Interview with Greg Kinnear: Is Heaven for Real? Heaven is For Real #Heavenisforrealmovie

I know it’s hard for many of you that are not believers to get excited as I am about this movie. And for that reason I really want to make it a point to include the interview I had with Greg Kinnear. I’m not entirely sure that Greg Kinnear is a Christian. If he is he’s sort of like me, it’s difficult to just put yourself out there and say yes I’m a Christian and Yes I believe in heaven and yes to those that don’t believe, I just type casted myself so you don’t want to hire me or work with me.


Having faith and putting yourself out there is hard to do and it was actually hard for the Burpo family to tell their story. Nothing about the Heaven is for Real story was easy. I mean, Todd and Sonia almost lost their son. And making the decision to tell the story was scary and it’s hard for that small town to be in the spotlight. So I can understand how it’s also hard for Greg to put himself out there like this. But he did it, and he did it well.


Someone asked Greg Kinnear about how he prepared for the film

He said that he never met Todd before the film so he called him on the phone and they Skyped each other a lot. It was important to Greg that he portrayed that Todd was more than just a pastor. He was a volunteer firefighter, he volunteered at the school, and he was also a pastor and a father. I felt that Greg did a really great job making Todd f eel like a very complex guy. He was drawn in with the family’s dilemma and how they figured out what to do with this shocking information their son was telling them.  “I liked the way the story is told in a very human, accessible way….It’s the story of a family who experiences something extraordinary. On think Randall is so good at is creating moments of humor, humanity and decency for this family, while also getting at the larger questions.


We also asked him about working with Connor, How was that, did he help him a lot?

Greg sort of laughed and said I never knew I was going to be the kid whisperer for this movie, but I did work very well with Connor. We also played a lot together. Then he went on to say that he really understood that relationship between Colton and Todd and the innocence of a four year old boy. “It’s important to point out that Colton was then a four year-old kid, so there was no affection, nothing artificial about what he was saying. It was completely innocence……..And while children at that age can have huge imaginations, they also say things that you know they believe with all their heart. So it’s really interesting to play a father trying to sift through what’s real and what’s not in this kind of event.”


In the end, much like Wallace, Kinnear sees the story of Heaven is For Real as being not just about looking towards heaven but also about how to live in the grace of the hear and now. “Whatever your feelings on the afterlife, I think this film captures the beauty that is all around us through the eyes of this little boy and what he is seeing”


Heaven is for Real is in theaters now!

Go See Disneynature’s Film Bears #MeetTheCubs #DisneynatureBears

For Earth Day this year Disneynature released the film Bears. Bears follows the adventures of three bears, a mother and her two cubs. She spent the winter nursing them and it’s time to get some food but the salmon are very far away and not all of the bears get along. In fact some of the male bears will not tolerate cubs at all. clip_image001

clip_image001[6]In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run— while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), and narrated by John C. Reilly, “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.It’s an adorable story and as a parent you may want to know if anything bad happens. The bears live, all of them so when you come to the part where you think one of the cubs is going to die, you can reassure your child that everything will be ok. I have sensitive children so knowing this information helps me.


I find it so amazing at how close the film makers are able to get to the bears. I mean I’m sure they have really good zoom lenses but still they are out there in the wild with the animals following the bears. I imagine it’s difficult to keep up with the bears.

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Grey’s Anatomy Fashion See The Clothing From The Set #GreysAnatomy #ABCTVEVENT

I love looking at clothing and I love Grey’s Anatomy, I mean there aren’t that many people out there that don’t watch Grey’s or haven’t watched it at some time. I stopped about the time of the writer’s strike. We ended up getting rid of TV altogether and didn’t watch anything. But now is just great time to jump back on the show. Getting caught up is easy enough. Grey’s Anatomy" airs Thursdays from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT on ABC


Now look at the clothing…

I’m starting with this dress that Meredith wore to a wedding. This is the dress that my sister wanted me to wear to her wedding as her maid of honor. The one we found was sold at Nordstrom. I love it, the only reason why we didn’t get it was because I had to order it off the magazine without trying it on and the one I was looking at was so backless I was worried that it would go below my back. Plus I don’t have the body of Ellen Pompeo.


And this is what the doctors wear on the set.


The next photo is what Derek Shepherd wore on one of the episodes. I wish I was an expert and could tell you the exact episode he wore it on. If you know it you should tell me in the comments section.


How about a wedding dress


or two? I have to update this, this was worn in episode White Wedding. 


The next two photos are provided by Grey’s Anatomy page on



And finally this dress



Grey’s Anatomy Online (#GreysAnatomy)

The clothing on Grey’s Anatomy is purchased, inspired by real doctors and fashion magazines. Not all of it is completely purchased some is purchased and modified and some are completely custom made. I love the clothing on Grey’s Anatomy because they all look like real people and we could go out and wear that same fashion. Be sure to watch tonight’s episode “I’m Winning”

On tonight’s episode

“I’m Winning” – Cristina is nominated for a Harper Avery and although most of her fellow doctors are ecstatic, she won’t let herself get too excited. Bailey continues to work on a young boy without an immune system — Alex considers making a change, and Derek and Callie work with a machine that can recognize emotions. Meanwhile, Richard gives the residents a pep talk about the exciting projects going on around the hospital on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 4/10/14)

“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Gaius Charles as Shane Ross, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards and Tessa Ferrer as Leah Murphy.

Interview with Connor Corum: Heaven Is For Real #HeavenIsForRealMovie

Heaven is For Real is all about Colton Burpo who had a near death experience when he was 4 years old. He became very very sick was hospitalized and while he was in he hospital he went to heaven. Now many in our world don’t believe this story because it was thought that you had to die to go to heaven but Colton came back with images that can be found directly described in the bible. And four year old little boys do not speak bible talk.


Connor did such an amazing job playing Colton, the Burpo family even said that Connor was a gift from God for the movie because he’s so much like Colton in real life. Boys are full of energy, talk in waves and don’t make eye contact which as a mother drives me crazy and Connor did it naturally. The director even said, Connor did such an amazing job because through most of it, he wasn’t acting. They were able to catch a child saying his lines while playing and being full on boy!


In our round table interview we asked him if he was afraid of Rosie the spider in Colorado?.

His response was no way. His mother said that was actually the hardest of the scene for Connor to play because he wasn’t afraid of the spider. He had to pretend to be afraid for an entire day before he got to do his scene and hold the spider. He did give Greg Kinnear away by telling us that Greg is afraid of spiders. LOL, I’m afraid of spiders!


I asked Connor if he likes being an actor?

He said YES, It’s SO FUN!

That’s such a boys answer and I asked because my little red head wants to become an actor. Even more so after being in the redwood forest and I told him that the Star Wars Ewok movie was filmed there.

Then we asked about the scene when he was sick, How did he get through that?

He gave us another very simple answer and said that He just did. His mother on the other hand told us that he had to drink juice and he doesn’t really like juice. He had to drink the juice over and over and over again so that he could spit it up.

We asked him who he would want to be in a movie with?

Greg Kinnear really made an impression on Connor because he wants to be in another movie with Greg. Greg really helped him through his scenes and was really just a great guy for Connor to work with.

Someone else asked him how he prepared for the emotional scenes?

In childlike form he just stared at us blankly. Connor is the same age as my son and he can’t fully process these deep emotions and it was very important to the director that his mother didn’t coach him. So she said that to help him, the night before a scene they would talk about what it’s like for a mom to lose a baby inside her or how important it was for someone to know that a relative of theirs was in heaven.

imageHe also is very good at memorizing lines and is attending a Catholic church where he’s been learning about heaven his whole life.


Final conclusion is go see the movie just to see Connor Corum. He’s amazing in Heaven is For Real.

Heaven Is For Real Movie Out Today #HeavenIsForRealMovie

I’m so very excited because the Movie Heaven is For Real is out today and it’s a movie you should go see. Heaven Is For Real is about the experiences that the Burpo family had when their son Colton almost died. It’s a true story that was turned into a book. It wasn’t turned into a book so the family could make money, the book was made years after the event and doctor’s bills have to be paid right away. It wasn’t made so that a pastor could convert those that don’t believe in Jesus or heaven at all will believe. Todd didn’t even fully believe his son at first. It was made because it’s an amazing story that needed to be shared with the world to spark thought and because I honestly believe that GOD wanted this story told.


Heaven is For Real is Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. The story brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. Written by Sony Pictures Publicity



This story came to life from connections of love and compassion from book to screen it’s been blessed. I have my own reaction to the movie which is I really liked it. I cried even though I knew Colton would survive. I’ve shown it to my kids and we had some really great conversations about death and life and Jesus and Heaven! The movie is full of love and doubt it really tells the story of Heaven in human terms. The actors are amazing, the director and screenwriter are amazing. I love how they were able to have Connor be such a natural little boy. He didn’t make eye contact and was really exploring heaven. They created that scene and his reaction is real because he hadn’t seen the set until that very moment.


Now, I’ve also seen the scope of believers and their opinions. My friend and leader of the Children’s Ministry at my church said she was impressed at how it wasn’t really overly religious. It’s a movie that is safe for none-believers to see and not feel pressured. image

My close none-believer friend saw the movie with me and he said, wow I wasn’t expecting it to be so religious. But he also didn’t know that it was a best selling book and that the dad was a pastor.

From the two perspectives, yes it’s a religious movie, can you still go see it yes. Take Your Family! Go with an open heart and open eyes and just think about…… Is Heaven For Real?

