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It’s probably not the kind of movie you’d expect to be so big-hearted, but in the midst of the chaos and the laughs, it really tugs at your emotions.

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star as Pete and Ellie Wagner, a happily married couple who work together in a custom restoration business. When they begin having conversations about starting a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption a bit unexpectedly. At first, the plan was to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl (played by Isabela Moner), they decide to take on parenthood practically overnight. After eight-week training program for prospective foster parents, Pete and Ellie hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood thinking that they can just go in and fix these kids’ problems overnight like they do with their business but as you can predict, parenthood doesn’t come that easy.

Prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride of laughs and tears providing a different approach to how Hollywood has traditionally taken on the topic of foster care.

The movie is inspired by the real events from the life of writer, director and producer, Sean Anders. One of the reasons the movie is able to make you laugh and cry is because Anders was comfortable highlighting the lighthearted aspects because the story he was telling was so personal.

When Anders and his wife made the life-altering decision to adopt three biological siblings from foster care “a lot of the things that happened were funny and as lot of it was frustrating. To go into a situation where you bring people into your home who all of a sudden become your children and you don’t even know them and they don’t know you, it is just like a comedy of manners right out of the gate.” The film also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty and Michael O’Keefe.

While the film doesn’t give the upfront acknowledgement that it is based on Anders’ experience, it’s clear that the film comes from the heart. It’s definitely worth seeing. “Instant Family” is in theaters now!

CREED IIRocky Balboa and Adonis Creed return to the big screen just in time for Thanksgiving in “Creed II.” The film is a direct sequel to the 2015 movie “Creed” and acts as the eighth instalment of the “Rocky” series. It stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone who are reprising their roles as Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa respectively. They are joined by Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Andre Ward and Phylicia Rashad. Ryan Coogler, the writer and director of the first “Creed,” is the executive producer for the film.

The film follows Adonis Creed, the son of the deceased heavyweight boxing champion Apollo Creed, as he trains and prepares to try and defeat Viktor Drago. Viktor’s father, Ivan Drago, was a U.S.S.R. champion boxer who secretly used steroids and advanced training to gain worldwide interest in his brute strength. He killed Apollo Creed in an exhibition boxing match and was later defeated by Rocky. Viktor has been trained to follow in his father’s footsteps, and Ivan sees his son as a way to reclaim his honor. Adonis, meanwhile, sees defeating Viktor as a way to avenge his dead father. Adonis’ choice to face down Viktor, however, creates tension between himself, his family and his mentor, Rocky.

Several of the actors have spoken about the making of the film, and Michael B. Jordan commented about how excited he was with the opportunity to continue “building on the characters” established in the first “Creed.” Jordan likened the first “Creed” to “an origin story” for Adonis Creed that dealt with “a fight within himself.” The second “Creed” was a “more layered film,” and bringing back “that animosity” between Rocky and Ivan Drago only added to the intensity of the film, Jordon said.

“Creed II” will be released on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. The official Facebook page has a number of stills from the film as well as the two trailers. Check them out today, and then head over to see “Creed II” this week at a theater near you.

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There is truly nothing sacred anymore when it comes to the treatment of Christianity in media. That, at least, was the message when Sarah Silverman’s Hulu show took aim at Jesus in her latest episode of “I Love You, America.” According to Silverman, Jesus is pansexual, swears, is highly liberal and has sex with oak trees.

The painful skit begins with Jesus, portrayed by Fred Armisen, waiting in line to vote and having issues with His ID card. Silverman recognizes Him and the two begin talking. Jesus, however, cannot seem to figure out what is different about Silverman, commenting “divinity fail” when she points out that He is supposed to be omniscient. Things only deteriorate from there. Jesus initially claims He does not want to take sides in politics, but then is quick to declare that Americans will let “a Middle Eastern man (Christ) into their hearts, but not their country.” This comes after Jesus explains to Silverman that His “god balls” are “filled with clouds” instead of semen and that “[ejaculating] is actually quite painful.” Jesus then proceeds to demonstrate that He “swears all the time” and is “pansexual. I love everyone and everything. In fact, I had mind-blowing sex with an oak tree the other day… Everyone is my type. I’m literally attracted to everyone.”

Sadly, Netflix has shown that it continues to be open season on Christians in the media. Had any other religion been given such treatment, the backlash would already have leveled the internet. Instead, mocking the central figure of the largest religion in the world is seen as comedy, and Christians, understandably, are not amused. It does not help that this is not the only time Silverman has taken aim at Christianity on her show or that she insists on referring to Christians as “m*****f*****s.” One can only hope that her show finds a less adversarial way to deal with ideas she disagrees with. If not, well, there are plenty of other things for Christians to watch.

People's_Choice_Awards_logo.svgThe E! People’s Choice Awards 2018 sees fan favorites across the entertainment and pop-culture spectrum — film, television, music and more — take home awards as voted by the fans.

The show featured presenters like John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Will Ferrell, Busy Philipps and more, with performances from Legend, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora and Lady Gaga.

Leading the pack for film is Avengers: Infinity War with seven nominations, while in TV, The Walking Dead received eight nods. For music, Ariana Grande scored the most nominations at four. See below for the full list of winners.

MOVIE OF 2018: “Avengers: Infinity War”
COMEDY MOVIE OF 2018: “The Spy Who Dumped Me”
ACTION MOVIE OF 2018: “Avengers: Infinity War”
DRAMA MOVIE OF 2018: “Fifty Shades Freed”
FAMILY MOVIE OF 2018: “Incredibles 2”
MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”
FEMALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Scarlett Johansson, “Avengers: Infinity War”
DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades Freed”
COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Melissa McCarthy, “Life of the Party”
ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2018: Danai Gurira, “Black Panther”
TV SHOW OF 2018: “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
DRAMA SHOW OF 2018: “Riverdale”
COMEDY SHOW OF 2018: “Orange Is the New Black”
REVIVAL SHOW OF 2018: “Dynasty”
REALITY SHOW OF 2018: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
COMPETITION SHOW OF 2018: “The Voice”
MALE TV STAR OF 2018: Harry Shum Jr., “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
FEMALE TV STAR OF 2018: Katherine McNamara, “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
DRAMA TV STAR OF 2018: Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”
COMEDY TV STAR OF 2018: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2018: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2018: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2018: Maddie Poppe, “American Idol”
REALITY TV STAR OF 2018: Khloe Kardashian, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2018: “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2018: “Wynonna Earp”
MALE ARTIST OF 2018: Shawn Mendes
FEMALE ARTIST OF 2018: Nicki Minaj
GROUP OF 2018: BTS
ALBUM OF 2018: Nicki Minaj, “Queen”
SONG OF 2018: BTS, “Idol” *WINNER
COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2018: Blake Shelton
LATIN ARTIST OF 2018: CNCO
MUSIC VIDEO OF 2018: BTS, “Idol”
CONCERT TOUR OF 2018: Taylor Swift, Reputation Tour
BEAUTY INFLUENCER OF 2018: James Charles
SOCIAL STAR OF 2018: Shane Dawson
ANIMAL STAR OF 2018: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
SOCIAL CELEBRITY OF 2018: BTS
COMEDY ACT OF 2018: Kevin Hart
STYLE STAR OF 2018: Harry Styles
GAME CHANGER OF 2018: Serena Williams
POP PODCAST OF 2018: “Scrubbing in With Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad”