Saturday, November 28, 2009

Complete Love Comes Softly Collection with Katherine Heigl, January Jones, Haylie Duff, more

I have started reviewing the Love Comes Softly Series which stars Katherine Heigl, January Jones, Haylie Duff, Dale Midkiff, and more. I loved Love Comes Softly. See review link below!

Complete Love Comes Softly Collection with Katherine Heigl, January Jones, Haylie Duff, more

The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection, a DVD anthology of eight uplifting Christian drama films based on Janette Oke’s best selling faith-based novels, is due to release just in time for the holiday shopping season December 1, 2009. This inspiring library from filmmaker Michael Landon Jr. includes a stellar cast such as Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy,” The Ugly Truth)
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Love Comes Softly Set Film #1 "Love Comes Softly" with Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff and Corbin Bernsen

'Love Comes Softly' with Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff and Corbin Bernsen


Sunday, November 29th, 2009

The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection Film #1: Love Comes Softly

The first film in The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection, Love Comes Softly is the story of a young couple who journeys West looking for new opportunities. After arriving safely at their new property, the husband, Aaron Claridge (Oliver Macready), is killed the first day when he is thrown from his horse.

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Sunday, November 29th, 2009 · 1 comment
The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection Film #2: Love’s Enduring Promise

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Nashville Christmas Events November 30 - December 4: Amy Grant, parade, concerts, lights & more

WooHoo! It's my favorite time of the year! I LOVE the Christmas holidays! I love all of it - the trappings: decoration, lights, tinsel. I love the music: the concerts and carols. I love the fellowship: parties, friends & family. Most of all, I love the deeper meaning - that we still acknowledge that a baby was born in a manger over 2,000 years ago to save us all - and that still brings tidings of comfort and joy to a darkening world.

Nashville Christmas events November 30 - December 4: Amy Grant, parade, concerts, lights & more
Friday, November 27th, 2009
The Christmas holiday season is kicking off in a big way this week with the Nashville Christmas parade, Christmas concerts, Amy Grant, John Rich, Salvation Army kettles, and other holiday activities! ...
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Top 10 holiday movie favorites of gospel artists and Christian entertainers

I started compiling this list last year as Favorite Holiday Movies of Gospel Artists & Entertainers, but this year after receiving more movie favorites, I wanted to do something different, so I grouped the movies according to which artists picked them and came up with a Top Ten List of Holiday Movies!


Thursday, November 26th, 2009

'Tis the season for Christmas movies! If you are wanting suggestions for movies to watch or to give during the Christmas holidays, here are the top ten holiday movies picked by gospel music artists and Christian entertainers. Top ten holiday movies include: A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Muppets Christmas, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and White Christmas....
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tom DeLay and Kathy Ireland on 'Dancing with the Stars' finals; Whitney Houston, Donny Osmond sing

The "Dancing with the Stars" finale was last night and Donny Osmond took home the disco ball trophy. It was fun to see Tom DeLay and Kathy Ireland flitting around the dance floor again!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 · 2 comments
Tom Delay and his partner Cheryl Burke joined Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani for tonight's "Dancing with the Stars" finals. Occasional...
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Tom DeLay on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" "'Dancing with the Stars' claimed two victims tonight, actress Debi Mazar and former House Majority...
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Dancing with the Stars Full of Surprises Last night's "Dancing with the Stars" was full of surprises, and the biggest one was Tom DeLay's...
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Will DeLay Dance on "Dancing with the Stars?" At the beginning of tonight's "Dancing with the Stars" show, Samantha Harris...
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Dancing with the Stars Results Show When the Dancing with the Stars Results Show started, my favorite dancing Christian underdogs, Kathy Ireland and...
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Kathy Ireland Dances the Quickstep Kathy Ireland had another week to try to loosen up on the dance floor after being told she was safe last week. (See...
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Dancing with the Stars Tribute to Patrick Swayze Tonight's very short "Dancing with the Stars" started with a tribute to Patrick Swayze - a...
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Who Is Kathy Ireland? This season's "Dancing with the Stars" brings a familiar face back to television screens. Christian model, actress,...
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DeLay Trades In His Hammer for Dance Shoes on Dancing with the Stars Tom DeLay, former Republican House Majority Leader, has laid down his hammer and...
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Celebrate Christmas with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound at Trevecca Nazarene University Dec. 1

To help you kick off the Christmas season...

