A "Left Behind" producer and writer recently took on questions from fans of the upcoming end-times film and went on the defensive when he was asked if members of the cast, including lead actor Nicolas Cage, were "believers." Some fans also expressed concern that an actual rapture could take place before the film's 2014 release.
"Left Behind," a remake of the 2002 movie of the same name headlined by Kirk Cameron, unfolds during the immediate aftermath of the sudden vanishing of millions of people from Earth. According to the book series, and many Christians, this rapture of believers occurs at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Cage, born Nicholas Kim Coppola, plays the lead role of pilot Rayford Steele in the apocalyptic film based on the bestselling book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The award-winning actor has been notoriously tight-lipped about his religious faith, although there is speculation that he is a Roman Catholic. more >>
The director of the hit movie "The Butler" told an entertainment publication that he thanked God that he did not commit suicide growing up.
Lee Daniels, whose film about a long-serving White House butler has garnered much success, told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that his troubled background led him to consider suicide.
"You know, the universe has been kind to me. I had a rough childhood growing up – very rough. Oftentimes I wanted to kill myself as a kid. You know, I was bullied because I was gay. And then I was bullied because I was black going to an all-white school later on," said Daniels. more >>
The new film "American Hustle" beautifully illustrates Jesus' principle "he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword," as it applies to breaking the golden rule, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Each main character engages in corruption to achieve his ends, and ends up foiled by his own schemes.
"We're all conning ourselves in one way or another, just to get through life," Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) admits at the beginning of the film. Rosenfeld has engaged in crime since he was a child, because he saw his father scammed in business. He thinks his conning skills will pay dividends, but they end up hurting him deeply. more >>
Meagan Good is explaining why some of her convictions as a Christian may have gotten in the way of her obtaining certain movie roles.
Good, the 32-year-old actress who is promoting her latest film, "Anchorman 2," spoke about why she has turned down certain movie roles that did not coincide with her Christian faith.
"I have my parameters of what I feel in my spirit is appropriate," she told the LA Times. "There have been times where it's been tough because it's something I really wanted, but the nudity would be exploitative and I'd lose the opportunity, but what I've found is that the more I stick to my convictions, the more God sticks to his promises." more >>
Meagan Good, the 32-year-old Christian actress, is revealing that she had fears about getting married.
Last year, Good married preacher and Hollywood Executive DeVon Franklin. Although the pair has publicly expressed their love for one another, Good recently admitted that she had some fears before exchanging vows.
"What I feared about marriage was that I would lose my identity and be controlled or suffocated or like a caged lion and what I found was the exact opposite," Good told Upscale magazine recently. "I'm way more empowered, more content, more confident and just freer across the board." more >>
Google released a viral 2013 year-in-review video about the year's top searches and main events last week, featuring a mash-up of top searches across the globe. Google's video, titled "Google Zeitgeist: Here's to 2013," has garnered over 10 million hits since last Tuesday.
"In 2013, the world searched for… new beginnings," the video opens, with "new beginnings" typed into the Google search engine. As the music for Jetta's "Feels Like Coming Home" plays in the background, a joyous Kate Middleton stands holding baby Prince George, right next to her husband Prince William. The "royal baby" ranked number 7 in global search trends on Google for 2013.
The "new beginnings" theme continued with more controversial scenes. Following the royal baby, the video turned to a gay couple celebrating a "wedding" with their large, celebrating extended families. Then, as if to give the religious response, Pope Francis kisses a diseased man in St. Peter's Square. Time Magazine's Person of the Year had the worldwide search rank of 81st for "new pope." more >>