Beliefnet Bloggers on 'American Idol'
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 ...
The folks behind feel-good, based-on-a-true-sports-Cinderella-story, Disney movies "The Rookie" and "Miracle" are back with another. This time it is the story of a real life Jerry Maguire sports agent named J.B. Bernstein (a terrific Jon Hamm) who has fallen on hard times, despite the optimistic name of his firm: 7 Figures Management. Think of it as Jerry if Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character qu ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
With her new series about to be "Delivered", Martha Williamson reflects on how TV has changed since "Touched by an Angel"
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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