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Does Sunday Morning Church Really Need All This Glitter, Showmanship and Gimmickry?

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What’s wrong with church today? Are we in danger of turning worship into a flashy concert? Of watering down the message so nobody is offended? Of forgetting the simplicity of the Gospel? I grew up with a preacher’s kid. He […]

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Want a Good Movie for Your Youth Group?

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What does it take to make a good Christian movie? “Passion,” says Nicole Abisinio, producer of “The Investigator,” based on the true-life story of comedian Ray Romano’s brother Rich. In the long-running TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond.” the character “Robert” […]

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Can a bunch of kids thrill moviegoers with “Red Line”?

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Can a bunch of San Diego college students pull off a thriller disaster film? Yes, says Robert Kirbyson, director of “Red Line,” which takes place entirely in a mangled subway car underneath the streets of Los Angeles.   Crewed almost […]

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Confessions of a Preacher’s Daughter

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She’s the star of “This Is Our Time.” She played Kirk Cameron’s wife in the surprise blockbuster “Fireproof.” But she grew up as the pastor’s kid at a megachurch. Was Erin Bethea the stereotypical fast-driving, hard-drinking, boy-teasing, cigar-smoking preacher’s daughter? […]

5-week Bible special a labor of love for famous TV producer and ‘Touched by an Angel’ wife

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It’s a passion project. The new 10-hour mini-series The Bible is “a story of enduring love,” says Mark Burnett, producer of TV mega-hits Survivor (CBS), The Voice (NBC), The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), and Shark Tank (ABC). “It’s many, many stories […]

Jamie Foxx declares Obama “Lord & Savior”

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Why would actor Jamie Foxx startle the Soul Train Music Award audience over the Thanksgiving weekend by urging them to “first of all, give an honor to God — and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama!” Why would a stand-up […]

American Bible Challenge sets network record

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Defying skeptics and attracting TV viewers yearning for inspiration, the premiere episode of Jeff Foxworthy’s American Bible Challenge game show shattered all records for the Game Show Network. “GSN’s highly anticipated original series garnered the network’s highest delivery in its 17-year […]

Is that the American Bible Society playing Facebook games? With Jeff Foxworthy?

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Who says a staid, 196-year-old institution can’t adapt? The American Bible Society is helping to bring Jeff Foxworthy’s American Bible Challenge weekly game show to Facebook! The new TV show premieres Thursday, August 23, at 8 p.m. EDT on the […]

Wisecracking Foxworthy, competing charities team up at Bible Challenge premiere

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No, this is not like any game show you’ve ever seen. The contestants pray. A Gospel choir breaks into hallelujahs at commercial breaks. The host, comedian Jeff Foxworthy quips “You know, if your church is also a skating rink, you […]

Will the Game Show Network win with Bible trivia?

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The Dallas shopping mall’s atrium was filled with excited hopefuls of all ages. They stood patiently in line, applications in hand, hoping to be the next nationwide TV game show winners. But on this new show they wouldn’t be answering “Who Wants […]

Can The Lucky One’s Zac Efron portray a convincing U.S. Marine Corps sergeant?

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Can Disney pretty-boy teenybopper Zac Efron, the Ken doll from Hairspray, the crooning, high-stepping big-man-on-campus in the High School Musical movies pull of a leading role as a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant? Former Marines just home from Iraq don’t comb Justin […]

Hollywood loses a quiet giant of the faith

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Tributes are pouring in on the Internet to a quiet man of faith who believed that prime time television – the world of sit-coms and cop dramas and reality shows – could be used of God to change the world. […]

And you thought your neighbor’s Halloween lawn display was too much …

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So, you think your neighbors are a little over the top — their lawn littered with styrofoam tombstones, witches blowing in the wind? Well, check out this high-tech halloween light show: Aren’t you glad you don’t live next door to […]

“Courageous” movie-makers like being in the top ten, but say success is “changed lives”

