Advertisement

Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter

Bio

Howard K. Stern’s Arrest Provides a Little Justice for Anna Nicole Smith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s hard to believe it’s been a little over two years since Anna Nicole Smith died of a drug overdose. I remember writing about her death with a sense of sadness that this was one more Hollywood tragedy that really […]

Advertisement

Taking a Second Look at ‘Fireproof’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I certainly was unabashedly harsh in my review of the indie hit “Fireproof” a few weeks ago. Despite its grassroots success, the overtly religious and way-too-cheesy drama about a firefighter’s last ditch attempt to save his marriage is not what […]

Advertisement

‘Angry Conversations With God': A Snarky, Sweet, New Spiritual Memoir

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Spiritual memoirs were once a hot commodity in the Christian book market with reflective but accessible reads like Lauren Winner’s “Girl Meets God” and Donald Miller’s ” Blue Like Jazz” finding a wide audience. Of late, most inspirational memoirs seem […]

Advertisement

‘Meshugene Men': A Purim Parody

posted by Kris Rasmussen

You might have to be a die hard “Mad Men” enthusiast to appreciate this new video parody, in which ad execs at a Jewish firm try to come up with a campaign to market mayonnaise to Jews. There’s lots of […]

Shame on Me for Watching ‘The Bachelor: After the Final Rose’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Oh, the guilt, shame, and humiliation that comes with sinking to a new low. No, I am not talking about that despicable rascal Jason Mesnick, aka ABC’s latest manifestation of “The Bachelor.” Proving that all of the other dreamboat bachelors […]

Top 3 Books for Lent

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Every year, in addition to searching for books to help me reflect on Advent, I also look for thoughtful books to read during Lent.  I hunted on Amazon.com and stumbled upon some worthy new selections to add to my collection. Here are three choices that […]

U2’s ‘No Line on the Horizon’ Already Available on MySpace

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the most successful rock bands in history certainly knows how to exploit today’s technology. Though U2’s first recording in over four years is scheduled to debut on March 3, “No Line on the Horizon” is already getting rave […]

‘Crossing Delancey': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’m a little late in making a Valentine’s Day romantic comedy movie pick, but then again, who say s that some of us don’t need an even bigger reminder that true love is possible after Valentine’s Day is over, huh? […]

‘The Resurrected': Another Easter Epic Hits Theaters in 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Just last week I reported that a new movie about ” Mary, Mother of Christ” is scheduled to come to a theater near you next Easter season. Now Variety is reporting that another biblical film is also slated for an […]

Spirit Clips: Send a Movie Greeting to Someone You Love

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I may be a little late to appreciate the trend, I have become really fascinated with the whole explosion of movie content on the web these days. There’s a new company headed up by Oscar winner Rob Fried that […]

Oscar Predictions 2009

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My enthusiasm for this year’s Oscar extravaganza is at an all-time low, as I am disappointed in many of Oscar’s choices. Still, I can’t help but make my usual Oscar predictions. I like my odds this year of being right, […]

Joaquin Phoenix on ‘Letterman’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While promoting the movie “Two Lovers,” which is in theaters today (you can watch a clip from the film on Beliefnet’s Entertainment page), actor Joaquin Phoenix appeared on David Letterman’s talk show earlier this week, and, um, well, had a […]

‘Frozen River': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

When I support a movie underdog, I tend to bang the drum relentlessly. I have said before here at Idol Chatter, that “Frozen River ” is a great, completely overlooked film. Now that it is out on DVD this week, […]

Top 5 Movies to Beat the Midwinter Blues

posted by Kris Rasmussen

This time of year I long for some sunshine and even the tiniest sign of spring ‘s soon arrival. Alas, it has been one brutal winter in my neck of the woods, and in my community we have this great […]

‘Mary, Mother of the Christ': New Easter Epic For 2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

You might think that Hollywood has given up on sweeping Biblical epics after the so-so results of a movies like “The Nativity,” especially compared to the relatively high box office results of low-budget Christian films like “Fireproof,” but avid readers […]

‘The Deal': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I probably shouldn’t like the indie comedy “The Deal” as much as I do. There have been plenty of movies spoofing the bizarre wheelings and dealings of the filmmaking process, and many of them have been better than this screwball […]

Top ‘Haunting’ Moments in Film, Part 2

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Earlier this month I started a list of favorite “haunting” moments in film. Haunting moments aren’t necessarily inspiring in a feel-good, happy ending sense– though sometimes they can be. Instead they are those cinematic points in time that bring revelation […]

‘Fireproof': Not Exactly My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The last time I wrote about the film “Fireproof” I had admittedly not seen it yet. But now that it has become the indie hit of 2008 and has been released on DVD, I have taken the time to watch […]

‘FNL': The Best Feminist Drama on Television

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sure, I have already written about the spiritual themes, the social issues, and the family values of NBC’s best drama, “Friday Night Lights.” But watching the season three premiere of the show last week, I had a small revelation: For […]

2009 Oscar Nomineess: A Few Thoughts and Predictions

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Well, today’s Oscar nominations have left a movie buff like me feeling a lot of mixed emotions. There weren’t too many surprises–movies that received Golden Globe nods, such as “Frost/Nixon,” “Doubt,” and “Slumdog Millionaire” received plenty of nominations from Oscar […]

Spike Lee: God Wanted Obama to Be Prez

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have no idea how I missed this tidbit of insight from a Hollywood celebrity. Spike Lee went on MSNBC a few days ago and made the declaration that God caused all of the economic woes we are experiencing just […]

Top ‘Haunting’ Moments in Film, Part 1

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Because 2008 was a pretty lackluster year at the movies and because award season has kicked into high gear, I have been thinking about some of my favorite moments in film– more specifically, my favorite haunting moments. No, I’m not […]

‘FNL’ Returns to Its Roots Friday on NBC

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though it is extremely frustrating that the “Friday Night Lights” season finale has already aired this week on DirecTV, for the rest of us, the Dillon Panthers finally return to play football tomorrow night on NBC after too long of […]

Patrick Swayze Talks About Cancer with Barbara Walters

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Early last year reports surfaced that Patrick Swayze may only have weeks to live. Now almost a year later, the actor opened up to Barbara Walters last night in a TV interview that was, at least for Swayze fans, riveting. […]

The Death of Jett Travolta: What the Media Isn’t Asking

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The first tragic celebrity news of 2009 came way too early as reports quickly appeared on Friday that Jett Travolta, son of actor John Travolta and actress Kelly Preston, died in The Bahamas over the New Year’s holiday. Jett was […]

