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Dolly Parton: Spiritual Roots, Faith and Being a Light

Dolly Parton’s roots, family and faith are important to her. When we sat down to talk, she shared that her grandfather was a preacher and that she grew up very poor but very spiritual. Parton has always believed through God all things are possible and faith is key to everything she does. It keeps her…

Kimberly Williams-Paisely: Quality Time and Long Friendship with Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings showcases “the stories, memories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs.” Eight Dolly songs and eight mini-movies on screen. We talked with Dolly at Dollywood for the premiere of her anthology. Kimberly Williams-Paisley stars in Jolene and she has been a longtime friend of Dolly. Plus we talk to her about her lasting…

Julianne Hough: Courage to Pursue Career and Family Support

Julianne Hough was young when she first broke into the entertainment industry and we talk with her about the courage to pursue her passion, as well as family supporting her along the way. She stars as Jolene in the popular Dolly Parton song Jolene, it’s one of the eight songs turned into mini-movies in the…

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings Premiere at Dollywood

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings showcases “the stories, memories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs.” Eight Dolly songs and eight mini-movies on screen. We talked with Dolly at Dollywood for the premiere of her anthology. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings streams on Netflix Friday November 22. . . . .

Director Roland Emmerich’s Personal Tie to Making “Midway”

He’s brought you Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 and White House Down to name a few. Now Roland Emmerich tackles the turning point of the war in the pacific, Midway. We sat down with the director in Hawaii to talk personal connections, and creating the immersive dive bombing atmosphere. “Midway” hits theatres Friday,…

Terminator: Dark Fate

Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna It’s been 35 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger first appeared on the silver screen as The Terminator and now in Terminator: Dark Fate, he’s back (see what we did there!) and passing the baton to Gabriel Luna as a Terminator from the future. We talked with Gabriel Luna about his conversations with Schwarzenegger and…

Protecting Your First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech

Speaking Your Mind May Become America’s Favorite Pastime — Part II: Dennis Prager You can’t say that! Or can you… Freedom of speech. We know it’s protected in the First Amendment but what does it mean, and are we willing to give it up to be “comfortable”? Whether you are liberal or conservative, left or…

Speaking Your Mind May Become America’s Favorite Pastime

Protecting Your First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech — Part I: Adam Carolla You can’t say that! Or can you… Freedom of speech. We know it’s protected in the First Amendment but what does it mean, and are we willing to give it up to be “comfortable”? Whether you are liberal or conservative, left…

Tall Girl: Battling Stereotypes & Labels

The pageant queen, the foreign exchange student, the tall girl, the funny guy… labels aren’t given just in high school, and they definitely shouldn’t define you. Could your insecurity really be your superpower? Candid conversation with Sabrina Carpenter, Luke Eisner, Ava Michelle and Griffin Gluck for their new Netlflix film, Tall Girl where we sat…

Tall Girl Cast: Bullying and Insecurities

It’s not easy being a teen and in the new film from Netflix, we see high school through the lens of a  Tall Girl. Six-foot-one Jodi to be specific, played by Ava Michelle. Disney darling Sabrina Carpenter plays her sister, Luke Eisner is the handsome foreign exchange student, and Griffin Gluck brings all the laughs.…

Falling Inn Love with Christina Milian & Adam Demos

Actress-Singer Christina Milian stars alongside Aussie Adam Demos in the Netflix romantic comedy Falling Inn Love. It’s about a girl who is an executive living in San Francisco and she wins an Inn in New Zealand. She ditches the city life to renovate the property with the help of a handsome contractor. The duo talks…

How Family Impacts Work: Amanda Seyfried and Milo Ventimiglia

This is Us star Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried star in The Art of Racing in the Rain, based on the bestselling book that spent more than three years on the list. We talked with them about their families and the impact on their careers. Risen Magazine:  Amanda, how has having a daughter and a family…

Kevin Costner, Patrick Dempsey, Milo Ventimiglia & Amanda Seyfried “The Art of Racing in the Rain”

The book spent 156 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and now The Art of Racing in the Rain is a feature film. It took almost a decade to be made as producer Patrick Dempsey relates racing lessons to the movie industry and the similar structure. Oscar winner Kevin Costner voices the dog…

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Impacting the Community with LaDanian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson is no stranger to running. He spent eleven seasons as a running back in the NFL. He was invited to five Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro six times. In 2017, Tomlinson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Off the field, Tomlinson is known…