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After a strong opening weekend, the church-produced movie “Courageous” was still in the top ten at the box office for weekend two. It had debuted in the number four spot nationally, making more than $9 million nationwide — more than […]

Fantasia has “Mahalia” singing the blues

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Producers of legendary Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s upcoming Hollywood film are reportedly irked after the film’s star, American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, concealed her pregnancy by a married boyfriend. The family of the squeaky-clean Mahalia — the Queen of Gospel — is said to be […]

Daily Mail: Christmas gone from new “Thomas the Tank Engine” children’s cartoon

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The annual battle to banish Christmas has started early this year with the beloved British children’s cartoon “Thomas the Tank Engine” carrying a “decorated tree” for the “winter holidays. The word “Christmas” is never uttered although the plucky little train engine […]

Hollywood discovers the public loves inspirational Christian movies

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Noah, machine gun preachers, religious cops, golfers finding their faith — good family movies with solid plots, beautiful cinematography and A-list stars are shaking Hollywood to its violent, filthy, perverse core — but the studios don’t care as long as it makes lots […]

1,482 Gospel singers fill New Jersey city hall lawn, hoping for Guinness record

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Hoping a spot in Guinness Book of World Records, 1,482 singers from more than 40 churches gathered on the lawn of Bridgeton, N.J.’s city hall annex Saturday afternoon and sang “Amazing Grace” in four-part harmony. They followed it with “How Great Is Our God” […]

Farmer kicks pop singer Rihanna, video crew out of his field, suggests she find God

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Northern Ireland farmer Alan Graham says he’d never heard of pop star Rihanna, but she was dressed too inappropriately to use his barley field, so he made her film crew pack up and leave. He did take time to counsel her to get right […]

NY Times: Wall Street banker loves Gospel

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She’s a Harvard-graduated Wall Street banker, but her true delight is singing Gospel. Carla A. Harris used to slip away from Morgan Stanley to perform Harlem’s Apollo Theater amateur night, writes Kevin Roose for the New York Times. She is one of the most […]

After wardrobe malfunction, “Sorry! Jesus!” should kids watch “Dancing With the Stars?”

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ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” went from “PG-13″ to “R” Monday night as guest dancer Nancy Grace’s dress couldn’t contain her endowments, then singer Chynna Phillips cussed on the air. Already the show was pushing the edges of family-appropriate viewing […]

Washington Post: Scandalized pastor, Gary Busey agree to ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap”

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“An appearance on ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ show is not the traditional way to restore the image of a troubled evangelical pastor,” notes Joshua Little in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section: But, scandalized former mega-church pastor Ted Haggard has […]

Video gamers solve molecular biology puzzle that stumped scientists for 10 years

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Computer games aren’t just time-wasting geek pastimes, according to the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Online gamers have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had had baffled researchers for a decade. The accomplishment was published in the […]

Violent, graphic “Machine Gun Preacher” movie actually had to tone down truth

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When actor Gerard Butler first read the script for the movie Machine Gun Preacher, “I thought, are you kidding me?” he says. “This couldn’t all have happened.” But it did and much more, writes Michele Vu for the Christian Post. “The man has […]

NBC’s new “Playboy Club” blasted by parents council, ex-Bunnies … and is actually boring

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Chicago’s Playboy Club of the 1960s was nothing like the new NBC prime-time drama, says former Playboy Bunny Marilyn Miller. But she may not have much to worry about — the show is unlikely to be around for long. It got […]

Has British comedian committed professional suicide by outing himself, confessing faith?

