‘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 7

Jeremy Renner is Born
It was on this day in 1971 when Jeremy Lee Renner was born in Modesto, California. While in junior college, Renner tried out computer science, criminology, and psychology, before giving acting a try. His first film role was 1995’s Senior Trip but it was 2002’s film, Dahmer where he played serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer that has been credited in giving him his breakthrough role. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor his role as William James in 2008’s The Hurt Locker and he is probably best known for playing William Brandt in the Mission Impossible franchise and Hawkeye in the Marvel movies.

'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' is the #1 Song
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer started as a giveaway storybook written in 1939 for Montgomery Ward department stores. Robert L. May from the company’s marketing department came up with the story. More than two million copies of the book went out to customers, but most of the world was still unaware of this reindeer until ten years later when May’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, put the story to music. (Marks is also the writer of other holiday hits including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”) Gene Autry’s version of the Rudolph song is the most famous and sold more than 2 million copies in its first year and became the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts on this day in 1939 long after Christmas.

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