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8 Reflections from Faith-and-Immigration Documentary
8 Reflections from Faith-and-Immigration Documentary

By: Cliff Vaughn
With the abundance of news about immigrants, migrants and refugees, I reflected back on January 2011 when I worked on EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders." Here's what has stuck with me.

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Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School
Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School

By: Cliff Vaughn
Bill and Audrey Cowley not only saved lives during a tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966, they also founded Baptist High School in 1961, which emerged as a pre-eminent educational institution and remains so to this day.

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EthicsDaily.com Media Overview
EthicsDaily.com Media Overview

By: Cliff Vaughn
The creation of a documentary like "The Disturbances" requires travel, interviews, archival research, writing, meetings, scanning, editing, phone calls, e-mails, marketing, more travel. It also requires your support.

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Nigeria's 1966 Genocide: Why Few Wanted to Hear About It
Nigeria's 1966 Genocide: Why Few Wanted to Hear About It

By: Cliff Vaughn
The genocide in Nigeria in 1966 escaped the radar of most North Americans. While few missionaries talked about what happened 50 years ago, many other folks seemingly didn't want to hear about it. Why?

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"Exodus: Gods and Kings"

By: Cliff Vaughn
Ridley Scott can't or won't shake faith on film, but one thing seems certain: "Exodus" works best when it's about Scott's artistry, not Moses' theology - imagined or otherwise. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

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Profiles in Goodwill: Cliff Vaughn
Profiles in Goodwill: Cliff Vaughn
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Cliff Vaughn is the media producer at EthicsDaily.com and an adjunct instructor at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Here's a profile to tell you more about him.
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A Look Back at EthicsDaily's History of Quality Faith Content
A Look Back at EthicsDaily's History of Quality Faith Content

By: Cliff Vaughn
As EthicsDaily.com steps up our efforts to make our faith-based content available on TV, it's helpful to look back at how we reached this point, starting with an HD video camera in 2003.

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What I've Learned from Folks with Decades of Experience
What I've Learned from Folks with Decades of Experience
By: Cliff Vaughn
Sharing conversations with people who have decades of experience is a privilege that's enlivening and empowering. EthicsDaily.com's media producer discusses several souls who have impressed him.
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National Day of Unplugging Focuses on Rest, Relationships
National Day of Unplugging Focuses on Rest, Relationships
By: Cliff Vaughn
The National Day of Unplugging in March asks folks to "connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child."
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Who Is Virginia's First Family of Corrections?
Who Is Virginia's First Family of Corrections?
By: Cliff Vaughn
If there were such a thing as the First Family of Corrections in Virginia, the Myers family, who are featured in EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on faith and prisons, would fit the bill.
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The Next Door – Helping Women in Crisis
The Next Door – Helping Women in Crisis
By: Cliff Vaughn
For more than a decade, The Next Door, an outgrowth of First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville, has helped women emerging from incarceration. It's proven to be a model organization.
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Why Prison Shootings Are Necessary
Why Prison Shootings Are Necessary
By: Cliff Vaughn
Visiting a prison takes time and patience because of clearance and security. Add a camera, and it's even more intense. Here are 7 lessons learned during filming of EthicsDaily.com's "Through the Door."
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"Lincoln"
Mirroring his 1997 drama "Amistad," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" explores the lengths to which Lincoln goes to secure votes for the amendment to abolish slavery. (Photo: DreamWorks)
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"With God on Our Side"
The documentary "With God on Our Side" offers perspectives that counter the dominant, almost unquestioned position of U.S. Christians' support for Israel. (Photo: WithGodOnOurSide.com)
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"Street Paper"
The documentary "Street Paper" profiles the most circulated "street newspaper" in the nation and focuses on its vendors, who are either currently or formerly homeless. (Photo: Digital Bohemia)
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Baptist Colleges Spend Millions on Sports
Baptist Colleges Spend Millions on Sports
How important are college sports to Baptist schools? Plenty, judging by the millions – and sometimes tens of millions – that they allot to athletic budgets. But does money equal wins?
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"Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians"
A newly release documentary, "Holy Rollers," follows an unusual group of professional card-counting blackjack players. They're Christians, and many are pastors. (Photo: HolyRollersTheMovie.com)
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"Undefeated"
"Undefeated," Oscar winner for best documentary, which follows a high school football team's season, offers as much emotional punch as any fictitious feature film of the genre. (Photo: The Weinstein Company)
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What's So Funny? These 10 Bible Passages Are
What's So Funny? These 10 Bible Passages Are
Whether intended or not, some passages of the Bible can draw out a smile or even a good laugh from us. Here are 10 examples. How many elicit a chuckle from you?
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"War Horse"
"War Horse" is a sweet film but not one of Steven Spielberg's better works. The weak link is the writing, which lacks subtlety and too often plays like melodrama. (Photo: DreamWorks)
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"Page One: Inside The New York Times"
Using The New York Times as a lens, "Page One" is an engaging and illuminating documentary that explores what's happening to the newspaper business. (Photo: Magnolia Pictures)
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From Obama to The Daily Show, Talk of Fair Taxation
From Obama to The Daily Show, Talk of Fair Taxation
As President Obama called for economic growth involving fair taxation and "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart engaged a guest on taxation and wealth, a group of students discussed taxation and moral leadership.
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Spurgeon's Right – Following Jesus Requires Fleshy Heart
Spurgeon's Right – Following Jesus Requires Fleshy Heart
When renowned British preacher C.H. Spurgeon spoke about why some people have stony hearts, he may as well have been characterizing the comments of some on immigration.
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Hispanic Pastor No Longer Faces Deportation
Hispanic Pastor No Longer Faces Deportation
Hector Villanueva, pastor of a North Carolina church, was facing deportation when he was interviewed in EthicsDaily.com new documentary, "Gospel Without Borders." Last Friday, he received good news.
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Anti-Immigration Christians Read a Mean Bible
Anti-Immigration Christians Read a Mean Bible

Some folks are editing a mean Bible for the stranger in our midst. They're fashioning a Jesus who doesn't love me or you or Juan or anyone else very much.

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"The Elephant in the Living Room"
"The Elephant in the Living Room," opening today in 22 cities, is a 95-minute documentary that explores the U.S. subculture of people who keep wild animals for pets. (Photo: Edify Media)
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Could Congress' Cuts Silence StoryCorps' Voices?
Could Congress' Cuts Silence StoryCorps' Voices?
As Congress weighs cutting public broadcasting's funding, one organization that would be affected is StoryCorps, which records and archives the unique stories of ordinary Americans.
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"Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer"
While "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," from well-known filmmaker Alex Gibney, is a compelling documentary, one of its main arguments falls short. (Photo: Magnolia Pictures)
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Documentary Interviewees Take on
Documentary Interviewees Take on "Trickle Down"
Not every issue was able to make the cut in EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, including several interviewees discussing the failure of trickle-down economics.
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How Documentary on Taxes and Faith Came Together
How Documentary on Taxes and Faith Came Together
Producing EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Sacred Texts, Social Duty," involved distilling more than 30 hours of footage to a single compelling hour that explores faith and taxes in a topical fashion.
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Seeds of Doubt: When Facts Outlive Their Usefulness
Seeds of Doubt: When Facts Outlive Their Usefulness
We are increasingly becoming a society willing to deny facts to reach a conclusion that suits us. Seeds of doubt planted in partisan fields grow into trees big enough to dominate the landscape.
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10 Lessons I've Learned Making Documentaries
10 Lessons I've Learned Making Documentaries
After five years of making documentaries focused on theology and social justice for EthicsDaily.com, some lessons have emerged along the way. Here are 10 of them.
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"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work"
The documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" follows the show-business legend in her 76th year. The filmmakers deftly capture her insecurity, competitiveness, sensitivity and hard work.
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"The Nature of Existence"
Filmmaker Roger Nygard's new documentary asks people all across the globe "Why do we exist?" What you get is a blitz of beliefs, comments and puzzling sayings about God and existence.
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"Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country"
"Burma VJ" focuses on the 2007 citizen uprising against Burma's military regime, mixing on-the-ground footage from undercover video journalists with re-enactments. (Photo: Oscilloscope Laboratories)
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"Casino Jack and the United States of Money"
While lobbyist Jack Abramoff, currently in prison, is the subject of the documentary "Casino Jack," filmmaker Alex Gibney is more interested in the system that enables him. (Photo: Magnolia Pictures)
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"The Art of the Steal"
In "The Art of the Steal," a documentary now in theaters, art takes a backseat to politics as director Don Argott spins a suspenseful tale about the fate of a multibillion dollar collection. (Photo: IFC Films)
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"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
An Oscar-nominated documentary, "The Most Dangerous Man in America," is worth finding in your community; it goes to the heart of presidential history, national security and the First Amendment. (Courtesy AP photos)
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Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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"A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities"
A new documentary, now airing on ABC-TV stations, features the efforts of some religious bodies to welcome the disabled among us. What message does your place of worship send to the disabled?
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Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
The first of three men who firebombed a Tennessee mosque received a 14-year prison sentence in November. Are we willing to take a stand, in words and actions, against such hatred and ignorance?
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"The Star of Bethlehem"
In this hour-long documentary, a speaker and his PowerPoint make the case for the specific celestial event that he believes was what magi from the east were tracking at Jesus' birth. (Inset: thestarofbethlehemmovie.com)
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"The Blind Side"
Based on a true story about a homeless African-American youth taken in by a wealthy white couple, "The Blind Side" is a satisfying film that reminds us of the importance of saving one soul. (Photo: Ralph Nelson)
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"2012"
Following the path of his other films, including "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow," Roland Emmerich's "2012" is template storytelling that revels in annihilation, obliteration, devastation. (Photo:  Columbia Pictures)
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Pivotal Religious Figures Get Big-Screen Treatments
Pivotal Religious Figures Get Big-Screen Treatments
Muhammad, Jesus and Moses, who have divided peoples and nations throughout history in addition to bringing them together, are once again surfacing as film subjects in the quest for both peace and money.
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"Ready to Forgive: An African Story of Grace"
"Ready to Forgive," a documentary airing on ABC-TV stations over the next two months, focuses on the ability of the Acholi people of Northern Uganda to forgive their own after more than 20 years of conflict.
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Moses Stages Another Comeback
Moses Stages Another Comeback
Moses has been one of the go-to men for freedom-loving Americans of nearly every generation. Now the ancient Jewish leader is the subject of a new book and even has an action film in the works.
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'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian' – Worthy Follow-Up
'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian' – Worthy Follow-Up
Three years after the original hit the theaters, the entire gang is back for "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." Sequels rarely surpass originals, but this one proves a worthy follow-up. (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)
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'The Age of Stupid'
'The Age of Stupid'
Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite (seated) stars in 'The Age of Stupid,' which combines drama and documentary to explore consequences of humanity's current behavior. (Photo: Spanner Films)
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'Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain'
'Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain'
"Cities of Light" is a 47-minute documentary showing how Islamic Spain bloomed—as a result of interfaith cooperation, the documentary argues—while Europe lay in the Dark Ages. (Photo: Unity Productions Foundation)
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 If Frodo Owned an iPhone, Could He Have Destroyed It?
If Frodo Owned an iPhone, Could He Have Destroyed It?
How addicted are we to our iPhones and Blackberrys? One student told of sleeping with his smart phone on his pillow and the compulsion he felt to respond immediately to any message.
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How Much Is EthicsDaily.com Worth?
How Much Is EthicsDaily.com Worth?
I suppose EthicsDaily.com is worthless to the person who won't pay to support it, but priceless when one contemplates a public square without its voice—a collective that emphasizes love of God and love of neighbor.
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‘All God’s Children’
‘All God’s Children’
The relentless stories of abuse mirror the dread that missionaries’ kids, some as young as 5, experienced for nine months at a time, hundreds of miles away from their missionary parents.
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'Ruby'
The challenge of losing weight is a staple of American reality television. Shows like "The Biggest Loser" and "Celebrity Fit Club" revolve around weight loss, while others like "Supernanny" or "Wife Swap" have included their share of fitness and healthy eating storylines.
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'Islam in America'
"Islam in America" doesn't get distracted by the deep-seated fear and hatred that exists between the United States and other parts of the world. No--"Islam in America" is about another Abrahamic faith community on these shores.
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Navigating the New EthicsDaily.com: Part Two
Navigating the New EthicsDaily.com: Part Two
Refining the site’s design and interface is a process, not a destination, but as you read and play around with the site, consider these pointers and tidbits for accessing our articles ...
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Navigating the New EthicsDaily.com: Part One
Navigating the New EthicsDaily.com: Part One
We post content throughout the day, so what you’ll see when you visit at 4 p.m. will likely be different from what you saw at 8 a.m.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary Accepted at Two More Festivals
An educational documentary on racism from EthicsDaily.com has been accepted at two more U.S. film festivals.
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‘Christian Art’ Competition Gives Artists Needed Recognition
Sawyer, an internationally recognized artist and owner of ART for GOD in Versailles, Ky., created the National Christian Art Competition in 2004. It drew scores of entries and sparked successive contests.
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Edward R. Murrow's 'Big Dreams' for TV Go Unfulfilled
Over the course of the Bush administration, our popular culture boomed as an export. International box-office receipts for U.S. films exploded. American TV shows colonized foreign prime-time markets. However, opinion abroad of the United States tanked.
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Anti-Public School Movement Campaigns with ‘Dunkirk’ Imagery
A group dedicated to getting Christians to leave public schools has launched a new offensive. This time, it’s “A Call to Dunkirk.”
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Britney, Not Barack, Is Top Yahoo! Search
Britney Spears, not President-elect Barack Obama, was the most-searched item on the Yahoo! search engine in 2008.
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'Bedtime Stories'
The latest comedy from Adam Sandler, which opens Christmas Day, is mostly innocuous and average.
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Top Religion Stories of 2008
The economy trumped religion. That was the biggest religion story of the year, according to Time magazine.
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Jordan's Queen Honored as a YouTube 'Visionary'
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is the inaugural recipient of YouTube's Visionary Award for her work combating stereotypes and bridging gaps of understanding.
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Jordan's Queen Honored as a YouTube 'Visionary'
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is the inaugural recipient of YouTube's Visionary Award for her work combating stereotypes and bridging gaps of understanding.
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Little Rock to Host Event on Baptists and Racism
"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" will screen Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The free event also features the participation of several well-known figures.
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'Young at Heart'
Running 1 hour 48 minutes, "Young at Heart" relies on observational footage, interviews with participants, some narration by Walker, and the inclusion of several stylized "music videos" that Walker shot of the chorus in rock-opera fashion—like the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," sung by chorus members feigning disablement.
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Times Change, Roots Remain As Kate Campbell Releases 12th Album
All people are products of their times, said Kate Campbell, but maybe not everyone realizes that. It's the job of artists to point that out. Campbell is among the best at this--a product of her own times who possesses a unique ability to comment through song.
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Islamic Religious Personality Plans Reality Show
"Khaled, 40, is among a new breed of media-savvy Muslim clerics who have taken to the stage and are beaming messages to millions across the Middle East on a series of dedicated pan-Arab TV shows and channels," according to a recent Variety story.
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'Islam in America'
"Islam in America" doesn't get distracted by the deep-seated fear and hatred that exists between the United States and other parts of the world. No--"Islam in America" is about another Abrahamic faith community on these shores.
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'Ruby'
The challenge of losing weight is a staple of American reality television. Shows like "The Biggest Loser" and "Celebrity Fit Club" revolve around weight loss, while others like "Supernanny" or "Wife Swap" have included their share of fitness and healthy eating storylines.
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New Board Game Focuses on Thanksgiving
Americans should give thanks, even amid economic hardship. That's the message—and opportunity—of a new board game.
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The Death—and Rebirth—of a Newspaper
The Christian Science Monitor will celebrate its 100th birthday as a newspaper by ... going out of print. Not out of business, but out of print.
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'The Order of Myths'
Brown delivers almost a journalistic record, eschewing editing that betrays judgment and opting instead to paint a picture at once easy to comprehend yet baffling in its complexity. It's a complexity that builds with each generation and is, in this case, negotiated each year amid human celebration.
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Election-Year Artifact: 'Same-Sex Unions and Child Sacrifice' Mailer
The real fear of the mailer's purveyors—which include Christians and Jews—is that the wrong choice in the voting booth Nov. 4 means Western civilization will die as we know it.
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'The Secret Life of Bees'
Despite minor shortcomings in the translation from book to screen, "The Secret Life of Bees" stands as an emotionally fulfilling trip to the movies.
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Halt of DVD Showing McCain Interview Is Ridiculous
Warner Bros. is halting any promotional viewings of the new DVD "The Hanoi Hilton" because the DVD includes a bonus feature of Sen. John McCain talking about his POW experience.
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No One Wants to See Bush on the Big Screen Now
Oliver Stone will release his biopic of George W. Bush on Oct. 17. Prediction: Almost no one will want to see it.
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No One Wants to See Bush on the Big Screen Now
Oliver Stone will release his biopic of George W. Bush on Oct. 17. Prediction: Almost no one will want to see it.
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Palin Stuck Between Rock and Tube of Lipstick
The case of Sarah Palin is extraordinary in the history of American politics, even as it seems entirely ordinary in the history of American women.
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Palin Stuck Between Rock and Tube of Lipstick
The case of Sarah Palin is extraordinary in the history of American politics, even as it seems entirely ordinary in the history of American women.
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'Trouble the Water'
New Orleans natives Kimberly and Scott Roberts wound up in their attic during Hurricane Katrina. Unable to leave the city, the husband and wife holed up in their Lower Ninth Ward home with a little food, several neighbors and a hi-8 camcorder.
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'Fireproof'
"Fireproof" succeeds as the Christian-genre film it was produced to be. However, it does not advance "Christian cinema" such that many non-Christians would find "Fireproof" attractive in its own right.
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Filmmaker Explores What Keeps America 'Stitched Together'
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spoke with passion, wit and intelligence Tuesday night, calling on audience members, as Abraham Lincoln did in 1861, to listen to "the better angels of our nature."
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Filmmaker Explores What Keeps America 'Stitched Together'
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spoke with passion, wit and intelligence Tuesday night, calling on audience members, as Abraham Lincoln did in 1861, to listen to "the better angels of our nature."
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Beneath Black, White--and Brown--Skin
Laura Cadena, a fifth-generation Tejana, recalls a story about when her grandmother moved from Laredo to Dallas, Texas: "She remembers getting on a bus and the sign saying 'Whites Only' or 'Blacks Only,' and she didn't know where she was supposed to sit."
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Baptist Ethicist in New DVD Was FBI Target
Much has been written about Baptist ethicist Henlee H. Barnette, including the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was interested in some of his activities. But so far as we know, Barnette's FBI file hasn't seen the light of day—until now.
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'Kansas vs. Darwin'
Ah, Kansas. Wheat. Tornadoes. State fairs with pig races and booths selling a pork chop on a stick.
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'Man on Wire'
In a well-known historical moment on Aug. 8, 1974, Richard Nixon went on TV to resign the presidency.
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'Man on Wire'
In a well-known historical moment on Aug. 8, 1974, Richard Nixon went on TV to resign the presidency.
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'Swing Vote'
What if Larry the Cable Guy chose the next president? That's basically the premise of "Swing Vote," the new Kevin Costner starrer satirizing presidential elections.
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'Swing Vote'
What if Larry the Cable Guy chose the next president? That's basically the premise of "Swing Vote," the new Kevin Costner starrer satirizing presidential elections.
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Biblical Baby Names Still Popular
Names from the Bible remain popular as American parents consider their options for naming both boys and girls.
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Biblical Baby Names Still Popular
Names from the Bible remain popular as American parents consider their options for naming both boys and girls.
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'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian'
It's been two and a half years since "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" from Disney and Walden Media appeared in theaters. The second installment in the adaptation of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series, "Prince Caspian," opens nationwide today, and it's better than the first go-round.
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'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian'
It's been two and a half years since "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" from Disney and Walden Media appeared in theaters. The second installment in the adaptation of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series, "Prince Caspian," opens nationwide today, and it's better than the first go-round.
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'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed'
Quick! What is intelligent design? Anyone? Anyone?
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'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed'
Quick! What is intelligent design? Anyone? Anyone?
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'Lord, Save Us From Your Followers'
"Why is the gospel of love dividing America?" That question fuels the provocative new documentary "Lord, Save Us From Your Followers," from Oregon-based filmmakers Dan Merchant and Jeff Martin.
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'Lord, Save Us From Your Followers'
"Why is the gospel of love dividing America?" That question fuels the provocative new documentary "Lord, Save Us From Your Followers," from Oregon-based filmmakers Dan Merchant and Jeff Martin.
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'Maxed Out'
Filmmaker James D. Scurlock pulls back the curtain on American debt in "Maxed Out," a documentary "you can't afford to miss," according to promotional efforts.
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'Maxed Out'

