STUDIO CITY, Calif. – Pastor and author Erwin McManus, founder of Mosaic Church in Los Angeles, told hundreds of current and aspiring entertainment industry professionals that God's gift of imagination is license to create at the highest level during the keynote session at the Biola Media Conference Saturday.
"I am so convinced that part of the artistic process, part of the power of being a storyteller is to resonate with the voice that calls humanity back to the God who always calls us to Him, to silence all the voices that tell us what we lack," said McManus. "I don't want us to spend our lives worrying about all the stories that others are telling about us."
In his recently released book, The Artisan Soul, McManus pens "a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renaissance." During his talk at the conference and in his book, he "not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence, but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art." It is evident that he celebrates the spiritual process that can help people discover their true selves. McManus demonstrates that "we all carry within us the essence of an artist." more >>
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 went straight to the top of the box office in its opening weekend, while Heaven Is for Real passed Son of God and God's Not Dead returned to the top 10.
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx's new film grossed $92 million, just $3 million off Captain America: The Winter Storm's $95 million opening last month.
Meanwhile, Heaven Is for Real, which finished third, beat expectations that had originally predicted the movie might make $40 million, upping its domestic total to nearly $66 million. Starring Greg Kinnear, it has passed Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's History Channel film by over $5 million; Son of God grossed $59.59 million in the United States during its run in theaters. more >>
Jamie Foxx is starring as the villainous Electro from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and recently opened up about his 5-year-old daughter's reaction to the role.
Foxx described breaking the news to his daughter that he was going up against a well known superhero.
"I said Annalise come here, daddy's going to be in Spider-Man," Foxx told HipHollywood. "She said 'what are you going to do in Spider man,' I said well I'mma be the bad guy." more >>
Rick Santorum, the Chairman and CEO of EchoLight Studios, said that faith-based movies are an opportunity to reach people who do not go to church, and announced the premiere of the film "Hoovey" at the THRIVE Conference in Granite Bay, Calif., where he is one of the featured speakers.
"I am excited and honored to attend THRIVE and have the chance to interact with some of our nation's top faith leaders," Santorum said in a press release on Thursday. "The popularity of faith-based films offers churches an opportunity to reach individuals outside of the walls of the church. Through EchoLight Cinemas, we are developing a powerful tool for pastors and leaders to use in their ministries by offering the opportunity to premiere great films with inspiring stories and positive messaging inside their own buildings."
Santorum announced that the studio will show "Hoovey," which stars Patrick Warburton, Lauren Holly, Cody Linley and Alyson Stoner, during the THRIVE conference on May 1-3. The movie is described as "the remarkable story of how one family triumphs in the face of adversity when their son is diagnosed with a brain tumor." more >>
The Academy Award winning couple and co-writers of the soundtrack of the hit movie Frozen have backtracked on earlier statements they made that suggested Disney had a policy of being tolerant of almost anything in its movies except God.
"That is completely misconstrued. We were talking about one instance where we were using the word 'God' in vain," Kristen Anderson-Lopez told Business Insider earlier this week.
Robert Lopez added that he and his wife had been addressing a nixed song line, "Couldn't keep it in, God knows I tried," which might have seemed that they were "using the Lord's name in vain." more >>
"Mean Girls" was released to theaters 10 years ago on Wednesday and fans everywhere are hoping for a cast reunion to mark the occasion.
The comedy debuted on April 30, 2004 starring Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, among others, and follows Cady Heron (Lohan) who is a new student at a high school where The Plastics, a group of superficial popular girls, rule the hallways.
Despite being a decade old, "Mean Girls" has maintained a strong fan following; especially on Twitter with accounts such as @MeanGirlsTexts and @MeanGirlsQuotes. On the 10-year anniversary of the film's release, fans are looking to the cast for clues on a possible reunion. more >>