TV Sitcom Reflects Our Fascination with Celebrity

A new television sitcom, “The Grinder,” holds up a mirror that should make us ashamed or at least embarrassed. I watch a lot of television because it helps me keep in touch with popular culture and my students. Knowing what’s on TV helps me relate to...

Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage

Marcus Mumford, front man for the popular musical act, Mumford and Sons, has caused a stir among evangelical Christians. When asked by Rolling Stone magazine if he considers himself to be a Christian, Mumford said: “I don’t really like that word. It comes...

Forbes Celebrity List Features Familiar Faces

Forbes magazine’s annual Celebrity 100 list is out, and not much has changed. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey bumped last year’s topper, Mel Gibson, and took the top spot for the first time. Her Chicago-based show, going for more than two decades, continues...

Seeing Stars in Your Religion?

Movie stars aren’t just about paparazzi, private jets and plentiful cash. Some of them are also about religion. Mel Gibson’s traditional Catholicism, which helped prod him into making “The Passion of the Christ,” has set the bar for a...

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. “Movies affected me a great deal,” Costner said recently while promoting his latest movie, “The...