‘Home': My Top Spiritual Read of 2008

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I don’t find as much time as I used to for snuggling up with a good book, but when I do I relish the opportunity. One of the few fiction books I have had time to read in 2008 has […]

DVD Pick of the Week: ‘An American Carol’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Yes, there have been a thousand parodies of “A Christmas Carol,” but one I had never heard of was a movie that came out last fall for about a nanosecond, the gentle satire “An American Carol.” From the director of […]

‘Slumdog Millionaire': Is It Really One of the Year’s Best Films?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Slumdog Millionaire” has certainly made it to many end-of-the-year top 10 movie lists and even here at Idol Chatter there has been heaps of praise for its inspirational storyline.  So, when I finally braved yet another snowstorm to go see […]

‘Marley & Me': A Light Look at Love and Loss

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Initially I went to see the family comedy “Marley & Me” for a rather unusual reason. My physical therapist’s Florida home was featured in the movie. (Hey, where I’m from, that’s almost front page news.) I hadn’t read the book […]

Belated Festivus Greetings…and TV Disappointments

posted by Kris Rasmussen

December 23 was the imaginary holiday, Festivus, created on that infamous “Seinfield” episode where Frank Costanza invents the annual ceremony of telling your loved ones how they have disappointed you in the previous months.  Alan Sepinwall over at the Star-Ledger […]

‘Metropolitan': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While wracking my brain for an unusual but exceptional DVD choice this week for those of you about ready to head into Christmas vacation, I stumbled across Slate’s list of overlooked holiday movies and was delighted to find one of […]

Simon Cowell is More Famous Than God

posted by Kris Rasmussen

We all know Britney is popular and Miley Mania is everywhere, but British children are most impressed with snide “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell than they are with the Queen of England or God, according to an annual survey of […]

Best Holiday Moments in Film

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It only takes one line, one look, or one moment to make an ordinary holiday movie an instant classic (think Chevy Chase trying to light up the house in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”). On the other hand, some Christmas movies […]

John Patrick Shanley Wrestles with ‘Doubt’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There was a time when a playwright like the acclaimed John Patrick Shanley would not have considered an interview with Christians worth his time– even to promote a movie, even one with an overtly religious nature like his latest effort, […]

The Best of 2008 Movie Lists

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As Movie Mom has already pointed out, critics and major media outlets are posting their year-end lists of the best movies of 2008. Roger Ebert has published his, as has the prestigious National Board of Review and the Los Angeles […]

U2’s Christmas Exclusive Now Available at (Red) Wire

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Once again artists are taking their message to the web to reach their fans first. Those socially conscious rockers U2 have released a new Christmas tune, “I Believe in Father Christmas” over at (Red) Wire, along with several other top […]

Britney Spears’s Children Help Her Believe in God

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As part of a well-calculated comeback, Britney Spears is finally opening up–a little bit anyway–about her wild antics and failed marriage in an MTV documentary that aired last Sunday and will be available on demand at MTVs website starting today. […]

‘Happy-Go-Lucky': Looking at the Bright Side of Life

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The timing of the release of a movie that centers around a woman who is perpetually upbeat, no matter the circumstances, is pretty intriguing to me to say the least. Just as I thought the eccentric but heartwarming “Lars and […]

Best Advent Reads

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The first Sunday of the advent season comes a little early this year, right on the heels of Thanksgiving, and if you are looking for some inspiration to usher in this time of expectation and hope, I have some great […]

DVD Pick for Thanksgiving: ‘Pieces of April’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In searching for a not wholly traditional Thanksgiving-themed movie for my DVD pick, an often overlooked indie movie from a few years ago quickly came to mind. “Pieces of April” , a film which features a pre-Tom Cruise Katie Holmes […]

Germany Won’t Outlaw Scientology

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Germany has made no secret of their complete and utter distaste for Scientology in recent years. Last year, government officials dared to ban Tom Cruise from filming on location because of his Scientology affiliation. But that was really only one […]

‘Pushing Daisies’ Cancelled – Along With Two Other ABC Shows

posted by Kris Rasmussen

After weeks of speculation, the whimsical drama “Pushing Daisies”–along with “Eli Stone” and “Dirty Sexy Money”–was officially cancelled last week. In spite of numerous Emmy nominations and critical praise, the series about a pie maker who can bring people back […]

3 Reasons To Watch ’24: Redemption’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I was once a fan of the action drama “24” the first couple of seasons, I got tired of the show’s premise with its increasingly convoluted storylines. Don’t worry–fellow Idol Chatter blogger Doug Howe has continued to watch—and blog […]

Colbert’s TV Special Is an Early Christmas Gift

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert is turning his wry wit toward Christmas. His comedy special, “A Colbert Christmas” airs this Sunday at 10 p.m. and it will skewer the festivities of the season before the season’s really begun. As Colbert points […]

Madge’s Rules For Guy’s Time With Kids

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The tabloids have been busy covering what is allegedly the first custody visit of the kids as they spend time back in London with Guy Ritchie. The London Daily Mail has printed what it claims to be a long list […]

Top 10 Comfort Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Not long ago Movie Mom referenced a list of “comfort movies” posted over at movie lovers website Cinematical and then offered a few of her own personal preferences. In both cases, the concept of a comfort movie had more to […]

‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas': A Haunting Look at the Holocaust

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Certainly with the many movies made about the tragedy of the Holocaust–several which have been done brilliantly–it could be easy to steer clear of yet another bleak look at the horror of that time in history. Yet if there was […]

Atheist Richard Dawkins: ‘Don’t Read Harry Potter’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sure, fundamentalists like Movieguide’s Ted Baer have long been opposed to the evils of the Harry Potter book series, but would you believe that renowned atheist RIchard Dawkins agrees with him? In fact, the author of “The God Delusion” dislikes […]

Miley’s Older Man is a ‘Great Christian Guy’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Joel McHale over at “The Soup” has been skewering the alleged romantic relationship between tween queen Miley Cyrus and 20-year-old model Jason Gaston for weeks now. Pictures have surfaced of the two together almost everywhere in Los Angeles from fashion […]

The Gospel According to Ricky Gervais?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have long said that it is always a good idea here at Idol Chatter to have a favorite celebrity atheist. Mine used to be Kathy Griffin, but after reading an article over at Image Magazine, I’m thinking about making […]

