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This past weekend, Indonesian action movie The Raid 2 expanded nationwide in to 954 theaters. It was arriving two years after its predecessor earned $4.1 million total, so box office expectations weren't particularly high for this outing.Still, there was some hope that the sequel could at least top the first movie. After all, The Raid: Redemption has surely built up some kind of fan base through two years of home video viewing. The Raid 2 promised more of the same kind of brutal action, but on a much bigger scale: instead of being set exclusively in one building, The Raid 2 is a sprawling crime epic. Also, the reviews were generally enthusiastic (79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and there were very loud and very enthusiastic proponents of the movie (the poster dubbed it "one of the greatest action movies ever made.")Therefore, it came as a bit of a surprise when The Raid 2 »
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Finally, “The Passion of the Christ” is getting the celebration it deserves. In a bit for his Fuse show “Billy on the Street,” the world's No. 1 Mel Gibson fan Billy Eichner toured the streets of Manhattan in a highly authentic Easter Bunny costume in order to drum up excitement for the 10-year anniversary of Mel Gibson's controversial biblical epic. The results were worthy of their own chapter in the Gospel. See video: Billy Eichner Asks Random New Yorkers If They'd Bang Paul Rudd Sure, some New Yorkers were a bit skeptical about his motives and taste — it seems that everyone likes Melissa. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Between 1992 and 2003, De La Salle High School had an unheard of winning streak of 151 games and not one single loss. The team was riding high on a wave of victory, with Coach Bob Ladouceur and Assistant Coach Terry Eidson steering the ship through the waters of history. Unfortunately, all good streaks come to an end, and end it did. This loss tore apart a town, and inspired everything from familial abuse to a shooting death of one of the players to Ladouceur suffering a heart attack. At least, this is what the trailer to the film about the events (recently released on Yahoo) would have you believe. Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest) is playing the role of Coach Ladouceur, with Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, Eagle Eye) backing him up as Assistant Coach Eidson, and Thomas Carter (who's covered high school sports at the movies before »
There's no doubt about it: with Passover and Holy Week both underway it's the time of year to watch grand, Biblical epics on TV. From movies about Moses and Pharaoh to movies about Jesus and his disciples, there are plenty of flicks that fit the bill, but which Bible-based pic is the best? Vote in our top ten list, and feel free to add your own picks to the mix. For more based-on-the-Bible action, be sure to watch Barabbas starring Billy Zane Saturday, April 19th a 7p Et/ 4p Pt with another chance to watch Sunday, April 20th at 3p Et/ 12p Pt.
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The latest trailer for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s When The Game Stands Tall sets out to prove the film isn’t just another sports movie. Based on a true story, it chronicles the events after the De La Salle High School football team from Concord, Calif., loses its 12-year winning streak — the longest in football history — and is faced with the task of finding its way back to the top. Watch the new trailer below:
- Pamela Gocobachi
Movies for me generally fall into one of two categories: 1) movies I watch and 2) Biblical movies. "The Ten Commandments"? I'm sorry, but isn't that like four hours long? "The Passion of the Christ"? Oh yes, let me please subject myself to horrifying acts of torture porn for two whole hours."The Prince of Egypt"? I stopped watching Disney animated musicals right around the age of nine, when my heart died. So no, I probably won't be breaking the mold by checking out "Noah," Darren Aronofsky's big-budget take on the Biblical flood that looks a little too much like a remake of ""Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" for my liking. But hey, you know who else hasn't seen the movie? The catty Stepford Wives on Fox News who are now criticizing it for not being accurate enough. And who better than Jon Stewart to point this out, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
The world we inhabit is a violent one, rife with chaos and destruction both man-made and of natural, or perhaps, depending upon your personal series of beliefs, divine origins. It has been this way for decades, centuries, since the moment Eve took a big juicy bite out of that shiny red apple and killed all of the dinosaurs. History has taught us that human nature, irrespective of how many eons of evolution it is filtered through, remains animalistic. »
- Brody Rossiter
Feature James Clayton 4 Apr 2014 - 06:39
It is the Year of our Lord 2014 (other Lords and religiously-orientated calendar systems are available) and things are getting old-school. To be precise, things are getting Old Testament. They're bringing the Bible back into movie theatres, for this year sees the release of two major movie adaptations of Judeo-Christian scripture.
