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“Studio 60″ & Those “Crazy Christians,” Part 2

posted by kris rasmussen

Censorship and the religious right will once again take center stage during primetime tonight on Aaron Sorkin’s “Saturday Night Live”-inspired backstage drama, “Studio 60.” At the end of last week’s debut, new network president Jordan McDeere gave writer/producers Matt Albie […]

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Not-So-Ordinary “Heroes” Debuts On NBC

posted by kris rasmussen

The success of any heroic journey in fiction is based on the premise that the hero is an ordinary person who is endowed with special powers and is sent on a special quest to fulfill his or her destiny. NBC’s […]

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“Jericho” & The End of The World

posted by kris rasmussen

Perhaps the best way to describe last night’s debut of the CBS series “Jericho” is that it is something like “Lost” meets “Left Behind.” The show borrows storytelling devices from both, but with only moderate success. Last night’s pilot introduced […]

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“Studio 60″ & the Not-So-Crazy Christian

posted by kris rasmussen

Sure, we’re happy to see Matthew Perry return to television, especially alongside those enjoyable “West Wing” folks like Bradley Whitford and Timothy Busfield. But the biggest reason many of us will be tuning in tonight to the premiere of “Studio […]

Graham’s Latest Big Tent Revival Comes To TV

posted by kris rasmussen

Past Billy Graham television specials have focused on issues such as divorce or on cities in ruin, such as hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. But the latest evangelistic crusade, broadcast from Baltimore, asks the question, “Do you know where your children are?” […]

Health, Healing & Happinesss for “House”?

posted by kris rasmussen

No character on television represents my own spiritual journey better than Gregory House, protagonist of FOX’s “House.” Flawed yet searching, abrasive in his search for answers, Dr. House has gone through a series of challenges, culminating with last season’s near-death […]

“The Road To 9/11″ Paved With Controversy

posted by kris rasmussen

Despite protests, petitions, and threats of boycott, the first part of ABC’s mini-series “The Road to 9/11″ aired last night. Many political pundits and liberal media watchdogs were crying foul–even though some of them hadn’t seen an advance copy of […]

NBC’s VeggieTales Adventure

posted by kris rasmussen

Starting this Saturday, NBC’s new morning children’s programming will feature a goofy cucumber, a spunky tomato, and some very cute French peas. Yes, Big Idea Productions, the force behind the hugely successful VeggieTales series of videos, recently signed a deal […]

“This Film” Rates Some Discussion

posted by kris rasmussen

While the general public is familiar with the MPAA ratings that accompany the movies they watch–G, PG, PG-13, R–and what the ratings mean, it is safe to say that most moviegoers don’t really know, or care, what the Motion Picture […]

Dylan Sings About The Signs Of Our “Times”

posted by kris rasmussen

While not necessarily a huge fan of his music, I have been reading with great interest the different interpretations that publications like Rolling Stone and the New York Times have been giving the “Modern Times”, the new CD by iconic […]

Tom Gets Dumped By Paramount: His Behavior, or Their Greed?

posted by kris rasmussen

Has all of the couch jumping and Suri speculation finally caught up with Tom Cruise? In a surprise announcement yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Viacom exec Sumner Redstone claimed that Paramount–Viacom’s movie arm–is terminating its 14-year business relationship with […]

Bruce Cockburn’s Faith Reminds Us: “Life Short Call Now”

posted by kris rasmussen

I’m not sure the mainstream music industry has ever given Canadian folk-rocker Bruce Cockburn his due along side the likes of Paul Simon, James Taylor, or even Bob Dylan. And I know that the Christian music industry has never known […]

Hollywood Celebs Do Battle With Hezbollah

posted by kris rasmussen

I love it when Hollywood celebs go out on a limb, take the moral high road, or decide to influence the complex nature of world politics by taking out a newspaper ad. Dozens of celebrities and Hollywood execs, including Nicole […]

War, Terrorism, & Conspiracy Theories at A Theater Near You

posted by kris rasmussen

As if this past week’s orange and red security threat alerts aren’t making us nervous enough, there are a slew of documentaries coming out soon on DVD or working their way across the country in limited release at art-house movie […]