Interview With Thomas Haden Church: Heaven is For Real #HeavenIsForReal

Thomas Haden Church is a strong Christian, who in person just seems like a huggable loveable guy. He’s genuine, endearing and really funny. All I knew was He was the sandman in Spiderman.

Born in Yolo, California, but raised in Texas, Church began his show business career in front of a microphone instead of a camera, first as a radio deejay and then as a voice-over announcer. After landing a role in the independent film, Stolen Moments, Church moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.


In Heaven is for Real Haden plays Jay Wilkins, a good friend to Todd Burpo (Played by Greg Kinnear). I had the opportunity to work with five other bloggers and Sony where we interviewed Thomas Haden Church and asked him about his experience with the Movie Heaven is For Real.


Did you shadow any of the real volunteer firefighters?

Thomas Haden Church: Before I went, I did this 2 day training with my VFD in Texas. And then, whenever we got up to (not Nebraska) Manatoba, we did just a little, you know, safety sort of thing and rode along with them. Not on any calls that I remember, I think we just went riding around. And they showed us, you know, this is what we are wearing right now, this is where as soon as we land, this is the equipment that we go for, you know. The biggest thing is putting on those air packs. Man, you jump on that truck and that thing lurches and before you know it you are going 70 miles per hour and you’re trying to sit down and get to the air pack and put all that stuff on and getting everybody charged, the air packs charged. There’s bells going off.


I was the chief, so I didn’t have to “man a line”. What I did was yell at people to get more lines on the fire. Yeah, you know, learning things like “structures fully engaged”, “how many units”, and “who’s setup command”. All that stuff, I did go through that in Texas and then we went through sort of a mini deal in Manitoba. Really good guys though. Really cool guys. I liked them all.

So how has this project, the book or the movie impacted your life? Was your faith stirred?

Thomas Haden Church: It’s always been there, and I sort of keep using the same analogy that, you know, whenever you’re a child you start out with a very fundamental set of tools, or call it whatever, like a spiritual train set. You know, you learn bible songs and scriptures, and you see Jesus walking with a flock of sheep and, you know, all those little things that you learn in bible school. And as you go along and you get older, you know, some of those things are lost. Some of those sensibilities get a little blunted. And then from time to time you’re sort of reminded, you know, I need to pay attention to that a little more closely because I do, I want to walk that righteous path and be the guy that makes the right choices, you know, whether it’s with my kids, my friends, my family, my community. You know, professionally I want to be known as an honorable guy who has professional integrity.


So, going along, it’s always thing this where we sort of have to readdress where we are spiritually when somebody dies, or when somebody almost dies. And it’s not as often as, you know, where am I at spiritually now that my, you know, niece had a baby, you know, it’s not… for some reason we don’t go to that. We don’t try to realign ourselves. And I’ve used this analogy too, it’s like, we don’t hear from the WHO how many healthy babies are born in Africa, we hear about the AIDS babies that are born in Africa. It’s just, we sort of, we have a tendency to kind of use the dark to realign with the light. Which is very poetic – I think all of you can appreciate that. (laughter)

But, you know, the year before this movie came out, I did have 3 people who were very close to me pass away. At the beginning of last year I went to do a movie and I was gone, and when I came back, the Heaven script had been sent to me in Texas. I read it, and they are like, you know, the director wants to talk to you. Randall and I had the first of a number of conversations and I realized that we kind of had a similar back story. You know, raised Christian, him in Tennessee, me in Texas. But we just sort of had, like this similar spiritual experience as men. I just was like, maybe this was the right thing at the right time. Instead of looking for the next cool edgy movie, you know, I think I would like to participate and I don’t need to be the lead in everything that I do. But I’d like to participate in something that is faith based and is a great family story. I think, in that way, yeah. It kind of helped revitalize where I was spiritually. And talking to you, it’s like, I wouldn’t be here talking to you about hopeful, loving, you know, spiritual dynamics in our lives if I hadn’t done the movie. So… you guys are all moms. That’s cool. You can always have good energy with a bunch of moms.


Heaven Is For Real opens in theaters on April 16th, 2014.

Meeting The Moms of ABC TV #ABCTVEVENT

Moms come in all shapes and sizes and no matter what their profession or how they gave birth if they take care of a child that they call their own they are a mom. We often forget that actors and actresses are just down to earth people that love their job. Their life looks extremely glamorous but once they get home from work it’s the same as us. They get home run upstairs change clothes into comfy yoga pants and are ready to tackle the day a home. At least that’s how Ming-Na Wen describes her home. Her husband says he would prefer a few minutes with the fake Ming-Na, but he’s still quite happy to have her home for the day.


