Ex-Colombo Crime family captain and Christian motivational speaker Michael Franzese recently spoke with CP Voice regarding his new autobiographical film "God the Father," and the possibility of preaching the Gospel to mobsters he had worked with.
"God the Father" represents a play on words from the American mafia classic "The Godfather." During the film, Franzese tells his life story growing up in the mob which eventually lead to a top position in the organization's Colombo family. It also discusses the turning point in his life when he accepted Jesus Christ and turned away from his old ways.
During the CP Voice segment, Franzese talked about what it was like when he made that decision to commit his life to Jesus, and if he ever tried to witness to other mob members more >>
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Speaking as part of a cast panel for the upcoming Christian film "Do You Believe," actress Cybill Shepherd revealed that she has been reconnecting with Jesus after long forsaking her Christian upbringing.
"I was born a Christian, sang in the choir then I lost touch with my savior Jesus Christ. I stopped talking to Him and praying," she told the audience. "Then I just started talking to Jesus and I started to feel really good and I got the offer to do this film."
Do You Believe? is Pure Flix Entertainment's first project since the breakout hit God's Not Dead. The movie – due out next spring – follows a group of characters struggling with various problems. Shepherd's character Teri Newton and husband JD, played by Lee Majors, are grieving the death of a daughter. As Teri, JD and the other characters' stories begin to intersect, their journeys reveal the "redemptive power of the cross." more >>
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michael Tait of Christian contemporary group the Newsboys expressed excitement for the growing success of faith-based movies at the box office and revealed plans to be part of a new film set for Spring 2015.
Speaking at a promotional event for faith-base film studio Pure Flix Entertainment, Tait praised the recent strides Christian films have made in the box office.
"Faith-based movies this year are taking a turn for the good and I'm just stoked about this," said Tait. more >>
It is clear from an abbreviated screening of Ridley Scott's new film "Exodus: Gods and Men" that the acclaimed director Ridley Scott is pushing a brotherly bond between Moses and Rhamses.
The Christian Post screened several clips of the highly-anticipated blockbuster this week in which Scott explained his desire to emphasize the relationship between Moses and Rhamses. Although "Exodus" still needs finishing touches, the big screen Biblical adaptation stars Christian Bale as an enigmatic but perceptive Moses, who Scott said is "brothers in everything but blood" with the Pharaoh's son, Rhamses.
Right off the bat, the first clip of "Exodus" demonstrates the brotherly connection between Moses and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) who nervously listen to a prophecy indicating that Moses will save Rhamses in battle, but that he will later rule over the Egyptian royal. Then, the pair receive swords branded with each other's names as gifts from the Pharaoh before they take an oath to protect one another. Later, once he is made Pharaoh, Rhamses trusts Moses above all others. more >>
GRAND RAPIDS – "God's Not Dead" writers take on the controversial topic of religious liberty again in the upcoming movie "Do You Believe?" because they want Christians to know that they are in the middle of a culture war.
Pure Flix Entertainment writer Cary Solomon said he and fellow writer Chuck Konzelman decided to feature a religious speech lawsuit in "Do You Believe?" because Christians have been in the shadows for far too long.
"When we did 'God's Not Dead' and if you look at that and you look at this and anything else we do, I'm tired, I'm sure Christians are tired. I'm just tired of [how] we are always put in the shadows, we are persecuted down. In other words, we are put in these positions where we're not allowed to speak, we're not allowed to do this, we're not allowed to do that and ... we just felt that it's time to fire the shot heard round the world," said Solomon. more >>
Christian Bale, who plays Moses in the upcoming "Exodus: Gods and Kings," spoke about portraying the Biblical figure during a recent screening.
"The big one for me, other than realizing I had no idea about Moses at all, just how complex a character he was," the actor said at a Q&A after the screening. "He was a very troubled, tumultuous man and mercurial. But the biggest surprise was the nature of God. He was equally very mercurial."
Bale admitted that he was not very knowledgeable about the Bible and had to do some significant research for the role. He not only read the Torah, which "took a bit of time," the Koran, and Moses: A Life by Jonathan Kirsch. Even though the role required a great deal of seriousness, Bale still took time to relax and enjoy a more humorous portrayal of the Biblical figure. more >>