“Miss Sunshine” Is Morally Cloudy

posted by kris rasmussen

While I almost always agree with what fellow blogger Tim Hayne has to say–and I appreciate that he seems to be a fellow enthusiast of slightly darker, indie films–I found myself disagreeing with him after watching “Little Miss Sunshine.” While […]

Michael Moore & Me at the Movies

posted by kris rasmussen

The Sundance Film Festival has Robert Redford. Tribeca has De Niro. And the film community in Michigan… well… we have the polarizing docudrama director and producer Michael Moore. Yes, filmmakers from Hollywood as well as Iran, South Africa, and Italy […]

Oh, Baby, Baby! Britney Night at the Ballpark

posted by kris rasmussen

Pop star diva and tabloid darling Britney Spears made a surprising appearance at a minor league ball game in New Jersey last weekend–sort of. The Newark Bears hosted a “Britney Spears Safety Night,” using Britney’s numerous “oops” parenting moments–including an […]

Allen Manages To “Scoop” Up A Few Laughs

posted by kris rasmussen

Though Woody Allen’s last movie, “Matchpoint,” was a dark psychological thriller, Allen is still most recognized for his unique brand of screwball comedy. Allen once again throws together eccentric characters, mix-ups, and mayhem in his latest effort, “Scoop,” but this […]

Does it Take “30 Days” To Change Our Culture?

posted by kris rasmussen

Could 30 days walking in someone else’s shoes change what you believe? That’s the premise of what is perhaps the one truly intelligent reality TV series on the tube this summer–Morgan Spurlock’s (“Supersize me”) FX series “30 Days.” Premiering for […]

“Lady In the Water” Story Sinks

posted by kris rasmussen

In the last few days, I have found more articles debating what in the world has happened to director M. Night Shymalan’s career than I have found positive reviews about his latest movie, “Lady in the Water.” Not exactly good […]

Disney Ditches “R”-Rated Movies

posted by kris rasmussen

The Mouse House is promising to become more family friendly than ever with plans to release 10 live-action and animated films per year under the Disney name–none of which will be rated “R.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney Studios […]

Can “Shakespeare” Save Souls?

posted by kris rasmussen

Think performing a Shakespearean play is about nothing more than a bunch of guys running around in tights reciting some frou-frou poetry you can’t even understand? The convicts at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, a medium security prison in Kentucky, […]

Baldwin Disses Bono

posted by kris rasmussen

While the autobiography of D-list actor turned outspoken skateboarding evangelist Stephen Baldwin is not in Christian bookstores quite yet, one quote from the book–entitled “The Unusual Suspect: My Calling to the New Hardcore Movement of Faith”–is already stirring up controversy […]

Bleep this! No More Cleaned-Up Tarantino

posted by kris rasmussen

Want to see “Kill Bill” without the four-letter words and violence ? Do you prefer watching Kate Winslet on the Titanic with her clothes on? Too bad. Four companies which have profited from bleeping, muting, editing , and otherwise altering […]

‘Pirates’ Sequel Is Still A Treasure

posted by kris rasmussen

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of…fun. The only movie I have been anxiously waiting to see this summer is “Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest.” And I was not disappointed. Bigger, bolder and funnier than the original “Pirates,” I […]

Cash-ing in a Musical Legacy

posted by kris rasmussen

“Everyone take a look, see I’m doing fine/Put me and my box on the 309.” The stark symbol of a coffin being placed on a train bound for some unknown location is only one of the many allusions to love, […]

Why Kathy Griffin Is On My LIst

posted by kris rasmussen

“I’m sick to death of Jesus. I feel that Jesus and Paris Hilton are both overexposed.” Loud and obnoxious statements like that should offend my Midwestern evangelical sensibilities just enough to make me want to rant about Kathy Griffin, the […]

Spiritual Summer Reads

posted by kris rasmussen

One of the many reasons summer is my favorite time of year is the fact that while enjoying the view of Lake Michigan, I can also catch up on my reading. Yes, with re-runs on TV and little at the […]

Fiennes Finds “Faith” On Broadway

posted by kris rasmussen

It’s not often I get to (a) see a movie star up close and (b) see a Broadway show. But on my first –and hopefully not last–whirlwind trip to New York, I was able to do both in one afternoon. […]

