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Summer Shows – Let the Games Begin

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Now that we got most of the series and season finales done, summer time game shows hit the small screen in a big way. This week, eight new and/or returning reality/game shows debut with a total of 13 or so […]

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500 Question Premieres

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Though the show is called 500 Questions, viewers may ask only one: Why was this show made? Since the initial debut of Who Wants to be a Millionaire aired in 1999, It seems that every spring or summer, a “new” […]

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‘Wayward Pines’ is a Nice Place to Visit but…

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I’m a sucker for anything that M. Night Shyamalan is involved in. Not that I have liked everything that he produced, but he fascinates me. The Sixth Sense was brilliant and even though many did not appreciate his film, The […]

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6 Best Movies to Watch with Mom

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So, you decided to avoid the crowds and chaos at the restaurants for Mother’s Day this year and have invited your mom over to your house instead. Good for you. Now, what are you planning on doing? Why not make […]

‘Age of Ultron’ is Over-the-Top Fun

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What do Avengers do for fun on their time off? They attend parties and play party games like who can pick up Thor’s hammer: Tony Stark: “If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?” Thor: “Yes, of course.” […]

2015 Tony Award Nominees Announced

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The Broadway musical, Something Rotten!, could be stinking up place at this year’s Tony Awards as the show has been nominated for 10 awards, however it could over out-shined by Fun Home which has the most nominations of 12, but […]

Boy Choir, Libera, Presents New CD and DVD

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In January of this year, the boy choir, Libera, recorded a live concert at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. for the upcoming PBS special, Angels Sing: Libera in America. The soundtrack of the […]

Amy Grant’s Latest will Appeal to Country Fans

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After years of being relatively quiet, Christian music star, Amy Grant, has made up for it. In 2013, she released “How Mercy Looks from Here” that featured special duos with Vince Gill, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow and others. Last year […]

‘Book of Yeezus’ is a Mockery Gone Too Far

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In what seems like a late April Fool’s Day joke, a new “version” of the Bible is making headlines: “The Book of Yeezus.” That’s right, Kanye West has his own Bible that you can own for just $20. The only […]

TV: This Easter, it’s all About Jesus

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In a time where some Christian publications remind us on a daily basis that our world is going to hell in a hand basket, the rest of the world surprises us. While some fight for freedom FROM religion, others are […]

‘Daily Show’ Announces New Host

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Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central, announced today that the decision on who should replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show has been finalized. Trevor Noah, who began working on the show as a contributor in 2014 has been awarded […]

TV: There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

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What may be new on TV this fall you’ve already seen. Sort of. It’s deja vu all over again in TV land. Just this week, NBC announced that it had greenlit a 13-episode order of Coach, a new sitcom based […]

Andrea Logan White is No Mean Girl

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Last fall I was treated to an on-site visit for the production of Do You Believe in Michigan. While there, I got a chance to speak to Andrea Logan White about her role in the film, her marriage and life […]

‘Insurgent’ Carries on the Story with no Point

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I have never read the Divergent series of books by Veronica Roth, but I have been told that the third book in the series, “Alliegiant” is very disappointing. After seeing Divergent the movie and now Insurgent, I think I can […]

‘Divergent’ is a Good Movie Without a Point

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What is it with teens and dystopian thrillers? They are depressing, full of teen angst and the storylines are obsessed with death. But the books have been huge hits so therefore movies must be made. When viewing Divergent, it is […]

‘One Big Happy’ is a Mess

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I am not one to just to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to conspiracy theories about Hollywood, but NBC’s latest sitcom has given me pause. However, those like me who are concerned about the messages shared in One […]

‘Cinderella’ is an Improved Masterpiece

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Sometimes Disney outdoes Disney. When news broke that Walt Disney Pictures was going to  make a live action version of one of their most popular animated movies, many were skeptical. The original is such a classic, how could it be […]

Last DWTS Contestant Announced

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The 10th anniversary of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (and its 20th season!) debuts next Monday, March 16 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and after much teasing, the final celebrity contestant has been announced. It is none other than this year’s Bachelor […]

TV: Rating the New Shows

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Time for the mid season replacement series. Here is a look at five that made their debut last week. American Crime Starring: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, […]

Birdman is the Big Winner – Neil Patrick Harris, Not so Much

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The 87th Oscar Awards ceremony opened with host Neil Patrick Harris singing an original song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (the people who wrote the the music for Disney’s Frozen). During the tribute to moving pictures, he was joined […]

Everything You Need to Know About the 2015 Oscars and Then Some

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The Big Day: The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 […]

‘Odd Couple’ Won’t Last

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Neil Simon’s original play, The Odd Couple is a comedy classic that no TV sitcom incarnation has given the story any justice. The 1970-1975 version with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman came the closest, but it pales in comparison to […]

The Vampire Documentary You Have Been Waiting For

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If you are a fan of vampire movies (not those like Twilight but more like the classic Dracula) and mock documentaries (like Best in Show or Waiting for Guffman), What We Do in the Shadows is for you. This mockumentary […]

