In a move that might defy certain stereotypes, Christian reviewers argue that the main female characters in the recent high-performing box-office film "Thor: The Dark World" present good, active female role models, in contrast to the mere "damsel in distress" common to many Disney films.
"Jane Foster was a nurse with a soap opera function as a female longing for Thor's alter ego, Dr. Don Blake, in the original comic, so making her an astrophysicist is a big move," Alex Wainer, associate professor of Communication and Media Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in South Florida, told The Christian Post on Tuesday.
This change from the comics to the film, Wainer argued, "allows her to have more agency in the plot as well as to be rescued by the hunky Thor." He also pointed to the warrior Lady Sif and Thor's queenly mother Frigga as strong female characters in the film. more >>
"Thor: The Dark World" soared at the box office to become Disney's biggest November opening ever, topping 2004's "The Incredibles," and reaching number nine for all films to come out this month. Christian reviewers explained its success as a function of truly compelling characters, who are lifelike and reflect biblical themes.
"The fascinating thing is these characters have been around for nearly fifty years, but they resonate with a modern day audience – the box office numbers were huge," Thomas Parham, co-chair and professor of Theater, Film, and Television at Azusa Pacific University, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. Parham said the film's story reflects the biblical tales of Jacob and Esau, Solomon, and creation. more >>
A time-lapse video of a homeless veteran's transformation into a suave professional has gone viral, bringing attention to the Christian ministry behind it.
Jim Wolf, a United States Army veteran who, according to the video, has struggled with poverty, homelessness and alcoholism for decades, sits through a physical transformation. A female makeover specialist, volunteering with Michigan-based Christian Degage Ministries, alters every detail of the gritty, aging, long-haired man.
The makeover woman cuts Wolf's hair, trims his beard, applies makeup to remove age lines, and deeply cleans his scalp. Then a man dresses the veteran in a suit, and he leaves looking like the CEO of a major company. more >>
Cameron Diaz was embarrassed to admit that her original lines in "The Counselor" were removed from the film because her fake accent sounded similar to Rihanna.
The Californian actress portrays Malkina, the love interest to a drug dealer in the Ridley Scott film, which hit theaters last month.
SEATTLE – Christian leaders and pastors attending the Resurgence conference were treated to a first-time public screening of the movie trailer for "Son of God," as presented by "The Bible" TV series producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
"Many people thought that nobody in America, during prime-time TV wants to hear about or watch the Bible. They were so wrong. One-hundred million people tuned in," Burnett told The Christian Post backstage at the R13 conference hosted by Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Downtown Church last Tuesday and Wednesday. "We knew when we were shooting that the Jesus portion of our 'Bible' series was special and we shot much more footage and we've re-edited many more scenes into a stand-alone feature film called 'Son of God.'"
The film is being released by 20th Century Fox on Feb. 28, 2014. The movie will have a PG-13 rating, but Burnett told those attending the conference that the crucifixion scene will have a justifiable realism to it. more >>
Mary J. Blige is one of the most influential singers of all time whose work often refers to God, making it no surprise that music helps reinforces her faith.
The singer/actress recently sat down with The Christian Post to discuss her role in the film "Black Nativity" alongside Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett Jennifer Hudson and Tyrese.
While the inspirational Christmas film is centered in one family's struggle with faith, Blige opened up about her own beliefs, including the very first time she ever felt God's presence- in church while growing up in the Bronx, New York. more >>