Pastors are being encouraged to take advantage of the current popularity of faith-based and faith-related movies by attending the 168 Film Festival in Los Angeles from Sept. 12 to 13, by the event's founder and executive director John David Ware.
Organizers say this year's festival takes on additional importance as the press declared 2014 as "The Year of Christian Film" following a host of box-office hits that grossed record numbers while dealing with faith-based themes ("God's Not Dead," "Heaven Is For Real," "Son of God," "Noah").
Because "Jesus' parables prove that story can change culture, and because of the volume of faith films," pastors are invited to attend and contribute to this dialogue regarding the current state of faith-based media and opportunities afforded by this current climate, says Ware. more >>
Emmy Award-winning actor Ray Liotta stars in the forthcoming rock 'n' roll tale "The Identical" and he recently opened up about being raised by his adoptive parents, like the movie's lead character Ryan Wade (Blake Rayne).
The legendary actor, best known for his role in "Goodfellas," stars as the passionate Pastor Reece Wade in the Christian-themed film. However, Liotta, who was raised in a Catholic home, is actually not all that religious but "more spiritual."
At six months old, he was adopted by an Italian father and Scottish mother and he recalled being put off church by a "scary" priest during his childhood. more >>
Actress Alexa PenaVega discussed the end times as they are found in the new rapture-inspired film "The Remaining" this week.
In theaters Sept. 5, "The Remaining" is based on Revelation 8-9 and follows a group of friends who are celebrating a wedding when apocalyptic events leave them fighting for their lives. At first, different beliefs divide the group, but the catastrophic events eventually lead them to a church where they must choose between redemption and survival. While the film did not change PenaVega's views on the story found in Revelation, the actress admitted its many complexities, for both believers and non-believers alike.
"I don't want people to be confused, because for a long time people were calling the things coming and attacking us [in the book of Revelation] demons," PenaVega told The Christian Post. "I don't know how to correct people, I don't know what the creatures are called but they certainly aren't demons. In the Bible, they are described as things that essentially God sends down to torture the people who are left - it sounds horrible! But that's the balance I try to find. How do you explain this to people who don't quite understand, and do it in a way that doesn't turn them away, but brings them closer?" more >>
In light of blockbuster films such as "Noah" and the upcoming "Exodus," many Christians are wondering what is causing the upsurge in Hollywood films featuring Biblical content today.
Within the past year, the Bible has been interpreted several times on both the big screen as well as television. In addition to the aforementioned "Noah" and "Exodus," "Left Behind" starring Nicolas Cage will reach theaters Oct. 3, while HBO recently added "The Leftovers," a series loosely based on the rapture, to its network. The list of faith-based entertainment made by non-Christians seems to be growing longer with each passing year.
This week, The Christian Post spoke with three different Hollywood insiders about the amount of Scripture found in secular entertainment of late, asking for their thoughts on the possible reasons behind the uptick. First, actress Alexa PenaVega drew attention to the violence and uncertainty in today's state of affairs. The "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" star said more and more people are now looking to the Bible for answers. more >>
Earlier this year, director Guillermo del Toro announced on Legendary Picture's YouTube channel the news that the studio is now planning to release a second installment of the science fiction monster film "Pacific Rim" in April 2017. Following the his announcement, the firm released a statement confirming it.
The 49-year-old director said that the design production for "Pacific Rim 2" would start this month and that scouting for the location would take place in July 2015. In November that year, the crew will then begin the principal photography.
Del Toro didn't say much about the plot of the sequel. However, Screenrant indicated in their reports some bits and pieces about the upcoming movie by the words of the director. more >>
After three years of being off the air, HBO's comedy-drama TV series "Entourage" will return as a full-length film, according to reports.
According to the publication, the movie will once again feature the acts of the show's prinicipal cast including Adrian Grenier (Vincent Chase), Kevin Conolly (best friend and manager Eric Murphy), Kevin Dillon (Vince's half-brother Johnny "Drama" Chase) Jerry Ferrara ( Vincent's friend Salvatore "Turtle" Assante), Jeremy Piven (casting agent Ari Gold), Rex Lee (Ari's assistant Lloyd Lee) and Perry Reeves (as Beverly Hills socialite Melissa Gold).
Other names mentioned are Emmanuelle Chriqui to return as Sloan and Rhys Coiro as director Billy Walsh. more >>