Filmmaker James D. Scurlock pulls back the curtain on American debt in "Maxed Out," a documentary "you can't afford to miss," according to promotional efforts.

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Iranian Movie Portrays Islamic View of Jesus
Jesus appeared on movie screens four years ago in Mel Gibson's controversial "The Passion of the Christ." Jesus is back at the cinema, but this time Islam—not Christianity—provides the lens.
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Iranian Movie Portrays Islamic View of Jesus
Jesus appeared on movie screens four years ago in Mel Gibson's controversial "The Passion of the Christ." Jesus is back at the cinema, but this time Islam—not Christianity—provides the lens.
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Martin Luther King and Selma's 1965 Voting Rights Campaign
On Jan. 2, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led a "mass meeting" at Brown Chapel in Selma, Ala. This meeting kicked off the involvement of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Selma's voting rights campaign.
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'Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains'
The Camp David Accords matter to the film because almost 30 years later Carter is still embroiled in the issue of Middle East peace. This man from Plains—who reads his Bible each night and tells visitors to his church that "you don't have to believe about Jesus, you have to believe in Jesus"—can't shake the moral compulsion to get involved.
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'Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains'
The Camp David Accords matter to the film because almost 30 years later Carter is still embroiled in the issue of Middle East peace. This man from Plains—who reads his Bible each night and tells visitors to his church that "you don't have to believe about Jesus, you have to believe in Jesus"—can't shake the moral compulsion to get involved.
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'Great Debaters' Star Likes Unfamiliar Story
Denzel Whitaker turned 17 while shooting "The Great Debaters," the new movie directed by and starring Whitaker's namesake, Denzel Washington.
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'The Great Debaters'
You don't have to know much about propositions, resolutions and fallacies to appreciate "The Great Debaters," which opens Christmas Day.
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'National Treasure: Book of Secrets'
Treasure protector Benjamin Franklin Gates returns in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," which opens nationwide today. While the original clicked like a precision-made Chinese puzzle box, this one grinds along on star power, brilliant flashes and some fine adventure sequences.
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'The Kite Runner'
"The Kite Runner" engrosses you from its exquisite opening credits to its final frame. Unless you've read Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel on which this is based, you blessedly won't have a clue as to what's going to happen next, especially in the final third of the movie. It opens nationwide today.
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E-mail Hoaxes, 'Forwards' Fly Among Presidential Campaigns
Democratic and Republican presidential candidates alike have been targeted by recent e-mail hoaxes and what might be termed the "dirty forward."
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Yahoo Identifies Year's Top Searches
What did Saddam Hussein and Britney Spears have in common in 2007? Both were top searches on the search engine Yahoo.
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EthicsDaily.com Submits Video for Republican CNN/YouTube Debate
The second CNN/YouTube presidential debate airs tonight, and EthicsDaily.com took part in the process by submitting a question for consideration.
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'Enchanted'
Disney again mines the fair maiden narrative--Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty--to bring us a moderately entertaining entry into the holiday movie season.
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'Thou Shalt Laugh 2: The Deuce'
Thou Shalt Laugh … some more.
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'Amazing Grace'
"Amazing Grace" finally arrives on DVD today, nine months after its theatrical release.
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Producing 'Golden Rule Politics'
Reducing more than 20 hours of footage to 36 minutes is difficult, but that was our task in producing "Golden Rule Politics: Reclaiming the Rightful Role of Faith in Politics."
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'September Dawn'
The new movie "September Dawn" dramatizes an 1857 event known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre in which 120 men, women and children—heading from Missouri to California—were killed in cold blood by a raiding party of Mormons in the Utah territory.
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'Charlotte's Web'
New to DVD today is "Charlotte's Web," the Dakota Fanning-starrer from 2006 based on the best-selling book by E.B. White about the friendship between a pig and a spider.
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'Blades of Glory'
Will Ferrell goes from racecar driver Ricky Bobby to figure skater Chazz Michael Michaels in "Blades of Glory," a slapstick comedy about the first male-male figure skating pair.
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'Amazing Grace'
"Amazing Grace," the story of William Wilberforce's effort to abolish slavery in the British Empire, delivers everything you want: solid script, outstanding performances, clever wit, tight drama, inspiring story.
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Abolitionist Film Helps Churches Focus on Modern Slavery
Churches across the globe will celebrate "Amazing Grace Sunday" this Feb. 18 in an effort to draw attention to the modern-day slave trade. The event coincides with the upcoming film "Amazing Grace," which tells the story of William Wilberforce's efforts to end slavery in the British Empire.
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'Red State: The Movie'
In the independent documentary "Red State: The Movie," self-described California liberal Michael Shea sets out from his Blue State Venice Beach home to travel across America, stopping mainly in Red States to talk to folks and see what makes them tick.
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'Thr3e'
It bothers me, and it should bother you too, that out of all the movies that could have been made with a couple million dollars, "Thr3e" was chosen. This alleged psychological thriller, adapted from a novel by Ted Dekker, is so derivative as to be pointless.
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'We Are Marshall'
"This is a true story" begins the movie. Not "based on" or "inspired by," but "this is." And aside from a couple of composite characters, "We Are Marshall" seems to be the true and still largely unknown story of a school and community forever changed by tragedy.
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'We Are Marshall' Tells Neglected Story
Marshall University lost its football team, coaching staff and many boosters when their plane crashed just before landing home in West Virginia on Nov. 14, 1970. The crash in Huntington is still one of the worst disasters in the history of American sports. It took the lives of all 75 people aboard: 37 players, 25 fans, eight coaches and five crew members.
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Baptist Pastor Plays Role in Closure for Community's Grief
Earlier this year, something odd happened in Huntington, West Va.: A film crew rolled into town. They brought with them well-known actors Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox and David Strathairn. They turned back time to 1970, and they delved into one of the town's tragedies: the deaths of players, coaches and fans from Marshall University, whose plane crashed just before landing at the Tri-State Airport.
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Father-Son Story Inspires Film
Chris Gardner is a happy, 52-year-old multimillionaire. Don't overlook the happy part, because it wasn't always so.
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'The Pursuit of Happyness'
Will Smith turns in a bravura performance in "The Pursuit of Happyness," which opens nationwide today. The movie, inspired by a true story, builds to one of those marvelous endings where an actor like Smith makes the screen shine and your money feel well spent.
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RockyResources.com: Balboa Trades on Faith
"Rocky Balboa," the sixth and allegedly final installment in the "Rocky" franchise, hits theaters Dec. 22, and the filmmakers have wasted no time courting religious America for the release.
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'The Nativity Story'
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from New Line Cinema that "The Nativity Story" should be produced …
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'Nativity' Gives Hollywood Chance to Talk Faith
Literary agent Marty Bowen had represented screenwriter Mike Rich for several films, including "Finding Forrester," "The Rookie" and "Radio."
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Righteous, Humble Joseph Stands Out in 'Nativity'
Joseph is barely a supporting player in most people's version of the nativity. He's often "the creepy-looking guy in the back behind the sheep," according to actor Oscar Isaac. But that's not the case in the upcoming "The Nativity Story" (Dec. 1), which stars Isaac as Mary's betrothed and Jesus' earthly father.
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'Thou Shalt Laugh'
Hollywood has issued the 11th commandment: Thou shalt laugh. That's also the title of a DVD, released today, featuring seven comedians—all Christians—delivering some of their best stuff.
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BCE Breaks Technological Ground, Posts Videos to YouTube
The Baptist Center for Ethics has become what appears to be the first Christian organization to post its videos on YouTube, once again using cutting-edge technology to inform and empower churches and Christians.
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'My Country, My Country'
The PBS documentary series "P.O.V." concludes its 2006 season tonight with "My Country, My Country," which chronicles the run-up to the 2005 Iraqi elections.
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'Black Gold'
The black gold of this new documentary isn't oil. It's coffee. British filmmaking brothers Marc and Nick Francis have fashioned a gripping work about this most precious of commodities, and they've done so by tracing and contrasting how coffee is produced and consumed.
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'Flicka'
I tend to compare all horse movies to "The Man from Snowy River." That 1982 Australian film offers not only beautiful horses but also breathtaking scenery, a solid coming-of-age story, an engaging familial conflict, and outstanding performances by Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton and Kirk Douglas.
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'Thank You for Smoking'
New to DVD is "Thank You for Smoking," a satirical story about Big Tobacco's primary spokesman and how he peddles cigarettes to the American people.
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'One Night With the King'
The Book of Esther has many elements making it an obvious target for Hollywood producers: beautiful women, political intrigue, powerful secrets and a shrewd comeuppance for the villain.
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'Maquilapolis: City of Factories'
The PBS documentary series "P.O.V." continues tonight with "Maquilapolis: City of Factories," which takes viewers inside the lives of factory workers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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New TV Show Talks Up Religion and Politics
In NBC's new drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," virtually every hot-button political and religious issue earns an argument, joke or soapbox in this fast-paced tale set amid high-stakes TV production.
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Major Studio Launches 'Faith' Brand for Christian Consumers
When sizing up which movie to see, buy or rent, some cinephiles might bypass the PG and look instead for the FF: Fox Faith.
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'Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers'
If you're not familiar with this movie, you can probably guess by the title it's not exactly a love letter to Halliburton.
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'Flyboys'
The World War I aircraft in "Flyboys" fill the European skies with a wobbly grace. No wonder, for though the airplane—as a modern invention—was still finding its wings, some young Americans had already found aerial delight.
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'Jesus Camp'
Becky Fischer believes children can fix a "sick old world." They just have to get on fire for Jesus.
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New Documentary Features Kids 'Taking Back America for Christ'
"Jesus Camp" follows three children who attend Becky Fischer's charismatic "Kids on Fire" camp in North Dakota. What began as a documentary on devout children eventually morphed into a provocative project on how the church approaches issues many see as helplessly politicized.
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'Waging a Living'
The PBS documentary series "P.O.V." delivers its 10th film tonight with the sobering "Waging a Living."
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Major Studio Will Release 'The Nativity Story' in December
Almost three years after Mel Gibson courted Christian churches for "The Passion of the Christ," a major studio will put the birth of the Christ onto big screens.
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'Barnyard: The Original Party Animals'
Even cows come of age, and in "Barnyard," they do it like "Dogs Playing Poker" jacked up on bovine growth hormone. Writer-director Steve Oedekerk delivers plenty of hilarious moments for children and adults in this Paramount-Nickelodeon film, which opens nationwide today.
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Oedekerk Finds Family Dynamic in 'Barnyard' Movie
Steve Oedekerk hopes his new movie, "Barnyard," will succeed for audiences when it hits theaters Aug. 4.
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'The Tailenders'
The PBS documentary series "P.O.V." debuts its fifth film tonight with "The Tailenders," by filmmaker Adele Horne.
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New Reality Show Searches for Inspirational Speakers
The Learning Channel's new eight-part reality series, "The Messengers," begins this Sunday with a "simple yet lofty goal: to find America's next great inspirational speaker." Ten individuals from various backgrounds have been chosen to compete.
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'Unlikely Movie Star' Gore Nabs Entertainment Mag Cover
Al Gore nabbed this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly. Surely, some will say, strange things are afoot on Planet Earth.
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What Are Your 'Controversial' Movies?
Several weeks ago Entertainment Weekly listed what it considered to be the 25 most controversial movies. EW's list included movies huddling around three predictable themes: violence, sex and religion.
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Filmmaker Moore Gives 'Sicko' Update
Michael Moore updated supporters July 7 on his upcoming film, "Sicko," which examines America's health-care industry.
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'Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball'
The PBS documentary series "P.O.V." rolls out its second film tonight with the sublime "Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball."
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'No More Tears Sister'
The documentary series P.O.V. kicks off its 19th season on PBS tonight with the hour-long "No More Tears Sisters," about slain human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama.
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"A Prairie Home Companion"
I've never been a fan of Garrison Keillor's radio variety show, but when I met the man on screen in director Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," I instantly liked him.
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More Than Theology at Stake in 'Da Vinci Code' Phenomenon
More than theology is at stake in the phenomenon of The Da Vinci Code. Once we've responded to the novel and movie's themes of Jesus' divinity and marital status, for example, are we in the clear? Can we rest easy, knowing we've defended the Christian faith against the novelist from New Hampshire?
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'The Da Vinci Code'
From the first scene, when Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere rumbles through his Grand Gallery to avoid a gun-wielding albino monk, you get the sense that this adaptation—if you've read the book—might be disappointing.
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Upcoming 'Da Vinci Code' Movie Sparks Plentiful Resources
With the movie adaptation days away from unspooling on several thousand screens, numerous Web sites—many of them rather complex—are available for individuals and groups still grappling with perhaps the most controversial and talked-about novel of this young century.
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'The Da Vinci Code Adventure: On the Trail of Fact, Legend, Faith & Film'
The book's strength is easily its approach to the novel and controversy. Gunn and company have moved beyond saying "Here's where the novel is laughable," to "Here's where the novel can still surprise you."
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'Nanny McPhee' Arrives on DVD
Emma Thompson is back … with the DVD release of her latest starring and screenwriting turn in "Nanny McPhee."
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'Ten Commandments' Gets 50th Anniversary DVD Edition
One of the greatest film epics is celebrating 50 years with a three-disc DVD collection issued today.
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'Failure to Launch'
"Failure to Launch," which opens nationwide today, stars Matthew McConaughey as Tripp, a 30-something slacker who refuses to leave his parents' home. When mom and dad (Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw) decide enough is enough, they hire a "professional interventionist" (Sarah Jessica Parker) to wean Tripp and prepare him for independent living.
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'Eight Below'
Most kids love snow and dogs. Combine them in an adventure film, and the hook is set.
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'Firewall'
Harrison Ford's recent box-office track record hasn't been good. Though his history as Han Solo and Indiana Jones is enough to keep him (for now) as one of the all-time most bankable stars, his films since then have been hit or miss.
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'Jack Johnson and Friends: Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George'
The animated feature "Curious George" opened last weekend to positive reviews and about $15 million in box office revenue. It also sports a terrific soundtrack of (mostly) original songs by Hawaii native Jack Johnson.
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"Nanny McPhee"
"Nanny McPhee"—with its gaggle of children—is more than the hoity-toity version of "Cheaper by the Dozen" or "Yours, Mine and Ours." It's a descendant of "Mary Poppins" and "Cinderella," moving beyond slapstick to deal in the magical, where childhood and parenthood really exist.
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Magical Movie on Childrearing Draws Adults and Children
"There is something you should understand about the way I work," says Nanny McPhee. "When you need me, but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go."
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'Annapolis'
Go into "Annapolis" expecting a pre-hung script for a Hollywood military drama, and you won't be disappointed.
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'The Gospel'
"The Gospel" opened on fewer than 1,000 screens back in October, easily recouping its small budget in the theater before moving on to DVD, where it just arrived.
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'End of the Spear'
In 1956, Waodani tribesmen in Ecuador speared to death five American missionaries. The incident immediately made the cover of Life magazine. Later one of the widows penned a popular book. An excellent documentary titled "Beyond the Gates of Splendor" was produced a couple of years ago.
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'Last Holiday' Principals Discuss Faith, Religion
It's probably not often that someone preaches at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. But that's what happened when rap artist LL Cool J met with religion writers recently to discuss his new movie.
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'Last Holiday'
As movie awards season kicks in and movies about BIG THINGS take over everyone's talk, you might find yourself craving something light yet satisfying. If so, "Last Holiday" might be your dish.
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'Glory Road'
"Glory Road," the latest movie from mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is "based on the true story of the team that changed everything."
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New Movie Celebrates Civil Rights on Hardwood
The 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship pitted the Kentucky Wildcats against the Texas Western Miners. It stacked Kentucky's coaching powerhouse, Adolph Rupp, against Texas Western's upstart, Don Haskins.
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'The Hollywood Project: A Look Into the Minds of the Makers of Spiritually Relevant Films'
With the recent publishing of Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture, it seems appropriate to look at a comparable book that escaped our review when first published.
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'Munich'
Home has a cost. That simple yet frightening notion gives Steven Spielberg's "Munich" its everlasting power as a cinematic work.
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Actors in Malick's 'New' Film React Differently to Its Style
Terrence Malick, writer and director of "The New World," so shuns media attention that reporters rarely, if ever, get to ask him questions. Instead, we poke and prod those who work with him for clues about the man who took degrees from Harvard and the American Film Institute, then chose to hide out and emerge every so often for a film that people either love or hate.
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'The New World'
Grass waving, birds flocking and water rippling—those are stock shots in writer-director Terrence Malick's latest film, "The New World," which lays out the legendary story of Pocahontas, John Smith and John Rolfe with Malick's usual lyricism. "World" opened Christmas Day in New York and Los Angeles. It opens in the rest of the country Jan. 13.
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'Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture'
Christians work in Hollywood. No, that's not a misprint—that's a fact. It's also the subject of an important new book that lets some of these Hollywood Christians speak for themselves about working in the business and trying to improve its output.
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'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'
When I learned of this behemoth adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic about the magical world of Narnia, I had doubts that the story itself would allow for a cinematic tale as gripping as, say, "The Lord of the Rings."
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'Narnia' Adaptation Swathed in Family Issues, Onscreen and Off
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" highlights family both on screen and off. Not only does the story revolve around four siblings separated from parents, but the production itself of C.S. Lewis' classic tale mirrored family issues in all sorts of ways.
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'Munich' Takes Early Criticism Despite Attempted Low Profile
"Munich" won't arrive in theaters until Dec. 23, but Steven Spielberg's historical drama/thriller is already catching media flak for its alleged approach.
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'The Gospel According to Oprah'
Love her or hate her, talk-show host Oprah Winfrey is undeniably a force in American culture and across the world. Her syndicated TV show, magazine, Web sites, book club, charities and more draw the dollars and attention of millions.
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'Just Friends'
Ah, the fat suit. How did Hollywood ever manage a comedy without one?
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'The Way Into Narnia: A Reader's Guide'
As the title suggests, this book from C.S. Lewis expert Peter Schakel isn't just about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which is getting most of the public attention on account of the upcoming movie.
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'Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price'
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald, previously best known as the man behind "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," is probably going to be known as the man behind "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" for a while.
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'Zathura: A Space Adventure'
Walden Media and Walt Disney aren't the only ones with a movie about kids who get transported to another world when they find a bit of magic in their house.
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Author Feiler Delivers New Illustrated Book, PBS Series
One of the foremost commentators on religion and its Middle Eastern roots is unveiling two projects he hopes will do for the eye what his prose has done for the ear.
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C.S. Lewis Fans Excited About 'Narnia' Film
With a mammoth film adaptation of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe now only one month away from release, it's evident that the producers have stayed on message and the audience has responded: The adaptation will be faithful.
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Gresham Helps Belmont Audience Celebrate Lewis
C.S. Lewis died more than 40 years ago in England, but his life and work resounded Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn., through stories told by his stepson at a Belmont University gathering.
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1956 Missionary Slayings Receive Film Treatments
In 1956, five American missionaries were killed by Waodoni tribesmen in Ecuador. The story gained recognition through a Life magazine spread and a book, Through Gates of Splendor. Now, 50 years later, a documentary and feature-length movie are putting the incident and its aftermath in front of a new generation.
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'Beyond the Gates of Splendor'
Now available on DVD and VHS is "Beyond the Gates of Splendor," the beautifully told story of five American missionaries who were speared to death by tribesmen in Ecuador in 1956.
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Fox Markets Christian, Family Films at Faith Site
A major studio division is now setting up online shop for Christian consumers.
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'Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story'
In 1993, a filly named Mariah's Storm had her bid for a Breeder's Cup smashed when she fractured her cannon bone in a race. Her trainers persevered, however, and the horse's eventual comeback has now inspired a terrific movie from the producing team behind such sports dramas as "Varsity Blues," "Radio" and "Coach Carter."
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How Hollywood Is Selling 'Narnia' to Christians
With the Dec. 9 release of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" still more than six weeks away, the companies behind this highly anticipated film adaptation are already making sure it doesn't escape the attention of a targeted audience: Christians.
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'Elizabethtown'
Cameron Crowe, filmmaker of "Say Anything," "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous," is one of the best writer-directors working in Hollywood. That's why "Elizabethtown" is both doubly disappointing and still understandable.
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'Serenity'
I never watched "Firefly," the FOX TV show on which "Serenity" is based. I therefore am not part of the cult following that will flock to this picture, much like X-Philes turned out for the 1998 feature based on the popular TV show starring Mulder and Scully.
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'Oliver Twist'
As far as film adaptations of Charles Dickens go, Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist" is a good one.
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'The Greatest Game Ever Played'
"The Greatest Game Ever Played" is based on a book … which is based on a true story … which happened in 1913. It's a PG film that could pass as a G, and you may not recognize most of the actors.
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'The Greatest Game Ever Played'
"The Greatest Game Ever Played" is based on a book … which is based on a true story … which happened in 1913. It's a PG film that could pass as a G, and you may not recognize most of the actors.
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'Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion'
It's hard to say which is bolder—Bruce Feiler's writing or the travels that spark it—but Feiler's courage with pen and passport will roll down on anyone holding a copy of his latest book, Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion.
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'Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'
Baker Books is getting a jump on interest in Narnia spurred by the December 2005 movie adaptation by releasing Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe.
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'Ben-Hur' DVD Re-Release Targets Christians
A new collector's edition DVD of the biblical epic "Ben-Hur" comes not only with four discs and loads of special features, but also a Bible study guide.
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'Emily Rose' Plumbs Depths of Religion
More and more, Hollywood is going after "Passion" dollars. That is the people who paid to see "The Passion of the Christ."
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'Omar & Pete'
The PBS series "P.O.V." continues its winning streak tonight with "Omar & Pete," an hour-and-a-half documentary about the struggle to forsake a life of crime and addiction and be reintegrated to society.
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'Echoes of Innocence'
"Echoes of Innocence" is really a fascinating piece of film work—not because it's an incredible movie, but because of what it represents.
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'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'
In the late 1960s, a young German woman named Anneliese Michel began exhibiting bizarre behavior. Unable to control her mind and body, Michel's condition soon led to diagnoses of epilepsy and depression. When treatments failed, the Michel family turned to their Catholic Church, believing Anneliese was possessed by demons.
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'Emily Rose' Debates Demon Possession
More than 20 years ago, "The Exorcist" scared the daylights out of moviegoers and stirred interest in demon possession and exorcism.
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Brokaw Hosts NBC Special on Evangelical Christians
Evangelical Christians are getting primetime exposure with a new special from former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw.
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NBC to Grant 'Three Wishes' This Fall
When NBC premieres "Three Wishes" in late September, it will let its genie out of the bottle.
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Wal-Mart Documentary to Play in Houses of Faith, Other Organizations
Houses of faith may soon be listing show times in their weekly schedules.
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'Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust'
When Menachem Daum hears a rabbi in the States urging hatred of Gentiles, he orders an audiotape of the lecture. Armed with the cassette, Daum sets off for Israel to play it for his two grown sons, Tzvi Dovid and Akiva, who are studying the Torah and raising families there.
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'The God Who Wasn't There'
For those who believe Jesus actually walked this earth, the new documentary "The God Who Wasn't There" won't sit well.
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'Let the Audience Find It,' Says Producer of Adventure Film
When your $12.5 million movie competes with the $100 million-plus budgets of Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, you search for new marketing approaches.
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'Left Behind' Filmmakers Promote 'Church Theatrical Release' Strategy
Forget theaters. A new movie will be coming soon to a church near you.
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'Four Brothers'
"This is America, homeboy. Black people don't get what they want in this country. Why should you?"
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'One Day in September'
One Day in September offers a terrific overview of the terrorist attack in Munich on Sept. 5, 1972, and its aftermath.
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Billboards Deliver New Messages From God
A new series of catchy billboards is dotting the highways and byways, delivering God's message to untold numbers of drivers and pedestrians.
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Jennings Instrumental in Coverage of 'Munich Massacre'
