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“The Great” Hope Hits Theaters Today

posted by Corine Gatti

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy “The Great” Hope, a junior middleweight boxing champion in “Southpaw.” Hope had all the riches he could dream of–a solid family and a soaring career. Then in one moment it was all taken away after an accident […]

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Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman Will Produce ‘The Story of God’

posted by Corine Gatti

National Geographic Channel and Executive Producers Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger of Revelations Entertainment announced today The Story of God, a new global series exploring mankind’s quest to understand the divine. Host Freeman will embark on an epic […]

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Blues Guitarist B.B. King Dead at 89

posted by Corine Gatti

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died Thursday night at the age of 89 in a Las Vegas hospital. King was the son of a sharecropper, and was born on a plantation in Mississippi. He worked his way up from singing […]

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One Good Fella

posted by Corine Gatti

Jersey Girl, the Body Guard, and Goodfellas–Mike Starr always plays a wise guy. The graduate of Hofstra University’s latest role is the comedy Dancer and the Dame, a film about a police officer (Billy Gardell) demoted to the desk after a […]

Watch the Latest VLog from the Set of ‘SPECTRE’

posted by Corine Gatti

Hey Bond junkies, get ready for the latest video from 007’ and, “SPECTRE “set for release in November. The footage will focus on a car chase with the elite Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 in Rome. What makes this action […]

Debbie Gibson Still Amazes

posted by Corine Gatti

Debbie Gibson stars as Jessica in an inspiring drama about a woman who gives up her singing career to take care of her aging parents. Sweeping her dreams aside Jessica discovers that her dreams of becoming a singer and songwriter […]

‘Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!’

posted by Corine Gatti

Faster than you can say: ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s go!,’ self-taught drummer Marky Ramone continues to rock out his legacy as the last member of the most iconic punk bands in history.  In his book, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as […]

Big Faith and a True Father-Son Bond

posted by Corine Gatti

The film “Little” Boy is based on a seven-year-old boy working to move mountains to end World War II so his father and best friend can return home. Regardless of his size or age, this youth’s faith is unstoppable. Executive […]

‘Unbroken’ is a True Gift This Christmas

posted by Corine Gatti

After 57 years of being hung up, now a war hero’s story is on the big screen. Unbroken, a true story based on U.S. POW and 1936 Olympic runner Louie Zamperini will be released on Christmas Day. The timing could […]

A Sobering Look at Cyberbullying

posted by Corine Gatti

With headlines blaring about cyberbullying, “Nowhere Safe” is a sobering look at what could go wrong is this “Family Approved” movie by The Dove Foundation. Two teen girls Mel and Alana launch a massive cyber attack on Ashley (Danielle Chuchran) […]

A Historical Look at Funk Pioneer James Brown

posted by Corine Gatti

  James Brown was one of the most influential performers in the 20th Century. Now you can see exclusive footage in a feature –length documentary. Produced by Sir Mick Jagger, ‘Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown’ premiers on HBO […]

The Christian Version of Netflix Receives a Reboot

posted by Corine Gatti

Yes, you read the headline correctly. If you haven’t heard there is a streaming television network and video on demand that specializes exclusively in faith-inspired films called Parables TV. Films like “Saving God” with Dean McDermott, and thrillers like “Fatal […]

Rick Warren Touts Upcoming Bible Video Game

posted by Corine Gatti

Cheesy Christian video games could become faint memory if the “Tornado Twins” reach their goals. In two weeks identical twins Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg raised half the funds they needed to create the first episodes of the “The Game Bible Series” through […]

Derrick Rose Donates $1 Million to Chicago Charity

posted by Angela Guzman

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose donated $1 million to After School Matters – a Chicago charity that assists in organizing out-of-school apprenticeships for teens. The charity has a program at Simeon Career Academy, Rose’s alma mater. After School Matters stated that Rose’s donation is […]

Behind The Scenes of THE IDENTICAL

posted by jgordon1

There’s one more week left to check out the IDENTITY SERIES, a half-hour television show featuring prominent Christian leaders encouraging viewers about the importance of following God call’s on their life. Among those appearing in the series are best-selling author and pastor Max […]

