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  • Tom Arnold: Mark Burnett Wanted to Murder Me ... At Pre-Emmy Party

    09/17/2018 9:05:59 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 37 replies
    TMZ ^ | 9/17/2018 | TMZ Staff
    Eyewitness Says Tom Arnold Set Mark Burnett Up for Confrontation Another eyewitness just walked us through what he saw ... he says Mark and Roma were walking up the stairs and stopped at the top to talk to someone. Within seconds, the eyewitness said, "Tom came charging up the steps and it was on." The eyewitness says it was clear Tom was there to confront Mark and, in a flash, Mark had his hands on Tom's throat, and Tom was tearing at Mark's shirt and ripping off his crucifix. The eyewitness says it was all over in 15 seconds because...
  • ‘Son of God’ part of flood of new Bible-based films

    Son of God, by 20th Century Fox, grossed $25.6 million in its debut weekend, Feb. 28 to March 2, placing second to Non-Stop at the box office. The film spins off from last year’s History channel series The Bible, by reality TV producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey. It’s joined by a number of other Bible-based films headed to the big screen with star-studded casts in the coming months. Noah from Paramount Pictures opens on March 28, with Russell Crowe as the man instructed by God to build an ark. Exodus from 20th Century Fox is slated...
  • Beware of Roma Downey

    03/02/2014 6:46:31 AM PST · by EscondidoSurfer · 49 replies ^ | February 7, 2014 | Christopher Gregory
    “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 What do you call someone who is a student of new age psychology and spiritualism? Do you call them new agers? Do you call them seekers? Would you dare call them Christian? Well, if you’re Roma Downey, then yes, you would call yourself all the above.
  • Son of God (CNS Movie Review)

    03/01/2014 1:50:02 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    cns ^ | March 1, 2014 | John Mulderig
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- As the first wide-release film in nearly 50 years to focus on the life of Jesus as a whole, "Son of God" (Fox) represents an epochal event for believing moviegoers. Though not the most powerful mass media treatment of its subject -- that accolade continues to belong to Franco Zeffirelli's 1977 television miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" -- director Christopher Spencer's reverent but uneven screen version of the Gospel story ranks as a worthy revival of the Hollywood biblical epic. Diogo Morgado in "Son of God." (CNS/Fox) The screenwriters, led by Nic Young, find an efficient entree...
  • Bible movies to 'flood' screens, return religious films to the box office this year

    02/23/2014 6:45:35 PM PST · by restornu · 34 replies
    Deseret News National ^ | Thursday, Feb. 20 2014 | By Mark A. Kellner
    “As we were shooting 'The Bible,' we knew there was another story in here.” Roma Downey, actress ... "Son of God," a two-hour movie highlighting key events in Jesus' life, ministry and death, to open nationally on Feb. ... retelling the well-known Old Testament stories of Noah and "Exodus," featuring the great flood and Moses leading the children of Israel from Egypt. Is the 2014 release of Bible-themed films a trend? "It certainly looks like it," ... "There are more of these films coming out ... But the reasons for Hollywood's recent embrace of the Bible vary from seeing the...
  • Success of 'The Bible' Series Makes History Channel Top Cable Network

    04/04/2013 10:55:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2013 | Katherine Weber
    Mark Burnett's "The Bible" miniseries concluded this past Sunday with strong ratings, attracting 11.7 million viewers, 14 percent higher than its previous week of 10.3 million viewers. "The Bible" miniseries' great success resulted in the History Channel being the top cable network, both in total viewership and with adults ages 25 to 54, for the month of March. The episode's finale, which featured Jesus' crucifixion, death, and resurrection aptly on March 31, Easter Sunday, received 3.8 million viewers among adults ages 18 to 49 and 4.6 million viewers among adults ages 25 to 54, according to Nielsen ratings. As Deadline...
  • How Conservatives Misunderstand Moviemaking (Getting Hollywood not quite right)

    03/20/2013 8:24:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/20/2013 | Andrew Klavan
    From The Bible: Satan… or Obama… Like, whichever. Daniel Wattenberg, the arts and features editor of the conservative Washington Times, wrote a piece last week chiding Hollywood for being confounded by the ratings success of the History channel’s mini-series The Bible. ”Blockbuster ratings for a compilation of bible stories from a reality TV producer taking his first crack at drama? Can’t be,” Wattenberg writes in the persona of a studio exec. “If there was a market for biblical epics, then Hollywood wouldn’t have long ago abandoned the genre. … Makes no sense.” No one can blame Wattenberg for taking...
  • History Channel: What the Hell?

    03/20/2013 5:02:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | March 19, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The History Channel is refuting accusations that the character portraying Satan in their hit miniseries “The Bible” bears a striking resemblance to President Obama. Television viewers took to Twitter and Facebook Sunday night to point out the similarities between Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni and the Commander-in-Chief. “That resemblance is uncanny,” wrote one viewer on my Facebook page. “It looks like President Obama 20 years from now.” The cable network released a statement to Huffington Post refuting the comparisons and noted that Ouazanni has been portraying satanic characters long before President Obama was elected. “History Channel has the highest respect...
  • Why can't 'The Bible' TV series get the Bible right?

    03/19/2013 8:24:14 AM PDT · by fwdude · 187 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 03/19/13 | WND staff
    With Ninja angels in ancient Sodom, the highly publicized TV miniseries "The Bible," which made its national debut Sunday night on the History Channel, does not always stick to Scripture, despite being produced by two famous Christians and having numerous biblical experts as well as Texas megapastor Joel Osteen advising on the project.
  • CBS News asks: "The Bible": Does Satan look like Obama in History Channel miniseries?