Many people are remembering ABC news anchor Peter Jennings, who died Sunday from lung cancer. He was 67.
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Forthcoming Book, Movie Show Man 'Living Biblically'
Writer A.J. Jacobs has a mission: to obey the Bible literally for a full year.
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'Murderball'
"Murderball" is further proof that some of the best stories on screen right now take documentary form.
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'Mr. Moms' Actually At-Home Dads
The notion of a father staying home to care for children burst onto the national consciousness in 1983 when Michael Keaton played an at-home dad in the movie "Mr. Mom." Its tagline read, "When mom goes to work, dad goes berserk!"
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Title for Spielberg's Film Hopes to Quell Controversy
Steven Spielberg's most controversial film to date has a name after all: "Munich."
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'The Island'
"Everyone wants to live forever. It's the new American dream." So says a character in "The Island," the latest pyro-fest from Michael Bay, director of "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor." But this film, which opens nationwide today, offers more than slick car chases and explosions; it offers story, too.
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'Bad News Bears'
Why did "The Bad News Bears," the 1976 film starring Walter Matthau, need remaking? It didn't, but Paramount was stuck on remaking it, apparently of the mind that if you're going to deliver a bad movie anyway, it's just easier not to come up with a new idea.
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'One Day in September'
Narrated by Michael Douglas, the feature-length documentary "One Day in September" covers many aspects of the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
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Reality TV Sets in for Austin Family
Earlier this year, Tom and Linda Potter got a better gander at the grass on the other side of the fence. Parents of three girls, the Potters responded to queries and expressed their willingness to participate in a reality TV show.
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Cooter: 'Dukes' Movie Not for Family
Waylon Jennings sang that Bo and Luke Duke straightened the curves and flattened the hills—but the new Dukes movie, says one, has an overzealous appreciation of female geography.
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Major Movies in Works About Sept. 11 Attacks
Almost four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, major Hollywood studios are prepping big releases about the tragedies and triumphs of the day.
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"Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team"
In the fall of 1981, publishers asked author George Jonas if he wanted to meet "a man who had an interesting story to tell." They were convinced the individual's extraordinary story was legitimate. Jonas undertook his own investigation, meeting the man in various cities across the globe and interviewing other people in Europe and the Middle East.
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More Body Space Sells for Advertising
It's happened again: Another forehead has been auctioned online as space for a tattooed advertisement. And the tattoo is permanent.
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Film on Columbine Victim Wins Award
One of the most famous stories to emerge from the Columbine school massacre has become an award-winning short film.
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Samford, Belmont Students Chosen as Delegates to G8
Ask recent Samford graduate Natalie McIntyre what she's doing next week, and she might say, "I'm going to the G8."
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'War of the Worlds'
With "War of the Worlds," the man who invented the movie blockbuster proves again why he owns the patent.
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'Sword of Gideon'
Close to three hours long and nearly 20 years old, this TV movie from HBO fares decently for what it was and is—a look at Israel's legendary counter-terrorist initiative following an attack on its Olympic athletes in Munich.
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Forbes Celebrity List Features Familiar Faces
Forbes magazine's annual Celebrity 100 list is out, and not much has changed.
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Spielberg Making Film About 1972 Munich Attack
Steven Spielberg is in the news for his "War of the Worlds" adaptation releasing June 29, but look for him to surface again during the holidays with a touchier topic.
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New Movie Set at G8 Summit, Aims for Social Change
One of the world's most successful romantic-comedy scribes has given his latest movie a new twist: a call to end poverty.
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New Celebrity-Driven Campaign Wants to Whack Poverty
A new campaign is afoot to "make poverty history."
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'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'
Judging by its $50 million-plus opening weekend, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" wasn't hurt by speculation about an off-screen romance between stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
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Cruise's Comments About Medicine Tip of Iceberg
Actor Tom Cruise now stands in the spotlight not just for his romance with actress Katie Holmes, but also for his comments about modern medicine.
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Innovative Film Series Gets Christian Distributor
A major Christian communications company has picked up a new line of short films for distribution.
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Innovative Film Series Gets Christian Distributor
A major Christian communications company has picked up a new line of short films for distribution.
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Screen Potential: An Interview With Steven D. Martin
Pastor Steven D. Martin went to First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to start a contemporary worship service. He had done that before, but as he contemplated the large screen at the new church, he felt something was missing.
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'Cinderella Man'
The name "Cinderella Man" was given to Depression-era boxer James J. Braddock by journalist Damon Runyon, and Runyon's assessment of Braddock's story as one of the greatest in the history of sports begins one of the summer's most anticipated movies.
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'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room'
The new documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" opens with a shot of the Enron building in Houston. A church spire wrapped in a banner reading "Jesus Saves" peeks into frame.
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'Theologians Under Hitler'
The relationship between religion and politics continues to draw the public's attention. The public might be well served to revisit that relationship's history—specifically the chapter involving the Third Reich.
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'Nightline' to Remember War Dead
U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan will again be recognized by ABC News.
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Network Show Will Examine Jesus' Resurrection
One of the big networks is about to investigate "the moment that changed the world," according to promotions for the upcoming special.
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Politics in 'Star Wars' Draw Bush Administration Comparisons
The war between liberals and conservatives began a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
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'Star Wars' Marketing Effort Draws Criticism
It's already the movie with the mostest—at least in terms of tie-ins.
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Princeton Students 'Filibuster' Alum Frist
The U.S. Senator who has threatened to reduce the power of the filibuster is himself the object of a filibuster—of sorts.
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Southern Baptist Teen Tackles Sex Ed in Documentary
When Shelby Knox was 15, two New York filmmakers visited her hometown of Lubbock, Texas, to document how the Lubbock Youth Commission was working to implement comprehensive sex education in the schools.
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'Kingdom of Heaven'
A modern master of the historical drama has returned, this time to play with Christians and Muslims. Just what we need. Seriously.
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'Duma'
In the tradition of "The Black Stallion" and "Fly Away Home" comes "Duma," a modern-day tale of a boy who journeys across Africa to return his pet cheetah to the wild.
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'Missionary Positions'
Mike Foster, a young California pastor, was taking a shower one day when he got a word from the Lord. That word was … porn.
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Religious Figures Maintain Web Sites
What's in a name? For many contemporary religious figures, it's a Web site. Some people of faith have monikers so popular they've merited their own URLs—or "uniform resource locators," which is the technical term for a Web address.
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Famous Movie Producer Wants Hollywood to Deal With Violence Problem
A legendary British producer says movies and television are partially responsible for the increasing problem of aggression in youngsters, according to news sources.
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Get Real About Religion and Entertainment
Contrary to what some people believe, Hollywood doesn't revel in sex and violence. Hollywood revels in money. If sex and violence are the keys to that kingdom, Hollywood will produce those keys.
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Hollywood Jesus Reviews: 2003-2004
HollywoodJesus.com, begun in 1997 as a way to engage the spiritual content in films, recently launched a book publishing division, Hollywood Jesus Books.
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'Kingdom of Heaven' Principals Discuss Humanity's Obligations
The night before Orlando Bloom met with journalists covering his upcoming Crusades movie "Kingdom of Heaven," the British actor attended a U2 concert in Los Angeles.
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Harvard Scholar Gives Inaugural Lecture at Samford
A Harvard scholar and minister discussed honoring the body for an inaugural lectureship at Samford University Monday night.
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Panel Discusses Crusades in Conjunction With Movie
A panel of history and religion experts put an upcoming movie about the Crusades in perspective for journalists covering the movie.
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Cabbie Shares Philosophy Shaped by Communism
Whenever I arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, I always head straight to the taxi station for a ride to the hotel. Most of my taxi drivers haven't been chatty.
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'Joan of Arcadia' Faces Possible Cancellation
A religion-themed network drama faces cancellation if its ratings don't improve. "Joan of Arcadia," which airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, likely won't be renewed for a third season if its viewership doesn't spike as this TV season nears its end.
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'Revelations'
"The greatest story ever told … has a final chapter." That's the tagline for NBC's new six-hour miniseries, "Revelations," which debuts April 13 at 9 p.m. ET. It will run on consecutive Wednesday evenings in "The West Wing" slot, which is shortening its season this year.
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Oscar-Winning Documentary Subject of Ethics Complaints
This year's Oscar-winning short documentary is raising hackles for the way it used unmarked reenactments and other archival footage.
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Seeing Stars in Your Religion?
Movie stars aren't just about paparazzi, private jets and plentiful cash. Some of them are also about religion.
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Popular Psychic Writes Book on Prayer
One of America's most popular mediums recently authored a book on the uses of prayer.
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Clothing Line Promotes Abstinence
Folks can now advertise their commitment to abstinence thanks to a clothing line that's getting more attention.
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Apocalypse Mini-Series Slated for NBC
The end of the world will be shown on NBC in April. "Revelations," what the network is calling "a six-hour event series," centers on the apocalypse, as foretold in the last book of Christian Scriptures.
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IMAX Theaters Avoid Evolution
The large-screen IMAX format is encountering difficulty—not in terms of technology, but in terms of science and religion.
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Poker on TV Continues Popularity
"Texas Hold 'em" is now as trendy as Britney Spears due to the popularity and proliferation of poker on television.
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Jesus Might Star in NBC Series
CBS has God in its primetime lineup, and NBC might get Jesus.
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Spirituality Site Launches 'Narnia' Coverage
A popular Web site dedicated to spirituality and popular culture is following its extensive coverage of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy with in-depth treatment of C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia."
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'The Upside of Anger'
Yes, Kevin Costner has played in some baseball movies: "Bull Durham," "Field of Dreams," "For Love of the Game." And yes, in "The Upside of Anger" he plays a retired baseball player who finds time between drinks and smokes to sign a few baseballs.
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Actor Costner Still in Love With Movies
Kevin Costner has always loved the movies. Born in California in 1955, Costner grew up learning some of life's lessons from the silver screen.
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Meeting a Moral Issue: An Interview With Len Morris
Filmmaker Len Morris finds it shameful that a documentary on child labor is even possible in the 21st century. But it is, and Morris' Galen Films, in conjunction with Romano Productions, spent years documenting a human rights abuse afflicting a quarter of a billion children.
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'Passion Recut' Hits Theaters This Friday
More than a year after "The Passion of the Christ" bowed in U.S. theaters to controversy and long lines, Mel Gibson's version of Jesus Christ's crucifixion will debut theatrically again—this time lacking its more brutal shots.
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Walden Media Carves Film-Lit Niche
Several popular children's books have recently been adapted for the big screen—"Holes," "I Am David" and now "Because of Winn-Dixie"—and these faithful adaptations have the same driving force behind them: Walden Media.
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'Stolen Childhoods'
Filmed over seven years across seven countries, "Stolen Childhoods" examines the crisis of child labor—crisis, because a quarter of a billion children remain slaves to work.
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'Because of Winn-Dixie'
"Just about everything good that happened that summer happened because of Winn-Dixie," says Opal, the young girl at the heart of "Because of Winn-Dixie."
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'Constantine'
John Constantine is going to die—again—and it seems he has hell to look forward to.
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'Raise Your Voice' Hits DVD Today
Hilary Duff starrer "Raise Your Voice" comes to DVD today, sporting several extra features.
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'Constantine' Cast Reflects on Good, Evil
The conflict between good and evil is an age-old battle and one that Hollywood never tires of tackling, whether couched in westerns, science-fiction or religious wranglers.
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Human Connectedness Vital, Says 'Winn-Dixie' Cast
Actress Cicely Tyson was still reeling from two significant events in her life when she walked into a room full of religion press at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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'Winn-Dixie' Actress Mature Beyond Years
AnnaSophia Robb wears her 11 years with the maturity and insight of someone three times her age.
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'Constantine' Movie Stuffs Comic With Christianity
The new movie "Constantine," based on the Hellblazer comic book, derives its drama—and special effects—from life's most central questions and themes.
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Actor Keanu Reeves Tight-Lipped About Religion
In the upcoming movie "Constantine," actor Keanu Reeves plays a man who can see demons as they walk the earth and bait human souls.
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'Benji: Off the Leash'
Remember Benji? He's back. "Benji: Off the Leash," the character's fifth motion picture, hit theaters last August and is now available on DVD and VHS. It's being hailed by families and critics as a solid family film.
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'Passion' Picks Up Three Oscar Noms
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" scored three Academy Award nominations when the list of nominees was announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.
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British Broadcast of Jerry Springer 'Opera' Creates Furor
First a TV show, then a stage opera, then a broadcast of that stage show. Those are the incarnations of talk show host Jerry Springer's smut-slinging antics—the most recent of which drew the ire of Christians in the United Kingdom.
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Tsunami Disaster Generates Hoaxes
The Dec. 26 tsunami disaster in South Asia, like the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, sparked numerous Internet hoaxes intending to make an already stunning event even more so.
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Something More Important: An Interview With Paul Weitz
Paul Weitz recently spoke with EthicsDaily.com by phone from Los Angeles about the new movie and how fatherhood has affected his work.
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'Racing Stripes'
The new Warner Bros. film, which opens nationwide today, centers on a plucky zebra who thinks he's a race horse. It's cookie-cutter storytelling—an underdog, a formidable challenge, some unlikely help—but well done.
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'In Good Company'
The latest movie from writer-director Paul Weitz is, to use a favorite adjective from the film itself, "awesome." Weitz demonstrated a fine sensibility with "About a Boy," and he does it again with "In Good Company," which expands nationwide today.
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Popular 'Bible Bobbleheads' Prompt New Ones
The success of three "Bible bobbleheads" has led to the release of three more bobbers based on biblical characters.
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'Coach Carter'
"Coach Carter," which marries lessons in basketball with those of becoming a good citizen, crosses "Lean on Me" with "Hoosiers" and results in an inspiring story.
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'Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies'
Interest in religion and film continues to surge, and publishers are feeding that interest with waves of books on the subject. Some are specific (e.g. analyses of spiritual themes in "The Lord of the Rings"), whereas others digest a wider body of film.
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'Sideways'
Though originally released in October, "Sideways" is still knocking around various cities and screens. It's a small film with a big appetite, gobbling up critical praise on its way to the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
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'Spanglish'
"Spanglish," from movie maestro James L. Brooks ("Broadcast News," "As Good As It Gets"), is a light holiday treat. It's not a fabulous film, but a good one. It delivers some genuine laughs and much to ponder about family life.
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2004 Brought More Good Documentaries
As box-office analysts contemplate 2004's numbers and trends, one thing will be apparent: It was another good year for documentaries.
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Middle-Earth Behind, Narnia Ahead
This year, no "Lord of the Rings" installment awaits moviegoers at the cinema. Next year, however, another literary behemoth will explode onto screens worldwide.
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'Passion' Not Cracking Critics' Lists
"The Passion of the Christ" was a box-office bonanza, but as 2004 ends and critics hand out awards, it's nowhere to be found.
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'Peter Jackson in Perspective: The Power Behind Cinema's The Lord of the Rings'
As the special extended edition of "The Return of the King" goes on sale today, fans of "The Lord of the Rings" will enjoy scenes that were cut from the theatrical release of the trilogy's final installment.
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Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary Film
More and more books about film and faith are hitting the market, but they will all have a tough time outdoing Robert K. Johnston's Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary Film.
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Shooting Outsiders: An Interview With Paul Feig
Paul Feig—actor, writer, director—woke up on a late summer morning several years ago to begin work adapting a children's novel for the big screen.
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'I Am David'
About 40 million people are currently refugees—unable to return to their homeland on account of persecution stemming from social and political reasons.
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'Closer'
In recent interviews, actor Jude Law has described the characters in his latest film, "Closer," as "mature adults."
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Values, Voters and Voyeurism Collide in Entertainment
The aftermath of the 2004 presidential election has left a buzzword standing: values. Newspapers, magazines, radio talk show hosts and news channel pundits can't get away from the alleged role that values played in determining the next U.S. president.
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'A Walk to Remember' to Air on WB
"A Walk to Remember," which religious audiences praised for its positive portrayal of teenage faith, will air on the WB network Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. ET.
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Iraqi 'Home Makeover' Show Popular
Americans make over homes to update styles and add conveniences. Iraqis make them over not so much for aesthetics, but literally to get a roof back over their heads.
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New Animated Film Depicts Muhammad's Life
A few years ago, the Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, gave its stamp of approval to an animated film on the life of Muhammad, Islam's founder. The academy's council approved it Aug. 20, 2001.
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Valor Comics: 'Where Great Stories Are Told'
When Mario Ruiz departed Metron Press earlier this year, he wasn't sure of the road ahead. The 37-year-old had been editor-in-chief of Metron, the American Bible Society's comics division. When he left over differences about Metron's direction, he still had stories he wanted to tell.
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'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason'
Bridget Jones—poster girl for weight watching, relationship troubles and career fallout—is back in this serviceable sequel to 2001's "Bridget Jones' Diary."
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Jewish Foundation to Sponsor Graphic History of Israel
A Chicago Jewish foundation has recruited top talent in comics to tell the history of the State of Israel in the increasingly popular graphic book format.
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'Good News' Dolls Hit Market
A series of character-building dolls inspired by a Muppet-like TV show will soon hit the market.
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'Alfie'
"Alfie" is what Paramount calls a "stylish reinvention" of the 1966 original starring Michael Caine.
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Art for God: An Interview With Stephen Sawyer
In 1975, Stephen Sawyer graduated from the University of Kentucky with an advertising degree. His future, however, didn't lie in creating ad slogans or slick copy. Rather, it lay in painting images of Jesus—images like no one had ever before seen.
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Joel
When Joel Sonnenberg was 22 months old, a car accident at a New Hampshire toll booth burned him severely. More than 85 percent of his body suffered third-degree burns. That was Sept. 15, 1979.
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New Redford Film Offers Storytelling Alternative
In the 1991 novel Spin by Donald Axinn, a young boy loses his parents in a plane crash. His subsequent upbringing doesn't fit squarely within the family model of the book's 1950s setting. A ranch foreman and his wife raise the boy amid underlying prejudices and undeveloped dreams.
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'Team America: World Police'
It's hard to know where to start and what to say about "Team America: World Police." This movie-going experience is quite like no other, though reasons for that range from its clever production to its unbelievably crude humor.
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'The Dust Factory'
"The Dust Factory" is like a cross between Cirque du Soleil and "The X-Files." Or maybe it's a cross between "Holes" and "What Dreams May Come." Or maybe it's between "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz." And all of that with a slight David Lynch flair.
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'Sue Thomas' Episode Features Burn Victim Sonnenberg
On Sept. 15, 1979, 22-month-old Joel Sonnenberg was burned on more than 85 percent of his body during a fiery car crash at a New Hampshire toll booth. Twenty-five years and dozens of operations later, Sonnenberg is completing a seminary degree, speaking across the country, and making his TV acting debut.
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'Spin'
"Spin," a 1991 novel by Donald Everett Axinn, is now a film from James Redford, who adapted and directed the project.
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'Dust Factory' Reveals Unique Vision
Twelve years ago, Eric Small wrote a script that originated with his own fears about death and dying. Now the script is a movie, being released in six markets this Friday by MGM.
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Producers of 'Doug,' 'Stanley' Create 'HoopDogz' to Teach Commandments
Two of the most successful producers of children's programs are putting the Ten Commandments on display—in a new animated series aiming to teach the commandments in age-appropriate ways.
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'Raise Your Voice'
In "Raise Your Voice," Hilary Duff plays Terri Fletcher, a small-town girl with big-city dreams. Terri wants to make music, and she sees the route to her dreams through the Bristol-Hillman Conservatory in Los Angeles.
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Actor John Corbett Remembers Teachers' Influence
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--An English teacher in West Virginia and an acting coach in Los Angeles have something in common: Both influenced the career of actor John Corbett.
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'Raise Your Voice' Writer and Director Discuss Religion in Movies
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--After the phenomenal success of "The Passion of the Christ," the role of faith in Hollywood is talked about more frequently, taken more seriously and viewed more strategically.
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'Raise Your Voice' Focuses on Role of Mentors
In "Raise Your Voice," the new Hilary Duff movie opening Oct. 8, teachers and mentors play a significant role.
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Radio's Bygone Days Are Back—On the Internet
For many people, the likes of Abbott & Costello, Buck Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy are voices of yesteryear, never to be heard again. Whether these entertainment icons ever existed in comics or on television, it's the radio incarnation that some people's memories still tune in.
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'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow'
"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" uses new-fangled filmmaking to deliver old-fashioned storytelling.
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Language Group Releases TV's Top Buzzwords
"You're Fired!" was the top phrase from the 2003-04 TV season, according to a language tracking group.
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'7th Heaven' First Season Arrives on DVD
The first season of the WB network's long-running family drama "7th Heaven" is available on DVD today.
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PBS Series Pits Worldviews of C.S. Lewis, Freud
Two of the 20th century's most influential thinkers go head-to-head in an upcoming program about humanity's most profound questions.
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Carter Credits Redford With Winning Presidency
Former President Jimmy Carter said actor Robert Redford's advice on appearing before cameras helped him secure the presidency in 1976.
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'The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara'
This review is long overdue. Errol Morris' documentary "The Fog of War" is not only a brilliant piece of filmmaking; it's also a frank discussion about the ethical and moral landscape of the 20th century as it pertained to war.
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'Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith'
A lot of people are talking about movies and spirituality these days, but few are able to create a resource with the clarity and insight of Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith, by Catherine M. Barsotti and Robert K. Johnston.
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Gamers Detract From TV Audience
The Digital Gaming in America annual survey found that not only has video gaming finally outpaced PC gaming, but that gaming in general continues to threaten television's dominance as the media of choice.
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'Touched By An Angel' First Season Released on DVD
"The Passion of the Christ" isn't the only popular title to arrive on DVD today. The first season of "Touched By An Angel" will appear on the new release shelf also, giving spiritual seekers another manifestation of God's love, according to the show's executive producer.
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Web Technology Helps 'Letters to Editor' Push Kerry, Bush Agendas
Don't assume the next "letter to the editor" you read about Bush or Kerry was actually written by the local person whose name underscores the letter.
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'Passion' DVD Release Draws Religious Piggybacking
Hollywood is taking advantage of the Aug. 31 DVD release of "The Passion of the Christ" by hawking a significant number of other religious releases.
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'The Corporation'
It will be more difficult to catch a screening of "The Corporation" than, say, "Alien vs. Predator," but embrace the challenge if you want to see the world in which you live with a fresh set of eyes.
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Movies Spark Healthy Debate
EthicsDaily.com occasionally hears from a reader bemoaning the fact that: a) we review movies at all; or b) we review certain types of movies.
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Everybody Wants You to Vote
If you're Hispanic, or think Bush has to go, or want to defend "traditional marriage," there's an organization that wants you registered. They want you to rock the vote, vote your values, double your vote and declare yourself. They want you registered, and they want you to vote.
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Saudis Launch U.S. Ad Campaign
The Saudi government has launched a U.S. radio advertising campaign to reinforce its image as an ally in the war on terror.
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Stories About Presidential Candidates Confuse Truth
An EthicsDaily.com reader recently forwarded to me an e-mail she received about John Kerry. She wanted to know if the story was an urban legend.
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Singer Kate Campbell Releases Three Albums Today
Today is a banner day in the professional life of singer-songwriter Kate Campbell: Three new albums will hit stores.
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The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust
Three years ago, Orlando Sentinel religion writer Mark Pinsky penned The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family. Now he's back with a book about the Big Mouse in his backyard: The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.
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Dallas Film Festival to Take on Moore
When it comes to responding to the politics of filmmaker Michael Moore, Jim Hubbard of Dallas thinks conservatives should put up or shut up. He's putting up by sponsoring the American Film Renaissance Festival.
