A country music megastar returns to his hometown and discovers the love he’s been looking for in the new Roadside Attractions release Forever My Girl. Based on the bestselling YA novel by Heidi McLaughlin, features new faces Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe as a couple of exes who try to put their love back together in the small town where it fell apart. Read more

Bob Pennington, one of the real-life heroes portrayed in the new Warner Brothers release 12 Strong: The Declassified Story of the Horse Soldiers, believes it was his faith in God that helped his team accomplish what many call a miracle mission. Read more

Edwin Hawkins, the four-time Grammy® Award-winning leader of The Edwin Hawkins Singers’ 1969 million-seller, “Oh Happy Day,” died January 15th at his home in the Bay area, after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 74 years old. Read more

Same Kind of Different As Me, the film starring Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellwegger based on the bestselling book by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, is releasing to home video next month. After a box office run that netted $6.5 million, the film will be available on digital outlets Feb. 9 and on DVD and Blu-Ray on Feb. 20 from Paramount Pictures. I spoke to Ron Hall last year prior to the release of the film and it is quite an extraordinary story. I thought the film was well produced and others who I viewed it with visibly moved and spoke highly of it. Read more

The Sony Animation/AFFIRM Films’ release The Star, an animated take on the Nativity story through the eyes of the animals, will release to DVD and Blu-Ray on Feb. 20 and digital outlets on Feb. 6. The film, which has earned more than $40 million and is the 12th highest grossing Christian movie, features the voices of Steven Yeun, Zachary Levi, Gina Rodriguez, Patricia Heaton, Aidy Bryant, Kristin Chenoweth, Keegan-Michael Key, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. The theme song, “The Star,” performed by Mariah Carey and written by Mariah Carey & Marc Shaiman, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Read more

An exclusive new clip from the upcoming film Forever My Girl starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe has been released by Roadside Attractions. In the clip, which will remind viewers of films such as Doc Hollywood and Sweet Home Alabama music superstar Liam Page is reconnecting with his former fiancé, who he left at the altar to pursue his music career. Read more

Veteran actress Lois Smith, who first appeared onscreen opposite James Dean in East of Eden, is having a “remarkable” year, earning award nominations for her latest starring role in Marjorie Prime. In the new critical darling Ladybird, which itself is beginning to gather its own accolades, Smith plays the surprisingly hip Sister Mary Joan opposite Saoirse Ronan’s title character. Read more

A trailer has been released for the upcoming inspirational sports drama The Miracle Season starring Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Erin Moriarty and Danika Yarosh. Releasing April 13 from LD Entertainment (Risen) and directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer), the film centers around a high school girls’ volleyball team recovering from the loss of a teammate and going after the state championship. Read more

For those who’ve seen The Star, you know the soundtrack is impressive, boasting the musical talents of Mariah Carey, Kirk Franklin, Kelsea Ballerini, Yolanda Adams, Casting Crowns, and more. I felt the music in The Star soundtrack was well placed, adding classic and modern songs to the Nativity story. I never get tired of hearing “Breath of Heaven” or “Mary, Did You Know?” Here are are some behind-the-scenes videos featuring some of the artists featured:   Kirk Franklin: Casting Crowns: Yolanda Adams: Our friends… Read more

Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to the hit science fiction film, is arriving in theaters March 23 and as part of its massive promotion, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures launched a contest offering two fans a chance to appear in the film. Competitors for the two spots will be chosen based on their submissions (cosplay, fan art, essays, and more) and will be flown to Los Angeles to appear in a Hall of Heroes segment of the film. Ten runners-up… Read more

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