Bestselling singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith is set to make history this month, releasing two brand-new projects, one a live worship album and the other a pop album. With his last worship project Sovereign hitting the top 10 of the Billboard 200 charts in 2014, the chances of both new albums appearing at the top of bestseller lists are good. Both albums, A Million Lights (Feb. 16) and Surrounded (Feb. 23), are high-energy and packed with engaging musical moments. Read more

The new Warner Brothers film The 15:17 To Paris, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the story of three real-life friends whose bravery on a high-speed railway ride saved the lives of fellow passengers. Based on the 2015 incident, the film follows the lives of the three men—Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler—who also star. Read more

Gospel music is about “the good news” and listeners will feel that assurance on the latest recording by vocal group Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. The group’s newest project, Clear Skies, releases on Friday, January 26 from Provident Music Group. Read more

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

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