Big Brother’s Kaysar Returns

posted by kris rasmussen

Tonight will mark the return of perhaps the one and only positive representation of American Muslims currently on primetime television. Unfortunately, instead of being on a show that is substantial and thought-provoking, it will be on something shallow and salacious–a […]

E!’s New “Sin” Series

posted by kris rasmussen

Who’s the biggest sinner in Hollywood? The E! Channel promises to answer that question in its new seven-week series, “The Seven Deadly Hollywood Sins.” Starting tonight, the series will provide a cheesy and cheeky look at how Hollywood celebs indulge […]

TNT Hopes You Feel Like Getting “Saved”

posted by kris rasmussen

Mix “Grey’s Anatomy” with “Rescue Me” and you get TNT’s lastest summer drama, “Saved.” There is the requisite flawed hero who can only save others but can never save himself. There are also the obligatory dysfunctional family relationships and the […]

Sequel to “The Passion”?

posted by kris rasmussen

In my recent Beliefnet interview with Ralph Winter, he said that if Hollywood could make a sequel to “The Passion of the Christ,” they would. Well, Winter was right as usual: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Gems studio is […]

There Is No Place Quite Like Home Sweet “Home”

posted by kris rasmussen

Oscar winner and director Robert Altman has long been known for making movies filled with unusual characters and rambling, improvisational dialogue which viscerally dissect a certain segment of society–country singers in “Nashville,” Hollywood execs in “The Player,” hired help in […]

“Windfall” Breezes on to NBC

posted by kris rasmussen

In a culture where quick wealth and instant fame are becoming more and more glamorized on television–think the recent hit game show “Deal or No Deal” and almost every reality show on the tube–it seems the time is right for […]

This New Divine Comedy Plans on Being a “Ten”

posted by kris rasmussen

Thou shalt not covet thy Middle Eastern neighbor’s oil–but coveting his wife, not such a big problem. Thou shalt not use weapons of mass destruction. Thou shalt not lie–unless you are up for re-election. These are a few of the […]

“Guru Pitka,” International Man of Enlightenment

posted by kris rasmussen

What if a spiritual leader such as Deepak Chopra was channeled through the completely politically incorrect energy of a very famous comedian? You’d get a character named Guru Pitka, and Paramount Pictures would want to make a feature film about […]

“Omen “ Director Discusses the Signs Of the Times

posted by kris rasmussen

There are several supernaturally-themed horror movies coming to the cineplex this summer, but perhaps none is more anticipated by horror film buffs that the remake of the ’70s cult classic “The Omen,” which opens next week–on 6-06-06 to be exact. […]

Does Katherine McPhee Idolize Scientology?

posted by kris rasmussen

“American Idol” runner up Katherine McPhee may have thought the controversy surrounding her appearance in the final two instead of hugely popular rocker Chris Daughtry was going to be the most difficult moment of competing on the hit reality show. […]

The X Men Stand Up for Tolerance and Truth One Last Time

posted by kris rasmussen

Discrimination. Genetic engineering. The Federal government invading private citizens’ privacy. What has made the “X-Men” comic books and their recent adaptations on the big screen (“X-Men,” “X-Men United”) better than the average superhero-action-adventure fare is the way the mythology and […]

“Lost” Discovers A New Savior

posted by kris rasmussen

“But what about my friends?” In between all of the revelations about the hatch–I mean, hatches–and the return of Desmond, the guy the island survivors found in the hatch, it was still that line–spoken by roly-poly Hurley–that moved me the […]

Born–Again “Christian” Debuts at Cannes

posted by kris rasmussen

While Christians from all over the world have been flocking to the Cannes Film Festival to protest the premiere of “The Da Vinci Code,” a totally different kind of film about faith and Christianity is also debuting at Cannes this […]

Will You Othercott “The Da Vinci Code”?

posted by kris rasmussen

A few months ago I blogged–not-so flatteringly, I might add–about one novel response to the upcoming movie release of “The Da Vinci Code.” Barbara Nicolosi–a former nun who’s now the executive director of Act One, a program that trains Christians […]