‘McFarland, USA’ – Better than ‘Hoosiers’

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I am always amazed when a movie that is “based on a true story” can change so many details. It’s as if the real story wasn’t good enough. In an interview with The Christian Chronicle, Jim and Cheryl White, the […]

‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ – Lessons Learned

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For those of you who don’t watch such things, you may not have heard that Donald Trump crowned the latest winner of The Celebrity Apprentice last night on NBC. Starting with over a dozen celebrity Type-A personalities, it all came […]

57th GRAMMY Awards Mostly Tasteful

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Last year’s GRAMMY Awards made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Each GRAMMY special is usually a weird mix of every music genre with some performances more memorable than others. This year’s presentation was much more calmer and dare I […]

‘Christian Mingle: The Movie’ is Better than the Title Suggests

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This Sunday, the UP Network will premiere Corbin Bernsen’s romantic faith-based comedy, Christian Mingle: The Movie. Despite the terrible title, the movie is pretty good and may surprise a few people. The the flick does feature a few Christian Mingle […]

ABC Comedy Misses the Boat

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After ABC found family sitcome success with shows like The Middle, Modern Family, and The Goldbergs, this year, the network has been focusing on bringing more diversity to the airwaves. Black-ish had a strong start with it’s great premiere episode, […]

‘Black or White’ is More Grey – but in a Good Way

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Kevin Costner is a busy actor these days playing everything from a superhero’s father (Man of Steel) to a dying CIA agent (3 Days to Kill). Next month he’ll play a high school cross country coach in McFarland, USA, but […]

More than 320,000 Students will see ‘Selma’ for Free

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What started as a local event has grown to a national one in just a few short weeks. The “Bring Selma to Students” program began on January 8th in New York City when 27 African-American business leaders created a fund for […]

K-LOVE Announces Fan Award Nominees

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The K-LOVE Radio Network is known for its 446 signals in 47 states and boasts of a listening audience of 14 million. Last night at the Franklin Theatre outside of Nashville, the K-LOVE announced the nominees for the 2015 Fan […]

Fifty Alternatives to Fifty Shade of Grey

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The wait will soon be over for those panting in desperation to see the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie based on the best-selling book of the same name by E. L. James. It comes to theaters on Valentines Day […]

Paddington Will Win Over Your Heart

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The TV commercials for the new Paddington movie do not do the movie any justice. The images of the little bear riding a bathtub down the stairs and the bewildered Mr. Brown look like the film Beethoven that replaces a […]

The 87th Oscar Nominations are in

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If you are an early riser, you may have caught the announcement of all the Oscar nominations for 2015. They were presented this morning at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Directors Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams joined […]

Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner Take Sides in “Black or White”

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Racial tensions run high both on screen and off for the film Black or White. Though the movie won’t be released until January 30th, the film did premier at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Reviews of Kevin Costner’s performance […]

The 72nd Golden Globes was Full of Surprises

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When Richard Linklater’s Boyhood arrived in theaters many months ago, many critics suspected that the film could walk away with a bunch of awards this year and if tonight’s winnings at the 72nd Golden Globes are any indication, that suspicion […]

Look Who’s Sneaking into Theaters

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Although the story of a little bear named Paddington has been aroud since 1958, his story is just now making it to the big screen – and practically sneaking in as there has been little fanfare for the film. The […]

Third ‘Night at the Museum’ Totally Redeems Itself

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Ben Stiller’s first Night at the Museum (2006) was a fun and clever movie about a museum security guard who is surprised to find on his first night that all of the artifacts come to life when the sun goes […]

Exodus: Good Movie, Wrong Story

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One has to wonder why some in Hollywood feel like they have to improve on stories based on the Bible. Perhaps it has to do with the idea that if you present a Bible story on screen, people will already […]

2015 Golden Globe Nominees Announced

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Early this morning, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Peter Krause and Paula Patton had the honor of announcing the nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. This of course means that none of them are up for an award but who […]

Michael W. Smith Releases 4th Christmas Album

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Diehard fans of Michael W. Smith and his Christmas music may be disappointed with his 4th holiday album: Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas. The album isn’t bad, but it is so much less than what we’ve come […]

Jamie Grace and Sis Sing for the Holiday

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Grammy nominee and positive role model, Jamie Grace has teamed up with her sister, Morgan Harper Nichols, to release the Christmas EP, Family Christmas: Songs by Jamie Grace and Morgan Harper Nichols. The five-song features two by Grace, two by […]

‘Saving Christmas’ is Full of Useful Stuff

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Some may view actor Kirk Cameron as a hyper-religious, ultra-conservative Christian, so it may surprise you that his latest venture, Saving Christmas, is the polar opposite of what you might expect. In fact, this film is actually aimed at those […]

Michael W. Smith Named Philanthropist of the Year

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A Friday night affair Out in the city heat Always a party there Along the sordid street And it was guaranteed The place to be was Rocketown The drinks were two for one Inside the crowded bars The girls would […]

‘Big Hero 6’ will be Huge

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All those naysayers, (myself included), who thought that Disney was making a big mistake purchasing Marvel, thinking that the two entities would not be able to mix well should be able to relax now. Yes, the traditional Marvel movies bases […]

Let the Games Begin! The Celebrity Apprentice is Back!

