Have you ever wanted to be a star in Hollywood? It's a dream that many kids grew-up having. For me, I wanted to be a professional baseball player for the hometown Minnesota Twins!
(Sal) had some experiences rubbing shoulders with "celebrities" in the past during the years of being "star struck"-admiring those on t.v.! I sat/stand several hours in my old nearby St. Paul neighborhood trying to get a glimpse of the cast of "Grumpy Old Men". This movie was being filmed in various parts of Minnesota (e.g. Winona)-including St. Paul's Lake Phalen corridor. I remembered how "happy lucky" I was when I had a chance to wave to Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon during a break in fliming a movie scene.
Another close encounter was Bruce Willis when he threw his stocking cap from the top floor of Mall of America. He along with many other "celebrities" that I forgot was present were on hand in the "grand opening" of Planet Hollywood.
Lastly, this was probably the closest I ever got with a "celebrity". I was at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the NFL Experience during the Super Bowl in 1992. Minneapolis had the privilege to host this "big internation event" (like the NHL All Star Game last week in St. Paul), which St. Paul built their tallest ice palace! My friends that I went with ditched me, so I started looking around the big convention center. Then in the corner of my eye, I saw Mohammad Ali! I went up to him "star struck" as my mouth dropped opened and just stood there with my pen and paper (NFL Experience Brochure). He just passed me with his security guards! There was no way no one would believe me that I saw him, so I decided to be "proactive" and asked him. He struggling wrote "Mo Ali" (has a disability from boxing injuries)-oh yeah!
"What Goes Up Must Come Down"
Well, I've learn that being a "star", "celebrity", or a "professional athlete" is not easy as you are always being "watched" (gossiped, ridiculed, judged, etc..")! However, there are some "celebrities" that are able to handle it and last a long time in the "spotlight". As we hear the "negative" news of the few that get in trouble, it's hard to really look up to these "stars" anymore! I don't think God does not want us to in the first place-idolism (anything you put above God!)
Not just celebrities, but this could happen to anybody-our pride gets us to far up and God needs to take us down, like He did with the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11 or even America with the "Twin Towers" as I think about it during this writing!
What doesn't get publicity from the media (they just like to report "bad news") is the "celebrities" that "make a difference":
"Then there was a man who did not live anywhere near my house, but made a big difference in my search for a relationship with Jesus. His name is Kirk Franklin, and his music touched my soul.
As I started looking for Jesus, God introduced me to Kirk�s then-latest release, �The Rebirth.� I couldn�t believe it! Here was a young, hip, cool, guy who had a crazy and sometimes hard time in life � but he loved the Lord through it all!"
"Actor/skater Stephen Baldwin shares how he came to know Jesus Christ."
-...more in Reaching Your World with Luis Palau
*I heard this on the local chrisitan radio station this afternoon (@2:47pm on Wednesday, February 11th of 2004) right when I turned my radio on. I was heading to the local fitness center in Morris, MN.
This got me "pumped-up" (spiritually and physically) as he also shared how we should pray for our family, friends, or any i"unbelievers" on how we can share Christ's love with them-whether using a Christian CD like what happened to Stephen Baldwin! I had the opportunity to see and hear him live at St. Paul back in 2004-Twi'n Cities Festival 2004 with Luis Palau
Stephen Baldwin Shares the Gospel on The Apprentice
"Stephen Baldwin Shares the Gospel on The Apprentice" Stephen Baldwin Interview - The Bible From 30,000 Feet, from youtube.com "Skip Heitzig interviews Stephen Baldwin during Flight 10 of The Bible From 30,000 Feet" Stephen Baldwin - returned to christianity, from youtube.com "Holivudskata zvezda Stephen Baldwin spodelja za obryshtaneto si kym hristiqnstvoto."
*see Bulgaria Stephen Baldwin Preaching, from youtube.com "for some reason when I followed strange amplified noises that I was hearing from my house.. stephen baldwin was the cause of it. Stephen Baldwin preaching out of a "pimped out" truck near my house was too bizarre not to post here"
I watched Mel's interview with Diane Sawyer in ABC's Dateline-Special Event on Monday, February 16th 2004 @9pm CDT. Here were some cool stuff that sticked out from the interview on the "Passion":
-Matthew 27:25 "blood on us" curse on Jews that was quoted in the movie and taken out, but left in Aramaic
-Mel has seen many Jesus' movies, which this one is not "Norwegian"
-His Publicist and the actress that plays Mary Magdalane is Jewish, which this movie isn't made to be Anti-Semitic
-Shared his testimony where he had thoughts of suicide and had an addiction to everything
-Holy Ghost (Trinity)
-was a confused Catholic
-movie explains only 12 hours of Jesus' life up to the resurrection, which isn's his "job to tell the rest of the story". I believe this is ours (believers) to share the rest of the story!
