Looking for another movie about Jesus? Following on the heels of the massively successful History Channel "The Bible" miniseries, Lifetime has announced that it will be making its own film about Christ.
According to Deadline, "The One" will focus on Jesus' life during the years not recorded in the Bible: from the time that he is left behind in the Temple in Jerusalem to when he is baptized at the age of 30 by John the Baptist.
The only passage discussing those years is found in Luke 2, which says that "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men" (NIV). more >>
After "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky banned bottled water from his movie set, actress Emma Watson - one of the stars of the movie - became ill after unintentionally drinking stagnant water.
In an interview from this month's issue of "Wonderland" magazine, Emma Watson revealed that Aronofsky's policies may have inadvertently caused her health to take a hit.
The actress, who is best known for her role as Hermoine in the "Harry Potter" series, plays Noah's adopted daughter Ila in next month's release. The British actress was forced to film most of her scenes with Douglas Booth, who plays Shem, early in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. more >>
Pastors and Christian leaders throughout the U.S. are jumping on board a campaign to spread the Gospel message via the upcoming film "Son of God" by buying out multiplex cinema screens for the day before its public release on Feb. 28.
"Few movies have been able to take over an entire multiplex – every screen, every seat; only blockbusters like 'Hunger Games.' But now the religious epic 'Son of God' is taking over several multiplexes nationwide on Thursday, February 27, the day before it debuts on 3,000 screens," say the film's promoters.
As of Monday, multiplexes in at least 10 cities nationwide are playing "Son of God" on all of their screens on the evening of Feb. 27. "It's very interesting to see this level of excitement around the movie," stated James Meredith, VP, head of Marketing & Communications for Cinemark. "We've already scheduled a few large-scale theatre buyouts for 'Son of God' in theatres across the country. The interest level for meetings, events, screenings and buyouts seems to be on par with that of major blockbuster, tentpole or franchise movies." more >>
Actress and filmmaker Roma Downey recently made it clear that scenes in "Son of God" that included an actor who played the devil, but who some say looks a lot like President Barack Obama, have been edited out of the movie releasing next week.
"It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time," Downey, who produced the movie with her husband, Mark Burnett, told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Son of God," which opens on Feb. 28, is a theatrical version of the "The Bible" TV miniseries, a highly successful show on the History Channel that featured actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan. more >>
A new documentary about the Common Core produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association will be released on March 10.
The documentary, "Building the Machine," will be about 30 minutes long and available to the public for free. You will be able to watch it on YouTube or download it to your computer. A longer version, approximately 70 minutes, will be available on DVD later in the spring.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative has been adopted by 45 states as part of the Obama administration's Race to the Top program. As the standards are beginning to be implemented, there has been a growing chorus of voices, from both liberals and conservatives, with concerns about the standards. more >>
Fans of the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series House of Cards are eagerly awaiting the release of the second season this Friday. Frank Underwood, masterfully played by the award-winning Kevin Spacey, embodies the corruption that so often attends to the pursuit of political power.
The prophet Jeremiah lamented the apparent flourishing of evildoers, asking of God, "Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?" (12:1). Underwood's career in the first season has been one of prospering, at least in terms of political fortunes and influence, even if it hasn't been the most restful of sessions for the veteran congressman. Indeed, Underwood is like the wicked of the psalmist's complaint, who "day and night prowl about" on the walls of the city without rest (Ps. 55:10), one of "those who are bloodthirsty, in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes" (Ps. 26:10).
In their review of the show's first season, David Corbin and Alissa Wilkinson rightly observe that the example of Frank Underwood provides an important negative lesson about the need for faithful and faith-filled politicians. House of Cards "presents an unlikely call for those claimed by Christ to stay within the messy world of politics," they conclude. It is, indeed, tempting perhaps to withdraw from the mire of mundane politics and wait for God to overturn the evildoers. This was the stance the prophet Jonah took toward Nineveh, for instance. But as Augustine observed, "It is beneficial, then, that good men should rule far and wide and long, worshipping the true God and serving Him with true rites and good morals." more >>