"God the Father" tells the story of ex-mob boss and Colombo crime family captain Michael Franzese in a new and innovative format that includes animation, re-enactment, actual news footage and commentary from Michael, his wife, Camille, and several Christian pastors.
The film starts by introducing the concept of Italian-based organized crime, better know as La Cosanostra, and leads into Franzese's accent to the top of the mob ranks. Michael's father, Sonny Franzese, had been involved in organized crime for most of his life and his son ended up following in his footsteps.
"God the Father" shows various news clips that feature interviews with Franzese when he was a promising young earner for the mob stealing millions of dollars through a gasoline tax scam and various other business. He narrates the film telling his own story with the help of these clips and re-enactments of actual events in his life. In order to avoid having gratuitous violence in the movie, all shootings and stabbings are animated. The most compelling format used in the movie are the actual news clips that show just how entrenched Franzese was in what they call "the life." more >>
The highest-grossing independent faith film of the year "God's Not Dead" is now being honored with two prestigious awards, including the GMA Dove Award for Inspirational Film of the Year.
During an upsurge in faith-based films in the theater, "God's Not Dead" won the coveted Dove Award in a category that included "Grace Unplugged," "Heaven Is For Real," "Son of God," and "When Calls The Heart." Furthermore, "God's Not Dead" also earned the Film Television Impact Award at this year's KLOVE Fan Awards in June.
The widespread recognition directed at "God's Not Dead" took filmmakers by surprise, especially since the film had a budget of just over $2 million yet received an initial $9.2 million at the box office in its first week on just 780 screens. Perhaps more surprised than anyone else in the entertainment industry were producers Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Russell Wolfe and Elizabeth Travis of Pure Flix. more >>
Months have passed by and diehard comic book fans have been battling over what the next Captain America movie will be about. Now, everything is settled when Marvel's two huge stars announces that it will be titled "Captain America: Civil War."
The news consequently confirmed the speculations regarding a Tony Stark/Iron Man versus Steve Rogers/Captain America storyline which was previously reported.
According to Hypable, Marvel Studio's head Kevin Feige brought out Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans on to the stage to introduce the "Civil War" title in a closed-door event. more >>
Actor Shia LaBeouf recently adopted Christianity as his religion, even though he was raised Jewish and frequently spoke of his upbringing.
LaBeouf was raised by a Jewish mother and a Pentecostal father, which he was proud of. He also had a bar mitzvah when he was 13, which symbolized his coming into full manhood in the Jewish tradition. LaBeouf identified as Jewish before converting to Christianity while working on the upcoming film "Fury" with Brad Pitt and director David Ayers.
"I have a cool lineage, a good group of people," the actor previously said of his faith. "I'm Jewish so I was named after my grandfather. Shia means 'gift from God,'" he told IndieLondon.co.uk several years ago. more >>
Christian writer Brian Godawa dismissed recent comments made by actor Christian Bale characterizing the biblical Moses as "schizophrenic" and "barbaric" as ignorant bigotry.
Bale plays Moses in the upcoming Ridley Scott film, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," which uses hi-tech visual effects to tell the story of how Moses frees 400,000 slaves from Egypt. It is slated for release in December.
LOS ANGELES – Having personally attended more than 200 concerts and seen about 150 performers and performing groups, the Hillsong United event was the best I've ever witnessed. From the spectacular sound, lighting and staging, to the crowd participation – the experience was powerfully moving, and a time of corporate worship beyond words. Let's just say it was the largest and loudest "choir" I've ever heard.
More than 17,000 Hillsong fans sang, danced, and worshiped as one during a dynamic concert Thursday in which they were not only treated to one of the best Christian music-producing groups on the planet, but had the opportunity to be a part of a potentially historic film planned for release early next year.
As 12 cameras captured the worship concert, Pastor Brian Houston of the Sydney-based Hillsong Church, stood for much of the time with arms in the air, smiling ear-to-ear just above the floor-level seating from his front row seat. more >>