A small independent faith-based movie took No. 1 in the box office for films opening in 1,000 or fewer theaters, bringing in "an incredible" $8.56 million in its first three days.
God's Not Dead, a low-budget film that portrays a college student who accepts his atheist professor's challenge to provide a defense for the existence of God and Christianity, played in 780 screens this weekend, earning enough to be ranked No. 5 overall in the U.S. box office, behind 300: Rise of an Empire.
The film is already in seventh place for all-time box office haul among all faith-based movies, and in first place for those that opened in fewer than 1,000 screens, according to Box Office Mojo. For reference, Courageous and Fireproof brought in $9.1 and $6.8 million respectively. more >>
In my last post I addressed the issue of concern that some religious believers have about whether or not to see the new movie Noah by atheist director Darren Aronofsky. I explained that there was merit in both arguments to see or not to see the movie. I mentioned that if you were not sure whether you wanted to see it or not, I will be blogging my own analysis of the movie after it opens on March 28. Or you can read other reviewers you respect before you make your decision.
I wanted to mention again that I'm the Hollywood screenwriter and novelist who wrote the blog analyzing an early script of Noah that went viral. It was quoted by all the news outlets, mostly for its negative comments while ignoring the positive ones.
Most movies are a mixture of good and bad. But discerning that difference can be difficult without a more informed approach to understanding how storytelling and film embodies worldviews and meaning. So, if you've decided to watch the movie, I wanted to offer up some ideas to keep in the forefront of your mind as you watch. These will help you understand and appreciate what you like about the movie and be able to discern what you may not like about it for your discussion with others. more >>
Jaden Smith, the son of entertainers Will and Jada Smith, is sharing some insights about commitment on Twitter.
Although Smith is only 15 years old, he often shares some of his philosophies on the social networking website where he has over 5 million fans.
"Commit To Love Not To People, Commit To Happiness Because When You Commit To People The Love Leaves And You Are Forced To Stay, (SIC)" Smith tweeted. more >>
NFL free agent wide receiver Jason Avant says his grandmother's faith led him to Jesus. She prayed for him for years, and when he finally came to Christ, it was the happiest day of her life.
Her positive influence goes back to his drug-dealing days,Avant told CBN News in a video interview posted Friday.
"I was the worst gang-banger/drug dealer ever because my grandmother gave me too much truth for me to be comfortable in that environment," he said. The NFL star admitted to dealing drugs as early as sixth grade when he was growing up on the south side of Chicago. He lived with his Christian grandmother, but most of the other relatives he lived with were gang-bangers, so he grew up familiar with drug deals and drive-by shootings. more >>
Actress Jennifer Connelly weighed in on the controversy over "Noah," saying that the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film is true to the spirit of the biblical story. She also stressed that religious leaders who have seen the movie are supporting and embracing the project.
"What you'll find is that the controversy that was generated by people who were speculating hadn't seen the film yet, for the most part. We're now getting feedback from religious leaders who have seen the film and are really embracing it and supporting it," Connelly, who plays Noah's wife Naameh, shared with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday.
"Really, it's true to the spirit of the story in the Bible." more >>
NEW YORK – When filming his upcoming movie "Noah," Director Darren Aronofsky shared that he wanted to portray a different concept of the Bible story.
"I wanted to break the clichéd preconceptions we have from children's toys, adverts, 1950s biblical epics and even much of the religious art of the last two millennia; the old man in a robe and sandals with a long white beard preaching in some Judean desert," Aronofsky said, as written at the entrance of a New York City art gallery hosting artwork inspired by the flood.
Hoping to invigorate something "fresh, immediate and real" into one of humanity's "oldest stories," Aronofsky ironically looked to an ancient source — the Bible. more >>