Lifetime’s Jodi Arias Movie Has a High Dose of Mormon

When the Jodi Arias trial captured headlines across the country this year, it seemed inevitable that a Lifetime movie would follow. And Lifetime delivered, making a movie called Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, which premiered this past weekend with Lost star Tania Raymonde in the title role. Although the movie changes some stuff for drama (TODAY has a good roundup), I knew that the Mormon church was going to play a role in the movie. Jodi's ex-boyfriend, whom she killed, was Travis Alexander, a … [Read more...]

Frances Bean Cobain Called Twilight ‘A Sexist Mormon Piece of Shit’

For some reason, a producer for the film Twilight thought it would be a great idea to get Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, to play the female lead in the movie. Frances isn't an actress and has mostly stayed out of the spotlight as an adult (which - good on her). Courtney told Howard Stern that when Frances got the offer to play Bella, she turned it down, saying that Twilight was "a sexist Mormon piece of shit." The author of the series, Stephenie Meyer, is LDS, … [Read more...]

Please Enjoy This Video of Young Ryan Gosling Performing at a Mormon Talent Show

Although Ryan Gosling is a big movie star who makes women swoon and create internet memes, he used to be a Mormon kid growing up in Canada. Before his big break on The Mickey Mouse Club (yep, the one with young Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears on it), he performed this version of "When a Man Loves a Woman" at a local Mormon talent show. You are so, so welcome. … [Read more...]

Benji Schwimmer Announces He Is a Gay Mormon

Benji Schwimmer, the dancer and choreographer best known for winning the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and for being the brother of Dancing with the Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer, has come out. He also says that he remains deeply committed to his Mormon faith and does not consider the two things contradictory. The news came via a five and a half hour long interview for the "Mormon Stories" web series (the same one Brandon Flowers was involved with earlier). The full interview is below. … [Read more...]

Eliza Dushku Used to Have a Crush on Mitt Romney

Eliza Dushku was raised in the Mormon church, and although she doesn't really consider herself a member any more she has some pretty interesting stories about her upbringing. (Fun fact: Eliza's mom is a well-known feminist and professor at Boston's Suffolk University, and one of her areas of expertise is the LDS Church in America.) Eliza says that when she was a little girl, Mitt Romney was her bishop (a lay position) when she was growing up in Massachusetts and that he was her "first crush." … [Read more...]

David Archuleta Shows Off His New LDS Mission-Approved Haircut

Recently, we reported that singer David Archuleta was taking a break from his music career to go on his LDS mission. Now, he has a video showing him with his Mormon-church-approved new haircut. Elder Archuleta, anyone?  … [Read more...]

Bill Maher Performs an Un-Baptism

Real Time host Bill Maher makes no secret of his atheism, even making a documentary (Religulous) on the topic. But when he recently learned that Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney had had his atheist father-in-law posthumously baptized into the Mormon church, Bill couldn't let that act go unchallenged. It's normal for LDS members to perform "baptisms" for people who have died, including Shoah victims, so the fact that Mitt tried to make sure his father-in-law ended up in … [Read more...]