Two Lucky Moms Can Win a Trip to Hollywood, Meet the Stars, Walk the Red Carpet!

I just came back from Hollywood, where I was privileged to see an advance screening of the new film Heaven Is For Real and meet members of the cast, the director, the producer, and the Burpo family whose real-life story is told on the big screen.

If you watch this page in the coming days, I’ll be sharing reflections and reports based on two days of interviews and opportunities.  Today, though, I want to mention this:

YOU, TOO, CAN GO TO HOLLYWOOD, and attend the Red Carpet Premiere of a great family-friendly film.

I’ve talked before about MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, and I will be featuring my full review next month.  Today, though, I want to give you the opportunity to enter this awesome contest.

Two lucky moms will not only win a trip to LA, but will also get pampered. They will first go dress shopping with Hollywood star Sarah Drew, then they will receive a celebrity makeover and finally they will walk the red carpet and attend the after party with the stars.

CLICK HERE to learn more and enter the contest.

Oscar Winners Who Wear the Cross

I saw an amusing article today, probably drawn from last night’s Academy Awards, featuring photos of Oscar winners and Oscar nominees posing with their former selves.  It’s pretty cute, so check out all nine pictures if you’d like here.

My interest was piqued, though, by two stars in particular:

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, who won Best Actor in a Lead Role for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

And Sandra Bullock, who was nominated for her role in Gravity but who lost this year to Cate Blanchett.  (Bullock did win the Best Actress trophy in 2010 as well as a Golden Globe, for her role in The Blind Side.)

What distinguished these two stars was that each wore a cross prominently around the neck (Matthew in the “younger Matthew” version; Sandra, in the recent photo).

I’m not insisting that these stars are somehow holier than the rest of Hollywood, or that their lives inspire their fans to greater sanctity.  Sandra Bullock prefers to keep her faith and her political leanings private, and there is speculation (but only speculation) that she is atheist.  Matthew McConaughey, according to his biography, in 2006 met the woman who would become his wife; the couple had three children before their marriage in 2012.

What pleases me, though, is that both stars wear the cross openly, without apology.

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The cross necklace has suffered some legal challenges in recent years:

  • In two prominent cases in 2012, the British government argued that Christians had no right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work.  The British government, in its case, demanded that Christians choose between keeping their jobs and expressing their faith.  (Fortunately, the British government lost their case.  The European Court of Human Rights subsequently, in 2013, defended the religious liberties of Christians, and  said that manifesting religion is a “fundamental right.”)
  • In Norway, the state-run news channel blocked a reporter from wearing a cross on air, for fear of offending some non-Christian viewers.
  • Here in the United States, Sonoma State University in California prohibited a student from wearing a cross around her neck when she worked at a freshman orientation fair.

That Hollywood stars would wear a cross signifies, to their fans at least, that religious expression in the public square is acceptable.

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By the way, in case you missed it, in McConaughey’s acceptance speech at the 2014 Oscars, the star gave thanks to God, Whom he credited for inspiration and Who he follows.

 

Another Sign That Obama Has Lost Hollywood

Maybe it’s a moot point, since the success of Russian diplomacy means that the President’s plan to bomb Syria will not move forward.  His militant, pro-war stance may, though, have finally tarnished his presidency in the eyes of the Hollywood elites.

A case in point is singer and outspoken political activist Cher.

Cher has been a big Obama supporter.  With that other liberal media darling, Kathy Griffin, she endorsed Obama and produced a pro-abortion, pro-Obama video.

This week, though, she apparently changed her tune.  Over on Twitter, the pop queen expressed her concern regarding Obama’s hawkish attitude.

Cher tweeted:

 

Dare we hope that the rest of the entertainment industry will also sit up and take notice?  Could Hollywood’s love affair with the President be on rocky ground?