    03/18/2013 1:01:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/18/2013
    The History Channel miniseries "The Bible" has been a hit in the ratings, but it's also grabbing attention because of the actor playing Satan -- and the public figure some viewers think he resembles. After actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni's first appearance as Satan in "The Bible" aired on Sunday, a number of viewers took to Twitter to say that he bears a resemblance to President Barack Obama. One person who took notice was conservative commentator Glenn Beck, who tweeted on Thursday, "The bible on the history channel Sunday. Best episode yet. Don't miss it. Does satan look EXACTLY like Obama?...
  • History Channel's surprise hit The Bible tops American Idol in ratings with 13.1 million viewers

    03/18/2013 1:06:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/18/2013 | ALISON MOODIE
    It's the David and Goliath of television: an obscure religious miniseries has beaten television's former top show in the ratings.The premier of the History Channel's The Bible attracted 13.1 million viewers, topping American Idol's 12.8 million viewers on Wednesday of the same week. The ratings have confounded Hollywood's biggest decision-makers. Overt religious programming can be a notorious tough sell to the public, while American Idol has dominated television for the past eight seasons.Scroll down for video Tastes are changing? History Channel's The Bible beat American Idol in the ratings last week, drawing in 13.1 million viewers The about-turn is evidence...
  • MARK BURNETT: THE REAL DEVIL Is Messing with 'The Bible'

    03/18/2013 11:51:37 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 34 replies
    tmz ^ | 3/18 | tmz
    There's a swirl that the devil character in "The Bible" TV show is a thinly veiled President Obama ... and Mark Burnett tells TMZ, it's all the devil's doing ...THE REAL DEVIL. Burnett -- a deeply religious man -- tells TMZ ... he believes there is a devil on earth. Burnett says the devil has stirred the pot and created a false likeness between Obama and the TV devil. Why, you ask, would the real devil care about a TV show? Fact is ... the show is HUGELY popular and is having a big impact on viewers. Burnett notes the...
  • 'The Bible' Maintains Strong Ratings in Third Week, Still the No. 1 TV Show

    03/21/2013 1:58:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/21/2013 | Katherine Weber
    The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries once again maintained steady ratings this past Sunday night as it featured its third episode, delving into the Bible's New Testament and introducing Jesus, played by actor Diogo Morgado. The 10-part miniseries' third episode managed to rake in 10.9 million viewers, and score a 2.8 Nielsen rating among adults ages 18 to 49, according to Entertainment Weekly. The success of the most recent episode of "The Bible" makes the miniseries the number one show in all of television for the third consecutive week. These most recent ratings stack up nicely to the series' previous...
  • UPDATE: 'The Bible' Producers Call Controversy Over Satan's Resemblance To Obama "Utter Nonsense"

    03/18/2013 12:23:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 79 replies ^ | March 18, 2013 | Nellie Andreeva
    History and The Bible executive producers, husband and wife Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, just addressed the Obama-Satan controversy. “History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said in a statement. “The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”
  • The History Channel's Bible Series, Episode 3

    03/17/2013 8:19:12 PM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 47 replies
    Just Genesis ^ | March 17, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    Episode 3 is expected to see a ratings bump with the first appearance of Jesus, played by the Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado. Though Morgado does not look like a Middle Eastern Semite, the producers have the age right. Morgado is 33, the age of Jesus at his death. The History Channel's third episode of the Bible takes huge leaps through history. It moves from the Babylonian captivity to the baptism of Jesus. It is dramatic and entertaining, but as with episodes 1 and 2, it lacks historical grounding and fails to present the cultural complexities of Abraham's Horite descendants, especially...
  • Mark Burnett says 'weird things happened' on 'The Bible' set

    03/16/2013 12:00:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | Mar 6201301:24 PM ET | by Grady Smith
    Last Sunday, the first installment of History’s five-part miniseries The Bible beat everything on television with a massive 13.1 million viewers, making it cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year. For producer Mark Burnett, who worked on the ten-hour special with wife Roma Downey, the success of The Bible isn’t all that surprising. “It will be, over the next 40 or 50 years, the most watched thing that Roma and I have ever made,” he told EW, quite confidently, back in January. At the time, Burnett gushed about shooting the series. “I really believe what I’m going to tell you right...
  • History Channel's Satan Looks A Lot Like Barack Obama

    03/17/2013 8:17:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ( ^ | March 17, 2013 | Andrew Kaczynski
    The character is part of The Bible a ten-hour television series airing on the History Channel.
  • "The Bible" History Channel Series

    03/17/2013 7:30:56 PM PDT · by 21st Century Crusader · 21 replies
    Was it me, or did the the devil, portrayed tempting Christ in the wilderness, bear a strong resemblance to one Hussein 0bama?
  • TV preacher Osteen ventures into reality TV

    11/30/2011 1:50:02 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    Speroforum ^ | November 30, 2011 | Martin Barillas
    Nationally known TV preacher and evangelist Joel Osteen is slated to join Mark Burnett, the producer of the popular ‘Survivor’ show, to create new primetime network TV show together. Burnett and wife Roma Downey are good friends of Osteen and wife Victoria. Their show would feature people who join Osteen to “start fixing things” throughout the United States. Osteen is viewed by more than 10 million people each week. He broadcasts from his Lakewood Church in Houston TX and could probably reach an even wider audience with the new venture. "We don't just want to do a reality show. We...
  • "The Bible" on History Channel

    03/03/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 134 replies
    3/03/2013 | MacNaughton
    "The Bible", History Channel, 8/7 p.m., Sunday, 3/03/2013