The text came over the CNN newswire to my blackberry today: “Actor Dennis Hopper has died, his family confirms.” Idol Chatter’s Kris Rasmussen has posted two great videos from his life here. I believe the day will come when actors […]
The text came over the CNN newswire to my blackberry today: “Actor Dennis Hopper has died, his family confirms.” Idol Chatter’s Kris Rasmussen has posted two great videos from his life here. I believe the day will come when actors […]
Dennis Hopper left a lasting legacy as an actor, artist, and icon.
Here is a personal ancedote about Gary Coleman and his longing for friendship.
This post has been updated from earlier today Actor Gary Coleman, 42, most famous for his role as Arnold on the 80s sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died from a brain hemorrhage. He had been on life support. A rep for […]
As USAToday.com reports, “24” was responsible for several wonderfully dramatic contributions to the television action drama genre. It “set a new visual style,” had a “pace that kept viewers on edge,” “proved that a densely serialized thriller” could be successful […]
Ms. Rima Fakih. Have you heard of her? If not, you will soon, for the same reasons that you probably didn’t know about Carrie Prejean, last year’s Miss USA Pageant winner, until you heard later that she was a born-again […]
A new book makes more allegations about Scientology and Tom Cruise.
Last week Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton unveiled a new social networking website Crowdrise.com, to help volunteers and charitable organizations promote their causes and raise funds. He’s already got some of his celebrity pals–like Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, and […]
The son of “Diff’rent Strokes” actress Dana Plato has committed suicide. The 25-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound late last week, almost 11 years after his mother took her own life by overdosing on prescription pills. His family members […]
A few years back when the “Sex and the City” movie hit theaters, I eagerly paid my money to see it and about an hour in I walked out of the theater and out on Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, […]
Kristin Chenoweth resents an author’s attack on gay actors.
Todd Bridges, formerly of “Diff’rent Strokes” and currently seen on TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest Criminals,” recently sat down and spoke to me about life on the set of the groundbreaking show, the media’s portrayal of former child stars, being abused as […]
Soap Opera fans are mourning the death of veteran “As the World Turns” actress Helen Wagner, who passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Wagner played the role of Nancy Hughes for 54 years, a Guinness World Record. “As […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a cartoon saved a young girl’s life, Hannah Montana granted 30 wishes, a tycoon ran in a charitable marathon, and one rock star helped a homeless man while another fought […]
Is Jill Zarin one more example of a Jewish stereotype we don’t need to see on TV?
As you may have already heard, Sandra Bullock is in the process of adopting a baby from New Orleans, something the “Blindside” actress has managed to keep a secret even under an intense media spotlight over her crumbling relationship with […]
Sure, Sandra Bullock debuting her 3 1/2 month old, adopted son on the cover of People magazine is surprising, but the fact that we haven’t heard about it until now is even more so.
If you’ve seen Disneynature’s newest documentary, “Oceans,” you may have heard a familiar voice narrating the film–actor Pierce Brosnan. And after working on the project, the former “James Bond” has become more passionate about helping the preserving oceans and its […]
A new website asks for donations to help restore the lost wealth of outspoken Christian actor Stephen Baldwin.
What a bonanza tonight should be for Christian music fans. Late night, Amy Grant will be talking about her first album in six years on ABC’s “Nightline,” while on CNN at 9 p.m., Larry King interviews Jennifer Knapp, the Christian […]
I am a huge college football fan, but I can’t say I pay that much attention to the NFL draft when it rolls around. But talk about one college football player’s faith and his NFL prospects caught my attention yesterday […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week chicks announced they’re rockin’ for charity, a singer made plans to build a school, a child star urged fans to give back to other kids, stars and locals joined forces to […]
Religion took a double hit on the sporting field in recent days.First the NCAA banned messages embedded in eye-black–those stripes of glare-killing grease football players wear on their cheeks, and that Florida quaterback Tim Tebow imprinted with biblical verses.
After decades, the Vatican absolves the Beatles.
The late DIxie Carter often spoke about the importance of her Christian faith.