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Every Light That Shines at Christmas Concert Dec. 1

Southern Gospel quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will bring their "Every Light That Shines at Christmas" concert to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 PM. The Nashville concert will kick off the "Every Light That Shines at Christmas" tour....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

American Girl, Disney, KB Toys make Christmas "Friend or Foe" naughty list

I have been looking at this list for several years now to see which companies have made the decision to NOT use the word Christmas during the "holiday" season.

American Girl, Disney, KB Toys make Christmas "Friend or Foe" naughty list
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
American Girl - Naughty or Nice?
Popular doll maker American Girl has turned up on the Liberty Counsel's seventh annual "Friend or Foe" Christmas Campaign...
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Gospel duo Mary Mary wins second American Music Award for Contemporary Inspirational

I thought I would end my American Music Awards coverage with the Inspirational winners, Mary Mary. After seeing how sleazy the show was this year, it would be fine with me if MTV does not air awards shows ever again as they have proven this year with the Video Music Awards and American Music Awards that they do not have a grasp on dignity or decency.


Monday, November 23rd, 2009

If you followed the 2009 American Music Awards last night, tucked away between the revealing costumes, the bleeped lyrics, and the colossal embarrassment that was Adam Lambert, gospel duo Mary Mary unobtrusively won Favorite Artist in the Contemporary Inspirational category....
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

The American Music Awards gospel connections: Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood pictures

The American Music Awards took place tonight. I was disgusted with half of it, especially Perez Hilton as a host or whatever he was and Adam Lambert's disgustingly lewd movies. As these shows continue to deteriorate, I try to focus on the positive.


Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

The 2009 American Music Awards are tearing up the television airwaves tonight as a Who's Who of musicians are nominated in various categories. This year's AMAs feature several artists with gospel ties including Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath, Mary Mary, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Houston, Daughtry, and Michael Jackson....
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Susan Boyle 'I Dreamed a Dream' releases tomorrow; 2001 video of Boyle performing discovered

More on Susan Boyle: album release, new video discovered, and another old video found


Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 · 3 comments

As reported in Susan Boyle dreamed a dream, Susan Boyle's long-awaited project I Dreamed a Dream is releasing tomorrow. Now a 2001 video has been uncovered of Boyle singing "The Power of Love."...
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Doll Collecting 101: What Is a Reborn Doll? Reborn and newborn dolls look like real babies

I think these dolls are cute, and I admire the artistry, but there is something a little disturbing about the ones that breathe and have heartbeats...

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
As Christmas approaches, one of the unusual dolls which might show up on someone's holiday wish-list is a reborn doll. What is a Reborn Doll? The...
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Perfect Gift - culture vs. Christmas in a holiday movie

Old friend Mark Smeby sent me news about a holiday film he is in:

Friday, November 20th, 2009

The Perfect Gift, an indie Christmas film shot in neighboring Louisville, Kentucky, has just been released on DVD by EMI. This is a sweet, palatable film about a spoiled young girl (Christina Fougnie), her single mother (Amy Hess) and a struggling associate pastor (Matt Wallace) whose lives are forever changed by a mysterious drifter named Jess (Jefferson Moore)....
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Wynonna, Aaron Minick and Palmetto State Quartet on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' holiday program

The holidays are upon us!


