An accomplished rookie quarterback with the National Football League has stated that he became a Christian after Jesus visited him in a dream.
Russell Wilson, a native of Richmond, Va., who quarterbacks for the Seattle Seahawks, explained in a recent video about his religious background and spiritual decision.
Ja Rule stars in the new film "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" that opens this weekend and the rapper and actor recently spoke to The Christian Post about his role and other future endeavors.
The faith-based film tells the story of Ja's character Miles Montego, a retired high level drug trafficker who now earns a living legitimately. During the movie he meets the girl of his dreams Vanessa played by Adrienne Bailon of the Cheetah Girls and 3LW. Vanessa lives a life dedicated to God which makes Miles have to rethink the way he will approach dating her. Ja Rule decided to pursue the role because he felt he could relate to the character.
"I got a call about the film, I read the script and liked the character," said Ja Rule to The Christian Post "I felt there were parallels between me and Miles life. [There's a lot of parallels] he's going through a struggle between good and evil, he's trying to do something positive with his life. He's looking towards the light and his past keeps bringing him back to a dark place and I can really relate to that." more >>
Charlie Hunnam, an actor best known for his roles in "Pacific Rim" and "Sons of Anarchy," has forfeited his role as the lead in the film adaptation of E.L. James' 2011 erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. While Hunnam cited a busy TV acting schedule as the reason for turning down the role, Christian film and literature experts offered other reasons for him walking away.
"It's a big risk for an unknown actor to do a role that is so highly sexualized," Lisa Swain, associate professor of Cinema and Media Arts at Biola University and a 15-year veteran of the entertainment industry, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. "We can only speculate as to what Charlie was actually thinking," but he may have been cautious to star in the film due to its sexual content, she said.
Swain compared the forthcoming "Fifty Shades" film to "Showgirls," a film which allegedly ruined the career of actress Elizabeth Berkeley. Showgirls, too, "was a very sexy movie," the professor explained. more >>
"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 >>