‘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 8

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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is Injured in Shooting
One of America’s saddest days happened on this day in 2011 as U.S. congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot and critically injured during a shooting spree outside of a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona where she had been speaking. Six people died in the attack and another 13, including Giffords, were critically wounded. Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman, shot Giffords at point-blank range with a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol. He was attacked by a bystander and taken into custody. Gifford’s skull was fractured and had a very long road ahead of her at a rehabilitation hospital in Texas. In November of that same year, Giffords and her husband released a memoir, "Gabby: A Story of Hope and Courage." On January 25, 2012, Giffords resigned from Congress. Later that year, Gifford’s recovery was featured in Mandisa’s music video of her song, “Overcomer.” Watch it to see how something tragic can be used for something good.

The Series Debut of 'The Apprentice' Airs
The very first version of The Apprentice aired for the first time on this day in 2004. Hosted by Donald Trump, the business skills reality show pitted a group of career-seeking hopefuls in battling to become Trump’s new apprentice. Show creator Mark Burnett billed the show as “the ultimate job interview.” Each week, two teams worked on select tasks where the losing team would be sent to the boardroom and one player would be told, “You’re Fired.” In 2005 The Apprentice: Martha Stewart aired with Stewart in the Trump role who uttered the catch phrase, “You Just Don’t Fit In.” This version was less successful and only lasted one season. In 2008, NBC aired the first celebrity version of the show and Trump hosted his last show in 2015 just before he announced that he was running for president. In 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger began hosting the latest version of The Celebrity Apprentice where his tagline was, “You’re Terminated.” With ratings less than impressive, it is unclear if the series will be revived yet again. Maybe when Trump is done serving in the White House.

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