Friday I was flying home on Jetblue and caught a news segment on a form of yoga called Laughter Yoga. A laughter yoga class “combines traditional yoga breathing with prolonged laughter” and involves “playful exercises…that involve deep, long lasting belly […]
Yes, you read that right. A known Philadelphia vampire–and what I mean by that is a man who claims “vampire” as his, well, orientation–publicly took on a bank for failing to award him money he was owed from mistakes on […]
My favorite moment of television so far this week happened on one of my favorite guilty pleasures, “Bethenny Ever After.” She’s mouthy, she’s abrasive, and she’s trashy at times, but I still love her moments of vulnerability and ruthless honesty. […]
Oh yes, I saw The Book of Mormon musical last night, with Beliefnet’s very own blogging Mormon, Jana Riess, (can I say that? or am I still under the influence of South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone and their […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA mogul turned reality show host gets roasted, a country band gives back and an undercover millionaire helps the poor. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Donald Trump Gets RoastedDonald Trump […]
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A celebrity chef sheds light on a still devastated nation, an Oscar winning movie gives one charity a boost and a potential Idol loses himself in music. Anthony Bourdain Has No Reservations […]
In the fall, one of the storylines on ‘The Good Wife’ involved Alicia’s daughter teenaged daughter Grace, whose Christian friend was trying to convert her. Grace showed a newfound fascination with prayer and faith, and this clearly made her mother, […]
During tonight’s episode of The Bachelor, ABC did a live reveal of the new cast for Dancing With the Stars during the commercial breaks. It was a bit anti-climactic as most of the cast appeared either bored or a little […]
It takes a rare event–or series of events–to rival Oscar on the lifestyle pages and TV screens of our country, and this year there was a big one. Of all of the awards, gossip, parties, fashion, blogs, photos and other […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A reality judge opens her heart, a TV icon is honored by the Queen and a news anchor shares extraordinary advice. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. “American Idol”: […]
Perhaps this isn’t so surprising? But The New York Times seems rather already in love with this, well, not-so-traditional musical interpretation of the sacred texts of Mormonism by the creators of ‘South Park,’ Trey Stone and Matt Parker. Just this […]
By Chad BonhamIt was just four months ago when Michael Waltrip Racing dropped 19-year old Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne over sponsorship issues. Even though Bayne was ranked seventh in points and was clearly one of NASCAR’s rising stars, the […]
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A Golden Globe-nominated actress helps clean up schools, a game show host says “come on down” to some four legged friends in need and an ’80s icon helps boost local spirits. Julianne […]
Last spring I blogged a lot about how much I loved the new series on FX called ‘Justified’ starring Timothy Olyphant as a US Marshall who is quick on the draw. I think it’s one of television’s best new drama, […]
An ex porn producer was powerfully saved by Jesus Christ! See the dramatic interview and testimony:
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas Some famous women don red dresses for heart health, other stars create tiny art for school kids and a legend is honored for philanthropy. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]
Angel House ministries will benefit from awoman’s game show earnings.
21 year old James Durbin has had a rough life. Although he gets his musical ability from his father, he never had a chance to really know him – he overdosed on drugs when James was young. “I didn’t get […]
26 year old Emily Anne Reed received a phone call last week that no one wants to hear: “Your house is on fire.” She ran home from her job in Arlington, VA to discover only ashes. Standing on the Idol […]
A horrific accident almost took his life, but Stefano Langone was too tough to give up. It took 4 months of intensive therapy to recover, but his passion for music and the piano lit a fire inside of him that […]
I grew up watching the Steelers and the Iron Curtain dominate the NFL so of course, I was cheering on my favorite team to win yet another Super Bowl and crying in my yellow towel when they didn’t win. But […]
The much-anticipated Superbowl commercials this year have been mostly rude (hello Brisk and Eminen), crude (I’m looking at you, PepsiMax), and lewd (ugh, GoDaddy). Let’s be honest, though: they almost always are (and to be even more honest, they can […]
I think the cells that process cuteness in my brain are about to be overloaded. Superbowl counter-programming typically entails running marathons of Law & Order or CSI, but Animal Planet trumps all of them with Puppy Bowl VII. Starting at […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week an Oscar contender supports Free the Children, a reality star shows her philanthropic side and an “Idol” gives a wake-up call (with flapjacks).Natalie Portman Announces Free The Children ContestThe last few […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasOne talk show host gets an uplifting birthday surprise while another finds a long lost sister, and an ex-“Bachelor” raises $100,000 for charity. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Ellen Basks […]
The group Committed has released a new song.