Casting Crowns Fans Will Sing the Praises of ‘Peace on Earth’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It seems like almost every successful musical artist– Christian or not–feels an obligation to record Christmas music at some point and I often wonder why. I mean, how many different ways can you remake “Silent Night,” right? But then I […]

‘The Visitor': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The indie film “The Visitor” has already received high praise from fellow Idol Chatter bloggers this year, but it was difficult to find in theaters. Fortunately, this gentle story of a recently widowed professor who befriends a young Syrian man […]

Contemporary Christian Christmas…in October

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sure, it’s a little ridiculous that Christmas decorations are up at K-Mart already, but they aren’t the only ones jumping the gun on the Christmas season. The last two weeks have seen more than one popular Christian music group release […]

‘Billy: The Early Years': A Heartfelt Tribute to Graham

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It would be a Herculean task to try to encompass the entire career of the world’s most famous evangelist, Billy Graham, so when producers as well as director Robby Benson (yes, “Ice Castles” Robby Benson) decided to do a biopic, […]

Billy Graham and Woody Allen Talk Religion

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In an upcoming interview with actor Armie Hammer–the young man who portrays evangelist Billy Graham in the upcoming movie “Billy Graham: The Early Years”–he mentioned to me that his favorite bit of research for the film came from an interview […]

‘Nobody’s Fool': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I said earlier this week that I would recommend my favorite Paul Newman movie as my DVD Pick of the Week in remembrance of the great actor. “Nobody’s Fool ” is not only my favorite Newman movie, but it is […]

Letterman’s Tribute To Newman

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It made me sad all over again for what our culture has lost when I watched David Letterman’s classy, heartfelt tribute to the late Paul Newman. So many Idol Chatter readers have expressed their sadness over his death and appreciation […]

Kinnear Plays a ‘Genius’ on the Big Screen

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Actor Greg Kinnear has had pretty good luck playing the “every man” on screen–you know, those Jimmy Stewart kind of roles where an average American attempts to do the heroic or the impossible when no one believes he can. His […]

‘Religulous': Cheap Jokes, Little Laughter

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though based on some of the responses I have received about my last post on “Religulous”, it might be hard for Idol Chatter readers to believe I kept an open mind when I attended a screening of the film last […]

Clay Aiken: Still Southern Baptist and Still Gay

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I don’t really want to belabor the Clay Aiken “coming out” discussion here at Idol Chatter, but I have to say that after I caught his interview with Diane Sawyer, I stopped and did some thinking about what he had […]

Remembering Paul Newman: 1925-2008

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Several weeks ago, I posted about Paul Newman’s battle with cancer and the media speculation that he had stopped treatment and would return home to die. Sadly, on Saturday the announcement came that Newman passed away Friday night. The tributes […]

‘Fireproof': Ministry Over Art?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I haven’t seen the Christian movie “Fireproof”–which stars former “Growing Pains” star and currently Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron–but I have seen some of the other work that has come out of Sherwood Baptist Church by the Kendrick brothers (they brought […]

Clay Aiken (Finally) ‘Coming Out’ To People Magazine

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Yesterday Perez Hilton’s website revealed the new cover of People magazine in which Clay Aiken at long last tells America the obvious–he’s gay. As of Tuesday, the magazine only confirmed that Clay is on the cover with his newborn son, […]

My Emmy Highlights and Lowlights

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The Emmys is my least favorite award show to watch, mainly because the nominating process is tainted, and rarely do shows that the general public enjoys ever win, much less receive a nomination. But while some are calling last night’s […]

Top 10 Classic Christian Artists You (Probably) Haven’t Listened To

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I had so much fun creating my Top Ten Songs I Hate To Love list with some friends of mine, that I became nostalgic and decided to sift back through my archives one more time and pick out some of […]

Will Smith Denies Scientology Involvement–Again

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My fellow Idol Chatter bloggers and I have written before about how we believe Will Smith doth protest too much that he is not involved in Scientology. I have even questioned Smith’s claims that all religions are basically the same— […]

Attend a Sam Phillips Concert for Free!

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I am a huge fan, I have never made it to a Sam Phillips concert–not even when she played a Christian college a few hours away from me last week–but Monday night I will have a chance and I […]

Kenneth Cole Launches Soulful Ad Campaign

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I can’t claim to be much of a fashionista, but I have to admit that clothing and shoe designer Kenneth Cole’s latest ad campaign does a great job of being both slick and spiritual. The tagline for the campaign is […]

‘Awake My Soul': Inspirational Documentary Plays for Free

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As yet another example of how filmmakers are purposefully taking their production out of the hands of studios and going straight to the consumers, the critically acclaimed documentary “Awake My Soul” is now playing for free for a limited time […]

The Secrets and Lies Behind ‘Religulous’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’ve tried to hold off on expressing my thoughts and opinions about Bill Maher’s movie “Religulous” until closer to the movie’s official release date on October 3, but in the last few weeks there have been more and more early […]

Top 5 Back to School Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Some students–and teachers–have already been forced to give up their fun in the sun and others will be forced back into the world of textbooks and tests next week. (On the other hand, the cheers you are hearing are from […]

‘Blue Like Jazz’ Author Will Pray for the Democrats Tonight

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I utterly despise the political conventions of any party, I guess I am going to have to watch at least part of the Democratic National Convention tonight out of curiousity. It seems that Donald Miller, author of the spiritual […]

‘Hamlet 2′: To Laugh or Not to Laugh?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A lively debate has been going on here between Idol Chatter readers about the controversial comedy “Hamlet 2.” In particular the movie’s big musical number “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” has raised concerns for its irreverent content. I promised I would […]

‘Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

If you are as saddened as I am by the waning days of summer, I have the perfect movie for you. It’s a gentle, breezy, frothy, old-fashioned story that celebrates all that was once great about the good ole’ days. […]

Top 10 Christian Songs I Hate to Love

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My friends and I have been having fun lately emailing a list back and forth of what are the best of the worst Christian songs we grew up listening to. You know, those songs that are enjoyable, with lyrics you […]

‘Mad Men’s’ Catholic Confessions

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It might seem odd to have an episode focused on Easter when it’s August, but “Mad Men” is not exactly known for fitting the TV mold. The critically-acclaimed series set in the 60s advertising world usually revels, basks, and otherwise […]

‘Please Vote For Me': My DVD Pick for the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Because of the ongoing coverage of the Olympics in Bejing, I have to tell you about the best political movie in years, in stores next Tuesday, “Please Vote For Me.” The movie documents an experiment done with third graders in […]

