Rumor has it, teenage pop star Justin Bieber might be retiring from music, two days before Christmas. But not everyone believes the teen icon's announcement.
"I'm retiring man, I'm just going to take some time, I think I'm going to probably quit music," Bieber said in an interview with Power 106 FM, a Los Angeles radio station, on Tuesday. The news has exploded that, after his newest album, Believe, releases on iTunes Dec. 23rd, the pop star plans to fade from the public scene.
Signs to the contrary abound, however. Sources "in Bieber's camp" told TMZ the young star was joking. "As one source put it, 'the kid's got ambition.'" TMZ also reported on Bieber's surprise appearance at the comedy show "Laugh Factory" on Friday, where he was "ROASTED" for his "ridiculous fashion choices." After that performance, this "news" is a joke – "apparently he thinks he's on a comedy roll." more >>
A new "found footage" horror film called "The Lock In" from Holy Moly Pictures takes on pornography consumption and addiction — what producers call "a growing epidemic in the church community" — by linking the dangers of porn consumption to demonic activity.
The movie, shot in a style made popular by cult classic independent film "The Blair Witch Project," focuses on three teens who take a pornographic magazine to an overnight church lock-in as a joke. The only trouble is, the joke turns into a nightmare, and not just for them, but for the other youths participating in what should have been a fun bonding event.
"Movies have always been a good medium to highlight social issues. Pornography is a growing epidemic in the church community for men, women, and children with most of the underage victims being exposed in a place thought to be safe," reads a description of the film in a press statement from the producers. more >>
While "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" won at the box office and has generally high ratings among viewers, many Christian reviewers criticized it as a betrayal of J.R.R. Tolkien's original work. Even one of its staunch defenders said that a closing scene was unnecessary.
"Everybody keeps pretending that this is 'The Hobbit' movie, I just don't think it is," Diana Pavlac Glyer, English professor at Azusa Pacific University, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. Glyer said there is no problem with making a prequel to "The Lord of the Rings," but insisted that "the story of 'The Hobbit' is not the primary story that Peter Jackson wants to tell."
Jay Richards, distinguished fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, agreed. "Later in life, Tolkien looked back to try to enrich 'The Hobbit,' and that's what Peter Jackson is doing in a cinematic context," Richards argued. His forthcoming book with co-author Jonathan Witt, The Hobbit Party, engages Tolkien's political and economic ideas, as expressed in "The Hobbit." more >>
Legendary Hollywood actor Peter O'Toole died in his sleep last night at 81-years-old in a hospital in London among friends and family.
The star of the classic Lawrence of Arabia movie, retired from acting last year after not "having the heart" for it anymore, according to TMZ.
"His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time," O'Toole's daughter released in a statement. "Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts. In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished." more >>
Hollywood may occasionally downplay Christian themes in a movie like "Prince Caspian," "42," or "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," but "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" not only keeps J.R.R. Tolkien's biblical themes – it even expands upon them.
In addition to excellent cinematography, a vibrant film score, and a stunning dragon, the new Hobbit film features five biblical themes from the Old and New Testaments. Avoiding the obvious allusions to Christianity featured in "Man of Steel," "Desolation of Smaug" nevertheless portrays a biblical worldview, filled with prophecy, demons, and warnings about the corrosive power of greed.
Many fans and moviegoers may be disappointed, however, at a central aspect of the film. The storyline, while adventurous and compelling, fails to reach the sort of resolution found in the second "Lord of the Rings" film, "The Two Towers." In that movie, the final action sequences bring closure to a number of overriding plot points – the battle for Helm's Deep, Frodo and Sam leaving Osgiliath, and the Ents taking Isenguard. Expect much less closure in "Desolation of Smaug." more >>
The creators of Fast & Furious 7 have said they may use Paul Walker's brother Cody to finish the deceased actor's scenes in the upcoming movie that is currently on halt.
Walker tragically died in a car accident two weeks after leaving a benefit event. The cast was on a short break from shooting and was originally scheduled to begin again the following day, but with Walker's untimely death, production has been plunged into limbo.
"Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended 'Fast & Furious' family of cast, crew and filmmakers," a release from the studio said. "At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on 'Fast & Furious 7' for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise." more >>