-"Diane (and others out there) read the Gospels!" replied Mel after her constant questions
-hope this movie will bridge a dialogue amongst different faiths (Protestants, Catholics, Jews, etc..)
Denzel Washington’s Ministry of Movies
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The star tells us how he studies the Bible daily, prays every morning and night, and sees his films as a form of preaching.
Interview by Michael Kress beliefnet.com
Denzel Washington is one of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed actors. A two-time Academy Award winner, Washington this week received a Golden Globe nomination for his role […]
Where are they?
Growing up with the "boob-tube" (t.v.), I'm curious what are these celebrities doing these days.
"The Bible Experience New Testament, The 2007 Audio Book of the Year, now includes the Old Testament! The Complete Bible Experience eclipses any audio Bible you've ever encountered. Featuring an unprecedented cast of over 200 entertainment celebrities and a cinematic musical score, here is the entire Bible in Today's New International Version in a historic, masterfully engineered production. The Bible has a voice. Listen! This is the NEW behind-the-scenes video of the making of The Complete Bible Experience, a fully-dramatized and symphonic-orchestrated reading of the entire Bible performed by an unprecedented ensemble of distinguished African-American actors, musicians, and clergy such as Denzel Washington, Blair Underwood, Angela B^##ett, Juanita Bynum, Shirley Caesar, Samuel L. Jackson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kirk Franklin, and many more. For free audio samples and more video clips, visit www.zondervan.com/tbe. Brought to you by Zondervan"
Related Sites: The Bible Experience - Music Videos, from Godtube.com "The Bible Experience New Testament, The 2007 Audio Book of the Year, now includes the Old Testament! The Complete Bible Experience eclipses any audio Bible you've ever encountered. Featuring an unprecedented cast of over 200 entertainment celebrities and
a cinematic musical score, here is the entire Bible in Today's New International Version in a historic, masterfully engineered production. The Bible has a voice. Listen! This is the NEW behind-the-scenes video of the making of The Complete Bible Experience,
a fully-dramatized and symphonic-orchestrated reading of the entire Bible performed by an unprecedented ensemble of distinguished African-American actors, musicians, and clergy such as Denzel Washington, Blair Underwood, Angela B^##ett, Juanita Bynum, Shirley
Caesar, Samuel L. Jackson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kirk Franklin, and many more. For free audio samples and more video clips, visit www.zondervan.com/tbe. Brought to you by Zondervan..." blog of Denzel and Pauletta Washington reading from Song of Songs
" SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS) -- Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington told GQ Magazine he reads the Bible daily and had an intense encounter with the Holy Spirit in his twenties.
"I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word," he told GQ’s Michael Hainey. The devout Christian and son of a Pentecostal minister also talked about his father’s influence in his life.
Washington said it was not difficult to be a preacher's son. "He wasn't a taskmaster, but there were certain things you couldn't do. He had his own church, and it was a long Sunday, because you had to be there all day.”
While Washington felt some rebellion as a teen when his church attendance began to feel like "a job," he's thankful for his father’s presence and influence. "Everyone I grew up with didn't have a father. I had a father. My father was a decent man. He was a very spiritual man and a gentleman."
The double Oscar winner had an unusual encounter with the Holy Spirit as a young person that left him changed. It happened in the church he still attends, 30 years later. "The minister was preaching, 'Just let it go,' Washington recalled.
"I said, 'I'm going to go with it.' And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience," he says.
"Chris O'Donnell's acting career was taking off in 1995 when he appeared in 'Batman Forever' as Batman's sidekick Robin, but he decided to step out of the spotlight to focus on starting a family. "I was being offered these huge films that would have taken my career to a different level, and I decided to put on the brakes. I knew if I continued on that track, I probably wouldn't have gotten married," O'Donnell reveals in Redbook's June issue. But taking a quick look at O'Donnell's IMDB page, the actor hasn't gone more than a year (since 1995) without making a film or starring in a TV show. But he claims his roles are carefully thought out, confessing he actually turned down the lead in 1997's 'Men in Black' to focus on his family....
