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American Idol: Behind the Voices

Date: 05/08/2014

An Interview with Billy Mauldin You see them every week. Musical hopefuls from all over the country competing to become the next American Idol. Some have never been away from home and most have never been exposed to so many people, (on stage and on the screen), in their lives. Each week they put themselves in the spotlight to be judged by America. Sounds terribly stressful. Fortunately, this ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, American Idol, Billy Mauldin, NASCAR, Motor Racing Outreach, Spiritual Advisor For American Idol


"Conservatives," Mandela, and the Founders: What DO "Conservatives" Believe About Liberty?

Date: 12/08/2013

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death, National Review Online (NRO) published comments from several self-avowed “conservatives.” John Boehner, for example, alludes to Mandela’s “‘long walk to freedom” while praising him as “a champion of peace and racial harmony.”  Marco Rubio went even further. Lamenting that “the world has lost one of history’s most important figures,” Rubio reassures us ...

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Documentary to feature American Idol songwriter Regie Hamm

Date: 11/22/2013

Music video director and veteran celebrity photographer Devin Pense is embarking on a unique journey as he attempts to tell the story of his good friend Regie Hamm in the documentary One More Song . For the average music fan, Hamm's name may not be terribly familiar. But to those within the industry, he has been a consistent hit songwriter and at one time was an up-and-coming pop star. By ...

Related Topics: Kickstarter, American Idol, Regie Hamm, Devin Pense, Clay Crosse, Jaci Velasquez, Bob Carlisle, Kenny Loggins, Maxi Priest


With her new series about to be "Delivered", Martha Williamson reflects on how TV has changed since "Touched by an Angel"

Date: 10/09/2013

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Martha Williamson still has the touch.  After reportedly testing through the roof, Signed, Sealed, Delivered has been given a full 10-episode series order by Hallmark Channel even before its movie-length pilot airs this Saturday night (10/12) at 9:00 PM ET. The film -- and soon-to-be weekly series -- is created ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Touched By An Angel, Mark Burnett, Iphone, Hallmark Channel, Beliefnet, Seinfeld, Roma Downey, John Dye, Quantum Leap, Target, Netflix, The Sopranos, UP TV, Dead Letters, Martha Williamson, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Lost Letters, Promised Land, Showtime And HBO, 24, NCIS And CSI, Jack's Place, Hal Linden, The Carol Burnett Show, Dolly Parton, Peter Allen, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, James Earl Jones, Sudan Peace Act


Miley Cyrus Doing What Hollywood Taught Her

Date: 08/26/2013

Social media outlets have been ablaze with buzz about the gross and shocking "performance" of Miley Cyrus on MTV's Video Music Awards. I watched and was deeply saddened. While Miley bopped around the stage like a porn star, others were also pushing the envelope of decency. You know I love Lady Gaga's talent, but her clam shell thong focused attention more on her naked bottom. And she sat in that ...

Related Topics: Miley Cyrus, Objectification Of Women, Vmas, MTV Music Video Awards. Lady Gaga


A Capitol 4th on PBS -- 2013

Date: 07/03/2013

Be sure to tune into PBS tomorrow to see the annual " Capitol 4th" concert in front of the Capitol Building. This year’s “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS welcomes back host Tom Bergeron, the two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality (“Dancing With the Stars”), and stars music legend Barry Manilow. Back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009, Manilow wi ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, 4Th Of July, Independence Day, Pbs, 2013, A Capital 4Th


Interview: "American Idol's" Brooke White on Hallmark Channel's "Banner 4th of July"

Date: 06/27/2013

American Idol star Brooke White talked to me about her role in " Banner 4th of July ," premiering on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday at 9/8c.  White plays Desiree Banner, who once was in a successful band called The Banner Project with her brothers Mitchell (Christian Campbell) and Johnny (Michael Barbuto).  She left the group, and had not seen them for ten years when she comes home to help ca ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, American Idol, Hallmark, Banner 4Th Of July, Brooke White


God and Hollywood: Notes from the Variety Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Media Summit

Date: 06/25/2013

Here’s today's dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. A Common Purpose. For the second consecutive year, Variety (in coordination with the P.R. firm Rogers & Cowan ) held a day-long gathering of distributors, producers, writers, directors, actors and others who are the faces behind the current boom in uplifting entertainment -- which, BTW, is the actually slogan of ...