Those two film events are a Noah - currently sailing into cinemas worldwide - and an Exodus, which is set to occur in December. Though it feels a bit disrespectful to compare holy writ with public transport, the well-known idiom about waiting for buses feels apt here. Perhaps singing "the Old Testament films came two-by-two, »
Mel Gibson is back! Maybe! Possibly! Gibson's had a pretty bad decade, all things considered. Ten years ago, he set the industry aflame with The Passion of The Christ, and it's been downhill since. Now the guy's basically un-hirable, and no one wants to work with him. Can he turn it around with a collaboration with a filmmaker from abroad? Wouldn't it be best if, like other actors, he could just get a Taken? Gibson is in talks to star in the awesomely-titled Blood Father, according to Deadline. Gibson would play an ex-con who tries to protect his 16 year old daughter from drug dealers. That's some seedy offspring there, Mad Max! The script comes from Peter Craig, who previously wrote The Town, and it is coming together fast. The man behind the camera is Jean-Francois Richet, who is well-known on a global level for the two-part Mesrine films. Those French »
In the beginning, God said, "Let there be light"—but He might've added, "Camera! Action!" Since the genesis of moviemaking, Hollywood has turned to the Good Book for story inspiration, from silent-movie versions of The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur in the 1920s to…well…blockbuster remakes of The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur in the 1950s! When The Greatest Story Ever Told flopped in 1965, studios mostly forsook biblical spectacles. Even divine profits for The Passion of the Christ in 2004 didn't inspire execs to sign Jesus to a multipicture deal. But miracles do happen, and now religious epics are flooding theaters again like 40 days and nights of rain. Son of God, adapted from »
Directed by filmmaker Vic Armstrong (Thor, Amazing Spider-man, War Of The Worlds), the apocalyptic action-adventure also features Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks.
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother.
- Michelle McCue
Among the most highly anticipated films to be released in 2014, Stoney Lake Entertainment announces the full-length action-adventure motion picture Left Behind. The movie stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele, as well as Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks. The movie is directed by veteran filmmaker, Vic Armstrong, widely renowned for directing action sequences. Left Behind is produced and distributed by Stoney Lake Entertainment, with the national release slated for October 3, 2014.
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world »
Related: Journalist’s Plea: Hollywood, Take Mel Gibson Off Your Blacklist I commissioned veteran investigative journalist Allison Hope Weiner to write an opinion piece on how she evolved from critical reporting of Mel Gibson’s verbal indiscretions and into a friend who made a case for him being given another chance in Hollywood on the 10th anniversary of The Passion of The Christ. She dropped her objectivity for the first time in her career, and delivered a provocative opinion piece that garnered 870 comments, all over the map. After, some reports alleged she should have disclosed that Gibson’s Icon was a seed investor in Thelip.tv, an Internet company where she hosts two shows, and where Gibson’s son, Will, is a former employee. Deadline has evaluated the situation. I stand behind her piece completely, but we decided our readers deserve transparency. Had I known about this tie, I would »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Darren Aronofsky’s blockbuster retelling of the epic Biblical story of Noah and the Ark, Noah, is set to touch down in cinemas soon. Unless, that is, you live in Indonesia, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait or the United Arab Emirates, all countries which have banned the movie on the grounds that Islam prohibits the depiction of Biblical figures, also backed by some Christian groups, who claim that Aronofsky’s vision is not in line with the Scriptures.
