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A Parent’s Alternative to Miley Cyrus

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Jamie Grace (Gotee Records)

Jamie Grace (Gotee Records)

Not that long ago, you couldn’t go into any store’s toy department and not see any Hanna Montana. From posters to dolls, she was one of Disney’s star talents and every little’s girl dream to be just like her. Like so many teen stars, Miley Cyrus has wanted to shred any resemblance of the “good girl” that she portrayed on the Disney Channel TV show and show us who she “really” is. While Disney has replaced Hanna with more current fare, many of Hanna’s fans have grown to appreciate the likes of her alter ego despite their parent’s wishes. If this is you, I’d like to suggest that you share Jamie Grace’s new CD with your daughter.

Like Cyrus, Grace is pretty and very talented and about the same age, but she has no desire to run away from her good girl image. “So many songs on the radio or storylines in TV shows and movies talk about and promote what the world is doing. Ever since I was 14 I’ve wanted to write a song about what I’m not doing and hopefully be able to encourage other people in “the waiting” as well,” she says talking about one of my favorite songs “White Boots” on her new album, Ready to Fly. “My mom came to my sister and I with this metaphor of white boots and purity. Honestly, it was a moment when your mom tells you something awesome but you’re slightly embarrassed that you didn’t think of it first so you try to play it cool? Ha!”

While other singers are singing about getting it on, “White Boots” is all about keeping it on. Check out these lyrics:

(Gotee Records)

(Gotee Records)

Standing face to face with the love I know is true
I’ll promise him forever from the day we say, “I do”
I’ve got my white boots! My white dress
And baby, I ain’t getting them dusty

All I need you to bring are the rings
And I know in time I’ll be ready
Cause I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting,
Waiting, waiting, waiting on you
In my white boots!

On the song, “Just a Friend,” Grace sings about the dreaded “F” word that every teenager has to face when one has a crush on another, but the feeling isn’t mutual. She wrote the song with Manwell from Group 1 Crew, who also sings with her as well.

Why can’t you just see what I see?
When you say I’m just a friend, you tell me I’m just friend
I think I could make you happy
But you say I’m just a friend, you tell me I’m just a friend
So I’ll be that, Oh I’ll be that
I guess that’s that
But I don’t wanna be just that

“I wanted this song to be an encouragement to young people who may, in some sense, be where I am. I wanted to remind others, especially young girls, that yes, we may have these feelings but we don’t have to just immediately act on them right away. Essentially I wanted to say that we may all come to that place where we want a relationship to happen and be incredible from the start, but ultimately the only relationships that will truly thrive are those that are based on what we have in Christ. ‘Just a Friend’ is a reminder to all girls, guys and to me, to follow the Lord and everything else will fall into place.”

(Gotee Records)

(Gotee Records)

Grace’s music is fresh with a various musical styles throughout. It’s fun, uplifting and at times, worshipful. Grace wrote the song, “To Love You Back” with GabeReal and Dave Wyatt of the DiverseCity band about the wonder on how much God loves us. “From the moment God created us, He loved us, cherished us and made plans for us. Now that we’re here on earth, we finally have the privilege in getting to love Him back. I know that I’ll never be able to love God enough or even close to how
much He loves me, but it’s truly an honor that I finally get to love him back,” she says.

No, Jamie Grace won’t be rocking the wrecking ball soon, but she is someone your daughter can actually relate to. In addition to just being human, she has had to overcome such difficulties as Tourette Syndrome. In an interview with the Christian Post back in September, Jamie opened up about her health and her healthy perspective about it: “I do thank God, not specifically for Tourette’s, but I know that He has taught me a lot through this illness. So the irony of Tourette’s syndrome is that it’s based on something that we can’t control and everyone in life has something that they can’t control. So whether it’s Tourette’s, or family or school stuff, or something else medical, we’re all going to have something big in our lives that that we can’t control, but we can control to choose to go to the Father during those times and even though it’s hard and difficult, He does love us He does have a plan for us and He will make everything work out for His glory in the end.”

Bottom line: Jamie Grace’s music is fun to listen to and will inspire your daughter to be all that God wants her to be and isn’t that what we really want for our daughters?

Ready to Fly is produced by Gotee Records and distributed by Columbia Records

More Casting Announced for Superman/Batman Film

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Holly Hunter (Photo: IMDB)

Holly Hunter (Photo: IMDB)

While Warner Bros. is still unsure of what to call the movie known as the “Zack Snyder Untitled Superman/Batman Film,” the studio is closer to releasing all of the star power behind the hugely anticipated new film, expected to be released in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Oscar®-winning actress Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey of 300: Rise of an Empire, and Tao Okamoto of The Wolverine have joined the cast, all playing roles newly created for the film.

Snyder stated, “Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen.  I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her.

Callan Mulvey (Photo: IMDB)

Callan Mulvey (Photo: IMDB)

“I just had the good fortune to work with Callan on 300: Rise of an Empire and was very impressed with his incredible talent,” the director continued.  “He’s a fantastic actor and I’m looking forward to having the chance to work with him again.  And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress.  I’m really excited to have her joining us on this adventure.”

Originally, the project began as a sequel to last year’s Man of Steel, and still is to some extent, but as the cast and character list grows, it appears the Warner Bros. and DC Comics is coming closer to creating a Justice League movie in response to Marvel’s ever-popular The Avengers.