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NBC announced today the lineup of celebrities who will be joining Donald Trump in the boardroom for the 7th Celebrity Apprentice to be air next January. And what a lineup it is. True, many of the celebs have made Apprentice the […]

TobyMac Mixes it Up with Latest Project

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Apparently, the third time is a charm for Christian remixed music. Five-time GRAMMY® award winner TobyMac is the latest Christian artist to produce a remix album followed by Amy Grant’s “In Motion: The Remixes” (a great album) and Mandisa’s “Get […]

NBC Gets a Jumpstart Promoting Easter with A.D.

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In 1977, NBC aired the Jesus of Nazareth miniseries during the week of Easter for the first time. The network aired the special series five more times after that. Despite the fact that Jesus featured piercing blue eyes and that […]

Science Nerds will Love ‘Interstellar’

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Christopher Nolan’s latest is one of those movies that makes me feel like I’m missing something. It’s Christopher Nolan! You know, the guy who wrote and directed the Dark Knight Trilogy and the mind-bending Inception! You have to love it! […]

Wallenda’s Walk: A Walk of Faith or Testing God

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Born a seventh –generation member of circus act, The Flying Walledas, Nik Wallenda made headline two years ago when he became the first person to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls. The event was broadcast live on the Discovery channel. […]

ABC’s ‘Fright Fight’ is Actually Very Interesting

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Last winter’s limited series The Great Christmas Light Fight was such a hit, ABC has not only decided to bring the show back this year as well, but to also offer a Halloween special as well. The Great Halloween Fright […]

‘Stonehearst Asylum’ is an Example of Old Fashioned Storytelling

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With a title like Stonehearst Asylum and the spooky-looking poster promoting it, you might be inclined to think that this movie would be another horror film out just in time for Halloween, but you would be wrong. You won’t find […]

YouTube Duo Pen New Comedy Book

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You may not know Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton by name, but chances are you have  seen one or more of their many comedy videos posted on YouTube. Better known as Tripp & Tyler, the two have worked together and […]

‘Marry Me’ Features Too Much Banter, Too Little Plot

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For a couple of years, the ABC and a few choice critics were trying to tell us that the sitcom, Happy Endings was worth watching. It wasn’t. While witty banter will make for a good scene every now and then, […]

Believe Me: Comedy or Cringe-Inducing?

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  A new kind of faith-based film came to movie screens a couple of years ago called Blue Like Jazz which was based on the book by the same name by Christian author Donald Miller. It featured college kids drinking, […]

‘Alexander’s Bad Day’ is Good for Everyone Else

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Finally, this weekend you can find out for yourself why Steve Carrell is chasing a kangaroo and what that has to do with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. And it will be a good excuse […]

Hillsong UNITED, Skillet and ‘God’s Not Dead’ Win Big at 45th Dove Awards

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For an award show, 45 years is a pretty big deal. Last night GMA celebrated its 45th presentation of the Dove Awards. The thing is; getting timely information from GMA (or any source for that matter) is difficult at best. The […]

Gone Girl Leaves You Speechless

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“Huh.” That is what I said at the end of Gone Girl. I couldn’t really believe that that was the end of the movie. Like many others who hadn’t read the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (who […]

‘Kelly & Cal’ is a Sad Self-Absorbed Tale

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Though the title says Kelly & Cal, this indie film focuses a lot more on Kelly (Juliette Lewis) and her postpartum depression than it does Cal, her 17-year-old wheelchair-bound neighbor. Kelly has recently moved to a location that is close by […]

Why Remake ‘Left Behind’?

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In 1994, Paul LaLonde served as executive producer of Left Behind, which was intended to be used as a documentary to those people “left behind” after the biblical rapture. Included in the cast was Hal Lindsey who was there to […]

CBS’ ‘Stalker’ not Worth Staring at

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While many people have no desire to watch a TV series with a title like Stalker, the CBS show won its time period in viewers and key demographics last night. Despite the good ratings, that doesn’t mean that the show […]

Boxtrolls: Incredible Animation, Charmless Story

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All the work and detail that went into The Boxtrolls may never be fully appreciated. Though an early promotion featuring the making of the movie using the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” as a backdrop was […]

ABC’s ‘Murder’ is Riveting and Morally Ambiguous

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In short, ABC’s new drama, How to Get Away with Murder is riveting. The pilot held my attention all the way through making it hard to wait to see the next episode. It is a well done show with multiple […]

Black-ish is a Welcome Addition to Family Comedies

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Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) is a proud man. A proud black man. A proud black man who doesn’t want his success to be defined by the color of his skin. But he doesn’t want his skin tone to be ignored […]

NBC’s ‘Laura” has potential but lacks heart

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NBC must be nervous about the new comedy, The Mysteries of Laura since they have already aired the pilot episode two times last week. Tonight, the episode will air a third time in hopes that it will be everyone’s new […]

Scorpion has Little Sting

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“Scorpion, inspired by a true story, is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age,” says CBS when describing […]

‘Gotham’ is Dark and Intriguing

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Will viewers tune in for a TV show that focuses on everything that is Batman, except the caped crusader himself? Apparently yes. FOX’s new DC Comics TV show, Gotham premiered last night, September 22, with eight million viewers and a […]

ABC’s ‘Forever’ Feels Familiar

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Dr. Harry Morgan has a problem. He has lived for over 200 years. It’s not that he can’t die; he has died many times. He just keeps coming back to life…always in water…naked. It is as if his body resets […]

Could ‘Madam Secretary’ be the next ‘Good Wife’?