Did you catch the Masters’ Tournament this weekend? If not, I can some it up simply and easily: Phamily Phil pulled it off. Phidelity Phil beat Terrible Tiger. The right guy won. The nice guy finished first. Lefty did right. […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, the Pop Culture PassionistasThis week celebrities take off their make-up, dance for animal rights, overcome illness, open a shelter, and speak out about school budget cuts. Here are our favorite inspirational pop culture moments of […]
Introducing Feminist Theologian Barbie. Reverend Barbie. Pastor Barbie! I literally cannot get over this: Barbie is getting ordained in the Episcopalian Church. I mean, I know she’s been president and entered into a whole host of other professions, but a […]
Tiger Woods faced the world through 206 media representatives, multiple television cameras and a host of digital cameras. As anticipated, the questions ranged from his personal life to golf to his personal life to Augusta to his personal life to […]
Last weekend I was excited to see ‘Saving Grace,’ TNT’s cop show starring Holly Hunter, back in my DVR queue–it meant a new season was beginning. The gritty stories and characters appealed to me from the very start, much to […]
Actor Neal McDonough is fired for not doing sex scenes on set.
Please go see Tyler Perry’s new movie, “Why Did I Get Married Too?” You can see the trailer here. I so appreciate it when any cultural leader takes the time to make a clear statement of his or her faith […]
Homer, Marge and the gang head to Israel.
I checked out “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” last Friday looking for some extra motivation to curb my worse-than-usual eating habits of late. However, in comparison to movies like “Food Inc” or “King Corn,” I found the show to be more […]
Touted as her first new music in seven years, Amy Grant’s new album, “Somewhere Down the Road,” is something less and something more: only six of the record’s tracks are new songs, mixed in with previously unreleased tracks, old songs […]
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I jumped on the opportunity to see a press screening of Nicholas Sparks’ latest movie adaptation, ‘The Last Song.’ Yes it stars Miley Cyrus and yes it’s a film that essentially shows Cyrus […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week we scoured the globe to find the most uplifting examples of celebrity altruists. We joined a Hollywood heavy hitter during his effort to aid Haiti, a British chef in his quest […]
Anne Rice speaks candidly about her faith at the I Am Second website.
The second most powerful man in our country–the one who sits one heartbeat or motorcade crash away from the Presidency–dropped the F-bomb during one of the most historic and highly rated television news moments in history. You can hear it […]
While the sports world wonders whether or not he will win as he enters the Holy City of Augusta in a few weeks, here are my Top Five Tiger Woods storylines as it relates to his role not as professional […]
Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher wed in a Jewish ceremony.
She gave an inspiring performance on screen. She won several awards including the Oscar. She praised her husband. Then a new story leaked. The alleged mistress gave an interview. The bride moved out. The husband issued a telepology. It joins […]
I love Edie Falco though I’ve never watched ‘Nurse Jackie’–I love her from the good ole days on ‘The Sopranos’ and because on that show she talked (both with accent and word) like all the Italian ladies I grew up […]
Sandra Bullock may have split from husband Jesse James over his possible affair with a tattoo model.
Lehava, a Israeli organization, has publically called for supermodel Bar Refaeli to dump her boyfriend, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and marry a nice Jewish man instead. The organization also sent a letter to Refaei’s mother. How inappropriate! Carrie Sloan over at […]
One of the more religious practices in our country is taking place this month. And no, it’s not “Lent!” Okay, well, actually “Lent” is taking place for many faithful Christians across the land, but my guess (and what seems to […]
Corey Haim died early Wednesday morning of a possible overdose.
One of the most underwhelming Oscar shows of all-time sure stood in contrast to perhaps the most significant–if, indeed, the last–of the Barbara Walters Specials. I was on the West Coast so I watched it after the Oscars and, yikes, […]
One of my all-time favorite books to teach is the Zooey side of JD Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey.” Without giving too much away for those who haven’t read this wonderful novel(a), the end has one of the most stunning, beautiful […]
One of my favorite moments of last night’s Oscars show was Ben Stiller’s “Avatar” spoof, when he presented the award for best makeup in blue-face (and blue-tail) Nav’i get-up, with his speech mixing English and, of course, Na’vi. Alas, all […]
Hollywood and evangelical Christians don’t agree on much, but last night they shared a deep conviction that only God could have put an Oscar in Sandra Bullock’s hand. Often dismissed as the actress with the least star quality since the […]
Although I’m a little sleepy from staying up so late to watch the 82nd annual Academy Awards last night, I’m so happy that “The Hurt Locker” beat out blockbuster “Avatar” for Best Picture of the Year. Also excited for Kathryn […]
NBC’s series ‘Chuck’ is one of my favorite shows to watch every week. Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski is the most lovable tech-smart spy-geek (or is it geek-spy?) to hit television since Maxwell Smart of ‘Get Smart,’ though Chuck is […]
It’s often said that celebrities are America’s royalty, and nowhere is that more obvious in the way we treat their bodies as public property. In the days of absolute monarchs, as historian Helen Castor puts it, “privacy was relative and […]
Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide in LA this past weekend.