Horror Flick Details Biblical End Times

posted by Corine Gatti

Faith based films have become a buzzword in Hollywood lately said writer and director Casey La Scala of “Donnie Darko,” and “A Walk to Remember.” La Scala new film is a horror flick based on biblical accounts of end times […]

Dolphin Tale 2 is a Reminder Never to Give Up

posted by Corine Gatti

The famous dolphin that won the hearts of the disabled all over the globe returns to offer us insight and encouragement again in “Dolphin Tale 2.” Winter was rescued after she lost her tail in a crab trap. She survived […]

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Book Wars and Friendship Subject of Film

posted by Corine Gatti

UK-based Attraction Films will produce a drama on the odd and turbulent relationship between authors C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien set in Britain during  and after World War I. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, and Tolkien penned The Hobbit […]

THE IDENTITY SERIES Premiers Today

posted by jgordon1

City of Peace Films, Gray Media and in::cite Media, debut a new Christian show challenging believers to come to grips with their identity in Christ. THE IDENTITY SERIES features content from the parent film THE IDENTICAL, a story about a […]

Anchor Stuart Scott Honored at ESPYs for Perseverance

posted by Corine Gatti

ESPN’s anchor Stuart Scott offers strength to many on air. It’s not only for his smooth delivery or a career that’s spanned over two decades-it’s fighting a deadly form of cancer since 2007. This week Scott, 48, was presented the […]

Keith Olbermann Pays Tribute to Baseball Legend Tony Gwynn

posted by Matthew Corbett

Hall of Famer and 15-time All Star Tony Gwynn, who passed away on June 16th, was more than just a remarkable hitter; he embodied the qualities of sportsmanship, humility, and excitement that make baseball such a great American sport. Gwynn played 20 […]

Dolphin Tale 2 Releases Full Length Official Trailer

posted by Matthew Corbett

Join Winter and the rest of the Dolphin Tale cast as they return to the big screen! Dolphin Tale 2, again based on a true story, features all of the characters you loved from the first movie while introducing Hope, a […]

‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Julia Collins Ends Winning Streak

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“Jeopardy!” contestant Julia Collins, the winningest woman in “Jeopardy!” history, ended her winning streak Monday night after losing during her 21st appearance on the show. The 31-year-old Chicago resident had 20 consecutive wins from April 21–June 2, the most wins ever […]

“American Hustle” Director Raises $150,000 for Children with Special Needs

posted by Matthew Corbett

David O. Russell, director of critically acclaimed “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” attended a charity auction where he raised $150,000. The auction took place on Parents’ Weekend at the Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for young people with […]

Kevin Durant Named 2013-14 NBA MVP

posted by Matthew Corbett

Keven Durant, small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player of the 2013-14 regular season on Tuesday, May 7th. This is Durant’s first time receiving the award, after having finished second in the voting […]

Jeff Foxworthy’s Show Proves Faith Programming Works

posted by Corine Gatti

We need to laugh more as people of faith said host Jeff Foxworthy of “The American Bible Challenge” and who am I to argue with this advice? He’s still a comedian and a child at heart. “I am a comedian, […]

Movie Review: Noah and Its Controversies

posted by Matthew Corbett

Even before its official theatrical release, director Darren Aronofsky’s latest project Noah has attracted mixed reviews from religious communities everywhere. Charles Jenkins, Pastor at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, says “NOAH is a riveting blockbuster. Messages of righteousness, justice, mercy, sacrifice, […]

People Magazine Celebrates 40 Years

posted by Angela Guzman

People Magazine celebrated their 40th anniversary on March 4th. The magazine premiered in March 1974 featuring Mia Farrow, from “The Great Gatsby,” on the cover. The publication is an mix of celebrity and human interests pieces. Between online and mail subscribers the […]

YouTube Sensation Kevin Grow Signed to Globetrotters

posted by Matthew Corbett

It would be remarkable for any 18 year old to have the opportunity to play with the legendary Harlem Globetrotters. Kids all across the country dream of playing basketball in front of a massive audience with one of America’s most […]

Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan Top the Most Generous List

posted by Angela Guzman

The Chronicle of Philanthropy puts out a list each year of the most generous people – topping the list for 2013 is Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. The couple gave 18 million shares of Facebook, equating to roughly $992.2 million, […]

Is Fame Driving Actor Shia LaBeouf Out of the Biz?

posted by Corine Gatti

Actor Shia LaBeouf apparently doesn’t like fame, or answering reporters. During an appearance of the premier of his new film, “Nymphomaniac, Volume 1,” LaBeouf wore a paper bag over his head with cutouts for eyes to accompany his tuxedo. Written […]

Super Bowl Ad for Biblical Epic ‘Noah’ Released

posted by Matthew Corbett

  Noah is the the latest film from director Darren Aronofsky, known for such significant artistic accomplishments as Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream. As with any Hollywood movie, you can expect some creative interpretations of the original story […]

What a Sister and What a Hero!

posted by Corine Gatti

US twin biathlete Tracy Barnes did one of the most selfless acts a sister could do. She gave up her spot on the Olympic Team so her sister Lanny could compete in Sochi. Lanny fell ill during trials in Ridnaun, […]

Lori Loughlin Heads West in New Series

posted by Corine Gatti

Lori Loughlin is sticking to her Catholic roots, taking on her first period drama in Vancouver, and yes, possibly reuniting with the Full House cast as Rebecca Donaldson. Loughlin stars with Erin Krakow, and Daniel Lissing as Abigail Stanton in the Hallmark […]

A Modern Day Sherlock Holmes

posted by Matthew Corbett

After a remarkable cliffhanger to end its second season, BBC’s award-winning series Sherlock returns to American television on Sunday, January 19th. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK), the series offers […]

Time Magazine Announces Pope Francis as Person of the Year

posted by Angela Guzman

Time Magazine announced, Wednesday morning, Pope Francis “The People’s Pope” as the Person of the Year. Within a relatively short time period, Pope Francis has changed many opinions about the Catholic church. The Pope has incorporated auditing the known to be […]

Susan Boyle Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome

posted by Corine Gatti

Vocalist Susan Boyle was reportedly diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome a year ago by a Scottish specialist.But she’s more than comfortable about the diagnoses and described it as “a relief.” Asperger’s syndrome is a high-functioning form of autism it usually impedes […]

Paula Abdul Returns to Jewish Roots, Celebrates Bat Mitzvah

posted by Corine Gatti

Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul was raised in the Jewish faith longed for an opportunity to visit the Holy Land as a tourist and will finally get her wish on a 10-day trip to Israel. She also wanted to […]

Robin Quivers Breaks Silence on Cancer Battle

posted by Corine Gatti

Radio personality Robin Quivers announced to Sirius XM radio fans that she left the Howard Stern Show because she was battling cancer for the past year. Quivers was working from home despite undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. She broke her […]

Be Bold: What Diana Nyad Teaches Us

posted by Corine Gatti

Diana Nyad became the first person to not only swim without a shark cage from Cuba to Key West, Fla., but showed that at 64-years-old, anyone can achieve their dreams. Nyad clocked 53 hours to realize her 35-year dream to […]

Why Do You Believe?

posted by Corine Gatti

Why do you believe what you believe? If a person stands on a podium in fine suits and a microphone, is what he or she says automatically factual? What power do they really possess? Society is less likely to research […]

Has your favorite show been “smashed”?

posted by Mandi Fornes

I hope you weren’t too fond of “Smash” or “Go On”. It seems as though ‘Smash’ never quite found the adoring fan-dom of ‘Glee’ (you know, that other TV show based on signing and dancing?). And Matthew Perry is experiencing […]

Oprah Interviews Dr. Eben Alexander on His Near-Death Experience

posted by Corine Gatti

Dr. Eben Alexander is a medical marvel. The academic neurosurgeon of 25 years was bolted into a coma after an attack of E. coli meningitis in 2008, part of his brain shut down, and his doctors lost hope of his […]

Who Won the Emmys??