Celebrity Endorsements - Today's Christian Videos
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On the Spirit Ledge - Today's Christian Videos
"Celebrities interviews about their personal beliefs and faith, also ministy through song and word"
Quotes - Today's Christian Videos
"Ever wonder about the faith of celebrities or famous people? They want to share their faith too but are often never asked by secular television and newspaper reporters."
"[Interviewer:] Have you ever had a profound religious experience?
[Robert Duvall:] One guy said Duvall could do a better movie if he was born again. Who knows. I was in a church in Harlem where they sang "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and I had a very quiet emotional experience. If I was of that persuasion, that would suffice for me as a conversion...
Appearing on the David Letterman show after release of the film, Duvall was asked, "Is Sonny doing this because he is good at it or he has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior?" Duvall responded, "What do you think" and Letterman said, "Probably, he's good at it." No," Duvall corrected, "it's both. That's why I put in the first scene (at the car wreck)."
Walking With Jesus (The Apostle)
Jane Fonda, separated with husband-Ted Turner; after becoming "born-again"!
"..Friends say the path of Fonda's spiritual conversion began two years ago when her chauffeur began witnessing to the actress
about his faith in Jesus Christ. At first, Fonda was reportedly troubled by those conversations. Later, she began to welcome them and attend church with her chauffeur.
"Her faith is very real, very deep," said one insider. "Of course, with any celebrity conversion, the pressures can be enormous, But she is serious about her faith and regularly attends Bible study and church."
The idea of radical political activist Jane Fonda embracing Christianity is sure to create a stir. Fonda has been a high-profile political target because of her open support in the 1970s of Communist North Vietnam. She has been an outspoken supporter of abortion on demand, and Turner once attacked Christianity as a "religion for losers."
Fonda has made at least one public statement that alluded to her Christianity in June 1998. In response to a question about why conservative Christians object to promoting sex education, she told the National Press Club: "I want to say this just based on the letters I get, OK? When I talk about the Christian Coalition, I'm not talking about all the members of the Christian Coalition. I am a Christian. I am talking about the leadership
that sets the agenda, creates the message and builds these various sophisticated campaigns. I think that ... Well, I'll just tell you a story. I met one of the leaders of the Christian Coalition, in, in Atlanta a few years ago. And, we were arguing about this issue of contraception and sex education and so forth. And I said: 'But what do you do about the fact that two-thirds of teen-agers have sex before they graduate high school?' And she said ... she looked both ways, and said: 'We're gonna lose them.' Well, I ... you know, I try to go into things thinking: 'We're really on the same team.' You know, we may be different, you know ... and stuff, but we're all working for the good of the children. That meeting showed me that I was completely naive. I'm talking about the leadership. I'm not talking about the people who hear the message that sounds good and goes along. They don't care about children that don't look like them. They don't care about children that are not white, middle-class Christians. As far as they are concerned, others can be eliminated. This is a holy war. And everything for our children is at stake. And we have to get just as involved as ... People who are on a crusade are passionate. We have to be on a crusade and be just as passionate on behalf of our children, but not use the same tactics -- not use lies, not use misinformation and scare tactics."
Yet, insiders say Fonda's spiritual faith, since then, has matured in a way that affects her entire worldview. Recently, for instance, she refused to "meditate" at an environmental conference, suggesting to those involved that they would be well-advised instead to "pray to Jesus Christ." .."
My Life So Far with Jane Fonda
"The surprising and candid Jane Fonda addresses an audience at UC Santa Barbara. Tune in for her insights into her remarkable life - an Academy Award-winning actress, controversial activist, aerobics instructor and generous philanthropist. Series: "Voices" [7/2006] [Humanities] [Show ID: 11755] "
"..Just because they're legal doesn't mean that pharmaceutical drugs are any less dangerous than illicit drugs. They are potentially deadly when taken in large doses or when combined with alcohol or other drugs. Sometimes it takes high-profile cases to remind us of the dangers. Here are 18 such cases....
