Entertainment & Pop Culture

Sony Pictures to acquire evangelical Christian streaming service Pure Flix

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 13, 2020

(RNS) — The video-streaming service launched in 2015 as a family-friendly competitor to Netflix.

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5 faith moments to watch for in Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 4, 2020

(RNS) — Spirituality has been part of Beyoncé’s journey, from singing ‘Amazing Grace’ and a gospel medley on albums with Destiny’s Child to embodying the divine feminine from a number of religious traditions in her recent visual albums and appearances.

‘Ramy’: A TV show for those who still care about religion

By Imran Ali Malik — July 17, 2020

(RNS) — What the show tries to reveal is something not spoken of much in public, and certainly not in Hollywood: people’s actual relationship to faith and to the greater questions of purpose and meaning.

Through sci-fi and fantasy, Muslim women authors are building new worlds

By Aysha Khan — July 16, 2020

In the past few years, Muslim women have quietly taken the speculative fiction publishing industry by storm.

Jen Hatmaker on her new book, the pandemic and why she has no regrets

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 24, 2020

(RNS) — Christian author and speaker Jen Hatmaker spoke to RNS about her latest book, what she learned from her experiences as an outlier in evangelicalism and what is making her feel hopeful during the coronavirus pandemic.

Controversial comedy ‘Faith Based’ pokes fun at Christian films — to a point

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 24, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Faith Based’ is a new satirical film about the Christian film industry that premiered this past weekend at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Chrissy Metz on ‘Breakthrough’: Everything happens as it should

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 16, 2019

(RNS) — The ‘This Is Us’ actress said she ‘wholeheartedly’ believes in miracles, including the one a doctor says occurred in the life of a boy whose true story is depicted in the movie, releasing for Easter.

Popular Kenyan priest, suspended for rapping, hasn’t missed a beat with youth

By Tonny Onyulo — June 29, 2018

(RNS) — His rapping is drawing more youth to join the church. That, in turn, will have a positive impact on society, he said.

Godless choir mixes fellowship with a full-throated defense of atheism

By Paul O'Donnell — May 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Voices of Reason, thought to be the only atheist choir in the U.S., performs at events for other religious skeptics while offering the benefits of community for its church-adverse members.

Politics, persecution and ‘ardent love’: New movie aims to show why Paul is still relevant

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 30, 2018

(RNS) — And it stars Jim Caviezel, who played the role of Jesus in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film ‘The Passion of the Christ.’

On Israeli posters, Paddington Bear gets kosher for Passover

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 22, 2018

JERUSALEM (AP) — On some posters advertising the new film, ‘Paddington 2,’ the British movie creation is being given a kosher-for-Passover makeover.

Mike Huckabee calls Jim Carrey a ‘Christaphobe’ after tweet about his daughter

By Erin Jensen — March 20, 2018

(USA Today) — ‘This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!’ Carrey captioned his artwork.

Start 2018 with these six religion podcasts

By Aysha Khan — January 5, 2018

(RNS) — Podcasts for the spiritually curious abound. Here is a selection for people of faiths — and even those who are done with it.

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