The excitement behind the upcoming "Son of God" movie keeps growing with news that religious groups have bought over 500,000 tickets in advance of the premiere. Producers are marketing the film as the "first Latin Jesus," in reference to Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado.
"There's a high level of Christianity in the Hispanic community, many of whom don't normally go to the movies but want to see 'Son of God,'" said 20th Century Fox's domestic distribution chief, Chris Aronson, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
Fox will be delivering 3,000 dual-track digital copies to theaters so that audiences can watch the film in English or Spanish. Producer Mark Burnett has called Morgado "the first Latin Jesus in an English film." more >>
A recent survey suggests actress Meryl Streep, who has been nominated for 18 Oscars during her 35-year career, is thanked more in the acceptance speeches of fellow actors than God. The survey comes as the film industry's awards show fast approaches on March 2.
The recent survey, conducted by Slate magazine, finds that out of the 47 individual Oscar winners since 2002, Streep has been thanked four times, while God has only been thanked three times. Additionally, television personality Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier have each been thanked twice. Poitier, an actor and a director, was the first black person to win an Oscar in 1963.
Streep, 64, has won three Oscars during her acting career and been nominated a staggering 18 times, more than any other actor or actress in the history of the awards show. more >>
Check out this video of Maddie and Zoe singing the hit song "Let It Go" from the recent Disney movie "Frozen." They are so cute, it will melt your heart.
The video was posted to the YouTube channel of Aaron Mendez.
He wrote, "This video was not made to show off my daughters' singing skills....in the future, I'll be sure to get them some voice lessons to further hone their skills :) This was made to show you what it looks like when two 4 year olds just GO FOR IT!!! Pure, raw, heartfelt and completely innocent! more >>
When Jimmy Hester evaluates the effectiveness of True Love Waits, an abstinence-based movement he is co-founder of, the Southern Baptist leader questions where society might be without it.
"What would have happened if this had not happened? What kind of impact might our culture have had on students if there had not been a sexual abstinence movement in '93, '94?" Hester asked, in an interview with The Christian Post.
For Hester, who expresses cynicism about using statistics to measure the outcome of his work ("you can shape them however you like"), anecdotes such as Christian singles telling him they still carry their abstinence pledge cards or testimonies from young adults who tell him that his work impacted their lives, provide more than sufficient evidence that his work was worthwhile. more >>
Diogo Morgado has spoken out against the focus being placed on him personally, with social media users describing him as "Hot Jesus." The actor, who portrays Jesus in upcoming movie, "Son of God," has said that although he's flattered by fans fussing about and complimenting his looks, he insisted he does not want that or anything else to distract from the movie's core message.
"It's a compliment, obviously but I don't want that to take away from what we tried to achieve," Morgado said, after The New York Times asked him about his reaction to a campaign expressing excitement about his good looks dubbed #HotJesus that went viral on Twitter. "The best story is the story that gets to the most people. If the message of Jesus was love, hope and compassion, and I can bring that to more people by being a more appealing Jesus, I am happy with that."
Roma Downey, who is producing the film along with her husband Mark Burnett, told the NYTimes that in settling on the Portuguese actor, they were looking for someone who was "strong and charismatic, who could also be a carpenter." more >>
Thousands of Christian media and ministry professionals are expected to attend the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., beginning Saturday.
Considered the world's largest annual gathering of Christian communicators, NRB convention organizers say the four-day event includes participants gaining new media insights, connections, resources and opportunities. Up to about 4,000 people related to the communications industry are expected to attend, Communications Director Kenneth Chan told The Christian Post recently.
"The NRB Convention is a 'must attend' on the calendar of many Christian media and ministry professionals," explained NRB President & CEO Jerry A. Johnson. "In the course of just a few days, you can make more strategic connections and gain more knowledge and resources than you might in the course of a year. It's a one-stop venue for what many need to more effectively reach people for Christ." more >>