Related Topics: AFFIRM Films, History Channel, Rich Peluso, The Christophers, Walmart, Ben Simon, The Hollywood Reporter, Odyssey Networks, Hallmark Channel, The Dove Foundation, The Book Of Mormon, Siriusxm, Brian Bird, Movieguide, Mission Pictures International, Bounce TV, ARC Entertainment, The Catholic Channel, 168 Film Project, Greg Kinnear, Mark Burnett And Roma Downey, The Bible On History Channel, UP (Formerly GMC TV), Monsters University, Brat Pitt, World War Z, Four Seasons Hotel In Beverly Hills, Peggy Kim, Paulist Productions, Ustream, INSP TV, Gray Media, Lightworkers Media, New Shepherd Films, BET Networks, Act One, Purpose Driven Sales, Rollman Entertainment, Acme Trailer Company, Frontgate Media, Mastermedia International, Stephen Quinn, ANA’S Alliance For Family Entertainment, Variety Managing Editor Kirsten Wilder, Kristine Belson, Producer For Dreamworks Animation (The Croods, How To Train Your Dragon) Meyer Gottlieb, President And Chief Operating Officer, Samuel Goldwyn Films Dale Ardizzone, COO INSP TV Eric Rollman, President Of Rollman Entertainment Mark Joseph, President And CEO Of MJM Group Matthew Mallek, Producer Of The The Upcoming Film Max Rose Starring Jerry Lewis, Captain America (Chris Evans), Variety Senior Film Critic Peter Debruge, Evon Franklin, SVP Production Sony Pictures Entertainment Steven Wegner, EVP Development Alcon Pictures Simon Swart, EVP And General Manager At Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment North America Zola Mashariki, SVP Production At Fox Searchlight, "Four-Quadrant" Films, Heaven Is For Real, History's The Bible, Variety's Cynthia Littleton, The Voice Has Toppled Fox's American Idol, VP Affirm Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment Corbin Bernsen, Actor And President Of Home Theater Films Ben Howard, Co-Founder Of Provident Films Simon Swart, EVP And General Manager For 20Th Century Fox Home Entertainment, North America Jim Huggins, President And CEO Of New Shepherd Films Maura Dunbar, EVP And Chief Content Officer Of Odyssey Networks, Footprints, Bruce Goerlich, Chief Research Officer Of Rentrak Corporation, Randy Pope, VP Original Programming For Hallmark Channel Brian Wells, Co-Founder Flashlight Entertainment And An Executive Producer Of Walden Family Theater Dr. Randy Testa, VP, Education &Amp; Professional Development At Walden Media, Joellen Ferrer – Director Of Communications, Ustream John Kilcullen, President Of The Bible Series, Strategic Partnerships/Ancillary Products Tim Gray, President And Owner Of Gray Media Christina Lee Storm, Executive Director Of Act One Alan Riley, VP Online Video Platform Sales For KIT Digital, And The VP For 316 Networks Father David Guffey, Head Of Production At Family Theater Productions, Movieguide CEO Ted Beahr, WE TV’S Mary Mary, Game Show Network’S American Bible Challenge, Outube, Netflix And Hulu, Michael Van Dyck, Agent At Paradigm, Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Programming And Development At GSN (Game Show Network) Charlie Jordan Brookins, SVP, Original Programming At BET Networks Adrienne O’Riain, Director Of Drama Development For TNT Tom Forman, CEO Of Relativity Television Barbara Fisher, Original Programming At UP, Joe Cohen, President Of American Entertainment Investors, Co-Founder Of Believe Pictures Jason Jones, Founder Of Movie To Movement Rio Cyrus, SVP Marketing At 20Th Century Fox Chevonne O’Shaughnessy, Co-Founder And President At Mission Pictures International Terry Botwick, Co-Founder 1019 Entertainment David Brookwell, Producer Of Soul Surfer And Co-Chairman Of Brookwell-Mcnamara Entertainment, Brian Lowry Of Variety, Alli Shearmur, Producer Of Disney’S Planned 2014 Release Of Cinderella Cinco Paul And Ken Daurio, Screenwriters For Despicable Me Patricia Heaton Whose Performing Well-Known Credits Include ABC's Hit Show The Middle And The Classic CBS Sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Her Production Company Is Four, Patricia's Actor Husband (Liz And Dick) Is Also Her Partner Four Boys Films. Working With Walden Media, Samuel Goldwyn Films And Roadside Attractions, The Couple Served As Producers Of Amazing Grace Chad And Carey Hayes, The Twin Brother Screenwriters Of Such Films As The Conjuring And The Reaping Scott Mednick, Producer Of Michael Bay’S 2014 Release Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And Co-Founder Legendary Pictures (Man Of Steel), Rev. Tim Tom, Paul Hipp, John Newton, William Wilberforce, Echolight Studios CEO Rick Santorum, The Redemption Of Henry Myers, Chad Gundersen (Gundersen Entertainment), Visionary Pictures, David A.R. White's Pure Flix Entertainment, Variety Family Entertainment &Amp; Faith-Based Media Summit

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