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'The Village'
M. Night Shyamalan's new film, "The Village," had a lot to live up to. After the writer-director's successes with supernatural thrillers like "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" and "Signs," audiences were primed with high expectations.
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'The Manchurian Candidate'
Paramount has been trying to minimize its movie-making risk by remaking older films. To that end, we've had 21-century versions of "The Italian Job" and "The Stepford Wives," and we're about to get "The Longest Yard."
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Ketchup: A New Political Battleground
While Teresa Heinz Kerry was on the platform at the Democratic Convention Tuesday night, somebody somewhere was lining a hot dog with ketchup.
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Hoax Photo Shows Kerry With Satanism Founder
As the 2004 presidential election heats up, so do the urban legends about the candidates. One of the latest features a photo of John Kerry with the Church of Satan founder.
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Movies Underwent 'Ratings Creep' in Last Decade, Harvard Study Finds
Today's PG-13 movies approximate R movies from 1992, according to recent findings. Violence, sex and profanity increased in movies of the same rating from 1992 to 2003, effectively creating a "ratings creep," according to a study by the Kids Risk Project at the Harvard School of Public Health. The study appeared July 13 in the peer-reviewed journal Medscape General Medicine.
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Consumer Group Urges Senate to Investigate 'Neuromarketing'
Corporations may no longer have to guess which marketing campaigns will click with our brainwaves. They may know—because science will tell them.
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'The Terminal'
Tom Hanks is perhaps the most daring actor of his generation: He thought people would watch a movie about a man stranded on an island. He was right. "Cast Away" grossed more than $230 million. That's incredible, especially seeing how his co-star was a volleyball.
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'Dirty Pretty Things,' 'Joan of Arcadia,' Others Win Humanitas Prizes
Nine writers earned $115,000 in prize money for scripts that "entertain and enrich" at yesterday's Humanitas Prize luncheon.
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Reagan Funeral Items Selling on eBay
Flags are back at full-staff now a month after Ronald Reagan's death June 5, but the push for a piece of history continues … on eBay, where folks are buying and selling items from the 40th president's funerary rites.
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'Fahrenheit 9/11'
"Fahrenheit 9/11," the latest opus from guerilla filmmaker Michael Moore, is indeed what it has been cracked up to be: a full-on body slam of George W. Bush.
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Creative Director Departs American Bible Society's Comics Imprint
Metron Press, the comic book division of the American Bible Society, has lost its creative director due to differences over the press' direction.
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Heart & Soul: An Interview With Louis Schwartzberg
The documentaries "Super Size Me" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" have energized the box office in recent weeks. Another one hits theaters today: "America's Heart & Soul," a collection of vignettes about ordinary Americans living extraordinary lives.
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New Show to Find Christian-Gospel Superstar
A new fall TV show will try to find the next superstar in the world of Christian and gospel music.
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'The Notebook'
"The Notebook" is a beautifully shot love story. From the opening frames to the last, viewers experience a cinematic atmosphere as enveloping as the love of the film's main characters.
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True Love Lasts Forever: An Interview With Nicholas Sparks
The wait is finally over for fans of Nicholas Sparks' first novel, The Notebook: The movie version hits theaters nationwide today.
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Political Groups Battle Over Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
As Michael Moore's controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" nears its June 25 nationwide release, opposing political groups are treating it as a litmus test of patriotism.
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Public Interest Group to FTC: Investigate Interactive Ads
A non-profit organization dedicated to keeping digital media in the public interest has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate interactive advertising practices.
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Let's Get Our Script On: An Interview With Michael Urban
As a resolution comes before the Southern Baptist Convention mid-June calling for parents to pull children from public schools, the topic of Christian education slips again into public dialogues.
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Guidelines for Theater Ads Draw Criticism
A trade group for cinema advertisers is drawing criticism for the types of ads it says are suitable to run before movies.
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'Super Size Me'
Cinema, at its best, helps us see the world anew. The commonplace becomes compelling, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Few films accomplish this feat, but the ones that do stick with you like …. well, like a Big Mac.
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Will New Movie Be 'Saved!' by Dialogue?
Films about faith usually kick up dust. Just look at "The Passion of the Christ." And look a bit further to "Saved!" which opens today.
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Theater Chain's 'R-Card' Allows Minors Easier Access
A Midwestern theater chain has created ID cards for minors indicating that guardians have given permission for the minor to see R-rated movies.
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News Writer Wants Arab Films to Counter Stereotypes
The Arab world needs to counter its negative stereotypes in films through films of its own, says a writer for a popular Arab paper.
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Film Tries to Make Hispanics 'Visible' to Others
What if the state of California lost its Hispanic population for a day? If your mind runs wild with potential scenarios, you'll likely find some of them in a new film called "A Day Without a Mexican."
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Motion Picture Chief Defends Smoking in Films
Washington should not legislate smoking on the silver screen, says the man who manages motion picture interests.
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Jesus, Mary Part of Fashion Trend
Bracelets with the initials WWJD—"What Would Jesus Do?"—may have been popular a few years ago, but they weren't often seen on the wrists of A-list celebrities.
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Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index
A picture is worth a thousand words? How about a cartoon …
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Smokers to Kick Habit on Reality Show
Many people try to quit smoking, and this fall a handful will try to kick the habit as part of a reality show.
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Climate Disaster Movie Warms Up Controversy
A new disaster movie from the maker of "Independence Day" won't hit theaters until May 28, but the buzz about its relevance to current environmental issues is already here.
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Survey Finds Favorite TV Mom
Who's your favorite TV mom? Carol Brady? Elyse Keaton? Florida Evans? A recent survey revealed that Americans' favorite TV mom is none other than Clair Huxtable, according to an Associated Press article.
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Documentary on Bush-Saudi Connection Hits Own Political Snag
Filmmaker Michael Moore is known for projects that are political lightning rods—like 2003 Oscar winner "Bowling for Columbine," which examined gun violence in America. Now it seems that his latest documentary is being bogged down by politics even before its release.
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Iraq War Spawns Various 'Urban Legends'
As war in Iraq continues, so do the "urban legends" about American troops, Iraqi soldiers and civilians, and policy decisions.
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Movie's Cloning Web Site Draws Criticism
Some people think a film distribution company has gone too far in an effort to distinguish its product.
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'Laws of Attraction'
"Laws of Attraction" is an appealing movie not because its two opposing divorce attorneys are attracted to each other, but because those two divorce attorneys weigh whether to move beyond attraction to commitment.
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Study Finds TV Shows Still Don't Reflect Diversity of Audiences
Prime-time television is getting better at reflecting the diversity of the U.S. population, but it still falls short on this all-important front, a new study says.
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Movie on Marriage Has Actors Talking Commitment
A general feeling of insecurity may be prompting society to embrace one of its oldest institutions: marriage.
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New Romantic Comedy Has Flare of Old
Movie-goers who long for the zippy dialogue, smart characterization and delicate restraint of yesteryear's romantic comedies can find an admirable throwback to the genre in the upcoming "Laws of Attraction."
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Pro Baseball Uniforms: A New Advertising Frontier?
Little League jerseys are often splotched with the name of the local company who paid for the uniforms: Sparky's Garage, Dalton's Plumbing, Billy Bob's Bar-B-Q. To this point, however, big league jerseys have avoided big league sponsorships.
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Victoria's Secret Scraps 'Fashion' Show
Victoria's Secret won't be showing off its latest lingerie on a network show—not this year, anyway.
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Graphic Anti-Smoking Ad Impacts Smokers in Britain
A British anti-smoking ad, described by some as "revoltingly graphic," has managed to stay on the airwaves and even affect smokers.
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Top Search Engines Fold on Gambling Ads
Google and Yahoo, two of the most popular Internet search engines, will stop running ads for online casinos by the end of April, the New York Times reported. The new policy could significantly alter the future of online gambling.
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Seinfeld, Superman Team Up for AmEx 'Webisode' Ads
One of the best new ads isn't on TV, and it isn't in a magazine. It's not on the radio, and it's not an Internet pop-up. No, it's a four-minute film short starring Jerry Seinfeld and Superman—and it's available only on the Web.
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Empowerment With Media: An Interview With Teresa Blythe
Meeting God in Virtual Reality: Using Spiritual Practices With Media, written by Teresa Blythe and Daniel Wolpert, offers readers some methods for praying with popular culture products.
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'Passion' Ignites Controversy, Fills Theaters in Middle East
Controversy and curiosity have followed Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" to the Middle East. Critics and publics alike are debating its stances on Semitism, even as cinemas across the Arab world screen the film to box-office success.
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Talking About Screens: An Interview With Daniel Wolpert
Researchers say the average American spends about seven hours a day in front of some sort of screen: television, movie, computer. Acknowledging this reality, Abingdon Press is releasing a new book aimed at helping people use media to enhance their spiritual life.
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Meeting God in Virtual Reality: Using Spiritual Practices With Media
Some books do more than simply convey information; they help readers see the world with a fresh set of eyes.
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Meeting God in Virtual Reality: Using Spiritual Practices With Media
Some books do more than simply convey information; they help readers see the world with a fresh set of eyes.
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Metron Press
Christians have increasingly turned to products from popular culture, like books and films, to convey biblical messages. And now a niche product has also gotten some attention from the Christian crowd: comic books.
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'Hangman's Curse'
Sex and gore are about as basic to teen thrillers as guns and horses are to westerns. But Twentieth Century Fox is gambling with "Hangman's Curse" that the thriller genre can be redefined with a family-friendly approach.
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Nader for President
Whether you like Ralph Nader or agree with his bid for the presidency, surfing his Web site offers a breath of fresh campaign air.
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Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
After Steven Spielberg completed "Schindler's List," about entrepreneur Oskar Schindler's saving of more than 1,000 Jews during World War II, he established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. The nonprofit's intent was to document the Holocaust experiences of survivors, witnesses and others.
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Lost Like Gollum
SANE Australia, a national organization for the mentally ill, paid special attention to media comments about Gollum in The Return of the King back in December. The group included references to Gollum in its "Stigma Files," which catalogue inaccurate or insensitive portrayals of mental illness in the media.
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'Judas'
Why did Judas Iscariot betray Jesus Christ? Many will of course say the betrayal was divinely ordained, and they'll leave it at that. They won't seek to understand historical context or human motive.
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Bush and Ridge 'Endorse' Terrorism Show, Producers Say
President George Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge are giving the government's seal of approval to a new TV show about terrorism, according to an entertainment news story.
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'The Passion of the Christ'
Before the first frame of the movie ever came up, a couple on the theater's back row was making sure tissues would be handy.
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Walking a Biblical High-Wire: An Interview With Charles Carner
In the summer of 2001, a film crew gathered in Morocco to portray Jesus' final hours. It wasn't a crew for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," which was shot in Italy. This crew was shooting the TV movie "Judas," which portrays not only Jesus' crucifixion, but also—and mainly—his relationship with his betrayer, Judas Iscariot.
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Foundation Report: Media Plays Role in Childhood Obesity
A report from a Washington-based foundation concludes that the real link between media use and childhood obesity may not be from displaced exercise time, but rather from the billion-dollar advertising machinery directed at children.
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NCC Offers Guide for Reflecting on 'The Passion'
One of the nation's leading ecumenical organizations is now offering a reflection guide for Mel Gibson's upcoming movie, "The Passion of the Christ."
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Evangelical Leader Hopes Web Site Will Prompt 'Passion' Postscript
An evangelical group has now joined the call for Mel Gibson to attach a statement regarding anti-Semitism to his upcoming film, "The Passion of the Christ."
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Gibson Says Episcopalian Wife Might Go to Hell, Column Reports
The maelstrom surrounding Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" has just gotten uglier.
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BGCT Theater Ad Plays Off Gibson's 'Passion' Controversy
The Baptist General Convention of Texas has produced a cinema advertisement to coincide with the release of Mel Gibson's controversial movie, "The Passion of the Christ."
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Study Guides for 'Joan of Arcadia'
One of best new dramas of the 2003-04 season has been CBS' "Joan of Arcadia" (Friday, 8 p.m. ET/PT). It debuted with CBS' best rating in that slot in three years. It recently won a People's Choice Award for best new TV drama, and the American Film Institute recognized the show as a 2003 Program of the Year.
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"The Fighting Temptations"
"The Fighting Temptations" wasn't the film it should have been. This story about a down-and-out New York advertiser who heads South to claim an inheritance—with strings attached—just didn't make the grade when the music stopped. Had the acting been as rhythmic as the music, "Temptations" would have been a lot of fun.
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"Secondhand Lions"
If you missed "Secondhand Lions" in theaters last summer, you have another chance to see this fantastic family-friendly film. It's being released on DVD and VHS today.
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'Fair Trade' Coffee Brewing in More Churches
More American Catholics will be drinking "fair trade" coffee, thanks to a new partnership between a coffee worker cooperative and a Catholic relief agency.
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Resources on Mel Gibson's Upcoming 'The Passion'
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" hits theaters in less than a month. It will open Feb. 25—Ash Wednesday—on 2,000 screens, finally giving audiences a look at one of the most controversial films in recent memory.
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The Passion Outreach
Icon Productions has partnered with Outreach, Inc. to help market Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" to faith communities as an evangelistic tool.
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State of the Union 2004: Bush's Buzzwords
President Bush spoke for 54 minutes last night, using roughly 5,200 words in his State of the Union address.
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Gibson's 'Passion' Will Open Wide
Mel Gibson's gamble—a movie depicting Jesus Christ's final hours—will open on 2,000 screens, a number significantly larger than most "niche" films.
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Activist Group Seeks Big TV Time for Bush Ad
An advocacy group that sponsored an anti-Bush ad contest has chosen a winner—and will place that ad before the president's State of the Union address. It is also seeking ad time during the Super Bowl.
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Selma's 'Turnaround March' Was Turning Point
Of all of Martin Luther King Jr.'s activism experiences, one of the lesser known remains one of the more compelling.
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Video Game Subject of Lawsuit
A popular video game that some groups assert threatens society and should be de-shelved will have its day in court—federal court.
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'Big Fish' Cast, Crew Hail Power of Stories
"Big Fish" is a story about stories: their power and influence, their ability to transport listeners, their role in our lives.
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'Big Fish'
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Richard Zanuck—producer of "Jaws"—brings you "Big Fish."
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'Big Fish' Nibbles on Father-Son Relationships
When Richard Zanuck was head of production at Twentieth Century Fox, his father, famed studio executive Darryl Zanuck, fired him.
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Symbols of New Year Have Ancient Roots
One year is dying, and another is about to be born. A variety of symbols surround this transition, and most of them are more connected than people suppose.
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Movies for the Holiday Season
Movies are, for some people, as much a part of the Christmas holidays as stockings and trees. Whether it's going to the theater or popping a favorite in the home system, Christmas movies help people catch the holiday spirit. They also help us unwind from other responsibilities, laugh and remind us of Christmases past.
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Designers Play With Democratic Candidate Posters
The New York Times recently asked several leading designers to produce campaign posters for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president. It was an exercise in fun, creativity and ideology.
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'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'
If you thought the battle at Helm's Deep in "The Two Towers" was spectacular, wait until you see the magnitude of the conflict at Pelennor Fields in "The Return of the King."
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Video Game 'Report Card' Gets Fs
The grades are in for how the video game industry maintains child welfare while turning a profit, and if parents pay attention to the report card, they won't be happy.
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'Last Meals' Provoke Reflection
The Web site www.deadmaneating.com is revolting for the disrespectful way it deals with its subject, but the subject itself merits some thought.
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King Center to Honor Bono for Humanitarian Work
U2's lead singer, Bono, will receive the King Center's "Salute to Greatness" Award in January.
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Web Site Has Fun With Federal Trade-Offs
North Carolina taxpayers will spend more than $78 million on energy-bill giveaways in fiscal year 2004. If they dumped the giveaways, they could hire more than 1,500 elementary school teachers … or provide health care for upwards of 48,000 children … or buy 348 new fire trucks.
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Bono Sings in South Africa, Fights Continent's AIDS Crisis
Various singers took to a stage in Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday to focus attention on Africa's AIDS crisis. Headlining the concert was none other than U2 lead singer and AIDS activist Bono.
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'Timeline'
"Timeline," the latest Michael Crichton novel-turned-movie, lobs its story forth like the medieval catapults in the climactic battle: always vividly, if sometimes clumsily.
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'Sex Bracelets' Cause Adults to 'Snap' to Attention
They're called "jelly bracelets," and they're popular among schoolchildren of all ages. Problem is, they're known in some circles as "sex bracelets" and are part of an alleged gaming ritual leading to sexual activity.
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Will Etch A Sketch Draw Profits From 'Elf'?
Remember the drawing toy Etch A Sketch? Chances are you'll be seeing more of it thanks to New Line Cinema's newly released "Elf."
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'Elf'
If you're looking to get in the holiday spirit, check out "Elf." This PG movie, which opens nationwide today, hearkens back to classic Christmas films and manages to capture some of that magic.
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Getting the Word Out: An Interview With Gary Johnson
What do a New York doctor and a deaf FBI agent have in common? Both are main characters on two PAX TV shows created by brothers Gary and Dave Johnson. Those two shows—"Doc," starring Billy Ray Cyrus as a small-town doctor transplanted to New York City, and "Sue Thomas F.B.Eye," based on the true story of a deaf woman hired by the FBI for surveillance work—are PAX TV's bread and butter.
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Critics Debate the God in 'Joan of Arcadia'
"God is in the details," said Mies van der Rohe. But van der Rohe was an architect—not a VP of programming at a major network. If he had been, he likely wouldn't have coined the phrase.
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Actress Mary Steenburgen Seeks Childhood Magic
Movie critic Leonard Maltin, in his Movie Encyclopedia, called Mary Steenburgen "one of the screen's most compulsively watchable actresses."
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FirstGov for Kids
There are more than 26 million federal, state and local government Web pages on the Internet, and many of them are geared for children. How do you find them? One ways is to check out FirstGov for Kids.
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'Radio'
"Radio," starring Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr., is more than a sports movie. It's really a story about helping others, treating others with respect, and having the courage to do what's right—especially when it's not easy.
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'Radio' Director, Stars Discuss Doing Right Thing
Do the right thing. It's easier said than done. Some people aren't interested in doing the right thing. Others are, but find the doing too difficult. Still others do the right thing, even at personal cost.
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'Radio' Actress Sarah Drew Tunes In Priorities
About a year ago, Sarah Drew—newly wed and newly graduated from the University of Virginia—found herself in Walterboro, S.C. The former drama major was about to start shooting her first feature film—Columbia Pictures' "Radio," starring Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr.
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'Bowling for Columbine'
Good news for those who missed Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" documentary—about violence in America—in theaters: It's now on DVD and VHS, and the special features on the former are terrific.
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Consecrating Life: An Interview With Greg Wright
In December 2001, Greg Wright wandered down a rainy Seattle street looking for a movie theater. Not just any theater, but one hosting a press screening for the anticipated first installment of "The Lord of the Rings."
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FCC Says Broadcasts of Bono's Curse Word OK
Rock singer Bono used a curse word at the Golden Globes last January, but those stations that aired the remark aren't guilty of violating decency standards, according to a recent finding by the Federal Communications Commission.
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'Bonhoeffer'
This new documentary on German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer features more than grainy black-and-white footage of Hitler, "Achtung Juden" signs and book burnings—though those images are always unsettling.
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Nader Group Takes on Product Placement
More "embedded" advertisements mean more susceptible viewers—and for the sake of honesty, the government should step in. So says a consumer watchdog group backed by Ralph Nader.
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Interest in 'Animal Spirituality' Increases
Children aren't the only ones asking if they'll see their pets in heaven. Theologians wonder too.
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Uncontrolled Technology Spurs Appeal to Ethics
Much has been said about the music industry's war on piracy. With CD sales in a slump, industry leaders have resorted to suing kids, or their parents, over the illegal file sharing presumed to be at the root of the trouble.
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Tolkien in Perspective: Sifting the Gold From the Glitter
The Bible, Greg Wright points out, is much shorter than J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion combined. Yet, for some people—even Christians—the Bible has taken a backseat to Tolkien's work as the vessel of Truth.
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The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-Earth
The end of the year is nearing—and so is the release of the final, filmed installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's mammoth The Lord of the Rings.
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'Secondhand Lions'
"Secondhand Lions," which opens nationwide today, is first-rate entertainment. So grab a seat and settle in; a genuine story awaits. The movie—starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment—really defies categorization, and such films often turn out to be some of the most interesting.
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'The Fighting Temptations'
If you know who Beyoncé Knowles and Rue McClanahan are, you'll be shocked to see them on stage together. Did any of us ever think that would ever happen in any universe? But the real irony of "The Fighting Temptations"—a movie about a gospel choir struggling to find its voice—is that the movie itself has no rhythm.
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Walking the Perfect Streets: An Interview With T-Bone
In Paramount's upcoming movie, "The Fighting Temptations," pay attention to the tattooed rapper in the orange correctional jumpsuit. That's not just any actor; that's Christian rapper and hip-hop artist T-Bone.
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'Secondhand Lions' Cast Soak Up Lone Star Life
Oscar-winner Robert Duvall appears to like talking about people, places and cultures as much as—if not more than—movies. Talking with religion writers recently in Beverly Hills—about his upcoming film "Secondhand Lions"—Duvall mentioned a friend from Oklahoma who had gone to see him during the shoot in Texas.
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Top Actors Discuss Importance of Family
In the upcoming movie "Secondhand Lions," starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment, a mother leaves her teenage son on a central Texas farm with his two eccentric great uncles.
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'Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star'
Most of us aren't child stars, but we are the people who make—and break—child stars. We don't make them in the sense that we broker their deals, schedule their interviews or fashion their images. We do, however, collectively decide if their deals, interviews and images are worth anybody's time.
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Bush Doll to Hit Market
President George W. Bush is hitting the toy market—in the form of an "elite force aviator" action figure. Blue Box toy manufacturer has produced a 12" action figure of President Bush donning a naval aviator flight suit.
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'Religion & Ethics Newsweekly' Helps Viewers Confront Moral Issues
"Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" calls itself "the only television newsmagazine program devoted entirely to the news of religion, spirituality and major ethical issues."
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'The Legend of Johnny Lingo'
"There's a treasure hidden deep within everyone," says the title character in "The Legend of Johnny Lingo." "The adventure is to discover it."
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Retired Lawyer Develops Business Combining E-mail and Scripture Verses
Retired attorney Bob Broxton believed e-mail could be about more than technology. He believed it could also be about God's word. That's why he created ScriptureMail.
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'Dust to Dust' Burials Gain Ground
Most Americans will undergo a standardized funerary ritual: embalming to slow decomposition, placement in a sleek coffin, and burial in a manicured graveyard, marked by a slab of granite or marble.
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Magician Will Play Russian Roulette on Live Television
British magician Derren Brown will play "Russian roulette" live on Britain's Channel 4 Oct. 26.
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TV Ratings Guide Parents on Age-Appropriate Programming
As parents became more concerned about the content of rapidly multiplying TV shows, they demanded help from the TV industry to monitor that content.
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Group Promotes, Celebrates International Forgiveness Day
A California-based group believes the healing power of forgiveness can transform societies for the better, and to that end it is promoting the first Sunday in August as "International Forgiveness Day."
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Difficulty of Forgiveness Prompts Approaches, Strategies
Even chimpanzees hold grudges, scientists say. Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University are trying to determine just how long it takes for a chimp to chuck hard feelings and move on.
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"Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life"
Rarely is a sequel better than its predecessor, but "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" is much better than "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" because it actually went back to the source material: Indiana Jones.
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"Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
With "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" opening July 25, some viewers will likely want to check out the original on VHS or DVD. But be forewarned: The original is a shard of common pottery, whereas the sequel is a gem.
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Retailers, Renters Play Movie Ratings Game for Home Market
Media consumption by minors is a hot topic. It gets even hotter when sex and violence come up.
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Oprah Tops List of Pop Culture Icons
Who's the all-time greatest icon in popular culture? Oprah Winfrey, according to VH1.
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Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart!
