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What You Missed Last Night: Colbert on Jesus and ET

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 2nd 2009 1:00PM
If you haven't heard, the Vatican says that the possible existence of aliens doesn't hurt Christianity. Last night, Stephen Colbert talked about it.

I like how Colbert can do a little funny rant on a topic but then get a serious guest to discuss the topic and bring up some very interesting ideas. And like most Colbert rants, it somehow manages to get other pop culture references in, including Jabba The Hut, the ShamWow, and James Cameron.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Colbert Report and other shows at SlashControl.]

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The Hills star makes the same mistake as John Lennon

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 1st 2008 4:39PM
The HillsIt looks like Heidi Montag from The Hills has made the same mistake as legendary musician John Lennon: she compared herself to Jesus. Of course, that's where the Beatles analogy stops. Unlike the cast of The Hills, Lennon actually had talent.

It began when she was accused of spreading rumors about an alleged sex tape of Lauren, another cast member. "I don't even want to talk about that. There were rumors about a sex tape, but I had nothing to do with that. God knows the truth in all of this, and at the end of the day, that is the only thing that matters. Jesus was persecuted, and I'm going to get persecuted, ya know? But it doesn't matter to me," said Montag.

Whoa. Right up there with never getting involved in a land war in Asia is comparing yourself to Jesus in any capacity in an interview. Given the current social climate and her laughable role in it, Heidi Montag will probably not be persecuted for her statements. Which is quite different than the situation Jesus found himself in.

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Moral Orel: School Pageant

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 11th 2007 9:51AM

moral orel(S02E16) This was probably the most sitcomesque episode of Moral Orel so far; I think it could have played on network television without any issues, which is saying something for a series that has been challenged by the censors on more than one occasion.

But let's not confuse "sitcomesque" with "formulaic," because even if a plot centering on a school pageant has been done before, it hasn't been done in the super-pious town of Moralton, where everyone loves Jesus, and Christian folk bands tell folks to think with their heart and "put a motorboard on your aorta."

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South Park: Fantastic Easter Special

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 4th 2007 11:36PM

south park(S11E05) When this episode began, I figured eventually there would be some explanation as to why it is we color Easter eggs and why a rabbit hides them, some kind of explanation of these traditions and their pagan roots. However, by the end I was glad the story went where it did, because this was both the "worst" episode of South Park this season, and incredibly funny. I say "worst" because of all the horrible gags, like "The Hare Club for Men," and William Donahue's "double cross" that had me simultaneously cracking up and saying, "my god, that was a terrible joke."

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What TV can teach us: Christianity - VIDEOS

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 24th 2007 4:02PM

jesusThis is the first in a 376-part series* in which I try to better myself, and in turn better the rest of you, by turning to the font of information known as television, courtesy of this other font of information known as the internet.

It is my belief that everything we need to know can be learned from television. We have relied too heavily on books for too long, and it's time we stopped reading and started accepting everything TV tells us.

Today, let us all learn about Christianity, one of the three Abrahamic religions along with Judaism and Islam:

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Hijacked airs tonight on PBS, plus other documentaries in April

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 4:25PM

planeHere's a few shows coming down the pike from PBS and National Geographic:

Tonight at 9 p.m. (but check listings) on PBS, "Hijacked" will be shown on American Experience. The film tells the story of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine whose members hijacked four commercial aircraft and commandeered a fifth in 1970 to attract attention to their cause. Six hundred people were taken hostage, four planes were blown up, but no one was killed. The documentary will explore both the parallels and differences between terrorism then and now.

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National Geographic Channel delves into biblical mysteries this Sunday

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2007 8:01AM

cain and abelIt's rare that I see biblical history covered on television in a way I like. Not having a vested interest in the Bible, I prefer an objective approach, but too often such documentaries put heavy focus on the supernatural aspect and are rife with interviews with experts who are only interested in proselytizing.

Of course, faith and a belief in a higher power are important to any religious belief system, so such an approach can't be discarded entirely, but I'm one who just wants the information so I can sort it all out on my own. I'll watch a documentary to get information; I'll go to church to be preached to.

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Lost Tomb of Jesus to air on Discovery

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 26th 2007 1:41PM
Lost Tomb of Jesus"King of the World" James Cameron takes on the "King of Kings" Jesus Christ. Announced in a press conference earlier today and slated for a Discovery Channel debut on March 4th is executive producer Cameron's The Lost Tomb of Jesus. The documentary introduces new archaeological evidence that shows where the remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family were kept, and by "his family," Cameron's not talking about Mary and Joseph. The evidence reveals that Jesus may have had a son named Judah with Mary Magdalene.

