Monthly Archives: September 2013

Kirk Cameron’s ‘Unstoppable’ Box-office Success

While admittedly not all in Hollywood would find Kirk Cameron’s faith alluring, the entertainment industry can’t help but take note of the solid box-office numbers the Christian filmmaker consistently achieves.

Best known for his early television role as Mike Seaver on the hit sitcom “Growing Pains” and lead role in the movies based on authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ “Left Behind” scripture-based novels, Cameron is once again snagging some major Hollywood attention.

This time around his documentary “Unstoppable” is his vehicle du jour, the film garnering a $2 million take in one evening with the assistance of an unconventional marketing approach.

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Obamacare Video Wars

The health care battle in our country is intensifying.

The House of Representatives recently placed a provision in a spending bill, which would defund the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.  The Senate, too, has jumped into the fray, and a government shutdown looms large.

Interestingly, another mêlée is brewing, one that holds the promise of being just as hard fought and equally riveting.

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‘Insidious: Chapter 2’: Demons at The Box Office

The movie that captured the top spot this past weekend is “Insidious: Chapter 2,” a sequel to the 2011 hair-raising film “Insidious,” which tells the tale of a boy who is lost in an invisible demon-populated region.

“Insidious: Chapter 2” brought in $41 million in its debut weekend, making it the best September opening for any film. The horror sequel raked in $20 million on Friday, the biggest one-day gross in the month of September.

Green-lighting the film was a no-brainer for Hollywood executives. The original “Insidious” took in just under $100 million worldwide while costing only $1.5 million to make.

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Hollywood Mostly Silent on Syria

As President Barack Obama continues to push for a military strike on Syria, the Hollywood community’s most vocal anti-war celebrities seem to be taking a hushed approach when it comes to discussing the issue.

When George Clooney was recently asked about a possible U.S. military intervention by a reporter at the Venice Film Festival, the actor responded, “I actually thought you would ask me about Ben Affleck playing Batman, but no, it’s Syria.” The actor managed to avoid discussing the issue with the verbal sleight of hand.

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Kanye West and Beyonce Choose Money over Human Rights

Two of the best-known names in popular culture, Kanye West and Beyonce Knowles, are getting some heat for their astonishing insensitivity to victims of human rights abuses.

Both music superstars recently performed at the Kazakhstan wedding of the grandson of country’s brutal dictator.

In Kanye’s case, media reports indicate that he was given a $3 million check for his entertainment services. A Kazakh billionaire and co-owner of one of the country’s largest banks reportedly paid the rapper. The amount Beyonce received has not been reported.

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