January 01, 2015

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Prayer Partners: Christians in Hollywood–Part 3

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
Over the years, Doug Millham of Pasadena has often hung around movie and TV sets, where he has met all sorts of people working in the entertainment industry. He said he has come to view them as “gypsies.”
“I call them gypsies because they’re always going from job to job, whether it dancing or performing. It’s very difficult,” the retired Presbyterian minister told HollywoodNews. “Those who choose it need a lot of support. You know, it’s glamorous, but for ninety-nine percent, the industry uses you and discards you when the next younger, prettier person comes along….I can see why drug abuse, marital problems and family issues bubble up all the time.”
For more than two decades, Millham has asked numerous people working in entertainment if he could say a private prayer with them.
“I’ve prayed with Muslims, I’ve prayed with Jewish people and I’ve asked nonbelievers if I can pray with them…,” he recalled. “And I’ve never been rejected.”
Millham, 67, is a volunteer “prayer partner” who regularly keeps in touch with a network of actors, directors, producers, writers and others who ask him to pray for them. They may be facing a crisis in their personal life, be an actor gearing up for an important casting call, or a producer or screenwriter seeking God’s guidance in their next creative pursuits.
“The industry is incredibly competitive and it can be very demoralizing to people whether you are a person or faith or not,” Millham said. “You’re going to be in competition with enormously talented people most of the time and you’ll get an awful lot of rejection and criticism. I think the attraction (of prayer) to people of faith, whether they’re Jewish, Muslim or Christian, is that we believe there is a higher power, an eternal source of comfort and calm (that provides) direction in our lives. And I think prayer is a calming factor for people who work in a profession with constant anxiety.”
Married and the father of two grown sons, Millham is a former pastor at Hollywood Presbyterian Church. He is now semi-retired, spending much of his time running a Pasadena-based nonprofit called Discover the World, which raises money for orphans in Africa—specifically providing care for children who have been orphaned as a result of losing parents to AIDS.
“We have about 600 orphans we’ve placed in school,” he said. “I travel back and forth to Africa on a […]

Michelle Obama: Bring Back Our Girls – No More Abuse of Women

“What happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident. It’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions… I want you to know that Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government’s efforts to find these girls and bring them home. In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams, and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now,” said Michelle Obama.
It looks like the world is waking up to the brutal abuse of women worldwide. We must unite to make sure that men stop using, abusing and killing them.
Make no mistake, this is a violent struggle that will last for decades, if not centuries. Many people around the world, due to their beliefs, accept women has being property of men.
Words and temporary PR campaigns won’t do it. A full commitment by people, organizations and governments together with active implementation of police and military law and order must be deployed to stop these horrific acts against women.
Below Michelle Obama speech.

No more violence against women. This is 2014 NOT the 1500s.

“BULLY” it’s time to take a stand!

This Thursday join The BULLY Project and CNN for a day of action against bullying! Set your DVR’s for 10pm EST, as CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 will be debuting the hour long special “The BULLY Effect”, a chronicle of how BULLY as a raw, powerful documentary helped ignite an inspirational, grassroots anti-bullying social movement over the course of a year.
Last spring, tastemakers around the globe joined together to amplify the message that bullying impacts over 13 million children per year. That action in partnership with Twitter reached over 232 Million People – making it one of the most effective organic actions ever on Twitter. We must continue building on this momentum to help end bullying and this Thursday, we will do just that with your help.
Be a part of the conversation by getting on twitter and tweeting the following throughout the day on Thursday:
I’m standing with @AC360 & @bullymovie by joining the movement to end bullying in our generation! RT now bit.ly/feBbaH #bullyeffect
Don’t forget that our Educator’s DVD and Toolkit is now available for pre-order! It comes with an in-school public screening license, as well as tools to help you powerfully use BULLY in your schools, and resources to help create year round lasting change that are FREE to implement – and much more! Valued at over $200.00, we are making the Educator’s DVD and Toolkit available for only $29.99 with your pledge to implement the tools within the kit. Pre-order now, shipping begins March 25th!
Thank you so much for your continued support! We very much look forward to your participation as we continue to grow this movement and stand up to bullying in our communities!
Warm regards,
Lee Hirsch
Director/Producer
The BULLY Project
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Grab a Seat and Get Ready for Season Two of the CW’s “Oh Sit”