posted by S. Russ

Check out this year’s Emmy winners!! Supporting Actress in a Comedy series – Julie Bowen (Modern Family) Supporting Actor in a Comedy series – Ty Burrell (Modern Family) Directing of a Comedy series – Michael Allen Spiller (Modern Family) Writing […]

Glee’s “Mini Warbler” Is All Kinds of Awwwwwww…

posted by Evan Derrick

Hit LIKE to share! This little boy loves the Warblers, the male prep school glee club that featured prominently in Season 2 of Fox’s hit show, and he has the moves (and costume) to prove it. His parents are going […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A rock star unites with puppets, an author urges fans to light a candle and a TV mainstay turns to the world wide web. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, the Pop Culture Passionistas A little girl fulfills her dream to dance, stars stick it out for their charities and a pop star turns editor-in-chief. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. ‘Dancing […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by the Pop Culture Passionistas A sitcom teen keeps her good deeds on the down low, a major mogul goes green and a DIY star lends a hand to build habitats. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. […]

So Touching! Soldiers Surprising Their Loved Ones

posted by agreyson

Hit “LIKE” above to support the troops and share with your friends! WATCH MORE GREAT VIDEOS! AMAZING! Christian Bikes Protect a Soldiers Funeral WOW! Carry Underwood and Vince Gill Sing “How Great Thou Art” CUTE! These twin boys are ADORABLE!

This Week’s Most Inspiring Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A housewife fights hunger with bread art, a celebrity chef gives back and a rocker helps the homeless. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Teri Hatcher Fights Hunger One […]

Christian Bikers Protect the Funeral of Fallen Soldier

posted by agreyson

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A Royal Wedding Spoof

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Keith Green Sings “Easter Song” Hit Like to Share!

posted by agreyson

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Priest Tweets the Stations of the Cross

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Think you don’t have time to particpate in this Holy Week? Think again. On this Good Friday there is a priest who will tweet the Stations of the Cross and you can follow him as he does. Father Paddy Byrne […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas An Olympic champion sees the impact, heavy metal stars rock out for Armenia and a celebrity chef stages a Food Revolution. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Apolo Ohno […]

Passover – Google Style

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I stumbled upon a great video that told the story of the Nativity using social media and now I have discovered an equally entertaining video for Passover. It tells the complete story of the deliverance of the Jews from Pharoah […]

The Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas An Oscar winner becomes a Good Will Ambassador, a Glee cast member gives the gift of Dance and a “Celebrity Apprentice” candidate gives back to the American Red Cross. Here are this […]

Our Favorite April Fool’s Jokes!

posted by agreyson

Tech companies are famous for their online pranks. It’s gotten to the point where they just can’t fool anyone but that doesn’t keep you from laughing. Here are a few of our favorite from this year. ThinkGeek released their incredible […]

This Weeks Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A journalist searches for hope and faith, an anchorwoman turns the spotlight on global health and a great humanitarian passes away. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Liz Taylor’s […]

Enter to Win a Free Copy of “The Book That Changed the World: The Amazing Tale of the the King James Bible”

posted by Evan Derrick

Published in 1611 (which makes this year its 400th anniversary), the Authorized King James Version of the Bible became “the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language.” Regardless […]

Cute “Idol Chatter” from adorable twins!

posted by agreyson

This may be the cutest, most intense conversation about… well… you decide. The chatter seems anything but idol to these adorable kiddos! Hit the “LIKE” button under Cute in the title to share it with your friends!

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

Big celebs gather to same the planet before it’s “going, going, gone,” stars rally for survivors in Japan and an actor takes a walk for leukemia and lymphoma. The Planet is Going, Going, Gone The Bid to Save the Earth […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel’s Job in Jeopardy

posted by Corine Gatti

Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Jim Tressel reportedly knew of players selling memorabilia for money and other benefits eight months before they were suspended for infractions in December. It appears that the well-liked coach’s job could be in jeopardy, […]

Cyndi Lauper Sings for Stranded Tourists

posted by Corine Gatti

Cyndi Lauper was among stranded tourists at an airport in Buenos Aires and threw an impromptu mini concert. Check out the video here:

