Comedian Kevin Hart revealed an heartfelt story regarding his mother and her Christian faith in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Hart, who recently won the "Entertainer of the Year" award from the NAACP, recalled to Winfrey his first days starting out as a comedian, when he was optimistic about his future in standup comedy but low on cash. Hart's mother had reportedly promised to help her son with his comedy career for one year, offering to pay his rent as he worked his way through show business.
Hart told Winfrey that as he began to encounter minor success in his first year of comedy, he was also running low on rent money and repeatedly contacted his mother to help him finance his lifestyle. more >>
Craig Gross, pastor of XXXChurch.com, took to his blog over the weekend to review the film "Noah" amid the tension stirred by Christians who say the movie, set to be released March 28, strays away from an accurate biblical portrayal.
Gross, whose 11-year-old son Nolan plays young Ham in the blockbuster, saw the film during the cast and crew screening and urged his readers to see the film before passing judgment.
"… This movie has done the best job in the history of Hollywood to date of taking a Bible story and putting it on the big screen ... don't listen to people on twitter or people behind a pulpit that haven't seen this movie," wrote Gross. more >>
"Veil of Tears," a riveting documentary from Gospel for Asia that is yet to be released, tells the untold stories of millions of women in South Asia who face oppression simply because of their gender. Dr. K. P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA, said the film not only shows the intense suffering, but the hope these women can find when they understand that they are valued in the eyes of God.
"One of the most obvious problems in this area is that the most unreached, untouched, neglected, suffering humanity in our world is women in Asian nations," Yohannan told The Christian Post. "For example, India alone has 46 million widows. That means a girl could be 18, 19, 20 or 30, and when her husband dies, in many places that's the end of their life. Many of them end up in despair."
He talked about an island off of the coast of West Bengal known as the "Widow's Island." Seventy-five percent of the people that live on that island are women who don't have husbands and they have no hope – they have been rejected and abused, Yohannan said. more >>
"Noah" star Emma Watson said Director Darren Aronofsky was very sensitive to and mindful of the biblical story while making the movie.
"I think with any text there is always artistic license, you're always looking at someone's specific interpretation of it," Watson told Sky News in an interview posted Monday.
"And I think Darren has tried to be very sensitive, he has tried to be very mindful. He didn't take the task lightly, it's a very inclusive piece and I think it is very true to the spirit and the themes of the biblical story." more >>
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 >>