Friday, November 20th, 2009 · 1 comment

Wynonna, Aaron Minick and Palmetto State Quartet on "Oprah" Thanksgiving Week

Oprah may be leaving, but she's not gone yet! Just in time...
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Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon at midnight: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner bring Twilight back

I went to the midnight showing of New Moon with Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner last night to follow the adventures of Bella and Edward and Jacob. I thought the movie was a more-than-adequate sequel and that the faith-based themes were still clear in New Moon. This is my review:



Friday, November 20th, 2009 · 1 comment

Sequel to Twilight Now Playing

Last year I wrote about going to see Twilight at midnight and wondered where the throngs of young girls were. This year I found out - fans of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner waited for New Moon to turn out in force!
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Twilight Cast Presents New Moon Trailer at MTV VMA Awards As reported in A Christian look at Twilight books and movies, the brand-new trailer for New...
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A Christian Look at Twilight & New Moon Continues
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A Christian Look at Twilight
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving dolls & Pilgrim figurines make colorful Thanksgiving doll displays (with sideshow)

As you can tell, I love creating Thanksgiving displays using various Pilgrim dolls and figurines.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
Thanksgiving is almost here! This holiday began with the Pilgrims when William Bradford issued the first Thanksgiving Day proclamation in November of 1623.

Looking at the colorful figurines above, it is hard to believe that Pilgrims are often depicted in modern culture as dour and overly pious people with long faces and drab black outfits. However, these early colonists who came to America to escape religious persecution wore bright colors: including reds, yellows, purples and greens as well as black and grey.
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 · 1 comment
Thanksgiving Barbie Dolls Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it is time to take a look at the holiday from a doll's point of view! I doubt...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Pure Country Gift with Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, George Strait, and Dean Cain - plot synopsis

I have been chomping at the bit to share some details about "A Pure Country Gift," but I didn't want to be the extra who blabbed and told all the spoilers, as I would like to do this again! However, I saw a few details appearing in print today and felt at liberty to share some of what I know about the plot of "A Pure Country Gift."


A Pure Country Gift Stars Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, J.D. Parker with appearances by George Strait

As reported in A Pure Country Gift invites country fans to free concert taping with George Strait and Katrina Elam,  I have had the unexpected pleasure of being cast as an extra in A Pure Country Gift, the upcoming holiday movie which stars Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, J.D. Parker and with a couple of special appearances by country music superstar, George Strait.

A Pure Country Gift is a film that will have a real Nashville feel. On Saturday I spent twelve hours at Nashville's Northstar Studios working with other extras in scenes shot for the movie's talk show sequence.

Today I celebrated Veterans Day by joining 40 paid extras and several hundred volunteers who filmed some concert footage scenes for the film with Katrina Elam and other cast members at the Municipal Auditorium. We learned the chorus to "That's My Man" and got to experience wind machines first hand.

Extras received notice that filming would take place at Twin Pines ranch in Lebanon on Friday and that actor George Strait would be on hand.

A Pure Country Gift stars Katrina Elam as Bobbie, a young singer who is given the gift of a beautiful voice, but with that gift come certain responsibilities. From what we were told, the movie chronicles the journey of Bobbie from unknown singer to rising start to superstar. Along the way she meets a handsome, compassionate cowboy (Travis Fimmel), her long-lost father (J.D. Parker), and another singer who becomes her mentor (George Strait).

No official release date for A Pure Country Gift has been announced. On Saturday extras were told the film is coming out on CMT this holiday season, but today the predominant rumor was A Pure Country Gift is headed toward local theaters in 2010. Although some websites have called it a sequel to the 1992 film, Pure Country, where George Strait starred as country singer Dusty Chandler, the bits and pieces of storyline that were shared with the extras make A Pure Country Gift sound like a new and separate story.

Check out the slideshow for some backstage photos of A Pure Country Gift extras as well as actors J.D. Parker and Travis Fimmel. J.D. Parker spent a great deal of time with the extras, providing many fun photo ops. More photos of the A Pure Country Gift extras' experience and a plot synopsis coming soon!