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

Idol’s Chris Medina Receives $70,000, 1% of ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Box Office, Towards Care of Fiancée

posted by Evan Derrick

Chris Medina, recent Idol hopeful who unfortunately didn’t make it through Hollywood week, was on Ryan Seacrest’s radio program today to discuss Idol and his new single when he received a happy shock. Medina’s fiancée, Juliana, was injured in a […]

Dancing With the Stars Cast Revealed

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

Charlie Sheen Needs “The King’s Speech”

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

This Weeks Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

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”: […]

TREVOR BAYNE’S DAYTONA 500 MIRACLE

posted by agreyson

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Corine Gatti

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 […]

James Durbin Overcomes, Leaves American Idol Judges Speechless

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

Emily Anne Reed Loses House, Gains Ticket To Hollywood on American Idol

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

Stefano Langone Survives to Wow American Idol Judges

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

Kristin Chenoweth Receives GLAAD Award

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Chenoweth is recognized for her support of gay rights.

Top 5 Feel Good Superbowl XLV Commercials

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

Cuteness of Puppy Bowl Threatens To Eclipse Super Bowl XLV

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments Blog

posted by agreyson

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

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 […]

Chris Medina Inspires with Unconditional Love on American Idol

posted by agreyson

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 […]

Twitter Reactions to the State of the Union

posted by agreyson

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 […]

Oscar Nominations 2011: Oscar Gets it (Mostly) Right

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my thoughts on today’s Oscar noms!

Gervais Speaks up about Golden Globes and God

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Ricky Gervais and Piers Moran discuss the afterlife.

Paris Tassin Keeps Her Baby and Keeps American Idol Hopes Alive

posted by agreyson

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 […]

Travis Orlando Goes From Shelter to Center Stage on American Idol

posted by agreyson

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 Announces Retirement

posted by Corine Gatti

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moment

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas The President asks us to live up to a young girl’s vision of the nation, an Icelandic singer saves her country’s nature and a Harry Potter group fights real-life evils. President Obama […]

Microphone Glitch Inspires Hockey Fans, Country

posted by Corine Gatti

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

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 […]

Homeless Man Finds God–Then the World Finds Him

posted by agreyson

Several days ago, I was stumbling around Youtube and saw a video of a homeless man who, literally, had a golden voice. It had been posted that day and already had 100,000 views. The video had over 12 million views […]

The Year’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments (Part 1)

posted by Evan Derrick

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. Check back next week to see the final five. 10. Balthazar […]

Hip to be Old, White, Religious, and Male?

posted by Donna Freitas

I read New York Magazine more or less every week. I think of it as hip, snarky, fashionable, funny, political, and a great guide to all-things-now. Rarely do they touch on the topic of religion, though (gee, I wonder why?), […]

Thomas Kinkade is Going To Jail – But Just for 10 Days

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The famous painter is going to jail for a DUI.

What’s Your Calling?

posted by agreyson

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 Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning series, Independent Lens, on two consecutive nights: Monday, December 20 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

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 […]

A Modern, Digital Look at the Nativity

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Check out htis new look at the Bativity through the use of various social media.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

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 […]

Is Walmart the Next Big Movie Studio?

posted by agreyson

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 […]

Fox and Walden Aim Squarely at the Faith Community with “Dawn Treader”

posted by agreyson

A few years ago, it was unthinkable to promote a mainstream movie to the faith crowd. That’s all changed and when you consider the subject matter, there may not be a more perfect crossover film than the latest installment in […]

Enter to Win a “Christmas in Canaan” DVD!

posted by agreyson

Based on the book co-penned by country legend Kenny Rogers, “Christmas in Canaan” is set in the rural town of Canaan, Texas. It’s the story of a clash between two classmates – one, a tough farm boy, and the other, […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

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 […]

The Palins Have Officially Ruined “DWTS”

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Bristol Palin is in the final three and has ruined “DWTS.”

