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  • "Heaven is for Real" Reviewed

    03/15/2011 8:11:04 AM PDT · by alleyesonCHRIST · 8 replies · 1+ views
    all eyes on CHRIST ^ | 3/15/2011 | Charle C. Matthews
    Heaven is for Real is a terrifically entertaining story about a young 4 year old boy's venture to Heaven and back again. I would advise this book as a read for most anyone seeking encouragement, wondering about Heaven, or just seeking an interesting story written in a different perspective. I would strongly suggest this book for anyone that has lost a small child, a child in the womb, or who has recently lost a loved one in general. The story centers around 4 year old Colton Burpo, an "all boy" youngster from Iowa, who loves swords, super heroes, and his...
  • Johnny Depp Bombs in “Transcendence” with Shocking $4.8Mil Friday...

    04/19/2014 10:15:38 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence” bombed last night as expected, taking in just $4.8 million. That means the $150 million movie will likely take in around $12 million for the weekend. This is Depp’s second major flop at the box office, following the catastrophic “Lone Ranger.” And now this poses an important question: can Depp open a movie that isn’t “Pirates of the Caribbean”? The answer is No. He’s made zillions from the Disney adventure movies.
  • Transcendence and Noah: Bogus Bytes -- Hollywood plays God and loses big time.

    04/19/2014 10:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2014 | By Armond White
    Transcendence is to the sci-fi genre what Noah is to the Bible. Both are poorly conceived reboots of a literary form into pseudo-visionary garbage. Each film also exemplifies the current trend of agnostic filmmakers playing God. In Transcendence, Johnny Depp, as the obviously named Will Caster, unleashes his berserk world-dominating ambitions after he dies and is resurrected as an artificially intelligent computer program with the power to “overcome the limits of biology.” In Noah, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky reconceives the Biblical story of the Flood and God’s covenant with man through His servant (played by Russell Crowe) as a smart-ass...
  • Your Favorite Biblical Movie?

    04/18/2014 8:41:31 PM PDT · by MNDude · 91 replies
    There are lots of Biblical Movies coming out this year (Son of God, Noah), but I don't think many compare to some of the older ones (like Ten Commandments, Passion of the Christ). What is your favorite Biblical movie?
  • 'I Don't Want To Waste My Life Anymore': Glenn Beck Announces He's Getting Out Of Politics

    04/17/2014 7:09:04 AM PDT · by JihadiKiller · 168 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 04/17/14 | Chuck Biscuits
    “We’re beginning to agree that Republicans and Democrats suck — they’ve built this machine to grind people into the ground. I hate this stuff. I hate politics. I hate politicians and I feel like I’m wasting my life. Don’t we all know what’s happening? George W. Bush was taking us down a road, and Barack Obama is taking us down that same road. What difference does it make? I don’t want to waste my life anymore.”
  • A Real-life Spiritual Journey is Brought to the Big Screen in Heaven is for Real

    04/16/2014 7:10:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | John Hanlon
    There are few people who know pain as heart-wrenching as a parent who believes that he or she could be losing a child. In the new film Heaven is for Real, the parents of Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) feel that pain. After a series of troubling events, that couple face that pain as they watch and wait to see if their son Colton will survive after his appendix ruptures and he’s brought into the hospital for an operation. In the weeks prior, Colton’s father Todd (Greg Kinnear) — a minister in the local Church— had faced several health crises of...
  • ‘Noah’ Now Closely Tied With ‘God’s Not Dead’ at Box Office

    04/14/2014 7:44:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/14/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Noah, the fanatical environmentalist anti-religious big budget movie, has crashed to 6th place, where it’s closely tied with the low budget God’s Not Dead, a Christian film. Noah had a budget of $125 million and is struggling to make that back. God’s Not Dead has a budget of $2 million and has made it back many times over. Noah is playing in over 3,282 theaters, while G0d’s Not Dead is playing in 1,860 theaters. While the final box office figures for the weekend aren’t in yet, current estimates place Noah in 6th place with $7 million for the weekend and...
  • Amid praise for Stephen Colbert, some ask: What about diversity in late night?