'Celebrities in Hell - Michael Jackson, Pope John Paul, Selina in Hell - Angelica Zambranos Testimony about Hell - English Translation
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"BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS) -- Susan Stafford, the original hostess of Wheel of Fortune, has revealed how she was present when a Catholic priest led Rock Hudson in the “sinner’s prayer” to receive Jesus Christ into his life just hours before his death aged 59 on Oct. 2, 1985 of complications from AIDS.
Stafford, who preceded Vanna White on the popular game show, revealed the inside story of Rock Hudson’s final hours in an exclusive interview with me on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at the 17th Annual Movieguide® Faith and Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
“Yes, it is true that Rock Hudson accepted Jesus Christ on his deathbed,” she said. “The last few hours with Rock Hudson were more than interesting because you see Shirley and Pat Boone had been up there with Gavin and Patty McLeod before them. He had a nurse taking care of him whose name was Toni. I never met Toni as she was on a different shift than my comings and goings at ‘The Castle’, which was the name we called Rock’s home in Beverly Hills.
“Because he was dying of AIDS, there was an unbelievable fear of AIDS at that time.”
She worked with leprosy patients
Rock Hudson shortly before he died
Susan, a born-again Christian who had left the popular game show in 1982, went on to say, “I had just come back from working with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop with leprosy patients in India, so AIDS was not as frightening to me as it would be to most Americans at that time.”
Susan said that friends had invited her to the house to assist Rock Hudson because she they knew she had no fear of AIDS.
She revealed that she knew that Rock Hudson had been raised a Roman Catholic and so she asked him hours before his death if he would like to see a priest. He said he would and so it was arranged for Fr. Terrance A. Sweeney, a five-time Emmy Award winning producer, an ex-Jesuit priest who was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1973, to come to his home.
“Rock and myself had a wonderful conversation and then, after the priest arrived, Rock, in a prayer with Fr. Sweeney, accepted our Lord Jesus Christ in his life and then he died shortly afterwards in his own bed on the second floor of the house.”
Pat Sajak, present host of Wheel Of Fortune, Susan Stafford and Merv Griffin
Susan Stafford said she later conducted Rock Hudson’s funeral and actress Morgan Fairchild was quoted as saying, “Rock Hudson's death gave AIDS a face.”
Susan then said, “After his death, I went back home, which is Kansas City, Missouri, and I talked to people there about Rock Hudson. I was aware that in Missouri, there was a lot of judgment, but the Lord says very clearly that unconditional love, Agape love, is the clearest most perfect love and He died for us. So that means he accepts all of me and all of them because that's His commandment that we love one another.
“That's what I would say anybody who comes to you who’s gay, homosexual, has HIV/AIDS, you just love them up. That's what they need. If we don't love each other and instead just keep on judging everybody, we're not going to have any friends left.”
Susan Stafford concluded by saying, “Rock Hudson was a real gentleman and accepted his illness with a great sense of humor despite being in a lot of pain.”
Dr. Susan, who is now a PhD, has a new book called “Stop The Wheel, I Want To Get Off!” You can get more information about the book and her extraordinary life from her website, which is: www.susanstafford.org
Note: I would like to thank Robin Frost for transcribing this interview. "
Kirk Cameron's Real Life Faith - CBN.com
"Fans get a personal look at what drives the actor and and find out how God and family became the secrets behind his celebrated smile. The Christian Broadcasting Network See more at CBN.com "
Kirk Cameron stars in Way of the Master in Trinity Broadcasting Network (CDT @11p on Wednesdays) Converting Kirk Cameron
"I was rich, I was young, I was famous, I could do anything I wanted with whomever I wanted." - Kirk Cameron
By KEVIN SITES, TUE MAY 29, 1:47 PM PDT (People on the Web-yahoo.com)
"BELLFLOWER, California - At the height of his Hollywood success, former "Growing Pains" sitcom star Kirk Cameron started worrying about something his money couldn't buy: http://www.angelfire.com/mn2/goodnewsumm/personal.html">salvation.
He had more than just legions of fanatic fans. He also had stalkers and kidnapping threats, and was sometimes driven to the set in a bulletproof car. It got him thinking about his own mortality. He had it all, but still felt empty.
Kirk Cameron reaches a new audience these days through his Christian radio show, television show, and Web site.
"I was raised not going to church. We never prayed � didn't know how. Are you supposed to close your eyes, keep them open? Look up? Look down? Get on my knees? What do I do?"
Cameron started reading the bible and going to church. He became a Christian, but says his transition had some growing pains of its own.
