A character who leaves behind his atheist convictions in the recently released God's Not Dead movie was inspired by the real-life Lasik and cataract surgeon, Tennessee resident Wing Mang.
Wang, a native of China, endured the country's Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, which sent millions of its better-educated and professional citizens to hard labor camps.
In 1982, Wang immigrated to the United States, equipped with little more than $50 and a Chinese-English dictionary. He eventually was accepted to Harvard Medical School, from which he graduated with honors, and later became one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform laser cataract surgeon. more >>
The Russell Crowe-starred "Noah" made close to $44 million in its domestic debut over the weekend, giving the film's co-writer Ari Handel a lot to celebrate.
Ahead of its March 28 release, "Noah" stirred controversy over the "creative license" taken on the Biblical story by Handel and the film's director and co-writer, Darren Aronofsky. Notwithstanding, the epic was the highest-earning film in its opening weekend, topping other blockbusters such as "Divergent" and "Muppets Most Wanted."
In addition to the number-one U.S. opening, "Noah" garnered about $95 million overseas. The Paramount-distributed film had a production budget of a whopping $125 million. However, Handel is pleased with more than just the profits. The writer and producer spoke to The Christian Post just days after had "Noah" swept ticket sales. more >>
The producer behind the upcoming Christian movie "Left Behind," starring Nicolas Cage, said that he believes the world is currently living in the end times before the Rapture, the prophecy where believers are said to be taken from Earth to heaven at the Second Coming of Christ.
"It's prophesied in the Bible and the Bible says that before the beginning of the tribulation which will be in the end times, which I have no doubt we are living in the end times so therefore it could happen tomorrow, that the church is going to be called home and caught up in the air and taken to heaven and that's what this movie's about," Paul LaLonde, the producer and writer behind the "Left Behind" remake, told The Blaze in an interview on Wednesday.
The movie, which is a remake of the 2000 version starring Kirk Cameron and is based on the book series by the same name, focuses on the hours immediately following the Rapture, where millions of people vanish and the world is left in chaos. The latest remake is set for an Oct. 3 release, and stars Nicolas Cage as pilot Rayford Steele and Chad Michael Murray as journalist Buck Williams. more >>
"The Endangered Species Act is our Noah's Ark and Congress and special interests are trying to sink it!"
Cal DeWitt's angry words vaulted into the New York Times, triggering a conservative Christian countermovement that led to derailing a congressional bill to kill the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that had been signed into law by President Nixon two decades earlier.
In early 1996, DeWitt was a professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin. As a boy growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, DeWitt had been steeped in the teachings of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). He had also spent his childhood roaming his surrounding woods, fields, and wetlands. more >>
"Left Behind," the new rapture-inspired disaster movie starring Nicolas Cage, will be released in theaters Oct. 3 for U.S. audiences, according to a new teaser trailer from the filmmakers.
A brief trailer posted online this week shows stars Chad Michael Murray, cast as Buck Williams (originally played by Kirk Cameron), and Nicky Whelan, who plays flight attendant Hattie Durham, aboard a plane preparing for a six-and-a-half hour flight.
"Noah" Director Darren Aronofsky has responded to accusations that the titular character was portrayed as an "environmental wacko" in his movie, by arguing that in the Bible, Noah saved animals, not babies, on the ark.
"It's in Genesis," Aronofsky said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour posted on Tuesday. "Noah is saving the animals; he's not out there saving innocent babies, he's saving the animals, he's saving creation." more >>