Chris Medina walked on to the American Idol audition stage and all I could think was, “great, another grunge rocker, just what the world needs.” Shame on me, not because of his silky smooth voice but because the cover of […]
In the not so distant past, we had to wait for the paperboy to gauge reaction to the traditional State of the Union Address. Television changed that and the internet has now revolutionized it. On Twitter we truly see the […]
The newest and last season of ‘Big Love’ just kicked off on HBO this week and everyone is talking about it. (Don’t worry: no spoilers here if you haven’t yet watched episode one.) I’m still undecided about whether I’m committed […]
You won’t see any videos of Paris Tassin singing on Youtube, she’s far too busy caring for her 4 year old special needs daughter, Keira. At 18 years of age, Paris was faced with an unplanned pregnancy and as if […]
As the first episode of American Idol season 10 came to a close, a shy but calmly confident 16 year old from the Bronx took the audition stage. He’s not your average 16 year old kid. He has a twin […]
Regis Philbin, 79, announced Tuesday on his show “Live with Regis and Kelly” thathe’s retiring by the end of the summer. “It’s been a long time,” Philbin said during taping yesterday to a shocked co-host and audience. “It’s been 28 […]
Here are a few of my favorite Globes moments.
Elizabeth Hughes, 8, made her national anthem debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s, affiliate (AHL Norfolk Admirals) during a home game against the Connecticut Whale (Rangers) last Friday night. How it started was amazing. Hughes has a voice of an […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A TV judge returns with a positive spin, a homeless man gets a second chance and some big stars give it up for charity. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]
Absolutely everybody must know by know that Oprah has her own cable TV network. OWN launched on January 1, to great fanfare, interest, and speculation about its possibilities for success. Over the last decade especially, Oprah has become a guru […]
Butterflies threatened to overwhelm Brooke White’s stomach when she first stepped onto the stage of American Idol during its seventh season. After conquering them and making it all the way to the Top 5, one might think that butterflies would […]
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas As 2010 comes to an end, we look back and pick our Ten Most Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Year. Here’s the second half of our selections. To see numbers six […]
Just days from Christmas, National Geographic explores the world that Jesus would have known in “Living in the Time of Jesus.”
No matter what our faith background, we’ve likely all asked ourselves the question, “What’s my calling?” The new documentary series “The Calling” airs on the PBS EmmyÂ® and Peabody Award-winning series, Independent Lens, on two consecutive nights: Monday, December 20 […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A “Biggest Loser” pays it forward, a kid honors his dad’s musical legacy and a wrestling star pays tribute to the troops. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. The […]
Faith has an interesting, rather uncomfortable role on CBS’s hit law drama, ‘The Good Wife.’ Peter’s (the husband) spectacular and spectacularly public fall from grace leads him into a black, Protestant church, and seeking the spiritual direction of its pastor–much […]
Oh how I love Dexter! More and more and more with every season. How is it that the writers of Dexter managed to make a serial killer not only so unbelievably likable, so much that you root for Dexter no […]
Committed is a gospel group featured on “The SIng Off’ and they are not to be missed.
