Cheerfulness and popular culture seem to have had a falling out, and from the looks of it, they're "never, ever, ever getting back together."
Good guys are out of style. If you've been to the movies any time in the last decade, you know that Hollywood has replaced the superheroes of yore with antiheroes — depressed, broody, supposedly "relatable" characters with a past. Whether it's the angst-filled teenage protagonists of "Twilight" or a black-suited Spiderman doing Travolta's Saturday Night Fever strut, it's become almost cliché to bring our heroes down to our level rather than aspiring to theirs.
With a handful of exceptions, like Marvel's Captain America, the entertainment industry just doesn't create uncomplicated, morally straight characters anymore. more >>
For Celine Dion, faith is more than just the title of one of her love songs. The Canadian singer has been keeping a positive attitude despite the bleak outlook for the health of her ailing husband of 21 years, Rene Angelil.
Dion is trying to enjoy the time that she and her husband have together, amid speculation that this Christmas season might be their last, according to the Huffington Post.
Angelil, 73, is fighting his third bout of throat cancer and doctors don't know how long he will live. Dion, however, has continued to remain up-beat about her husband's condition, describing him as "doing great" and in "stable" condition. more >>
Leading up to and since the release of his new album Purpose, Justin Bieber has become quite the unlikely evangelist. The A-List star has been sharing his spiritual journey with the world and exposing the mainstream media to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In a recent L.A. Times review, the headline of Bieber's new tour read, "How Justin Bieber turned Staples Center into a megachurch."
The reviewer described his experience at the Justin Bieber: Purpose World Tour as a pop concert - movie premiere - skateboarding demonstration and a church service. He said the multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles was transformed as the 21-year-old singer sung through some of his older and newer hits.
To some it was probably no surprise because God has been the center of Bieber's conversations lately, but the journalist did not expect to hear about the singers deep love for Jesus at the sold-out venue. "Between the skateboarding and the singing, though, Bieber sat on a stool next to Judah Smith, the man described as his pastor, and more or less preached," L.A. Times reporter Mikael Wood wrote. more >>
Ciara Harris may be known for her sultry R&B tunes, but the singer has turned to gospel music to help her overcome tough times.
"I lost my grandfather four years ago: He had cancer and was gone really fast. I can still cry on the spot when I think about what happened to him," Ciara told Billboard. "I listened to 'Never Would Have Made It' by Marvin Sapp. It's very therapeutic. What better song to put things in perspective and know that God is always with you?"
Since Ciara, 30, began dating Christian Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson earlier this year, she has been more vocal about her faith. In July, Wilson, 26, revealed that God told him to lead Ciara in a vow of celibacy which could also ultimately bless other people. more >>
Famous singers Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are back together, or so the rumors say.
Reports about Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber's rekindled romance have surfaced last week after the 21-year-old "What Do You Mean" singer publicly serenaded his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend. The rumors were further fueled when the former couple was spotted walking side-by-side after the sweet incident at a hotel lobby bar, according to People.
The source explained that Bieber and Gomez just had a friendly date at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. The "My Girl" serenade was just very spontaneous and Bieber did it only because he was in the mood to do so. Gomez, on the other hand, was "playing hard to get," Fashion & Style (F&S) quotes the unnamed source. more >>
One year after media headlines alleged that James Fortune assaulted his wife, the gospel singer is opening up about how prayer and therapy helped him overcome anger issues.
"I wasn't right. I struggled in different areas of my life, but one of my main struggles was being able to control anger," Fortune revealed on the syndicated radio program called The Yolanda Adams Morning Show. "Anger management was an issue for me. I found out as I spent the last year going through therapy and counseling that it's a lot of people's issue."
Last year, media reports alleged that Fortune was charged with assault of an unnamed family member in October 2014. Although Fortune's wife, Cheryl Fortune, was never officially confirmed as the victim of the alleged assault that led to the singer's arrest, ABC13 reported that she suffered from broken bones and internal injuries at the time of his arrest. more >>