The Making of HAIL, CAESAR!
The Making of HAIL, CAESAR!
February 04, 2016

The Making of HAIL, CAESAR! Interviews with George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill By Ben Kayser At a recent press conference for the new Coen Brothers movie HAIL, CAESAR!, George Clooney shared how the production came to be, even before the script was written. George Clooney: After finishing O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, they pitched me a movie called HAIL, CAESAR!, basically about a fixer, but one of the characters was an idiot actor (Clooney’s character), I wonder why they thought of me, who gets kidnapped by a bunch of Communists. The only line they pitched was Alden’s line, “This is bad for movie stars everywhere,” which killed me, and then they never wrote the script. Every time I did press, I would say, “I...
 

 
The Netherlands’ Annual Passion Play Has Re-Introduced the Story of Christ
The Netherlands’ Annual Passion Play Has Re-Introduced the Story of Christ
February 04, 2016

‘The Passion’ Popularity: The Netherlands’ Annual Passion Play Has Re-Introduced the Story of Christ By Rachal Marquez and Ben Kayser   The Passion story is reaching audiences in the Netherlands through pop music. Now going on its sixth year, the annual live-broadcasted performance of the Easter story, simply titled “The Passion,” is more successful than ever. Each Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter), “The Passion” retells the Easter story in a live production that features music adapted from well-known mainstream songs, and a large neon cross carried through the city in a large procession. Each year, the event is also broadcast live for viewers across the Netherlands. The production was created and...
 

 
The Passion Project Airs Live on Palm Sunday
The Passion Project Airs Live on Palm Sunday
February 04, 2016

The Passion Project Airs Live on Palm Sunday: A Conversation with Tyler Perry, Adam Anders, Mark Bracco, and Jacco Doornbos By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor   Coming Palm Sunday 2016 is a one-of-a-kind live, musical event hosted by Tyler Perry in the city of New Orleans. This style of live event, originating in the Netherlands, retells the Easter story in a live production that features music adapted from well-known mainstream songs and takes place in a modern setting in a large city. This event about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ became a cultural phenomenon in the Netherlands, a very secular country, and has 20,000 live attendees and millions of live viewers every year. Now, it’s being brought to America on...
 

 
Don’t Be Confused by the World’s Definition of Love
Don’t Be Confused by the World’s Definition of Love
February 02, 2016

Don’t Be Confused by the World’s Definition of Love By Aubrianna Giselle With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many couples across the country will head to the movie theater for a nice date or stay at home to watch a fun romantic comedy. It’s a sweet time to appreciate the love you have for your beloved. Here are three simple reminders that will help keep your love biblically rooted, and protect you from the misconceptions of love commonly shown in the media. 1. Love is rarely instant. In a world of instant communication, instant entertainment and even instant meals, it is no surprise that our definition of love and relationships have become more instant. There is less hard work and time put into these relationship...
 

 
How Ingrid Bergman Came to Christ
How Ingrid Bergman Came to Christ
January 25, 2016

How Ingrid Bergman Came to Christ By J. Christy Wilson, Contributing Writer   The movie, “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness,” in which Ingrid Bergman starred, won many awards. It's the missionary biography of Gladys Aylward, who went as an English maid to serve in China. She worked with Jenny Lawson, who had started an inn to reach muleteers going into northwestern China with the good news of Jesus Christ. This was called “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.” Besides the five joys the Chinese usually have, the “sixth happiness” was the Gospel. During the Japanese invasion, Gladys Aylward took more than 100 orphans by foot through the mountains on a difficult journey to safety. One of her converts to Christ, formerly a c...
 

 
ABC’s Old-Testament Series Is Too Edgy for Broadcast Television
ABC’s Old-Testament Series Is Too Edgy for Broadcast Television
January 25, 2016

ABC’s Old-Testament Series Is Too Edgy for Broadcast Television “OF KINGS AND PROPHETS,” a new series set to air on ABC in March, is a Hollywood rendition of the stories of Samuel, Saul and David from 1st and 2nd Samuel in the Bible. The show’s trailer recently previewed at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. During the panel with the show’s producers and executives immediately following, questions were asked regarding the apparent level of sexual and violent content in the trailer, and what that means for the series. Multiple critics who saw the pilot were surprised by the amount of nudity included, especially considering the fact that OF KINGS AND PROPHETS follows the relatively family friendly TV series MAR...
 

 
Will Narnia Sequel Be a Reboot?
Will Narnia Sequel Be a Reboot?
January 25, 2016

Narnia Sequel to be a Reboot? By Connor Gunnlaugsson, Contributing Writer THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, a series of seven novels written by C.S Lewis, are more recently familiar as the movies THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (which follows the Pevensie children as they discover Narnia and, ultimately, end up as heroes of the land); PRINCE CASPIAN (which follows the Pevensie children’s return to Narnia in order to help Prince Caspian regain his throne from his uncle, King Miraz); and, THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (which takes place three Narnian years after the events in PRINCE CASPIAN). These three fantasy/adventure movies (all of which received MOVIEGUIDE® Awards and even Prizes) have earned more than $1.6 billion dollars worl...
 

 
5 Things Women Can Learn from Mary Magdalene
5 Things Women Can Learn from Mary Magdalene
January 22, 2016

5 Things Women Can Learn from Mary Magdalene By Moriah Dee, Contributing Writer   With many new movies portraying the life of Jesus on the big screen, including RISEN, which is released February 19th and THE YOUNG MESSIAH on March 11th, some viewers may overlook the impact and role that women have in the great commission that Jesus gave. One of the most prominent women around Christ’s ministry here on earth is Mary Magdalene, who has a poignant scene in RISEN. Here are 5 things women can learn from this important biblical figure.   1. God loves to use women to spread the Gospel. Mary Magdalene is one of the many Marys mentioned in the Bible. Most of the time, she is mentioned as being with Jesus or with those fol...
 

 
Soldiers from Benghazi Attacks Say God Protected Them
Soldiers from Benghazi Attacks Say God Protected Them
January 21, 2016

Soldiers from Benghazi Attacks Say God Protected Them At a recent press junket, the “secret soldiers,” who defended the CIA outpost when the jihadists attacked in Benghazi, said that they know God protected them from overwhelming odds during the attack. The recently-released movie 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OD BENGHAZI, directed by Michael Bay, is based on the real-life story of six CIA contractors who risked their lives defending people inside the U.S. State Department’s Mission Control Compound during an attack in 2012. (Read the Movieguide® review here.) The contractors, who included three former armed service members, Mark “Oz” Geist, John “Tig” Tiegen and Kris “Tanto” Paranto, said that the story is undeniab...
 

 
Screenplay Alert: The Longest Religious Freedom Court Cast in American History
January 19, 2016

Screenplay Alert: The Longest Religious Freedom Court Cast in American History   “They’d better not take down the cross; I don’t think that I could take it,” he once said in reference to court-orders that were issued several times during the heat of the lawsuit.  Iwo Jima survivor Doug Barnett speaking about the Mt. Soledad Veterans Cross. Obtaining funding to propel a circuitous film about the twenty-five year battle by veterans to save the huge Mt. Soledad Veterans Park Cross in San Diego has become the passionate resolve of screenwriter and producer Robert J. LaCosta. The 29-foot concrete cross had been slated to be taken down due to Establishment-Clause lawsuits. The longest-running religious-freedom court ca...
 

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