Inspiring “Inventor”?

posted by kris rasmussen

With only a few episodes left, I suppose that now is as good of a time as any to admit to my current TV-viewing guilty pleasure–“American Inventor.” It’s not that I think it is an exciting, well-orchestrated reality show in […]

” House” of Faith

posted by kris rasmussen

Yes, I have already blogged–and recently–about Fox’s medical drama, House, which week after week seems to find some new, thought-provoking way to tackle spirituality. But I can’t help but rave one more time about this show’s smart writing that intertwines […]

“Gilmore Girls” Finale Ends on a Greedy Note

posted by kris rasmussen

The WB dramedy “Gilmore Girls,” the one TV show I am truly, freakishly obsessed with, had its season finale last night, and while the episode itself was a bit of a disappointment at the end of a somewhat lackluster season, […]

“Akeelah”‘s Inspiring Words

posted by kris rasmussen

Just how many movies can Hollywood make about spelling bees as a cinematic metaphor for overcoming the odds? It is easy to dismiss the latest film about the importence of speling wordz corectly, “Akeelah and the Bee,”–expanding to nationwide release […]

“House” vs. God

posted by kris rasmussen

One of the reasons Fox’s “House” receives so much critical acclaim is because even when this medical drama tackles a topic that has been done to death on other TV shows, it finds a way to present an old story […]

Jennifer Aniston’s Newest “Friends”

posted by kris rasmussen

Can lifelong friendships be torn apart by money when some of your friends have lots of it but others don’t? Are the age old proverbs “Money is the root of all evil” and “Money can’t buy happiness” actually true? Jennifer […]

Mary Magdalene, Superstar

posted by kris rasmussen

Mary Magdalene, the woman who according to some gospel accounts was one of the first followers of Jesus to encounter a risen Christ, has long been a much-debated biblical figure–and now she is about to become the star of her […]

Dang It! Napoleon Dynamite Keeps His Career Clean

posted by kris rasmussen

The huge success of the indie hit “Napoleon Dynamite”–the oddball story of a geeky Idaho teen and his friend Pedro–has brought actor Jon Heder, currently starring in the movie Benchwarmers, a slew of new comedic movie roles, along with a […]

Big Inspiration In “Little People”

posted by kris rasmussen

It’s not like I want to invest my time in yet another reality show, but then last weekend I just happened to stumble across one of TLC’s relatively new series, “Little People, Big World”–and now I feel like I am […]

How Not To Promote “The Ten Commandments”

posted by kris rasmussen

I am sure some ABC exec thought it was a good idea to have Naveen Andrews, one of the stars of ABC’s hit show “Lost,” do the talk-show circuit to promote tonight’s premiere of the ABC miniseries “The Ten Commandments,” […]

“The Colbert Report” Tries to Save Easter

posted by kris rasmussen

Steven Colbert has spent as much time skewering Easter kitsch as he has politics lately on his talk show “The Colbert Report”–and I love him for it. Hypocritical as it may seem, Santa Clauses and elves don’t seem to bother […]

John McCain Defends “Liberty” on “The Daily Show”

posted by kris rasmussen

The only thing better than watching Jon Stewart’s satirical spin on the world of politics on the “The Daily Show” is watching the sharp-tongued Stewart being outwitted by one of his guests. Such was the case last night when Stewart […]

Faith Gets Tested in the “Apprentice” Boardroom

posted by kris rasmussen

Battles in Donald Trump’s boardroom have taken a decidedly spiritual spin on this season’s “The Apprentice,” with an ongoing storyline that has highlighted one contestant’s refusal to compromise his religious faith just to get ahead in the show’s competition. (Well, […]

“Marilyn Hotchkiss” Has Plenty Of Charm

posted by kris rasmussen

Tangos and foxtrots are hot, hot, hot once again, thanks to shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and movies like “Mad Hot Ballroom.” And now you can take a spin around the dance floor with a new movie that celebrates […]

“Virtually” Crucified

posted by kris rasmussen

If you’ve ever wanted to witness a crucifixion with your own eyes, well, now you can, thanks to the online computer game Roma-Victor. The multiplayer game is designed to be an authentic recreation of the British Empire in Roman times, […]

