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Kirk Cameron tells 'Today' he's not a bully, says he loves 'all people'

Kirk Cameron wants us to all to know that he loves “all people” and hates “no one.” In fact, he’s not guilty of hate speech at all, the Growing Pains star said in an appearance on the Today show this morning. The devout Christian and father of six stopped by to talk about his new movie Monumental and try to put out the fire started by his recent controversial comments about homosexuality.

“When you take a subject and reduce it to a four-second sound bite and a checkmark on a ballot, I think that’s inappropriate and insensitive,” he said of how he unintentionally ignited the controversy. In fact, Cameron stands by his comments and insists he’s not a bully. See his thoughts on the uproar in the full interview below. READ FULL STORY

Pat Robertson turns attention to 'Twilight,' calls the franchise 'demonic' -- VIDEO

He’s baaaaaaack. After haranguing Saturday Night Live for their Tim Tebow lampoon, Pat Robertson has joined the anti-Twilight bandwagon. The 81-year-old aspiring hipster and fundamentalist minister deemed Stephenie Meyer’s sparklevamp franchise “evil” in a recent segment on his TV show, the 700 Club.

Responding a a viewer question about whether the series promotes witchcraft, Robertson recounted a story of demon possession told to him by a friend. According to Robertson, the demon in question “had permission” to possess a young girl because she had been enticed by the timeless love story of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. “It opened the door to demonic power. Yes, I think those vampire movies are evil,” said Robertson. “There are no vampires. The whole thing is demonic.” See more of Robertson’s thoughts on Twilight below. READ FULL STORY

Televangelist Pat Robertson blasts 'SNL' for Tebow sketch

Last week, Saturday Night Live featured a sketch about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, in which Jesus (Jason Sudeikis) appeared and told Tebow (Taran Killam) to “tone it down” with his religious zealotry. Since airing at nearly 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, the skit has become an Internet sensation (not unlike, say, the Tebowing meme). It’s also drawn fire from religious commentators, who think it was marked by bias against Christians. Watch the video and learn about the Christian leaders’ accusations below. READ FULL STORY

'Godspell': Hunter Parrish records 'Beautiful City' -- VIDEO

The first Broadway adaptation of Godspell in 35 years opened last month at the Circle in the Square Theatre (read EW’s review here), re-introducing the heavenly music and lyrics of Tony-nominated Stephen Schwartz. Today, the new Broadway cast recording becomes available as a digital download (the CD will be released on Jan. 31), and Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive video clip of Hunter Parrish (Weeds), who plays Jesus, recording the song “Beautiful City.”

Fans can stream the song “Prepare Ye” on Facebook, and music can be purchased at iTunes or at www.godspell.com. Click below for the video and a complete track listing for the new CD. READ FULL STORY

Christopher Hitchens, in his own words -- VIDEO

Since it’s nearly impossible to find the right words in order to give the proper credit to the fascinating, daring life and legacy of Christopher Hitchens (yep, this just about expresses exactly what it feels like today) it’s best to let him do the talking. In the wake of the passing of Hitchens, who died at the age of 62 after a battle with esophageal cancer, fans are remembering the writer and polemicist through his literary works, as well as his many televised appearances and public talks. Below are clips of some of his most memorable moments. Watch and — as Hitchens would have wanted — learn: READ FULL STORY

Parodies of Rick Perry's controversial campaign ad are going strong

You’ve almost made it too easy, Rick Perry.

In a controversial new campaign ad, the Texas governor, clad in a tan coat — which George Takei wonderfully pointed out on Twitter was almost the same one Heath Ledger wore in Brokeback Mountain (oops!) — complains that “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” The “not ashamed” Christian then promises that he’ll “end Obama’s war on religion.”  READ FULL STORY

A haiku for Michelle Duggar's 20th baby

The news makes me wince.
It’s like a horror movie.
The Womb
. I’d see it.

Watch the trailer (not really) after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Jim Caviezel talks Mel Gibson, being 'rejected in my own industry.' Are you ready to welcome him back?


Image Credit: Philippe Antonello

It's been seven years since Jim Caviezel starred in The Passion of the Christ. Yet it seems he's still feeling the sting of the movie's effect on some moviegoers and industry insiders.
Speaking to the First Baptist Church of Orlando in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, the actor discussed being "rejected in my own industry" after playing Jesus in the controversial film directed by Mel Gibson, which many criticized as anti-Semitic. "[Mel]

said, ‘You’ll never work in this town again,'” Caviezel told the audience. “I told him, ‘We all have to embrace our crosses.'” Caviezel, who also told the audience that it was appropriate that “in my 33rd year, I was called to play Jesus,” said the starring role affected his career negatively, but, “We have to give up our names, our reputations, our lives to speak the truth.” (The actor didn’t just address his own controversy — Caviezel touched on Gibson’s troubles post-Passion, which included a 2006 DUI arrest made famous for the actor’s anti-Semitic tirade. “Mel Gibson, he’s a horrible sinner, isn’t he?” Caviezel told the audience. “Mel Gibson doesn’t need your judgment, he needs your prayers.”)

Indeed, Caviezel’s career after Passion did not quite surge the way you’d expect an actor who starred in a $370 million movie’s would. READ FULL STORY

Did you see 'The Rite' this weekend? Are you mad too?

the-riteImage Credit: Egon EndrenyiEven though we knew EW’s film critic, Owen Gleiberman, gave the weekend’s No. 1 movie, The Rite, the demonic grade of D, we thought it might be fun to see what all the fuss was about. After all, who doesn’t love a silly horror movie that involves the devil, exorcisms, lots (and lots) of feral cats, a red-eyed mule, and Sir Anthony Hopkins? Well as it turns out, we couldn’t agree with our critic’s assessment more: “The Rite commits the supreme sin of making the devil dull.” READ FULL STORY

The man who discovered Ted Williams says 'it's probably easier getting through to Obama [now] than Ted'

Doral-ChenowethImage Credit: Peter Kramer/MSNBC/NBC Newswire via AP ImagesThough Ted Williams, the golden-voiced homeless man from Columbus, Ohio, seems like the quintessential rags-to-riches story for our Internet age, it didn’t happen overnight. Doral Chenoweth, the 47-year-old web producer for the Columbus Dispatch who filmed Williams, actually shot those life-changing 97 seconds of film approximately eight weeks ago. He’d first encountered Williams, his cardboard sign, and his baritone pipes a few weeks before that when he and his wife were driving past on their way to the store. “He just let loose with that velvety, old-school voice,” Chenoweth tells EW. “We had a good time, but you know, life goes on. The light turns green. I threw him a dollar and off we went.” READ FULL STORY

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