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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

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While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Jennifer Garner Says ‘Miracles from Heaven’ Changed Her Family’s Life

Kylie Rogers and Jennifer Garner
Kylie Rogers and Jennifer Garner (Columbia Pictures)

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It must be hard to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Actress Jennifer Garner has certainly had to put up a lot with her estranged husband’s actions as of late. That’s what it is so sweet to hear Garner talking about something so simple as the importance of attending church on a regular basis.

Recently, Garner was interviewed by Jane McGarry of Good Morning Texas to talk about here upcoming faith-based movie, Miracles from Heaven. The interview is worth watching as McGarry seemed shocked that some people in Los Angeles, even movie stars, go to church. “You go to church! I read this about you … that you and your girls go to church. Isn’t that kinda weird in Hollywood?” she asked.

“You know, it did seem strange … I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life, and when I did move to L.A., it wasn't something that was just part of the culture there in the same way, at least in my life. But it didn't mean that I lost who I was," said Garner who was seated next to Christy Beam, the woman who Garner is portraying in the movie. "There was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday. So it was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It's really sweet."

Fortunately, the whole interview wasn’t focused on Garner’s church attendance and really, even though Garner did most of the talking, she kept the conversation about Beam, her daughter and their story. The two look and act like sisters and even dressed alike in navy blue dresses. It was clear that Garner has a deep respect Beam and even answered questions that were directed toward Beam, but it never appeared as if Garner was trying to steal the spotlight.

Miracles from Heaven is about Beam’s daughter Annabel who had an incurable digestive disease that was cured after she fell off old tree. To this day, doctors can’t explain the healing but even Garner will tell you that it was a miracle. Charisma magazine reported that Garner actually talked to the Annabel’s doctor when preparing for the role who confirmed to her that the healing could only be described as a miracle.

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