Actor Andrew Koenig’s tragic death brings attention to the seriousness of depression.
The Jewish holiday Purim is about remembering persecution, celebrating redemption, and pushing identity, examining who we really are in contrast to how we present ourselves to the world (that’s where the costumes come in). That’s the serious stuff – but […]
My favorite White Sox fan is an 12-year-old from the far South Side of Chicago, who summers at his family’s beach house in Massachusetts, where news of the outside world comes but slowly. So as I watched Mark Buehrle, the […]
Actor Kirk Cameron has released a statement about missing actor Andrew Koenig, whom he starred with on the hit TV series “Growing Pains.” “Andrew, if you’re reading this, please call me,” said Cameron. Koenig, who according to his family showed […]
Most critics admire Johnny Cash for being a one-of-a-kind singer who has blazed trails artistically in both life and in death. His decades-spanning, multi-generation-influencing career has lasted longer than other greats like The Beatles and Elvis, to name a few. […]
TV and film actors gathered for the Movieguide Faith and Value Awards to recognize the best family-friendly movies and TV shows of the previous year.
Charlie Sheen has recognized he has issues which need to be identified and dealt with at a deeper level. He’s admitted his need for help. Well sort of. The Hollywood Reporter was among the first to report that Sheen is […]
Playing the best friend of a teen demigod in the blockbuster “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” Brandon T. Jackson, at 25, is an veteran among a cast of new faces, with more than a dozen movies under […]
Jesus was gay. At least, that’s what Sir Elton John believes, as stated in his recent Parade magazine interview. And the real shame of it is that he said seven things about Jesus, six of which I couldn’t have agreed […]
Looks like a love spell has been cast over a Hogwarts wizard and a Twilight vampire. People.com reports that actress Bonnie Wright, best known as Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, is dating actor Jamie Campbell Bower, best known […]
On the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP, Danielle Bisutti plays Amanda, the fashion company executive who is jealous of — and always outsmarted by — the teenage title character played by Keke Palmer. She also stars in the popular Christian […]
I believe that history will show that Tiger Woods launched his professional political career today, with his well-crafted and publicized press conference. He is no longer the golfer or the celebrity or the superstar. He is the cultural icon who […]
The media world was abuzz this week with the news that Tiger Woods is going to hold a press conference (sort of) to answer questions (actually not) regarding the recent revelations about his indescretions (which has dominated the news) and […]
Beliefnet Interview with Robert Duvall on “Crazy Heart.”
Madonna to write film based on the scandalous 1930s romance of Kim Edward VIII and divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Check out this video where actresses from NBC’s “The Office” talk about their favorite thoughts and memories from Olympics past. My favorite line comes from Mindy Kaling (who plays Kelly Kapoor), who gives her thoughts on female figure skaters. She […]
The Huffington Post is helping Lindsay Lohan with some publicity by covering her posing as Jesus on the cover of Purple Magazine. Now, I’d never heard of Purple Magazine until today, and I’ve read The Huffington Post a few times, […]
Well the Super Bowl has a life of its own and it keeps on living after the game! This weeks web is full of debriefs of the day, from the unlikelihood of the Saints’ victory to the most watched advertisement […]
USA for Africa reforms with today’s celebrities to rerecord 1985’s “We Are the World” and raise funds for Haiti.