by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasJack Black and Jason Segel — The Next David Bowie and Bing Crosby?One of our favorite Christmas traditions is watching Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s classic “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” performance. The […]
Hear me now: if you did not watch AMC’s new show ‘The Walking Dead’ then you have seriously missed out. Yes there are gory parts–just cover your eyes for those–but the show is so well-written, well-acted, and the special effects […]
The SIng Off is my favorite new series
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA rock star shares his family’s tragic history, a child star gives back and a TV network stands up against discrimination. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Gene Simmons Share His […]
Probably not, but when I caught up Director of Brand Marketing and Executive Producer, Ben Simon, he made their mission crystal clear. He called to promote their latest Family Movie Night film, “A Walk in My Shoes.” A Walk In […]
Everything’s coming up zombies lately! So much so that one of my favorite New York Times op-ed columnists, Gail Collins, devoted an entire column (“The Zombie Jamboree”) to these flesh-rotting creatures recently, calling this fall “the era of zombies” and, […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA group of celebrities work to end hunger, some furry friends teach healthy living and “The Biggest Loser” has a huge week. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Celebrities Work to […]
It’s really going to happen: a remake of Buffy is in the works and Joss Whedon is not a part of it! Oh the horror. How could they? Don’t they know that all of us cult Buffy fans are devotees […]
Bristol Palin is in the final three and has ruined “DWTS.”
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A TV star reunites a family, a movie star helps feed hungry kids, and GLAAD auctions off some high-class art. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. “Brothers and Sisters’” […]
Great, another “celebrity” using media to promote herself for book sales and a Presidential run. That’s an easy attitude to have when it comes to Sarah Palin’s new show premiering this Sunday on TLC. In a world where we seemingly […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasAn actress finds her light, rich kids make a lemonade stand for a cause, and a celebrity foundation hits a milestone of giving. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Portia de […]
It seems like everyone is aflutter about the GQ ‘Glee’ photo shoot that has Lea Michele (Rachel) and Dianna Agron (Quinn) taking most of it off and posing like strippers, while their male costar, Cory Monteith (Finn), is fully clothed. […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas “Funny or Die” takes on the very serious issue of voting, a “Fairy Jobmother” helps families get back on their feet, and Major League Baseball stands up to Cancer–here are this week’s […]
While I do enjoy a fun vampire/werewolf story now and then (or even more than now and then), I am not one of those people who loves the zombie. The whole flesh-eating, chunks of rotted skin falling off business is […]
The Parents Television Council gets upset about just about everything and recently they’ve been up in arms again about, well, everything: Glee cast members, Miley Cyrus, Cee Lo Green, the new CBS sitcom starring William Shatner, “$#*! My Dad Says,” […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas Too many stars gathered for Autism education, five sons from Sudan bust a move for their Mom, and one of TV’s favorite daughters plays mother to needy kittens–here are this week’s most […]
Tom Bosley spoke rarely but profoundly about his Jewish heritage.
‘Modern Family’ is perhaps the show I look forward to most every week (aside from ‘Glee’ of course), and last week’s episode, “Earthquake” was as hilarious as usual, and Jay, Gloria, and Manny took up the task of theology, too. […]
I’ve heard lots of ranting about how much people hated last Tuesday’s newest installment of ‘Glee.’ But I loved it. I thought they tackled belief, religious diversity, and being the lonely atheist among the many faithful with incredible sensitivity. It […]
During this Columbus Day weekend, discover the stunning crystal caverns of Mexico with National Geographic Channel.
“Glee” is finding faith this week when one character sees Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich.
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A sitcom star gets real with high school kids, fans get a chance to bring home a bacon Kevin Bacon, and OK Go makes a video for the dogs-here are this week’s […]
God is on Kurt Warner’s side on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Like many others, I am a diehard fan of ‘Dexter,’ Showtime’s incredibly riveting show about a serial killer who only kills people who “deserve it”–child murderers, rapists, pedophiles, and the like–and somehow manages to make its title character utterly sympathetic. […]
The new “Hawaii Five-O” made its debut on CBS last night; it was fast-paced, action-packed, modern and current. It paid homage to the old show while creating far more depth in the main characters. If it was short on only […]
The most depraved show on television, HBO’s vampire/fairy/shapeshifter-filled ‘True Blood,’ finished its latest season with a plethora of rather Christian-themed images and ideas about salvation, if presented in a somewhat blasphemous fashion. The first: Salvation through love. Godric, who is […]
One contestant on America’s Next Top Model identifies herself as Modern Orthodox (Jewish), and then seems to easily give up her Sabbath observance when pressed by Tyra Banks about working 24/7.