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British stand-up comic and talk-show host Frank Skinner has never been politically correct. But now he’s done it. He’s come out of the closet. He’s dared to defy the establishment and reveal that, yes, the rumors are true. He can’t […]

Australian play pits Hitler vs elephant god Ganesh, infuriating down-under Hindus

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Already annoyed by ads with the goddess Lakshmi in skimpy swimwear and a disk jockey who called the holy Ganges River a junkyard, Australian Hindus are irked by a play pitting Hitler versus the god Ganesh. “Ganesh Versus the Third […]

Jewish columnist marvels at the continuing vitriol aimed at Mel Gibson

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Why is there such knee-jerk hatred of Mel Gibson? Is it because he can never be forgiven for making an incredible success of The Passion of the Christ? Or can there be redemption? It would seem not, considering the chorus of […]

LA Times: Mel Gibson planning movie on Judah Maccabee

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Mel Gibson, admired for his tenacity in producing the blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ, but whose personal life has led to embarrassing headlines, is developing a film for Warner Bros. about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. “Gibson’s […]

Can uplifting, values-based movies succeed at the box office?

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The mission: To bring positive, inspirational messages back into the global marketplace. “Such is the goal of Mission Pictures International,” writes Beliefnet’s John Kennedy, “the global film financing and distribution company founded by Cindy Bond and Chevonne O’Shaughnessy in 2008. […]

Can Mixed Martial Arts and Christianity work together?

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Try to imagine a Christian film that features the blood-and-guts world of Mixed Martial Arts. MMA, of course, combines the hype and show-biz of professional wrestling with the authentic outcomes of professional boxing, with a touch of karate, judo, Thai kick-boxing and plain ol’ […]

UT Coach Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia

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University of Tennessee women’s basketball  coach Pat Summitt announced in an open letter that she was diagnosed by doctors as having early onset dementia at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn this summer. The inspiring part of this story is that […]

This fun trio’s message? “God is good!”

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“The Muslims Are Coming” comedy act features Christians and Jews, too

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“I just returned to New York after an eye-opening, exhausting and inspiring two weeks traveling across the American South with the stand-up comedy tour The Muslims Are Coming,” reports Dean Obeidallah for the Cable News Network. “We performed in Alabama, […]

New Zealand TV: Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony split is over Scientology

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have split after failing to “see eye-to-eye” on Scientology, according to New Zealand’s TVNZ television. It was Lopez who pulled the plug on their seven-year marriage to the singer last month, according to TVNZ. She “was reportedly hoping […]

New Bible game launched on Facebook

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A U.S.-based digital technology company is launching a new biblical game for Facebook users. Hexify is hoping Journey of Moses will fill the void in the market for Bible-based games on the social networking site, reports the Christian Today news […]

Bollywood superstar critical of England’s “misled” rioters

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India’s film superstar Akshay Kumar is less than sympathetic to England’s young rioters. The Bollywood movie star was in London shooting the “Bollywood” movie Housefull 2 and was shocked by the violence in the streets. “It is so shocking that London and England […]

Country music stars “tweet” prayer requests for dozens hurt in stage collapse

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Country music stars used Twitter to ask fans to pray for dozens injured Saturday night when the band Sugarland’s stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.   Sugarland tweeted to fans late Saturday night: “We are all right. We are praying for […]

Justin Bieber unabashed in praising Jesus, says it’s part of who he is

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 Justin Bieber says he loves Jesus Christ and it has nothing to do with promoting religion. He says he has a personal relationship with the Son of God and it’s just part of who he is. “Basically, I don’t even consider […]

British tabloids: Justin Bieber’s gal pal dumps him over his new friends’ “bad influence”

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Selena Gomez has dumped teen heart-throb Justin Bieber because she believes he is hanging around with the wrong kind of people, according to two British tabloid newspapers.  “Young sweethearts Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have reportedly broken up after the […]

Irked comedians, Forbes magazine agree Jerry Lewis deserves better

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“If this is the way we’re going, we should also tell Grandpa we don’t need him for Thanksgiving,” joked comedian Dennis Miller.  He was among a dozen or so angry comedy stars who gathered in Hollywood Friday afternoon on stage at the Laugh […]

Talk show host: Sister Wives highlights “cult-like mentality of polygamy”

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“If you want to see another blatant example of social activism at the expense of traditional marriage,” writes retired lawman Paul A. Ibbetson, “go no further than The Learning Channel. “Part of TLC’s knowledge-enhancing program lineup is the show featuring polygamist […]