Once in a while, server space somewhere is gobbled up by a Web site that's superior. Not just good or interesting, but superior. "Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart!" from PBS Kids is such a site.
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"Don't Buy It" Fills Gap in Media Literacy Training, Creators Say
When the Corporation for Public Broadcasting invited grant proposals for educational Web sites for kids, KCTS responded. The staff at Seattle Public Television brainstormed ideas and ultimately created the successful "Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart!" Web site, now housed at PBSKids.org.
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RELEVANT Magazine Examines God, Life, Progressive Culture
Some Web sites buzz with energy. The content hums, the graphics flicker, the overall feel is electric. RELEVANT Magazine online is such a site.
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Gospel Magicians Give Earthly Tricks Heavenly Meanings
As the church adopts new media to preach the gospel to an increasingly "visual" population, there's one performance art that's been in Christianity's employ for half a century: magic.
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Bible Bobbleheads Celebrate Heroes of the Faith
Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza and … Noah? Move over baseball bobbleheads. There's a new nodder in town: the Bible Bobblehead.
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American Culture Fosters Various Food Traditions
Food. For some people, it's just the body's fuel. For others, it's an event's flair. People woof it down, lay it out, freeze it up and pile it on.
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Hollywood Is Ancient History
"Toga movies" were supposed to be a thing of the past. But filmmaker Ridley Scott proved that assumption wrong with 2000's "Gladiator"—and studios have been plucking ancients for pictures ever since.
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Get a Grip on Reality TV
A pastor recently contacted EthicsDaily.com for help understanding the reality TV landscape. "Why are reality shows so hot?" he asked. "What do they say about us as a culture? Are they helpful or detrimental?"
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Disney Moves Into New Ratings Territory With PG-13 'Pirates'
Jerry Bruckheimer, one of Hollywood's most powerful and prolific producers, has turned a Disney theme-park ride into more than a movie. He's turned it into a PG-13 movie—a first for the studio.
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Mel Gibson's Film Stirs 'Passion' in Faith Communities
Mel Gibson is fending off charges of anti-Semitism in his yet-to-be-released movie, even as groups concerned about the script try to clarify their role in Gibson's faith-filled endeavor.
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CBS, New York Times Squabble Over Proposal to Jessica Lynch
A CBS News proposal to interview former POW Jessica Lynch has raised concerns about media conglomeration—and sparked a war of words between CBS News and the New York Times, which first reported on the proposal Monday.
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FCC Eases Media Ownership Rules, Courts Controversy
The Federal Communications Commission recently loosened restrictions on broadcast media ownership in what continues to be a hotly debated move.
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Graduation Pledge Alliance Seeks to Improve Society
Roughly 1 million students graduate from college each year. And more of them are joining the Graduation Pledge Alliance, which aims to make students think about social and environmental consequences of their work.
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Battle for Martha Waged on Internet
Martha Stewart is getting a hearing in the courtroom—and on the Internet.
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Silver Screen Is Smoke Screen, Activists Say
For decades, sex and violence have been the primary targets of family friendly criticism of the movies. But a new target is appearing in more and more crosshairs: tobacco use.
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Ten Films to Stir the Spirit: Part 1
Several readers have asked EthicsDaily.com to recommend films to jumpstart spiritual discussions. Our three movie reviewers have each weighed in, offering 10 films apiece.
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"The Italian Job"
"The Italian Job" is a heist film, and there have been some good ones in recent years: "The Score," "Ocean's Eleven" and "Entrapment."
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'Bruce Almighty' Stirs Phone Calls to God
Need to call on God? Thanks to Jim Carrey's new movie, "Bruce Almighty," you now have the number.
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Tongue Splitting More Than Budding Controversy
Tongue splitting has made the news recently as a gross-out fad surpassing tattoos and body piercing. But the practice and the debate surrounding it are in fact not new.
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'Christian Film Industry' Can't Thrive Like Music Industry Counterpart
Will there ever be a thriving "Christian film industry," akin to the current "Christian music industry?"
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"Bruce Almighty"
What if an average Joe, thinking he had what it takes to run the world, assumed God's powers for a few days?
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Memorial Day Invokes Memory of War Dead, And Debate
A civil war prompted a civic holiday, which evolved into both the unofficial kickoff of summer and the deadliest weekend of the year on America's highways. Its observance sparks debate even today.
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Disney Role in Bush Documentary Sparks More Boycotts
Seven years after Southern Baptists put The Mouse on notice for moral missteps, some conservatives are calling for another Disney boycott—this time because the corporation is financing a controversial documentary by Michael Moore.
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'Hillbillies' Reality Show Draws More Protest
When Viacom shareholders gather in Manhattan May 21, they'll have company: people protesting Viacom division CBS' planned reality show, "The Real Beverly Hillbillies."
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R-Rated Summer Blockbusters Rekindle Ratings Debate
With some of summer's blockbusters having garnered an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, the issue of film ratings has marched again into the papers.
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Three Southern Politicians Given 'Profile in Courage' Award
Three Southern politicians who alienated voters in their states over the Confederate flag received the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum Monday.
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'American Candidate' Reality Show Still Seeking Bid
Cable channel FX axed plans for reality show "American Candidate" last Friday, but creator R.J. Cutler said the project—aiming to put a grassroots candidate in the 2004 presidential election—will find a new home.
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Baptist Pastors: Mothers Influenced Ministry
The current generation of Baptist pastors didn't grow up with "minister mothers"—at least in the formal sense—but that's not to say that mothers didn't influence their vocational choice.
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The Story of Mother's Day Extends From Greece to Grafton
The history of today's Mother's Day celebration is like a rope woven from separate strands and different fibers.
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"Levity"
Judaism teaches that God created Adam alone in the world to teach humanity that whoever destroys one soul destroys the whole world, and whoever saves one soul saves the whole world.
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Floating Up, Falling Down: An Interview With Ed Solomon
More than 2 million Americans are now behind bars, according to the Justice Department. That's one out of every 142 U.S. residents.
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Bridging Gaps With Holes: An Interview With Andrew Davis
Hollywood is always shoveling a lot of something, and occasionally its glitzy spade tosses a few genuine stories over its shoulder.
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Stamping the Grass With Words: An Interview With Page McBrier
Page McBrier stood by a hand-dug pond on a hillside in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Filled with water diverted from a nearby stream, that pond was home to tilapia, a type of African freshwater fish often raised for food.
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"Holes"
The qualities that make "Holes" hard to synopsize also make it a good story.
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Heifer Project Offers Unique Alternative for Helping Others
"Baptists have always struggled with the dualism of the social gospel and the good news of salvation," says Baptist pastor Randy Hyde. "But I think our history proves that we practice the gospel best when we do it on both fronts."
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Heifer Project Focuses on War-Torn Areas
Heifer Project International is looking to its past successes in war-torn areas to develop an approach to helping build peace in the Middle East.
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Do Celebrity Opinions on War Affect You?
More than 80 percent of Americans say celebrities' political opinions don't affect their own political opinions, according to a recent CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll. But Americans' self-reporting on this matter seems suspect when one takes cultural trends and markers into account.
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"The Core"
At day's end, audiences will find that this disaster flick is more about the crust than the core of moviemaking. But life on the crust isn't always all bad. And neither is "The Core."
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Angelina Jolie in Sri Lanka, from the U.N. Web site.
Celebrity involvement in charity work has a long history, and it's sure to continue with a new crop of Hollywood stars who are lending their profiles to humanitarian causes.
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Experiencing Jesus: An Interview With Frank Desiderio
"Christians have to be able to present images and messages throughout the media that are supportive of what they believe so they have a place in the culture,"said Frank Desiderio. "If you're not in the media, you don't have a perceived place in the culture."
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Celebs Draw Fire for Speaking Out on War
With war against Iraq looming, celebrities are talking. And some folks don't care for it.
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"The Jesus Experience: Christianity Around the World"
"The Jesus Experience" is more than a collection of how cultures have painted Jesus, though it is certainly that. It's also a look at how humans, claiming Jesus as their own, have acted. These stories inspire and insult, impress and embarrass.
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Critics: Disney Movie Incorrectly Labeled 'True Story'
A new Disney movie claiming to be "based on a true story" has many critics calling for the Mouse House to recant.
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Faithful Television: An Interview With Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson is co-creator of PAX TV's "Doc" and "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye," which consistently vie for the network's top spot.
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Ted Turner Talks About His Faith
Throughout the half hour we spent with TIME magazine's 1991 man of the year, Turner repeatedly talked about religious belief: how he lost it, how it appears in the new movie, what he thinks about it.
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"Gods and Generals"
The stage for war is set, and the bullets—and prayers—start flying. That's right: "Gods and Generals" features more divine petitioning than any Hollywood product in recent memory.
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UK Baptists to Join Saturday's Anti-War Demonstration
Baptists will participate in what is expected to be a massive peace demonstration in London on Saturday, opposing war with Iraq.
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"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
"Lose a Guy" has star power, a good marketing campaign and an audience primed by reality TV shows like "Joe Millionaire" and "The Bachelorette." The movie won't disappoint. But, like the shows, it should cause critical minds to think about the phenomenon of relationship as game.
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TV Ad Against War Features Methodist Bishop
An ecumenical Christian body launched a TV ad campaign over the weekend opposing war against Iraq.
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Baptists, Stephen King Caught in Ethical Web
When we were launching Real Baptists, best-selling author Stephen King was serializing The Plant online—and relying on the honor system.
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State of the Union: Bush's Buzzwords
President Bush used almost 5,500 words in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. While editorial pages examine the speech's broad strokes, take a closer look at its building blocks: words.
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Heifer Hoofs Onto 'West Wing'
In an industry where a shot of a logo on a coffee mug means significant exposure, Heifer's appearance on "West Wing" was astounding. "It's unusual to get that much airtime," White said. Heifer had no control over the message or portrayal, but White said the story "was beyond our wildest expectations."
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"Nicholas Nickleby"
Hathaway is just one member of a young but exceptional cast in this adaptation of Charles Dickens' lengthy novel Nicholas Nickleby. Hathaway plays Madeline Bray, a destitute young woman who captures the attention of Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam), recently come to London with his mother and sister after the death of his beloved father.
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'Nickleby' Explores Family Complexity
Put family under a microscope, and one finds a complex organism. Writer-director Doug McGrath's current film adaptation of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby does just that. Through McGrath's lens, audiences see all sorts of familial building blocks: sons, uncles, friends.
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"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
"The Two Towers"—like the trilogy's first installment, "The Fellowship of the Ring"—is a massive movie in terms of narrative, production and box office. But the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's work shines most brilliantly through windows into character.
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Nature Fights Back in 'Two Towers'
Director Peter Jackson characterized Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien as "very much anti-control, anti-systems—which partly feeds into his themes about the environment."
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'Two Towers' Cast and Crew Speak Out on War and Peace, Good and Evil
"Tolkien knows that every few hundred years or so there comes a challenge to a generation where you can lose it all—your way of life, your civilization," said Rhys-Davies. "And if you do not have unity, courage and a willingness to sacrifice yourself, you can lose it all."
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'Two Towers' Features a Grand Gollum
No one was interested in portraying Gollum as a completely evil being. Philippa Boyens, one of the screenwriters, said Tolkien believed that people weren't totally evil, and that the potential for evil existed in everyone.
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Exploring a Pyrrhic Victory: An Interview With Michael Hoffman
Michael Hoffman, director of "The Emperor's Club," recently spoke with EthicsDaily.com about ancient Rome, Pyrrhic victories and how both relate to his new movie about living with character, virtue and integrity.
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"The Emperor's Club"
Based on a short story called "The Palace Thief" by Ethan Canin, "Club" follows the fortunes of classics teacher Mr. Hundert (Kline) and his young charges at the St. Benedicts School for Boys, where one of the directives is "non sibi"—Latin for "not for self."
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Chevrolet's Evangelical Concerts Draw Reaction
Take another look at promotions for the new "Come Together & Worship" Christian concert tour. That's not a cross above the title. It's Chevrolet's "bow tie" logo.
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"Hell House"
Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and here are … abortion, homosexuality and gun violence—at least in the annual "Hell House" sponsored by Trinity Church (Assemblies of God) in Cedar Hill, Texas.
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Reconciling Religions: An Interview With Bruce Feiler
"I cannot sit here and tell you that I think moderates will necessarily win the argument or carry the day. All I can tell you is that this is the defining question of the hour and maybe the defining question of the new century. Therefore we have to speak out."
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Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
This 200-page work resulted from Feiler's journey through time to find the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and to discover whether Abraham can help these monotheistic religions reconcile.
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Author, Publisher Create 'Abraham Salons'
Author Bruce Feiler and publisher William Morrow will initiate "Abraham Salons," nationwide interfaith discussions, in November.
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Hearing a Call: An Interview With Sue Thomas
Thomas' remarkable story has inspired a new TV show, "Sue Thomas: F.B.EYE," on PAX TV.
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Praying Through a Problem: An Interview With Jerry Woodfill
On April 13, 1970, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert were 200,000 miles from Earth. As the crew of Apollo 13, they were headed to the moon, intending to land in the Fra Mauro area.
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Bush Uses 'Weapon' Words to Make Case Against Iraq
President Bush used the word "weapons" several dozen times last night to make the case for possible military action against Iraq. His speech in Cincinnati came one year after Bush ordered the first military strikes in Afghanistan.
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Cable Channel Will Let Viewers Pick 'People's Candidate' for Presidency
Cable channel FX has announced it will carry a new reality series in 2004 that will allow TV viewers to choose a "people's candidate" for the American presidency.
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Remember Sept. 15, 1963
"The only stained glass window in the church that remained in its frame showed Christ leading a group of little children," United Press International reported the day after the bombing. "The face of Christ was blown out."
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"My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
Movie executives and industry commentators are of course calling "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" the "surprise hit" of the summer. That's accurate but distressing, for we shouldn't be surprised that an actual story well-told on film will do good business.
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Separating Truth from Fiction: An Interview with Rich Buhler
"9/11 was such a perfect breeding ground for erumors because it was not only massive, but there was so much uncertainty associated with it," Buhler said. "We weren't sure who did it, whether more was coming. It was nebulous."
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Trade Center Memorial Designs Express Values, Hopes
The designers responding to CNN's request don't have the authority to decide what should be rebuilt on the World Trade Center site. But they've responded anyway with proposals simple and complex, scribbled and computer-generated.
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Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age
For a wise word on technology's tangles with truth, read Quentin Schultze's latest book, Habits of the High-Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age.
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The Gospel according to The Simpsons Leader's Guide
Last September, Mark Pinsky's The Gospel according to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family hit shelves. It landed on Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Religion Books best-seller list in October and stayed there for five months.
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The Moral Is the Message: An Interview with Communication Expert Quentin Schultze
"Can you imagine Jesus Christ being concerned about the speed of computer processors rather than justice and mercy?" So asks Quentin Schultze, well-known author, speaker, consultant and professor of communication arts and sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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"Signs"
There are two types of people in the world, the distinction resting on how we interpret the incredible. One type sees only luck or coincidence. The other sees a sign or a miracle.
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'Aisle' Be Watching You: Movie Matrimony
Christian ministers focus on marriage as a union. Movies, on the other hand, focus more on the obstacles that may prevent that union.
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Til Death, or a Mouse-Click, Do Us Part
Click to get hitched. Or unhitched. Whatever your marital status, online services abound to help you change it.
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Ethical Wills Bequeath Values, Shape Lives
Facing a life crisis or transition? Consider writing an ethical will.
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"K-19: The Widowmaker"
Oddly enough, thoughts of "mutually assured destruction"—as a part of Cold War strategy—were meant to comfort Americans and Soviets.
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'The Goodness of People': An Interview with Nicholas Sparks
"I realized I had it in me to finish a novel once I started." That realization hit Nicholas Sparks at the age of 19, and his readers are forever grateful. Now 36 years old, Sparks is the best-selling author of Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and several other domestic and international best-sellers.
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"Devil's Playground"
"The day you turn 16, your whole life changes." So says an Amish teenager reflecting on rumspringa, a period lasting anywhere from ages 16-21 in which Amish youngsters are free to sample "English" culture—that is, non-Amish living.
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Documenting the Devil's Playground: An Interview with Lucy Walker
"Heaven and hell for Amish people are as real as New York and Chicago," said Lucy Walker, the director of a new documentary that airs tomorrow morning on Cinemax.
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'Eyes of the World' Watch D-Day in Movies
Fifty-eight years ago today, Allied Expeditionary Forces invaded France's Normandy beaches to begin liberating Europe from Nazi tyranny.
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"The Sum of All Fears"
"What's a South African doing in the Ukraine with three Russian scientists and a crate from Israel?"
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LionLamb.org: The Lion & Lamb Project
We're marketing violence to children, even though violence isn't child's play, according to lionlamb.org, the Web site of the Lion & Lamb Project.
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'Ambient Advertising' Consumes Consumers
In a stall, on the wall. In a hole, on the pole. In a store, on the floor. There's more, more, more … "ambient advertising."
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Making Family Television: An Interview with Dave Johnson
It's difficult to make a TV show. Actually getting one on the air is even more difficult. And when it's "family television," the odds are even less forgiving.
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Family Films Make Money
Sex and violence may sell movies, but so do family values. The box office proves it.
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Arab Images in Movies Matter
"With violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians again raging in the Middle East, their media images assume even greater weight and loom especially large," wrote Howard Rosenberg in the Los Angeles Times.
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"The Rookie"
Like other "baseball movies"—"The Natural," "Eight Men Out," "Field of Dreams"—"The Rookie" is only superficially about America's game. It's really about dreams, second chances, family and faith. Baseball—a sport where you can strike out one time and hit a homer the next—simply provides the context for this true story from Walt Disney Pictures.
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Big Lake, Baseball and a Bet: An Interview with Jim Morris
"God brought everything back around full circle, and when I was least expecting it is when everything happened," Jim Morris, the oldest rookie pitcher to play major league baseball in 40 years, told EthicsDaily.com.
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Biblical Action Figures: Acting Out the Faith or Creating New Stories?
What's the coolest action figure since G.I. Joe? The Jesus Action Figure, according to online retailer Archie McPhee.
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Luhrmann's Vision Deserves Better
Sunday night's Oscar telecast (ABC, 8:00 p.m. EST) will showcase some of the best filmmakers in the world. One director, however, isn't even nominated in the best director category, despite the fact that his film amassed eight Academy Award nominations altogether.
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From Selma to Montgomery
One car carried Viola Liuzzo and Leroy Moton. The other carried four Klansmen.
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Some See the Beast in the Bar Code
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
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The Snack Attack: Sloooooow Food vs. Fst Food
Define "snack." For better or worse, I've always said it's food eaten with one hand and no utensil. That differs from Webster's dictionary, which defines snack as "food eaten between regular meals."
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"Tribal Generation"
"Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile," said Billy Sunday, the famous baseball-player-turned-evangelist.
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Big Tobacco vs. Anti-Tobacco Filters Tough Questions
It's difficult to see through the smoke surrounding Lorillard Tobacco Company's recent lawsuit against the anti-smoking American Legacy Foundation.
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"We Were Soldiers"
"Behind Enemy Lines." "Black Hawk Down." "Hart's War." And now "We Were Soldiers." Soon we'll be watching a spoof called "We Were Soldiers Behind Enemy Lines When Hart's War Took Black Hawk Down."
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Teen Suicide in the Movies Can Promote Awareness and Conversation
Depictions of teen suicide aren't unique to Hollywood. Shakespeare, for example, crafted an enduring scenario in Romeo and Juliet.
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Belly Buttons, Navels and Yankee Shots: The Ethics of the Bare Midriff
"I don't mind if other people feel the need to get their belly buttons pierced. What I mind is when they feel the need to show me."
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Healthy Families, Healthy Environment
Put your toothbrush in the dishwasher and stay away from mothballs. Those are two of many tips offered at Healthy Families, Healthy Environment (www.healthyfamiliesnow.org), a new Web site sponsored by the Evangelical Environmental Network.
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Burning Valentines: The Hindu Nationalists Behind It
Last week, several Hindu nationalist groups issued statements against the celebration of Valentine's Day. One group, Shiv Sena, protested the day by burning Valentine's Day cards at parliament in New Delhi (see related story).
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Hindu Nationalists Burn Valentines to Protest West
Hindus protested an encroaching Western culture by burning Valentine's Day cards at parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday, according to various news reports.
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Movies Aren't for Proselytizing: An Interview with Linda Seger
Linda Seger is likely the most well-known script consultant in the world. She counsels literally thousands of screenwriters, producers and filmmakers. Her clients have included Ray Bradbury ("Fahrenheit 451"), Tony Bill ("The Sting"), William Kelley ("Witness"), ABC, CBS and the "MacGyver" series.
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Web Site Offers Muslims a Guide to Missionary Tactics
A hidden agenda, circular reasoning, mistranslations and quoting out of context are a few "tactics" missionaries employ to convert Muslims, according to a Web site about Islam.
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Super Sunday Pits Pigskin against Playmates
"Who needs football when we've got bunnies?" That's the rhetorical question in a promo for the "Fear Factor" reality show. For it seems Super Bowl XXXVI won't be the only hot TV ticket on Sunday, Feb. 3.
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Bush Delivers State of the Union, Rings the Bell of Freedom
"It is both our responsibility and our privilege to fight freedom's fight," President Bush said last night in the State of the Union address.
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xxxchurch.com
xxxchurch.com is the No. 1 Christian porn site. Sort of.
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Infect Truth
Its Web ads claim "everybody wants to be free." It's Truth, an organization whose "main goal is to alert everyone to the lies and hidden practices of the cigarette companies, while giving people the tools to have a voice in changing that."
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Honoring the Body: an Interview with Stephanie Paulsell
The body comes to the attention of all of us sooner or later, whether through deep bodily pleasure, or through illness and pain, or through our encounter with the bodies of others.
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Selling Movies to Religious America: An Interview with Jonathan Bock
Hollywood understands one thing: money. And if there's one thing religious America has, it's money.
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"A Beautiful Mind"
"A Beautiful Mind" isn't exactly what the trailer leads one to believe it is. It's better. Much better.
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Martin Luther King and Selma's 1965 Voting Rights Campaign
On Jan. 2, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led a "mass meeting" at Brown Chapel in Selma, Ala. This meeting kicked off the involvement of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Selma's voting rights campaign.
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American Jewish Committee Publishes Haggadah for Thanksgiving
The American Jewish Committee has published a collection of prayers and teachings for Thanksgiving to help Americans express grief over terrorism and hope for the future.
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Former U.S. Embassy in Iran Becomes
Iranian authorities have turned the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran "into a combination museum, amusement park and propaganda outlet," according to the Los Angeles Times.
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"K-PAX"
"Change the way you look at the world."
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Researcher Rates Televangelists' Use of Airtime
A communication researcher has found that most religious broadcasters devote almost no time to politics and little to fundraising and promotion.
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"Mall-o-ween" E-mail Warns of Terrorist Attack on Oct. 31
A widespread e-mail says terrorists will target malls on Halloween, but the FBI, and urban legend trackers, discount the source.
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UK Citizens List
"Jedi Knight" may be a new, though unofficial, religion in the United Kingdom given the number of entries it received on the UK's 2001 census form, according to news reports.
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Halloween Costumes Reflecting American Pride
Spooks and goblins will roam the streets on Halloween, but so will patriots.
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The Show Doesn't Have to Go On
Hollywood canceled Sunday night's Emmy awards for the second time in one month.
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"West Wing" Airs Special Episode on Terrorism
"The West Wing" took on terrorism during a special episode last Wednesday.
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The Gospel according to The Simpsons
Don't simply wonder why The Simpsons remains a popular TV show.
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Urban Legends: The Terrorist Attacks
"You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars," reads Matthew 24:6.
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Urban Legends: Preaching
Read this "Pentagon Bible" e-mail that is actually circulating:
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Bush Uses Various 'Democratic,' 'Religious' Buzzwords in Speech
President Bush addressed Congress and the nation from the Capitol building last night.
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A Moment of Silence, or Prayer?

