Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore has commented on the notable box office success of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," noting that critics like Creation Museum's Ken Ham are a "vocal minority."
"There are two groups of people: one that is excited that Hollywood has made a blockbuster based on the Bible and book of Genesis, and a small vocal minority who don't think it's OK to make a movie that isn't literal and who don't have the respect to let people evaluate it for themselves. Darren took a lot of creative license in telling a story from the Bible," Moore told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
He added that Ken Ham "has become the guy who continues to take to the microphone criticizing the film ... and who has tried to keep the spotlight on himself. But there are a lot of credible religious leaders, including the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference), who have come out saying this is a movie people should see." more >>
For the second straight week, God's Not Dead has finished fifth place at the U.S. box office, earning just one percent less this past weekend than the $9.2 million it brought in over its opening weekend when the film was released on March 21.
This past weekend, the small independent faith-based movie expanded its release by nearly 400 theaters and took in $9 million, bringing its total box office earnings to $22 million.
God's Not Dead, which portrays a college student who accepts his atheist professor's challenge to provide a defense for the existence of God and Christianity, followed the fourth-place Mr. Peabody and Sherman. more >>
According to Pastor Mark Driscoll, "Noah was not a good guy but a graced guy." In fact, "The most common way Christians butcher the story of Noah is by misreading what the Bible actually says."
Let's take a look at what the Bible actually says to evaluate these strong claims.
Genesis 6:8 states that, "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." In stark contrast, v. 8 reads, "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD." more >>
What now seems like it was just a trickle of opinion leading into the opening of the Noah movie over the weekend became a flood of viewpoints from all over the websphere on Monday, including blog posts that dissected every nuance of the Darren Aronofsky film.
Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and author of the biblical fantasy Noah Primeval, said after he wrote a pre-review of the movie based on an early script nearly a couple years ago, that he "became Satan for Paramount and its elitist director of dark unsympathetic sick and twisted heroes, Darren Aronofsky."
His review of the actual movie came after seeing it with the general public this past weekend. more >>
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Author and film producer Phil Cook urges Christians to prepare for the end of Christianity.
"Based on the hundreds of responses to my recent blog posts about the Paramount Pictures movie Noah, here's what we should do: prepare for the end of Christianity. After Friday's opening, be ready for millions of Christians to turn away from the faith," he states. more >>
Based on the hundreds of responses to my recent blog posts about the Paramount Pictures movie Noah, here's what we should do: prepare for the end of Christianity. After Friday's opening, be ready for millions of Christians to turn away from the faith.
This movie will be the most catastrophic event since the crucifixion. We thought all that pesky persecution of the early church during the Roman era was rough, or the gulags in Soviet Russia and North Korea, or the outlawed Church in China or burning churches in Muslim countries. But that's nothing compared to the onslaught of Darren Aronofsky and his team.
Hollywood has finally won the battle. I think we held on pretty well for 2,000 years since the time of Jesus, but based on the folks responding to my blog, the gospel message just isn't that strong, and this movie will tip us over the edge. more >>