When it comes to awards shows, life is good these days. The Grammys’ ratings were up by a third over last year and rivaled what “American Idol” gets. The “Golden Globes” also did well, as Oscar is up next. But […]
The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced this morning. Here are some of the nominees in the biggest categories.The winners will be announced on March 7, 2010. Best Picture of the Year “Avatar” “The Blind Side” “District 9″ […]
By Sara Shereen Bakhshian In anticipation of the final season of “Lost”–which premieres tonight on ABC–cast members Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin,) and Josh Holloway […]
Somewhere in academia, a grad student in cultural anthropology is already writing his or her dissertation using Super Bowls ads to deconstruct the history of modern America, a job that got easier last week when CBS reversed its policy against […]
One of the most unlikely NFL stars of the past (or any) decade has decided to retire. Kurt Warner, surrounded by his family, announced that he was leaving the NFL for a variety of reasons, and said it was what […]
Stephen Baldwin tattooed Miley Cyrus’s initials on his body to try to get a part on her show.
With the Grammy Awards coming up Sunday, I got to thinking that of all of the plethora of categories and veritable cornucopia of nominated songs, the event is missing what I’d consider to be the most important and relevant category. […]
He called Haiti’s earthquake a “blessing in disguise.” He calls it some sort of retribution for the Haitian people’s “pact with the devil” during the French Revolution. This is about as obnoxious as when he accused martial artists of “inhaling […]
A few years ago, John Travolta–probably better known for his affiliation with the Church of Scientology than his acting at this point–stepped in to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, jetting in food and meeting with the folks of Louisiana. […]
By Sara Shereen Bakhshian In Warner Bros.’ “The Book of Eli,” sometime in the future a lone warrior Eli [Denzel Washington] is on a mission surrounding the presumed last remaining Bible. In the midst of his journey, Eli comes across […]
The publication this past October of “Onward Christian Athletes” by Tom Krattenmaker couldn’t be more timely, what with Mark McGwire all over the news acting explicitly penitent as he discusses his steroid use, and don’t get me started on the […]
I think the news of Jay Leno returning to late night is good for Conan’s career.
Mark McGwire is the new Pete Rose. He is the new Jimmy Swaggart. He is the new Richard Nixon. I wish he could have been Charles Colson. Mark McGuire has made his place in history and its certainly not the […]
Even having my mom on the show couldn’t stop “the biggest fiasco in the history of television” will come to an end soon, as NBC will end its try at making Jay Leno into a 10 p.m. prime time television […]
I wish to formally nominate television newscaster and commentator Brit Hume for, well, whatever I can nominate him for! You’ve probably heard by now about the controversy and web buzz because a television commentator suggested that a public figure who […]
It’s okay to borrow a title from Lady Gaga once in a while, right? Because in this case, ‘Leap Year,’ the new Amy Adams/Matthew Goode “romantic” “comedy” (notice how both those words are in quotation marks) can only be rightly […]
As I noticed while watching football on Fox-TV this weekend, their annual campaign has gotten underway. For an entire decade, Fox has spent the majority if its Januarys by advertising one of its most original and culturally relevant shows: “24.” […]
Of all of the “best of” posts, articles, surveys and stories that have marked the end of this year and decade, perhaps none captured the state of pop culture more than USA Today’s headline story Thursday. “Nobodies walk the path […]
I confess I have a girl crush on Tina Fey and an aw-shucks crush on Steve Carell. Love slightly disheveled Liz Lemon of “30 Rock.” Love slightly out-of-tune Michael Scott of “The Office.” Looking forward to next year, “Date Night” […]
A divine musical union could be in the works for 2010 if wild and edgy pop singer <a href="http://www.ladygaga.com/badromance/defaultdb.aspx" target="_blank" >ady Gagacollaborates with classic and homespun Susan Boyle. The Sun quotes Lady Gaga admiring the “Britain’s Got Talent” star: “I love […]
This year marks the passing of a number of movie and TV stars, literary giants, and influential celebrities–Farrah Fawcett, Frank McCourt, Bea Arthur, and more. Many of them inspired and encouraged us with their accomplishments. And while we mourn their […]
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins split after 23 years of non-marriage.
We’ve now watched seven seasons of Jack Bauer interrogating all sorts of folks, from terrorists to the president–and using techniques I highly doubt are government approved (wink, wink)–on 24. As 24 fans get ready for season eight to begin on […]
“Clueless” star Brittany Murphy died Sunday at age 32 of cardiac arrest.