“Lone Star” is one of the best new series on TV.
Comedians Avi Liberman and Ahmed Ahmed co-host “Bridging the Gap: A Middle East Comedy Conference,” September 16 on Showtime.
Kanye is still trying to apologize to Taylor Swift.
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a movie star rebuilds New Orleans, an Emmy dress gets auctioned for charity, and an author donates to a research center. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. […]
Bristol promises to cover up on “Dancing with the Stars”.
This post brings with it a bit of pop culture social commentary and I’m curious as to your opinion of the following: USA Today and usatoday.com should launch the Celebrity Love Index. What? Well, for quite a while now, USA […]
My thoughts on last night’s Emmys.
I remember one of my favorite things to do with my granddad–I’d climb up into one of his big chairs and we’d watch Hawaii Five-0 together, looking forward to some new way in which Steve McGarrett and his team would […]
The fine line between talk show host, newsman, media commentator, pop culture icon and spiritual leader has rarely become more cluttered than during the performance of Glenn Beck at the Washington, D.C. “Restoring Honor” event. “Something beyond imagination is happening,” […]
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a movie star prepares to break her long silence for a good cause, a “Choir” goes to Royal Albert Hall, and a rock star tribute benefits War Torn Countries. Here […]
Oh. My. Word. Have you seen this upcoming Rolling Stone cover for September? That magazine drives me nuts because of the way it portrays young women (often teen) pop stars–almost without exception–either naked, or almost naked, while (almost) never asking […]
Neal McDonough is developing a new series.
Patricia Neal died Sunday after a long illness.
By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a musician considers a run for Haitian President, a self-help superstar mends broken spirits, and a “Little House on the Prairie” alum works to PROTECT children. Here are this week’s […]
“Mad Men” launches its Season Four this Sunday night, and, like several other ensemble dramas before it (“West Wing,” “24,” etc.), it’s moving beyond a cult-type audience to a wider viewership. The show had some more Emmy nominations and wins […]
Yes, yes, yes: despite the fact that I think HBO’s smash hit series ‘True Blood’ is as depraved as it gets, which is not exactly up my alley, I still keep watching it. It might be the train wreck effect […]
“Fade whatever is left of the family hour,” said the story. “It’s about to get even racier out there.” When it comes to primetime television, the gap between what’s in the public interest and what will profit private sector just […]
We told you earlier this summer about “Secrets of the Mountain,” a family friendly TV movie from faith-based guys led by Brian Wells. It did very well, thanks also to the sponsorship of Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble and some key […]
As the sixth season of the Discovery Channel hit comes to a close, audiences will bid a long goodbye to Captain Phil Harris and witness the realities of experiencing a stroke.
Brit shows “The Choir” and “Gutted” make Wednesday night must-see reality TV.
Chastity pledges and promise rings are all the rage on ABC Family’s hit shows (even if some teens are also having sex on those very same shows). Between a high school club called “Real Love Waits” on ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ […]
Yes it is true that I watch any and every show that features vampires and werewolves. I just can’t help myself. The latest addition to this tv series trend is ABC’s new, ‘The Gates.’ To be honest, I didn’t even […]
So I confess: I am pretty obsessed with ‘Pretty Little Liars.’ Yes, it’s ABC Family’s newest high school soap, but it’s more or less a ‘Gossip Girl’ series with a mystery twist. And the girls are more likable (more or […]
A Jewish doctor says he will abide by all Orthodox Jewish laws while in the “Big Brother” house.
