Americans named Billy Graham the number four "Most Admired Man" in world of 2014 according to U.S. polling agency Gallup. The polling results mark the 58th time that the 96-year-old televangelist has made the top 10 list.
The pollster's telephone survey results from 805 U.S. adults ages 18 and older placed Graham, referred to as "America's pastor," in the top 10 list of most admired men in the world for 2014.
Two percent of poll participants named him as their first or second choice when asked "What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world do you admire most." more >>
Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" blew away industry estimates during its opening over the Christmas weekend, earning an astounding $47.3 million.
The World War II epic is Jolie's second directorial effort starring Jack O'Connell as Louis Zamperini, an American Olympic athlete who went on to become a soldier and survived 47 days adrift at sea and two years at a POW camp.
"Unbroken" beat out other new releases at the box office this weekend including "The Gambler" and "Into the Woods." However, the film did not topple the newly released "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," which earned $41.4 million over the holiday weekend. more >>
The United Arab Emirates became on Tuesday the latest Muslim nation to ban the "Exodus: Gods and Kings" movie for what Islamic critics say is a series of historical mistakes, including depicting God as a child. The criticism from the Muslim world has partly echoed concerns voiced by Christian reviewers.
"The film shows Moses not as a prophet but as just a preacher of peace," said Juma Obaid al-Leem, UAE's National Media Council director of media content tracking. He told AFP that the film, starring Christian Bale as Moses, contradicts the holy books.
"We do not allow the distortion of religions. ... When it comes to religious and historical movies, we care about having a correct narrative and avoiding hurting the feelings of others," Leem added. more >>
The new film "Selma" from Indie film director Ava DuVernay is shining a spotlight on both Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for civil rights and the racial unrest that exists in the U.S. today.
The must-see film of the year, "Selma" opens with a scene between King and his wife, Coretta (David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, respectively), in Norway where he's being honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. Oyelowo (pronounced oh-yellow-oh) is hypnotic with silent expressions that pack more meaning than any dialogue could ever provide. After carefully studying King's voice, stature and expressions, Oyelowo commands the role of the iconic civil rights leader.
Within the first five minutes of the film, Oyelowo's take on King's acceptance speech sends lightning bolts through the theater, almost bringing the audience to their feet in applause as if they are present at the ceremony. more >>
Ridley Scott's latest film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" starring Christian Bale has been banned in Egypt after censors deemed the film historically inaccurate.
The blockbuster was set to premiere in both Egypt and Morocco on Friday, according to several reports. The Egyptian censorship board said that "Exodus," which is based on the biblical book of Exodus, was historically inaccurate since it depicts Jews building the Pyramids, according to the BBC. Moreover, the Hollywood film portrays an earthquake, not a miracle, causing the Red Sea to part.
"It contains historical fallacies," Egyptian censorship board head Abdul Sattar Fathy said in a statement, according to Egypt's news portal, Mobtada. Fathy also cited the film's depiction of Moses that was similar to a general in an army as opposed to the biblical prophet who is highly revered in the Abrahamic religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. more >>
James Gunn, the director to one of this year's biggest blockbuster films, recently spoke in a podcast interview with Jeff Goldsmith and talked about the position of "Guardians of the Galaxy" in the Marvel Universe.
Both "Guardians of the Galaxy" and its upcoming sequel will have their "own separate universe" and that it "isn't all about leading towards" Avengers and its respective sequels, the director said.
"The last thing I said was something about how the Guardians, we really are mostly focused on creating the Guardians as their own separate universe, creating the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. It isn't all about leading towards Avengers. We're not subservient to The Avengers," Gunn continued. more >>