17 items from 2015
Melissa Joan Hart goes to trial to defend her religious beliefs in a new trailer for “God’s Not Dead 2.” In the sequel to 2014’s successful “God’s Not Dead,” starring Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper and Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” Hart plays a public school teacher who is at risk of losing her job after bringing up Jesus in the classroom. “I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God,” she says in the trailer. Also read: 'God's Not Dead' Isn't Going Away, and »
- Reid Nakamura
Fathom Events is giving a major push to Christian comedian Chonda Pierce, booking 512 U.S. theaters for an Oct. 27 screening of her documentary “Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark.”
This is the fourth-largest rollout for Fathom, which specializes in presenting live events for theatrical chains. It’s co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group. “The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary” was presented at 800 locations in April, while “Finding Noah: An Adventure of Faith” screened at 637 sites and “Ed Sheeran: Jumpers for Goalposts” showed at 584 theaters.
“Laughing in the Dark,” presented by Fathom Events and Fuseic Entertainment, centers on Pierce dealing with obstacles such as death and depression through faith and humor. Her husband of 31 years died last year.
The documentary will be followed by a 30-minute discussion, dubbed “Finding Light in the Darkness,” with Roma Downey, Kevin Sorbo, Sherri Shepherd, Monica Crowley, Monica Crowley and Kay Robertson of “Duck Dynasty. »
- Dave McNary
Religious themed art tend to fall into more dramatic categories. In recent years, religiously driven films with provocative titles like God’S Not Dead (soon to be followed by a recently announced sequel starring Clarissa herself, Melissa Joan Hart) and Son Of God have been released and have proven to be commercial success stories that show audiences are open to pay for what could possibly be controversial religious material. Son Of God, an adaptation of the miniseries The Bible for those not patient enough to watch 10 hours, tells the PG-13 version of the life of Jesus. God’S Not Dead has Kevin Sorbo being challenged by his atheist beliefs (or lack of?) when religion in the classroom comes into play. These films hit the mainstream and provided an alternative option for families who want to present their children to religious material, but maybe not feel too comfortable with Mel Gibson »
- Jovy Skol
That time Ryan Gosling played a young Kevin Sorbo Young Hercules: Here's a weird bit of trivia. The '90s TV adventure show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ran for six seasons and had a total of 111 episodes. Its spin-off prequel show, Young Hercules starring a teenage Ryan Gosling, only ran for one season, but it had a whopping 50 episodes. That's pretty absurd, right? So hey, if you're looking for a great, totally random gift for the Gosling fan in your life, we're going to go ahead and guess they don't own all 50 episodes of his Fox Kids Network 1998 classic. Oh, and did we mention it was produced by Sam Raimi? One of the great werewolf classics Dog Soldiers: Neil Marshall is a fairly household name with genre fans, which is...
- Peter Hall
With Curtain Call, we asked our team what some of their most memorable and satisfactory finales were in the realm of gaming, and these entries are the result. Please note that they may include a bevy of spoilers concerning the endings in question and the plots they pertain to. You’ve been warned!
It’s not how you start, but how you finish. In the case of High Voltage Software’s cheesy sci-fi shooter sequel for the Wii, Conduit 2, you can substitute “start” with “spend ninety-nine percent of the game”, and this axiom still rings true. Why? Because despite a lackluster (though improved) experience fighting alien invaders across the globe while being annoyed by the disembodied voice of Kevin Sorbo now residing in your futuristic battle armor suit, Conduit 2 has an ending that totally nails the utterly ridiculous SyFy Channel nature of its up until then boring, cardboard story. I mean perfectly. »
- Patrick Murphy
Return to the thrilling world of Mythica as the second film in the three-part epic fantasy trilogy, Mythica: The Darkspore premieres exclusively June 23 on the on-demand streaming network celebrating the pop culture fanspace, CONtv. Fantasy legend Kevin Sorbo stars in the ongoing adventure that returns to a world of orcs and magicians, swords and spells, and follows the adventures of Marek (Melanie Stone), a wizard born with the dark power of necromancy, as she learns to harness the power that threatens to corrupt her. Our exclusive clip features Kevin Sorbo as the wizard Gojun, who does whatever it takes to destroy the magical Darkspore.