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TV dramas that feature strong female leads continue to be popular this fall. First up is Madam Secretary where CBS is hoping to strike lightning twice having the new show be the lead in the award-winning The Good Wife. As […]

Does New ‘Fight Church’ Documentary Hit Below the Belt?

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“The first time I ever watched Mixed Martial Arts was on television at a church-sponsored fight night party that my brother-in-law had invited me to while I was visiting family in Michigan,” says Bryan Storkel in a Daily Beast article […]

AGT Awards Mat Franco as This Season’s Winner

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Season 9 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent has proven to be one incredible summer show and just when you thought that the competition would never end, it finally did tonight as it crowned magician Mat Franco as the grand prize […]

‘The Guest’- And You Thought Your Family was Bad

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After a few minutes of watching The Guest, you’ll swear you’ve seen it before, and there is a reason for that. Director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett, the duo behind the horror film, You’re Next, were inspired by bad horror/thriller […]

Mandisa’s “Get Up” Album Needs Caffeine

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Amy Grant’s remix album, “In Motion: The Remixes,” has done remarkably well considering that Grant is not known for dance music. The techniques used kept most of the music true to its original form but added a dance beat and […]

Meet ‘Survivor’ 29th Season Castaways

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Remember when you thought that this new TV game show called Survivor wouldn’t last? Well, here we are with the show’s 29th season, Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, starting up on Wednesday, September 24th. This time, the show brings back the […]

One Person’s ‘UTOPIA’ is Another’s Hell

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FOX is leading the way for fall TV with UTOPIA which premiered Sunday, and if you missed it, just know that it was a doozy. The show is everything that Survivor and Big Brother wish they were. It’s not a […]

Chris Dowling: Christian Horror Writer?

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One of the most pumped up movies about the rapture and end times is coming to theaters this weekend and chances are you’ve never even heard of it. The film is called The Remaining and it is not your father’s […]

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 19 Cast is Announced

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                                    Dancing with the Stars long established the idea of finding celebrities outside of TV or movie stardom to create a variety of […]

‘The Identical’ is Not as Good as the Original

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I used to think that Elvis impersonators didn’t arrive on the scene until late in the King’s career, but apparently they have been around since the mid ‘50s. The first was Carl ‘Cheesie’ Nelson who did his own versions of […]

Thursday is National Ghostbusters Day

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It has been 30 years since Ghostbusters hit the movie screens and to celebrate, the marketing team at Sony has big party plans. The festivities began a little early on August 20th as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man made a visit […]

‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ win again at the 66th Emmys

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For the first time in 38 years, the 66th Emmy Awards was broadcast on a Monday night, and host Seth Meyers made a mention of this numerous times during his opening monologue. NBC made the decision not to air the […]

‘When the Games Stands Tall’ Could be More Inspiring

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This weekend, the faith-based film, When the Game Stands Tall, hits theaters. It is the true story about the De La Salle High School football team’s 151 winning game streak from 1992-2003, their devastating loss against a rival team and […]

A ‘Hundred Foot Journey’ to a Near Perfect Dish

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It would be easy to excuse and skip The Hundred Foot Journey film as an artsy, fluffy movie that nobody wants to see. There’s no sex, violence, action or language. Nobody died while making the film and it isn’t surrounded […]

Nominees are Announced for 45th GMA Dove Awards

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The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced this week the nominees for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards and as it stands now, writer and producer Wayne Haun leads with the most nominations (12) and artists Hillsong United, Lecrae, Mandisa and […]

Oh ‘Baby’ – Amy Does it Again: Music Review

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It’s pretty cool when your teenager comes into the room and asks what you’re listening to. He heard the new tweaks to Amy Grant’s dance mix of “Baby, Baby” and said that it was pretty strange to see his dad […]

Second ‘Alice’ Movie in the Works

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Don’t get too excited, it may be a bit too soon to shine up that teapot and tea cups. Right on the heels of the release of much-anticipated Maleficent and previews for the upcoming Cinderella, Disney has announced that another […]

Your Little Ninjas will Love these Turtles

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If your sons are getting tired of princess stories, they are going to love the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie storming into town this weekend. Don’t be surprised if you end up liking it too. While purist may take […]

ABC’s Put on the Wrong Show with ‘The Quest’

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Eyes began to roll across America when the first previews of ABC’s The Quest began to air on the network months ago. Last night, we got a chance to see firsthand what the medieval-themed reality game show was all about […]

