Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Passion and Kristian Stanfill sings 'Glorious Day' - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY
Music video by Passion performing "Glorious Day" featuring Kristian Stanfill.

This Day in Pop Culture for February 22

The "miracle on ice" happened on February 22, 1980.

The Miracle on Ice

The term, "Miracle on Ice" references when the U.S. hockey team won the gold medal during the 1980 Winter Olympics on this day in Lake Placid, New York. Previously, the Soviet Union had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Winter Olympic Games. The Soviet Union team consisted of professional players while the American team consisted of only amateur players who were also collectively, the youngest team in the tournament. During the final seconds of the game, Al Michaels (reporting for ABC) uttered the phrases, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” The event won the praise of Sport Illustrated who in 1999 named the event as the #1 top sports moment of the 20th century.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teen Gets the Chance of a Lifetime ... Twice - Video of the Day


VIDEO OF THE DAY

There is a video that is getting a lot of attention about a 14-year-old Australian teen who got to play on stage with Bruce Springsteen last Thursday. The boy was holding a sign saying that he skipped school to be there and wanted to play the song “Growin’ Up” with icon. The rocker brought him up on stage to play and it is all pretty incredible.



However, you’ll notice that the boy looked almost too comfortable to play with the Boss. As it turns out, he’s been on stage with Springsteen once before when he was just 12:


New Han Solo Film in Production Now

The cast of the un-titled Han Solo movie
The cast of the un-titled Han Solo movie. (Dinsey/Lucuasfilm)

MOVIES

The new untitled Star Wars movie about a young Han Solo has officially began production as of yesterday at Pinewood Studios in London according to Disney and Lucasfilm. The new movie will share the adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca that happened before Star Wars: A New Hope including encounters with Lando Calrissian.

Han Solo will be portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich who was most recently seen in 2016’s Hail, Caesar! Playing Hobie Doyle, the squeaky-clean singing cowboy. Chewbacca will be played by Joonas Suotamo, but you’ll never know it under that rug of fur and Donald Glover will be playing Lando. Also joining the cast is Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Wall-Bridge. The new movie is being co-directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can't think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”

Han Solo is said to appear in theaters on May 25, 2018.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 2017 Oscars
Jimmy Kimmel and Oscar (ABC)

THE OSCARS

The 89th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. A variety of specials will be shown before and after the main course on ABC beginning at 11:00 a.m. (PST). Here is (just about) everything you need to know about this year’s shindig:

Who’s Nominated?
Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight have all received best picture nominations. Click here to view the rest.

Who’s Hosting?
This will be Jimmy Kimmel’s first time hosting the Oscars. For years now, Kimmel has had a long-standing “feud” with Matt Damon. This year, Damon’s film, Manchester by the Sea is up for best picture. Kimmel told the Hollywood Reporter, “I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that he doesn't win or doesn't know that he won. My goal is to keep him offstage.”

Who’s Presenting the Awards?
Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Gael Garcia Bernal, Halle Berry, John Cho, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle MonĂ¡e, David Oyelowo, Mark Rylance, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Alicia Vikander.

Who Will be Performing?
Auli’i Cravalho will join Lin-Manuel Miranda to perform his Oscar-nominated song, “How Far I’ll Go,” written for Moana. Sting will perform “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story, the Oscar-nominated song he co-wrote with three-time Oscar-nominee J. Ralph. Justin Timberlake will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the movie Trolls. John Legend will perform both “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars,” from La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

This Day in Pop Culture for February 21


The New Yorker first issue was published on Februry 21,1925

The New Yorker Publishes for the First Time

Founded by Harold Ross and his wife, Jane Grant, a New York Times reporter, The New Yorker published its first issue on this day in 1925. It started out as a humor magazine but soon became a place where more series fiction literature and non-fiction journalism could be found written by some of the most influential writers including Shirley Jackson whose “The Lottery” created more mail (most of it negative) in the magazine’s history. Of course, The New Yorker is also well-known for its single-paneled cartoons including many by Charles Addams who created The Addams Family. Many of the early cartoons were drawn with captions written by staff writers. The saying, “Back to the drawing board” originated with Peter Arno’s 1941 cartoon where an engineer walks away from a crashed plane and says, “Well, back to the old drawing board.” The most reprinted comic was drawn in 1993 by Peter Steiner where two dogs sit at a computer and one says, “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Passion Releases ‘Worthy Of Your Name’ Live Album

Passion's "Worthy of Your Name" album will be available on March 24, 2017.

MUSIC

Passion’ new live album, Worthy Of Your Name is now available on all digital platforms with physical albums becoming available on March 24, 2017.

"This album represents so much more than just new songs," Passion said. "It's the sound of hearts beating again. It's the sound of a generation coming alive in Jesus. 55,000 college students filled the GA Dome in January, but the after effect will last forever. It's finally here!"

More than 55,000 18-25 year olds from 90 countries and all 50 states packed Atlanta's Georgia Dome for the annual conference, bringing young adults from around the globe together to proclaim the name of Jesus. Spearheaded by Passion Founders Louie and Shelley Giglio, attendees heard from renowned speakers while joining in worship led by Passion (helmed by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone), Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Hillsong UNITED.

This year, students made history by sponsoring more than 7,000 children through Compassion International, the most children to ever be sponsored at one event. Attendees fulfilled all remaining sponsorships in the countries of El Salvador, Rwanda, Tanzania and Indonesia as well as hundreds in Bolivia. Students have also continued to fight modern-day slavery through support of The END IT Movement along with gathering tens of thousands of new towels and socks for local Atlanta homeless shelters.

Songs featured on Worthy Of Your Name include:
1. "Glorious Day" (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
2. "Worthy Of Your Name "(featuring Sean Curran)
3. "How Great Is Your Love" (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
4. "Build My Life" (featuring Brett Younker)
5. "Holy Ground" (featuring Melodie Malone)
6. "Heart Abandoned" (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
7. "Forgiven" (featuring Crowder)
8. "This Changes Everything" (feat. Matt Redman)
9. "This We Know" (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
10. "Rule" (featuring Hillsong UNITED and Crowder)
11. "God Of Calvary" (featuring Chris Tomlin)
12. "Worthy Of Your Name" (featuring Sean Curran) (Studio)
13. "This We Know" (featuring Kristian Stanfill) (Studio)
14. "Beacon" (Official Music Video) – Jimi Cravity (Digital only)

Dave Robbins from Blackhawk Shares How God Changed His Life - Video of the Day

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Dave Robbins from the country band Blackhawk thought that once he got sober, that his other temptations would end. Here he shares his "I am Second" story with his wife, Mary Lynn.