‘This is Us’ Chrissy Metz Stars in Upcoming Faith-Based Film

Miracles still happen. That is the message of the faith-based film, Breakthrough starring This is Us’ Chrissy Metz. Based on Joyce Smith’s book, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection, Breakthrough tells the true story of an event that happened just four years ago.

Metz plays Smith whose 14-year-old son falls through the ice of a Missouri lake. He was trapped under water for 15 minutes and even after he was rescued, he had no pulse for 43 minutes. All seemed lost and Smith was told to come in and say her goodbyes to her son as there was no hope for the boy. But Smith refused to give up and continued to pray for her son’s complete recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. Not only did her son come back to life, but he is alive today telling his story.

Directed by Roxann Dawson and produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), Breakthrough also stars Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter…

This Day in Pop Culture for January 5

‘Mister Ed’ Gets His Voice
The TV show about the talking horse, Mister Ed, began airing in syndication on this day in 1961. It was later picked up by CBS which continued to air the show from October 1 to February 6, 1966. Director Arthur Lubin had initially wanted to create a TV series based on Francis the Talking Mule movies (Lubin had directed the first six Francis movies from 1950-1955) but was unable to secure the rights. However, his secretary, Sonia Chernus, brought to Lubin’s attention Walter R. Brooks’s children’s book, The Talking Horse on which the TV was based upon. It was comedian George Burns who help fund the show’s original pilot which was shot for $70,000 and starred Scott McKay as Mr. Ed’s “owner,” Wilbur. When the show failed to interest the networks, Lubin set out to create a syndicated show securing more than 100 TV stations on the idea and recast Wilbur to be played by Alan Young. Connie Hines played Wilbur’s wife, Carol and Allan Lane provided the voice for Mister Ed while Bamboo Harvester actually played the role of the horse. In 2004, FOX had planned a revival of the TV series with Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons) providing the voice of the horse along with David Alan Basche and Sherilyn Fenn as Wilbur and Carol, but the series did not get past the pilot stage. Finally, in 2012, Water Entertainment stated that it too had begun working on a Mister Ed movie.

The First American Divorce
It is well known that the divorce rate in America hovers between 40-50% with Christian marriages right up there. Perhaps we can blame the Clarkes. On this day in 1643, Anne Clarke of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was granted a divorce from her husband, Denis. According to records, Mr. Clarke abandoned the Mrs. and their two children for another woman whom he had two other children with. After stating his refusal to return to Anne, the Puritan court awarded a divorce to Anne. The Quarter Court's final decision read: "Anne Clarke, beeing deserted by Denis Clarke hir husband, and hee refusing to accompany with hir, she is graunted to bee divorced."

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