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Sacred mystery: Blockbuster ratings for ‘The Bible’ confound Hollywood
The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Daniel Wattenberg

Posted on 03/15/2013 1:15:20 PM PDT by tom h

Sure, it’s easy to criticize Hollywood, but try to remember that the entertainment industry today is an intellectually demanding environment, fraught with cognitively challenging, even intractable, questions, like, to take one recent example: How can the cable mini-series “The Bible” be such a ratings hit when there is no audience for overtly religious entertainment programming?

According to the latest Nielsens, released Tuesday, Sunday night’s telecast of “The Bible,” produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for basic cable’s History channel, managed to attract more viewers than anything on broadcast network NBC … during the entire week ...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bible; bibleseries; cabletv; christians; duplicate; historychannel; hollywood; markburnett; romadowney; thebible
I cannot tell you what good news this is, that Hollywood cannot see the nose on its face. They missed the boat on "Passion of the Christ," and now the Bible miniseries.

And to think, that every time they poll their best friends at the country club in Santa Monica, they can't find a single person who likes pro-Christian, pro-military, and pro-traditional entertainment!

1 posted on 03/15/2013 1:15:20 PM PDT by tom h
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They are just baffled at the ratings. Yet the Times poll asked if Hollywierd would do more of this kind of filming and the poll showed that the majority of people said no.
Spielberg has turned down Moses.

The Holy Spirit moves in interesting ways...

2 posted on 03/15/2013 1:19:26 PM PDT by MWestMom ( "I will not sit quietly and let [the president] shed the constitution." Senator Rand Paul)
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To: tom h

The Hollywood phrase is: “Non-recurring phenomenon.” That way they don’t have to think about it. Today, the vast sums earned by “The Passion of the Christ” have been forgotten by Hollywood. “Sugar tits” is remembered...


3 posted on 03/15/2013 1:21:29 PM PDT by karnage
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To: tom h

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sherwood-pictures-courageous-248204

Box Office Shocker: How Moviemaking Georgia Church Behind ‘Courageous’ Outperforms Hollywood

Before the filmmakers for Sherwood Pictures shot the first frame of Courageous, they prayed. It’s right there in the press materials. They did the same thing with Sherwood’s previous theatrical releases, Facing the Giants in 2006 and Fireproof in 2008. None of these Christian-themed movies is up to Hollywood production standards, though by one metric — box office compared to budget — they’re some of the most profitable films in modern history.

While Iron Man 2 and Thor earned three times their production budgets, Giants was made for $100,000 and took in $10.2 million domestically, 102 times its budget. Fireproof cost $500,000 but earned $33.5 million, a multiple of 67 on its budget, and Courageous, made for $2 million, earned eight times that in its first 10 days. It bowed No. 4 at the box office with$9.1 million from 1,161 theaters.

It seems Sherwood — a company few in Hollywood have even heard of — has discovered the secret for making films on a shoestring that people will line up to see in theaters. Maybe it’s all that praying.


4 posted on 03/15/2013 1:25:45 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: tom h

The History Chennel used to be my favorite channel, by far.
Then, after about a decade of pawn shops, ice truckers and ghost hunting, I stopped watching completely.

I assumed that ‘The Bible’ would be presented in an offensive manner, so I haven’t tuned in. Is it any good?


5 posted on 03/15/2013 1:25:59 PM PDT by kidd
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To: tom h
And to think, that every time they poll their best friends at the country club in Santa Monica, they can't find a single person who likes pro-Christian, pro-military, and pro-traditional entertainment!

It's almost like they're a bunch of blowhard elitists...

6 posted on 03/15/2013 1:26:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: tom h
And to think, that every time they poll their best friends at the country club in Santa Monica, they can't find a single person who likes pro-Christian, pro-military, and pro-traditional entertainment!

It's almost like they're a bunch of blowhard liberal elitists...

7 posted on 03/15/2013 1:26:37 PM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: tom h

Maybe it has something to do with the business still being run by people who grew up watching the old epics like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told, etc., and it still seems old-fashioned. In other words they are bad at their jobs.


8 posted on 03/15/2013 1:28:38 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: kidd
"I assumed that ‘The Bible’ would be presented in an offensive manner, so I haven’t tuned in. Is it any good?"