‘Guardians’: Fanboys get Their Movie

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Marvel Studios took a risk in 2008 with a big budget project called Ironman. At the time, the comic book character was considered a lesser-known or a second stringer unlike Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four or The Hulk. It was debatable […]

Film Misses the Highs and Lows of ‘Boyhood’

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Some films are so impressively made that they are fascinating to watch but not great to recommend to others. Unfortunately, that is the case with Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” film. The movie premiered at numerous film festivals across the country and […]

Hospital Documentary, ‘Code Black’ is Intriguing

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Running at just 82 minutes in length, the hospital documentary, “Code Black” is already getting the attention it deserves. Unlike other documentaries, “Code Black” is at times interesting, sobering and frustrating, but never is it dull. During the film festival […]

‘Apes’ Movie Surprises Again

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  Do you remember the ending credits to Rise of the Planet of the Apes from three years ago? It showed graphics on how a deadly virus was sweeping across America and around the globe. The beginning credits for Dawn […]

66th Emmy Awards Nominations Announced

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Just when you thought that the award show season has ended, it starts up all over again. This morning in North Hollywood, actress Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly helped announce the nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at Leonard […]

The Rise and Fall of the 4th of July Box Office

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It is a firmly held belief that Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was the beginning of the summer movie blockbuster trend. Before 1975, movies were not considered a big draw during the summer months. That all changed on June 20th of that […]

‘Deliver Us from Evil’ is Scary Stuff

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There is an old joke that goes something like, “Can a Christian have a demon?” The answer of course is “Why would you want one?” A similar question, “Can a horror story be redemptive?” will be asked regarding the new […]

Coming to a TV Near You: Dove Movie Channel

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Founded in 1991, the nonprofit organization Dove Foundation as been dedicated to encouraging Hollywood to create family-friendly products. Movies and books are regularly screened by Dove and only those that are more or less “safe” for the family earn the […]

Kid President: Declaration of Awesome

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In July 2012, the world was introduced Kid President through a series of videos posted on YouTube. Cute, short videos that feature Robby, a little guy with great vision. Those videos have captured America and now Robby has his own […]

You May Like Giving, but They Do Not Want Your Money

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Have you seen the short video titled, “I Like Being 98?” It was posted on YouTube back in February of this year but has just now seen some traction. In fact, I Like Giving, the creator of the video, just […]

‘Rising Star': Did You Watch the Premiere?

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For months, ABC has been touting that its latest singing competition show, Rising Star would be unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Last night, we finally got a chance to see what all of the hub bub was about. ABC boasted […]

Amy Grant: Out with the Old, in with the New…with the Old

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Amy Grant was one of the first Christian music artists to create a “crossover” album with “Unguarded” which came out in 1985. Some viewed the event as a way of reaching out to the “unsaved” with mainstream music. Others thought […]

2nd ‘Dragon’ is Better than the First

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In DreamWorks’ 2010 movie, How to Train Your Dragon, dragons and men were enemies. That all changed when Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), the son of the Viking king Stoick (Gerard Butler) became friends with Toothless. Both are handicapped, but […]

Riot Studios Presents New Christian Comedy

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Okay, so with the release of Moms’ Night Out and the less-viewed, Blue Like Jazz from a couple of years ago, we now know that Christians can be funny. For some of us, the arrival of the Christian comedy film […]

Summer TV (Part 3)

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Now that Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, has passed, the networks are offering a slew of new shows for better or worse. Many of these are returning shows, some are new shows getting a short try out and […]

‘Maleficent’ is Magnificent

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I couldn’t wait to see Angelina Jolie’s performance as Maleficent in Disney’s upside down production of the Sleeping Beauty story, but I half expected to walk away being disappointed. Instead, I was thrilled. This movie is not for those who […]

Summer Shows (Part 2)

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Now that Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, has passed, the networks are offering a slew of new shows for better or worse. Many of these are returning shows, some are new shows getting a short try out and […]

Summer Shows (Part 1)

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Now that Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, has passed, the networks are offering a slew of new shows for better or worse. Many of these are returning shows, some are new shows getting a short try out and […]

Latest X-Men is More Wolverine than Man

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In the X-Men universe, it can be difficult keeping up with the various storylines. It doesn’t help that the movie’s endings don’t always fit with the sequels beginnings. For instance, in last year’s The Wolverine after the end credits, Logan […]

‘Cold in July’ is a Chilly Thriller

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Sometimes the less you know about a movie, the better. That’s the case with Cold in July, the new Indy film directed by Jim Mickle, which makes this review a bit tricky not to share too much. Based on the […]

Listen to Crowder Tonight, See Him in Concert This Fall

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Crowder’s solo debut album, Neon Steeple won’t be released until May 27, but it was announced today that fans could stream the album for free exclusively at iTunes Radio as an iTunes Radio First Play. In the only way that […]

‘Godzilla’ is Huge

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In 1954, Godzilla made movies history is his first Japanese monster movie. This week, the beast made history again by making a $93.2 million debut with the new American made movie. There have only been two American made versions of […]

