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‘MOSES’ HITS BOX OFFICE #5 ON DEBUT NIGHT IN NATIONWIDE CINEMA RELEASE

LANCASTER, Pa. – Proving the power of quality, faith-based entertainment, the filmed version of Sight & Sound Theatres’ epic musical drama MOSES earned a Top 5 box office ranking on its Sept. 13 debut night, outperforming huge studio films in theaters like THE MEG, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE-FALLOUT and BLACKKKLANSMAN.  Presented nationwide in more than 700 movie theaters through Fathom … Continued

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‘EARTH’S LAST EMPIRE’–NEW BOOK RIPPED FROM TOMORROW’S HEADLINES

WHAT A story ripped from today’s news and tomorrow’s headlines. The Middle East on the brink of conflict. Russia now in the Ukraine and Syria. A federation of European nations.From New York Times best-selling author John Hagee comes Earth’s Last Empire: The Final Game of Thrones, a can’t-put-down book that brings the Bible to vivid life as it … Continued

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‘UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION’ DALLAS RED-CARPET PREMIERE SEPT. 6

WHAT UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION sets a special pre-release screening for Metroplex-area media, prior to the red-carpet premiere. The film tells the inspiring and powerful story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s post-World War II struggle to find peace and forgiveness after his ruthless treatment as a Japanese prisoner of war. It picks up where the hit movie UNBROKEN ends, … Continued

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DEMAND FOR SIGHT & SOUND’S ‘MOSES’ IN CINEMAS DRIVES ENCORE SHOWING

WHAT Originally set for a two-day only event in movie theaters, the nationwide presentation of Sight & Sound’s epic musical drama MOSES adds a September 20 encore showing. Strong early demand through Fathom Events for the original two events –September 13 and 15–drove the bonus presentation. Filmed in front of a live audience, the original stage production was … Continued

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RIPPED FROM TOMORROW’S HEADLINES BY NYT BEST-SELLER JOHN HAGEE

SAN ANTONIO – It’s a story ripped from today’s—and tomorrow’s—headlines. The Middle East on the brink of conflict. Russia now in the Middle East. A federation of European nations. From New York Times best-selling author John Hagee comes Earth’s Last Empire: The Final Game of Thrones, a can’t-put-down book that brings the Bible to vivid life as it … Continued

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TEBOW BROTHERS ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST THEATRICAL FILM, ‘RUN THE RACE’

NASHVILLE, TENN.  – Heisman Trophy winner, national champion and NFL veteran, and professional baseball player Tim Tebow can now add “filmmaker” to his impressive list of accomplishments. Tebow and his brother Robby are executive producers of the new film RUN THE RACE, telling the inspiring, fictional story of two high school athlete brothers who see their … Continued

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SWITCHFOOT ANNOUNCES NEW SONG “YOU FOUND ME” WRITTEN FOR ‘UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION’ IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE SEPTEMBER 14

LOS ANGELES, CA  – GRAMMY Award®-winning and platinum selling recording artists SWITCHFOOT debuted their first new song in over two years, as announced today on the band’s social media pages. The brand-new track, “You Found Me,” was written for the motion picture UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION and is the lead single from the film’s soundtrack album, releasing … Continued

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‘THE CASE FOR CHRIST’ TAKES TOP PRIZE AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN VISUAL MEDIA GOLD CROWN AWARDS

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE – International Christian Visual Media, the association for Christian film and television, announces winners of its Gold Crown Awards for excellence in faith films with THE CASE FOR CHRIST taking Best Picture—Gold honors. “The growing Christian film genre has topped $2 billion in total ticket sales,” said ICVM President Jared Geesey. “It’s a privilege for … Continued

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TOP 10 FINALISTS NAMED FOR FAITH COUNTS’ ‘FILM YOUR FAITH’ VIDEO CONTEST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Faith Counts—the leading and fastest-growing multi-faith online platform—announces the top 10 finalists in its third Film Your Faith contest, with $20,000 going to the film selected for the Grand Prize. A total of $32,500 in prizes awaits the Grand Prize-winning, Fan Favorite and Honorable Mention films of two minutes or less showcasing the power of … Continued

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‘UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION’ NEW THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE–SEPT 14

WHAT: UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION has moved up its theatrical release date to Sept. 14, 2018. The film follows the second half of Laura Hillenbrand’s New York Times best-selling book,Unbroken. It tells the inspiring and powerful Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s post-World War II story and his struggle to find peace and forgiveness after his ruthless treatment as a Japanese prisoner … Continued

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‘Moses’ Coming to Movie Theaters Nationwide This September

LANCASTER, Pa. – The epic musical drama MOSES from Sight & Sound Theatres comes to cinemas nationwide September 13 and 15 through Fathom Events.  Filmed in front of a live audience, the original stage production was seen by nearly two million people at Sight & Sound’s theaters in Lancaster, PA and Branson, MO. “The burning bush, the plagues, … Continued

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I CAN ONLY IMAGINE’s Jon Erwin to Headline 43rd Annual ICVM Awards & Conference in Nashville