Tao Okamoto (Photo: IMDB)

Tao Okamoto (Photo: IMDB)

The rest of the cast list to date includes:

  • Henry Cavill – Superman/Clark Kent
  • Ben Affleck – Batman/Bruce Wayne
  • Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman/Diana Prince
  • Jesse Eisenberg – Lex Luthor
  • Jeremy Irons – Alfred
  • Amy Adams – Lois Lane
  • Laurence Fishburne – Perry White
  • Diane Lane – Martha Kent

The new film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston. It is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer.  Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises Hollywood

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Kevin Sorbo stars in "God's Not Dead," the surprise hit by Pure Flix Entertainment. (Photo: Pure Flix)

Kevin Sorbo stars in “God’s Not Dead,” the surprise hit by Pure Flix Entertainment. (Photo: Pure Flix)

Sure, it wasn’t the biggest movie opening last weekend, (That honor went to Divergent which made $56 million), but Pure Flix’s faith-based movie God’s Not Dead made a fairly big splash anyway and people are noticing including Entertainment Weekly. “The biggest surprise of the weekend is undoubtedly the success of God’s Not Dead, an inspirational drama about a college student who defends his belief in God against a non-believing professor,” said Adam Markovitz on the magazine’s website on Monday. “With no marquee stars (Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain appear in the film, as does Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson) and little mainstream press, the film earned $8.6 million from just 780 theaters.” Variety also referred to the movie as the “biggest shocker” of the week.

This is similar to the success of the 2012 faith-based film, October Baby. When that film debuted in March of that year, it came in 8th place making just $1.7 million its opening weekend, but its competition was shown in ten times as many theaters. In both cases the movies were promoted mostly by word-of-mouth through social media. For instance, I wrote an article about God’s Not Dead last November (‘God’s Not Dead’ – 4 Reasons to Support this Film) and someone from Pure Flix liked it and sent out a “tweet” on Twitter with a link to the article. To this day, I receive one or two tweets that someone has favorited the tweet or is reposting a Pinterest photo of the movie’s poster. Apparently bargain basement advertising can work. It doesn’t hurt that the movie’s theme song has already been a hit for Newsboys and many are aware of it.

Ironically, Pure Flix’s website is taking the humble approach with no box office bragging. Only a splash page telling everyone that the film is playing now. Make no mistake; this is a big deal for the Arizona company. Led by actor and managing partner David A. R. White (who also has a small role in the film), Pure Flix is known for making many movies each year, but most get sent directly to video. However, the Pure Flix Facebook page, which have over 1 million “likes” did provide a link to a press release yesterday about the. It states that the movie will be extended to about 1,000 theaters for this coming weekend. In the press release he is quoted as saying, “Demand for God’s Not Dead in the faith-based community has been significant because the message is culturally relevant to millions of Americans.”

There is much talk about how Hollywood has embraced biblical themes as of late. Son of God opened with $25.6 million during its opening week and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah has been so controversial, that it is bound to do well this weekend. Right on their heels is Heaven is for Real which will be playing Easter weekend. Let’s see how long this trend will last.

Angus T. Jones: No More a Half-Man

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Former child star Angus T. Jones. Photo: KHOU TV

Former child star Angus T. Jones. (Photo: KHOU TV)

In a world where former child star actors and singers go off the rails in their behavior and faith, one is actually going in the opposite direction.

Angus T. Jones, the former “half-man” in the CBS sitcom, Two and a Half Men, has re-emerged publicly since leaving the show. Sporting a beard that the Duck Dynasty men would approve of, the 20-year-old sat down for an interview with Houston’s KHOU TV. For those who have never watched it, Two and a Half Men originally starred Charlie Sheen as a happy playboy bachelor who reluctantly opens his home to his brother (Jon Cryer) and his son Jake (Jones). After fallout with creator Chuck Lorre in 2011, Sheen was fired/quit the show and Ashton Kutcher replaced him. Then, in 2012, Jones was seen in a YouTube video where he pleaded with people to not watch the show as he described it as “filth” and “very inappropriate.” He later apologized and continued playing the role until Lorre was able to write the character out of the show.

A younger Angus T. Jones with co-star Charlie Sheen. (Photo: CBS)

A younger Angus T. Jones with co-star Charlie Sheen. (Photo: CBS)

Jones had been exploring his Christian faith and no longer was “okay” with playing the role on the hit show. “It was difficult for me to be on the show and be part of something that was making light of topics in our world where there are really problems for a lot of people,” said Jones in Sunday’s interview. “I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t OK with it and I was still doing it.” He admits that he could he could have handled the situation better than insulting Lorre in the process. “That’s his like baby and I just totally insulted his baby and to that degree I am apologetic but otherwise I don’t regret saying what I said.”

Today, Jones is a college man attending school in Colorado and a few weekends at World Harvest Outreach Church in Houston, a Seventh Day Adventist Church. “I really want to come into the light because I know that is where the healing is and I’ve seen God do amazing things.”

Unfortunately, not everyone is on Jones side. Within hours of airing the interview, the KHOU website (as well as many others) became littered with bitter remarks from readers who think Jones should return or give away the millions of dollars he earned while acting on the show. Perhaps they don’t realize that he started acting on the show when he was around the age of ten.

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