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Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman Will Produce ‘The Story of God’

posted by Corine Gatti

National Geographic Channel and Executive Producers Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger of Revelations Entertainment announced today The Story of God, a new global series exploring mankind’s quest to understand the divine.

Host Freeman will embark on an epic exploration and intimate reflection on God, immersing himself in religious experiences and rituals all around the world, as well as becoming a test subject in scientific labs to examine how the frontiers of neuroscieNGLogo560x430nce and cosmology are intersecting the traditional domain of religion. The Story of God is slated to air on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Mundo in 2016 in the U.S. and globally in 171 countries and 45 languages.

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Each episode of The Story of God will center on one big question about the divine, from the mystery of creation, to the true power of miracles, to the promise of resurrection. These timeless and universal mysteries impact people from every faith. Freeman will be on the ground at some of humanity’s greatest religious sites, such as Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, Mayan temples and the Lakewood megachurch in Texas. He’ll travel with archaeologists to uncover the long-lost religions of our ancestors, such as the 10,000-year-old ruins at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey or the ancient Celtic monument at Stonehenge.

“The story of God is one of the greatest mysteries and most important ideas in the world,” said Freeman. “For me, this is a personal and enduring quest to understand the divine, and I am humbled by the opportunity to take viewers along on this incredible journey.”

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This is a quest for God — to shed light on the questions that have puzzled, terrified and inspired mankind. Today, those eternal questions are also posed by science. In the course of the series, Freeman will travel to labs where he’ll see the most accurate simulation of the creation of our universe unfold in front of his eyes, and become a test subject for neuroscientists who are searching for the effect of God on our networks of neurons.

All along this ambitious exploration of religion, Freeman will give his personal reflections on the divine, whether he’s in the back of a taxi leaving the Vatican or hiking through the Guatemalan jungle on the way to an abandoned Mayan temple.

 

 

 

 

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Everyone’s Favorite Villain: Christopher Lee Dies at 93

posted by Angela Guzman

Christopher-LeeSir Christopher Lee passed away June 7, 2015 due to respiratory problems and heart failure shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday. The news broke June 11th, as his wife wanted to delay the announcement until all of the family was made aware.

With a career spanning over seventy years Sir Christopher Lee has portrayed some of the best cinematic villains – he is best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. Other notable roles include his character Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, and as Count Dooku in the final two films of the the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In many interviews, Lee voiced that his two best performances were as Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah and in the British horror film The Wicker Man.

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Lee was an illustrious man. He served in World War II, recorded various opera and musical pieces, and even recorded a heavy metal album. He was knighted in 2009 for his notable services to drama and charity in 2009. Lee spoke fluent English, Italian, French, Spanish and German, and was moderately proficient in Swedish, Russian and Greek. He was well known for his voice work and contributed to several animated works.

 

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Rupert Murdoch Stepping Down from 21st Century Fox

posted by Corine Gatti
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Media giant Rupert Murdoch is stepping down from 21st Century Fox as CEO. Murdoch, 84, is expected to give his son James the position CNBC reported, and will remain the executive chairman of the network. Murdoch has been working on his exit since March 2014.

The Australian-born Murdoch said “James will have the primary role in running Fox while Lachlan will take on a broader strategic role from his co-chairman position.”

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Murdoch is no stranger to controversy as he faced allegations that his company News of the World, owned by his News Corporation, hacked the phones of people and public figures. The British and American government investigated him on allegedly bribery and corruption.

Forbes listed Murdoch the 33rd richest person in the US with an estimated 13.4 billion, and was ranked the 33rd most-influential person in the world in 2014.

 

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Six-Year-Old Channels Her Inner Aretha Franklin

posted by areynolds

Six-Year-Old Johanna Colon became a Youtube sensation this weekend after a video of her dance recital performance to Aretha Franklin’s hit song, “Respect,” was posted on her mother’s Facebook page. Johanna’s love for dance shines through her sassy performance that captivates the audience and has them bursting with laughter. Watch this adorable video that has already been shared over half a million times.

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