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Pope Movies (photo: Anthony Quinn in ‘The Shoes of the Fisherman’) [See previous post: "Pope Francis Movie in the Works?"] Now, do we need another Pope Movie? Well, actually there haven’t been that many. Most notable among the Pope Movies of decades past are Michael Anderson’s widely lambasted The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), with Anthony Quinn as what one pundit called "Zorba the Pope," and Nanni Moretti’s widely acclaimed comedy-drama We Have a Pope, with Michel Piccoli as a cardinal who reluctantly is elected chief of the Catholic Church. Here are a few more: Rex Harrison hammed it up as Pope Julius II to Charlton Heston’s equally risible Michelangelo in Carol Reed’s The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965); Liv Ullmann played the title role in Michael Anderson’s critically massacred Pope Joan (1972), about the alleged medieval female pope; and Finlay Currie reverentially incarnated the official first pope, St. Peter, in Mervyn LeRoy’s dreary (and »
- Andre Soares
Pope Francis movie in the works? Friend of the Poor: The Pope Francis Story is the working title of a projected English-language biopic about the recently elected pope, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. According to the National Catholic Register‘s Joseph Pronechen, German-born producer and Catholic convert Christian Peschken (listed on the IMDb as Chris Peschken) decided to make a movie about the first American pope (as in, from the Americas) after watching Pope Francis appear on the balcony at the Vatican on the day of his election. The National Catholic Register report states that an "European investment group has already approved a $25-million budget" for Friend of the Poor: The Pope Francis Story — which doesn’t even have a screenplay ready. Amg Films, a company that specializes in Catholic-themed movies, would handle sales. Peschken has invited Spanish filmmaker Antonio Cuadri, whose best known effort is probably the »
- Andre Soares
By Amelia Mularz
Nope, Mel Gibson's not involved. This one's all Mark Burnett, the producer who's partly to blame for giving Donald Trump his own show ("The Apprentice"), as well as Sarah Palin ("Sarah Palin's Alaska"), and his wife Roma Downey of "Touched by an Angel" fame. They're taking their 10-part TV miniseries for the History Channel and re-cutting it into a three-hour movie to be released this fall.
That means you'll be able to enjoy the story of Jesus and his resurrection the way God truly intended: with your feet resting on a Mountain Dew-saturated floor while clutching a box of Goobers. Plus, while heading to church can be a hassle (c'mon Sunday is for football!), Burnett's movie will give you a reasonable dose of the biblical for a measly $10-$14 "donation" to your nearest corporately operated, mass movie theater chain.
Then again, Burnett says they haven't settled »
- MTV Movies Team
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage. Mark Burnett said today that his mega-rated History Channel miniseries The Bible has been recut into a single three-hour edition for theatrical release. Burnett revealed the news tonight following an NBC Summer Press Day closing panel promoting The Voice, which he exec produces. Burnett said that it has no studio affiliation or distribution agreement yet but that he has “many offers” for getting the revised version into theaters on a global scale. One option would be to distribute it himself, with a target goal of this fall. “We’re in the position where it’s just a matter of choosing” the right venue and situation, Burnett emphasized. “We could put it into arenas. There are a lot of possible choices we could go with.” He hinted that going the unconventional route is his likely first choice, a scenario reminiscent of Mel Gibson »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
While many haven't really seen much of Jim Caviezel since his controversial and highly publicized turn as Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ, the guy has been busy with the increasingly great spy thriller series "Person of Interest" on CBS, getting ready to finish its second season. Now it sounds like he's getting ready to take on a role that seems to be a rite of passage for many actors. THR has word that Caviezel will star in When the Game Stands Tall, an underdog football drama set up at Mandalay and Sony Pictures. Michael Chiklis will also star in the film which will begin shooting tomorrow in New Orleans. Read on! Laura Dern and Alexander Ludwig are part of the supporting cast in the film that follows the De La Salle High School football team, coached by Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel) and his assistant coach Terry Eidson (Chiklis »
- Ethan Anderton
By Eric Metaxas
Religion News Service
A new film about Jackie Robinson, titled 42 -- the number he wore during his historic career -- tells the triumphant story of how the Civil Rights icon integrated professional baseball by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. But there's a mysterious hole at the center of this otherwise worthy film.
The man who chose Robinson for his role, and masterminded the whole affair, was Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford. In their initial meeting, the cigar-chomping Rickey makes it clear that whoever will be the first African American in major league baseball will be viciously attacked, verbally and physically. So Rickey famously says he's looking for a man "with guts enough not to fight back." He needs someone who will resist the temptation to retaliate. Robinson agrees to go along with it.
But where did Rickey get that crazy idea and why did Robinson agree? »
- Jahnabi Barooah
After launching "The Expendables" franchise, Sylvester Stallone has been working to bring additional 80s action heroes for each new installment. We previously heard that Mel Gibson was considered for "The Expendables 3." And now, Stallone has confirmed that, but not to star in the film. "What about Mel Gibson directing Expendables 3? Opinions anyone? Curious...," Stallone wrote on Twitter. It's not clear if that was meant to be an announcement that Gibson will direct the new film or whether Stallone is polling his fans. Gibson has had a great career as a director, having worked on such films as "Braveheart," "The Passion of the Christ" and "Apocalypto." The first movie earned him an Oscar, the second one made him filthy rich. Unfortunately, Gibson's personality made him a pariah in Hollywood. Question: Would you like for Mel Gibson to direct "The Expendables 3"? »
Sylvester Stallone took to his Twitter page earlier today to ask his fans what they thought of Mel Gibson possibly directing The Expendables 3. Take a look at the action star's tweets, then read on for more about this action sequel.