Friday Night Lights finally gets an Emmy nod.
Jon Gosselin is possibly writing a memoir.
I love ‘In Plain Sight,’ the Marshall Service/Witness Protection show on USA. Not only does it star two fantastic actors from West Wing, Mary McCormack and Joshua Malina, but I find the relationship (and growing, sweet romantic tension) between the […]
Walmart and P & G present a new TV movie about a secret community of geniuses who conduct research to solve the world’s most important problems and who must stop dangerous technology from falling into the wrong hands. The movie […]
ABC Family has a delightful new series “Huge.”
In honor of the June 30th release of ‘Eclipse,’ the third movie installment in the Twilight Saga, I thought it would be fun to spend some time thinking about some tv and film love triangle favorites of mine (most from […]
Following a somewhat anemic second season, “True Blood” is bad to it’s sexy best.
In this third installment of “The Chronicles of Narnia” film series, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are pulled back into Narnia through a painting and are joined by the King of Narnia, Caspian X. The group must go on a voyage […]
I really wish life was exactly like the Tony Awards. Rock bands would mingle with sitcom stars who would sing with Broadway legends. Then, they would hang out with all the rest of us common folk and everything would happen […]
“The A-Team” is out today, the latest television show to be made into a movie. Idol Chatter’s Kris Rasmussen recently posted about Hollywood movie remakes with a great list of the best and worst ones. Most of us love TV […]
ABC Family’s syrupy, sex-fixated, rather awfully written ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ that features Christian girls and boys deciding to have sex and later regretting it, not to mention teens having babies, had its third season premiere last […]
Last night marked the return of the Gosselins to TLC, minus Jon, and it felt as if the mother of multiples and her brood had never been away from the small screen. Which, depending on how you feel about the show, is a good thing or a bad thing. But is it a necessary thing?
Sandra Bullock shined at the MTV Movie Awards.
Christian Newswire director claims that the once unstoppable “American Idol” has seen its ratings drop thanks to new judge “lesbian activist” Ellen DeGeneres, but is he conveniently ignoring “Idol’s” gayness?
The third season of HBO’s vampire-centric hit ‘True Blood’ premiers a week from Sunday on June 13th. Crossover fans of ‘Twilight’ have a lot to look forward to since it seems a major story line of the show this summer […]
Next season “Glee” will add a Christian character to the show.
Here is a personal ancedote about Gary Coleman and his longing for friendship.
There are times when our national culture can take the form of a high school or college campus. Back in school days, the whole mood of the student body could change based on what happened in the big game, or […]
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 […]
Lee DeWyze pulls a surprising upset on the “American Idol” season nine finale and we’re just upset that Simon is leaving.
“Lost” wasn’t the best , worst, or most controversial T.V. finale.
Well, I know deep down that I am supposed to dislike Boyd Crowder, the complicated villain from FX’s new show ‘Justified’ who bombs a black church in episode one. After Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) nearly kills Boyd while trying to apprehend […]
Six years ago, when Oceanic Flight 815 first crashed, the word “purgatory” was tossed around a lot. Viewers and, at times, even the survivors themselves thought they were already dead and the Island was a temporary place of punishment. They […]
My Idol Chatter colleague, Esther, did a wonderful summary and analysis of why the ‘Lost’ series finale was disappointing, but I can’t resist chiming in for a few moments on this because while Esther feels disappointed, I feel even stronger: […]
Some initial thoughts about the Lost series finale.