Lights, Camera, Dover!

posted by kris rasmussen

Dover, Penn.–the town made famous last year because of a court decision to overturn a school board requirement to teach intelligent design in the classroom–is about to get the Hollywood treatment. Variety reports that Paramount Studios is developing a film […]

“V for Vendetta”: Virtue in Vengeance?

posted by kris rasmussen

Blowing up a national landmark to make a statement about terrorism. Unleashing a dangerous virus for political gain. No, I am not describing the latest news headlines. It’s the plot of “V for Vendetta,” the latest blockbuster action flick from […]

You Know You’re An Evangelical If….

posted by kris rasmussen

Why do evangelicals have such an affinity for Fox News, homeschooling, and church potlucks? Is there really a “Master List” of who’s actually gong to hell–and wouldn’t you like to take a tiny peek at it if there was? Author […]

“Illusion” Is Almost Magical

posted by kris rasmussen

What if someone made a movie of your life? Would you want to watch? And if you did, what would be the highlights? What would you change? The independent film “Illusion,” currently in limited theatrical release, ponders these questions and […]

Will Winnie the Pooh Testify Against Thomas Kinkade?

posted by kris rasmussen

Forget Enron exec Ken Lay’s trial or the latest phone company merger, the biggest business scandal in the news this week has been the L.A. Times expose on Thomas Kinkade, the kitsch painter best known for selling warm and fuzzy […]

A Spiritual Walk Begins With “16 Blocks”

posted by kris rasmussen

Who needs to see Bruce Willis play a down-on-his-luck, tough-but-tender cop… again? That was my thought when I allowed a friend to drag me to Willis’s latest action-adventure flick, “16 Blocks.” But while “16 Blocks” has all of the typical […]

And When I’m Right..

posted by kris rasmussen

I can’t even remember the last time “Oscar” and I actually agreed on the winner for Best Picture. Last night, however, the Academy decided to listen to me, as well as many other critics, and they named “Crash” the best […]

The Awards for the Best & Worst Oscars Speeches Go To…

posted by kris rasmussen

Last night’s Oscar ceremony showcased the best and the worst of Oscar’s tradition of longwinded acceptance speeches. The one moment of last night’s Oscar ceremony that I was truly dreading was 81-year-old director Robert Altman’s acceptance speech for his honorary […]

And the Oscar Goes To…

posted by kris rasmussen

Watching the Oscars has always been one of my greatest guilty pleasures. I love everything about the evening, from chuckling with Joan and Melissa as they dish the dirt live on the red carpet to watching weepy celebrities–dressed in clothes […]

The Buddha & Bode–Worlds Apart

posted by kris rasmussen

As the Olympics drew to a close last night, I found that the most disappointing–and annoying–aspect of NBC’s Olympic coverage was the huge amount of airtime given to U.S. skier and 2002 silver medalist Bode Miller. With a daredevil, nonconformist […]

“Da Vinci Dialogue” Dissent

posted by kris rasmussen

Is Sony Studios trying to buy the Christian community’s support by hiring a publicity firm to promote its upcoming church conspiracy thriller ,“The Da Vinci Code,” to the religiously-inclined masses? That’s the question being heatedly debated by those in and […]

Will “House” Ever Find Hope ?

posted by kris rasmussen

He may be a rude, bitter man who likes to pretend he is God, but I am still crazy about Gregory House. Fox’s critically acclaimed series “House”–which centers around a brilliant infectious disease specialist who solves life-or-death medical mysteries–features one […]

CCM Artists Get a “Second Chance”

posted by kris rasmussen

Because I spent my formative teen years avidly listening to Christian music artist Michael W. Smith and Christian rocker/satirist Steve Taylor, I watched “The Second Chance,” a movie which stars Smith and was directed by Taylor, hoping it would not […]

“Crash”: On a Collision Course with Oscar?

posted by kris rasmussen

“You think you know who you are, but you have no idea.” That line is both an ominous warning and a promise of hope, and it exemplifies the moral complexity of the Oscar-nominated film “Crash.” Forget the gay cowboys, unconscionable […]