On the set of his hit show, the easy-going prankster became detached and sullen. Once close to the other cast members, he pulled away from them all � except his co-star and fellow Christian, Chelsea Noble, whom he married in 1991.
He also started taking issue with some of the show's writing. One script called for his TV mom to have a nightmare in which Cameron's character, Mike Seaver, wakes up next to a beautiful girl and says, "Hey, babe. Good morning. By the way, what's your name again?"
Cameron balked, pushing for the writers to change the scene. They refused. Cameron says he wasn't trying to push his religious views on the show. He just didn't want to compromise his newfound moral principles.
When the series was cancelled after a long and successful run, he continued acting, but began taking roles on low-budget Christian films, most notably the rapture-based "Left Behind" series based on the best-selling books.
A few years later, after reading one of his books, he met New Zealander Ray Comfort, a former surf shop owner-turned-roving preacher.
They teamed up to form Way of the Master Ministries.
Comfort says his ministry was already taking off, but the partnership with Cameron was like putting it on steroids.
Cameron says his priorities are very clear: "God, family, career � in that order."
"Both Kirk and myself are amazed at his celebrity," says Comfort. "How powerful it is when you call an organization and say 'Hello, this is Kirk Cameron.' They say, 'Oh Kirk, I loved "Growing Pains."' It's such a wonderful door."
They have harnessed Comfort's writing and Cameron's celebrity to create a small multimedia empire that is in service of a hardcore fundamentalist message: Accept Jesus Christ as your personal lord and savior or you will not get to heaven.
Ray Comfort owned a surf shop before he became a preacher.
They get their message out through books, pamphlets, radio programming an award-winning TV show seen in 70 different countries � and a slick Internet site wayofthemaster.com.
They're not the only ones embracing the Web. Dan Smith, a pastor in Cleveland who just might be able to give Cameron a run for his acting money, also uses his creative flair to draw people to church. Smith's video romp "Baby Got Book," a parody of rapper Sir-Mix-A-Lot's song "Baby Got Back," has been streamed millions of times online. It was key in helping him get his Momentum Christian Church up and running.
Cameron is 36 now and still has the boyish good looks of his TV character � but with a few of the wrinkles and creases that go along with self-reflection and fatherhood. He and his wife have six children, four adopted and two of their own.
He says he is more comfortable in his Christian skin today, his convictions just as strong, but without the isolating air of self-righteousness. He has reconciled with former "Growing Pains" cast members and even was part of a reunion show in 2000.
But Cameron says his priorities are very clear: God, family, career � in that order.
He says those decisions have had negative consequences for his career.
"I had one producer in a meeting discussing a movie say, 'So I hear you've got content issues.' You know, absolutely I've got content issues," Cameron says. "What I would say is I've got convictions. I've got priorities. If someone was asking me to do something that would compromise my relationship with my wife I wouldn't do that; if that's going to hurt my marriage, I'm not going to do that. If it's going to hurt my kids, I'm not going to do that and I take it a step further and say if this is going to hurt someone else's kids, I don't want to be a part of that."
"It's about personal integrity," he says, "that's all."
Cameron says he'd love to do non-religious films and TV again, but at times it's difficult to convince producers that while he has found Jesus, he hasn't lost his sense of humor.
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'I Dream Of Jeannie' star Barbara EdenLife isn't quite a fantasy for 'I Dream Of Jeannie' star Barbara Eden. Now 75, the actress is penning a tell-all memoir called 'Jeannie Out of the Bottle' that details her public and private tragedies that came with her Hollywood fame, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The book will also include intimate details about her two failed marriage, how she survived an abusive cocaine-addicted husband and her "emotional breakdown" following the loss of her only son to drugs. ..
"Some of TV's top executives from the past four decades may have gotten more than they bargained for when they agreed to be interviewed for a politically charged book that was released Tuesday, because video of their controversial remarks will soon be hitting the Internet.
The book makes the case that TV industry executives, writers and producers use their clout to advance a liberal political agenda. The author bases his thesis on, among other things, 39 taped interviews that he'll roll out piecemeal during the next three weeks.
The Hollywood Reporter obtained several of the not-yet-released clips. Each contains a snippet of an interview, usually some historical footage of the TV shows the interviewee was responsible for and, naturally, a plea to purchase the book, "Primetime Propaganda" by Ben Shapiro and published by Broad Side, an imprint of HarperCollins.