    04/13/2014 7:28:49 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 58 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4-11-14 | Mark Guarino
    The choice of comedian Stephen Colbert as the replacement for David Letterman ignited a battle of words online Thursday: While little doubt exists that Mr. Colbert is as funny, clever, charming, and goofy as Mr. Letterman, some media voices loudly complained that the decision by CBS now means that network late-night television will largely remain the domain of white male hosts. When Letterman announced last week that he will step down from the “Late Show” in 2015, television critics immediately started pooling names of possible replacements: comedians W. Kamau Bell, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Tig Notaro, Amy Poehler,...
  • Lena Dunham: A 'Huge Disappointment' to Like Men, not Women

    04/10/2014 10:22:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Lena Dunham feels a very strong connection to the gay community. So strong, in fact, that when she realized she was attracted to men it came as a "huge disappointment." Dunham shared her views on her lesbian sister and sexual attraction during an appearance at the Point Honors Gala at the New York Public Library Monday....
  • Buh-bye, David Letterman: Nasty, bitter, left wing television host announces his retirement

    04/04/2014 8:31:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Late night television talk shows have become an important part of the national political conversation, a forum for digesting news and personalities of the day. Although their individual audiences number in the single digit millions, the political quips of the hosts are recycled the following day on morning TV, radio talks shows, and the internet. The crucial low information voting bloc, in whose hands the destiny of the Republic now perilously rests, tends to favor late night shows over hard news sources. So even though it is trivial, the retirement of David Letterman, announced last night on his television show...
  • Mickey Rooney Dead at 93

    04/06/2014 7:48:53 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 189 replies
    TMZ ^ | April 6, 2014 | TMZ
    Mickey Rooney, who spent nearly his entire life in the show business, died today. He was 93.
  • Captain America: Red, White, and False: Hollywood politics with fake patriotism.

    04/04/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/04/2014 | Armond White
    Seen close up on the 3D screen, actor Chris Evans’s ruddy lips, bright complexion, and sparkling eyes look like a Pop Art personification of red, white, and blue patriotism in Marvel Studios’ Captain American: The Winter Soldier. Referred to as “The greatest soldier of all time” by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), his paramilitary boss at S.H.I.E.L.D., Evans’s Steve Rogers, who was scientifically re-engineered into the ever-youthful, muscle-bound World War II veteran of the title, represents a timeless idea of American strength and virtue: “I’m 95, I’m not dead,” he tells flirtatious superhero colleague Natasha (Scarlett Johanssen). Evans’s cartoon...
  • Doris Day on Turning 90: 'I've Had an Amazing Life!'

    04/03/2014 10:47:36 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | April 3, 2014 | LESLEY MESSER
    Believe it or not, Doris Day is now 90 years old. Looking back on nine decades, all she can do is appreciate all she has. "All I ever wanted in my life was to get married, have kids, keep house and cook, and even though I did all these things, I still ended up in Hollywood," she told Closer magazine. "It was a great trip. I've had an amazing life and wonderful times. And I'm happy!" Day, who lives a quiet life in California, told the magazine that aside from "little aches and pains," she has been "blessed with good...
  • David Letterman to retire in 2015

    04/03/2014 1:53:39 PM PDT · by illiac · 84 replies
    TheMargin ^ | 4/3/14 | TheMargin
    After more than 30 years of hosting late night television, David Letterman announced that he will retire in 2015 during a taping of “The Late Show” on Thursday afternoon, according to CNNMoney
  • Dear Mr. Colbert: Me so stupid. You so funny!

