Editor's Note: In this two-part series The Christian Post takes a closer look at the success of "The Bible," a History Channel docudrama series produced by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. CP interviews two Christians in the entertainment industry who have been quite impactful and part of a growing movement to see more quality faith-based movies coming out of Hollywood. In part one, CP interviewed Mark Joseph, founder of MJM Entertainment Group. In part two, below, Phil Cooke of Cooke Pictures is interviewed.
The Hollywood entertainment industry is getting the message – it's good business to respect Christians in America. Thanks to the incredible number of viewers tuning in each Sunday to The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries, many leaders in the movie and TV business "totally get that," says author and TV producer Phil Cooke.
"There's no question that decision makers in Hollywood and the media business are getting the message … It's simply good business to respect that audience, and I think the vast majority of media leaders I encounter totally get that," said Cooke. more >>
Tim Tebow is no stranger to television cameras, but one movie producer is giving the New York Jets quarterback the opportunity to star in his next film.
David Dginguerian, a producer of the 2012 film "Crossroad," sent a letter to Tebow in which he praised the Christian quarterback for being a positive role model.
"You have been a great idol for so many by your display of courage and strong faith that all things work together for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)," wrote Dginguerian, according to the letter obtained by TMZ. more >>
Editor's Note: In this two-part series The Christian Post takes a closer look at the success of "The Bible," a History Channel docudrama series produced by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. Two Christians in the entertainment industry have been quite impactful and part of a growing movement toward more quality faith-based movies coming out of Hollywood. Below is an interview with Mark Joseph, founder of MJM Entertainment Group. Part two is a discussion with Phil Cooke of Cooke Pictures.
The fact that the History Channel's "The Bible" series has reached more than 68 million viewers in just three episodes is not a fluke despite what a large majority of the Hollywood entertainment industry may be thinking, says a film developer and marketer who should know.
"If these types of numbers are true and repeatable, then the entire entertainment industry would have to be rethought, reprioritized and reorganized," producer Mark Joseph told The Christian Post. "So it will attempt to be written off as a fluke. But it's not a fluke if done properly. The audience is there." more >>
Actor Greg Kinnear is reportedly in the process of signing on to play a character in the upcoming movie adaptation of the New York Times best-selling book Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back.
The book, which was released in late 2010, is based on the true story of a 4-year-old boy living in Nebraska who claims to have visited heaven while undergoing surgery for an emergency operation.
The young boy reportedly died temporarily during the surgery, and after awaking from his anesthesia, he claimed to have met his miscarried sister in heaven, as well as his great grandfather, divulging in family details which would have been impossible for him to have known. more >>
Tyler Perry recently attended the red carpet premiere for his latest film "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor," and there the prominent film director spoke with The Christian Post about the film's message, his faith and his controversial decision to cast Kim Kardashian in the drama-thriller.
"Temptation," which is scheduled for release on March 29, 2013, explores the perils of infidelity and gives viewers elements of humor while teaching a valuable life lesson. The film stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Judith; Lance Gross as Brice; Robbie Jones as Harley; Kim Kardashian as Ava; Vanessa Williams as Janice and Brandy Norwood as Melinda.
"This movie is about temptation," Perry told CP in an exclusive red carpert interview. "It's about making a bad choice [and] how one bad decision can change your whole life." more >>
Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale is set to become the latest Hollywood A-lister to take on a biblical epic after reports state that he is being lined up to play Moses in director Ridley Scott's upcoming movie.
The movie, titled "Exodus," after the Old Testament book of the same name, chronicles the story of Moses and the Israelites and their fight for freedom against the Egyptians. The film is being produced by 20th Century Fox and is currently being rewritten by "American Gangster" screenwriter Steve Zaillian. Deadline noted that Bale is currently in "early talks" for the project and is the current favorite to take on the role.
"What's interesting to me about Moses isn't the big stuff that everybody knows. It's things like his relationship with Ramesses [II, the pharaoh]. I honestly wasn't paying attention in school when I was told the story of Moses. Some of the details of his life are extraordinary," Scott has said of his vision behind the movie. more >>