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE  – Christian media professionals in communications and the arts will gather in Nashville July 11-14 for four days of networking, training, mutual encouragement and fellowship at the 43rd annual International Christian Visual Media conference. With this year’s theme of “Difference,” the event culminates Saturday night with the ICVM Crown Awards recognizing the year’s best achievements … Continued

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PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST Available on Digital June 12, DVD June 19

CULVER CITY, Calif. – From the studio that brought you RISEN and WAR ROOM comes the story of Paul, who transformed from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to one of Christ’s most influential apostles.  From AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST arrives on Digital on June 12 and on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital June 19. … Continued

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‘INDIVISIBLE’—TRUE STORY OF A MILITARY COUPLE BRAVELY FIGHTING FOR THEIR MARRIAGE

‘INDIVISIBLE’—TRUE STORY OF A MILITARY COUPLE BRAVELY FIGHTING FOR THEIR MARRIAGE Featuring ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Sarah Drew and Justin Bruening; From the Studio That Brought You ‘Fireproof’ and ‘War Room’; First Trailer Out Now, In Theaters Oct. 26 IndivisibleMovie.com MEMPHIS, Tenn. – MAY 11, 2018 – From the battlefields of Iraq to trouble on the home … Continued

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CBN Doc Celebrates 70 Years of Israeli Good Works

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.  – From lifesaving heart surgery for impoverished children to life-changing solar power technology helping millions in Africa, Israeli volunteers have improved lives worldwide for more than half a century. Now, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern nation of Israel, CBN Documentaries showcases five Israel-based service organizations making a difference around … Continued

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$20,000 FOR TWO MINUTES’ WORK! FAITH COUNTS LAUNCHES 3rd ‘FILM YOUR FAITH’ VIDEO CONTEST

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Faith Counts—the leading and fastest-growing multi-faith online platform—launches its third annual Film Your Faith contest, awarding $32,500 in prizes to top films of two minutes or less showcasing the power of faith in a positive light. Filmmakers may submit their work beginning April 3, 2018, with a May 19, 2018, deadline for entries. “This … Continued

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The rest of Louie Zamperini’s story told in UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION, in theaters October 5.

LOS ANGELES – UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION—in theaters nationwide Oct. 5, 2018— is the inspiring and powerful continuation of Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s post-World War II story and his struggle to find peace and forgiveness after his ruthless treatment as a Japanese prisoner of war. While the story stands alone, the brand-new film picks up where 2014’s epic … Continued

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Butcher, baker, movie maker? Now anyone can be a film investor.

NOW ANYONE CAN BE A FILM INVESTOR: ‘KIND KATIE’ LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER EQUITY CROWDFUNDING FOR FAITH FILM Inspiring Story of Faith Overcoming Disappointment and the Power of Kindness; Producers Seek Micro-Investors for the $1 Million-Plus Film KindKatie.com ATLANTA—March 15, 2018—Based on an inspiring true story, KIND KATIE launches its online equity crowdfunding campaign—the first time a faith film … Continued

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My Daddy Is In Heaven Debuts March 13

STREET DATE ALERT–MARCH 13 TEXAS FARM GIRL’S TRAGEDY INSPIRES FILM ‘MY DADDY IS IN HEAVEN’ DEBUTING ON DVD, DIGITAL & ON DEMAND Facebook.com/MyDaddyIsInHeaven WHAT: Based on Texas Farm Girl’s, inspiring true story of love, loss and faith tested, MY DADDY IS IN HEAVENlaunches March 13 on DVD, Digital and On Demand. WHO: From Nasser Group Inc. and … Continued

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FROM PURE FLIX–‘SAMSON’ BRINGS EPIC BIBLICAL STORY TO LIFE ON SCREEN NATIONWIDE

WHAT/WHO From Pure Flix, creators of GOD’S NOT DEAD, comes SAMSON, the action-packed biblical epic starring Billy Zane, Golden GlobeÆ winner Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, EmmyÆ winner Lindsay Wagner, Caitlin Leahy and Taylor James in the title role. RELEASE Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 SYNOPSIS SAMSON is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver … Continued

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SIMULCAST FEATURES JIM CAVIEZEL, STAR OF ANTICIPATED FILM ‘PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST’

LYNCHBURG, Virginia – A nationwide church initiative will launch March 4, 2018, when churches and organizations throughout the United States and Canada host an interview and panel discussion recorded live at Liberty University. This event features Jim Caviezel—star of the anticipated film PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST—fielding questions about the making of the movie that vividly brings to … Continued

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Valentines Gifts that Last 100 Years

FORT WORTH, Texas  – With just a week until the big day, Saddleback Leather Co.’s Dave Munson–known for his 100-year warranties–has some advice for long marriages. “Before you do anything, buy the book Love and Respect,” said Munson, Saddleback’s founder. “It fixed most of what was wrong in my marriage, and now we’re reading it again. Seriously, … Continued

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Dallas Filmmakers Offer $5,000 For Stolen Movie

DALLAS–The heads of Riot Studios will give $5,000 to anyone who recovers one of the stolen hard drives containing the only copies of their film in mid-production: KYLE GOES TO PROM. The external hard drives were stolen around 4 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, February 1, in Northwest Dallas, when a thief broke into … Continued

