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The Christian Version of Netflix Receives a Reboot

posted by Corine Gatti
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Yes, you read the headline correctly. If you haven’t heard there is a streaming television network and video on demand that specializes exclusively in faith-inspired films called Parables TV.

Films like “Saving God” with Dean McDermott, and thrillers like “Fatal Flaw” are part of a growing library. Not many people have heard of the website, which is interesting since faith-films are the talk of Hollywood and more believers are anxious to get their hands on more “clean” entertainment with an uplifting message. Since its inception in late 2012, Parable’s goal is to encourage people to teach people through stories, the way Jesus illustrated in the New Testament.
New CEO, and former executive of the Trinity Broadcast Network, Bob Higley, is revamping efforts by reintroducing Parables. Under Higley, TBN grew its viewership to over one-million households by acquiring stations, and owned more stations than ABC, NBC, and FOX.

“Parables is in two categories. It’s a linear network and then there’s the on-demand service. With Netflix everything is on-demand where you get a library of movies, but Parables is offering a 24-hour linear network, and that’s in addition to on demand. We hope to offer this to the cable companies… that’s an area we really want to explore. It’s a new area for us.”

Since Parable’s has started online they don’t have the reach like TBN has through broadcast. So it’s more of an uphill battle.
“We hope with our Affinity partners, ministries, and TV networks that are interested in carrying the ‘Parables Movie of the Week’ will get the word out to a million more homes.”

Be sure to check out Parables for a free 30-day trial.

Stephen Collins Faces Child Abuse Allegations

posted by Angela Guzman

Stephen CollinsStephen Collins, notable actor and director, is under fire for child abuse allegations made by his wife Faye Grant. Collins’ lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, is arguing that Grant has made several threats to Collins over the past few years, that she would release the audio tapes of Collins confessing to molesting children – if he didn’t pay her a settlement.

In a statement Kaplan said, “When these demands were rebuffed, Faye attempted – without success – to peddle the tape in numerous ways to numerous different people.  It appears that she has finally found an audience for this tape – not surprisingly, on the eve of the trial in the divorce case where, again, she is seeking millions of dollars more than that to which she is legally entitled.”

Grant has refuted the settlement rumors and released a declaration advising she is, “sickened by Stephen’s actions.”  She says, “I have urged Stephen multiple times to seek treatment for pedophilia, but “he has refused to seek proper help or hospitalization for the predilection toward children.”

The NYPD have the tape, and opened an investigation on the allegations against Collins. Sources have confirmed the NYPD have flown to L.A. and interviewed Grant. In a statement the NYPD advise the tape reveals “at least 3 victims” and the nature of the investigation is “inappropriate sexual contact with minors.”

One of the alleged victims is the relative of Collins’ first wife, who reported the molestation in 2012. Based on the audio, the molestation occurred decades ago.

Collins has since stepped down from his position with the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild. Based on the interaction with several child actors, many are speculating Collins’ involvement with other children – as he worked closely with children actors on a regular basis.

The allegations have also caused Collins to be fired from “Ted 2″, in addition he was wiped from the website of the Committee For Stress-Free Schools – where he had been a Co-Director. The committee is part of the David Lynch Foundation.

The TV Guide Network has also decided to cease any further airings of the popular Seventh Heaven series, until further investigation and evidence is revealed. The series made Collins mainstream and launched his career. Many looked to his character, Eric Camden – he portrayed the father and a man of God.

‘The Judge’ is More than a Courtroom Drama Said Robert Downey Jr.

posted by Corine Gatti
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High-profile criminal lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) returns Indiana to grieve the loss of his mother and take on unresolved issues he’d like to forget, including his estranged dad. But when the town judge and father Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall) needs representation for a murder charge—Hank is forced to face demons and prosecuting lawyer  Billy Bob Thornton as Dwight Dickham in the comedy-drama “The Judge.”

The film could be a viewed as a courtroom drama, a father son story, but Downey viewed it from another perspective. The audience is a cast member in ‘The Judge’ because many can relate to the conversations between the characters.

“As we’ve been having these screenings people will be ‘I know it’s called ‘The Judge,’ but that’s my mom…’ or the dialog that’s been going on with people who just seen the movie and that to me has been the big reward.”

Thornton has been friends with Duvall for 18 years, who calls the Arkansas actor the Hillbilly Orson Wells, but despite the smiles, the role proved challenging.

“It’s always great working with Bobby. He’s been a friend and mentor for many, many years. This is the first time I had to prosecute him,” he told reporters.

“I think that was one of the hardest part was overcoming, that’s one of the big things for an actor to get over in a movie is if you know somebody very well you have to forget who that person is. I knew I had to get in his face. At the end of the day I just put my own father there,” Thornton laughed.

The Judge opens on Oct. 10 with a cast that includes Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty and David Krumholtz.

Searching for Love, Finding Faith in ‘Christian Mingle’ Movie

posted by Genice Phillips

 

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“To thine own self be true.” That should also apply to your online dating profile. In the upcoming rom-com, Christian Mingle, actress Lacey Chabert plays Gwyneth, a smart, successful woman looking for love.

Wondering why her dates aren’t leading to a walk down the aisle, she desperately signs up to the popular dating site, ChristianMingle.com, but leaves out one important fact: she’s not a Christian.

She meets the man of her dreams, Paul (played by Jonathan Patrick Moore), but now she’s lied. And continues to uphold a “faux” Christian image that doesn’t represent her true self. There she learns the lesson of real love and true faith.

Expect laughs, tears, and a sincere, authentic look at online dating for people of faith.

Corbin Bernsen (LA Law, Psych, General Hospital) writes, directs, and also stars in the film.

Watch the trailer here and catch Christian Mingle October 10, in limited theaters. Also visit their Facebook page.

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