Weâ€™re previewing the new CBS series God Friended Me. Smallfoot and Little Women hit the big screen. And Switchfoot band members Jon Foreman and Tim Foreman share the story behind their latest music.
(upbeat jazz music)
- And welcome to Studio 5.
We have lots to get to in this so show so
let's fire up the countdown and
begin our weekly look atthe top five headlines
in the world of upliftingentertainment news.
At number five.
♪ If I was your boyfriend ♪
♪ I'd never let you go ♪ ♪
- [Efrem] If Justin Bieberand Hailey Baldwin's
marriage rumors are true,
you might say they honeymooned in London.
Fans captured and posted images of Bieber
serenading Baldwinoutside Buckingham palace.
Including the worshipedtune Good Good father.
(overlapping soft chatter)
♪ It's who you are it's who you are ♪ ♪
♪ And I'm loved by you ♪ ♪
- [Efrem] At number four.
- My name is Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja.
- [Efrem] It's a nameyou are sure to remember.
♪ And the rockets red glare ♪
♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪
- [Efrem] Her voice wowed fans before the
LA Galaxy match Sunday.
- She plays two musicalinstruments, she speaks three
different languages and get this
she's only seven years old.
♪ For the land of the free" ♪
♪ and the home of the brave" ♪
- [Efrem] The video went viral and now
- She is expected to performthe National Anthem again
this time for the Lakers in November.
- And with that our countdownis off to a great start.
We now turn our attention to
the small screen andwhat's new on television
this new fall season.
There is lots of buzz surrounding the new
CBS show God Friended Me.
Here is a Studio 5 closer look.
(whirling noise) I thoughtI had it all figured out
but then, I got a friend request from God.
- [Efrem] And so begins theCBS series God Friended Me
with the cast whichincludes Violett Beane,
Joe Morton and
Brandon Micheal Hall.
- So how does a preacher'sson lose his faith in God?
- Your telling them thatGod is watching over us
you know that's not true.
- You don't think that what happened
made me question my faith?
- When I was eight
my mother was diagnosedwith breast cancer.
She went to for remission;
the doctors couldn't even explain it.
On the way home from the hospital
she died in a car accident.
- [Efrem] Brandon plays thestaring role Miles Finer
the out spoken atheist and preacher's kid
who accepts the God friend request.
- [Miles] I don't know whois behind this or why they
chose me but they sent me names.
They want me to help people.
Hey some body stop that guy.
- When you pulled me back I realized
I didn't want to die.
(uplifting cheerful music)
- [Efrem] And the roleof of a preacher's kid
isn't exactly new forBrandon Micheal Hall.
- I grew up very southern religious.
My mom who was a beautiful, beautiful
strong powerful woman,
she was a pastor in the south.
And I watched her basiclly struggle as a
female pastor making her way to
where she finally was like
you know what I am going to create
my own community, my own church.
And we used to go to churchabout three, four times a day.
You know we used to pack our homework,
we used to go to NorthCarolina, South Carolina,
settle in, we gonna eaton the way down there
and then you are gonnago and get dropped off
at home once you get dropped off at school
once she gets backs.
So religion was a huge part for me and so,
to have this part, it's big.
There is no proof of Godanywhere in the universe.
We will debate that andmore on today's episode
of the Millennial Prophet.
I am your host Miles Finer reminding you
that there is no God and that is okay.
- Per usual, you're misinformed.
You grew up in the church,
you know you know this better then anyone.
- Yes it is true my father is a reverend.
We got the whole LukeVader dynamic going on.
I got into acting from frombeing at church all the time.
I would sit and watch the preacher
and be wrapped in how hewould take this ancient text
and people would go off and talk about it
and come back changedand feeling different.
- Let me get this straight.
You're being catfished by someone
calling themselves God on Facebook.
- Yes, and I need your hacker skills
to get me their IP address.
- Keep your voice down.
How many times I gotta tellyou, I am not a hacker.
Okay, I am a video enthusiast.
Okay, what do you know?
- My only lead, Cara Bloom.She writes for Catapult.