In one video, "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman says that when she cast Candace Gingrich-Jones, half-sister of Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the minister of a lesbian wedding, "There was a bit of [a middle finger] in it to the right wing."
Kauffman also acknowledges she "put together a staff of mostly liberal people," which is another major point of Shapiro's book: that conservatives aren't welcome in Hollywood.
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Maybe that's because they're "idiots" and have "medieval minds." At least that's what "Soap" and "Golden Girls" creator Susan Harris thinks of TV's conservative critics.
However, the ranks of dumb right-wingers has dwindled, according to Harris, whose video has her saying: "At least, you know, we put Obama in office, and so people, I think, are getting — have gotten — a little bit smarter."
Some of the videos have executives making rather obvious revelations, like when Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds talk about pacifist messages in "M*A*S*H" or when "MacGyver" producer Vin Di Bona says anti-gun messages were a recurring theme in that show.
But an additional video has Di Bona, who also created "America's Funniest Home Videos," becoming remarkably blunt about his approval of a lack of political diversity in Hollywood. When Shapiro asks what he thinks of conservative critics who say everyone in Hollywood is liberal, Di Bona responds: "I think it's probably accurate, and I'm happy about it."
Another video has Leonard Goldberg — who executive produces "Blue Bloods" for CBS and a few decades ago exec produced such hits as "Fantasy Island," "Charlie's Angels" and "Starsky and Hutch" — saying that liberalism in the TV industry is "100 percent dominant, and anyone who denies it is kidding, or not telling the truth."
Shapiro asks if politics are a barrier to entry. "Absolutely," Goldberg says.
Hear an exceprt from the Goldberg interview:
"When Shapiro tells Fred Pierce, the president of ABC in the 1980s who was instrumental in Disney's acquisition of ESPN, that "It's very difficult for people who are politically conservative to break in" to television, he responds: "I can't argue that point." Those who don't lean left, he says, "don't promote it. It stays underground."
Another video rolling out soon has "House" creator David Shore acknowledging that "there is an assumption in this town that everybody is on the left side of the spectrum, and that the few people on the right side, I think people look at them somewhat aghast, and I'm sure it doesn't help them."
In the book, subtitled "The true Hollywood story of how the left took over your TV," Shapiro also tells anecdotes of bias against conservatives. One example is Dwight Schultz, best known for his roles as Murdock in "The A-Team" and Barclay in "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
[Photo: Keith Olbermann's First Current TV Ad Revealed]
The late Bruce Paltrow knew that Schultz was a fan of President Ronald Reagan. When Schultz showed up to audition for "St. Elsewhere," a show Paltrow produced, to read for the part of Fiscus, Paltrow told him: "There's not going to be a Reagan [expletive] on this show!" The part went to Howie Mandel.
"Most nepotism in Hollywood isn't familial, it's ideological," Shapiro writes in the book. "Friends hire friends. And those friends just happen to share their politics."
Another video Shapiro will release shortly has producer-director Nicholas Meyer being asked point-blank whether conservatives are discriminated against in Hollywood. "Well, I hope so," he answers. Meyer also admits his political agenda for "The Day After," a TV movie he directed for ABC that was seen by 100 million people when it aired in 1983.
"My private, grandiose notion was that this movie would unseat Ronald Reagan when he ran for re-election," Meyer says.
Even seemingly harmless shows like "Happy Days" and "Sesame Street" have been used to advance a progressive agenda, according to Shapiro.
For example, William Bickley, a writer on "The Partridge Family" and a producer on "Happy Days," says he infused Vietnam War protest messages into the latter. "I was into all that," he says in a soon-to-be-released video.
"Television has been perhaps the most impressive weapon in the left's political arsenal," Shapiro argues in the book.
Other upcoming videos include: "Family Ties" creator Gary David Goldberg explaining how he tried to make Republican character Alex Keaton the bad guy but that actor Michael J. Fox was too darn lovable; and president of MTV Networks Entertainment Group Doug Herzog talking about his network having "superpowers" when it comes to its influence over young people.
The advancement of a gay and lesbian political agenda is mentioned by multiple executives, including Marcy Carsey, a producer of "Soap" and "Roseanne," and "Desperate Housewives" producer Marc Cherry, who is a rarity in Hollywood: a gay Republican.
