"God's Not Dead 2" shines a light on the religious freedom battles being waged across the country that many Americans are not aware of. Using a similar formula as the first film, the creators of "God's Not Dead 2" move from scientific proof of God's existence to evaluating historical proof of Jesus' life on Earth.
Having a female lead this time around, '90s icon Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Melissa & Joey") takes on one of her most dramatic roles to date and brings the plot home with her convincing performance of persecuted teacher Grace Wesley.
When not looking after her grandpa, Walter (Pat Boone), Wesley spends most of her time in the classroom teaching high school history. But one day her answer to a student's question about Jesus' teachings compared to Gandhi's ideology, lands the happy-go-lucky teacher in court. more >>
Popular '90s actress Melissa Joan Hart says she faced intense pressure from those closest to her for answering the call to take the lead role in the film "God's Not Dead 2."
"I had a hard time in my personal life being able to make room for this movie. I felt very persecuted within my own inner circle...I felt very called to do this movie," Hart shared.
The actress admitted that she avoided watching the original "God's Not Dead," until she read the script for the sequel, and after reading the script and seeing the original film, she felt certain she was called to the role. more >>
Twenty years ago, few Christians in America believed same-sex marriage ever would be legalized. And 10 years ago, not many of us could have imagined we'd all be debating whether a 5-year-old boy who'd rather be a girl can have his pick of restrooms at the local public school.
So if we watch "God's Not Dead 2" (PG) this weekend — and contemplate its plot of a school teacher being taken to court for discussing Jesus in a historical context — we'd better be slow in saying, "That could never happen." In some ways, it already is.
The sequel to the first "God's Not Dead" hits theaters today, spotlighting the debate over religious liberty at the very moment that a controversy is brewing over a religious liberty bill in Georgia. Yes, the issues are somewhat different — the Georgia bill addressed same-sex marriage and "God's Not Dead 2" focuses on religious speech in the classroom — but the two fall under the same umbrella, and Christians would be wise to "study up" and learn. more >>
"New Mutants," the upcoming "X-Men" spin-off, will reportedly feature some familiar faces.
The film, which is currently in development, is part of the growing "X-Men" movie universe, which recently saw the addition of blockbuster hit "Deadpool" and will soon have "Gambit" joining its roster.
IGN spoke to Simon Kinberg, who co-produces the "X-Men" film franchise, at the recent "Star Wars Rebels" season finale screening. According to Kinberg, "The Fault in Our Stars" director Josh Boone is already working on the "New Mutants" script with his writing partner. more >>
Annabel Beam, the 13-year-old girl who 9 when she suffered an accident that she says led to a near death experience and her soul being transported to Heaven, is the subject of the film "Miracles From Heaven," and has given a detailed description of how Jesus Christ appeared to her.
"He had brown hair and a beard and he had … a white [robe] like what they would wear a long time ago," Beam said in an interview with TheBlaze. "And then … a purple sach."
In 2011, Beam fell headfirst 30 feet down a hollowed-out tree, and was trapped there for hours before she was rescued. When she was finally freed, however, she was somehow also cured of a long-standing pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, which for years only allowed her to eat using feeding tubes. more >>
Actor Adam Driver, who took on the role of the villainous Kylo Ren in the box office hit "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," says that he "can't wait" to start working on "Episode VIII," the next film in the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy.
The actor recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly during the special screening of his new sci-fi/drama film "Midnight Special." Driver expressed his excitement over filming the next "Star Wars" film and reported that there is less anxiety over making "Episode VIII" than there was making "Episode VII." The actor also praised the script for the sequel and teased that the film will still find the Resistance and the First Order battling it out in the galaxy far, far away.
Though it can't be easy following in the footsteps of director J.J. Abrams, who helmed the phenomenal "Episode VII," "Looper" director Rian Johnson, who is directing "Episode VIII," has found a champion in Driver. more >>