Moments of silence have proliferated in the days following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

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The Rhetoric of Terrorism: Pray, Combat Evil
Leaders across the globe have struggled to articulate the nature of Tuesday's attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
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From "Candid Microphone" to "Spy TV"
What, if anything, is the difference between an old reality show like "Candid Camera" and a new one like "SPY TV"?
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Romancing the Sown: Romance Reaps Christian Readers
Christian music, movies, apparel, Web sites. And Christian romance.
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Senate Stem Cell Hearing Echoes with Scriptural References
Senators and scientists debated stem cell research last Wednesday with one eye on science and another on scripture.
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Film Rating Board Takes Flak
Some family groups think it's too liberal. Some industry types think it's too conservative. Some government bodies think it's too ineffective.
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Many G-rated Movies Include Smoking, Drinking
Nearly half of animated, G-rated, theatrical releases exhibit alcohol and tobacco use while failing to send messages about long-term effects, according to a new study.
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Should Taxpayers Subsidize Pro Teams?
Americans love their sports, and according to some new research, they are willing to pay for them.
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The Truth Shall Make You Nicotine Free
"FORGET ALL THE HEALTH RISKS. If The Beautiful People Do It, It Must Be Okay!"
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Tune In to TV-Turnoff Network
"The average American spends four hours a day watching television. That adds up to more than one day every week, two months every year, and nine solid years by age 65, that Americans spend glued to the tube," according to TV-Turnoff Network.
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Dying Live: An Experiment
"See a Person Dying Live On Your Computer," the Web promotion read.
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King: Commercializing or Communicating?

