Faith, Media & Culture

Faith, Media & Culture


Vanessa Hudgens to star in pregnant teen drama + “Odette’s Secrets” gets Bluebonnet nomination + Grammy-winner Steven Curtis supports adoption

posted by John W. Kennedy

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

No High School Musical. Former Disney Channel star Vanessa Hudgens will get a chance to demonstrate her acting chops in Gimme Shelter. Set for an early 2014 release, Hudgens plays Apple, a homeless pregnant teenager whose life is turned around when she lands in a suburban shelter for homeless teens. Word is her performance is mesmerizing. Inspired by a true story, the movie is written, produced and directed by Ronald Krauss (Amexica) who financed the film through his Day 28 Films banner, along with producer Jeff Rice and co-producers Joshua Amir and Dylan Russell. Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. rights to the film which also stars Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones and Ann Dowd.

YouTube Preview Image

Update. Children’s author Maryann Macdonald, who I recently interviewed on the occasion of the release of her latest book The Christmas Cat, has been honored with a Texas Bluebonnet Award nomination for her previous work, the character-driven historical novel Odette’s Secrets (Bloomsbury Publishing). The nomination was recently announced at the Texas Book Festival. A sort of kid-lit People’s Choice Award, students in grades three through six read at least five titles in January and then vote for the winner.

Set in France during World War II, “Odette’s Secrets” tells the true story of a Jewish child who survives WWII by hiding in plain sight with the help of Christian friends.

The Texas Bluebonnet Award dates back to 1981 when the first winner was Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary.   Other well-loved winners include Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate diCamillo and The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick.

Macdonald has written 25 books for children. Her new holiday book, The Christmas Cat, builds on the legend of a feline who helped the Baby Jesus fall asleep in the manger.  

___

November is National Adoption Month. Making productive note of that fact, Show Hope, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by Grammy winner Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, will be joining supporters in the coming weeks to continue to raise awareness about the need for finding loving and permanent homes for children all over the world.

Show Hope recently launched the #BrownBag4Hope social media campaign with the goal of gaining 10,000 sponsors to help 10,000 orphans over the next 10 years. The social media campaign is set to bring awareness to Show Hope’s 10-year anniversary 10,000 Campaign.  As part of the campaign, Show Hope has been encouraging individuals to take their own lunch to work or school each week, tweet photos of their brown bag lunches by tagging #BrownBag4Hope, and become monthly Show Hope sponsors with the cost savings. On average, supporters could be donating $36 per month by forgoing buying lunch each week. For more information, visit www.showhope.org.

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



Previous Posts

"Unbroken" legacy: Luke Zamperini talks about the Christian faith his father passed on to him
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4PdNE-RUVY The son also rises.  Louis Zamperini died of pneumonia on July 2, 2014 at the age of 97 -- just about 70 years after he was originally classified as Killed in Action when h

posted 3:05:58pm Dec. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Will "Old Fashioned" romance fly in 2015? USA Today suggests yes
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Thumbs up! That's the word from USA Today on Rene Gutteridge's  novelization of Old Fashioned which has been released in advance the upcoming faith-themed film on Valentine's Day.  The romantic drama  starring young R

posted 9:44:35am Dec. 19, 2014 | read full post »

In 2015: "Exodus" doc plus Ben Franklin in faith-themed adventure + Hallmark's record holiday ratings
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Coming Attractions: One night event: Patterns of Evidence: Exodus to run in select theaters across the US Monday, January 19 @ 7:00 PM local time. Whether or not Ridley Scott's take on Exodus works for you, you might

posted 12:16:25pm Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Christian singer Melissa Greene on NBC's "The Sing-Off"
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Veteran Christian music artist Melissa Greene will appear on NBC’s two-hour season premiere holiday special of its popular musical competition series The Sing-Off. Green will perform Ghost with the female group Timoth

posted 5:18:29am Dec. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Hallmark's "Best Christmas Party Ever"
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Best Christmas Party Ever air tomorrow night (12/13) @ 8:00 PM (ET) on Hallmark Channel. Synopsis (from the Hallmark Channel website): With the holiday season at hand, young party planner Jennie Stanton (Torrey De

posted 6:00:23am Dec. 12, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.