- Cute and accomplished.
- This isn't Tinder, Rakesh.
- You mean Bumble, bro.Nobody uses Tinder anymore.
- I am gonna go down there,
and I am going to getto the bottom of this.
- What are you going totell her, God sent you?
- I believe that we all have a calling
and we all have somethingin which we can be
actually active in doing.
So just with Miles, he getsfriended on Facebook so happily,
and that's his calling to make a change.
People say that God hasa plan for all of us.
Well I never believed that to be true,
but then he friended me,
and it kinda turned my life upside down.
Not that I think it's God,
but in these crazy times we live in
we owe it to ourselves toask the tough questions.
- God friended begins its run on CBS
this, Sunday September 30th.
And keep a close watchhere on Studio five.
We're actually gonna hit the road
to bring you something very special
from the series real soon.
- I think this is my castle.
Just being here with all of you.
- [Efrem] A look at thelatest big screen take
on the classic tale Little Women, and
- the star power voices behind Small Foot.
- And welcome back to Studio Five.
The countdown of the best headlines
and uplifting entertainment news
At number three,
♪ You're almighty and all powerful ♪
♪ and all belongs to you ♪ ♪
- [Efrem] Were all learning more about
Destiny Child's Michelle Williams
and fiances pastor Chad Johnson's
new reality show.
- [woman] We are in the studio
getting ready to shoot their theme song
for Chad Loves Michelle.
- [Efrem] These are a fewsnap shots from the show
and the Oprah WinfreyNetwork now says the series
Chad Loves Michelle willpremiere November 3rd.
- [Woman] I love it. Ican't wait for the saints
to see you doing that.
Oh, I can't wait.
Yeah, you see what your husband is doing?
That's your husband.
- (Michele) And I am worshiping.
- [Efrem] At number two.
- VidAngel is being sued by Disney
Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox
- [Efrem] After being shut down in 2016,
Congress is now considering a new bill
that would protect thestreaming app VidAngel.
- [Man] Is VidAngel legal?
We say we're legal,Disney says we're pirates.
but Disney made Pirates 2 through four,
so who's the real criminal here?
- [Efrem] The new bill iscalled the Family Movie Act
Clarification Act of 2018,
and it would make clearthat streaming services
are now included amongapproved filtering devices
along with DVD players.
- Some people will never love us,
but we hope we can convincethem we're not criminals.
We're just trying to protect
the personal choice of families.
- And that leads only one more headline
in the countdown this week.
We'll get to that in just a moment.
Right now we want to turn
from the small screen to the big screen,
and look at a modern retelling
of Louisa May Alcott'sclassic novel Little Women.
It follows the life's of four sisters
from childhood to womanhood.
Here's your Studio 5 first look.
- Oh, come on.
- She chose her fate.
- We are not going without her.
- [Woman] Is there any wayyou could reverse the fee?
- [Woman] Yes?
- Apollyon. (girl in unison) Apollyon.
- I am sorry can you just hold.
I am here.
From whence come you andwhether are you bound?
- We have traveled fromthe city of desolation
through the fires of purgatory
fighting beast of the night.
We seek access to the city of Zion.
You may release your burdens,
but you must each sacrificeone valuable to the altar.
But choose carefully
Be not selfish.
Whatever you selectmust be of great value.
- Its valuable to me.
- Your castles await you.
- Except for Amy.
- [Amy] Hey.
- Oh hello?
Thanks for holding.
Little Women is in Americantheaters September 28th.
That same day another animatedfilm is hitting theaters.
We are talking about Small Foot.
When you sit down to see that,
you'll hear the voices of
Lebron James as well as
She is a close friend of Studio 5 and
she's got a special message for us.
- Hi Christian Broadcasting Network
check out this specialsneak peek of Small Foot
in theaters September 28th.
- Uh-oh. Whoa.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
- No, no, no, no, no.
- Hmm. (yelling)
- [Efrem] Still to come.
♪ I was looking for a way back home ♪
♪ And I found healing ♪
- [Efrem] See why Switchfootis silent no more.