Million Dollar Arm Swings Wide

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The name Thomas McCarthy may not mean much to you, and it apparently doesn’t to Disney as they seem to have misplaced it on the webpage for their latest movie, Million Dollar Arm. McCarthy wrote the screenplay for this movie, […]

ABC Shares New Shows for Fall

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We have just made it to the halfway mark in May, and TV networks are already promoting their new fall shows. Yesterday afteroon, ABC held a press conference giving sneak previews to their 2014-2015 line up and you are invited […]

‘Moms’ Night Out’: Made for Women, but Men will Like it too

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The new faith-based comedy, Moms’ Night Out, is taking a real beating among critics which is a real shame as this is not only a very well done “Christian” film, but it is also very funny with a storyline that […]

Disney to Release a ‘Very Bad’ Movie Which Actually Looks Really Good

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Disney’s live action, family movies are sort of hit or miss adventures. Some are very good while other rely heavily of past formulas that worked in earlier films. Sometimes they try to re-create the magic of their original film with […]

American Idol: Behind the Voices

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An Interview with Billy Mauldin You see them every week. Musical hopefuls from all over the country competing to become the next American Idol. Some have never been away from home and most have never been exposed to so many […]

FINALLY…Official Casting Release for New Star Wars Movie

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“Will they or won’t they,” that’s been the question for the last year regarding if former cast members of the original Star Wars trilogy would have a role, if any, in the new, Star Wars: Episode VII. After much hand-wringing, […]

Movie Producers Donate to Wounded Warriors with Your Help

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The producers of the upcoming film, Walking with the Enemy, will donated ten cents toward the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) for every Facebook “like” the movie receives before its opening on Friday, April 25. The WWP offers programs and services […]

A Parent’s Alternative to Miley Cyrus

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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 […]

More Casting Announced for Superman/Batman Film

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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 […]

‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises Hollywood

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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 […]

Angus T. Jones: No More a Half-Man

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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 […]

Have Your Say on Who Wins the American Comedy Awards

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Who is your favorite late night TV host? Which comedy movie did you see this year that was worth your hard-earned money? Which viral video cracks you up every time you see it? Wouldn’t it be great if there was […]

Have a Passion for ‘The Passion?’

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Ten years ago, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ entered theaters and rocked the world. This year, the movie will be edited for television and shown on Palm Sunday on the UP network. The three-time Oscar®-nominated film will air […]

‘Believe’ in Another Great Show for NBC

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NBC appears to be rising from the ashes creating new, better, quality shows instead of relying on re-boots that don’t work. From comedy (About a Boy, Growing Up Fisher) to game shows (Hollywood Game Night) to drama (The Blacklist), NBC […]

Outspoken Christian Actress Among the Dancing Stars this Season

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The full cast for the next season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was announced today during the Good Morning America telecast and like last season, the show is headed for a lot of changes. (More on that below). Among […]

‘Gravity,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘12 Years a Slave’ win big at 86th Academy Awards

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While it didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture, Gravity left the Academy Awards with the most wins for the night – seven, including Best Director. Winning so many awards, it was a little shocking that Sandra Bullock did not […]

Bulloch Family Faces Trials in Front of Everyone

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Love it or leave it, reality television appears to be sticking around. Any night of the week you’ll find shows about bachelors looking for a mate, singers looking for a shot at fame and spoiled housewives talking about things that […]

Seth Meyers, About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher

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NBC has had it easy ratings-wise the last couple of weeks thanks to the Winter Olympics, but now it’s now time to get back to business. The struggling network appears to be heading in the right direction to continue the […]

Famous ‘Ghostbuster’ Passes Away

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Harold Ramis, 69, passed away February 24th in his Chicago home after losing a four-year battle with vasculitis, an autoimmune disease. Ramis is best known for playing Dr. Egon Spengler in both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, but you are probably […]

Hollywood and Noah

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It’s over a month away from the premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, but the film continues to make headlines and most of them not good. People are complaining about everything from an environmental theme of the movie to the fact […]

Church Leaders Take Unusual Steps to Promote Film

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The feature film, Son of God, is getting some unusual help in the promotion department thanks to Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Archbishop José Gomez, Craig Groeschel, Miles McPherson, Ray Johnston and others. The biblical film produced by Mark Burnett (TV’s […]

Help Spread the Word about ‘In Plain Sight’

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This week, the official film trailer for the upcoming sex trafficking documentary, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom, has been released. Executive produced and narrated by Christian singer Natalie Grant, In Plain Sight will not only expose this […]

Fallon Off to a Great Start

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Last night Jimmy Fallon tried out his new digs at the newly built Tonight Show set located in Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center in New York and no doubt nailed his first performance. Always the professional and already well-known, Fallon […]

Snake-Handling Pastor Dies from Snake Bite

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There is some sad news coming from Middleboro, Kentucky. Pastor Jamie Coots and reality star of National Geographic’s, Snake Salvation, died Saturday, February 15 when bitten by a rattlesnake he was handling during his church’s service. The 42 year-old was […]

Like Hollywood Game Night? Now You Can Own It.

