The creator and promoter behind the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" short film that sparked riots in the Middle East last year will be released from federal custody in Southern California on Thursday for charges unrelated to the film.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is listed in court documents as Mark Basseley Youssef, will be released from a halfway house in Southern California on Thursday after serving a year for violating his parole for previous bank fraud charges. In November 2012, he pleaded guilty to, among other things, using an alias in violation of his parole agreement. Basseley used the alias "Sam Bacile" while promoting the "Innocence of Muslims" short film in September 2012.
Basseley was the California-based promoter behind the highly controversial short film "Innocence of Muslims" that was dubbed in Arabic and posted to YouTube in September 2012. The film reportedly mocked the prophet Mohammed, causing riots to break out in the Middle East that resulted in numerous deaths and casualties as protesters attacked U.S. Embassies in countries such as Egypt and Yemen. The film was also initially blamed for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, although that was later confirmed to be an unrelated, carefully planned terrorist attack on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil. more >>
Singer Jason Derulo recently got down on one knee and asked Christian girlfriend and "American Idol" alum Jordin Sparks to marry him, but only for scenes in his new music video, "Marry Me."
The video, released on YouTube yesterday, shows Derulo, 24, serenading Sparks, 23, as they go through the motions of a wedding proposal.
The video includes a montage of romantic interactions between Sparks and Derulo, including going out to dinner and watching a movie. At one point a large, a flashy diamond ring graces the screen. The video also transitions from showing Derulo and Sparks at their present age to fast-forwarding 30 years, showing them eating breakfast together when they are in their early 50's. more >>
An independent film created by the Retta Baptist Church in Burleson, Texas, was recently slapped with an "R" rating by the Motion Picture Association of America for drugs and violence depicted in the film, but the church's pastor contends it was because of its faith message.
The film is a low-budget production called "My Son," which is scheduled for release on Friday. "My Son" is also one of several faith-based films to be featured at the Churches Making Movies Christian Film Festival in New Jersey on Saturday, Oct. 12.
For good or ill (often for ill), Hollywood wields enormous influence on the culture. But we the people often fight back when they go too far in their anti-Christian and amoral ways.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the next Johnny Depp Pirates movie has been postponed. Included in the article was the idea that Disney was potentially skittish about releasing the movie so soon after the major failure of The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.
So Johnny Depp then is to blame for The Lone Ranger doing poorly? Why did the movie fail? One answer is: It was anti-Christian and anti-American---contrary to the popular radio and TV series that propelled the Lone Ranger and Tonto on the national scene. more >>
Pastor Craig Gross, who is the founder of XXXchurch.com and whose ministry specifically reaches out to people who want to overcome addiction to sex and pornography, says the movie, "Thanks for Sharing," may help viewers understand the severity of the compulsive behavior.
The movie, which opens this weekend, stars Alecia Moore (Pink), Mark Ruffalo, Josh Gad, and Tim Robbins. Moore plays the part of a woman who attends Sexaholics Anonymous meetings to help control her desire to sleep with strange men.
Although tagged as a "sex addiction comedy," Gross, who viewed an advanced screening, said there are some serious points made as well in the movie. more >>
Nicolas Cage, star of such films as "National Treasure," "Adaptation" and "Face/Off," was photographed on the set of the new "Left Behind" movie in which he portrays Captain Rayford Steele — and the award-winning actor was not only caught on the set in character, but also goofing around.
Cage, reprising the role played by Brad Johnson in the previous "Left Behind" movies, was caught in the cockpit looking very dramatic:
Cage also found the occasion to photo-bomb a shot of producer Paul Lalonde's daughter: more >>