The UP TV premiere of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" on Palm Sunday delivered the network's highest ever ratings among households and key demographics, nearly 10 years after the most successful Christian movie ever made opened in theaters.
"We knew that 'The Passion of the Christ' would resonate with our audience and attract new viewers to UP as well," said Charley Humbard, president and CEO of UP. "The film is the centerpiece of our extensive Easter programming and truly epitomizes our holiday theme: 'Easter Lives Here.'"
The 2004 movie averaged a 1.2 household rating, with an average audience of 1.1 million viewers, making it the strongest telecast ever among W18-49, W25-54, A18-49, A25-54 and P2+. The movie will air again on Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT. more >>
Former Senator Rick Santorum's (R-PA) Christian film company announced on Monday that it would be distributing its movies not through the traditional box office but through churches.
EchoLight Studios, which released last year's adaptation of Max Lucado's The Christmas Candle, told Deadline that the studio made the decision as a strategic attempt to draw the masses into churches.
"We want to be a part of empowering the church to elevate its role as a cultural change agent," EchoLight President Studios Jeff Sheets said in a statement. "Our vision is not to create sermons wrapped in a movie but to create content that inspires, fascinates and incorporates a strong Christian worldview." more >>
If Hollywood is right and this really is the Year of the Bible in movies, then it's not possible to talk about biblical films without highlighting the one movie that has impacted the world by changing the eternal destination of multiple millions.
The Jesus Film is considered by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the "Most Translated Film" in history. For over 35 years, billions – that's billions of people around the globe have seen the story of the most important, most controversial and most beloved person in history. The movie is currently available in more than 1,200 languages.
What makes the movie unique is that the dialogue is almost entirely from Scripture, with over 450 leaders and scholars reviewing the movie for biblical accuracy. To mark the 35th anniversary of The Jesus Film, the movie has been re-mastered in high definition with a new music score, each frame being re-touched and re-colored. more >>
Noah and God's Not Dead dropped out of the top five for the first time since the films were released in a weekend that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take first place for the second consecutive week.
In its third week of release, Noah fell to sixth place, dropping 56 percent off its previous week's total haul and bringing in only $7.5 million. Two weeks after its opening weekend first place finish, the film has made a total of $84.8 million domestically, (and $162 million worldwide,) leading Box Office Mojo, which had previously suggested that the film would undoubtedly pass $100 million, to now argue that if it continued "on this trajectory, it could fall short" of the milestone.
The low-budget Christian film God's Not Dead dropped from last weekend's fourth place finish to seventh. After three consecutive weeks in the top five, the film's profits fell 30 percent and the film made $4.5 million this weekend. During its month-long run the independent film has grossed $40.7 million. more >>
Focus on the Family is planning a special one-night event with the airing of "Irreplaceable," a documentary on the importance of family. The Christian Post spoke with the narrator and lead reporter of the documentary, Tim Sisarich, who spent a full year exploring the idea of family and its importance to Christians and society in general.
The Christian Post: You worked on this project for a full year. What toll did that take on your family?
Tim Sisarich: The project, the filming took about nine months. I'd go away for three weeks and then be home for two weeks. It was hard, but it wasn't nine months straight. It was a real roller-coaster ride of emotions for me. Every time I came home I tried to put into practice a little bit of what I had been learning. And from the beginning of the film to the end of the film, I think I came a huge way. It was an interesting juggling act. more >>
The husband and wife team behind the Oscar-winning Frozen said on Thursday that while Disney is open to bringing songwriters from diverse backgrounds, God is the only thing that they have seen censored since they have worked there.
Speaking on NPR's Fresh Air show, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez told host Terry Gross that some of the preconceptions outside of the industry folks might have about Disney may not be exactly true.
"Disney is not this sanitized place that you might imagine it to be. I mean, they hired Ashman and Menken after they did "Little Shop of Horrors," which was sort of the Avenue Q of its day. It was very campy and very kind of...a little off color and racy. And I don't think Disney has any problem with employing people who have, you know, done off-color stuff in the past," Lopez, who co-wrote the satirical Book of Mormon, said. more >>