    04/02/2014 4:27:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Question: Who are the most prominent public purveyors of Asian stereotypes and ethnic language-mocking in America? The right answer is liberal Hollywood and Democrats. The wrong and slanderous answer is conservatives, which is what liberal performance artist/illegal-alien-amnesty lobbyist Stephen Colbert wants Americans to believe. Last week on his Comedy Central show, Colbert resurrected his "satirical" 2005 "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong" skit, in which he speaks in pidgin English with a grossly exaggerated accent. He used it in a boneheaded attempt to ridicule Republican football team owner Dan Snyder and others who defend the Washington Redskins' name. "Oh, I ruv tea. It's...
  • The Ark: Could Noah's Tale Be True?

    04/01/2014 5:04:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 96 replies
    http://www.livescience.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Benjamin Radford
    The new film "Noah" stars Russell Crowe as the man chosen by God to collect pairs of Earth's animals on a massive ark to save them from a global flood. The film, which opened March 28, is sizing up to be a Biblical blockbuster, replete with star power and stunning special effects. But how realistic is it? While many people consider the story of Noah's Ark merely an instructive myth or parable about God's punishment for man's wickedness, others believe that the story is historically accurate. To them, Noah's tale describes events that really happened only a few thousand years...
  • Much Ado About Noah

    04/01/2014 3:26:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    It wasn't so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That's progress of a sort. The main complaint from critics of the film "Noah," which opened last Friday with an impressive opening day take of an estimated $44 million in ticket sales, is that it doesn't accurately reflect the rather slim biblical account in Genesis. Here's some breaking news for the critics: Noah didn't speak English, as Russell Crowe does in...
  • The Noah film is afloat with extremism

    03/31/2014 6:54:51 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 129 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | Monday, March 31, 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    AMAZING. Hollywood just killed God, and almost no critic noticed how it quietly slipped a green human-hater in his place. I never thought you could make a two-hour film about Noah and his ark without mentioning “God” even once, but director Darren Aronofsky has managed it in his $142 million epic, which opened last week. His Noah, played by a muttering Russell Crowe, prays to a different deity, a much nastier one called “the creator” who seems to brood on global warming. Hey, what a coincidence! So does Aronofsky, who last year declared, “climate change as an enemy of the...
  • Noah, The Film: All Washed Up

    03/31/2014 4:56:23 AM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 37 replies
    Blog World of the Bible ^ | March 31, 2014 | World of the Bible
    The pre-release advertising promoting the movie Noah made a point of stating that while the director took artistic license in the production it was still faithful to the biblical story. Early theater previews were carefully edited to appeal to people of faith, but this is the least biblical “biblical film” of all time! However, to be charitable, the bare outline of the Flood story is present, but after that artistic license has taken the film so far afield of anything resembling the Bible that it is offensive to people of faith. To say that the biblical story was watered down...
  • Noah is the Most Unpopular Movie in Current Release (Despite Topping the Box Office)

    03/30/2014 12:13:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/30/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Noah has topped the box office, but the opening weekend is about marketing dollars. At a production budget of over $125 million and poor audience responses, Paramount had to put some serious money into promotion.Reportedly that may be something in the $50 – $75 million range on marketing to get people to see Noah. That’s short of its weekend box office total which is likely to be under $50 million.But while you can get audiences to show up for the opening weekend, you can’t make them like it.Cinemascore’s rating for Noah is a C. That’s the worst movie they have...
  • "God's Not Dead" Matches 1st Week Revenue....Unheard Of fFeat!!!

    03/30/2014 8:59:09 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 29 replies
    Vanity
    Amazing screen performance: "God's Not Dead" Looks like God is doing his thing with a bit of help from film viewers, the Duck Commander, Willie Robertson, his great wife, Corie and the magnificent cast and production group led by Actor Kevin Sorbo, etc.!!! As Winston Churchill proclaimed to Herr Hitler after the Battle of Britain..."We are coming for you!!!" and then began sustained, night & day bombing of German Factories & Cities by the RAF & the AAF....we, the people, proclaim to anti-religion, Christian hater, POTUS, Obama, his Godless Academia lap dogs and his media Obamabots: "We, the God believers,...
  • BOX OFFICE: ‘Noah’ Rises, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises As Schwarzenegger Brought To Knees