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Meet the Press for Idiots - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 25th 2007 2:00PM

tim russertOut of all the late night hosts, Conan O'Brien is far and away my favorite. I'm not quite old enough to have enjoyed Letterman and his hipper days at NBC, and Leno's populism doesn't quite do it for me, but Conan came along during my high school and college days, and the humor of Late Night is perfect for a weird guy like me riding in the caboose of the Generation X train.

I'll admit Conan isn't always perfect, and I wish sometimes he'd get rid of that whole "If They Mated" segment, which I never found all that funny, but he still comes up with some great material, such as the clip I've placed below. Actually, I only wanted to show you the first part of the clip, a preview of a series called Meet the Press for Idiots, but the following segment featuring God trying to bond with Jesus is pretty funny, too.

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CNN explores origins of Christianity

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 3rd 2006 7:03PM

jesusIt is said one cannot toss a dead squirrel in the air without it landing on a Christian, what with there being so many of them. Do we really know all about the origins of this religion, though? With the Christmas season upon us, CNN will be airing a two-hour documentary, CNN Presents: After Jesus The First Christians, which will examine the early days of Christianity, including the persecution of early Christians and debates over the direction the religion should take even among its own followers.

I consider myself a non-religious person who's still interested in learning about religion. While I don't subscribe to the Christian faith, I'm always interested in learning about the history behind things, and to fill in what I forgot from my college religion courses. Based on the press release, this sounds like it could actually be rather informative, so I'm looking forward to it. It will air December 20 at 7 and 10 pm, and re-air December 23 and 24 at 7 and 10 pm also.

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Moral Orel: Love

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 20th 2006 3:15PM

moral orel(S02E03) First of all, the animation keeps getting better and better. The opening scene at the park had so much happening, and the show pops off the screen in a vibrant way it didn't during the first season. Not that the first season had bad animation, far from it, but the look is improving as it does in most animated shows. I also loved the bubbles foaming in the sink in the final scene when Bloberta is scrubbing a turkey and a lobster.

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Fox wants Will Ferrell comedy pilot

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 5th 2006 8:37PM
will ferrellWill Ferrell may not be on television anymore, but his influence is still there. Fox is the latest network to enter into a production deal with the former SNL actor (Ferrell recently sold a comedy series to HBO). Fox has given pilot commitment to Church of Steve, a half-hour, single camera comedy about a New Jersey fellow who learns he's a descendant of Jesus. Yes, FOX is interested. I was blown away, too. Although, the Fox television network and the Fox News network are two entirely different animals run by the same man who may or may not be bi-polar. Church of Steve sounds like something that will pair well with Family Guy.

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Night lights talk television

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 18th 2006 6:01PM

jesusI really don't know how to feel about this short film from Jeff Greenspan. It's not especially funny, but it's not entirely unfunny, either. It's like vanilla ice cream. It's enjoyable, it's better than no ice cream at all, but without the chocolate and sprinkles it's just kind of "bleah." What's weird is that the short features people from Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Best Week Ever, and SNL's "Weekend Update." I think maybe it works better as an audio-only clip; I'm not sure what the night lights add to the piece. I mean, I understand the symbolism of corporate icons talking to Jesus about how to make his life story seem more appealing to audiences, but somehow the whole thing just doesn't seem to come together.

[via Ad Rants]

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Spirit of Christmas on new South Park DVD

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 7th 2006 6:01PM
spirit of christmasOn October 3 a South Park DVD set with ten of Matt Stone and Trey Parker's favorite episodes will be released. I've known about this for awhile, and I'm sure other South Park fans knew as well. I didn't bother to mention it here because I figured since the season sets were coming out pretty regularly fans wouldn't be that interested in a DVD set with episodes they'll probably have in their possession eventually anyway, if they haven't already. What I didn't know, however, was that "The Spirit of Christmas," the raunchy video Christmas card created by Matt and Trey that became an underground sensation and helped get them in the door at Comedy Central, will also be included on the set. Of course, anyone with a broadband internet connection can easily find it online, but hey, I guess it sweetens the deal a little bit.

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Moral Orel: Maturity

by Adam Finley, posted May 12th 2006 9:01PM

moral orel(S01E09)

Dad: You need to start behaving like more of an adult around here.

Orel: But dad, I'm only twelve.

Dad: That's no excuse. Why your own personal hero, Jesus, was very mature at your age.

Orel: He was?

Dad: Of course. At twelve he was already busy proving the Jews wrong.

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