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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

‘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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