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This weekend: "Persecuted" in theaters; "Rocky Road" on TV

Date: 07/18/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. At the movies: Persecuted The faith-themed political thriller opens nationwide today (7/18) . Synopsis:  Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator orders Luther abducted and framed for the murder of an innocent t ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Everybody Loves Raymond, Warehouse 13, SCTV, Natalie Grant, Gray Frederickson, James Remar, Bruce Davison, Daniel Lusko, A Heartland Christmas, Fred Dalton Thompson, Brad Stine, "Persecuted" In Theaters, "Rocky Road" On TV, Gretchen Carlson, Brent Morris, One Media, Hobby Lobby, Mark Salling (Glee), Scott Thompson (Hannibal, Kids In The Hall), Nicholas Campbell (Haven, Deborah Tennant (Haven, Steve Byers (Immortals, Alphas), Rebecca Dalton (Spun Out, The L.A. Complex), Jahmil French (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Kenny Robinson (Repo Men, Doc), Chris Gillett (Come Dance With Me, Robin Duke (Saturday Night Live, Brian K. Roberts (Spun Out, Tippi And Neal Dobrofsky (Window Wonderland, Goodnight For Justice), National Ice Cream Day

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Upset About the Hobby Lobby / Supreme Court Decision

Date: 07/02/2014

Or, are you celebratory of the decision?  In any event, people often inquire what can one person do about such large matters? I offer a sixty word summary first and then in 1051 words I explore more deeply.  My perspective is one of chagrin at the Constitutional compromise that the decision represents.  Perhaps your view is different.  In any case, these suggestions may apply to any viewpoint. Si ...

Related Topics: Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, Dessent, What Can One Person Do, Amicus Brief, Petitions, Write A Letter

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Interview: "Obvious Child's" Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre

Date: 06/12/2014

Jenny Slate gives a star-making performance in "Obvious Child," a romantic comedy about Donna, a young stand-up comic who becomes pregnant and has an abortion. Her decision is not presented in a comic or light-hearted way. What is revolutionary is that it is presented at all. As writer-director Gillian Robespierre points out, in movies women who become unexpectedly pregnant either choose to del ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Jenny Slate

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The Mourning After…A Post Mother’s Day Prayer

Date: 05/13/2014

“There is No Condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” Romans 8:1 What does Mother’s Day feel like for someone with empty arms? And more specifically one who chose abortion. I remember a Mother’s Day when I watched one of our daughters perform in the musical Annie . I observed a little girl in the audience crying in one of the final scenes; she couldn’t wipe her tears away fast enoug ...

Related Topics: Faith And Prayer, Guilt, Post-Abortion, Regret, No Condemnation, Beauty From Tragedy

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65th Annual Christopher Awards honoring positive media to be held tonight + "Moms' Night Out" connects with its audience