Ming-Na wasn’t the only ABC TV mom that we met. I also met, Wendi McLendon-Covey of THE GOLDBERGS (@wendimcclendonco), Amanda Fuller of LAST MAN STANDING (@amandafuller27), Patricia Heaton of THE MIDDLE (@PatriciaHeaton), Frankie Shaw of MIXOLOGY (@frankishawisag), Alexis Carra of MIXOLOGY (@alexiscarra),Toks Olagundoye of THE NEIGHBORS (@ToksOlagundoye), Jami Gertz of THE NEIGHBORS, Malin Akerman of TROPHY WIFE (@MalinAkerman). Moms that love to talk about their children just as much as we do!


I felt so blessed for the experience and I’m kicking myself because I left all my photos on my old phone. I have a picture with Patricia Heaton and Jami Gertz. Both of whom I was able to talk to for quite a while eating appetizers and drinking cocktails together. Patricia spoke a lot about her son and Jami had lots of parenting advice while also saying as a parent you just do the best you can.

But at least I found this photo of me and Tara with the Mixology girls.


The Moms of ABC are at all different stages of motherhood. They all play mother’s on TV but not all can pull from that experience some of the moms had to spend the day with a niece or nephew to get a real parenting experience. What I loved most was hearing Ming-Na tell me that she, like me wouldn’t be able to home school her children without someone in the house getting hurt. And when she has to deal with behavior sometimes the best thing to say is “Don’t make me go Agent May on you!”


Which reminds me, Agents of Shield is really good right now cleaning up the aftermath of what happened in Captain America The Winter Soldier (Now in theaters).

Do You Have A Million Dollar Arm? Disney’s 1 Million Pitching Contest

Do you have a million dollar arm? I know for a fact I don’t but I’m excited to see who does. Just about as excited as I am to see Disney’s Million Dollar Arm movie coming out on May 16th. Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Disney’s drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell.


Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest. The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest is being held to celebrate the opening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” an incredible true story about two young men who went from never throwing a baseball to getting a Major League tryout.

Amateur baseball pitchers—male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older—are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest at either Walt Disney World®Resort in Florida, Disneyland® Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, California. Official rules are available on’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at DOLLAR ARM

Presented by SUBWAY® restaurants, the three qualifying events will take place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at both Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® and on April 26 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day during the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. Contestants will throw three pitches, each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch. All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC Theatres location later that evening.

Nine finalists chosen during these qualifying events will have a chance to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.” The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or her guest to the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May 6.  Each of these finalists will throw three pitches on Hollywood Boulevard. Any eligible finalist who throws one 100 mph strike (out of three pitches) will become a potential winner of the $1 million grand prize.

The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and celebrities.

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Dreamworks Animation’s New Short Film “Almost Home” In Honor of HOME

While I was on a media event with Dreamworks Animation I saw a glimpse of a new short film called “Almost Home”. 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have been busy! To get us all excited for the November release of their animated film, HOME, they have released this fun short film appropriately titled “ALMOST HOME”. We get a chance to get to know the adorable aliens before they hit the big screen! Boasting some great voices from Steve Martin, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna – this movie is sure to be a real treat! You can watch ALMOST HOME below!


When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip (Rihanna), manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is Almost Here May 9, 2014

Roger S. Baum’s further adventures of his great-grandfather’s beloved characters are given a new animated life in Summertime’s Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.

Legends of Oz Dorothy's Return

The film is based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum and the further adventure stories by his great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum. "Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return" begins when Dorothy (Lea Michele) wakes up in Kansas to find that it has been devastated by the tornado that whisked her to Oz. But soon after, she is magically transported back to Oz by her old friends Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man (Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and Kelsey Grammer, respectively). She must work with a new cast of characters to save Oz from an evil Jester (Martin Short) who wants all of Oz under his control. The film also stars the voices of Patrick Stewart, Oliver Platt, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty and Bernadette Peters.Legends-of-Oz-Dorothys-Return-post-3

The impressive cast is further augmented by Bernadette Peters as the voice of Glinda, the good witch, and Oliver Platt as a wise, argyle-clad owl. The film is directed by Disney animation veterans Dan St. Pierre (also production designer) and Will Finn (also story supervisor). St. Pierre’s feature directing credits include Everyone’s Hero and Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey; Finn co-wrote and co-directed Home on the Range for Disney. The story was adapted by Randi Barnes, with screenplay by Adam Balsam and Barry Glasser. Toon Town vet Bonne Radford produced with Summertime’s Ryan and Roland Carroll–Neil Kaufman, Greg Centineo and Rene Torres served as exec producer.


As you may know, the indie-studio behind the film, Summertime Entertainment, has had an adventure of their own to make it to the film’s theatrical release. Founded by Ryan & Roland Carroll, the brothers teamed with industry expert Bonne Radford (founding member of DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment) to create a unique, and special film.

Summertime Entertainment has also launched an ambitious slate of transmedia "Legends of Oz" features including a virtual world and really fun apps.


You can learn more about the studio in this Animation Magazine feature from Cannes 2013