While "Noah" may or may not be having a hard time winning over Christian audiences, "Son of God," in theaters this weekend, appears to be enjoying the favor of the faithful nationwide. But can the new PG-13 Jesus film unseat 2004's "The Passion of the Christ" as the top-grossing Christian film of all time?
Christian producers Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") and Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel") have rallied the same network of powerful and influential Christian leaders that in 2013 got behind their History Channel miniseries, "The Bible," for a "Theater Take-Over" campaign in anticipation of the nationwide release of "Son of God," a pared-down theatrical version of the series' Jesus narrative.
A who's-who of evangelical Christian leaders, like Joel Osteen, Craig Groeschel, Miles McPherson and T.D. Jakes to name a few, have signed on to support "Son of God," buying out theater screens and distributing nearly half a million tickets. Archbishop Jose Gomez, whose Archdiocese of Los Angeles represents 4 million Roman Catholics, has also signed on to help promote the film, which stars Downey, also a Roman Catholic, as Jesus' mother, Mary. more >>
A United Methodist Church pastor defrocked by his denomination for performing his son's same-sex wedding will soon have a movie made about his life.
Francis Schaefer, the Pennsylvania-based ex-pastor who lost his credentials late last year, will be the subject of a film to be produced by Kate Logan and directed by Scott Sheppard. Titled "An Act of Love," the documentary aims to examine the controversy surrounding Schaefer and the current policy of the UMC regarding homosexuality and marriage definition.
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"The Lego Movie" has dominated the box office for three weeks in a row, and captured high praise from reviewers, but the ideas and themes it presents (many of them remarkably consistent with a Christian worldview) may very well rank as its highest accomplishment.
The film presents a light-hearted, adventurous atmosphere infectious for kids and adults alike. It features pop culture references to Batman, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, and Dumbledore from Harry Potter. From a journey to "Cloud Coo-Coo Land," where "there's no government, babysitters, and no consistency," to the millionth floor of President Business' mansion, which hosts "a mysterious room called the 'think tank,'" the movie creates a world full of witty fun. more >>
Mars Hill Church will offer free screenings of the anticipated "Son of God" film on Thursday to thousands of non-churchgoers a day before it is released in theaters nationwide.
To promote the Gospel and the message behind the movie, the megachurch has purchased over 3,500 seats in movies theaters near 15 of its locations throughout five states. Their intent is to show the film free of charge to individuals who are encouraged to take a nonbeliever with them.
"This isn't just a pass to a free movie; this is an opportunity to bring a friend, a few friends, who would never otherwise hear the story of Jesus. What we don't want are theaters packed with people who attend Mars Hill. We want theaters packed full of people from Mars Hill with their un-churched friends," reads a post on the church's website. more >>
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 >>