UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Faith, family values, and quality entertainment took center stage at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards on Friday evening. Celebrities and lesser-known movie, TV, and music industry people shared their appreciation for being able to celebrate the things in life they cherish most.
Joni Eareckson Tada, who was there to perform the title song from "Alone Yet Not Alone," told The Christian Post that although she was out of her element at the splashy event because she is primarily a Christian disabilities advocate, she said she was appreciative of Movieguide and its goals.
"I think we are at a point in our country where people are becoming weary, they're becoming tired of media messages, and movies that degrade the human spirit, that defame the human heart, that weigh people down, that reinforce hopelessness and despair, people are looking for a change from that," Tada explained while participating in the red carpet portion of the evening. "I think that the popularity of the song and its Oscar nomination has underscored that people are looking for a change. more >>
While two polygamist families are attempting to prove critics wrong and convince people that they live a normal lifestyle, at least one former polygamist wife is speaking out against the practice. The state of Utah recently ruled that a law against cohabitation was a violation of the First Amendment's right to freedom of religion, allowing polygamist families more freedom.
Marion Munn was part of a plural marriage for 18 years after converting to Mormon fundamentalism. Munn was not happy with the arrangement and is now speaking out about the dangers of the polygamist lifestyle.
"The only way that I can explain it is like living with adultery on a daily basis, and having the woman come home. On top of that you have to smile and pretend that everything's okay because that's part of the culture too. So for me going into it, I didn't personally want to live it, but I felt compelled to as a matter of faith," Munn told Daily Mail. more >>
Look out for the Duck Commander 500 this April. The Texas Motor Speedway announced this week that it had picked up CEO Willie Robertson's company as its title sponsor for the April 6 Sprint Cup race.
As part of the three-year deal, the Robertson family will also be highly visible at the race. According to Sporting News, Phil, Uncle Si, the "bearded brothers" and their wives and children could potentially serve as race grand marshals and will likely make appearances throughout the weekend.
In addition to the in-person attendance of the cast, "Duck Dynasty" merchandise based off the A&E show will be available for sale and on display. The concession menu will also bear the reality television show's influence, selling Uncle Si's Tea and offering dining options from Duck Commander Family Foods. more >>
Kylie Jenner is letting the world know that she is supporting Lil Za despite his recent legal troubles.
Jenner, the 16-year-old "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star, took to Instagram to post images of herself with the 19-year-old rapper, who was arrested during a raid of his friend Justin Bieber's home last month. Lil Za, whose real name is Xavier Smith, was charged with two counts of felony drug possession and one count of causing damage to jail property following the raid.
While Jenner used photographs to show her support for Lil Za, she also took to Twitter when news broke of his arrest last month. more >>
NeNe Leakes, the 46-year-old star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," who remarried her ex-husband Gregg Leakes last year, is revealing her experience with dating during the pair's separation.
"When we were apart, I dated and I was just like, 'Uh uh this is not going to work,'" Leakes told "Access Hollywood Live" recently. "We're a great balance for each other, he challenges me and we're great for each other."
Still she insisted that the pair do not have a perfect marriage. more >>
The AMC network has announced its plans to begin production on its new series "Preacher," adapted from the 1990s comic series by the same name that follows the adventures of a former reverend in his search to find God, who has abandoned his responsibilities as master of the universe.
The new television series will be produced by Sam Catlin, who also did production work for the hit AMC drama "Breaking Bad," and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from "This is the End" will work as executive producers and writers of the show's pilot draft. The original comic version of the storyline was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon with Vertigo comics, an imprint of DC comics, in the 1990s.
Rogen and Goldberg released a statement expressing their excitement at finally producing a show they have worked seven years to have picked up by a network. "This is amazing! We've tried for seven years to work on 'Preacher' and we're so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we're going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!" more >>