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'Big Bang' Bazinga! Could Sheldon Be Gay?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 9:00AM
big_bang_theory_jim_parsonsAs his 'Star Trek' hero Mr. Spock might say, this is 'fascinating.' When Chuck Lorre was asked to define Sheldon Cooper's sexual orientation on 'The Big Bang Theory,' his answer wasn't gay. It wasn't straight. Not even asexual or nonsexual or unsexual. Lorre settled on the term 'other,' for Sheldon.

Lorre told Michael Ausiello in Entertainment Weekly that Sheldon's focus is not on the physical; it's on physics. And when Ausiello asked 'Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons what he thought, Parsons said that the object of Sheldon's affection would be the Nobel Prize, not another human being. Hearing the word that Dr. Sheldon Cooper has been awarded the Nobel Prize in theoretical physics would be Sheldon's turn on. "That's the warm embrace that he longs for," said Jim.

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Brit Hume has some advice for Tiger Woods

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 4th 2010 11:27AM
Fox News Channel's Brit Hume gave Tiger Woods a little bit of advice yesterday. It wasn't about his golf swing or what media strategy to embrace to get back on the good side of the public or even just a general "hey, keep it in your pants, pal." Hume said that the only way that Woods can be truly forgiven is if he changes his religion.

Let the controversy begin!

[via TV Newser]

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The Reverend Omarosa?!?

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 18th 2009 7:27PM

Omarosa at her first day at seminary school.Great, now Omarosa has God on her side.

In what can only be construed as a last ditch attempt to somehow gain immortality, America's favorite reality TV villainess, Omarosa, has enrolled in seminary school, according to the Dayton Daily News.

The former star of The Apprentice, The Celebrity Apprentice, and The Surreal Life will be earning her doctorate of ministry at the United Theological Seminary. She'll be taking classes in Old Testament, New Testament, and History of Christianity. According to Omarosa, this is part of a "transformation" she's going through.

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Did Big Love infringe on the University of Utah?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 10th 2009 2:02PM
HBO's Big Love has a way of stirring up controversy, although on a scale of 1-10, 10 being big time controversy, this Big Love trademark infringement case with the University of Utah is about a 2.

Seriously, what's the big deal? Here's the story in a nutshell: there was a three-second shot of the University of Utah logo on UU (yeah, that's what they call themselves) letterhead which the school claims was used without permission.

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Big doings on the Big Love finale

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 25th 2009 10:03AM
big love familyThe season three finale of Big Love the other night left viewers with one heck of a cliffhanger. It also revealed some major secrets and saw the Hendricksons on the verge of a brave new world. If you haven't watched yet and don't want to be spoiled, now's the time to stop reading.

On the other hand, if you're still pondering what it all meant, jump with me and let's consider what we watched.

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CNN looks at religious fundamentalism in August

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 16th 2007 11:43AM

Christiane AmanpourGod's Warrior, a CNN documentary, will delve into the world of religious fundamentalism.

A lot has been said about religious fundamentalism in the United States, but CNN's doc, hosted by reporter Christiane Amanpour, has a wider scope, looking not only at Christian fundamentalism here at home, but Jewish and Islamic fundamentalism around the globe. The doc will also feature the final television interview of the late Jerry Falwell, who passed away back in May. The report will center on how certain groups wish to bring religion and politics together, and how this is happening everywhere in the world, not just the United States.

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Larry Charles and Bill Maher team up for documentary

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 13th 2007 10:40AM

bill maherLarry Charles, director of Borat and a writer and producer for Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, is teaming up with comedian Bill Maher (HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher) for a new film about God and religion. Their goal: make it funny.

To quote Variety, quoting Maher: "this movie will make you laugh so hard you'll pray for it to stop."

Maher and Charles traveled throughout the Middle East, interviewing people to try and find humor amongst the tragedy. It was undoubtedly a rough undertaking, but the result was hundreds of hours of footage that Maher and Charles are currently paring down to a feature-length film.

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Moral Orel: The Unholy Version, Volume One - DVD review

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 15th 2007 2:03PM

moral orelA simple search on this site for the words "moral" and "orel" should provide you with all you need to know about my feelings for this Adult Swim series, but in a nutshell: I've been a fan since the first Christmas episode aired back in December of 2005.