For more info: 



A Pure Country Gift with Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, George Strait, and Dean Cain - plot synopsis
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

More About "A Pure Country Gift"

As mentioned in A Pure Country Gift with Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, J.D. Parker and appearances by George Strait, I had the opportunity to work as an extra in the upcoming movie A Pure Country Gift. Directed by Chris Cain, who also shot the first film Pure Country, A Pure Country Gift is not exactly a sequel to "Pure Country," although George Strait, who was the lead in the first movie in 1992, does have a role in the second film and was scheduled to appear at a shoot in Lebanon this past Friday.

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Thursday, November 12th, 2009
A Pure Country Gift Stars Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, J.D. Parker with appearances by George Strait
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Saturday, November 7th, 2009 · 2 comments
A Pure Country Gift Stars George Strait, Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, and J.D. Parker

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Photo of Travis Fimmel © Kathryn E. Darden
 Photo of Katrina Elam from Wikipedia
Please note the photograph of Travis Fimmel is marked © (as are all the photos in the slideshow), yet I am seeing it turn up on other websites along with the article which is in violation of international copyright laws. If you don't intend to reimburse me for my work, then please do not run it on your website.

Sen. Bob Corker, Jars of Clay, Nashville music industry partner on 'Water for the World' event

Another interesting Nashville event:

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Tennessee Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, who serves as the second-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is hosting "Water for the World," an event at the Gordon E. Inman Center at Nashville's Belmont University on Monday, November 23.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Producers of Fireproof announce next movie, Courageous

I really enjoyed Fireproof and hope Courageous is just as good!



Courageous graphic from press kit

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Fireproof Producers Announce Courageous

Fans of 2008's top indie film Fireproof will be happy to know there is another faith-based film in the works from Sherwood Pictures. Sherwood Church, producers of the hit independent movie Fireproof (with Kirk Cameron) as well as Flywheel (DVD only) and Facing the Giants, announced the theme and title for Courageous, Sherwood Pictures' fourth movie at its Sunday evening service tonight. The announcement was made collectively by Senior Pastor Michael Catt, Executive Pastor Jim McBride, and ministers Stephen and Alex Kendrick who make up the leadership team of Sherwood Pictures....

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gospel Music 101: Who Is Sonicflood?

More on Sonicflood and Phil Baquie

Gospel Music 101: Who Is Sonicflood?

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Who Is Sonicflood?

Sonicflood is a contemporary gospel group based in Nashville, Tennessee. The band has sold almost 2 million records, and produced worship hits including "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever," "Resonate," "Cry Holy" and "Here I am to Worship."...
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Sonicflood guitarist Phil Baquie to deploy to Afghanistan November 15

My father served in the Army, so I am always impressed by the courage of our military men and women.

Friday, November 13th, 2009
Sonicflood's Guitarist Phil Baquie Deploys to Afghanistan

Sonicflood's Nashville based guitarist Phil Baquie recently received orders that he is being deployed to Afghanistan this Sunday, November 15, for about a year as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom."...
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Touched by An Angel Inspiration Collection now on DVD featuring Randy Travis

I used to love watching "Touched by an Angel" when it came on in the 1990s. Sometimes it was hard for me to watch. I had lost my parents back to back in 1991 and 1993, and "Touched by an Angel" often dealt with death and loss. I found myself bawling through more than one episode. OK, I cried through most of them, but the experience was cathartic. "Touched by an Angel" was one of those extremely rare television shows that left me a better person for having watched it.


Friday, November 13th, 2009 · 1 comment

Touched by an Angel Collections Now on DVD

On Tuesday, November 10, the beloved Christian television series "Touched by an Angel" starring Roma Downey, Della Reese, and John Dye was released on DVD. "Touched by an Angel" ran for nine seasons between 1994 and 2003 and was one of the highest rated shows on the CBS network featuring well-known guest stars like Randy Travis.