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 […]
As the father of three girls who doesn’t see himself as that old-fashioned or out of touch, I can’t tell you how much Donald Trump and his enterprise are off base by requiring Miss USA pageant contestants to pose in […]
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, […]
Mostly I watch “Bones” for the ongoing, will they or won’t they? romance between Booth and Bones, but last week’s episode was unusually interesting because the murder case took Bones, Booth and the team straight into the middle of a […]
If you’ve been following the story, you know that the newest addition to TV’s the Duggar family, Josie Brooklyn, has been struggling ever since mother Michelle gave birth to her prematurely in December (she wasn’t due until the spring). In […]
Check out two clips from Sunday’s special Mother’s Day episode of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” And then read my exclusive interview with Michelle Duggar, who gives me an update on baby Josie’s condition.A Mother’s CallJosie’s Homecoming
Season four of “Friday Night LIghts” is the best yet.
A television award show that focuses on quality television happens May 5th.
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 […]
Until this second segment of season three for ‘Saving Grace,’ I’ve been fairly devoted to this guardian angel/cop show starring Holly Hunter. Hunter is a fantastic actress and she turns what could be an utterly cheesy part (having a guardian […]
Lost is ending its six-season run on May 23. What are our expectations for its last four episodes?
Is Jill Zarin one more example of a Jewish stereotype we don’t need to see on TV?
Popular stars, producers, and premises abound in this list of potential network TV pilots.
I am totally the target market for the ongoing, “Will they or won’t they?” romantic story line of the television series. You know, those ongoing love stories where you wait and wait for the characters to get together and they […]
This week’s Glee tackled teen sexuality – against the empowering backdrop of Madonna’s music.
Aziz Poonawalla over at City of Brass has a great post up about the last week’s 200th episode of “South Park,” which included mentions of the various controversies it has caused throughout its years on the air. In the episode, […]
TV Family Night is back! How cool! I encourage you to tune in to NBC for tonight’s “Secrets of the Mountain,” a made-for-TV movie that is really part of what I hope will be a new version of an old […]
South Park and Avenue Q creators team up for new Broadway musical titled “The Book of Mormon.”
Last week I was able to happily report that the Duggar family’s latest addition, Josie Brooklyn, who was born prematurely in December, was finally able to come home after an extended hospital stay. Sadly she’s back in the hospital, although […]
Check out the trailer for the new HBO series “Treme” about musicians living in post-Katrina New Orleans and are struggling to rebuild their city and their lives. “Do You Wanna” Clip Trailer: Day
I have a few spoilers to share regarding tonight’s episode of Glee.
The late DIxie Carter often spoke about the importance of her Christian faith.
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. […]
Yippee, woohoo: ‘Glee’ returns tomorrow night, Tuesday, for its spring run of episodes after what has felt like the longest hiatus ever. Over the last few months without my weekly ‘Glee’ episode my life has been without song! Without a […]
A young man’s appearance on the Taiwanese talent show “Super Star Ave.” has the Internet abuzz. His performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is shockingly weird/awesome.Check it out:
The Duggar family’s newest addition, Josie Brooklyn–baby 19–was finally released from the hospital yesterday after she was prematurely born in December. As you read on Idol Chatter a few months ago, Michelle Duggar, who along with husband Jim Bob star […]
Such was the line from “Hoosiers,” the best basketball movie ever made, and the line repeated all over the Butler University Campus. It was one of the Top Five memories from one of the most inspirational NCAA Basketball Finals we’ve […]
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 […]
In this TV movie created by Wal-Mart and Proctor & Gamble, a family goes on a weekend getaway to an old cabin they inherited and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The film airs on NBC on April 16, […]
Bryce Avary is The Rocket Summer: a multi-instrumentalist who has played almost every note of his four albums full of unapologetically spiritual, upbeat pop. His latest, “Of Men and Angels,” shows an darker side to Avary, where he depends on […]
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 […]
I tuned in with high expectations. After all, the raves had been flowing. The show had been called “nothing short of mind-blowing” by Newsweek. People called it “gorgeous.” The New York Post proclaimed “every frame should win an Oscar.” “Brilliant,” […]
The new documentary “The Adventists” takes a look at the history of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and how their holistic view of health has led to the group members being among the longest-living people on Earth. The film will […]
I’m going to make this post short and sweet, unlike the torturous “American Idol” performances I’ve forced myself to sit through the past few weeks: This season of “Idol” has been terrible. Usually, nestled in amongst the talent and the […]
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 […]
You have to hand it to “Family Guy” for topicality. Fresh off last month’s run-in with Sarah Palin about her son with Down syndrome, animated sitcom “The Family Guy” opened Sunday night with a skit about Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged […]
In this documentary, religious leaders of various faiths,including the Dalai Lama, talk about religious conflicts around the world and the key to peace. The film airs on PBS in April 2010.