Paul Newman: A True Hollywood Mensch

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though most of the celebrity news over the weekend focused on two celebrities who died somewhat unexpectedly, I was saddened by another, far quieter, announcement about a celebrity’s health status last week. Movie legend and philanthropist Paul Newman has been […]

Edwards’s Mistress Didn’t Like Wife’s ‘Energy’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

After roughly two weeks of virtually ignoring the National Enquirer’s breaking news of former presidential candidate John Edwards leaving a hotel after reportedly meeting with former employee Rielle Hunter– whom the magazine had previously claimed was having an affair with […]

Idol Chatter Triva Answer For This Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Okay, I admit it, the answer to this week’s trivia is really just another chance for me to gush about the best discovery I made all summer long: the TV series “Slings and Arrows,” which is available on DVD. When […]

‘Hamlet 2′ Uses ‘Sexy Jesus’ for Promotion

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Some movie studios are wary of religious controversy hurting the promotion of their film, but Focus Features is doing everything it can to encourage that controversy when it comes to the comedy “Hamlet 2.” The movie has little to do […]

My Indie Movie Picks from the Traverse City Film Festival

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I hate to admit I am feeling pretty beaten down and discouraged after this year’s trip to the Traverse City Film Festival, mainly because of the massive amounts of fear-mongering, condescending, political propaganda that, unlike other years, was everywhere I […]

This Week’s Summer Movie Trivia Question

posted by Kris Rasmussen

This week’s question is going to be a little tough, but I think readers are up to the challenge. Name the TV angel/ghost (depends on your point of view in this case) who said this: “I know, I’ve been doing […]

The Madg-ificent Premiere of Madonna’s ‘I Am Because We Are’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Yes, almost the entire pop culture world turned its eyes last Saturday might to…Traverse City, Michigan as Madonna came to town to screen her documentary “I Am Because We Are.” That might be a slight exaggeration but it certainly didn’t […]

‘Frozen River': Life on Thin Ice

posted by Kris Rasmussen

So far my favorite movie–okay, actually the only movie I have really enjoyed so far here at the Traverse City Film Festival– has to be “Frozen River.” It was a prize winner at Sundance earlier this year (Grand Jury Prize: […]

This Week’s Idol Chatter Summer Movie Trivia Answer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

This week’s vampire themed question– in honor of this weekend’s release of “Breaking Dawn”– was: What two-time Oscar winner was originally supposed to play Lestat in “Interview with a Vampire”? Idol chatter readers were right when they named several A-list […]

Moore’s Film Fest: Good Movies or ‘Theater of War’?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I have been known to disparage shock doc director Michael Moore’s films, I have also been quick to praise his efforts in creating a major film festival that has had a huge economic impact for my neck of the […]

Ask Michael Moore and Madonna a Question!

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s that time of year again, when I travel down the road just a bit to attend Michael Moore’s cinematic extravaganza, the Traverse City Film Festival. I will be attending numerous film screenings and panel discussions with celebs such as […]

Idol Chatter Summer Movie Trivia Question for this Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I hear there’s some book about vampires coming out this week and just a few people are really excited about it. Me, I have never been able to understand the fuss over vampire lore, and the “Twilight” series is no […]

‘Summercamp!': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Going to camp is a ritual almost everyone has experienced, but like every other cultural ritual, it sure has changed over time. At least that’s the conclusion I came to watching the sweet documentary : “Summercamp!”. Swift Nature Camp in […]

This Week’s Idol Chatter Movie Trivia Answer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Gary Oldham may be my favorite supporting actor of any comic book movie franchise.as Jim Gordon in the “Batman” movies. He has also enjoyed a long career playing a variety of interesting roles including the title role in “Bram Stoker’s […]

“X Files: I Want to Believe” Opens Today

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The long awaited return of Scully and Mulder is here. First up, Dana Scully made Beliefnet’s list of the Top 10 Spiritual Sci Fi Characters. Check out our list and let us know if you agree or disagree with the […]

Sherri Shepherd Apologizes to Barbara Walters

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Yesterday fellow Idol Chatter blogger Esther posted about Sherri Shepherd’s comments in a magazine interview about her painful past–including having abortions. But, of course, what’s making the rounds on the web today is not the part of the interview where […]

This Week’s Idol Chatter Trivia Question

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I decided that this week’s trivia question should: (a) fit in with the buzz around the recent megahit “The Dark Knight” and (b) be a little bit easier than the last trivia questions. So, this weeks question is: Which star […]

Heath Ledger: His iPod Lives On

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With the success of “The Dark Knight” and critical acclaim for Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker, much attention is being paid once again to his tragic death earlier this year.Co-star Aaron Eckhart shared an interesting story on “The Today […]

‘The Cleaner': Extreme Intervention for the Soul

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the new summer series on TV is “The Cleaner” on A & E. If you like “The Closer” or “Saving Grace,” you will like this series, which premiered last week, about a recovering addict, WIlliam Banks (Benjamin Bratt). […]

‘Mamma Mia': Summer Movie Fun For Some

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Whether or not you’ll enjoy watching the big screen version of the hit musical “Mamma Mia” will largely depend on your expectations. If you expect it to be as good as last year’s adaptation of “Hairspray,” you will likely be […]

‘Penelope’ and ‘In Bruges': My DVD Picks of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Once again Idol Chatters are about to get a glimpse into the scattered and dissonant nature of my soul as revealed through my movie choices. When thinking of recent DVD releases to pick, I felt obligated to recommend the sweet, […]

Miley Cyrus: A Week of Sex, God, and a Slip of the Finger

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While Miley Cyrus is on the cover of the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine promoting her new album and new movie–as well as virginity and the fact that God is one of the seven things she can’t do without–I […]

This Week’s Idol Chatter Movie Trivia Answer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Earlier this week I posted the trivia question “How many Oscar winners have planned Satan in the movies?” Though Hollywood has featured the Devil in many movies–from the ridiculous Adam Sandler comedy “Little Nicky” to the thriller “End of Days”– […]

Yoko Loses Lawsuit; ‘Expelled’ May Be Back In Theaters

posted by Kris Rasmussen

If you are like me and you didn’t get a chance to see Ben Stein’s controversial documentary before it was pulled from theaters due to a lawsuit brought by John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, you may have another chance in […]

