Tourism officials in Northern Ireland announced HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones" may do more than mesmerize viewers with adult themes and political intrigue – they're planning on using it to draw visitors.
"Northern Ireland's Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster announced the tourism strategy Wednesday but gave no details," The Associated Press reported. Much of the HBO TV series is filmed in Northern Ireland, since the fictional Westeros fits with its historic landscape of castles and rugged coastlines.
"Game of Thrones" follows the book series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," by American author George R.R. Martin. Set in a fictional medieval fantasy land, it centers around the themes of adventure and political intrigue, dragons and zombies, sex and violence. more >>
The new film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" teaches important lessons, but it fails to capture the main character's deeper motivations and show how the Christian faith condemns the evils of apartheid, Christian reviewers said. Nelson Mandela, the South African civil rights leader, passed away Thursday at the age of 95.
"While the film is a remarkable example of forgiveness and reconciliation, it doesn't reveal the source of Mandela's ability to forgive," Craig Detweiler, associate professor of communication at Pepperdine University, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. Detweiler argued that "the film could have gotten into spirituality and faith," but didn't.
John Schmidt, associate professor of cinema and media arts at Biola University, echoed the same reservation. "I didn't feel that I got the spirit of the man, the roots of his passion for freedom and equality, which is after God's heart," Schmidt said. more >>
A high-octane mix of alcohol and demonic involvement caused some in his Ethiopian village to label him insane. His own family had to bind him with heavy restraints when they sought relief from a witch doctor.
"I was one of the people possessed by an evil spirit and was being tormented by the spirit of evil in this land," says Dawit. (His name is changed for his protection.) "I was also a drunk and given the nickname of 'crazy person.' My family would tie me up and take me to the witch doctor to heal me."
But his life went in an unexpected direction when a team showed the JESUS Film in his village. "He was very much touched by the love of Christ," says Gebre, with Great Commission Ministry in Ethiopia. "He cried and cried and cried and finally he received Christ." more >>
Disney's new musical, "Frozen," may have done well at the box office, but it failed to convince all Christian reviewers. While some hailed the film as a masterpiece of sacrificial love, others attacked it as a lower quality cartoon.
"Frozen is not only a funny, entertaining movie with incredible animation – its highly redemptive, moral premise shows that true love is sacrifice," declared the Christian film review site, Movieguide. But in an email statement to The Christian Post, Alex Wainer, associate professor of communication and media studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, wrote, "Of the two Disney animated fairy tales with past-tense single verb titles, this is no Tangled."
In the film, Elsa and Anna are sisters, princesses in the Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa, the oldest, also has a double-edged gift – the ability to freeze anything and shoot ice out of her hands. But Elsa can't control it, and nearly gets Anna killed. Forever withdrawn, the older sister flees from all company to protect those she loves. more >>
Christian rock band Switchfoot will be releasing their debut feature film, Fading West, on Dec. 10 via video streaming platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Instant Video, Cable Movies on Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow, and Vudu with digital entertainment curator FilmBuff.
Fans can also request special screenings of the film in markets around the country in partnership with Gathr.
The band will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Dec. 10 to perform "Who We Are," a single from their forthcoming ninth studio album also titled Fading West, set to be released Jan. 14. more >>
Paul Walker, the 40-year-old star of the "Fast and Furious" film series, died in a car accident on Saturday which prompted those who worked closest with him in the famed movies to react.
While Walker is an experienced driver, he was the passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend before both lost their lives. Walker's team took to his Facebook and Twitter accounts to confirm the devastating news.
"It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives," Walker's team wrote. "We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences." more >>