Martin Luther King Jr. is center stage again, this time in a commercial for a communications network company.

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Welcome to the Raelian Revolution
Religious folk of nearly every stripe have something to say about cloning. The Raelian Movement is no exception.
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Public's Choice for Best Picture Differs from Movie Academy's Selection
"Gladiator" won the Oscar for Best Picture on March 25, upsetting America's choice, as revealed by an earlier Gallup poll, for "Erin Brockovich."
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Valparaiso Project Launches Faith Practices Web Site
The Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith recently launched a Web site, Practicing Our Faith.
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The Crisis of Craft in "Christian Cinema"
World Wide Pictures, the film division of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is exploring a new approach to "Christian cinema."
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The 'Wing' Is the Thing
"The West Wing"--NBC's top-rated drama--brings the White House to your house every Wednesday evening.
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The Ethics of Cartography
Last Wednesday's episode of "The West Wing" featured an amusing story line involving the ethics of cartography, or map-making.
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St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
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From Neighborhood to Community
Current lifestyles inhibit the creation of community, according to a recent article.
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A View of Valentine's Day
Most of us recognize Feb. 14 as Valentine's Day. We think of hearts, flowers, candy, cards and Cupid. These symbols dominate the holiday. And like all holiday symbols and traditions, they arose in contexts.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 15, 2001, is the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday.