Also starring Jake Stormoen, Nicola Posener, and Adam Johnson, Mythica: The Darkspore begins as Teela's (Posener) sister is murdered and a powerful relic is stolen. Marek and her friends face a foreign mystic bent on reclaiming the Darkspore for his master Szorlok (Matthew Mercer). The adventurers »
Over a year after its release and with a sequel supposedly in the works, the faith-based hit starring Kevin Sorbo has been hit with a lawsuit claiming producers took its premise in bad faith. John Sullivan and Brad Stine today sued Pure Flix Entertainment and its CEO David A.R. White, seeking at least $10 million in damages and alleging that God's Not Dead was based on a “faith-based Dead Poets’ Society” concept called Proof that they came up with back in 2009. "God's Not… »
Think you’re up to Herculean standards? The new Fox reality competition series “Bullseye” will challenge that merit when it premieres next month, hosted by Hercules himself, “Twilight” actor Kellen Lutz. (Apologies to Kevin Sorbo, Lou Ferrigno and The Rock.) Comedian Godrey — A.K.A. the “7Up Guy” — is set to co-host the summer series, which comes from “Wipeout” and “Fear Factor” producers Endemol Shine North America. Jon Kroll and Scott Larsen serve as executive producers. Kevin Wehrenberg, J. Rupert Thompson and Shye Sutherland are co-executive producers. The show will see four men and four women test their bodies and brains in three “ultimate. »
- Tony Maglio
Gojun (Kevin Sorbo) gives a new spell to his protege Marek (Melanie Stone) in our exclusive clip from Mythica: A Quest for Heroes, debuting March 31 exclusively on CONtv. This upcoming adventure is actually the first episode in a three-movie series, with Mythica: The Darkspore and Mythica: The Necromancer debuting later this year on CONtv, an on-demand streaming channel celebrating all things Comic Con. From sci-fi and action-adventure powerhouse Arrowstorm Entertainment, the CONtv original movie conjures a captivating world that mixes magic with explosive adventure.
Inspired by her Wizard mentor Gojun (Kevin Sorbo), Marek (Melanie Stone) escapes indentured servitude and overcomes physical limitations to hone her own mysterious powers. When the beautiful Priestess Teela (Nicola Posener) falls victim to a massive Ogre, Marek rallies a misfit team of adventurers, including Thane the Warrior (Adam Johnson) and Dagen the Thief (Jake Stormoen, to join her in a fight to save her sister and their Legacy. »
One Hundred Yards is about a top college quarterback who abandons his bright future in professional football to go search for his missing mother in the Philippines when a sudden illness forces him to deal with his inner demons.
It is due to go into production in the third quarter of 2015.