Baptist Press: Supreme Court decision could flood profanity and nudity onto TV

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The stream of profanity and nudity on broadcast television could soon become a flood if the Supreme Court finds the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policy “unconstitutionally vague” during its next session, says the Parents Television Council. “If there’s no rule […]

Miley Cyrus gets a tattoo supporting gay marriage

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Miley Cyrus has made an indelible mark on her finger supporting marriage. She has a new tattoo of an equal sign. She sent out a Twitter message today with a photo of her newly inscribed finger and the comment “All LOVE is equal.” She later added, “@MileyCyrusLuver where […]

The Daily Mail: Justin Bieber and dad show off matching “Yeshua” tattoos

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Justin Bieber and dad just after receiving tattoos This photo just released to the British newspaper the Daily Mail shows Justin Bieber just after he receive a Hebrew-language tattoo earlier this year — and shows that his dad got one just […]

Guardian: Dr. Faustus production falls flat since audience doesn’t believe in hell anymore

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In a less than glowing review of Faust’s classic sale of his soul to the devil, the British newspaper the Guardian‘s reviewer says the problem is that today’s audience no longer fears hell. “It’s not often that, on a balmy […]

NASCAR pastor includes everybody in pre-race invocation

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Before Saturday night’s Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300, Pastor Joe Nelms of Nashville’s Family Baptist Church was asked to pray.   And pray, he did! Before the NASCAR crowd at Nashville Superspeedway Nelms noted that God tells to be thankful for all things […]

Grieving father bids rocker Amy Winehouse “Goodbye, my angel. Sleep tight”

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Mitch Winehouse paid an emotional tribute to his daughter Amy today as her friends and family came together for her funeral, reports the London newspaper the Daily Mail. Relating stories about her childhood and how happy she’d been recently, the grieving […]

Is Facebook turning into “Faith”book? Jesus beats Harry Potter, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga

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by Ash Greyson Beliefnet Managing Editor Move over Lady Gaga! Sorry, Justin Bieber! Nice try, Harry Potter! According to Allfacebook.com, a website that tracks Facebook traffic and interactions, six of the top 20 most engaging Facebook pages are related to […]

Cancer silences 17-year-old musician: “When you don’t have God, that’s truly when you’re alone.”

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Carson Sumpter, a Pelham teenager who continued participating in his church’s worship band despite painful, terminal bone cancer, died Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 17. Sumpter, who learned a year ago that he had bone cancer, played in […]

“Pastafarian” wins religious right to wear spaghetti strainer in driver’s license photo

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  Nico Alm Austrian drivers license holders are only allowed to wear head coverings in official pictures for religious reasons. These include scarves for Muslim women, skullcaps for Jewish men, turbans for Sikh men and a speghetti strainer for Nico Alm, […]

Can “reality TV” inspire real faith?

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“When I began this blog,” writes longtime Associated Press staffer Robert Mims, “one thing Beliefnet wanted me to explore was what inspiration or faith lessons could be gleaned from so-called ‘reality television’” shows. “Hmm. Well, there’s no doubt there is a […]

Christian praise album outselling Lady Gaga, Beyonce in Australia

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In the first week of release in Australia, Hillsong Church’s latest project God Is Able has outsold recent releases by Lady Gaga and Beyonce. The album debuted at third on the ARIA Top 50 Chart just behind Adele’s 21 and […]

Author worries: Is new Harry Potter film just a recruiting film for the occult?