Max Weinberg, of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” responds in song to Orrin Hatch’s “Eight Days of Hanukkah” song.
Jon Gosselin must stop speaking to the press due to a court order.
Beginning its article with “Attention, culture warriors,” Time magazine briefly recounts the history of the War on Christmas in this week’s issue, noting that while the Puritans were not so big on celebrating the coming of the Christ child, their […]
Michelle Duggar is officially a mom of 19. The star of the TV series “18 Kids and Counting”–TLC will be changing the name to “19 Kids and Counting” soon– delivered a baby girl, Josie Brooklyn, via emergency C-section Thursday night, […]
Tim Tebow may not win the Heisman, and he is being overshadowed by Tiger Woods, but he deserves all the praise he is receiving from peers this week.
If there was ever a person at the intersection of culture, sports, faith and the public view, it is Tiger Woods. In our time, he has been the single most famous sports celebrity, the most successful spokesperson and endorser of […]
Michelle Duggar, pregnant reality TV mom on TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting” (soon to be “19 Kids and Counting”) was rushed to an Arkansas hospital over the weekend due to gallbladder issues according to People Magazine. According to a network […]
With Beliefnet’s annual Most Inspiring Person of the Year feature in full swing, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about the celebrities (and in some cases, I use that term very loosely) who’ve disgusted me over the year. […]
For all of his goofy roles and even goofier off-screen behavior, George Clooney is earning both respect and accolades for his current turn as corporate downsizer Ryan Bingham in “Up in the Air,” now in theaters. “When George Clooney is […]
“What we have here is the first superstar athlete chased down by a digital posse,” says Rick Reilly of ESPN Magazine. “Rightly or wrongly, the tabloids and the gossip sites got their man in breathtaking speed,” he continues. “To bring […]
Playboy model Joanna Krupa’s new campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals crosses the line.
Who’s inspired you the most this year? Perhaps it was actor Michael J. Fox, who in spite of his battle with Parkinson’s disease, spread the word about the benefits of optimism through his latest book and TV special. Or maybe […]
In this clip, ABC News Correspondent Father Edward Beck interviews actor David Hyde Pierce–best known as Dr. Niles Crane on “Frasier”–about his family’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. To see more of this interview, visit ABC News.
In this video clip, ABC News Correspondent Father Edward Beck interviews stage and screen star Elaine Stritch, who currently stars on “30 Rock” as Colleen Donaghy, about her Catholic faith. To see more of this interview, visit ABC News.
You may remember a few weeks ago Rabbi Shmuley Boteach had a public (but not free…) talk with reality TV star Jon Gosselin about whether fame was a blessing or a curse. During that talk Jon publically apologizes to Kate, […]
Susan Boyle’s debut is a bestseller and she is using the limelight to speak out about her past
CNN and other outlets are reporting today that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will be ending after 25 seasons. The last show will be coming up soon: on September 9, 2011. Okay, so it’s not so soon! Mrs. Winfrey has followed […]
Miley Cyrus is no fan of “Twilight.”
In celebration of Thanksgiving, Robin Williams, Kate Gosselin, Michael J. Fox, Renee Zellweger, Michael Strahan, and other movie stars and TV personalities tell Beliefnet what they’re most grateful for this year. Check out our Thankful Quotes from Celebrities gallery.
Michelle Duggar talks about enjoying her new granddaughter Mackynzie Renee.
While visiting hotels, openly gay actor Sir Ian McKellen rips the page calling homosexuality an “abomination” from the hotels’ Bibles.
Stephenie Meyer will do only one appearance to promote New Moon, the second movie in the Twilight Saga (releasing Nov. 20th), but it’s a biggie: Oprah will feature Meyer for a full hour this Friday, November 13th, on her show. […]
Former tennis pro Andre Agassi opens up about his drug use in a new book, “Open.”
Ms. Carrie Prejean is either a humble servant of the Lord who’s learned from her prior mistakes, a courageous champion for Christian values, an opportunistic young diva who’s ingeniously combining a conservative mindset with risqué acts caught on tape, a […]
A list of musicians who have famously stayed clean and sober after fighting drug addictions.
“I’m goin’ to Disneyland!” …Or so went the story of what champions used to say to the camera after winning the world championship. In an inspiring twist to a great evening for Gotham, New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi provided […]
Michael Lohan has said God has taken his daughter Lindsay Lohan’s career away.