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Texas Farm Girl’s Tragedy Inspires Film–Premieres March 13

LOS ANGELES, CA—Based on Texas Farm Girl’s, inspiring true story of love, loss and faith tested, MY DADDY IS IN HEAVEN launches March 13 on DVD, Digital and On Demand. “For anyone who has experienced trying times and wondered if God is there, this is your film,” Director Waymon Boone said. “MY DADDY IS IN HEAVEN is an inspiring … Continued

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‘JESUS’ IN LANCASTER, ‘SAMSON’ IN BRANSON–IN MARCH

LANCASTER, Penn. – This spring, Sight & Sound Theatres® premieres JESUS—an epic telling of the Gospel story with a cast of 45, one of the largest LED screens ever used theatrically in the world, and the largest moving set piece in Sight & Sound history. JESUS debuts March 10 in Sight & Sound’s 2,000-seat theater in Lancaster. Galilee, … Continued

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‘SAMSON’ PROMISES TO BRING THE HOUSE DOWN–AS SIGHT & SOUND THEATRES® MARKS A DECADE IN BRANSON, WELCOMING 3.5 MILLION GUESTS

BRANSON, Mo. – Now marking its 10th year in Branson, Sight & Sound announces that its 2,000-seat, state-of-the-art theater next will thrill audiences with the story—and the music, animals and amazing effects—of the original superhero, Samson. “We’re thrilled to mark this 10-year milestone with one of our most exciting productions,” Sight & Sound Theatres CEO Matt … Continued

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THE STAR: Animated Nativity Story on DVD/Digital in February

CULVER CITY, Calif. – From the studio that brought you MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN & CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself. AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony … Continued

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FROM PURE FLIX: OFFICIAL ‘SAMSON’ TRAILER DROPS TODAY

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Announcing the official trailer for the highly anticipated biblical epic SAMSON. From Pure Flix, the world’s leading independent faith-and-family studio, SAMSON is the thrilling retelling of a champion’s calling, betrayal and redemption. Click here to view trailer “If you’ve ever faced adversity and wondered if God was big enough to see you through it, this is … Continued

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For Christmas, Texans Mix it Up with Refugees–this Saturday in Dallas

THE UNITED NATIONS OF CHRISTMAS PARTIES Gateway of Grace Celebrates with 300-Plus Refugees Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Church of the Incarnation DALLAS – From Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, Bhutan, Syria, Turkey, Iran . . . Algeria—but now from across Dallas—from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, a virtual United Nations of new Dallas … Continued

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YOUR iPHONE SAFETY–IN THREE CASES: Saddleback Leather Debuts Three iPhone Cases That Grip Better, Insulate Longer, Drop Less

FORT WORTH, Tex. – Standard iPhone cases protect phones after they fall. The falls end, however—and insulation and grip improve—as Saddleback Leather debuts not one but three cases in its first-ever iPhone line. Coming January 2018, “The Photographer’s Case,” “The Handsfree Sandal,” and “The Slim Molded Case”—emphasizing sure grip, ready access, and sleek design, respectively—are available both … Continued

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How to reinvent yourself during a mid-career crisis

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett and certain other top .05 percenters have in common? All of them want to give while they live — not just in wills or big checks, but here and nowand also within their work. Turns out, every person is internally scripted to help other people. If … Continued

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8 WAYS TO BE A GOOD INTERVIEW

We surveyed three top broadcasters–two from radio, one from television–who have interviewed people like you, as one put it, “since the earth was cooling,” which could mean 6,000 years or billions of years, your call. By every measure, this is seasoned advice for anyone who gets near a microphone, and our advice, as you read, is to mentally cut, paste, and hit save.

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Lefties Living in a Right-Handed World

Did you know only 10 percent of the world population is left handed? That number is mind-boggling to me. Then again, I think about spilling water every morning when making coffee, and I am quickly reminded that I’m living in a right-handed world.

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Truett and Technology

Five years ago I had the great honor of meeting Truett Cathy, late founder of Chick-fil-A. He’s become synonymous with wealth and generosity (an unusual combination), and perhaps more notably, Christianity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven into a Chick-fil-A parking lot on Sunday only to find… yep, you know the feeling. Dang you, Sunday!

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Doing Illness Well

When a left-brain patient comes out the other side of a serious diagnosis, surgery and recovery, what do you get? In this case, sharp insights and a few ingenious shortcuts through the management side of illness.

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CONTENTMENT

Suffocation . . . heat stroke . . . barbaric deaths for people packed into the back of a tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot just 90 minutes from my house. My heart sinks.

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IT’S TIME TO BREAK UP.

I take pleasure in reducing clutter, disorder, bad habits, excess, and the past. Regardless of the medium, there is value gained in white space—both physical and mental. One feeds the other.

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Goodbye to Glen Nishimura

Julie and I were in D.C. for a Religion Newswriters Conference when Cathy Grossman–legendary USA Today writer on the religion beat–toured us through USA Today headquarters, very like a shining city on a hill.

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