It is good. The story moves very fast so don't expect it to convert anyone, but for those of who are Christian it brings some of the best stories to life and reminds us of some details that are fascinating. I can't wait for the evenings on the life and crucifixion of Jesus.

9 posted on 03/15/2013 1:29:07 PM PDT by tom h
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To: kidd

I don’t find it offensive. To me, though, some of it is presented in a confusing way. I don’t deal so well with flashbacks. LOL!


10 posted on 03/15/2013 1:29:54 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: tom h

>They missed the boat on “Passion of the Christ,” and now the Bible miniseries.<

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If Mel Gibson would only produce “Acts of the Apostles” starting with the Resurrection. That would be one heck of an adventure story.


11 posted on 03/15/2013 1:30:54 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: tom h

Gee,I wonder why????????????????????????????????????


12 posted on 03/15/2013 1:31:27 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: GOPJ

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


13 posted on 03/15/2013 1:32:53 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: kidd

You will be pleasantly surprised if you watch it. I was skeptical, but so far the stories seem to adhere to the Holy scriptures. I decided to watch it after hearing Sara Palin’s endorsement a couple of months ago. It will be out on DVD just a few days after Easter. Highly recommend.


14 posted on 03/15/2013 1:33:47 PM PDT by cblue55 (The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.)
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To: tom h

People are lookng for TRUTH. God has placed eternity in the hearts of man and he instinctively knows it will not be found apart from God.


15 posted on 03/15/2013 1:36:36 PM PDT by cblue55 (The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.)
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To: tom h
I have long believed that Hollywood would also achieve enormous audiences and ratings if they produced real stories of the heroism and humanitarian deeds performed by our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other theaters of combat.

Of course, that might make George W. Bush and out military look good, so they will never do it.

But there's a ton of money to be made

16 posted on 03/15/2013 1:40:07 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: 353FMG

I honestly get chills just thinking of that idea. Would be amazing. So much there that is missed by most Christians, let alone the rest of the people.


17 posted on 03/15/2013 1:41:54 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: cblue55

That’s a good way to put it.


18 posted on 03/15/2013 1:45:53 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: SengirV

The final scenes of the story should be the execution of Sts. Peter and Paul.


19 posted on 03/15/2013 1:46:56 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: kidd
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"Incredible" ... simply "Incredible" ...


See if you can't watch the episode of when The LORD destroys Sodom and Gomorrah ... the Angels with their sword work will astound-amaze you ...


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20 posted on 03/15/2013 1:55:24 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Piss upon Obama, and his False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: 353FMG
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Check out the DVD entitled "Peter and Paul" ...

It's fabulous ...

Anthony Hopkins as Paul ... a whole array of famous actors ...

Stays pretty close to scripture ...


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21 posted on 03/15/2013 1:57:22 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Piss upon Obama, and his False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: tom h

Hollywood will counter with a Quran Series ,if they can find enough fake blood


22 posted on 03/15/2013 2:17:39 PM PDT by molson209
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To: tom h

#1 nonscripted show (reality) is Duck Dynasty.

No swearing, no naked drunken partiers, no pregnant teens, no homosexual deviance in your face. Just Christian folk. AND THEY PRAY AT THE END OF EACH EPISODE! GASP!

Hollywood just cannot understand how this can possibly be popular.

Perhaps some people don’t want to watch perpetual-partying, foul mouthed, drunken homosexual sex all over the TV.


23 posted on 03/15/2013 2:28:17 PM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

That’s awesome! I didn’t know those films did that well. I have only seen Fireproof. I’d like to see the others. Fireproof was really good though, I think it should be required watching for couples thinking about getting married.


24 posted on 03/15/2013 2:30:04 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: 353FMG
"If Mel Gibson would only produce “Acts of the Apostles” starting with the Resurrection. That would be one heck of an adventure story."

Great minds think alike! Our Christian small group said exactly the same thing way back when; Gibson could have brought the entire New, and Old, Testaments to life had he put the same effort into Act, the Book of Romans, and the life of Paul.

But instead he got mystical and made that ridiculous flop about the Mayans. Then, he started cheating on his wife, becoming openly anti-Semitic, and his life fell apart.

I wouldn't wish his fate on him and I hope he repents of these sins someday.

But his work on Passion was brilliant.

25 posted on 03/15/2013 2:30:41 PM PDT by tom h
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To: Bulwyf
"Fireproof ... should be required watching for couples thinking about getting married."

