Actress Renee Zellweger will star in a new movie based on a book co-authored by the author behind the bestseller-turned-adaptation Heaven Is For Real, in a move that Deadline describes as Paramount’s “latest attempt to frack untapped reserves of faith-based dollars.” Same Kind Of Different As Me, which tells the story of “a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together,” was originally a self-published book from co-authors Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent (the writer behind Heaven Is For Real and two political books) before getting picked up by Thomas Nelson and becoming a New York Times bestseller ... Discuss
One of three Americans held in North Korea has been freed and returned to the United States. Jeffrey Fowle had been detained in the reclusive country for five months after officials say he intentionally left a Bible while visiting a club in the country as part of a tourist visit. All religious activity is tightly controlled in North Korea and the act was seen as a serious crime.
CNN interviewed Fowle during his detention, who admitted to the “covert act and a violation of tourists' rules,” though the network said the interview process was tightly controlled by North Korean officials. The State Department seemed to be a little baffled by the sudden move by North Korea, telling the media, “we'll let the North Koreans speak for themselves about why they decided to do this, why now.” Two Americans—including missionary Kenneth Bae—are still imprisoned there, and the White House said they’ve been given no new news about their legal status ... Discuss
There are only so many notes out there, so there are bound to be some sour grapes whenever a song gets big. At first, that's what the latest accusation of plagiarism leveled at rock gods Led Zeppelin seemed like, but lately, the accusation is taking on some weight. So much so that a judge has thrown out the band's request to dismiss the case.
The accusations in question surround "Stairway to Heaven," the one Led Zeppelin song you've definitely heard even if you don't listen to Led Zeppelin. A not-wildly-famous '70s band called Spirit has long claimed that Zep stole the chords from their 1968 song "Taurus." The two bands did tour together for some time, giving the accusation a hint of merit. Spirit frontman Randy Craig Wolfe died penniless, but his wife has taken up his cause, pursuing a lawsuit for monetary damages. You've doubtless heard "Stairway to Heaven" before, so take a listen to "Taurus" below and see what you think. Discuss
Disney's animation machine was looking flimsy there for a minute, but the House of Mouse effectively turned the ship around with a string of delightful animated films like Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph that will be as worth watching ten years from today as they are right now. And, of course, Frozen catapulted the whole thing back into the stratosphere. Now we're getting our first look at Moana, a teen Polynesian princess who will anchor Disney's next big princess movie. The movie was set to come out in 2018, but the studio must be feeling mighty confident, because they're bumping it to 2016. Moana will be Disney's fifth princess of color, and their second heroine of Pacific Islander descent. The movie will be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who also directed The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, so here's hoping they can re-bottle that magic ... Discuss