This Week’s Idol Chatter Summer Movie Trivia Question

posted by Kris Rasmussen

For this weeks summer movie trivia question I thought I’d try the flip side of last week’s movie question about angels, and started thinking about the famous actors who have played Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub–you get the idea. So today I’m […]

‘My Life With My Sister Madonna': Little Brother Tells All

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Writing about family secrets has always been a death sentence for celebrity family ties. Britney Spears is allegedly still outraged about Mama Spears’s book coming out later this year. Jennifer Aniston is supposedly still distant from her mom because she […]

‘Hellboy’ Actor Says Movie Deepened His Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I admit to knowing very little about the “Hellboy” franchise, but one of the more interesting tidbits I found surfing the web this past weekend was on Doug Jones, an actor featured in both “Hellboy” movies as well as other […]

This Week’s Summer Movie Trivia Answer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

On Wednesday I posted the Idol Chatter movie trivia question for the week: How many Oscar winners have played angels on the big screen? The answer is a little tricky because several actors have played angels and also have received […]

Polygamist Fashion: This Year’s Hot New Clothing Trend?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’ve heard of taking life’s lemons and making lemonade, but the award for making the best of a bad situation has to go to the women from the polygamous sect referred to as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of […]

‘God’s Pottery’ and ‘Last Comic Standing': Legit About Jesus?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Like fellow Beliefnet writer Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck I have noticed the comedy duo “God’s Pottery” who have made it to the finals of “Last Comic Standing.”At first, I was simply put off by their over-the-top mannerisms, their […]

Summer Movie Trivia, Idol Chatter Style!

posted by Kris Rasmussen

We here at Idol Chatter been having so much fun with our top ten movie lists this summer, that we decided to go one step further and start a little trivia game. Actually, we borrowed the idea from our new […]

‘American Teenager': Hit Ratings for Christian Stereotypes

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I ran a preview of “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” last week because I was hopeful it could be an intelligent new summer series. It seems others were equally optimistic because the show debuted to the highest ratings […]

“Hancock”: Half of a Super Movie

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Will Smith has a long history of “owning” the box office during the 4th of July holiday. He’s had more movies open in the top slot during the holiday than any other movie star I can think of. So it […]

‘American Teenager’ Premieres Tonight

posted by Kris Rasmussen

From the creative forces behind “7th Heaven” comes ‘Secret Life of the American Teenager,’ a new drama series about teen angst and family ties. It features Molly RIngwald as – gasp – the mom, not the teenager. Specifically, she’s the […]

‘In America': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As we all set out to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend (and even though I have recommended several excellent Fourth of July films already), I decided it was time to dig back into my film archives and pull […]

Top Five Movies That Celebrate The American Dream

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Most of us will be cooking out and watching fireworks this Fourth of July, but just in case your festivities get rained out or you’re looking for something for the family to watch together, here are some of my favorite […]

N.T. Wright Talks Heaven on ‘The Colbert Report’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Bishop and popular author N.T. Wright recently stopped by “The Colbert Report” to debate the afterlife, once again proving no one does late-night religion better than Colbert. Here’s how the discussion went:

‘Wall-E': My First Must-See Movie of the Summer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have been pretty much MIA at the cineplex this summer. There just hasn’t been much that has made me feel I absolutely had to give up my beach time to go to the theater. But I am rushing to […]

‘The Shack': Word of Mouth Makes Christian Novel a Best-Seller

posted by Kris Rasmussen

James Patterson. Nora Roberts. Paulo Coelho. Stephanie Meyer. All names I would expect to find on the New York Times best-sellers list. But the current publishing buzz surrounds the number one soft-cover fiction book in the country right now– a […]

Laura Wilkinson May Give the U.S. Another Golden Moment

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though the Beijing Olympics are still over a month away, NBC is giving viewers plenty of opportunity to see what the U.S. athletes are made of as they broadcast both diving and gymnastics team trials last weekend. I watched the […]

Gospel Music Channel Creates Original TV Series

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As web series and other alternative outlets continue to diversify the media landscape, the Gospel Music Channel has announced that it will create original series programming for the 2008-2009 season. A sketch comedy show called “Comedy Quickies” and drama entitled […]

Top 5 Worst Reality TV Shows Ever

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s easy to complain about the glut of reality TV this summer–“Celebrity Circus,” “Wipe Out,” “High School Musical: The Series,” etc. But then I started thinking about it, and really, reality TV has actually improved–generally speaking–from where it started. Anyone […]

Joe Eszterhas: From ‘Hollywood Animal’ to ‘Crossbearer’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the most notorious screenwriter/producers of modern movies, Joe Eszterhas, is releasing a memoir this fall in which he reveals how he went from writing tawdry hits like “Basic Instinct” and “Showgirls” to finding a relationship with God. Blogger […]

‘Four Months': A Forgotten Abortion Tragedy

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s tough to recommend a movie as bleak as “Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days.” It’s certainly not fluffy, escapist summertime fare. However, the movie, which won at the Cannes Film festival last year, does what great films should do– […]

Top 10 Inspiring TV Fathers

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Some TV dads are just buffoons, and others are sterling examples of exactly what not to do, but throughout the years, TV has idealized, even immortalized, the qualities of fatherhood. Just in time for Father’s Day, I have put together […]

Disney Star Selena Gomez Latest to Vow Abstinence

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Move over Miley Cyrus, because there’s a new girl at Disney who is carving out an image as a chaste role model for teens. Selena Gomez, star of the series “Wizards of Waverly Place” has told the tabloid show “Extra” […]

‘Son of Rambow': A Colorful Adventure for Everyone

posted by Kris Rasmussen

If you’re like me and you’re already burned out on CGI-laden blockbusters at the cineplex, I have the perfect movie anecdote for you— though it may be hard to find. The coming-of-age story “Son of Rambow” is in limited release […]

‘Flawless': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In my quest to unearth hidden movie gems this summer season, I have stumbled across a heist movie I have heard little about. In fact, heist movies aren’t really my thing, but “Flawless” out on DVD this week, is an […]

Spurlock Spends Another ’30 Days’ in Someone Else’s Shoes

posted by Kris Rasmussen

One of the few reality shows that attempts to do more than humiliate or promise a career is Morgan Spurlock’s (“Supersize Me”) FX series “30 Days.” The third season debuts tonight and continues Spurlock’s premise of learning life lessons by […]

‘Sex’ Doesn’t Get Better With Age

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The truth be told, I was never a big fan of “Sex and the City” when it was on the air—at least not until the last season— and always felt like I was so tragically un-hip for not getting what […]