“Happy Days” mom Marion Ross shares her 10 tips for “Happy Days” with Beliefnet.
Vanity Fair magazine has a long tradition that’s being made into a book. I suspect it’ll be a movie before too long! There’s just something wonderful and inspiring about getting to know other people better, whether it be stars, friends […]
Really: what’s a day without gazing at “Twilight”‘s Edward Cullen–I mean Robert Pattinson–and that gorgeous face of his. And those smoldering eyes! Can’t forget the eyes. The moody look. That twisted smile. Sigh. Okay. I’ll stop. But really: want to […]
Let’s out with it: Jared and Jerusha Hess, who wrote (both of them) and directed (Jared) the 2004 independent film “Napoleon Dynamite” are Mormons. Can we move on now? We cannot. The Hess family religious affiliation gets brought up in […]
Last night in between watching my beloved Yankees try to win the World Series, I tuned into TLC’s special “Kate: Her Story,” in which Kate Gosselin, star of “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” was interviewed by NBC’s Natalie Morales. When […]
Michael Moore, the film-maker, for “Catholic of the Year?” That is exactly the nomination currently being put forward by Anthony Stevens-Arroyo in Newsweek’s “On Faith.” Before you form your opinion, some points he makes are worth considering. “‘Capitalism: A Love […]
Marriage, the death of a parent, the birth of a child: we here at Beliefnet pride ourselves on knowing what brings people back to a faith they’ve long ignored or to discover one they never had. But Jon Gosselin has […]
I had the chance to see “This is It” in Los Angeles this week. And I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it. It seems like just a little while ago that I was watching news stories […]
Kanye West has found God. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate. Kanye West is searching for God. Or some inner peace. News broke last week that the 32-year old VMA stage crasher was heading to India to spend a month in […]
The World Series starts this week. “Yeah!” say the Yankee fans. “Yeah!” say the Phillie fans. “Dang,” say the Southern California fans, whose Dodgers and Angels both lost in the semi-finals. And, unfortunately, “Yawn” goes the rest of the country. […]
Oscar winner Paul Haggis is leaving Scientology over their opposition to Proposition 8 and because of the rift it caused in his family.
Do you love Edward Cullen? Can you not get enough of Robert Pattinson’s channeling of this vampire heartthrob? Or are you Team Jacob (boo!) and dream of Taylor Lautner at night? Well, lucky you: to gear up for the November […]
As if having one of the more creative titles wasn’t enough to fuel a ton of marketing, Dave Matthews and his “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” tunes have been showing up everywhere around me. And I’m lovin’ it. Dave […]
Beliefnet blogger Rabbi Shmuley Boteach was mentioned by Tracy’s Morgan’s character on “30 Rock.”
Madonna, is of course, perpetually associated with religious controversy. My particular favorite in her repertoire was her live performance of a woman on the cross from her 2006 Confessions Tour, while she sang “Live to Tell.” I even did a […]
Billy Corgan, he of Smashing Pumpkins fame, has thrown his cap into the ring in with other spirituality minded celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow (GOOP) and Rainn Wilson (SoulPancake), and started a website–Everything From Here to There–to discuss matters of […]
Twitter users will have the chance to ask questions of dead celebrities during October 30th’s first ever “Tweance” – a seance conducted over Twitter.
Is Suri Cruise really going to Catholic pre-school in Boston?
“And I’d like to thank God Almighty,” reads the headline in a current USA Today.com feature. “In big-time sports, God often gets a prominent place on the field of play,” it goes on to say. “A shout-out here, a prayer […]
Comedian Sarah Silverman proposes selling the Vatican to fund the eradication of world hunger.
“Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus’ decision to stop Twittering raised such a furor that you would have thought that Walter Cronkite had refused to read the news during the Vietnam War. Ok, so it wasn’t quite that serious, but everyone […]
Michael Moore and Sean Hannity discussed how they have separate political and Christian views.