In her video, Carsey also says she insisted on portraying characters smoking marijuana in "That '70s Show." "If this is a problem for you, we certainly understand, and we just won't do the show," she told executives at Fox.
Shapiro released two videos Tuesday, one featuring "COPS" creator John Langley saying he's partial to segments where white people are the criminals, and the other has Fred Silverman, the former head of ABC and later NBC, saying "there's only one perspective, and it's a very progressive perspective" in TV comedy today.
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Shapiro said the executives felt comfortable talking about politics with him because they assumed, incorrectly, that he is on the left.
"Most of them didn't Google me. If they had, they would have realized where I am politically," he said. "I played on their stereotypes. When I showed up for the interviews, I wore my Harvard Law baseball cap — my name is Ben Shapiro and I attended Harvard, so there's a 98.7 percent chance I'm a liberal. Except I happen not to be."
Shapiro said he'll time the debut of certain videos for maximum effect. One that slams Sean Hannity, for example, is reserved for his scheduled appearance on Hannity's show on the Fox News Channel.
And conservative pundit Ann Coulter has a new book out June 7. "I have two people ripping her by name, so I'll release those the day Ann's book is released," Shapiro said.
One of those slamming Coulter is George Schlatter, who directed and produced "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" in the 1970s, using the show to knock Republicans and the Vietnam War. "The fact we [ticked] the Pentagon off, that pleased me enormously," he says before calling Coulter a vulgar word.
In his video, Schlatter also goes off on right-wing radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham.
Shapiro says he didn't disclose that he'd be releasing the tapes, but that his subjects have no reason to complain.
"I asked them for permission to tape, and there's no reasonable expectation of privacy when you're being interviewed for a book," he said.
"If they're going to be shocked at something, it should be themselves, not me," Shapiro said. "They should be shocked that opinion is so one-sided in Hollywood that it's OK to say, 'I'm fine with discrimination.'"
"My whole book is a plea for openness in the industry," he added. "Hire people from the other side of the aisle once in a while, or at least stop mocking them."
"What do Change.org and Occupy Wall Street have in common with some Kardashian haters? They all are organized groups of people trying to get something done — in the Kardashian case, they want the reality clan off of television for good!
"In a grass roots effort, we have collected [thousands of] signatures for a petition asking E! Entertainment to remove the Kardashian suite of shows from their programming," petition organizer Cyndy Snider said in a statement. "We feel that these shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption."
The petition — available at GoPetition.com — is just one of the organized efforts to get the Kardashian/Jenner clan off television screens, clothes, and perfume and nail polish bottles everywhere. Websites and Facebook pages are also calling for their ouster.
"While some may have begun watching the spectacle as mindless entertainment or as a sort of 'reality satire,' it is a sad truth that many young people are looking up to this family and are modeling their appearance and behavior after them," Snider continued. "I'll remind you here that the Kardashian family fame largely started with a 'leaked' sex tape."
There's even a petition to get Kim Kardashian's role scrapped in the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Marriage Counselor." Comments on the Talk section of his website range from mild to pure outrage over her casting.
"I really am disappointed in your decision to keep Kim K. in your movie. She is a disgrace to herself and her family. She is a role model and she has disappointed her fans. Let her go. I guarantee she will bring your ratings down. Dump her," Marcell Troupe wrote.
Another fan gave a foolproof way to get in his movie.
"ATTENTION PEOPLE!!! Stop asking for handouts or to be in his next movie!! Don't you know Just make a SEX TAPE and he will cast you in his next movie no matter what his fans think!!!!!!! Kim K did so can you! :)" Jeromy wrote.
Yowza. Kardashian is reportedly working with renowned acting coach Susan Batson to improve her skills for her role as a woman actually working on her failing marriage — something she knows nothing about.
"Kim had been confident about the movie, but with recent events she has been worried that the stress of her real life would show through," an insider told Life & Style magazine. "So that's what Susan was there for."
Will it work? We'll see. In the mean time, the petition will still circulate.
"There is no particular religious or "platform behind our disgust; we are just finally fed up," Snider added.