New Line’s New Nativity Play

posted by kris rasmussen

When Hollywood goes looking for someone to helm a new feature film on the Virgin Mary and her life with Joseph prior to the birth of Christ , who do you think is considered to be the most qualfied? Mel […]

“Scrubs” Finds A Witness

posted by kris rasmussen

I blogged recently about rediscovering NBC’s long-running sitcom Scrubs. I have enjoyed connecting once again with goofy resident J.D. and the caustic Dr. Cox as they face each day’s ups and downs with a great deal of wit and, occasionally, […]

Mitch Albom’s Super Plan To Aid the Homeless

posted by kris rasmussen

It’s not only the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks who have a lot riding on Sunday’s Super Bowl. The entire city of Detroit, a city that has been trying for years to recover from economic recession and urban flight, […]

Hollywood & the Church: Don’t Blame Everything on Oscar!

posted by kris rasmussen

I certainly agree with my fellow Idol Chatterer Paul’s observation that we haven’t exactly seen a post-“Passion” wave of successful, thought-provoking, overtly religious films coming out of Hollywood, much less being nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. But before those […]

More Faith at Sundance

posted by kris rasmussen

According to a Friend of a Friend, who just happens to be a big-shot Hollywood producer, “Son of Man,” which I blogged about here yesterday, is not the only movie dealing with issues of spirituality and redemption at this year’s […]

‘Lost': Shallow-Water Baptism

posted by kris rasmussen

One of the many reasons I enjoy watching Lost week after week is that the show can always be counted on to provide thought-provoking spiritual images that add to the fascinating mythology of the characters as well as the island. […]

“Son of Man” Debuts at Sundance

posted by kris rasmussen

One of the movies causing the biggest buzz this week at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, just happens to be a movie about Jesus–and Mel Gibson has nothing to do with […]

“Scrubs” Finds Its Heart & Soul in a “New God”

posted by kris rasmussen

I tuned in last night to NBC’s Scrubs, a quirky sitcom about a group of doctors and residents, and was, to my surprise, treated to one of the best half-hours of television I have watched in a long time. The […]

There’s Laughter in This “Hood”

posted by kris rasmussen

I recently complained on this blog about the need to demand better family entertainment at the box office, but I saw a quirky, fun new family movie on a friend’s recommendation: “Hoodwinked,” which ended up being the surprise hit and […]

Steven Colbert: Funny by “Design”

posted by kris rasmussen

I have been a fan of comedian and satirist Steven Colbert since he began doing segments on “The Daily Show” such as “The Week in God.” No religion or religious figure was above Colbert’s barbs. That certainly hasn’t changed since […]

On “Lost,” No Man Is an Island

posted by kris rasmussen

Most of last night’s episode of “Lost” focused on revealing the secrets of Mr. Eko, one of the survivors from the tail section of the plane, who we learn knows all-too-well the history behind the crashed plane Charlie had discovered […]

Standing Between Left & Right on “Brokeback Mountain”

posted by kris rasmussen

I was planning to stay out of the whole debate over Hollywood’s current critical darling, “Brokeback Mountain,” a.k.a. “the gay cowboy movie.” I even resisted the impulse to respond to fellow Idol Chatterer Donna’s eloquent analysis of the movie. But […]

Adult Expo 2006: Where The Gospel Is Rated XXX

posted by kris rasmussen

Craig Gross and Mike Foster, a.k.a. “the porn pastors” and founders of XXXChurch.com, are at the country’s largest porn convention this weekend, the Adult Expo in Las Vegas. They’re there to remind customers, producers, and porn stars that Jesus loves […]

What Might Have Been: A Look Back at the 2005 That Wasn’t

posted by kris rasmussen

Just in time to start the new year off with a laugh, I stumbled across a funny article from the Associated Press. The writer’s premise was that the major moments in pop culture for 2005 could all be traced back […]

Another Forgettable Legacy of the Sexual Revolution

posted by kris rasmussen

I went 0-for-2 at the box office this week, first sitting through the dreadful “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” and then catching the star-filled, meant-to-be-extremely-clever romantic comedy “Rumor Has It.” This movie is about a 30-something career woman, Sarah Huttinger […]