Date: 05/15/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. "It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness." That's the motto of The Christophers , a Catholic organization founded in 1945 by a Maryknoll priest named Fr. James Keller. Keller believed that the power to positively shape the future lies within individual and that, in fact, God has given each individual a ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Jeff Rice, 65Th Annual Christopher Awards, 42 Warner Bros. Pictures, Director: Brian Helgeland/ Screenwriter: Brian Helgeland/Producer: Thomas Tull/Co-Producers: Eric N. Heffron, Darryl Pryor, Jillian Zaks/Executive Producers: Jason Clark, Dick Cook, Jon Jashni, Frozen Walt Disney Pictures/Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee/Screenwriters: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Shane Morris/Songwriters: Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez/Producer: Peter Del Vecho/Executive Producer: John Lasseter, Gimme Shelter (Day 28 Films/Roadside Attractions)/Director: Ronald Krauss/Screenwriter: Ronald Krauss/Producers: Ronald Krauss, Kathy Difiore/Co-Producers: Joshua Amir, Dylan Russell/Executive Producers: Paul Hellerman, Scott Steindorff, Gravity Warner Bros. Pictures/Director: Alfonso Cuarón/Screenwriters: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón/Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman/Executive Producers: Chris Defaria, Stephen Jones, Nikki Penny, ABC News 20/20: Unbreakableabc News 20/20: Unbreakable, ABC News/Writer/Anchor: Diane Sawyer/Producer: Joseph Diaz, Habibullah Khan/Senior Producers: Muriel Pearson, Teri Whitcraft/Senior Executive Producer: David Sloan/Executive Producers: Eric Avram, Jessica Velmans, Bulloch Family Ranch: Episode 1 UP TV/Director/Series Producer: Todd C. Stevens/Producer/Creator: Ian Wisniewski/Supervising Producer: Vallery Hyduk/Executive Producers: Les Tomlin, Danny Passman, Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger Of The Truth (WTTW National Productions/PBS)/Director: Tony Haines/Writer: Paul G. Hensler/Producer: Paul G. Hensler/Co-Producers: Devlin Mann, Clark Fivek, Britt Mctammany/Executive Producers: Gary Chartrand, Nancy Chartrand, Life According To Sam HBO/Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine/Producers: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine, Miriam Weintraub/Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham/Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins, POV: Brooklyn Castle PBS\Director: Katie Dellamaggiore/Producers: Katie Dellamaggiore, Nelson Dellamaggiore, Brian Schulz/Executive Producers: Geoff Gibson, Robert Mclellan, Judith Helfand, Wendy Ettinger, Julie Parker Benello/Coordinating Producer (POV): Andrew Catauro/Co-Executive Producer (POV): Cynthia Lopez VP, Programming &Amp; Production (POV): Chris White/Executive Producer (POV): Simon Kilmurry, American Story: A Lifetime Search For Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things By Bob Dotson (Viking Press/Penguin Group), Love And Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared In Letters By Amy Andrews And Jessica Mesman Griffith (Loyola Press), Soldier, And Korean War Hero By Roy Wenzl And Travis Heying (Ignatius Press), On These Courts: A Miracle Season That Changed A City, A Once-Future Star, And A Team Forever By Wayne B. Drash (Touchstone Books/Simon And Schuster), Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change The World? By Jim Ziolkowski With James S. Hirsch (Simon And Schuster), Maya Was Grumpy Written And Illustrated By Courtney Pippin-Mathur (Flashlight Press), Flora &Amp; Ulysses By Kate Dicamillo, Illustrated By K.G. Campbell (Candlewick Press), The Boy On The Wooden Box By Leon Leyson With Marilyn J. Harran And Elisabeth B. Leyson (Atheneum Books For Young Readers/Simon And Schuster Children’S Publishing), Siriusxm's Catholic Channe, Christopher Closeup, Relevant Radio

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Filmmaker talks "Gosnell" movie which is now an IndieGoGo go and seeking a TV network + Newsday quotes me on NYS guv race

Date: 05/10/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Goal met! Through the persuasive power of truth, an important story will be told. Despite Hollywood's obvious fascination with serial killers, the case of Kermit Gosnell , the Philadelphia late-term abortionist who in May of 2013 was convicted of three (out of eight) murder charges involving a mother and seven infant ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Indiegogo, Phelim Mcaleer, Newsday, Kermit Gosnell, Ann Mcelhinney, Yancey Roy, Rob Astorino

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Video interviews: The cast of "Moms' Night Out" (including Sarah Drew & Sean Astin) on making a faith-themed family comedy

Date: 05/08/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. My talk show. As I previously mentioned , I spent last week hanging out in Hollywood where I attended the red carpet premiere of Moms' Night Out , the new Erwin Brothers' faith and family-friendly comedy about the challenges and importance of motherhood that is perfectly timed to open wide in theaters this Mother' ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Patricia Heaton, "October Baby", Abortion Survivors, David Hunt, Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings, Courageous Trio Of Alex Kendrick, Robert Amaya And Kevin Downes, Pure Flix Mogul David A.R. White (God's Not Dead), Andrea Logan White (Of Pure Flix's Revelation Road Movies), Abbie Cobb (ABC's Suburgatory) And Sammi Hanratti (Of The Online Series Ch:Os:En Seen Via Crackle), Directors Jon And Andy Erwin, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell (UP TV's Silver Bells And Christmas Angel)

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Movie Review: Faith-friendly comedy "Moms' Night Out" presses powerful cultural buttons

Date: 05/09/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Synopsis: Three moms head out for a night on the town while the guys take care of the kids. Hilarity ensues. Cast: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins, David Hunt, Andrea Logan White, Harry Shum Jr., Abbie Cobb, Robert Amaya, Kevin Downes, Alex Kendrick and Sammi Hanratty/ Directed by: Jon and Andy ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Patricia Heaton, Alex Kendrick, Robert Amaya, Jon And Andy Erwin, Kevin Downes, David Hunt, Sean Astin, Trace Adkins, Andrea Logan White, Sarah Drew, Abbie Cobb, Sammi Hanratty, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell

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