"12 Years a Slave" is scheduled for release this Friday, Oct. 18, but is already at the center of Oscar Awards chatter this year.
The film offers an unusual and unflattering look at American history in possibly the most honest depiction ever seen on the big screen.
Already a top winner at the Toronto Film Festival, "12 Years A Slave" is based on the true story of Solomon Northup's journey through a nightmarish turn of events during the 1850s. more >>
A new movie is in the works, based on the story of the 23 South Korean Christian missionaries who were taken hostage by the Taliban in 2007 and the ambivalence towards their plight at home.
Directed by Christian South Korean director Lee Jang-Ho, "God's Eye View," tells the story of Christian volunteers kidnapped by Muslim rebels on a missions trip. At home, the film shows the dichotomy of responses: pastors praying for the return of the Christians, while online forums lambasting them for putting themselves in harm's way in the first place and making their country lose face.
Lee saw the film as an opportunity to encourage the audience to critically think about faith and religion. more >>
"Worrisome" feedback from Christian and Jewish audiences at preliminary screenings of a movie based around the biblical story of Noah and the flood has caused tension between Paramount and Darren Aronofsky, the film's director.
Aronofsky and Paramount are currently trying to figure out who will have the final say creating the final version of the film, which is set to hit theaters on March 28, 2014.
One major challenge that filmmakers and producers must work out is how create an ending for the movie that appeals to their religious audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In October 2012, Christian screenwriter Brian Godawa criticized a version of the "Noah" script under a post titled "Darren Aronofsky's Noah: Environmentalist Wacko." more >>
Producers from the "The Bible" miniseries recently announced that the series' film adaptation, "Son of God," will be released in theaters nationwide in February 28, 2014, and will feature the detailed account of Jesus' life including his humble birth and teachings up until his resurrection.
The major motion picture, slated to be released by 20th Century Fox, includes an action-packed storyline, powerful performances and "dazzling" visual effects. The movie will also take selections from the miniseries along with never-before-seen footage for the anticipated two-hour-long film.
"We are very excited to be working with Twentieth Century Fox to release 'Son of God' as a major motion picture," said Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, producers of "The Bible," in a statement. "We responded to an overwhelming demand for the greatest story ever told to be seen as a shared experience on the big screen. The result is a beautiful stand-alone movie. It's the story of Jesus for a whole new generation." more >>
Interesting weekend. Spent the better part of Saturday clearing the last bits out of my mom's house. By end of day it was hollow and empty with only our family history lingering in the air. There I stood, alone, listening for perhaps the last time the voices of my past; our children - all eight grandchildren and my mom... Thanksgiving, Christmas day, and the endless stream of birthdays. Laughter and tears, advice and wisdom. Then silence, deafening silence. The walls seemed stained as was the carpet. The wood floors buckled a bit. All utterly empty. In an instant.
I walked from room to room and had a final cry in each, recalling events that took place there. Not unhappy events but rather, some of the most joyous and informative moments of my life. The fact is I adored my mother. I revered her. I love my human body and all of it's miraculous functions, but without my "brain" I know the mechanics of my body wouldn't be possible. That's how I felt about my mom. She was the brain of this magnificent family. The epicenter. She was my link to our past.
And there I was. I stopped in the family room where we spent most of our time... and she was gone. All of it, the physical, gone. In an instant... in an instant... in an instant... more >>
1) Adventures in Odyssey
Adventures in Odyssey was a staple of most Christian households and the flagship program for kids by Focus on the Family.
Coming in two formats, radio serials and cartoon adventures, no one can forget the the likes of Mr. Whittaker and the always funny Eugene. Starting in 1987, the radio program has amassed over 700 episodes as families tuned in during dinnertime to learn life lessons and Biblical tales. more >>