    03/29/2014 7:49:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 03/29/2014 | By ANITA BUSCH
    Estimates for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah are now anywhere from $41M to $44.6M based on a strong $15M Friday box office. I wondered while writing the box office last night if Southern CA audiences watching the film when the earthquake hit got a little seasick thinking how realistic the special effects were. Noah (PAR) was playing like a mainstream movie when it opened, but that bump indicates that it had some cross-over from the faith-based audiences which continue to keep God’s Not Dead in business. noahmovieAlthough based on the Biblical story, Noah doesn’t mention the name God once – how funny...
  • If Christians Are Going to Complain About The Movie Noah, Then Create Something Better

    03/30/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2014 | Doug Giles
    The movie Noah has ironically spawned a flood of hullabaloo, eh? Personally, heretofore, I haven’t seen the flick, but I plan on watching it this Sunday. Yes, I said it. I’m going to check it out even though I’ve been warned by the brethren not to because it isn’t "biblical". I guess I’ll have to wear a disguise so my more persnickety readers won’t recognize me. I think I’ll go as Carrot Top. That’ll toss them off my scent trail. Now, when the anti-biblical criticisms began to fly against this pic in its ramp-up for release, I was like, “You...
  • The Noah Movie: Our Detailed Review [Christian Review]

    03/29/2014 5:01:38 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 23 replies
    Answers In Genesis ^ | Saturday, March 29, 2014 | Staff Report
    Editor’s note: A shorter review of Noah appeared on Friday. The movie review below is a much more detailed examination of the new Hollywood film. On Thursday evening, a team of researchers from Answers in Genesis viewed the new Noah film. Based on reviews from trusted friends of the ministry who had seen the movie, including a staff member, we were hesitant to spend any money on watching this unbiblical picture. But AiG had already received hundreds of inquiries about our position on the film even before it was released, so we believed it was necessary for AiG’s research team...
  • just saw "Noah". downer of a movie.

    03/30/2014 7:14:50 AM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 110 replies
    selfie | march 30, 2014 | beebuster2000
    Noah. don't bother, painful experience. major beef with the movie is just the twisted plot. crazy long, the two kids sitting behind me long about 2 hours in totally lost it. i didn't blame them. drags on and on. basically a bunch of time up front in the movie doing what exactly? not sure, Noah and family wander around eating moss and stuff, they don't eat meat, thats evil. those that eat meat will be destroyed by the Creator. ok fine, accept that in the movie and move on, but its weird. the meat eater theme continues throughout. as does...
  • The midrashiest midrash that ever was midrashed [a spoiler-free “Noah” review]

    03/30/2014 6:57:12 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Denny Burke Blog ^ | Sunday, March 30, 2014 | Denny Burk
    Does the movie resemble the actual Noah story enough to establish credible points of contact? No, it does not. The director himself has acknowledged that his rendering of Noah is like a midrash—an ancient method of interpreting scripture involving ahistorical embellishments. As far as midrash is concerned, Noah is the midrashiest midrash that ever was midrashed. Aronofsky’s Noah is nothing like the biblical Noah, the only righteous man on the planet. More seriously, Aronofsky’s god is nothing like the biblical God, a long-suffering sovereign who graciously condescends to reveal Himself and His plans to Noah and to save Noah and...
  • ‘Not Rachael Ray too!’: TV cook shills for Obamacare, sours fans

    03/29/2014 9:07:58 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 79 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 3/27/2014
    Rachael Ray get's hammered by her viewers. They did not appreciate her pimping Obamacare. Some are no longer fans of the show.
  • Valerie Jarrett to Hollywood: Shill for ObamaCare in Your Scripts

    03/29/2014 7:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | March 28, 2014 | Christian Toto
    The Obama administration thinks Hollywood can do much more to promote its signature health care reform. Stars from Lady Gaga to Scandal's Kerry Washington have been promoting ObamaCare via social media. The humor site Funny or Die has produced a series of videos shilling for the reform, including one featuring President Barack Obama himself. That's simply not enough, says Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. Now, she wants Hollywood screenwriters to start dropping ObamaCare references into their scripts--assuming said shout outs will be positive, of course. Is there any doubt some scribes will gleefully abide by her wishes? Jarrett told the hosts...
  • Box Office: Moviegoers Flock to 'Noah'… But Hate It