National Adoption Awareness Month with Sean Anders

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. It was started in 1976 by Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week as a way to promote awareness of the children in foster care that needed adoptive families. In 1995, President Clinton would expand it to the entire month and in 1998 Clinton would develop a plan…

Fighting for Freedom with U.S. Navy SEAL Robert Ekoniak

From Lone Survivor to 13 Hours, over the past decade more and more movies are being made about the Navy SEALs. And while many people are able to view some of the combats that have been made public, there are very few people who make it through the rigorous training involved of being an actual…

Talking Faith with Melissa Joan Hart

It’s pretty fair to say that people in show business have the acumen to go-with-the-flow. Script changes, scene set-ups and personality disputes are often part of the territory. So when Risen called Melissa Joan Hart for their preset interview in 2016, she graciously kept the appointment in spite of the snow day she was in the midst…

Renewed Hope After a Miscarriage with Julia and Ryan Sadler

Renewed hope. Whether we are going through a physical ailment, financial crisis or just having a hard day, it is a universal message and one that Julia and Ryan Sadler are very familiar with. After facing the heartbreak of three miscarriages, the Sadlers needed hope. Exhausted physically and feeling the emotional and physical drain of…

On Faith with Brandon Micheal Hall

Our faith is shaped by a variety of factors ranging from our upbringing to things we have experienced along the way. They can either draw us closer in our relationship with God or cause us to question the faith that once seemed so strong. Brandon Micheal Hall is one who knows this faith conflict well.…

Pastors Philip and Holly Wagner

Understanding Your Calling with Philip and Holly Wagner

Phillip and Holly Wagner are the founding and leading pastors of the Oasis Church in Los Angeles. They’ve written books on dating, love, and mending marriages. They’ve founded a non-profit water organization, survived cancer, and recognize the importance of supporting the gifts of your spouse. While Oasis Church has grown and recently moved to new location on…

Sandi Patty Bringing A Voice to the Voiceless

She has been dubbed, “The Voice,” and rightfully so. Sandi Patty has released over thirty albums and is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history. Over the past thirty years, she has won forty Dove Awards, five Grammy awards, four Billboard Music Awards, had three platinum records, five gold records, and sold…

Standing Beautiful with Chloe Howard

Born with a debilitating foot deformity and undergoing her first surgery at a mere six months old, Chloe Howard has a courageous story about embracing physical differences. She went on to have five major surgeries by the time she was fifteen, but her parents kept reminding her she was beautifully and wonderfully made. It wasn’t…

Anna Buffini: Reserve Champion in the Under 25 Grand Prix National

Anna Buffini was crowned the Brentina Cup champion in 2016 with her now-retired mount Sunday Boy, as well as the reserve championship with Wilton II the same year. She was more than happy to return with Wilton II, her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Jazz—Olympia, Contango) after he had been out of training for a period…

Pricilla Shirer Stars in Overcomer

Author, speaker and actress Priscilla Shirer stars in the new film Overcomer alongside Alex Kendrick. This inspiring family film dares to leave you filled with hope and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? Synopsis: Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are…

Phil Robertson Podcast Tops the Faith Charts

After only 17 episodes, Phil Robertson’s podcast Unashamed reached #1 on iTunes in the faith category. Joined by his sons Al and Jase, the Duck Commander boldly proclaims his Christian values along with comical anecdotes and life lessons. Unashamed like his hit reality television show Duck Dynasty, holds a commitment to truth and humor while…

Hawaiian Wedding Bliss for The Rock

Congratulations to Dwayne Johnson and his bride Lauren Hashian! We’re thrilled for the couple who wed after twelve years together and two beautiful daughters. The ceremony may have been a secret but the wrestler-turned-actor was thrilled to share a couple pictures with his more than 150 million followers…. simply stating the date, location and blessed!…

How Family Impacts Work: Amanda Seyfried and Milo Ventimiglia

This is Us star Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried star in The Art of Racing in the Rain, based on the bestselling book that spent more than three years on the list. We talked with them about their families and the impact on their careers. Risen Magazine:  Amanda, how has having a daughter and a family…

Race Driving and Dog Casting: Q5 with Director Simon Curtis

Risen Magazine: The book spent three and half years on the New York Times bestseller list. When did you read it and what stands out to you? Simon Curtis: It just struck me as a very good book when I first read it seven years ago. Now, even more than ever, it feels like the…

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