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Have a Little Faith

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Writer Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson) got a very unusual request.  A terminally ill rabbi asked if Albom would write and deliver his eulogy.  “As is often the case with faith, I thought I was being asked a favor,” Albom says.  “In truth, I was being given one.”  At around the same time, Albom met an African-American drug addict and drug dealer turned pastor leading a ministry to Detroit’s homeless population.  Albom’s experiences with these two inspiring men led to the book Have a Little Faith: A True Story, now a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, starring Martin Landau and Laurence Fishburne that will be shown tonight on ABC.

 

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Great Reading for Movie Fans

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

Take some time this long weekend to enjoy some of the best-ever writing about making movies, assembled by Slate in conjunction with the fine folks at Longform.org.  Truman Capote profiles Marlon Brando.  Hippies make “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” for $60,000.  Coppola fights everyone, even the mob, to get “The Godfather” made.  And Beatty fights everyone to get “Ishtar” made.  All worth reading!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

One of my very favorite movies begins with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the original Miracle on 34th Street.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Best wishes to you and your families, and please know how grateful I am for the chance to be here on Beliefnet and for every one of your comments.

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