"Sound of Music" the film with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Diane Sawyers hosted an affecting ABC remembrance of it last evening, interviewing both lead actors. The story of a pious but spiritually restless nun/nanny who falls in love and marries the war hero widower father of her young charges amid the Nazi takeover of Austria has been universalized in global popular culture. Even children in nightmarish North Korea sing songs from the musical, Sawyer incredulously reported.
Critics, as the Sawyer program noted, have dismissed the tale as a "sugar coated fantasy," an escapist and feel-good love story set amid the glories of the Austrian Alps, in charming Salzburg, full of songs children can sing, with a dash of slapstick Nazi danger and nun comedy lathered in. Certainly it's not a serious drama, supposedly.
But "Sound of Music," based loosely on the real-life von Trapp family, who did indeed escape their native Austria after its merger with the Third Reich, contains several quite serious themes that together make it a Christian allegory about vocation, family, marriage, citizenship, patriotism and the moral response to evil. more >>
The producers behind the film "I Am a Christian," which was recently halted, have said that when they tried to post a message on Facebook encouraging people to identify as Christians, the social networking site blocked it for being "profane, vulgar." When they contacted Facebook for more information, Facebook told them that material should not "single out individuals or degrade people."
The producers said in a press release that they attempted to post the message: "Are you a Christian? We challenge you to change your profile picture to this 'I Am A Christian' photo for one week! Change your picture now, and challenge your friends to do the same. Stand up and declare Yes, I Am A Christian!!!"
The ad was not allowed, however, and they received the following message from Facebook: "Your ad wasn't approved because it doesn't follow Facebook's Advertising Guidelines for language that is profane, vulgar, threatening or generates high negative feedback. Ads can't use language that insults, harasses or demeans people, or addresses their age, gender, name, race, physical condition or sexual preference." more >>
The Kendrick brothers debuted a teaser trailer for their brand-new film "War Room" on Wednesday, revealing authentic characters and a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon in the battles worth fighting.
"War Room," which hits theaters on Aug. 28, is the fifth film from the "Fireproof" and "Courageous" creators, Alex and Stephen Kendrick. The new faith-based drama showcases the power of fighting your toughest battles through prayer while also exploring the effectiveness prayer has in marriages, parenting, careers, friendships and every other area of life.
"We made this film to inspire, challenge and motivate viewers to fight the right kind of battles and to fight them the best way possible," Alex Kendrick said in a statement. more >>
This recent casting call news indicate that the next big screen offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe "Captain America: Civil War" is now already gaining speed on its filming production in order for them to make it for the slated May 2016 opening date.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution revealed that the "Captain America 3" crew is currently looking for movie extras displaying strong South Asian features. This is great news for men and women with ethnicities like Thai, Indonesian, Cambodian, Malaysian, Filipino, East Indian, Vietnamese, or Singaporean.
The candidates should preferably fall between the 21 to 75 age bracket. Those lucky enough will be working at the huge new Pinewood Studio facility located in Fayette County, Ga. more >>
The latest international trailer for Blumhouse's upcoming horror thriller offering "Insidious: Chapter 3" was released last week and for those who missed it doesn't have to bother themselves looking for the video.
The trailer, as indicated by Enstarz.com, offered pretty much nothing new as to what has been unveiled in the first teaser last year.
The clip, tagged with the "darkest chapter," features Dermot Mulroney playing the father named Sean to Stefanie Scott's Sue. Same as the previous sneak peek, Sue is seen being wheeled in by her dad into their new apartment. more >>
Kevin Smith is at it again. After he recently announced that the third installment of "Clerks" will start production in spring, he also confirmed that he is planning to do a sequel to his 1995 movie "Mallrats." It has been 20 years since the first movie was shown.
He made the announcement during an interview in a morning radio show.
"Yeah, that's what we're working on. It's half a script right now, and we're pulling our loot together. We've got up until the beginning of 2016. By the time we get to May 2016, we're going to be shooting," the filmmaker said. more >>