NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke, who has been the host of several panel discussions at the four-day National Religious Broadcasters Convention, said that even though some of the recent movies coming out based on stories from the Bible are inaccurate, it's important for Christians to engage in the conversation about such films.
"Hollywood is putting millions and millions, and millions of dollars putting biblical stories out there, and my feeling is some will be accurate, some will not be so accurate. But the fact is that they are giving us an incredible opportunity to share those stories with friends and co-workers," Cooke told The Christian Post during a break in sessions at the NRB event. "I mean, 'Noah,' it's going to be water-cooler conversation. So let's get in there and start sharing our views on the story."
Cooke, whose expertise and accomplishments in the media marketplace are highly regarded, often talks about the need for better quality movies from the Christian community. more >>
NASHVILLE – A top Hollywood studio executive has called on Christians to focus on producing real, well-written, true-to-life stories to really capture the attention of the entertainment industry.
"I absolutely believe that a lot of times, when it comes to faith-based content, we portray sometimes the ideal of what we believe," DeVon Franklin, senior vice president of Production for Columbia Tristar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said during a panel on Christian engagement with the media, at the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention on Monday.
"We all have gone through tragedy, we all have gone through trauma, some of us are in pain right now – because life is not where we want it to be. Some of us are depressed, some of us are angry, some of us are frustrated, some of us have lost some loved ones, we all have gone through massive things that have happened to us." more >>
Actor Alec Baldwin recently announced that he is retiring from his "public life" as a celebrity, as he blasted the media for "wrongly" painting him as a "homophobe."
In an extensive article published Monday by New York Magazine, titled "I Give Up," Baldwin says the New York City-centered, tabloid-oriented media culture has forced him to give up his role in the public eye and leave the city. He is considering a possible move to Los Angeles, where he feels he can get privacy for himself and his family, including his wife Hilaria and their six-month old child, Carmen.
"I probably have to move out of New York," Baldwin said. "I just can't live in New York anymore." The Emmy-award winning actor went on to say that his personality hasn't changed, but rather the highly-technical landscape of the media world has caused him to be forever haunted by past comments. more >>
Meagan Good, the 32-year-old Christian actress, recently revealed how she handles competition with other women in the entertainment industry.
"You definitely run into people who can be catty," Good told UrbanRoyals.com recently. "But I've learned that I can't manage other people I can only manage myself… I'm a firm believer in God when it comes to roles and opportunities and I believe that He gives those opportunities."
Good revealed why she is not jealous of her fellow actresses who may get a role instead of her. more >>
The excitement behind the upcoming "Son of God" movie keeps growing with news that religious groups have bought over 500,000 tickets in advance of the premiere. Producers are marketing the film as the "first Latin Jesus," in reference to Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado.
"There's a high level of Christianity in the Hispanic community, many of whom don't normally go to the movies but want to see 'Son of God,'" said 20th Century Fox's domestic distribution chief, Chris Aronson, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
Fox will be delivering 3,000 dual-track digital copies to theaters so that audiences can watch the film in English or Spanish. Producer Mark Burnett has called Morgado "the first Latin Jesus in an English film." more >>
A recent survey suggests actress Meryl Streep, who has been nominated for 18 Oscars during her 35-year career, is thanked more in the acceptance speeches of fellow actors than God. The survey comes as the film industry's awards show fast approaches on March 2.
The recent survey, conducted by Slate magazine, finds that out of the 47 individual Oscar winners since 2002, Streep has been thanked four times, while God has only been thanked three times. Additionally, television personality Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier have each been thanked twice. Poitier, an actor and a director, was the first black person to win an Oscar in 1963.
Streep, 64, has won three Oscars during her acting career and been nominated a staggering 18 times, more than any other actor or actress in the history of the awards show. more >>