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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” ‘ […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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” is an inspiring movie now on DVD.
“The Grace Card” is the latest Christian movie in theaters.
Angel House ministries will benefit from awoman’s game show earnings.
Chenoweth is recognized for her support of gay rights.
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 […]
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 […]
The group Committed has released a new song.
Here are my thoughts on today’s Oscar noms!
Several movies getting buzz are featured at Sundance this week.
Ricky Gervais and Piers Moran discuss the afterlife.
Here are a few of my favorite Globes moments.
Kirk Cameron dishes on dead birds, end times and his new film with Anderson Cooper.
There will be a new, modern version of the Biblical tale.
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 […]
The famous painter is going to jail for a DUI.
Check out htis new look at the Bativity through the use of various social media.
Committed is a gospel group featured on “The SIng Off’ and they are not to be missed.
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 is my favorite new series
Steve Martin’s latest appearance didn’t wow some fans.
Over the Rhine’s latest is their best.
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 […]
Bristol Palin is in the final three and has ruined “DWTS.”
Here are some new Christmas releases.
J.K. Rowling continues to tease Potter fans with thoughts of a future book.
Some critics are still debating the religious overtones of the popular horse movie.
“Winter’s Bone” is one of my favorite movies this year.
Tom Bosley spoke rarely but profoundly about his Jewish heritage.
The “Blue Like Jazz” movie is going to happen after all, thanks to fans.
“Glee” is finding faith this week when one character sees Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich.
“Blue Like Jazz” movie needs your help.
Here are some banned books I would like to see as movies.
An overlooked movie gem is on DVD.
God is on Kurt Warner’s side on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Mark Dantonio has strong faith to help him in his health crisis.
“Lone Star” is one of the best new series on TV.
Kanye is still trying to apologize to Taylor Swift.
Bristol promises to cover up on “Dancing with the Stars”.
My thoughts on last night’s Emmys.
Rob Reiner has a new family-friendly movie in theaters.
Anne Rice further tries to explain why she is distancing herself from Christianity.
Here is an interview with Christian director Dallas Jenkins about his latest film.
Neal McDonough is developing a new series.
Robert Duvall discusses his latest film and how it examines faith.
Patricia Neal died Sunday after a long illness.
Here are a few fun pop culture finds for summer.
Anne Rice makes a startling announement via facebook and her website.
Two plays featuring C.S. Lewis a re getting great reviews.
Whoopi is possibly the only person who is defending Mel Gibson right now.
A Jewish doctor says he will abide by all Orthodox Jewish laws while in the “Big Brother” house.
Friday Night Lights finally gets an Emmy nod.
Jon Gosselin is possibly writing a memoir.
Here are a few undiscovered DVD picks for the holiday.
ABC Family has a delightful new series “Huge.”
“Knight and Day” tanked at the box office, but there are many theories as to why.
Tim Howard has become my favorite soccer player as I learn to love the World Cup.
Thomas Kinkade was charged with allegedly drunk driving last weekend.
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 shined at the MTV Movie Awards.
Next season “Glee” will add a Christian character to the show.
Here are my picks for the best and worst movie remakes ever.
Dennis Hopper left a lasting legacy as an actor, artist, and icon.
Here is a personal ancedote about Gary Coleman and his longing for friendship.
“Lost” wasn’t the best , worst, or most controversial T.V. finale.
Here are a few favorite movies of mine that celebrate Jewish American heritage.
A new book makes more allegations about Scientology and Tom Cruise.
Kristin Chenoweth resents an author’s attack on gay actors.
Season four of “Friday Night LIghts” is the best yet.
A television award show that focuses on quality television happens May 5th.
Is Jill Zarin one more example of a Jewish stereotype we don’t need to see on TV?
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 […]
Here are some recommendations for movies influenced by William Shakespeare!
I have a few spoilers to share regarding tonight’s episode of Glee.
The late DIxie Carter often spoke about the importance of her Christian faith.