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The final Harry Potter movie opens Friday, but Steve Wohlberg, author of Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft, is worried that it’s one more two-hour recruiting film for the occult. “Pottermania will experience one last spasm with the Grand Finale of Harry […]

Russia, Ukraine, South Korea rename “Captain America” movie

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The movie Captain America will keep its patriotic full title in most of the world when the superhero adventure hits the big-screen. Paramount Pictures and Marvel Comics gave distributors around the world the option of shortening the title of Captain America: […]

Pilots balk at towing atheists’ ad banners

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A nationwide advertising campaign by an atheist group has run into an unexpected snag. Of the nation’s 85 pilots who tow aerial banners, only 17 would agree to participate. “I’m not going to hell towing that sign,” said one pilot […]

Prime time TV actually features a normal Christian offering thanks, praying with friends

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The character Lourdes chats with 11-year-old Matt, a fellow survivor   After decades of portraying Christians as hypocrites, crazies and bigots, Sunday night on prime-time TV, a main character actually prayed over her meal, then led others in a prayer […]

Reports say show will kill off Charlie Sheen’s “Two and a Half Men” character

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Goodbye, Charlie, reports Beliefnet’s “Faith, Media and Culture” writer John Kennedy. He reports that the raunchy CBS situation comedy “Two and a Half Men,” which has revolved around the debauchery of a character played by actor Charlie Sheen, will turn dark […]

Reporters out in the cold; Tuesday night’s premiere of Sarah Palin movie sold out

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National journalists found themselves stuck with the prospect of interviewing local farmers coming out Tuesday night’s premiere of the Sarah Palin movie in Pella, Iowa. It seems the 111-year-old Pella Opera House sold out every seat to local folks – and no tickets were […]

Sheen Gets New Show? “Racier,” “raunchier” than Two and a Half Men?

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Is Charlie Sheen back to winning? The embattled actor has reportedly signed a deal for a new show with Lionsgate Television, Radar Online exclusively reported Monday. The website reports that Sheen is poised to make more money than ever after […]

Van Impe leaves TBN over ‘Chrislam’ remarks

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Jack Van Impe, a popular End Times broadcaster, has ended his decades-long run on Trinity Broadcasting Network after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and […]

‘The Book of Mormon’ wins nine Tonys

By SCOTT D. PIERCE c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune (RNS) The irreverent and hilarious The Book of Mormon musical dominated the 65th annual Tony Awards on Sunday (June 12), winning the award for Best Musical and becoming one of the […]

Feature: Bob Dylan’s Religious Mystique Endures

By RON CSILLAG c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Through the 1960s, Bob Dylan was hailed as a prophet, first of folk music, then of rock ‘n’ roll — at least by those who forgave him the heresy of having […]

Star Trek’s Spock Describes His Jewish Roots

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service ROCKVILLE, Md. (RNS) The V-shaped hand sign that made actor Leonard Nimoy famous as Mr. Spock may have seemed to be from a planet far away. But the “Star Trek” star […]

The Opus Dei Film that Isn’t Really about Opus Dei

By NICOLE NEROULIAS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Would you rather see a movie about a sinner or a saint? The marketing team for the new Roland Joffe film, There Be Dragons, is going for a little of both. […]

Commentary: (Should Be) Coming to a Theater Near You

By CATHLEEN FALSANI c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) This fall a film based on Donald Miller’s bestselling spiritual memoir, Blue Like Jazz, is expected to hit theaters nationwide. In many ways, Miller’s book is an unlikely subject for a […]

Vatican Paper Praises Fertility Ethics of Films

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The official Vatican newspaper has praised two recent Hollywood movies for showing the ethical downsides of sperm donation. In the lead article in the Saturday (April 9) edition of L’Osservatore Romano, Carlo Bellieni writes in When Cinema […]

Feature: Skeletons in the Catholic Church’s Closet

(RNS) In its new Sunday night series, The Borgias, Showtime has found the magic combination for ultimate crowd appeal in a scintillating soap opera about a bad-boy pope. The Borgias follows the quasi-historic story of the Spanish noble family who, […]

Showtime Soap Opera Features History’s Bad-Boy Pope

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Modern popes have had their fans and detractors, but few would dispute their reputations for personal virtue. That’s partly why the five most recent pontiffs — including John Paul II, who will be beatified on May 1 […]

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