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In his new HBO show 'Crashing,' the former evangelical winks to Christian fans.If Pete Holmes’s HBO series Crashing is his love letter to comedy, the church at least gets a tender PS.Inspired by Holmes’s life and evangelical background, the show follows a nice Christian guy who’s trying to make it in standup after his divorce leaves him dumbstruck and homeless. Episode to episode, his character crashes with Sarah Silverman, Artie Lange, T. J. Miller, and other comics he meets while grappling with the brutal New York comedy scene and his quarter-life crisis.Fans will not be surprised that Holmes’s series, complete with tracks from Joel Osteen sermons and Jars of Clay CDs, puts faith at the forefront. Even though he’s no longer an evangelical, he can’t resist talking about God. Religion constantly comes up in his popular podcast, You Made It Weird. On Crashing—which he produces with Judd Apatow—the TV version of Holmes makes for a likeably, laughably naïve protagonist; he stands by his clean comedy, owns up to beings a “God guy,” and explains to his new buddies why he and his ex waited to have sex until marriage.These days, Holmes, 38, draws inspiration from contemplative Catholic Richard Rohr, spiritualist Ram Dass, and pastor Rob Bell, now one of his best friends. The two go on tour together, and Bell prompted Holmes’s newest project: a book about God.While his churchgoing days may be behind him, the Los Angeles comic considers himself “a Christ-leaning spiritual seeker” who finds new meaning in the Christian vocabulary and stories with which he was raised. CT online editor Kate Shellnutt talked to Holmes about his new show and the intersection between his faith and his comedy.Continue reading...
Should you really spend your money on another Transformers movie? Or would it be better spent on a non-musical Clintwood musical?Streaming PicksWant to re-watch an oldie, but a goodie? Hulu Plus members can now stream the cult classic favorite Ghostbusters for free.Zombie-thriller lovers: the bestselling-book-turned-movie World War Z starring Brad Pitt is now on Netflix.Looking for a streaming show that we've covered to share with your kids? Netflix is now streaming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Check out Jack Cuidon's review.If you want to watch something different, check out Travelling Salesman. Now streaming on Amazon Prime, this movie follows what happens when four mathematicians are asked to solve the toughest equation in computer science history.Critics RoundupCan Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction make up for Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon? PluggedIn's Bob Hoose gives thumbs up to the father-daughter relationship depicted in this latest film, but says Bay didn't bring anything new to the table. Although a few robots receive upgrades, Hoose comments that the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise "feels remarkably unaltered. As in: static, unable to bend or move, decrepit." The New York Times' A. O. Scott agrees that Age of Extinction is stuck in the past. Most notably, Scott points out the depiction of women "who are on screen mainly to be ogled, shamed and rescued. The few action-type things that the female characters are allowed to do—throw a punch, drive a car, fasten a cable to a big piece of metal—feel like grudging concessions to changing norms."Crosswalk's Christian Hamaker believes that Clint Eastwood's latest film Jersey Boys is truly a joy to watch. In spite of its boring camerawork and bad makeup choices, he says, ...Continue reading...

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