David Letterman performed a ten-minute comedy routine last evening about how he’d been blackmailed. The punchline was that he had indeed had sex with female employees, the scuttlebutt that his blackmailer, reportedly a producer for the CBS show “48 Hours,” […]
We’ve all heard it before–J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series promotes witchcraft, dark magic, Satanic practices, etc. etc. etc. Some concerned parents have even advocated to ban “Harry Potter” books in the past, though Banned Books Week celebrates the reading of […]
The case of Roman Polanski continues to evolve–not in its legal particulars, which have only become more complicated with Polanski’s hiring of the politically influential D.C. lawyer Reid Weingarten–but in the public perception of Polanski’s arrest, which says a lot […]
By now you’ve probably heard that TLC’s “Jon and Kate Plus 8” is being turned into “Kate Plus 8,” as Jon is out of not only the marriage but, beginning in November, he’ll be out of the show itself. Idol […]
Idol Chatter hangs out at the intersection of faith and culture, and such is the exact location of the current film “Couples Retreat.” This has enough laughs to get you through, enough awkward moments to make you squirm, enough drama […]
There are certain things that we Americans tend to forgive. And things that we don’t. So, where does Roman Polanski fall? Hmmnn. I don’t think we, as a culture, are sure. You’ve probably heard that he was arrested in Switzerland […]
Thomas Nelson is gearing up to release an audio Bible CD set with a cool twist–the biblical characters are voiced by some of your favorite actors. The “Word of Promise” audio Bible is voiced by such reknown film and TV […]
Actor Ernie Hudson talks about his role on “Heroes” and whether God plays a role on the show.
Actor Kirk Cameron and friends are distributing versions of “Origin of Species” that includes a 50-page introduction presenting the theory intelligent design.
This afternoon, actress Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) is set to take to Oprah‘s couch to reveal all about the ten year, drug-fueled incestuous relationship she had with her father, John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas. […]
Michael Moore says he may not make any more documentaries.
By now you’ve heard that Patrick Swayze has died. He described himself as a spiritual “seeker.” And you’ve probably read or heard or watched quite a bit about his life. Allow me to add these few words, a few which […]
Patrick Swayze’s death had huge echoes online, as fans Tweeted and updated their status to pay tribute to the “Dirty Dancing” star.
Seven of the most famous celebrity scientologist couples.
Filmmaker Peter Rodger traveled the world asking people of all walks of life–including celebrities like Ringo Starr, Hugh Jackman, Seal, David Copperfield, and Bob Geldof–the question, “What is God?” .
A great international secret is being kept! According to “The Guardian” (United Kingdom), the secret is protected “under 24-hour guard in its own chain-link enclosure, with two locks requiring two separate people for entry.” What is the secret? The Ten […]
Two new Westerns are out on big, beautiful Blu-Ray, which is a good thing. They’re both wonderful and important stories, which is better. They both explore something deep in all of us–the quest for justice. And they both have something […]
I used to hate romantic comedies starring Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer is beautiful, funny and has a winning personality – if the premise of a movie was “Jennifer Aniston has trouble finding a man,” then what kind of shot did the […]
You can’t argue that Ellen DeGeneres is everything my fellow blogger Joanne Brokaw says she is: funny, encouraging, warm–and I’ll add forthright, wholesome and brimming with common sense. All of which makes her selection to replace Paula Abdul as a […]
The religious debate of the century: Jon Lovitz on behalf of Judaism, Tom Cruise representing Scientology in a most hallowed venue: on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
Seven inspirational quotes from Julia Child.
It’s not news that Stephen Colbert is a Catholic. He’s admitted as much on his Comedy Channel show, “The Colbert Report.” (Besides, even with the best hairstylists in television at your disposal, you can’t fake that precisely parted, altar-boy-grown-up hair-do.) […]
Jay Leno is finally coming back to evening television, and, in my opinion, it’s not a moment too soon. We need to laugh more, go to bed earlier, carry less stress and treat each other better every day. So the […]
Carrie Prejean, the recently dethroned Miss California whose anti-gay marriage comments at the April 19 Miss Universe Pageant stoked the national debate, filed suit yesterday against Miss California Pageant officials, citing religious discrimination amongst a litany of other charges. TMZ.com […]
Well, the Lying in Repose, the Celebration, the Memorial Service and the Funeral are over. And the respect for Sir Ted Kennedy will live on. (You can read more here.) And after it all, what I will remember most about […]
A new kids’ program from the creators of Sesame Street examines Jewish life and identity and life in Israel, and will feature several Hollywood celebrities.