“Breaking Bad” begins a new season.
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 […]
In this clip from “Amish Grace,” based on the true story of the schoolhouse shooting in Nickle Mines, Pennsylvania, a reporter sent to cover the tragedy talks to the community’s Deacon about forgiveness. The movie premieres on March 28, 2010 […]
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 […]
Well, whatever. I’m glad it didn’t win. I might be the only person in the world who didn’t like ‘Avatar’, but I don’t care: I thought the story itself was boring, overly basic, and oh-so-unbelievably derivative, especially for people who […]
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, […]
A Winter/Spring update on the 2010 TV season’s shows that depict spirituality, family, life, and death.
A documentary on assisted suicide that stirred turmoil in Britain premieres in North America to little controversy–so far, allowing the story to speak for itself.
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 […]
After weeks of voting, we are happy to announce the winners of the Best Spiritual Film, Inspirational Film, and Spiritual Documentary of the Year. Find out the winners of the Judges’ Award and the People’s Choice Award (voted on by […]
This documentary from David Grubin explores the life of Prince Siddhartha of India, whose spiritual quest for enlightenment gave birth to Buddhism. The film, narrated by Richard Gere, includes interviews with the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, and other experts, and […]
Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide in LA this past weekend.
The Vancouver Winter Olympic Games have had their share of athletes who competed hard and partied harder. Is it just blowing of steam or just too much?
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 […]
Keith Olbermann’s impassioned plea to allow insurance-covered end of life discussions with doctors is a good lesson for all.
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 […]
Hello Idol Chatter readers, In order to make your experience on Beliefnet’s blogs more enjoyable, we created a short survey to get your input on what you like here and want to see more of, and what you can live […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘Bones‘ is my weekly, tv guilty pleasure. I watch not only because Booth (aka Angel) and Brennan are a reincarnation of the chemistry between ‘The X File’s’ Sully and Mulder, but also because of their ongoing faith vs. science debate. […]
By Sara Shereen Bakhshian CBS is commemorating 10 years of the hit reality franchise “Survivor” by bringing back some of the most notable contestants in “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” The series’ 20th installment premieres tonight Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. […]
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 […]
Paradoxically, the controversial Tim Tebow Super Bowl ads, may have been the least controversial of the broadcast.
Ever wondered how marriage changes everything? Even the women of “The Waltons” dealt with the scary changes of going from single to married. Check out this clip from the show and post your favorite moments from the show in the […]
CBS censors yet another Super Bowl ad.
The new ‘Battlestar Galactica’ prequel series, ‘Caprica’ is turning out to be a gold mine of religious parallels and allusions. Among the most interesting topics and themes thus far, from its newest episode: The First Cylon: it’s a she. A […]
Two days after the season 6 premiere of “Lost,” I’m still thinking about the episode that will define the arc of the final season. By now, I’ve already taken a few deep breaths, asked a bunch of questions, considered all […]
I miss the Olympics. Worse than that, I think I’ll miss ’em some more when they’re over. The Winter version of the Olympics starts on NBC in about a week. But so far, I’m just not feelin’ that Olympic spirit […]
With the Olympics only about a week away, one of the best ways I know to get fired up is to remember some of the great moments from Winter Olympics past. I know the Olympics is supposed to be about […]
An Israeli TV show featuring the Orthodox Jewish singles scene hits US TV sets via the Jewish Channel.
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 […]
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 […]