Time to Redefine the Family Movie?

posted by kris rasmussen

Joining a long line of less-than-memorable sequels based on movies that shouldn’t have made as much money as they did the first time around, “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” opened last weekend just in time to entice kiddies on Christmas […]

Best Overlooked Holiday Shows, Now on DVD

posted by kris rasmussen

If you’re burned out on all the classic Christmas movies on the tube and you’ve seen everything worth seeing at the box office, here are a few personal picks for some overlooked but spiritually thought-provoking episodes of TV shows that […]

CBS Tries to Solve the “Mystery of Christmas”

posted by kris rasmussen

Last month NBC’s “Dateline” did a special attempting to answer questions about the birth of Christ, and tonight another newsmagazine, CBS’s “48 Hours Mysteries” will also examine the veracity of the Christmas story. After taking a sneak peak at tonight’s […]

“The Family Stone” is a gem

posted by kris rasmussen

In the spirit of other dark comedies about dysfunctional families–movies such as “Home for the Holidays” or “The Royal Tenenbaums”–the latest Christmas flick, “The Family Stone,” is, on the surface anyway, a formulaic story about a young couple, Emmett and […]

Kristin Chenoweth: Singing Her Own Tune

posted by kris rasmussen

My vote for most annoying Christmas commercial this season should go to Old Navy for its latest cheesy ad campaign featuring “the gifties”–a mock award show highlighting various Old Navy products. However, I can’t bring myself to mock these commercials […]

Live from Nashville: The Golden Wardrobes

posted by kris rasmussen

As I promised in my earlier report from the Nashville premiere of “Chronicles of Narnia,” I’d like to pass along snippets of conversations I had with various contemporary Christian music artists who attended the event. Durring the long, long trip […]

Finally, a Chance to Walk Through the Wardrobe

posted by kris rasmussen

After waiting for months to see “The Chronicles of Narnia” (and feeling tortured by the fact that some of my fellow Idol Chatterers have already seen it), I finally had my chance last night to walk through the wardrobe for […]

Working the Red Carpet

posted by kris rasmussen

Though I’ve never been to the Oscars or the Emmys (except in my dreams, where I imagine I am tall, skinny, blonde and my name is Nancy O’Dell), I did finally get to attend my first real red- carpet event […]

Lighten Up: Aslan’s One Cool Cat

posted by kris rasmussen

With all of the “Narnia” movie premiere hype going on, which my fellow bloggers have been commenting on eloquently, I had to laugh when my friend–and author of her own book connected to “Chronicles”–Sarah Arthur, sent me an article on […]

“Cinderella Man” Packs an Emotional Punch

posted by kris rasmussen

One of the best movies of the year was not exactly a box office knock-out when it played in theaters this past summer, but the Depression-era rags-to-riches story “Cinderella Man” is now out on DVD, just in time to begin […]

Is Your God Big Enough This Christmas?

posted by kris rasmussen

I found an amazingly thoughtful moment of holiday inspiration this week from a completely unexpected source–author and scholar Umberto Eco . His recent op-ed piece in the London paper The Telegraph, entitled “God isn’t big enough for some people,” is […]

A “Wing” and a Prayer

posted by kris rasmussen

After going on hiatus the last few weeks, “The West Wing” returned last night with an episode that focused once again on presidential candidate Santos’s struggle to incorporate his religious beliefs with the demands of politics–or more specifically, the demands […]

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The Wall Street Journal reports that this Memorial Day Weekend, normally a blockbuster box office weekend, is one that Hollywood may wish for a mulligan. Disney's "Tomorrowland" didn't bring out the numbers, as expected. Granted, there are ...

posted 11:39:02am May. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Letterman Bids Farewell Tonight
It's David Lettman's last episode interviewing, so what do you do? Well have his first guest, ever, Bill Murray pop out of a cake - of course! [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW8MY9CD-tQ[/youtube] Murray appeared on the first late ...

posted 9:03:34am May. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Finding Neverland - On a Stage!
Calling all fans of Lost Boys!             You loved Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, right? The film about J.M. Barrie in 2004 is back - in the form of a Broadway ...

posted 12:53:47pm May. 19, 2015 | read full post »

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