The Hollywood Reporter's Paul Bond writes:
The right-wing filmmaker, who is under indictment for violating campaign finance laws, borrows video from Zach Galifianakis' interview with the president to market his upcoming movie, "America."
In a quirky bit of marketing for a political documentary, conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza has released a video parody (BELOW) of the Funny or Die online series Between Two Ferns, itself a parody of TV talk shows. more >>
Christian author and spoken-word artist Jefferson Bethke took to social media to express his enthusiasm for the upcoming "Noah" film. He also expressed his confusion on why Christians have been so critical of the movie's fidelity to the Bible.
"Does anyone else find it fascinating that Son of God got little backlash, because it was marketed to Christians & churches, yet Noah isn't marketed to the Church and is getting a ton of backlash? Even though both took substantial creative license," Bethke tweeted on Monday.
Steve Patton, a California pastor, responded to Bethke, suggesting that the reaction of Christians might have had something to do with the faith background of those promoting "Noah," as "Son of God's" producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey were not shy about sharing about their Christian faith while doing press for the movie. more >>
Comedian Kevin Hart revealed an heartfelt story regarding his mother and her Christian faith in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Hart, who recently won the "Entertainer of the Year" award from the NAACP, recalled to Winfrey his first days starting out as a comedian, when he was optimistic about his future in standup comedy but low on cash. Hart's mother had reportedly promised to help her son with his comedy career for one year, offering to pay his rent as he worked his way through show business.
Hart told Winfrey that as he began to encounter minor success in his first year of comedy, he was also running low on rent money and repeatedly contacted his mother to help him finance his lifestyle. more >>
Craig Gross, pastor of XXXChurch.com, took to his blog over the weekend to review the film "Noah" amid the tension stirred by Christians who say the movie, set to be released March 28, strays away from an accurate biblical portrayal.
Gross, whose 11-year-old son Nolan plays young Ham in the blockbuster, saw the film during the cast and crew screening and urged his readers to see the film before passing judgment.
"… This movie has done the best job in the history of Hollywood to date of taking a Bible story and putting it on the big screen ... don't listen to people on twitter or people behind a pulpit that haven't seen this movie," wrote Gross. more >>
"Veil of Tears," a riveting documentary from Gospel for Asia that is yet to be released, tells the untold stories of millions of women in South Asia who face oppression simply because of their gender. Dr. K. P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA, said the film not only shows the intense suffering, but the hope these women can find when they understand that they are valued in the eyes of God.
"One of the most obvious problems in this area is that the most unreached, untouched, neglected, suffering humanity in our world is women in Asian nations," Yohannan told The Christian Post. "For example, India alone has 46 million widows. That means a girl could be 18, 19, 20 or 30, and when her husband dies, in many places that's the end of their life. Many of them end up in despair."
He talked about an island off of the coast of West Bengal known as the "Widow's Island." Seventy-five percent of the people that live on that island are women who don't have husbands and they have no hope – they have been rejected and abused, Yohannan said. more >>
"Noah" star Emma Watson said Director Darren Aronofsky was very sensitive to and mindful of the biblical story while making the movie.
"I think with any text there is always artistic license, you're always looking at someone's specific interpretation of it," Watson told Sky News in an interview posted Monday.
"And I think Darren has tried to be very sensitive, he has tried to be very mindful. He didn't take the task lightly, it's a very inclusive piece and I think it is very true to the spirit and the themes of the biblical story." more >>