The series executive producer (and a writer for the show) was Martha Williamson...
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Pure Country Gift with Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, J.D. Parker and appearances by George Strait - an Extra's view


I had the opportunity to be an extra again yesterday on A Pure Country Gift. This time we were taken to the Municipal Auditorium at 7 AM where we spent the day filming concert scenes. I brought a book again but ended up at a table with Sarah, Ashlin, Wendy, Kimberly, Ashley and Amber, and we hit it off so well I didn't have much time to read, even though we were there for 11 hours!

Actor J.D. Parker once again spent quite a bit of time with the extras, taking photos and telling tall tales, and we got to see more of Katrina Elam. Travis Fimmel passed through once, but there was no sign of George Strait. They served a delicious lunch from Loveless Cafe. You can read more of my adventures as an extra and see some photos at:


Thursday, November 12th, 2009

As reported in A Pure Country Gift invites country fans to free concert taping with George Strait and Katrina Elam, I have had the unexpected pleasure of being cast as an extra in A Pure Country Gift which stars Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, and J.D. Parker and with a couple of special appearances by George Strait....
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Saturday, November 7th, 2009 · 2 comments
A Pure Country Gift Stars George Strait, Katrina Elam, Travis Fimmel, and J.D. Parker
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Susan Boyle hits all the right notes on Dancing with the Stars

More on Susan Boyle! She did a great job on "Dancing with the Stars" tonight.


Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Susan Boyle shared her dream with viewers tonight on "Dancing with the Stars." Boyle joined Michael Buble as musical guests on the "Dancing with the Stars" results show....
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Monday, November 9th, 2009
Scottish singer Susan Boyle, who rose to fame almost overnight on "Britain's Got Talent" this year, is set to sing on Tuesday night's...
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Thanksgiving Barbie dolls: Pilgrim Barbie and Happy Thanksgiving Kelly

I confess to having a particular fondness for the Pilgrim Barbie, Tommy and Kerstie. I find the story of the Pilgrims inspiring and think they have been done a disservice and villainized unfairly in popular culture. I like the simple "historic" costumes these dolls wear and enjoy setting up Thanksgiving scenes with them in honor of the original Pilgrims.

Thanksgiving Barbie dolls: Pilgrim Barbie and Happy Thanksgiving Kelly Club set
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 · 1 comment
Thanksgiving Barbie Dolls
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New Music Tuesday November 10: Switchfoot, Katinas, Ayiesha Woods

Christmas music is hitting the streets and Switchfoot's project is finally out!

New Music Tuesday November 10: Switchfoot, Katinas, Ayiesha Woods
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

New Music Tuesday November 10:

New music releasing today includes gospel music projects from Switchfoot, Katinas, and Ayiesha Woods
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 · 2 comments
Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane Releases November 10
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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 · 1 comment
Switchfoot, from MySpace to Jimmy Kimmel
Switchfoot, the uber-popular Christian alternative rock band named after a surfing move, has a busy schedule...
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Switchfoot - Hello Hurricane
On November 10, multi-platinum selling alternative rock band Switchfoot will release Hello Hurricane, the gospel...
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Hope For Samoa Concert Features Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, Katinas, Natalie Grant and Melinda Doolittle As reported in Gospel artists respond to...
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Katinas, Natalie Grant, Melinda Doolittle in Concert to Benefit Samoa In response to the 8.2 magnitude earthquake and resulting walls of 15-20 foot...
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New Twilight dolls: Edward Cullen and Bella Swan now immortal as Barbie dolls

This was an interesting angle on the Twilight books, movies and now -- DOLLS!

New Twilight dolls: Edward Cullen and Bella Swan now immortal as Barbie dolls (with slideshow)
Sunday, November 8th, 2009
Twilight Dolls: Edward Cullen and Bella Swan

When author Stephanie Meyer first penned Twilight, I wonder if she had any idea Edward Cullen and Bella Swan would one day be immortalized as Barbies...
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Twilight Cast Presents New Moon Trailer at MTV VMA Awards As reported in A Christian look at Twilight books and movies, the brand-new trailer for New...
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A Christian Look at Twilight & New Moon Continues In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the idea that Twilight might be considered more of a...
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