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In what seemed like sort of a gamble for NBC last summer has paid off for the peacock channel. Hollywood Game Night, now in its’ second season, brings back the classic celebrity game show in a whole new format. Hosted […]

TCM to Hold Tribute to Shirley Temple

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Even at the age of 85, Shirley Temple Black still had that unmistakable smile and curly hair that made her famous so many years ago. Sadly, “America’s Little Darling” passed away Monday, February 10 at her home in Woodside, California. […]

Watch the 2014 Winter Olympics 24 hours a day

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NBC has announced that they are offering an innovative temporary pass to view live streaming content of the Olympic Games (via NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports, of course) to help create curiosity for “TV Everywhere” adoption. During the XXII Olympic Winter […]

News Flash: Smoking Kills

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With the age of 50 near the horizon, I look back on my life and take note that not once was I told that smoking was good for me. I remember my father struggling to quit smoking, the slides of […]

Watch ‘Jerusalem’ the Movie Then Take a the Challenge to Win a Trip There

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You’re smart, opinionated and have great ideas. Why not share them with the world? By entering The Jerusalem Challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to win a trip to Jerusalem and $2,500 to be toward your goal. In celebration of new […]

Mandisa, Tye Tribbett and Tasha Cobbs Win at Grammys

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After being nominated three times for a Grammy, last night it finally happened for Mandisa during the 56th Grammy Awards. Mandisa took home two Grammys for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and song, “Overcomer.” Mandisa’s other Grammy nominations were for […]

Lifetime to Present ‘The Gabby Douglas Story’

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To celebrate Black History Month and the upcoming winter Olympics, the Lifetime Channel will be presenting The Gabby Douglas Story during the first week of February. If you recall, Douglas was the winner of the Team Gold and Women’s Gymnastics […]

The Story Behind the Story of ‘Gimme Shelter’

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When you are a movie star, touring the county promoting your film, it is all in a day’s work. Not so for Kathy DiFiore. While not a movie star in the new film Gimme Shelter, she is very much a […]

The Razzies: The Anti-Oscar

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For every silver lining there is a cloud and for the Oscars, that cloud is called the RAZZIES. 34 years ago, the first Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE) was given inside a living room but now has grown into quite the spectacle […]

2014 Oscar Nominations Announced

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Ellen DeGeneres will again be hosting the 2014 Oscars on March 2, 2014. (Photo: ABC) Not to discredit the Golden Globes, but really, don’t most of us think of that award show as an appetizer to the Oscars? This morning, […]

Golden Globes 2014 Results

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After great reviews from last year’s performance as the emcees of the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned again last night for 2014 edition.  The dynamic duo are still a welcome change from the snarky Ricky Gervais from […]

Creation vs. Science Guy: The Debate Happens Feb. 4

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UPDATE: The debate will now be available live and online, and FREE of charge, at www.debatelive.org. The live stream will be powered by Google+ Hangouts On Air, through YouTube. This live and unedited presentation will be available in HD for […]

Independent ‘My Son’ is Surprisingly Realistic

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Not too long ago I received some flak from a promoter of a faith-based film that I gave a fairly negative review. As a fellow Christian, I want to be supportive of other believer’s projects, but as a reviewer, I […]

Jamie Grace is ‘Ready to Fly’

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Some people are just full of surprises. Take singer Jamie Grace for instance. She already has a lifetime of experiences during her 21 years on this earth and she is just getting started. The GRAMMY® nominee and Best New Artist […]

2013’s Most Popular Pop Culture

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For better or for worse, pop culture is all around us and is shaping our ever-changing world daily. Whether you agree with the following or not, here were the top changers of 2013: Movies*:              […]

Neil Patrick Harris and Nick Cannon Host the 30th Annual Disney Christmas Parade

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If you’ve never seen a Disney Christmas Parade special because you’re too busy opening presents or getting the house ready for company, you might want to DVR this year’s special. Airing at 9:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. Eastern) on ABC Christmas […]

Eight of The Weirdest Christmas Movies

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With just a few hours left before the big day, it might be nice to sit back, relax and drink in the holiday cheer from your own silver screen. The problem is, not everybody is on the same page when […]

In Defense of Rudolph

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Yes, Rudolph has its fans, but he also has his share of haters as well. Some hate the fact that “nobody let Rudolph join in on the reindeer games” or that they didn’t appreciate him until he proved he could […]

TD Jakes – Just an Ordinary Person

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A short time ago I was given the chance to interview Bishop T.D. Jakes at a recent press junket for the movie Black Nativity. Though not in the movie, Jakes is one of the forces behind it. The room that […]

Comedians Shine in ‘Kirstie’

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Kirstie Alley has had her ups and downs over the years from her start as a Vulcan in the Star Trek II movie to her most recent stint on Dancing with the Stars where she proved that she is still […]