As it turns out, "The Best Christmas Ever" was actually supposed to be the last episode of the first season, something that is discussed at length on the audio commentaries of this DVD set, which hits stores on April 24. Going back and watching the shows in order (the set contains all of season one and the first five episodes of season two), it's easier to see how the writing and animation improved as the creators became more and more comfortable with the town of Moralton and its citizens. The first ten episodes follow the same basic template of Orel trying to do good but ultimately having his intentions backfire, resulting in such chaos as attacks by Christian zombies who pray before they devour people, and a rash of pregnancies across town caused by Orel injecting his sperm into women while they sleep using a pastry bag.

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NBC welcomes new Family reality pilot

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 4th 2007 4:02PM

NBCI've said before on this blog that I'm not a big fan of reality programming in general, but finally someone has come up with a concept that I can relate to. The new reality pilot from producers Bernie Mac and Ben Silverman is called Welcome to the Family and focuses on couples of different races, religions and cultural backgrounds who get engaged and have to tell their respective families for the first time.

The reason this concept speaks to me is that I actually marry and divorce a person from a different background every week. But this isn't about me, so let's move on.

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What TV can teach us: Atheism - VIDEOS

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 25th 2007 4:02PM

cheeseThis is the 27th in my twelve-part series where my friends (that's you) and I (that's also you, but in this case: me) try to learn all we can about a subject by turning to that great teaching tool known as television.

Many people will tell you that whether or not a person ultimately believes in a supreme being is a matter of personal choice, hopefully arrived at through study and reflection. This is not true: both atheism and religion are based on cheese, and which of the following items most interests a person, this:

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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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HBO's Friends of God - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 9:57PM
Friends of God - HBO FilmsDocumentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, who also directed the doc about the Presidential campaign of George W. Bush Journeys with George, tackles evangelicals in Friends of God, an original film for HBO. It's a startling look deep inside the conventions, beliefs, and personalities that make up this larger than you would think demographic in the United States, which contains an estimated 50 to 80 million Americans.

Some of the subjects in the film are some wrestlers who describe what they do as "Taking TV wrestling, cleanning it up, and putting Jesus in it," and a minister who brags about the amount of sex he has with his wife. He also dubiously claims that evangelicals have "The most satisfying sex lives out of any group." He also asks two of his constituents how often they have sex with their wives, and they both claim every day. Two times a day, sometimes ... and they climax every time. Wow. Not exactly what you'd expect to see in a documentary about evangelicals, and that's what makes this look appealing.

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Independent Lens: Shadya - an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 9th 2007 6:04PM

shadyaIf ever a subject of this PBS documentary showcase series lived up to the title "Independent Lens," it's eighteen year old Shadya Zoabi. Shadya is a Muslim Arab living in Israel, a beautiful, athletic and headstrong girl who loves karate and who has very little interest in following the typical Muslim path of becoming a servant and housekeeper. Throughout the film, Shadya's feminist views clash with those of her older brothers, the eldest of which insists Shadya must give up karate and behave in a manner more fitting to Muslim customs and laws. Shadya, meanwhile, flaunts her independence at every turn. She even gives up praying because she says she hasn't got the time.

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Go inside China with PBS

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 31st 2006 8:03AM

chinaPBS will air a four-part documentary on Wednesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 17 at 9pm titled China from the Inside. The documentary will delve into both the history and current political landscape of China from all perspectives. It will also examine how women are treated in the country, problems with air and water pollution, religion, and the government's slow response to the AIDS epidemic. The four parts of the documentary are:

1. "Power and the People"

2. "Women of the Country"

3. "Shifting Nature"

4. "Freedom and Justice"

China is quickly becoming a major player on the world stage, but little is known about it. The creators of this documentary hope to shed some light on a country that still remains a mystery to many. I love the idea, and hopefully it will be as in-depth as they claim it to be.

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Kirk Cameron: from TV to tiny brain games

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 29th 2006 6:30PM

boardgameOver the holidays while I was back in Iowa visiting family, my mother and I stayed up late one night engaging in one of those perpetual conversations about "God vs. Science." Like anyone else, I have my own feelings about how the universe operates, so when I was sent this link to a new boardgame from Growing Pains hunk turned evangelical Kirk Cameron and minister Ray Comfort called Intelligent Design Vs. Evolution, you can bet my brain lit up with about a dozen opinions.

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