Christian music group Hillsong is composing new songs for the film. »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
The massive profits earned by last spring’s surprise-hit “God’s Not Dead” have emboldened Christian production outfit Pure Flix to finance an entire slate of faith-based fare coming soon to a theater near you. First out of the gate is “Do You Believe?,” another dreary ensemble drama from “God’s Not Dead” screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon that worships with equal reverence at the altars of the Lord and of “Crash” auteur Paul Haggis. Dutifully (but never divinely) weaving together the lives of assorted saints, sinners and skeptics as they move toward the light, “Believe” is more professionally produced and acted than the indiegelical norm, but only fitfully engaging on a dramatic level and entirely hermetic on a theological one. Grassroots marketing and group sales should power this 1,200-screen release to solid opening numbers, but can it come anywhere near the $60 million domestic haul of its predecessor? God only knows. »
- Scott Foundas
Stars: Victor Webster, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Biehn, M. Emmet Walsh, Esmé Bianco, Barry Bostwick, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Royce Gracie, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Ellen Holman, Rutger Hauer | Written by Michael D. Weiss | Directed by Mike Eliott
You know you’re in trouble with a direct to DVD movie when the writer has a resume whose titles are made up of over 50% direct to DVD sequels to films that a) didn’t deserve a sequel or, even worse, b) didn’t need a sequel. Yes, from the pen of Michael Weiss – who has written such lauded films as Octopus 2, I Always Know What You Did Last Summer, The Butterfly Effect 2 and Hostel III – comes The Scorpion King 4. A film that is, given just how truly terrible the last film was (a shock given the great Dtv credits of its director Roel Reine), truly unexpected… After all, when all you »
- Phil Wheat
CONtv just launched earlier this month, but the convention and pop culture-focused streaming network already has a big piece of content planned. The Cinedigm and Wizard World-owned channel will release its first feature-length film Mythica: A Quest for Heroes on March 31, 2015.
Mythica: A Quest for Heroes is the first flick in a larger, epic trilogy. The first CONtv film tells the story of Marek (played by Survivor’s Melanie Stone), an escaped servant who learns to develop her unique powers through her wizard mentor Gojun (acted by fan-favorite Kevin Sorbo of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Andromeda). After her sister Teela (Dawn of the Dragonslayer’s Nicola Posener) is kidnapped by an ogre, Marek gathers a motley gang of adventurers to help her rescue her sister from captivity.
- Bree Brouwer
The Expendables 3 might not have set the box office alight, but you can't keep a good action hero down.
Sylvester Stallone is reportedly planning to bring his Oap ass-kicker franchise to the small-screen, with an Expendables event series in the works at Fox.
Much like how the films united action heroes of '80s and '90s cinema - Stallone, Schwarzenegger et al - so this new show is looking to bring together iconic TV tough guys from yesteryear.
Casting is yet to be confirmed, but in the meantime, here's Digital Spy's dream team for the TV Expendables.
He might not be eager to reprise Jack Bauer any time soon (dammit!) but Kiefer has to be on this list. His commanding presence makes him a natural fit for team leader - the TV equivalent of Stallone's Barney Ross.
Credentials: The Shield
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The explosive, action-packed world of The Expendables may be making its way to television, giving a score of former TV action stars a shot at career redemption.
According to Deadline, Sylvester Stallone, creator and star of The Expendables film franchise, is developing a spin-off series with Fox. Which raises the biggest question of all: Who will star in this wild ride?
Combing through the annals of action TV shows, we've compiled our dream list of former stars who could be called upon to take up arms once more and kick ass on our television screens.
1. Chuck Norris
If Norris isn't part of this, the world officially makes no sense. Sure, he and Stallone had their public differences after The Expendables 2, but the former Walker, Texas Ranger star is the perfect choice to bridge the gap between the film series and the small »
Michelle Raimo Kouyate will move forward as a producer with a first-look deal at the studio
After five years in her post, Raimo Kouyate will transition to a producer role with a first-look deal at Spa.
Raimo Kouyate will oversee »
- Matt Donnelly
"Only one man dared to challenge their power… Hercules!"
Does that ring a bell? Yes, we're talking about the beloved '90s television series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys starring the hunky Kevin Sorbo. The show is turning the big 2-0, so we're flashing back to 1995 when Et was on set with the man, the myth, the legend.
Back then, the show was just starting out and Sorbo was excited to master his moves and perform his own stunts – but that doesn't mean there weren't a few scrapes and bruises along the way.
"Oh, I got kicked right in the face!” Sorbo told Et two decades ago. "I had to fight a 400 pound New Zealand weight lifting champion, and he caught me flush in the face and took me out."
Ouch! But not to worry, Sorbo shook it off. After all, the role was »
17 items from 2015
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