We're sitting down withJohn and Tim Foreman.
And welcome back to Studio 5.
We have made it to the final headline
in this weeks countdown of
uplifting entertainment headlines.
At number one,
♪ You say I am loved ♪
♪ when I can't feel a thing ♪
Rolling Stone declares a Christian singer
is bigger than Drake and Ariana Grande.
♪ You say I am held ♪
♪ When I am falling short ♪
- The singer is Lauren Daigle,
whose new album Look Up Child
makes her the first Christian artist
to top all five billboardchristian charts simultaneously.
- I remember being completely overwhelmed.
- [Efrem] Now on tour,Daigle shares the story
behind the single You Say.
- This entire song was sothat every single night
I would get up on stage and remind myself,
no, this is the truth
this is the truth, this is the truth.
- That wraps the countdown and brings us
to the Sit Down.
Hit maker Switchfoot announced last year
they where taking a break from touring,
but now there are hints of a return.
We talked to them about their new music
for the film Unbroken.
Take a look.
- I've loved every minute of my time off,
but the music is chasing us down.
I've heard it said that
beauty is a battle fieldfor God and the devil.
For us, music is how we throw punches
and it's time to step back into the ring.
- [Efrem] And with that
brothers John and Tim Forman
announced the end ofthe Switchfoot hiatus,
a break that still gavebirth to at least one song.
♪ I was looking for a way back home ♪
♪ and I found healing ♪
- The brothers wroteand recorded this tune
You Found Me for therecently released film
Unbroken: Path to Redemption,
and that's where Studio 5caught up with John and Tim.
- Am I correct that this projectcame to you when you were
trying to take a bit of a break?
- That's right. (laughs)
- So what made you giveup the break to do it?
- Aw, man, that's a great question.
I mean, I think for us thestory of Unbroken, that's,
as a song writer you arealways looking for stories.
This is just that story thatfeels mythic almost, you know?
And so we kinda jumped at it.
We were on hiatus, but we couldn't resist.
We had to write a song for it.
- How easy was the processof writing this song?
- We were excited to be asked
because we love Louis' story.
We were actually gettingon a flight from San Diego,
where we live, to Florida.
I went to sleep on the plane,
and when I woke up and got off,
John was next to me,
he's like I think I've gota good start for that song.
He didn't sleep and thesong was pretty much intact
by that point, so he stayed up all night
and came up with the bones for the song,
and it was just all there you know.
John says a lot of timesthe best songs are the ones
that kind of come to you intact, you know,
and that definitely seemedlike one of those songs.
- What where some of those first words
that came to you intact?
- I think I wanted to convey the yearning
in the search that's inherent in the film,
and also I wanted to also touch on
the resolution, and soI think the first words
I was looking for and thenthe chorus just resounding,
I found I was looking for I found
and that I think that was the first
the bones of the song.
- And not only do both of you have a love
for Louis' story, butyou have a grandfather
who's had a similar struggle.
Can you tell me about him?
- Yeah, we were firstfamiliar with Louis' story
through our grandfather becausethere was some parallels.
He flew the same bomberplane that he was in.
He was also shot down,a POW for several years,
and is still alive today actually.
He's 99 years old.
So Louis' story wasalways a bit of a window
into our grandfather's life.
- Do you see yourgrandfather on the screen
when you are watching this film?
- Yeah, I do. Yeah.
It's so hard for us tounderstand the struggle of
being a POW , surviving being lost at sea,
shot down, all of these,going into the Olympics,
but he comes home andthe war follows him home
and I think that is somethingthat we can relate to.
Maybe not with thespecific struggle of PTSD,
but with the secret strugglesthat we all fight with.
The things that we are holding on to.
Anger, resentment thatif we don't let go of
it'll tear us apart.
So I think that, forme, is what was exciting
about trying to write asong in response to that.
How do we forgive?
I feel like that's the central theme of
Unbroken: Path to Redemption.
Forgiveness and what more powerful example
than forgiving the veryperson that tortured you.
I think that shows us thatredemption is possible
for all of us.