Tom Cruise Launches Official Website

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Talk about getting in late on a hot trend. Celebrities from George Clooney to Rosie O’Donnell have had their own websites or blogs for a long time now, but Tom Cruise has only just this past week launched his own […]

Top 5 TV Series on DVD For Summer Viewing

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Summertime has become a time for me to catch up on TV series I haven’t had time to watch during the rest of the year, or, in some instances, foreign TV series that I have never even heard of, or […]

Sam Phillips ‘Don’t Do Anything’ Is Really Something

posted by Kris Rasmussen

My love of Sam Phillips’s music is unabashedly deep and goes back many years. I have listened to her distinctive voice since I was a little girl, when she went by the name Leslie Phillips and was busy fighting the […]

‘Shakespeare Behind Bars': The Sequel

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There are a handful of movies that I can say have not only inspired me, but haunted me. A little-seen documentary from three years ago “Shakespeare Behind Bars’ has been one of those movies. The stories surrounding a group of […]

Top 5 ‘Indy’ Moments

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With one of pop culture’s favorite heroes having just returned to the big screen in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” after too many years away, many sites are posting their all-time favorite Indiana Jones moments. I […]

‘Tooth of Crime': T-Bone Sinks His Teeth Into a New Recording

posted by Kris Rasmussen

‘Prince Caspian': Lewis’s Paradise Gets Lost

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I agree with critics and fellow IC blogger Paul that “Prince Caspian” was an entertaining film that is better production-wise that its cinematic predecessor, “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” and that certainly not all of the spirituality […]

Tommy Walker’s Latest Resounds With ‘Hope’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Since I am not a big follower of the ever-increasing amount of Christian worship music available, I may never have stumbled across Tommy Walker’s music if it hadn’t been for my time in Los Angeles in the ’90s where every […]

‘The Great Debaters': DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Revealing the true geek that I am, I must admit I’m always hoping that one day someone will make a truly great movie about the art form and rhetorical skills of debate. The teen comedy “Rocket Science” wasn’t it and […]

How a Jew Becomes ‘Rapture Ready’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It was just a few weeks ago that I blogged about the interesting piece Daniel Radosh wrote for the New York Times on what he thinks are the top ten Christian songs. Then I read a review of the self-proclaimed […]

Christian Filmmaker Makes Debut at Cannes This Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

In addition to the typical big-name high profile movie fare that usually debuts at the Cannes Film Festival, Sean Penn, this year’s Cannes Jury President, has handpicked an unlikely documentary to also make its debut this week. “The Third Wave” […]

Oprah and Tom: Blind Faith or Blind Ambition?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Because one hour of television devoted to Tom Cruise talking about himself just isn’t enough, today will mark the second half of Tom Cruise’s attempt at PR damage control by returning to the scene of his couch-jumping crime on “Oprah.” […]

‘Prince Caspian': Will this Sequel Be Better than “Wardrobe”?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I can remember being somewhat overwhelmed with the amount of attention given to the big screen adaptation of “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and I didn’t think it quite lived up to the hype. But […]

Top 10 Inspiring Dance Movies Ever

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Dancing has always been a movie metaphor for celebrating your spirit and following your dreams. I think that is why shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and even the cheesy ones like “So You Think You Can Dance?” are so […]

Finally, a Doctor is in the ‘House’ Again

posted by Kris Rasmussen

For me personally, one of the worst side effects of the writers’ strike has been the lack of fresh “House’ episodes. No other series is so consistently smart, witty, and thought-provoking. On tonight’s episode, I will once again able to […]

My Gospel Music Award Predictions

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Christian music’s big chance to shine happens tonight when the Gospel Music Awards, or the Dove Awards, are given for outstanding commercial–and occasionally critical–success on the airwaves this year. Instead of being televised weeks later, as in years past, the […]

Top 10 Christian Songs…According to a Jew

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The New York Times published a really interesting top ten list by Daniel Radosh on his “Paper Cuts” blog. Radosh, a self-proclaimed secular Jew gives a smart, spot-on assessment of Christian music by listing his top ten favorite Christian songs […]

Kidman Wants Kids Out of Scientology

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I rarely see it said explicitly in the press, it has always been obvious to me that Nicole Kidman lost primary custody of her adopted children in her divorce from Tom Cruise and that Scientology no doubt has had […]

Kareem Hears a Racist ‘Horton’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I wasn’t really that surprised when I read that theabortion debate somehow wormed its way into the release of the big screen adaptation of “Horton Hears A Who”, you could have knocked me over with a tiny, purple flower […]

‘Lars and the Real Girl': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I believe there were a handful of movies last year that served as a type of litmus test for your own personal level of cynicism and disenchantment about the world. “Juno” was one of those movies, but the tiny indie […]

‘X-Files’ Wants Us to Believe in New Sequel

posted by Kris Rasmussen

How do you know a movie is a cult classic with numerous devout followers? When the announcement of the title of the latest chapter in that icon’s history receives attention from every major media outlet. The intriguing title of the […]

‘Desperate’ For Faith?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Who would have thought that the saucy, sassy, soapy “Desperate Housewives” would have returned after a strike-imposed hiatus with a smart and spiritual storyline? Definitely not me. I tuned in last night out of curiosity over any new programming, and […]

A New Chapter for Miller and ‘Blue Like Jazz’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Five years ago Thomas Nelson Publishers took a chance on a relatively unknown author, Donald Miller, and published a slightly unorthodox memoir, “Blue Like Jazz.” The word of mouth for the raw and reflective anecdotes in the book soon had […]

‘Billy: The Early Years’ Begins Filming

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Billy Graham, one of the most influential evangelicals in history, is finally due for the big screen treatment. Variety reports that an independent film production has begun shooting the bio pic in Tennessee. Without any sex scandals or other juicy […]

My Own Personal Bucket List

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There’s an interesting discussion going on in the Beliefnet community that ties to a movie I admit I haven’t seen, “The Bucket List.” The idea is to challenge yourself to think about what is on your own personal “bucket list.” […]

‘Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Though I have a few friends and acquaintances who are die-hard fans of “Battlestar Galatica”, I have stubbornly refused to believe the show is as good as they say. They wax poetic about the writing, the acting, the deep spiritual […]

‘Real World’ Reunion: Top 5 Favorite Cast Members

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s difficult—if not a little depressing—to believe that the “Real World” franchise is now 15 years old. Love the series or hate it, it undoubtedly has influenced pop culture and had much to do with the boom of reality programming […]

