Read the essay Michael Jackson wrote for Beliefnet about his childhood, going door-to-door as a Jehovah's Witness missionary, and how he "wished to be a normal boy."
While Michael Jackson's memorial service could highlight funeral rituals associated with a particular faith, it may ultimately demonstrate the power of celebrity as a new kind of sacred.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach reminisces over the death of his estranged friend, Michael Jackson
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Real-life "Blind Side" mom Leigh Anne Touhy talks about her life since the movie, the importance of adoption and her new UP reality show launching tonight
Here’s today's dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Team Touhy takes on television. Family Addition with Leigh Anne Touhy , premieres tonight (Friday, June 7 @ 9:00 PM ET), is the first new original to premiere on UP since the Uplifting Entertainment network formerly known as GMC TV changed its name last Saturday. The show, which certainly is a prime example of ...
Summer movies are just too big to stay within the calendar months of the season this year. Officially, summer does not begin until June. At the box office, it begins this week, with the first of the year's guaranteed blockbusters, "Iron Man 3" starring Robert Downey, Jr., People Magazine's current "most beautiful woman in the world" cover girl Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin ...
This looks adorable. Did you recognize the voices? The cast includes Paul Giamatti, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Maya Rudolph, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Rodriguez. But "Push It" is becoming the new "I Feel Good." It has appeared in "Something Borrowed," "Project X," "Hot Tub Time Machine," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Soul Plane," and many television sh ...
Back in 1993, what was astonishing in "Jurassic Park" was the special effects that seemed to bring dinosaurs back to life. Two decades later, rediscovering Steven Spielberg's mastery of cinematic storytelling is the best reason to go see it again. It is back in theaters with the best 3D conversion I've seen, avoiding the cheesy Viewmaster effect too often the result of adding 3D effects after a ...
This week's release of the prequel, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is a good reason to take another look at what may be the greatest family movie of all time, the classic MGM musical version of "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, and Frank Morgan. The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie Magic and Studio Power in the Prime of MGM tells the ...
Calvin's Commentary: How can this be? I know that I heard that Obama was going to make America beloved by the entire world, if we just elected him. After all, he is the neo-messiah. (wink, wink) Must be Bush's fault. ▬ Donna Calvin ▬ Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Kim Jong-un, the Supreme leader of North Korea pictured lef ...
Super Bowl is a bit like Christmas.- the hype outweighs the actual event. Don't get me wrong, it turned out to be a good game even though I was routing for San Francisco. But all the hoopla surrounding the game is exhausting. Like most of you, I watched the game (although in and out of it many times). Here are my highlights, love to hear yours: 1) The best moment was when the lights went out. ...
Soul Makossa by Manu Dibango (funk/break beat) taking a nod to the tribal sounds and realizing the full breadth of Qunicy Jones mastery of the souls sounds and his innate ability to synthesize influences to bring forward something grander something greater and something truly eternal when he produced Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Starting Something and incorporated the work. What song is waiting to ...
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