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Family-centric Disney Plus leads November streaming lineup

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Disney Plus is the new streaming destination for families In my home, Friday evenings are reserved for family movie night. Sometimes, we rent a movie from Redbox. Other times, we catch a ...

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Slugs and bugs and kids and faith

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Two new books have been released in the popular Christian children’s series Slugs & Bugs. “The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society” and “The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society on Boasting,” are the latest creations ...

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Lecrae, Natalie Grant, others join Kirk Franklin in boycott of TBN, Dove Awards

Rapper Lecrae, Marvin Sapp, contemporary Christian artist Natalie Grant and an avalanche of gospel and secular artists are voicing their support for Kirk Franklin’s boycott of TBN, the Dove Awards, and the ...

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Inspiring ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ leads ‘5 Family-Friendly Things’

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Millions of Americans grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which aired nationally from 1968 to 2001 and followed Fred Rogers as he educated children about the world and taught them to be ...

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Parents group says HBO holding Big Bird hostage

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Big Bird and Sesame Street will soon be out of reach for millions of underprivileged children. The leader of the Parents Television Council says HBO is holding families hostage by moving “Sesame ...

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Alternate Endings documentary: How do you want to die?

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HBO’s insightful new documentary looks at novel approaches to life’s end. Through stories of Americans facing death, Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America portrays families and loved ones celebrating ...

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Netflix’s ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ tops October streaming lineup

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Everyone has a talent. Most of us, though, weren’t born with the artistic skill to design things for the world’s top companies. These are the geniuses who design your car. And your ...

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Filtered movies from Vudu lead October’s family-friendly lineup

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What if you could turn a PG-13 movie into a family-friendly film that even a seven-year-old child could watch? Thanks to a new venture between Vudu, Walmart and Clearplay, you can. The Walmart-owned ...

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Faith-based crime series ‘Vindication’ leads September streaming lineup

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The best new series on Amazon Prime Video is a crime drama full of brilliant sleuthing and police investigations. But — surprise, surprise — there is not a curse word or mega-violent ...

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Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ on PBS leads September’s family-friendly lineup

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More than a few of my childhood nights were spent sitting in my bedroom, wondering why my father was watching a “boring” PBS documentary on the Civil War. But then I grew ...

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Shelter pup lands starring role in Lady and the Tramp remake

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A shelter pup is one lucky dog in Arizona after landing a starring role in the upcoming Disney remake of “Lady and the Tramp.” “Monte,” a 2-year-old terrier mix, once called HALO Animal ...

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Netflix’s ‘The Family’ turns prayer group into sinister force for world domination

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Heard about the Netflix documentary “The Family?”  As the streaming channel’s series go, it is just about as far-fetched as they come. A lot of supposedly smart people – Christians included – ...

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‘Basketball or Nothing’ leads August streaming

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Sports, and particularly basketball, have a special place in the American culture. Perhaps that’s because Americans naturally root for the underdog — the subject of most sports flicks. Or perhaps that’s because ...

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Kendrick brothers’ ‘Overcomer’ leads August family-friendly spotlight

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I admit it. I cried during the first Kendrick Brothers movie I watched: the marriage-themed Fireproof (2008). I did the same during Courageous (2011), which spotlighted fatherhood, and War Room (2015), which ...

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‘The Bachelorette’ sends home Christian guy for sex-before-marriage ideals, spat spills onto Twitter

Sparks flew last week on the Fantasy Suites episode of “The Bachelorette,” the popular but sleazy reality dating show, between star Hannah Brown and Luke Parker, who had been considered the frontrunner for much ...

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Netflix cuts graphic suicide scene from season finale

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Amid continued public and media criticism, Netflix has decided to cut “13 Reasons Why” of its most graphic suicide scene to date. The television show’s season finale sees main character Hannah Baker ...

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Apollo 11 joins Mary Poppins for July streaming

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Defying gravity and capturing the imagination define two of our streaming films for July. Mary Poppins could fly, of course, with the opening of her umbrella. Apollo 11 chronicles humanity’s victory of ...

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America’s Got Talent to aliens: July’s 5 family things

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Aliens aside, I’m always looking for something to watch with my children that doesn’t involve animation, superheroes, princesses or sports stars. Those four categories are great, but they’ve slowly become my kids’ ...

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MTV to add ‘gender fluid’ contestants to dating show

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MTV, the network that has lost 50% of its viewers, is trying to lure more eyes to its dating show. For the first time in the history of dating shows on television, ...

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June streaming includes two kinds of superheroes

Superheroes are ultra-popular movie themes these days, but they’re also often ultra-violent and, sometimes, profane. They’re also loved by young children, even if the kids never have watched one and even though ...

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ is part of human trafficking problem

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International evangelist and author, Christine Caine, has boldly suggested that people can put an end to sex trafficking by abstaining from watching pornography and TV shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones. “I’ll ...

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Faith-based ‘Like Arrows’ tops May’s streaming lineup

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The filmmakers of Like Arrows, Alex and Stephen Kendrick, are the names behind some of the most successful films in faith-based entertainment— including War Room, Courageous and Fireproof — but they’ve also ...

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Netflix’s ‘You vs. Wild’ tops family-friendly options for May

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When Man vs. Wild first aired on the Discovery Channel in 2006, I was hooked. It seemed there was little that survival expert Bear Grylls couldn’t do — from finding water in ...

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New film ‘Breakthrough’ leads April’s family-friendly spotlight

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Labeling a film “the best faith-based movie” you’ve seen doesn’t always help. On one hand, some skeptics of faith films might pay attention and watch it. On the other hand, skeptics also ...

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‘Leaving Neverland’ stirs controversy, discussion of abuse

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On March 3 and 4 HBO premiered a four-hour, two-part feature documentary titled Leaving Neverland. The film features two men, now in their 30s, Wade Robson and James Safechuck. They allege Jackson ...

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