Miley Thanks Jesus at Kids’ Choice Awards

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Up until recently, teen queen Miley Cyrus has let her Christian faith be more implied than overtly stated. But recent red carpet appearances—not to mention her interview with Barbara Walters—have found Miley giving more and more sound bytes about Jesus. […]

Jamie Lynn To Say ‘I Do’?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With big sis Britney seeming somewhat stable for the moment, I guess it’s time for the other Spears sibling to make some headlines— just in case the tabloids can’t find another celeb family to fill their pages. There were gossip […]

‘Autism: The Musical’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’m an easy sell for watching most musicals, but I especially appreciate the art form when it celebrates the best of humanity and the redemptive power of the creative process. HBO’s latest documentary “Autism: The Musical” does both of those […]

Will Lenny Kravitz Start a Celibacy ‘Revolution’?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As rocker Lenny Kravitz is about to begin an international tour to promote his first studio album (“It’s Time for a Love Revolution”) in four years, he has also been promoting something very un-rock ‘n roll like–celibacy. But the man […]

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Goes Pro

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I believe it is both a strength and a weakness of my nature that I simply have to rant when I see a social injustice— be it big or small—being perpetrated on the masses. And that is why I simply […]

Will Smith: Still Not a Scientologist

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It seems more and more of the media are no longer afraid to take shots at Scientology and the celebs who may or may not be a part of their flock. The latest expose of the cult–and it seems like […]

Top 10 Inspiring Songs For Holy Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While Easter cantatas are in their final stages of dress rehearsal all over America this week, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on my favorite songs that I feel symbolize the meaning of Holy Week for me—the […]

‘Jezebel James’ Marks the Return of The Original Gilmore Girl

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I can’t imagine anyone admiring “Gilmore Girls” co-creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s writing more than I do. I still feel the loss of visiting Stars Hollow a year after it has gone off the air. Tonight, Fox is bringing Sherman-Palladino and her […]

Cruise’s Marriage To Katie Not His First Choice?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Certainly one of the tenets of my day-to-day spiritual walk is the firm belief that whatever is done in darkness will eventually come to light. So while I am not into celebrity gossiping or tabloid-mongering, I had to smile for […]

‘FNL’ Renewed By NBC in Overtime Once Again

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Just when I have almost no faith left that the networks will value the primetime drama over cheaply-produced reality show garbage, I find a glimmer of hope on the television horizon. Though the fictional Dillon Panthers never finished their second […]

Top 5 Most Charitable Celebs

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Oprah hit it big last Sunday with her new philanthropic reality series “The Big Give.” Angelina Jolie has made more headlines for her recent op-ed piece on Iraq in the Washington Post than for her latest baby bump. Clearly, being […]

‘Duets': Anne Murray’s Latest Isn’t Quite Legendary

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While not particularly a fan of Anne Murray’s mellow croonings about love and loss, I was curious about her latest effort “‘Duets: Friends and Legends.” I enjoy it when unlikely combination of singers join together to create a fresh twist […]

‘Relentless': Natalie Grant’s Latest Album Rocks

posted by Kris Rasmussen

To be quite honest, sometimes I find it a little difficult to distinguish between one pretty, young, new contemporary Christian female artist and another. I miss the days of Leslie Phillips, Jennifer Knapp, and Maggie Becker at her best. So […]

The ‘Other’ Oscars Were So Much More Inspiring

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The Oscar broadcast last night was okay. Too many montages and a few upsets in my predictions (rats!). Stewart was funny, but it wasn’t his “A” game (The best line being “‘Atonement’. Finally a movie that captures the raw passion […]

The Best Line You Didn’t Hear at the Oscars

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Blogger and fantasy author extraordinaire, Jeffrey Overstreet, came up with a brilliant joke last night as he blogged the Oscars. If only he could have IM’d it to John Stewart so he could have used it. Jeffrey, in referencing “Wicked” […]

Miley Cyrus Says Her Destiny Is To Bring Hope

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I’ll be honest. The whole Miley Cyrus phenomenon makes me a little nervous. Not even Hilary Duff at the height of her “Lizzie Maguire” fame was invited to present at the Oscars and do a sit down with Barbara Walters, […]

My Predictions for Oscar

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The movie geek in me loves the idea of posting my Oscar predictions every year here at Idol Chatter, so that I have the opportunity to feel either smug or chagrined over my prognosticating prowess. However, this year I feel […]

“There Will Be Blood”: The Most Over-Hyped Oscar Contender

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The only movie I haven’t been able to cross off my Oscar nominated must-see list has been the dark, sweeping, would-be epic, “There will be Blood.” I’ve had plenty of opportunities to listen to the rave reviews as well as […]

Top 5 Worst Romantic Comedies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

As a singleton who recently survived one of my least favorite holidays, I know this list is going to sound incredibly jaded. But I am not bashing all romantic comedies.There is nothing wrong with an occasional harmless diversion into that […]

Writers’ Strike Ends, But It’s Not All Good News

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Yes, it is official that the Writers Guild of America has reached an agreement with Hollywood producers to go back to work, and while I join my fellow blogger Donna in celebrating that the writers’ received at least some of […]

Sanctus Real: ‘We Need Each Other’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It is a trend of many Christian music groups these days to find a niche in the mainstream market and distinguish themselves with an edge that helps distance them from that dreaded Contemporary Christian Music label. Pop rockers Sanctus Real […]

Hollywood’s ‘Anonymous’ Scientology Protest

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A few weeks ago here at Idol Chatter we posted about Anonymous, a group of internet-based folks dedicated to exposing the lies of Scientology. Well, Saturday was declared an official day for protesting Scientology and according to reports by the […]

My Top 3 Grammy Moments

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I don’t usual watch the Grammys but something about this year’s nominees and the promise of some legendary match-ups on stage (Aretha and BeBe Winans, Beyonce and Tina Turner) made me want to tune in. And while I am sure […]

“The Assassination of Jesse James…”: DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There are very few Westerns that I have been able to sit through, much less actually enjoy, and at two-plus hours I didn’t think I would really make it all the way through the latest adaptation of the life of […]

“House”: Dr. Yahweh?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Television’s crankiest yet most lovable doctor, Gregory House, has finally returned with fresh episodes, and last night’s storyline proved that the doc is an equal opportunity religious offender. House has mocked Christians many times for faith in a God who, […]