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

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’” […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A famous director shares more thoughts on aging, a musician rocks out on the golf course, and Movember gets hairy. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Nora Ephron: Telling […]

Don’t Be Cynical About Sarah Palin’s Alaska

posted by agreyson

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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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 […]

The New Hawaii Five-O: Lotsa Action But…

posted by douglas howe

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 […]

Hut vs. Hut – Artists Take on the Sukkah

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

New York Magazine’s competition to build an artistic sukkah (hut used during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot) yields 12 finalists.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

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. […]

Stephen Hawking: No Need for God in Physics

posted by douglas howe

It is rare when someone from the field of science–especially the kind of science that is almost impossible to understand–becomes a pop culture icon. But Stephen Hawking has long been known far outside the academic community as the Tiger Woods […]

Forget “Heat;” How ‘Bout “Love” Index?

posted by douglas howe

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 […]

New Book Discusses “Fake” Christians, Not Paris Hilton

posted by douglas howe

I’ve posted (ranted?) before in this space about the ridiculous stuff that passes for “news” and/or “features” reported in and about our culture. I saw another wasted news item this week regarding Paris Hilton and her drug arrest. Really, who […]

What, Exactly, Is Glenn Beck?

posted by douglas howe

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,” […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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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 […]

Chris Isaak’s Live CD Captures Tour Magic

posted by douglas howe

If I told you I watched a concert with a hip guy wearing a sequined covered suit with a band full of old white guys in matching dress–crooning in their version of a rockabilly style–you’d probably think I had bought […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a charitable rocker gets a town named after him, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” gives back, and John Lennon sends some posthumous advice. Here are this week’s most inspirational […]

Cameron Dives Deep for Birthday, Plants Trees for the World

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

When you’re James Cameron, director of Avatar, how do you spend your birthday? If you said, “submerging yourself beneath a Russian lake,” you’re correct!

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week celebrities a rapper got swabbed, some “Real Housewives” showed they have heart, and a talk show legend made some big donations (posthumously). Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week celebrities Tweeted to save lives, Superman stopped a foreclosure, and a TV funnyman battled a serious case. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Stars Twitter to Save […]

The Billionaires and Their Giving!

posted by Douglas Howe

The new stars of our pop culture are not coming from the typical places, whether that be movies, music, television or somewhere else. No, they’re coming from another place and being talked about everywhere from the tabloids to the tube […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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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 […]

The Do Something Awards and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a “Glee” star honors celebs who get out and Do Something, a movie star gets a big honor from the TV Academy, and a famous chef goes meatless on Mondays. […]

Mad Men Season Premiere

posted by Douglas Howe

“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 […]

Primetime TV, FCC and Court Rulings

posted by Douglas Howe

“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 […]

Death on Facebook: Not so Graceful Apparently

posted by Donna Freitas

I’ve occasionally wondered what happens to a person’s facebook account when they die. I suppose it’s up to family members and friends to deactivate the account–that is, if they know the password. Or maybe you contact the some administrator at […]

“Footnote” is a New Kind of Show

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

‘Deadliest Catch': The Death of Captain Phil

posted by Ellen Leventry

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.

Betty White’s Upcoming Calendar and More of This Week’s Inspiring Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a Hollywood heavy-hitter continues to give up glamour for giving, a “Survivor” raises AIDS awareness through soccer, and everyone’s favorite octagenarian sells beefcake for pets. Here are this week’s most […]

‘Cheating’ Celebs and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week Hollywood hot shots cheat for charity, celebs offer walk-on roles for cold hard cash, and two city slicker farmers help out their local community artisans. Here are this week’s most […]

A Bald Beauty Wins Miss Delaware Pageant and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Idol Chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week Matt Damon offered to take one in the kisser for a good cause, Miss (Bald) America took the crown, and Sir Paul McCartney went viral for charity. Here are this week’s […]

‘Eclipse': A So-So Phase of the ‘Twilight Saga’

posted by Ellen Leventry

The third installment in the “Twilight Saga” fails to sparkle as brightly as the first two.

Al Roker Lends a Hand and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week a fashion designer built sustainable communities in Africa, a weatherman toured the country on a feel good gift giving spree, and a star-studded documentary encouraged kids to go outside and […]

Amy Poehler Celebrates Smart Girls and More of This Week’s Inspiring Moments in Pop Culture

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas During the past seven days a Broadway performer became a hot dog ambassador for good moods, a comedian celebrated smart girls, and stars came out to fight Pediatric AIDS. Here are this […]

“True Blood” Premiere Quenches, Season Three Promising

posted by Ellen Leventry

Following a somewhat anemic second season, “True Blood” is bad to it’s sexy best.