Plenty of people are with you there, Cyndy! "
"This a video we use to illustrate the need for Christians to reach out to the Hollywood community. The Olive Tree Community is a Church/Synagogue plant in Brentwood/LA. Our purpose is to reach out to Celebrities/Jews/The Wealthy/The Common Person with the love of Jesus. It is an extremely expensive community and is hard to maintain ministry there. If you would like to support our ministry, please make your donations to Southwest Baptist Conference, with The Olive Tree Community in the memo of the check. Then send your donations to SWBC 114255 Danielson Street, Poway, CA 92064. If you have any Questions send me a message and we'll reply promptly. Blessings! "
"Heavenly Father, we pray for all the Hollywood stars out there that the world see on t.v. daily. May they each all come to know your Son Jesus Christ as many of them are hurting inside. I know they are just people like us and they make mistakes. As they are in the public eye, may each one shine your Light through the gifts and talents you each individually give them to the world. May each one come to a growing loving personal relationship with You! In Jesus' name...Amen!"
"From 1998, a local television station profiled the "Million Dollar Man" before he spoke at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. After a hugely successful wrestling career, Dibiase became a Christian minister. "
"We scoured the Internet looking for what youth are doing to make a difference in their communities and around the world. This Ebook offers some of those ideas. It's our hope youth will look through this book and choose and/or adapt one or more of these ideas to take on in their own community. Or, if nothing in this book interests them, we hope it will at least get their "creative juices flowing" and they'll come up with their own project. Youth are powerful. They can (and are) making a difference in their communities and our world. We believe in them!
"..has had a very successful career in Hollywood. He has modeled and been a spokesman for the biggest and brightest companies from around the world such as SKYY VODKA, Beefeater, L’Oreal, Coors Light, Guess, Apple computers, and Yves Saint Laurent. Along with being one of the most sought after models in Hollywood, he has been asked to appear in a number of Movies and TV shows. He is most notable for playing Rose McGowan’s boyfriend “Glen” in “Charmed.” He has starred in films with Reese Witherspoon, Paris Hilton, and Selma Blair, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs. His latest film, “Something’s Wrong in Kansas,” is due out later this year. He has recently booked the LEADS in 9 different films in the last 130 days. ..
Jesse Woodrow Apostolic Testimony part 1 of 5
"..Jesse Woodrow ex-wordly actor, drug addict gives his testimony how God changed his live aournd for the better and to be true witness for Christ to all who would listen... Jesse Woodrow Apostolic Testimony part 3 of 5 , from youtube.com
*way to not compromise to a "negative" role in Hollywood!
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"Angelina Jolie, who serves as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, finds Ugandan warload Joseph Kony horrendous.
"[Kony]'s an extraordinarily horrible human being," Angelina told the U.K.'s The Telegraph at the Third Annual Women In The World Summit in New York City Thursday.
The actress later told "Extra" that she felt inspired to see so many "young people rising up" in support of Kony's arrest.
Invisible Children, Inc., a San Diego-based nonprofit, launched the 30-minute documentary and campaign Monday to raise support for the arrest of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a militia group that terrorized northern Uganda with torture, killings and kidnappings. In the past, he also forced thousands of children to fight in his army.
The documentary video, "Kony 2012," went viral within two days, catapulted by a social media-savvy younger audience, and now has over 50 million views on YouTube. The film's wide and rapid international attention baffling diplomats and foreign affairs experts who had been working in the region for years but has also drawn numerous criticisms about Invisible Children's agenda.
This isn't the first time Jolie has been outspokenly angry against Kony.
Jolie sat down for an interview with "Nightline" anchor Cynthia McFadden in March 2010 to promote her film, "Salt," and talk about her humanitarian efforts.
In "Salt," Jolie stars as a CIA operative who is on the run from the agency after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Jolie's character is forced to fend for herself, and to sort out who she can trust and who is evil.
At the time, Jolie told McFadden that there were a "few bad people," in real life, that "if I was left, you know, alone in a room with, I'd be tempted" to take down.
"Joseph Kony," she said. "I hate him."
Her anger even then towards Kony was a visceral reminder of just how tough the actress can be when she's fighting for a cause - Since 2001, Jolie has conducted humanitarian field missions in more than 20 countries, launched a foundation to help combat extreme poverty and protect natural resources, and adopted sons Maddox, 10, from Cambodia, and Pax, 8, from Vietnam, as well as daughter Zahara, 6, from Ethiopia.
"When I have to protect something in my life or when I've decided there's something I have to accomplish, I do, I do kind of push to the end and I don't take 'no' very well," Jolie said. "If it came down to something I had to do, I would believe in what I'm fighting for and I'm not afraid.""