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Two UP TV films shine spotlight on bullying

Date: 10/04/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. In recognition of that, UP TV is presenting two films that tackle the subject. Nowhere Safe  premieres tomorrow (10/5) at 7 PM (ET). Synopsis: Two teen girls cruelly impersonate young Ashley (Danielle Churchran) in an online "reverse cyber bullying" ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, UP TV, National Bullying Prevention Month, Nowhere Safe, Danielle Churchran, Natasha Henstridge, Jamie Kennedy (The Cleveland Show, If I Had Wings, Richard Harmon (Continuum, The 100), Jaren Brandt Bartlett (Blackstone, Arctic Air), Jill Hennessy (Law &Amp; Order, Crossing Jordan), Craig Bierko (Cinderella Man, Thirteenth Floor), American Idol 2009 Finalist Scott Macintyre, UP Senior V.P. Of Programming Sophia Kelley, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

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"Mayberry" meets "Friends" at UP's "Coffee Shop" + For Producer/Director Dave Alan Johnson "heart" beats "edge"

Date: 09/12/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Coffee Shop is a warm, tasty blend of humor and romance.  The film airs this Sunday (/9/14) @ 8:00 PM (ET) on UP TV. Synopsis (per UP): Coffee Shop is the story of Donavan Turner (Laura Vandervoort), a smart, independent, twenty-something woman looking for just the right blend of happiness in her life.  ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, Kevin Sorbo, Ben Carson, UP's "Coffee Shop", Director/Producer Dave Alan Johnson, Laura Vandervoort, Jon Lovitz, Josh Ventura, Cory M. Grant, Central Perk (The Main Hangout In Friends), The Andy Griffith Show, Low Fat Latte By Michael O’Brien And Danny Palmintier, Salt Entertainment, Erwin Brothers Entertainment, Foxfield Entertainment, Dave Alan Johnson (Doc, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, High Incident), Theresa Preston And Jon Erwin, Cory M. Grant (Nashville, Rachel Hendrix (October Baby, Jason Burkey (October Baby, A Long Way Off), On Lovitz (New Girl, Kevin Sorbo (God’S Not Dead, Mandi Mapes . In Your Arms

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Faith/Media Fall Preview: What's ahead in movies, TV, music and books

Date: 09/02/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Prepare to be inspired! Media publications like Entertainment Weekly and others are known for compiling Fall Preview issues that focus -- and laud praise upon -- the latest in so-called "edgy" entertainment. To the extent that inspirational content is mentioned at all, it's usually accompanied by some sort of supposedly so ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, Return To The Hiding Place, Rhett Walker Band, Dolphin Tale 2, Faith/Media Fall Preview, Moms' Night Out (DVD), The Identical (In Theaters), The Remaining (In Theaters), Holy Ghost (Special Digital Premiere), My Best Friends' Dogs (Hallmark Channel Original Movie/, Veritas, Coffee Shop (UP Premiere Movie, The Evolution Of Gospel - Gospel Music Heritage Celebration, My Other Mother (UP Premiere Movie, Perfect On Paper (Hallmark Channel Original Movie, The Song (In Theaters), Believe Me (In Theaters/On Demand), Midnight Masquerade (Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Left Behind (In Theaters), Nowhere Safe (UP Premiere Movie, Lights Out (Book), Travis Freeman, Theatrical Film 23 Blast, St. Paul's Choir School Christmas Album, Recipe For Love (Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Heavenly Match (UP Original Movie, Along Came A Spider, Here's To The Ones (Music), Mary Of Nazareth, My Boyfriends’ Dogs (Hallmark Channel Original Movie, If I Had Wings (UP World Premiere Movie, Wedding Planner Mystery (Hallmark Movies &Amp; Mysteries, The 17Th Annual Mark Twain Prize For American Humor (PBS, The Kennedy Center, Kevin Eubanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White, Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters, The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2014, God The Father (In Theaters), The Hobbit Party: The Vision Of Freedom That Tolkien Got, And The West Forgot By Jay Richards &Amp; Jonathan Witt (Ignatius Press), Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction From Saint Thomas Aquinas (Ignatius Press), Northpole (Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Paper Angels (UP Original Movie, Nativity! (UP Premiere Movie), Naughty &Amp; Nice (UP Original Movie), 12 Dog Days Of Christmas (UP Premiere Movie), The Tree That Saved Chistmas (UP Original Movie), Exodus: Gods And Kings, Unbroken (In Theaters)

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'Rising Star': Did You Watch the Premiere?

Date: 06/24/2014

Josh Grobin and contestant Macy Kate on last night's "Rising Star." (ABC) For months, ABC has been touting that its latest singing competition show, Rising Star would be unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Last night, we finally got a chance to see what all of the hub bub was about. ABC boasted proudly this morning that Rising Star is the network’s top-rated summer series debut in two yea ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, ABC, American Idol, Review Of Rising Star, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Ludacris, Josh Groban, Singing Competition Show

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Why Fox News chief Roger Ailes should run the Fox Broadcasting Network + Faith Links

Date: 06/02/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Fox News Alert. Amid the slow and painful-to-watch collapse of American Idol and generally dismal ratings, programming chief Kevin Reilly is leaving the Fox Broadcasting after about seven years at the helm. It's definitely time for a change at the network and speculation is running rampant about who will get Reilly's j ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Network, Rupert Murdoch, Hallmark Channel, Married...With Children, UP TV, Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, Kevin Reilly, 20Th TV CEO Dana Walden, FX Networks, My Network Syndication Service

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Summer Shows (Part 1)

Date: 05/28/2014

(Copyright: foto76 and samarttiw) Now that Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, has passed, the networks are offering a slew of new shows for better or worse. Many of these are returning shows, some are new shows getting a short try out and some we will never see again. One of TV’s most popular shows, Dancing with the Stars , began as a six week trial during the summer of 2005, so ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, NBC, ABC, Summer TV Show Replacements, Last Comic Standing, So You Think You Can Dance, Motive, Extreme Weight Loss, American Ninja Warrior, Fox

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Interview: Mark Ciardi, Producer of "Million Dollar Arm"

Date: 05/16/2014

Mark Ciardi is an athlete turned producer who specializes in taking real-life sports stories that sound like Disney movies into actual Disney movies: "The Rookie" and "Miracle."  His latest is the Cinderella story "Million Dollar Arm" about sports agent J.B. Bernstein's "American Idol"-style competition to find athletes in India who could become major league baseball pitchers, despite the fact ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Baseball, Million Dollar Arm, Mark Ciardi

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