Several weeks back allegations flew across the web that Stephenie Meyer, author of the world-wide book and movie phenomenon, “Twilight,” had plagiarized parts of the fourth book in the series, “Breaking Dawn.” The accusation came from little known author Jordan […]
Check out Beliefnet’s new feature The Best Celebrity Tweets to Inspire You, which highlights uplifting posts on Twitter from your favorite stars.
Lady Gaga’s excited to be in Israel and to visit Jerusalem. So much so that she’s promised to “tone it down” for Israeli fans.
Tony Dungy has agreed to mentor Michael Vick.
Channing Tatum of “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” spoke to Parade magazine about his spiritual outlook on life.
Where did rock ‘n roll come from? Campfire hootinannies down south in the 1940s, sure. From Elvis’s hips. From the Beatles’ insanely inventive recording sessions. But most of all, it came from a guitar player and electronic tinkerer named Les […]
Omarosa says she has heard God’s call to go to seminary.
Of all of the things that get modeled on television, I think one of the most warm, family-friendly and inspiring events that ever occurs is when stars show themselves to be humble. To be human. To be the brunt of […]
Everyone is upset that Miley Cyrus was “pole dancing” at the Teen Choice Awards. But why doesn’t anyone care that convicted rapist Mike Tyson was on the show?
Madonna is taking her children to visit the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
In a video interview with Sally Quinn, producer of “On Faith” at The Washington Post, actress and producer Rita Wilson (one half of a Hollywood celebrity super couple with Tom Hanks) shares why she loves the Greek Orthodox faith (“I love […]
The Hollywood Reporter obituary was simple: John Hughes, director of “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and “Home Alone,” died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 59. Hughes died while taking a morning walk […]
My final advice for TLC star Kate Gosselin on life after Jon.
Okay, we know it feels like Michael Jackson’s face is everywhere these days, but officials at the Field Museum in Chicago weren’t seeing things when they noticed that a 3,000-year-old bust of an Egyptian pharoah bears an uncanny resemblance to […]
Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter movies,” is the descendent of a woman accused of being a witch during the 16th century.
Esther Kustanowitz talks about the “SuperJew” T-shirt, newly popularized by Seth Rogan in “Funny People.”
Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls” talks about her new movie “The Answer Man” and balancing spirituality and religion.
Madonna has been published in the Jewish paper Yediot Ahronot as an international correspondent. But is her writing any good?
Madonna branches out into journalism, penning an essay for an Israeli newspaper about her spiritual awakening.
A discussion of whether Jon Stewart should change his name back to his original, more Jewish birth name, Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.
Michael Vick, who was just released from jail after financing and hosting a dog fighting operation, will be given another chance to play for the NFL. Here’s why I’m going to pray for him and draft him onto my fantasy team.
Is it possible for merchandise to ruin something altogether? Are the stars of “Twilight” overexposed–or at least ridiculing Stephenie Meyer’s smash hit beyond the tolerable? I’m starting to think so.
If the top twelve media personalities (including Rush Limbaugh, Oprah, Simon Cowell, etc.) alone banked a total of $829 million last year–then when will our culture wake up to the fact that what we see on the air is not so much a reflection of culture but a reflection of what generates money for media stars and all of those who make money off of their shows?
Brad Pitt recently gave an interesting interview to the German magazine Bild in which he opens up about his spiritual life–or lack thereof. BILD: Do you believe in God? Brad Pitt (smiling): “No, no, no!” BILD: Is your soul spiritual? […]
By Ariadne Green, dream expert On the afternoon of June 26th, Michael Jackson danced through the gates of heaven. I had a dream announcing his death the night before it happened. I was “dreamwalking” through Neverland mansion taking in the […]
Can’t get enough of Michael Jackson now that he’s gone? If you liked Beliefnet’s recent quiz on Michael Jackson’s Spiritual Lyrics, here is another quiz for you to check out: The Pop Gospel According to Michael Jackson by David Buckna. […]
I am no flash in the pan Susan Boyle fan. I have been following her rising star with both interest and anxiety as she has navigated life after being runner-up on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Overnight singing sensation Boyle was hospitalized […]
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