    03/29/2014 7:15:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | March 29, 2014 | John Nolte
    Director Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is on pace to outperform this weekend with a $40 -$45 million haul at the box office, but moviegoers are giving Russell Crowe's epic a deadly CinemaScore rating of C. Deadline Hollywood called that "very bad news for word of mouth and next weekend’s drop." For some perspective, studios get nervous when a film only scores a B. Critics overall gave "Noah" a 76% Fresh Rating over at Rotten Tomatoes but the Tomatoes' audience score is a withering 57%. Next weekend "Noah" will not only have to deal with deadly word-of-mouth but also the Captain America...
  • Hollywood Blacklist

    03/29/2014 6:19:45 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 10 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | March 29, 2014 | Chuck Morse
    Kevin Sorbo, star of God’s Not Dead told a reporter at Faith, Media & Culture that by simply voting for the best person, that, in itself, is enough to get me blacklisted in Hollywood. Marius Forte, who co-authored with Sam Sorbo, radio talk show host and wife of Kevin Sorbo, The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven notes: We all know that Hollywood leans left and is uncomfortable with a Christian based message. Left-wing Hollywood seems impervious to the fact that God’s Not Dead opened on only 780 screens yet the movie, without benefiting from a mega-media roll-out that often...
  • No meat at ‘Noah’ party

    03/29/2014 3:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The New York Post's Page Six ^ | March 28, 2014 | Richard Johnson
  • Matt Drudge is lovin' "Noah"

    03/28/2014 7:41:52 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 27 replies
    Twitter | 3/28/14 | me
    Matt Drudge loves him some "Noah". I can't link his twitter acct. with this tablet, but you can check it out if you have Twitter. "May 'the Creator bless @DarrenAronofsky for bringing movies back to showbusiness! Epic Noah!!"
  • Lorenzo Semple Jr., Creator of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 91

    03/29/2014 8:48:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 28, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Lorenzo Semple Jr., the creator of the campily classic Batman TV series who went on to craft such big-screen paranoid thrillers as The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor -- though he would be replaced on both films -- has died. He turned 91 on Thursday... Semple’s résumé also includes the Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman escape tale Papillon (1973); Paul Newman’s Harper sequel The Drowning Pool (1975); Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong (1976) starring Jessica Lange; and the rogue James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983)...
  • Hey, "Noah" Supporters, Enough with the Guilt Trip Already!

    03/29/2014 7:26:15 AM PDT · by usconservative · 34 replies
    TownHall.Com ^ | March 29thy, 2004 | Todd Starnes
    (Excerpt) Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky promised to create the least biblical, biblical movie ever made. And based on the early reviews of his film -- Mr. Aronofsky made good on his promise. He left the word "God" completely out of his movie and turned Noah into a crazed environmentalist with anger management issues who wants to slaughter his family. I also had some issues with the rock creatures portrayed in the film. Forefathers of "The Thing," perhaps?
  • Valerie Jarrett to Hollywood to Get Obamacare in Movie, TV Scripts

    03/28/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT · by mojito · 71 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/28/2014 | Daniel Halper
    'I'm a really good nag.' A top of advisor to President Barack Obama is in Los Angeles to try to get Obamacare written into scripts of TV shows and movies. Valerie Jarrett explained in an appearance on Top That! on PopSugar.com: "That's the cool thing," a host said to the presidential advisor. "You've been reaching out to people that are, you know, outside of the norm of what the president might work with. Who else are you working with? Like celebrities, personalities, things like that?" "You name it," said Jarrett. "That's part of why I'm in L.A. I'm meeting with...
  • Noah: Five Negative Features about this Film

