What does "Alone Yet Not Alone" composer Bruce Broughton point to as the reason for why the Academy Awards rescinded his Oscar nomination this week?
"My take on it is that it's a personal attack in order to discredit a nomination that disappointed the people who had spent a lot of money for something else," Broughton told The Christian Post on Friday, who along with lyricist Dennis Spiegel, and vocalist, quadriplegic and disability rights' activist Joni Eareckson Tada, were nominated for "Best Original Song" earlier this month.
"In that way they have been very successful. I have been discredited. My character has been besmirched and sullied," he added. more >>
Christian entertainer Carman Licciardello, who goes primarily by his first name, has revealed that he is doing much better and that the cancer he has been battling will be gone in three weeks. Carman has big plans for after he is fully recovered and wants to start a new project to be on 100 stages across America.
Carman fell ill a few weeks ago and battled an intense fever, which doctors said was normal for cancer patients. He chose to reveal all in a message to fans and followers in a personal message on Facebook, where he has kept everyone updated on his health struggles.
"The problem with me was that I developed some sort of virus and they couldn't identify it until the fevers dropped or broke. So I was admitted with 104 temp, shaking chills and my thumb getting ready to type as fast as it could and post on Facebook. Cause I knew once this got to these 'Prayer Savages' I have on my team – the Devil was facing a series [serious] New Jersey beat down. They could not stop the fevers, the lowest they would go was 102. So I put on my 3 time UFC Champion and friend 'Royce Gracie' t-shirt I got for Christmas, just for attitude – I must have slept 15 hours and when I woke up I was soaking wet," Carman wrote. more >>
Because nobody wants to wait 72 more hours until the Super Bowl, you can also watch ALL the advertisements in advance here.
And then watch them again on Sunday.
Anyway, here's 30 seconds more of "Noah" until March 28 of course. more >>
An Oscar nomination for a relatively unknown Christian film was rescinded on Wednesday on accusations that its composer used his leadership position in the Academy to improperly influence members to select the film.
Although critics and the film's composers were surprised when "Alone Yet Not Alone" received a nomination for Best Original Song for its song of the same name, not all individuals associated with the film were industry outsiders.
Bruce Broughton, who composed the song, is a former governor of the music branch and current member of the executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. more >>
I've given a lot of thought to the controversial exchange earlier this month between CNN's Jake Tapper and former SEAL Marcus Luttrell. I apologize for posting it in full context, but any discussion requires context:
JAKE TAPPER (voice-over): It's clear for Marcus Luttrell the battle, almost a decade ago, still cuts close to the bone today.
(on camera): One of the emotions I felt while watching the film is, first of all, just the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was and also just all that loss of life of these brave American men. And I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I don't want any more senseless American death and at the same time I know that there are dead people there and good people who need help. Was that intentional? more >>
Jessica Alba recently debuted a new hairdo both on social media and at the Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer event this week.
The 32-year-old actress is a frequent Twitter and Facebook user who often clues fans in about her fashion and makeup choices. On Tuesday, the "Into the Blue" star opted for a layered and edgy haircut ahead of the Stand Up To Cancer event in Los Angeles.