Disability activist. Quadriplegic. Oscar-nominated singer.
Up until last Wednesday, all three of those titles could have accurately described 64-year-old Joni Eareckson Tada. But on Jan. 29, the Academy announced it would be rescinding its Oscar nomination that it had given to the film "Alone Yet Not Alone" for Best Original Song.
"I'm still quite amazed. I'm still fascinated and interested to see how all this will pan out," Tada told The Christian Post earlier this week. more >>
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death on Sunday continues to send shockwaves through Hollywood, but answers surrounding the tragedy are still unavailable following the actor's autopsy report on Wednesday.
Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Nov. 2 after a friend came by to check on him. Police found the 46-year-old with a syringe in his arm and surrounded by plastic bags believed to have contained heroin, and law enforcement sources have indicated that the death was an apparent drug overdose.
Nevertheless, on Wednesday, the preliminary results of an autopsy were released, but only to reveal that Hoffman's cause of death is still "pending further studies," according to the Chicago Tribune. New York City chief medical examiner said that the autopsy was inconclusive, offering no hints as to what chemicals, if any, were found in Hoffman's system at the time of his death. more >>
How often does the principal tell your kids to watch TV, play video games, and maybe – just maybe – read a book? I bet he sings it to "Bohemian Rhapsody" – every time!
"So everyone grab a snuggie and watch TV, or play the Wii, and maybe reeeeaaaad!" This hilarious video captures the joy of parents who get to keep their kids at home, and breaks the news to them in style.
It begins like any routine school announcement – "Hello, Stephen's parents! This is Mr. Detweiller" – but instead of the usual "school is closed tomorrow," the principal presents, "here it is, another entertaining school closing message." more >>
Hollywood Prayer Network answers the question, "Why pray for Hollywood?" in this video. The group, which is an incredible ministry that many people can vouch for experiencing in tangible ways, says it is "a movement of prayer for the people, the projects, and the powerful impact of Hollywood: the world's most influential mission field."
HPN continues, "We are a nonprofit ministry led by industry Christians. HPN believes that by mobilizing people around the world to pray for entertainment professionals, we can be part of God's work in changing the spiritual climate of Hollywood, from the inside out. Whether you're an industry professional who wants prayer and support or a Christian who has a heart to pray for Hollywood, you can join the movement!"more >>
Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, authors of the mega-hit Left Behind book series, recently got a sneak peek of the upcoming movie remake of the same name starring Hollywood A-lister Nicolas Cage.
Jenkins and LaHaye, along with their families, were treated to a preview of the "Left Behind" movie remake on Friday, and according to online accounts, were pleased with the early cut of the film.
"Everyone in the room was thrilled with the movie, which was very exciting," according to an update on the official "Left Behind Movie" Facebook page. more >>
One of the primary actors of "Alone Yet Not Alone" says she doesn't blame the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for taking back its nomination of the movie's title song for the Best Song award. Though it was a huge disappointment for her, the rescindment is now a source of encouragement as she believes that more people will hear the song and see the film than ever before.
"We are human and people face feeling isolated and alone – and that's the neatest thing that I think is happening as the result of the Oscar [nomination] being rescinded, is that if people can hear this song that never would have thought of it or heard of it and all of a sudden they are comforted in their own soul that they really aren't alone," Jenn Gotzon, who plays Lydia in the film, told The Christian Post on Monday.
The Academy first nominated "Alone Yet Not Alone" for best song then revoked its nomination two weeks later, saying that song creator Bruce Broughton improperly emailed "members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period." Originally, the nomination had been controversial among Hollywood insiders because "Alone Yet Not Alone" earned just $134,000 in its 21-day run and Broughton is a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, according to The Hollywood Reporter. more >>