    03/27/2014 12:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 03/27/2014 | Ed Stetzer
    by Ed Stetzer March 3, 2014 The following post is a guest post from Dr. Jerry Johnson. Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D., is President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). He's a theologian who has taught on cinema and theology. This post is about the March 28, 2014 movie Noah. I interviewed Jerry about the film last week at the NRB meeting. In that interview, he mentioned asking Paramount to add a disclaimer and they just did (see the bottom of this post). Last Friday, Jerry shared five positives of Noah, and today he's sharing five negatives. Here are...
  • Film Review: In ‘Noah,’ a hard rain

    03/27/2014 8:04:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 03/27/2014 | Ty Burr
    Most religious movies feel as if they’re made by a church committee, but every now and then a wild-eyed prophet wanders in and rattles the theater with brimstone. Regardless of your feelings about either movie, Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” qualifies and so does Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Now director Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”) has ascended to the mountaintop and returned with the strangest, most visionary cinematic parable yet. “Noah” is equal parts ridiculous and magnificent, a showman’s folly and a madman’s epic. It elaborates on the Book of Genesis’s slender story of...
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin announce separation after 11 years of marriage

    03/25/2014 4:48:12 PM PDT · by workerbee · 82 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/25/14
    **SNIP**"We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children, and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time," the message also said. "We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."
  • Everybody's Tolkien (Tolkien Reading Day)

    03/25/2014 3:56:13 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Now this is precious. $6.2 billion and counting. That's how much films based on J. R. R. Tolkien's books have made in all at the box office so far. And there's still one part of The Hobbit trilogy to come. The Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) and The Hobbit are also on the list of Top 10 best selling books of all time - LOTR at No. 2 with 150 million copies sold. The Hobbit is No. 6 with 100 million copies sold.
  • Noah epic awash in flood of controversy for green agenda and taking liberties with Bible

    It is truly a Hollywood epic of biblical proportions, the original disaster story of the man chosen by God to undertake the greatest rescue in history before an apocalyptic flood engulfs the world. But even before it opens in America this week and Britain on April 4, Noah, a $130 million blockbuster with Russell Crowe in the lead role, is already awash in a turbulent sea of controversy. The film, packed with special effects based around a massive replica arc built in Long Island near New York, also stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah and Emma Watson, the Harry Potter...
  • God's Not Dead' Crashes Box Office Top 5, 'Muppets' Bombs

    03/23/2014 6:12:12 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Mar 2014, 9:00 AM PDT | Christian Toto
    God's Not Dead didn't have a massive marketing budget, a liberal A-list star above the title or even the same number of screens most mainstream movies receive. The film is still on pace to snare the fourth spot in the weekend's box office chart in a very competitive frame. What it had in its corner--a popular actor known for his work on TV's Hercules, the presence of one of Duck Dynasty's key stars and an unabashedly pro-faith message.
  • Noah’s Ark Lands in Hollywood

    Expensive biblical epics haven’t been a staple of Hollywood for decades, but this week saw the release of the first trailer of Noah which will hit theaters in early 2014. Enter controversy. Some like J.W. Wartick have written on concerns over possible “divergence from the Biblical story.” Fair enough, but I don’t have a problem with divergence, if it is in the sense Brian Godawa describes: " …there is nothing wrong with engaging in creative license, whether it is magical seeds or six-armed Watchers, or even Noah as a warrior. I don’t even think there is a problem in using...
  • Scent of a Woman star James Rebhorn dies, aged 65

    03/23/2014 11:12:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    Digital Spy ^ | March 23, 2014 | Ben Lee
    James Rebhorn has died at the age of 65. The veteran character actor passed away at his home on Friday afternoon (March 21). Rebhorn is known for starring in Scent of a Woman opposite Al Pacino as Mr Trask and Independence Day as Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki.
  • Hollywood Losing Movies and Jobs Due to Tax Incentives