‘Painter of Light’ Thomas Kinkade Continues to Face Dark Times

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Thomas Kinkade was charged with allegedly drunk driving last weekend.

This is Your Brain on Technology

posted by Donna Freitas

Last week The New York Times published two riveting articles about how technology–the constant texting, connectivity, emailing, cell phones, and other interactive media we use constantly via our iPhones and other PDA’s–is making an impact on our lives, our families, […]

Will ‘A-Team’ Make This A-List?

posted by Douglas Howe

“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 […]

My Meeting With Coach John Wooden

posted by Douglas Howe

Today is the one week anniversary of the death of Coach John Wooden. I am amazed–and thrilled–that the accolades and chat about him continues to thrive throughout the media universe we live in. Somehow, this man of Christian faith, family […]

Ken Jeong’s MTV Movie Awards Speech and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A Hollywood actor was inspired by his wife’s strength and a phone company rewards good deeds are some of this week’s inspirational Pop Culture moments. Ken Jeong Shows His Sensitive Side Some […]

Does the World Need Really Need ‘Kate Plus 8’?

posted by Ellen Leventry

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 Returns to the Stage at the MTV Movie Awards

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Sandra Bullock shined at the MTV Movie Awards.

Hollywood Steps Up for the Gulf and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas In recent celeb news a former Eurythmic got a UN appointment, some Hollywood stars lent a hand in the Gulf, and an ex-Idol asked fans to give back. Here are this week’s […]

Al and Tipper Gore Separating After 40 Years of Marriage

posted by Ellen Leventry

Al and Tipper Gore shocked the world with the announcement of their separation after 40 years of marriage. But the fact that the separation is scandal-free may be more shocking to a public used to tabloid-fueled break ups.

For Dennis Hopper, ‘Hoosiers’ Was the Best

posted by Douglas Howe

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 Sands Moved Slow in ‘The Prince of Persia’

posted by Douglas Howe

While I waited to get home from a business trip to see “Sex and the City 2″ with my girls, I went in to see “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” I figured “hey, it’s a Jerry Bruckheimer film,” […]

Some Inspirational Reading for Summer

posted by Douglas Howe

Are you a reader? Does summer offer that awesome chance to get alone with a book and get lost somewhere near the beach, or at a coffee house, or just in that comfy couch in the living room? If you’re […]

PBS Concert and Other Memorial Day Choices

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

The ‘Lost’ Finale and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas We finally said aloha to “Lost,” which went out with a message of hope, America Ferrera joined the list of celebs building schools, and two famous Brad Whitfords collided. Here are this […]

The End of ‘Lost': Hated it!

posted by Donna Freitas

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: […]

‘Lost’ Series Finale Review: Initial Thoughts

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Some initial thoughts about the Lost series finale.

The Dalai Lama Rocks Radio City and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasCelebs were spreading the good vibes this week. A “Desperate Housewives” star was spotlighted for her good deeds on NBC Nightly News, primetime network anchors joined forces to Stand Up to Cancer, two […]

New Jesus In Food Photo: Seitan Christ

posted by dross

It seems like images of Jesus and other holy figures have been appearing on all kinds of food lately–grilled cheese, pierogies, tortillas, just to name a few. Which is why I was skeptical, yet intrigued, when I received a press […]

’24′: The Finale

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

Congratulations Miss USA Rima Fakih, On Your …??

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

Mr. Trump’s Racy Photos Will Backfire…

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

Flood Relief Rocks Nashville and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week Robin Hood gives to the poor, Hollywood lends a helping hand at Cannes, a billionaire makes art for charity, a rapper saves families from foreclosure, and Nashville stars help their […]

Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Apology and More of This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week a talk show host got schooled by her kid, a comedian spoke of possibility with some working class heroes, an ’80s pop star turned jeans into dreams, a rocker preached the […]

May the Force Be With Us

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

For fans, Star Wars Day 2010 arrives and provokes reflections on religion and popular culture.

