Dolphin Tale 2 (Take 2)

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Note: C. Alexander won the "give away" bag of Dolphin Tale 2 loot! It’s been a few years since Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) rescued Winter, a bottlenose dolphin. Winter was caught in a trap off the coast of Florida and had part of her tail amputated. Sawyer, Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.), his daughter, Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), and the crew of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium are now faced with another challenge. The dolphin that had been Winter’s companion, Panama, has di … [Read more...]

‘Orange Is the New Black’ star Michael Harney on playing ‘bad’ guys but keeping God close

From over at Fox411 (Fox News) on Facebook comes an encouraging interview with the actor Michael Harney:By Sasha BogurskyPublished September 24, 2014FoxNews.comActor Michael Harney plays prison counselor Sam Healy in "Orange Is the New Black." (Bryony Shermur)Michael Harney is best known for his roles on "Deadwood" as the drunkard Steve Fields and Det. Mike Roberts on "NYPD Blue." He now stars in "Orange Is the New Black" on Netflix as corrections officer Sam Healy.The veteran … [Read more...]

“Faith-based vs. faith-filled in Hollywood: Is there a difference?” Guest post by Fr. Eddie Siebert, SJ

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This is a "guest post" x two actually because it is my friend and Catholic media colleague Jesuit Father Eddie Siebert's weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter online and I want to share it here.The article explores faith-based programming and people of faith working in TV and film. Eddie features an interview I had with writer/musician/producer and show creator of such favorites as "Judging Amy," "Joan of Arcadia." and now "Madam Secretary".Enjoy!______"Faith-based vs. … [Read more...]

‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ best TV you may not be watching

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  Last Sunday night, September 14, PBS began airing a 7-part, 14-hour documentary series about two U.S. presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt.This is another masterpiece by Ken Burns, that is, if you like interesting and lengthy stories based on extensive research and seamlessly stitched together for our viewing pleasure.All I really want to say here is that if you want to understand much about politics and … [Read more...]

‘The Identical’ a lot of Elvis but a little odd

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"The Identical” is an odd film.The fictional story is that identical twin sons were born to a poor young couple in the rural south in the middle of the Great Depression, William (Brian Geraghty) and Helen Helmsley (Amanda Crew). That night, William attends a tent rally where the preacher, Reece Wade (Ray Liotta), teaches “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Then he asks for prayers for his wife, Louise (Ashley Judd), because she has just miscarried again and the doctor t … [Read more...]

Do Christmas Movies Matter? Survey

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 As I prepare to write a couple of columns for Christmas (deadlines in October), I would like to know if the experience of seeing a Christmas film ever did anything for you. In other words, did a reconciliation scene in a movie ever move you to make peace with someone, to say you're sorry? Did you ever see a Christmas film, or one that takes place at Christmas, that seemed actually "real" to you? Did seeing such a film every move you beyond your box of Kleenex? Help you consider and … [Read more...]

Searching for ‘Anne of Green Gables’ on Prince Edward Island

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It was so nice to see this article pop up on my Facebook newsfeed this morning. I remember the first time I saw Kevin Sullivan's 1985 television movie about the red-haired Canadian orphan. I was immediately captivated by Megan Follow's performance - she was Anne. And Richard Farnsworth's Matthew - he reminded me so much of my grandfather that when he died I thought I had lost  my grandpa all over again - and I admit it, I cried. Here is Ann Mah's  informative account in the New York … [Read more...]

When the Game Stands Tall

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 Football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) leads the De La Salle High School team of Concord, California, that has had an 11- season, 151-game winning streak (1992– 2003). As the team prepares to go up against a formidable opposing team, Coach Ladouceur deals with a heart attack and the growing unhappiness of his wife, Bev (Laura Dern), who says he doesn’t spend enough time with the family. The players face their own family and school challenges as they learn to navigate life. Coach L … [Read more...]

‘The Giver’ what happens when we destroy what makes us human

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 The word "dystopian" has always intrigued me. The easy definition is that it means "anti-utopian," but it sets up too facile a dichotomy because life never reaches the utopian ideal except in dreams, books and movies. If anything, dystopian means post-apocalyptic, which most often brings us into the realm of science fiction. A once acceptable world, however imperfect, has self-destructed or suffered destruction from outside forces, or a combination of the two. Whatever is left is … [Read more...]


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