You should also watch "October Baby" to see one of the most moving faith-based stories ever put to film. Watch it with your wife and teenaged or adult children, and your church small group. It is as transforming as Fireproof.

26 posted on 03/15/2013 2:33:20 PM PDT by tom h
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To: Bulwyf

Courageous was amazing. I have seen it several times. Laughed and cried. And the “bad guy” in the film is a wonderful Christian guy, but he plays a great bad guy. All dads and expectant dads (and moms) should see it.


27 posted on 03/15/2013 2:35:05 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: tom h

Well it’s also free and in your home, taping it, eating your own grits. Hollywood robbers can’t match that without changing the script perhaps replacing Jerusalem with Sodom and Gomorrah.


28 posted on 03/15/2013 2:41:08 PM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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>But his work on Passion was brilliant.<

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Ever since I saw that movie I find that anything on the Bible, as sincere as it might be, is second class when compared with Gibson’s masterpiece.

Hey Mel, all is forgiven, get back to work.


29 posted on 03/15/2013 2:51:03 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: kidd

—— Is it any good? -——

It’s fine, but kind of mechanical. It’s worth its weight in gold, though, for sending a message to Hollyweird.

Imagine if true artists devoted their skills to producing Bible-based movies. There are unending riches to be mined.

Hopefully this series will help us to get there.


30 posted on 03/15/2013 3:08:04 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: ex-snook

Its free to watch on TBN every Sunday night in March. Joel Osteen made this possible. You don’t need cable. Praise the Lord!


31 posted on 03/15/2013 3:18:55 PM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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To: 353FMG

Mel’s ‘Passion’ was fantabulous! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!


32 posted on 03/15/2013 3:21:16 PM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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"Hey Mel, all is forgiven, get back to work."

Your sentiment is fine but Gibson does not need your forgiveness; he needs if from his own family members and the millions of Christians and Jews he offended when he uttered his anti-Semitic remarks.

I think he first needs to ask God for forgiveness, then get on his knees publicly and ask the world to forgive him. THEN I think that he can get on with business.

33 posted on 03/15/2013 3:45:28 PM PDT by tom h
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To: kidd
I assumed that ‘The Bible’ would be presented in an offensive manner, so I haven’t tuned in. Is it any good?

It's OK. It's not great, but not bad either. The stuff they get wrong is fairly trivial and the rest, while sometimes cheesy, does get the basic story out. Of course much is left out-- think of it as the Readers Digest Condensed version of the story. Production quality is fair. Is not a Spielberg movie by any stretch. I have my own theory of why it is doing so well: There are lots of people that want to know the story of the bible without having to read it. They see this as an easy way to do that. There are plenty of Christians and Jews that have never read the -whole- Bible front to back. Maybe even most of them. Heck... There's probably a lot of Christians that've never even read the whole NT front to back. This is giving a lot of people a cheat-sheet of basic knowledge of the story. They've been pretending for a long time to be more familiar with the Bible than they really are. This is a quick catch-up. As such, I'd say there's no particular harm in that. Some of them will get the bug to go back and read it. Nothing wrong with that. The production values are a little disappointing and the small errors are annoying-- but they're small enough that I had to get back into the text myself to double check the differences. Nothing wrong with that either. :-)

34 posted on 03/15/2013 4:09:13 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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‘pro-Christian, pro-military, and pro-traditional entertainment! ‘

Yes, it is hard to imagine a program such as ‘navy Log’ appearing anywhere on television today.

35 posted on 03/15/2013 4:49:36 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: kidd
I assumed that ‘The Bible’ would be presented in an offensive manner, so I haven’t tuned in. Is it any good?

I like it! I have a subscription setup on my DVR, since I never remember about TV shows anymore.

One of the things everyone likes to complain about are the recurring appearances by "ninja angels," but frankly they're one of my favorite things so far. These are some bad arse angels, with some seriously cool looking armor. You don't mess with them - as is proper for God's angels.

Why not make angels who are super cool, intimidating, and kick butt when God commands? What does everyone expect, creepy looking birdmen as depicted in the minds of Renaissance painters? Who says that's correct? Ninja angels are much better.

36 posted on 03/15/2013 6:42:40 PM PDT by MCH
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blockbuster
37 posted on 03/15/2013 7:43:57 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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