OH SIT!, The CW’s amped-up, fast-paced version of musical chairs, will return for a second season Monday, April 15, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET. THE CARRIE DIARIES will conclude its 13-episode first season the previous week, Monday, April 8, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET.
OH SIT! is a fun, high-stakes, high-octane musical chairs competition, in which 12 thrill-seeking daredevils race head-to-head through five physically demanding, chair-splitting obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair, all to the sounds of a new live house band. At the end of the hour, only one contestant will be left sitting triumphant to seize the cash prize and the title of OH SIT! champion. This season, the show will feature new obstacles and bridges, water rounds, mechanical rounds and slick zones.
And to get your sitting muscles in shape in time for the premiere, now fans can download the OH SIT! free game app on iTunes for iOS phones and tablets. In the OH SIT! game, you?ll dance, jump, bounce and battle your way up five tiers of the 3D OH SIT! tower, through obstacles including platforms, springs, spikes and cannons ? it’s King of the Mountain and Musical Chairs rolled into one. Collect virtual money as you race up the face of a daunting tower in a challenging, competitive, hilarious race to claim your chair at the top.
OH SIT! is hosted by Jamie Kennedy (‘The Ghost Whisperer’) and actress/television host Jessi Cruickshank (‘MTV Live’). Adding to the fun, Tanika Ray (‘Extra’) will be in the trenches with the contestants both on and off the track, and will add color commentary from the sidelines as the action unfolds.
OH SIT! is created and executive produced by Phil Gurin (‘The Singing Bee,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ ”The Weakest Link’), Richard Joel and Deena Dill. The series is from The Gurin Company and 405 Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television.
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Rihanna, Chris Brown allegedly caught kissing at NYC club

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like Rihanna and Chris Brown just can’t stay away from each other as it is rumored they were recently caught kissing at a New York City club.
The two were reportedly at Griffin where they were allegedly quite affectionate, states RadarOnline. Rihanna and Brown were reportedly cozy throughout the night and locked lips a number of times.
This isn’t the first time these rumors have been going on as the two were actually caught exchanging a hug and kiss at the MTV VMAs earlier this fall.
Do you think they will date again?
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‘Jersey Shore’s’ Snooki reveals thin post-baby body and advice

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Jersey Shore’ star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi recently had her first child, but when you look at the Twitter pictures she’s been posting, it would seem that she was never pregnant.
Snooki recently posted a full body shot on Twitter that has her showing off a thin figure many are jealous of, states RadarOnline. However, she did work hard to lose that weight as she also revealed to her fans how she dropped pounds after pregnancy.
“Breast feeding helped a lot! And eating healthy/walking,” Snooki revealed about her simple plan.
Do you think she is looking good after having a baby?
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Nicole Scherzinger denying Chris Brown make-out rumor

HollywoodNews.com: A photo was recently snapped of Nicole Scherzinger and Chris Brown in a nightclub looking like they might be kissing, but the former ‘X-Factor’ judge is denying it all.
The photo is somewhat blurry, but does appear to be a possible kiss between them. However, she is claiming that the two were simply talking closely, states TMZ.
Her rep released a statement about the photo: “There is absolutely no truth to the ridiculous story … The photos that have surfaced are old friends who were trying to talk at a very loud club. I guarantee there will be no photos of them kissing.”
Do you think they are just talking?
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star reportedly releasing dating book

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Brandi Glanville isn’t shy about her personal life, and now she is going to use it to try to help other women who are trying to date and deal with break ups.
Glanville will reportedly be releasing a book through Gallery Books that will be about her own dating mishaps and what she learned because of them, states UsMagazine.com. “I absolutely can’t wait to add author to my resume and to share all of my breakup blunders with my faithful supporters, fans, and hopefully the entire world — buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!” Glanville commented about the project.
The book will reportedly partially be a memoir of her own dating and also a how-to book.
Glanville is also asking her fans to help choose the title of her book. The options are:
1. I’d Leave Me Too
2. It’s a Breakup… Not Cancer
3. Don’t Drink and Tweet . . . and Brandi’s Other Breakup Blunders
Which title do you like?
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Blake Lively photographed with new wedding ring

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like it is all official as Blake Lively has been spotted wearing a big diamond on her wedding ring finger while kissing rumored new husband Ryan Reynolds.
The photo was taken the day after the rumored wedding took place in South Carolina, states UsMagazine.com. While hugging Reynolds for a kiss, photographers managed to snap a picture of her engagement ring and wedding band.
Lively is now back in New York where she was spotted on the set of ‘Gossip Girl.’ The two reportedly wed after about one year of dating during which they bought a home together.
Do you like her ring?
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Rihanna, Chris Brown reunite with hugs at MTV VMAs

HollywoodNews.com: Rihanna and Chris Brown had a big moment at the MTV Video Music Awards as they were caught hugging and exchanging a kiss on the cheek.
It is reported that the exchange was caught on MTV’s “VIP Seating Cam” while she was headed to her seat before the show, states TMZ. On the camera, the two were spotted hugging with her giving him a kiss on the cheek.
This is the first time since the domestic violence incident that the two have been spotted together like this.
The exchange wasn’t actually spotted on the TV airing of the show but on an internet feed.
Do you think they will date again or just remain friends?
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