Is ‘Black Nativity’ a ‘Blacks Only’ Film? The Celebrities Respond

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In 2009, my wife and I went to see the movie, Not Easily Broken based on the T.D. Jakes novel of the same name. The story was about a husband and wife facing difficulties in their marriage. The movie not […]

Black Nativity is love song to Langston Hughes

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There are a few misconceptions about Black Nativity, the holiday musical arriving in theaters this week. First, while it sports the same name and is loosely based on the seasonal theater show, it really isn’t the same production. Originally, Black […]

Uplifting Reality TV – Really

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Reality television has nearly taken over our TV sets. From little girls wearing too much makeup to spoiled housewives to bachelors looking to win the hand of Ms. Right…most of these shows are not worth watching let alone reading about. […]

VeggieTales are Bigger and Brighter than Ever in New Toon

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Since 1993, the folks at Big Idea Entertainment have been churning out new VeggieTales stories on a regular basis. While most have been hits, there have been a few misses too. Over the years, the vegetable franchise has spoofed (or […]

Meet the Real Church Hoppers of ‘Church Rescue’

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Believe it or not, 40% of all new churches will fail within their first year of operation and 80% won’t make it past five years! That’s pretty surprising, but thankfully, churches across the United States have a new resource to […]

‘God’s Not Dead’ – 4 Reasons to Support this Film

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Coming next spring, Pure Flix Entertainment will be presenting an original faith-based film centered on one of mankind’s greatest arguments: is God real? It looks like a powerful production, but it may not make it past your favorite Bible book […]

‘Gospel According to Britney’ – Brilliant or Blasphemy?

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In what sounds like a joke, the Foxwood Theater in New York, home of “Spiderman the Musical: Turn Off the Dark,” will be hosting a special reading of a proposed new show, “SPEARS: The Gospel According to Britney” on Thursday, […]

Scaring the Hell Out of People: Rapture Movies

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Is it ever “okay” for Christians to “scare the hell” out of non-believers? Is it even possible? For centuries, pastors and priests have used the “turn or burn” approach on others. While the intentions are good, are they always effective? […]

Scaring the Hell Out of People: Hell Houses

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Is it ever “okay” for Christians to “scare the hell” out of non-believers? Is it even possible? For centuries, pastors and priests have used the “turn or burn” approach on others. While the intentions are good, are they always effective? […]

Superchick Releases Bittersweet ‘Recollection’ Next Week

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You may be asking yourself, who is this “Superchick?” Good question. “Rocking What We’ve Got Since 1999!” is all that is listed on the About page on their Facebook listing, so here is a little history: Originally known as Superchick[k], […]

New ‘Son of God’ Movie Announced

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For some, it is unthinkable that the producer of such wildly popular TV shows like “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” and “Shark Tank” is the same producer who brought us the epic miniseries last spring, “The Bible.” And for some, […]

Dove Awards 2013: And the Winners Are…

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SPOILER ALERT: The 2013 Dove Awards were presented last night, October 15, but the telecast will not be shown until Monday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on the UP network. If you don’t want to ruin the surprise, stop […]

Don’t Miss Toy Story of Terror

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What do toys do in the trunk while you’re in the middle of a road trip? They break into your portable DVD player and watch movies of course. So begins the latest chapter in the Toy Story Universe.  “Toy Story […]

Old School Billy Graham Brings High Tech Crusade Home

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In 1949, Billy Graham held the Los Angeles Crusade for eight weeks. Since that time he has presented his crusades all over the world preaching the gospel to anyone who will listen. At age 94, Graham doesn’t get around a […]

Steven Curtis Chapman’s Newest is Two Albums In One

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There is a line in the song, “A Little More Time to Love” from Steven Curtis Chapman that says, “There’s a little boy looking at me in the mirror. He’s asking where the time has gone.” For many, it seems […]

James Denton and Shawnee Talk about ‘Grace Unplugged’

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You might be surprised by many things with the upcoming faith-based film, “Grace Unplugged.” Two of them are starring in it. James Denton, star of TV’s “Desperate Housewives” and Shawnee Smith from “Saw” and Charlie Sheen’s TV comedy, “Anger Management,” […]

Meet AJ Michalka, Star of ‘Grace Unplugged”

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Recently, I sat at a round table with other press people for the upcoming faith-based film, “Grace Unplugged,” which will be arriving in theaters on October 4th. In walked AJ Michalka with her hair braided like Heidi from the Alps, […]

Natalie Grant Leads the Way to Fight Sex Trafficking – and You Can Help

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“I was watching a local news report and they were reporting in Nashville, where I live, that 12 girls under the age of 18 were found in the same apartment with just dirty mattresses on the floor. They had just […]

Interview with a Mermaid

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Believe it or not, but this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Disney animated hit, The Little Mermaid. On October 1st, Disney will release a special “Diamond Edition” DVD and Blu-Ray sets. Because of this special occasion, I was given the […]

Harris Wears Out His Welcome in 65th Emmy Awards

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As is the tradition, the 65th version of the Emmy Awards came complete with compliments and complaints from those of us in the peanut gallery. Shown on Sunday, September 22nd on CBS, the show had a slow start with a […]

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