Losing the Christian audience in America has also been a huge concern for the studio, not least on account of the potentially devastating effect this could have on box office takings. Erring on the side of caution, in March Paramount attached a disclaimer to all forms of advertising:
The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, »
- Andrew Dilks
Over the course of a nearly-20-year filmmaking career, Darren Aronofsky has made movies about deranged mathematicians, drug addicts, doctors, down-on-their-luck athletes and dancers. When it was announced in 2007 that the Brooklyn-born director would be taking on Noah — the story of a man, a flood and one very angry deity — you could hear the scratching of heads. The man who showed us Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly shooting up in Requiem for a Dream was making the first big-budget, A-lister–helmed biblical project since Mel Gibson's 2004 The Passion of the Christ? »
Avid Tweeter Russell Crowe took it upon himself a few weeks ago to personally invite the Pope to check out his latest movie, "Noah," in the hopes that personal Papal approval would attract viewers to Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic. Although Pope Francis took a rain check on the offer for a personal screening and meet-and-greet, it seems Crowe, Aronofsky, and other folks from "Noah" did manage to meet with the pontiff "briefly" during a pit stop in Italy.
What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day & Fathers Day. pic.twitter.com/X7lCfQxfGv
- Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 19, 2014 Crowe, who has shown himself to be a rather savvy social media user, posted some pics from the Pope's weekly address in St. Peter's Square, one from the vantage point of the crowd (above) and one titled "Back stage at the Vatican." (He also complained »
- Jenni Miller
Entertainment journalist Allison Hope Weiner’s public plea to take Mel Gibson off the Hollywood blacklist inspires debate on the nature of Hollywood forgiveness.
Gibson's Anti-Semitic Remarks, Recorded Outbursts
Weiner, a longtime journalist, published the piece on Deadline Tuesday, March 11, partly titled “Hollywood, Take Mel Gibson Off Your Blacklist.” The article was timed to coincide with the 10-year-anniversary of Gibson’s controversial film The Passion of the Christ, which caused a huge uproar among Hollywood elite and viewers due to its version of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which many deemed anti-Semitic. Gibson defended the film against such allegations and claimed The Passion of the Christ was an accurate description of the events as described in the Bible.
Soon after the film’s 2004 release, Gibson’s career began to dwindle. In 2006, Gibson was arrested on a DUI in Florida and reports of the offensive, drunken tirade he leveled at the arresting officers was leaked. »
As of Sunday, total domestic box office earnings have surpassed $2 billion in 2014. To date, the box office is up around eight percent from last year.If that pattern continues, 2014 would come close to being the first $12 billion year. That isn't guaranteed, though: 2014 is lagging behind 2012, 2010 and 2009, none of which even came close to $11 billion.Two animated hits are leading the way so far this year. The Lego Movie is number one so far with $236.9 million (as of Sunday), which accounts for nearly 12 percent of year-to-date box office. The movie ranks second all-time among February releases behind The Passion of the Christ, and is on its way to being one of the highest-grossing original animated movies ever.Frozen is in second place so far with over $133 million. Despite opening in November, the Disney Animation blockbuster has been in the Top 10 on all 11 weekends so far this year. That makes 16 straight, which »
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According to trade publication Variety, the director and star were tentatively scheduled for an audience at the Vatican on Wednesday (March 19) morning at 8.30am.
However, the studio issued a statement through The Hollywood Reporter denying that any such meeting was due to take place.
Crowe, Aronofsky and the cast of Noah are currently in Rome for the Italian premiere of the biblical epic. Last month, Crowe took to Twitter to urge the Pope to see the film.
"I am sure you would find it fascinating," he wrote.
Paramount has been seeking to win favour with Christian audiences ahead of the film's Us release this month, hoping to replicate the box office success of The Passion of the Christ.
A studio-produced cut of the film, which was reportedly 86 minutes long »
Remember Mel Gibson? He was a giant movie star who, ten years ago, made a very popular movie about Jesus. In the years since, he has become known more for saying some pretty anti-Semitic, homophobic, and misogynist stuff than for making movies, and everyone in the industry seems to have universally agreed to stop working with him. So, to commemorate The Passion of the Christ's ten-year anniversary, Deadline had former Gibson-hating journalist and now Gibson friend Allison Hope Weiner make the case for his comeback. Weiner tells the interesting story of how she went from journalist profiling Gibson to having a close relationship with him. She doesn’t disregard the things he said, but offers a portrait of a remorseful man struggling with his alcoholism. Because of Weiner's own religious background, she focuses a lot of the piece on Gibson trying to make amends with offended Jews — including her own family. »
- Jesse David Fox
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