Former ‘Clean Flicks’ Owner Caught in Dirty Dealings

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It was only two years ago that federal courts ordered two DVD rental companies that specialized in distributing “scrubbed” versions of movies (in other words, movies that have had all offensive content such as profanity and nudity removed) to cease […]

‘Friday Night Lights': Why Are The Christians So Boring?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Just last week, I proclaimed my renewed loyalty to “Friday Night Lights” as it righted some of its obvious wrongs from earlier in the season. I still stand by that decision, but last Friday’s episode frustrated me because it highlighted […]

‘The Devil Came On Horseback': DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Several documentaries have focused on the plight of the people of Darfur recently (“Darfur Now”) but one that has made the top ten list of several of my favorite film critics is “The Devil Came On Horseback”. While it is […]

Still Feelin’ Some Love For Oscar

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Unlike some of my other bloggers, try as I might, I just can’t be cynical or grumpy about this year’s Oscar nominations. They are a far cry better than last year’s popular choices of “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Departed.” […]

“Jesus People” –“Snatched Up” by Will Ferrell

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With the ongoing writers’ strike depriving me of my favorite television shows, I have finally joined the masses in checking out the vast material on YouTube and similar sites to find some entertainment. Idol Chatter has already covered the irreverent […]

“Friday Night Lights” Redeems Itself

posted by Kris Rasmussen

With only one original episode left, it might be a little late for me to say that “Friday Night Lights” has finally returned to at least a semblence of its former greatness. Now that Landry/Tyra murder storyline is finally over, […]

‘Saving Sarah Cain': Fox’s Latest Look At Faith

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While Christian publishing has profited greatly from the trend of major movie studios looking to capitalize on the Christian marketplace, the average evangelical movie buff can’t say the same. Instead, we are treated to low-budget, unchallenging fare such as Fox […]

“Wide Awake”: DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

New DVD releases have provided slim pickings for anyone looking for some quality movie watching, so I have decided to go back in time and mention a little-seen but favorite movie of mine that is great viewing for the whole […]

Cruise is Second Most Powerful Scientologist

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It’s no wonder the Writers Guild brokered a deal with actor Tom Cruise recently to make him the only studio head who can cross the picket line. According to Andrew Morton’s new book (Morton is best known for his Princess […]

Cruise and the WGA Reach a New Deal

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I have wondered often to myself in the last week how long it would take for another celebrity to borrow David Letterman’s strategy of creating an independent agreement with the striking Writers Guild of America so their production company can […]

Letterman, Leno & The Writers Strike: Who’s Really Winning?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Last night, I was doing a victory dance in my PJs as I watched David Letterman’s return to late night TV. I have not only become a rabid fan of the Letterman writers’ strike blog, where the writing staff of […]

Joint New Year’s Resolutions: For Me and the Stars

posted by Kris Rasmussen

There is an interesting article over at Salon about how in 2007 the toxic relationship between the media, celebrities, and the average consumer has hit new levels of lunacy. Well, I certainly can’t argue with that. And while some of […]

My Top Ten Movies of 2007

posted by Kris Rasmussen

This has been a surprisingly good year for movies and I am thrilled to say that it was difficult to limit my list of favorite movies to ten. (Last year I had a difficult time even finding ten to make […]

“Sweeney Todd”: The Demon Lives On

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While I have never understood the fascination with continuing to remake the bizarre story of demonic barber Sweeney Todd, I have to admit that when I saw the dazzling, completely innovative spectacle of the Tony winning Broadway revival of ‘Sweeney […]

Top Four Holiday TV Episodes

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Two years ago I posted a list here at Idol Chatter of some of my favorite Christmas episodes of some of my favorite TV shows of years past. I’ve decided to trot out a revised version of that list. Are […]

“Facts of Life” Star Supports Spears

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Whenever there’s a child star crisis — for example, the Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy announcement– it seems to bring numerous other former child stars out of the woodwork to comment. Both People Magazine and ABC News felt it was newsworthy […]

“Once”: DVD Pick of the week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Unless you attended a film festival this year or you happen to live in New York or Los Angeles, you undoubtedly missed one of the best films of the year. I raved about the romantic drama “Once” this summer because […]

Top Four Picks For Best Christmas Gifts 2007

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I don’t profess to know what Jesus would buy, but if you are still searching for a few fresh ideas for Christmas gifts, here are my four favorite new religious products of the Christmas season.

“No Country for Old Men”: Mayhem, Mercy and a Big Date with Oscar

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Joel and Ethan Coen became filmmaking legends in their own time with their brutal crime caper “Fargo” back in the 90s. They reached beyond their cult indie filmmaking status with the mainstream success of their dark comedy “O Brother Where […]

“Midnight Clear”: DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

After success at several film festivals this year, director/producer Dallas Jenkins second feature film (he produced “Hometown Legend” a few years back), the unconventional Christmas story, “Midnight Clear, is out on DVD this week. Based on a short story written […]

Two New “Golden Compass” Commentaries Worth Reading

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Have I mentioned I am not interested in continuing the discussion over “The Golden Compass?” I’m pretty sure I have, but I have been following two critics in particular who have written on the subject at length, and they both […]

Previous Posts

90 Minutes in Heaven Hits Theaters Sept 11th
90 Minutes in Heaven is the film based on Don Piper, who died in a highway accident, experienced heaven and returned to face severe physical, emotional and spiritual challenges—has landed a distribution deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films. The ...

posted 11:32:37am Aug. 26, 2015 | read full post »

WM. Paul Young's Book "Eve" Hits Shelves Soon
After selling 25 million copies of his bestseller The Shack, author WM. Paul Young has written a new novel that will be one of the best books of our time - Eve. When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the ...

posted 12:01:28pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

The True Story Behind ‘Woodlawn’ Will Amaze You
The highly-anticipated film, ‘Woodlawn’ is a powerful story of courage, strength, and football in the midst of impassioned racial tensions in Birmingham, Alabama in the early ‘70s. New football coach, Tandy Gerelds was struggling to put ...

posted 9:04:51am Aug. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Little Boy Releases on DVD & Blu-ray
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_BdzqsIX6A[/youtube] The great inspirational tale about a seven-year-old boy and his efforts to bring his father back from the way, otherwise known as Little Boy, releases on Blu-ray and DVD today ...

posted 8:41:11am Aug. 18, 2015 | read full post »

For Real? Starbucks Will Offer Pumpkin in Fall Fav
I was pretty disappointed to find that Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte had no pumpkin in it. I ...

posted 6:00:37am Aug. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.