Should J.K. Rowling write another Harry Potter book?
Here are a few excellent movies that celebrate poetry and poets.
Actor Neal McDonough is fired for not doing sex scenes on set.
Two popular books by Christian authors are going to be made into feature films.
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 […]
Anne Rice speaks candidly about her faith at the I Am Second website.
“Breaking Bad” begins a new season.
Sandra Bullock may have split from husband Jesse James over his possible affair with a tattoo model.
Corey Haim died early Wednesday morning of a possible overdose.
Will the creation account from Genesis become a 3-D epic movie?
Here are my annual predictions for who will win Oscar.
Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide in LA this past weekend.
Jordan’s first Oscar hopeful is my DVD pick of the week.
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” is the Oscar season’s slam dunk winner.
< 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” is a new biopic about the poet John Keats.
CBS censors yet another Super Bowl ad.
Oscar noms have few surprises and not much mainstream popularity.
Katryn Bigelow makes history by winning the DGA award.
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 […]
A new film”Lourdes” is one of many movies with religious themes at Sundance.
Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock look to be the Oscar favorites.
A new series follows women as they decide whether or not to have an abortion.
Oscar contender “The Hurt Locker” is on DVD this week.
I think the news of Jay Leno returning to late night is good for Conan’s career.
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 […]
There is an entertaining new DVD out this week, “The Weather Gir.l”
“Christmas Story” is an altenative holiday treat.
My annual Festivus rant includes the poor treatment of “Friday Night Lights” and other pop culture wrongdoings.
“The Advent Conspiracy” – a new way to look at Christmas – has interest explodng on the internet.
Jon Gosselin must stop speaking to the press due to a court order.
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.
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 […]
Here are my top five picks for playing Saint Nick.
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 […]
Here are my choices for some great Advent devotionals for the season.
“Big Night”, though not about Thanksgiving, is a great holiday movie choice.
Susan Boyle’s debut is a bestseller and she is using the limelight to speak out about her past
FNL’s latest focuses on Julie Taylor’s thoughts on church.
Miley Cyrus is no fan of “Twilight.”
A documentary about Liberian women and their peaceful protest is now on DVD.
“Glee” shined with an inspiring look at those with disabilities.
A few surprising DVD picks to watch this Halloween.
Oscar winner Paul Haggis is leaving Scientology over their opposition to Proposition 8 and because of the rift it caused in his family.
The duo that became famous in the movie “Once” has a new album out called “Strict Joy.”
Is Suri Cruise really going to Catholic pre-school in Boston?
Michael Moore and Sean Hannity discussed how they have separate political and Christian views.
C.S. Lewis’ Novel “The Great Divorce” will be made into a movie.
A new documentary on the Rwandan genocide is available on DVD.
Paulist Productions releases a new documentary on forgiveness.
iTunes has a new vampire series “I Kissed a Vampire” and it debuts October 13th.
My favorite misanthrope doctor, Gregory House, returned to TV in the season premiere of “House” last night, but was he too nice?
One of my favorite shows, “Friday Night LIghts” just received the coveted Humanitas Prize for excellence in writing.
Former Pedro the Lion singer David Bazan has a new album out.
Michael Moore says he may not make any more documentaries.
Don Miller releases a sequel memoir to “Blue Like Jazz.”
Here are few favorite movies that celebrate the working class this Labor Day weekend.
Quentin Tarantino’s new movie about Jews torturing Nazis is a hit, but should it be?
The 80s cult classic ‘thirtysomething’ is now on DVD and I am thrilled about it.
Tony Dungy has agreed to mentor Michael Vick.
Mad Men season three premiere aired Sunday night.
Omarosa says she has heard God’s call to go to seminary.
Barbie dolls made to look like Bella and Edward from the hit “Twilight” series will be on sale in November.
Meryl Streep portrays pioneer feminist and foodie Julia Child.
My final advice for TLC star Kate Gosselin on life after Jon.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” 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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
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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