‘Guiding Light’ Will Shine No More

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The announcement yesterday that CBS cancelled the soap opera after airing over seventy years of shows wasn’t a surprise but it certainly is a watershed moment in pop culture. Gone are the days of marketing drama in the afternoon to […]

Top 10 Songs to Celebrate Spring Fever

posted by Kris Rasmussen

To say I have spring fever right now is an understatement. I still have snow outside my window but no, I cannot see Russia from my house. Spring still seems a long way away to me even though it may […]

‘Friday Night Lights’ Talks About Sex

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Friday Night Lights” has always been a show that is about so much more than football. Season three has had some great moments and rumor has it that it will be picked up for possibly two more seasons, which is […]

Natasha Richardson Gives Life Through Organ Donation

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Even though it has been over a week now since actress Natasha Richardson died tragically from a head injury in a fluke skiing accident, I have to admit I am still disturbed by the story and it’s seeming randomness. But […]

WWJT: What Would Jesus Tweet?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Recently fellow blogger Donna asked Idol Chatter readers if they were getting into tweeting as evangelism on messaging and social networking device Twitter. Now with Easter only a short time away, several pop culture watchers are asking a different question: […]

Natasha Richardson: 1963-2009

posted by Kris Rasmussen

After enormous speculation, last night representative’s for Natasha Richardson’s husband, actor Liam Neeson, broke the news that seemed inevitable: Richardson passed away in a New York hospital from injuries related to a fall at a ski resort in Canada. Though […]

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