What Do We Want From ‘Lost’?

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Lost is ending its six-season run on May 23. What are our expectations for its last four episodes?

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

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 […]

Jill Zarin: Good for the Jews?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Is Jill Zarin one more example of a Jewish stereotype we don’t need to see on TV?

Network Pilot Season: Popular Stars, Producers, Premises Abound

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Popular stars, producers, and premises abound in this list of potential network TV pilots.

‘Restore Stephen Baldwin’ Uses Job Story to Inspire Donations

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

A new website asks for donations to help restore the lost wealth of outspoken Christian actor Stephen Baldwin.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasGood feelings were flowing again this week. Esquire announced a surprising choice for best looking woman in America. One famous chef helped another make a comeback. A trailblazing star released a third memoir. […]

Christians Rock Tonight’s Tube: Amy Grant and Jennifer Knapp

posted by Paul O'Donnell

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 […]

Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy: Entering the NFL Draft, God is Still First and They are Second

posted by Kris Rasmussen

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 […]

‘Open Your Heart’ to ‘Glee’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

This week’s Glee tackled teen sexuality – against the empowering backdrop of Madonna’s music.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by dross

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 […]

The Secrets of the Mountain

posted by Douglas Howe

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 Creators Tackle ‘Book of Mormon’ for Broadway

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

South Park and Avenue Q creators team up for new Broadway musical titled “The Book of Mormon.”

Vatican on The Beatles: ‘Not the Best Example, But Forgiven’

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

After decades, the Vatican absolves the Beatles.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

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 […]

J.K. Rowling Contemplates Harry Potter Sequel – Some Day

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Should J.K. Rowling write another Harry Potter book?

Ordination Barbie: I Want One!

posted by Donna Freitas

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 Press Conference & Buddhism

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas This week’s inspiring pop culture events came in all shapes and sizes. A charitable little boy made a big Hollywood deal, the First Lady received a Kids’ Choice Award, and Demi and […]

Man of Faith Makes ‘Why Did I Get Married Too?’

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

Baron Cohen Leads Simpsons Through Holy Land

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Homer, Marge and the gang head to Israel.

Inspirational Pop Culture Moments of the Week

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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 […]

‘Christ Haunted’ Anne Rice Shares Her Testimony on I Am Second

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Anne Rice speaks candidly about her faith at the I Am Second website.

Mr. Biden, F-Bombs and Our Fading Culture

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

5 Tiger Storylines From Outside the Ropes

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

Mazal Tov: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla “Ayala” Fisher

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher wed in a Jewish ceremony.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasThis week we were inspired by a wide array of pop culture events. There was a mother defending her “Precious” daughter, a collection of stars gathering to Make-A-Wish, a little guy making it […]

Jesse James’ Apology: What Does it Matter?

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

National Day of Unplugging: a Sabbath from Technology

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

This weekend marks a National Day of Unplugging: an organization called Reboot created the “Sabbath Manifesto,” which provides ten core principles to guide the unplugging.

March Madness Inspiration

posted by Douglas Howe

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 […]

Top 5 ‘Twilight’-Themed Parody Videos

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse get the parody treatment on YouTube.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by idol chatter

Inspirational pop culture moments for the week of March 8, 2010

Corey Haim: 1971-2010

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Corey Haim died early Wednesday morning of a possible overdose.

Mo’Nique’s Hairy Legs and ‘Open’ Marriage

posted by Douglas Howe

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, […]

Whose God Won the Oscar?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

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 […]

Megan Fox Confesses to Loving Two Men–Ever

posted by Paul O'Donnell

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 Faces Another Family Tragedy: Her Son Michael Commits Suicide

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Marie Osmond’s son committed suicide in LA this past weekend.

Olympic Medalists: Not Showing Enough Mettle?

posted by Ellen Leventry

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?

Keith Olbermann’s ‘Life Panel’ Special Comment

posted by Ellen Leventry

Keith Olbermann’s impassioned plea to allow insurance-covered end of life discussions with doctors is a good lesson for all.

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