    03/22/2014 4:14:07 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 28 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    It appears that Hollywood is in a lot of trouble, not to mention California as a whole. California offers a paltry amount of tax incentives for filming within the state as opposed to most other states or even a number of countries. In fact, California's tax incentive program for the film and television industry currently stands at $100 million annually while New York's program is at $420 million. Some states don't even have a cap. What this means is that Hollywood is fleeing Tinsletown to film out of state, which is costing California billions of dollars and tens of thousands...
  • HAMAS (dba CAIR) suppresses TV pilot about Saudi Arabia

    03/22/2014 4:47:34 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 8 replies
    Variety ^ | 21 March 14 | Andrea Seikaly
    ABC Family Pulls Plug on ‘Alice in Arabia’ After Muslim Org Backlash Just days after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) expressed concerns over potential stereotyping in the pilot for ABC Family’s “Alice in Arabia” and requested a meeting with execs, the network has decided not to pursue the show that had been announced Monday. An ABC Family spokesperson said Friday, “The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project.” The show’s premise centered on an American teen...
  • Steven Spielberg to Honor President Obama at USC Shoah Gala

    03/21/2014 6:28:13 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    hollywood reporter ^ | march 21, 2014 | erik hayden
    President Barack Obama is set to deliver remarks and receive an honor presented by Steven Spielberg at a USC Shoah Foundation event, the organization said Friday. The event, the 20th Anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity Gala, will be held May 7 in Los Angeles. The president is also expected to attend at least one fundraiser for the Democratic party while he is in town, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.  "President Obama’s commitment to democracy and human rights has long been felt," said Spielberg in a statement announcing the news. "As a constitutional scholar and as president, his interest in expanding justice and opportunity for all is remarkably evident."
  • In Bible epic revival, 'Noah' finds rough seas

    03/21/2014 11:04:51 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 211 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 21, 2014 10:59 AM (ET) | JAKE COYLE
    NEW YORK (AP) - In the beginning of their work together on "Noah," director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: "I'll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you." Decades after Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur," Aronofsky has renewed the tradition of the studio-made, mass-audience Bible epic, albeit as a distinctly darker parable about sin, justice and mercy. While much of his "Noah" is true to Scripture, it's nothing like the picture-book version many encounter as children.
  • Kevin Sorbo: Why is Hollywood so afraid of God?

    03/21/2014 8:50:12 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 25 replies
    FOX 411 ^ | March 20, 2014 | Sasha Bogursky
    Kevin Sorbo is sick of what he calls Hollywood's intolerance to those who believe in God. "There's a negativity towards Christians in Hollywood," Sorbo told FOX411. "And a negativity towards people who believe in God." It's not just faith that Hollywood is intolerant of. Sorbo, who has spoken out against President Obama's policies, feels the backlash from the entertainment industry for his political affiliations. "There's also a negativity towards people who aren't liberal. There's no question that it has hurt me in Hollywood that I didn't vote for Obama."
  • Noah: Film Review

    03/21/2014 5:57:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 20, 2014 | Todd McCarthy
    Darren Aronofsky wrestles one of scripture's most primal stories to the ground and extracts something vital and audacious, while also pushing some aggressive environmentalism, in Noah. Whereas for a century most Hollywood filmmakers have tread carefully and respectfully when tackling biblical topics in big-budget epics aimed at a mass audience, Aronofsky has been daring, digging deep to develop a bold interpretation of a tale which, in the original, offers a lot of room for speculation and invention. The narrative of the global flood that wiped out almost all earthly life is the original disaster story, one that's embraced by most...
  • Noah: One of the Most Moral Stories Ever Told (Why the Movie won't do it Justice)

    03/18/2014 6:44:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/18/2014 | Dennis Prager
    Next week, the film Noah opens. Having taught the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) from the Hebrew for more than 40 years (hundreds of hours are available by download through my website), I consider the Biblical flood story one of the world’s most profound moral teachings. As I will show, it means that God cares about goodness more than anything else. Let me explain by answering the most frequent challenges to the story. Q: Why did God destroy the world? A: Because “the Lord saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth. . . . And the Lord regretted...