- This may be an oddquestion cause you guys
probably get this a lotor this happens to you.
What's it like to see the film
and hear your music asthe soundtrack for it?
- My hope is that peoplewould find themselves
not only in the film but thatthey would find themselves
in the song and see opportunitiesavailable to themselves.
- And stay with Studio5 to learn what's next
and when for Switchfoot.
You know, just last weekwe sampled some new music
from Tori Kelly and hereis yet another track of
What's Playing in My Ear.
♪ Say it loud ♪
♪ You're never ♪
- [Efrem] Ahead on Studio 5
♪ Nevermind, I'll find someone like you ♪
- [Efrem] Singer Anthony Evanshas a life lesson to share
from his days of cleaning horses.
And welcome back to Studio 5.
When words fail, pictures do not.
So let's take a look at this week's
Studio 5 Snap Shot.
This is how actor Will Smithcelebrated his 50th birthday.
Bungee jumping from a helicopter
into the Grand Canyon toraise money for education.
This moving look at the journey...
- Are you having fun yet?
- Are you having fun yet?
- Not, not yet.
Three, two, one.
(helicopter blades chopping)
- [Woman] This is so beautiful.
I am so happy that he is safe.
- From pure terror, from pureterror, to absolute bliss.
- [Efrem] is this week Studio 5 snapshot.
And with that snapshot,time is certainly flying.
Heres a look now at what we are working on
to bring you next week.
♪ There's a love so high ♪
♪ That you can not get over ♪
- [Efrem] We have beensampling Tori Kelly's music,
♪ In my time I've traveled some roads ♪
- From her new album Hiding Place
♪ There is more to see than with my eyes ♪
- And now she's taking a seat in the
I Am Second white chair.
- The thought came up totry out for American Idol.
I made it pretty far butended up getting sent home.
- [Efrem] And sharing her life.
- I started to journal a lot.
I wrote about confusion,feeling different,
getting out these emotionsthat I've never been
really good at explaining.
- [Efrem] Its A Studio 5 look
at story and song.
♪ Don't, don't let some be fooled ♪
♪ Here is my hallelujah every single day ♪
Be sure to join us for thatone and lots more next week.
As for the final word for this show,
we are giving that tosinger Anthony Evans.
He's got a lesson he learnedfrom cleaning horses.
♪ Nevermind, I'll find someone like you ♪
- We were grooming thehorses early in the morning.
A horse named Patience was rollin'
in the mud the night before.
She came in looking like,what did you do to your self?
So, we were trying to brush it off,
but it was like no youneed to dig in hard,
and you need to go in circles,
and you need to stir thedirt up to the surface
before you can actually get it off.
And I remember thinkingin my life a lot of times
I like to roll around inwhatever it is you know,
whatever issues I may be dealing with,
but I don't want God to comein and stir up those issues
I want 'em just clean.
I don't want him to stir them up.
I'm just like can you deal with this?
And a lot of times in ourlives we have to be willing
to allow those issuesto come to the surface
to be actually dealt with and
I didn't do that for a long time.
Just to go back to The Voice,
one of the lessons Ilearned from sitting down
with Christina Aguilera and Jewel,
- I say you can do anything as long as
it's authentic to you.
You know, the audience is very educated
at smelling a rat.
And they know when yourdoing it as media maneuver,
and they know when yourdoing it to be sincere.
So as long as it comes from your heart,
and it's something you can own,
people will own it right along with you.
- That was speaking to me.
She was like, the audience can smell a rat
if you are not being genuine
if you are not being who youauthentically are with them,
they'll be like, nah,I'm not dealing with you,
and I feel like a lotof times in Christiandom
and in my life I'll speak about me
I was pushing things downso much to where I wasn't
being genuine from the stage
and people weren't connecting with me
because I was just a singer at that point.
I had to be willing to stir up the stuff.
- You gotta brush hard to get down deep,
and get that dirt to the surface.
That is a great final word
for this edition of Studio 5.
Thank you so much forwatching this weeks look
at inspiring and upliftingentertainment news.
Until next time, make timeto uplift someone else.