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Driven Towards Unity

posted by Corine Gatti

The film “Woodlawn” is based on the true story surrounding the Woodlawn High School football team in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1970s where racism was fluid. This changed through a young team, influencing an entire city to put down their hate in exchange for hope.

Written by the Erwin Brothers, the larger than life story follows the rise of African American running back Tony Nathan, his coaches, rivals, and the power of faith in the midst of great darkness. The interracial team made headlines, not for racial tension, but for winning on and off the field. In the midst of chaos—a healing takes place.


Nic Bishop stars as Woodlawn coach Tandy Gerelds, who struggled to patch together a winning football team until he found Nathan. Authenticity was crucial to Bishop, as the Australian actor worked to create a southern accent, and gain a better understanding of Gerelds. “It all starts with the script I’m given, and they [Erwin Brothers] gave me a very detailed description of who this man was or is. So I start making notes from the very first read through, and then I go through a process of research. I was really lucky to have a wealth of photographs, and interviews, some newspaper articles, and journal entries written himself in his own journal.” Bishop described the coach as being a fair man, but a realist. He was a disciplinarian, and believed in hard work. Bishop said his favorite line in the script was when Gerelds turned to assistant coach Jerry Sterns (Kevin Sizemore) and said ‘I believe in what I can see.’ He’s very much driven by his own belief system Bishop shared.  But “he will stand behind his players, his family, or anyone he believes in. He was a good, honest man.”


With the country being so divided emotionally, politically, and racial discrimination seen today–the film comes at a good time. Perhaps the story can be used as a bridge. “I think that sense of unity, that sense of hope—that sense of standing together as one regardless of our faith, or belief system, or our ethnicity… if we all stand together and aim towards a more positive way to live, then you can kind of conquer anything.”

 Jon Voight is Paul “Bear” Bryant, Sean Astin plays chaplain Hank Erwin, and Caleb Castille makes his acting debut as Tony Nathan. “Woodlawn” hits theaters nationwide Oct. 16.







Dancing With the Stars Kicks off Season 21

posted by Angela Guzman

Dancing_Stars_Finale_9396You may have seen the Nae-Nae celebration dances on the commercials announcing season 21 of Dancing With the Stars kicking off on Monday, September 14th 8 – 10 p.m. ET on ABC. This season, Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will host the series. Two-time Mirrorball champ and actress Julianne Hough, and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will be the judges on the panel.

After 21 seasons, there is a huge following by everyday people and of course celebrities. Many celebs, like Candace Cameron Bure and Rumor Willis, acknowledge their appearance on DWTS as life-changing and have even publicly discussed how big of an influence dancing has had on their lives.


Getting excited? Here is the official line-up for the upcoming season:

Grammy nominated singler, talk show host and reality TV personality Tamar Braxton paired with Pro Dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter paired with Pro Dancer Anna Trebunskaya.

Cooking personality Paula Deen is paired with Pro Dancer Louis Van Amstel.

Triple Crown jockey Victor Espinoza is paired with Pro Dancer Karina Smirnoff.

Popstar Andy Grammer is paired with Pro Dancer Allison Holker.

Rising social media sensation Hayes Grier is paired with Pro Dancer Emma Slater.

Australian wildlife conservationist and actress Bindi Irwin is paired with Pro Dancer Derek Hough.


International music icon Chaka Khan is paired with Pro Dancer Keo Motsepe.

Actress and Broadway sensation Alexa Penavega is paired with Pro Dancer Witney Carson.

Actor and singer Carlos Penavega is paired with Pro Dancer Witney Carson.

Army National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos is paired with Pro Dancer Lindsay Arnold.

Kim Zolciak Birmann, known for her socialite status on Real Housewives of Atlanta, is paired with Pro Dancer Tony Dovolani.

YouTube Preview ImageAnd last but not least Gary Busey will also join the celeb dancing cast and dancing with Pro Dancer Ana Trebunskaya.

Be sure to tune in Monday, September 14th 8 p.m. -10 p.m. ET on ABC.


Wes Craven, Godfather of Horror Films, Dies at 76

posted by Angela Guzman

Wes CravenWes Craven best known as the godfather of horror films passed away August 30, 2015 after a battle with brain cancer. Craven, a director, writer, producer and actor, is best known for films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Scream series, The Hills Have Eyes, The last House on the Left, Red Eye and My Soul to Take. Craven has undoubtedly created some of the best horror films that will be archived as the scariest films of our time.

Most of Craven’s films were horrifying because they all revolved around the common exploration of the nature of reality – in A Nightmare on Elm Street the consequences of dreams and in Scream the horror films that referenced their current lifestyles and situations.


Craven married three times. He has two children, Jonathan and Jessica, with his first wife Bonnie Broecker. In 2004, Craven married Iya labunka and she often worked as a producer on Craven’s films. In his free time, Craven loved to bird watch and often referred to himself as a “birder.” In 2010, he became a member of Audubon California’s Board of Directors and remained on the board up until his death.

The last tweet from the illustrious Craven reads, “Take the first job you can in the industry you want to get into. The job doesn’t matter, getting your foot in the door does.” Craven will forever serve as a strong motivational force with his wise w


90 Minutes in Heaven Hits Theaters Sept 11th

posted by Angela Guzman

90 Minutes to Heaven Car Accident90 Minutes in Heaven is the film based on Don Piper, who died in a highway accident, experienced heaven and returned to face severe physical, emotional and spiritual challenges—has landed a distribution deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films. The faith film is based on Piper’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name with more than 7 million copies sold; the film premieres in 800 theaters across the country on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.


Piper died Jan. 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. Don’s soul, meanwhile, experienced love, joy and life as he’d never known before. Don was in heaven.

When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle. Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened. Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved wife, their three kids and friends near and far, Don clung to his faith in God and fought to regain a semblance of his previous life. The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life—and death—brings hope and encouragement to all who see it.


90 Minutes to Heaven CoupleStarring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth star as Don and Eva Piper in 90 Minutes in Heaven. Piper’s story was witnessed by many that day as he was brought back to life my faith and prayer. There is no way anyone can question this merciful act of faith.

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