Even before the sequel has started production, fans of one of the biggest action-film franchises have more reasons to get excited about the upcoming "Fast and Furious 8," which is set to bow in theaters on April 14, 2017.
According to a report in Ecumenical News, two additional cast members have confirmed their return in the next movie and these are Jason Statham, as the villain Deckard Shaw, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, as Agent Luke Hobbs. This is on top of Vin Diesel, who reprises his role as Dominic Toretto.
Beyond these confirmations, most of the other reports are unconfirmed rumors. According to a Cinema Blend report, there is a possibility that Eva Mendes may come back to reprise her role as U.S. Customs Agent Monica Fuentes, when she appeared early on in the franchise. This may be tied to another casting rumor that the Toretto crew may be working for Mr. Nobody's (Kurt Russell) underground organization, which will likely bring in lots of face time with different government agencies, according to Ecumenical News. more >>
NEW YORK — Christians seeking family-friendly entertainment for their children will be able to do so without commercial interruption in the comfort of their living rooms with the new streaming service, Dove channel. The platform functions much like Netflix, except it solely focuses on streaming faith-based and family friendly content. It will also give lesser-known filmmakers an outlet to release their movies and shows.
Cinedigm, a leading content distributor in the U.S., has partnered with The Dove Foundation, an organization which has specialized in rating movies for family friendliness for over 25 years, to launch the new service.
"In the old days the networks got to decide what was broadcast or a movie company got to decide what would be released theatrically," said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm Entertainment Group, at a luncheon at ABC Kitchen on Wednesday. "In the future, that content is going to be available to anyone. And it's going to be up to consumers to decide and vote with their pocketbook, Android or iPhone what it is they want to watch." more >>
Deliverance comes through a crazed murderer for crystal meth addict Ashley Smith whose life is transformed when that killer holds her hostage overnight in the new film "Captive."
"Captive" tells the true, and almost unbelievable story of Smith, and functions as one of the most exciting movies to feature a faith element with the theme of Christian salvation.
While being held hostage by crazed mad man Brian Nichols in her apartment overnight in 2005, the film's main protagonist is forced to decide whether or not she will use her drugs with a man who could take her life at any second. more >>
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren in a new promotional video for the film "Captive," releasing worldwide Friday, praised the movie as "captivating" and portraying how God shows up in hopeless situations.
"You got a murderer and you've got a meth addict, and out of two very hopeless situations God shows up," said Warren in the promotional video.
Rick Warren's most famous book, The Purpose Driven Life, plays a central role in the life of the main character, Ashley Smith, a former Atlanta meth addict who was held hostage by a crazed murderer in 2005. The Purpose Driven Life was given to Ashley in the beginning of the film and she ends up reading the book to her captor while he was holding her hostage, and she later gives her life to Christ. more >>
"Return to the Hiding Place," the thrilling story of Dutch Christian watchmaker Corrie ten Boom and how she risked life and limb to protect Jews from Nazis soldiers, became available for widespread distribution via DVD and iTunes Tuesday. The film, which features Hollywood veteran Jonathan Rhys-Davies ("Lord of the Rings," "Raiders of the Lost Ark"), is a sequel to "The Hiding Place," which was presented by Billy Graham in 1975.
The film revisits the true story through the perspective of Dutch resistance fighter Hans Poley (David Thomas Jenkins), a young Dutchman who escaped capture in Holland during their occupation in World War II. He's subsequently rescued by ten Boom (Mimi Sagadin) and her family, who recruit an army of youths to protect Jews from the atrocities of the Nazis. Some of the Jewish teenagers help the resistance during the action-packed movie, which is full of daring rescues, explosions and close calls with the Gestapo.
"Return to the Hiding Place," which has won 19 film festival awards and was shown during the Sundance Film Festival, also highlights how the ten Boom family was motivated to help the desperate Jews by their Christian morals and beliefs. more >>
The upcoming movie "Captive" tells the true story of Ashley Smith, an Atlanta woman who was held captive overnight by a crazed murderer named Brian Nichols, and how this unlikely incident transformed her life forever, bringing her closer to Jesus Christ.
Smith, who was addicted to crystal meth at the time, was given a copy of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren's book, Purpose Driven Life, and was fighting for custody for her daughter shortly before being held hostage by Nichols, who had escaped from court after killing a judge, court reporter, a sheriff's deputy and a federal agent in 2005.
"I wasn't a mother anymore because my aunt had taken custody of my child. I wasn't a positive member of society. I just was a lonely widowed drug addict who had no motive or reason to live at that point," Smith told The Christian Post, reflecting back on her life at that time. more >>