Faith, Media & Culture

Here are today’s dispatches from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

1.  Looking for uplifting movies this weekend?

I haven’t seen either of these movies but, if (like me) you’re drawn to inspirational stories of kindness and triumph, they both seem worth checking out.

New in theaters: Dolphin Tale

New on DVD: My Run

BTW, the press release for My Run says: Terry Hitchcock ran to bring attention to everyday heroes. He ran because he wanted to make America aware that almost 23 million American children come home to single-parent households and overcome extraordinary, overlooked, obstacles. At 57-years-old, Terry Hitchcock ran in spite of extreme temperatures and chest pains to utilize the chance to speak with single parents and kids, give them encouragement and find the chance to tell his story and the story of thousands more along the way. Comment: Well, that’s great and all and I’m glad it worked out for him — but, as a rule of thumb, my personal advice is if you’re running and experience chest pains STOP RUNNING!

2. No Movie of Mormon. From The Hollywood Reporter: The Book of Mormon, Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s hit, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, won’t be turned into a movie any time soon. Countering recent press reports that suggested a movie version of the Broadway show is in the planning stages, Parker says there’s no movie in the works at the moment, and while the two would consider a big screen version at some point in the future, Parker added, “We did a stage show and it worked out way better than we ever thought, and we’d like it to be that for a while, you know, without contaminating it with a movie.

3.  A fare outcome. From The New York Post: Devout Muslim hacks — who were crouched behind their steering wheels in shame while driving with ads for strip clubs atop their taxis — won a major victory (last week) in their war on roof smut.The city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission agreed to give cabbies who own their vehicles absolute veto power on the content of ads on their cars — delighting scores of modest hacks of various faiths who had fought hard for the rule overhaul.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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