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Relationships as Contest in 'Temptation Island'
"The safest, easiest formula is that nothing succeeds like success," wrote cultural critic Todd Gitlin in Inside Prime Time.
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Chanukah: Not the "Jewish Christmas"
Antiochus IV became king of the Seleucid empire centered in Syria during the second century BC. He imposed Hellenistic culture on Judea and transformed worship at the temple in Jerusalem, wrote Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine.
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Kwanzaa
"Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture," according to Kwanzaa's official Web site. "Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name."
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Why the Grinch Stole Christmas
I'm less interested in how the Grinch stole Christmas than in why the Grinch stole Christmas.
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The History of December 25
"In its furthest, dimmest past, Christmas may have a now-forgotten, prehistoric ritual of the sun as one of its ancestors," wrote folklorist and holidays expert Jack Santino in All Around the Year. "
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Burgeoning Pornography Industry: Grossing From Millions to Billions in Three Decades
The pornography industry generates billions of dollars annually, according to a recent article.
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Rhythms of the Table
"We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods. Let us rediscover the flavors and savors of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food."
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Rhythms of the Table
"We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods.
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Gallup Says 65 Percent of Americans Believe Bible Offers Basic Answers
The Bible "answers all or most of the basic questions of life" for roughly two-thirds of Americans, according to a recent survey.
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Global Languages
Whether or not English is, or will be, the "global language" is a matter of debate, according to a recent article.
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A Brief History of Halloween
Where does Halloween come from?
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A Brief Response to Halloween
How might Christians respond to Halloween?
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Loss of Language
Language is losing its effectiveness, according to a recent article.
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A Screen of Terms
A scene in Steven Spielberg's Amistad depicts two men, of different cultures and different tongues, trying to communicate with each other via an interpreter.
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A Screen of Terms
A scene in Steven Spielberg's Amistad depicts two men, of different cultures and different tongues, trying to communicate with each other via an interpreter.
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Choice
The proliferation of choice was the focus of the August-September issue of Civilization, the magazine of the Library of Congress.
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Postmodernism
Some people denounce postmodernism as an enemy of Christianity. Others disagree with that assessment. Still others wonder what postmodernism actually is.
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Blurring Work and Leisure
"Rather than trying to isolate hours of the day that are completely free from work or slog through hours totally devoid of leisure, we're melding the two together," wrote Alison Stein Wellner in July's American Demographics.
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Pastoral Ethics
A Web site dedicated to pastoral ethics has been launched.
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CyberChristians
Web sites offering "Christian products" appear more and more frequently. iChristian.com, iBelieve.com and Christianbook.com are a few of the Web sites targeting Christians for electronic commerce.
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Top Ten Technological Breakthroughs
A "virtual" think-tank at George Washington University, known as GW Forecast, has selected the top ten technological advancements for the next 10 and 100 years, according to a press release from the university.
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