What about Mel Gibson directing Expendables Five???
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 11, 2013
No , I was kiddiing about , but seriously , what about Mel Gibson directing Expendables 3?Opinions anyone ?Curious.....
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 11, 2013
While Sylvester Stallone's query does seem to come out of left field, this isn't the first time he has given an update regarding the sequel on the social media platform. Last month, the actor revealed that Steven Seagal will not be a part of The Expendables 3, but they may "get lucky" and get Jackie Chan.
Happy Easter! 'Tis the day to celebrate the King of Kings, so we come bearing our pick of pics—the 10 must-see Jesus films. God bless us, it was a holy challenge compiling this list. We could've chosen all the expected Messiah movies: The Greatest Story Ever Told, Jesus of Nazareth, The Passion of the Christ and countless others. Instead, we're mixing it up, combining literal interpretations (like The Nativity Story) with those that are satirical, allegorical, and even musical. Ready to lift your spirits? Hallelujah! Open the pearly gates and enter our gallery of Jesus-Inspired movies. »
A successful Christian songwriter once told me that the key to writing a hit faith-based crossover song was to write lyrics that relate to everyone, Christian or not. In other words, if you’re looking for God in the music, you’ll find Him, but if you’re looking for a song about how much you love your boyfriend, that’s what you’ll hear – You Light Up My Life is a perfect example. Some of the most successful movies with Christian elements follow suit. The Passion of the Christ proved that moviegoers will seek out a straight forward version of the resurrection of Jesus - it grossed $611 million worldwide. But there’s also evidence that audiences like an allegorical version of the greatest story ever told as well. The Matrix, The...
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Critics have been stunned by the success of a History Channel drama appealing to millions of churchgoers
It describes fantastical events, yet appears on the History Channel. The characters are household names, yet the cast is full of unknown actors. Critics have queued up to slam it, yet Us viewers have flocked to it in their millions.
At least everyone agrees on one thing: a 10-hour mini-series based on the Bible is the most surprising television success of the year in the United States. Defying expectations that a simple retelling of the Bible stories, including depictions of Adam and Eve and Samson and Delilah, would not appeal to a modern television audience, the series has been creating headlines and major ratings figures.
More than 13 million viewers watched the first episode, featuring a cast of actors who are often so good-looking that scenes from the Old Testament can resemble a fashion advertisement. »
- Paul Harris
Easter 2013 is Sunday, March 31. Here are some of the notable new and returning shows, specials and movies airing over the next week to help you and your family enjoy the Easter 2013 season, if you celebrate. All times are Eastern; programming is subject to change. Check back for updates and additions. The Passion of the Christ – March 23 at 11pm; March 25 at 5pm; March 28 at 10pm; March 29 at 11:30am; March 30 at 5:30pm & 8pm; March 31 at 10pm on Tbn. Mel Gibson’s film follows the last 12 hours of Jesus’ (Jim Caviezel) life. [...] »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Filmmakers with religious faith needn.t usually pray for miracles when it comes to making their religious epics, as the films usually strike big and have an unending shelf life, from the mega-millions Mel Gibson brought in with his blood-soaked The Passion of the Christ to the record ratings garnered by The History.s Channel.s predictably shallow miniseries The Bible. And even though it wasn.t a box office sensation, Martin Scorsese.s The Last Temptation of Christ features arguably the most critically acclaimed version of Jesus. And back to Last Temptation author Nikos Kazantzakis. well Hollywood goes, as the film rights to his 1954 novel Jesus Recrucified have been acquired by Grindstone Pictures, reports Deadline. The film, written by Gil J. Botello and Vincent Baksanski, will actually carry the less provocative title Christ is Risen. Instead of following the time-honored .adapt the thing we paid to adapt. pattern, the »
Currently airing on Channel Five here in the UK, the show has picked up some fantastic reviews along the way; and it's no surprise, what with its incredible behind-the-scenes team and star-studded cast (including, but not limited to, Jim Cavaziel (The Passion of The Christ), Michael Emerson (Lost, Saw), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Kevin Chapman (Unstoppable).
And so, with Season One out on DVD and Blu-ray on the 18th March, Shadowlocked has teamed up with Bad Robot Productions to give away three Blu-ray copies of the complete season!
To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is like our Facebook page, and send over the answer - along with your name, »
This story first appeared in the March 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. It's been nine years since Mel Gibson's crucifixion drama The Passion of the Christ grossed $612 million worldwide. Now, after several false starts, competing producers are attempting a natural follow-up about Christ's resurrection. The inside track might belong to Tim Lahaye Productions, run by Randy Lahaye, grandson of Tim Lahaye, the best-selling author of the Left Behind series of Christian books. Seven years ago, the elder Lahaye thought he had a deal with Sony's Screen Gems to produce The Resurrection from a screenplay by Lionel
- Paul Bond
Not-so-shocking confession: The 2013 MTV Movie Award nominations were just announced, and I'm psyched about it. Sure, the ceremony has become overrun with Twihard vote-in victories, but that doesn't mean the ceremony is a total drag. In fact, I can think of five times the MTV Movie Awards restored my faith in award show culture and, subsequently, life itself. Here are the five greatest moments in MTV Movie Award history.
5. 1992: Best Movie -- Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Going all the way back to the first ceremony, MTV rained trophies on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and with good reason: It's one of the most watchable action movies ever and features some of the most well-developed characters in the history of the genre. Sorry, Lisbeth Salander, but Sarah Connor has more grit and fabulousness in one strap of her »
It was a big night for History, whose 10-hour miniseries The Bible opened with 13.1 million viewers and 4.6 million adults 25-54 to rank as the No.1 cable entertainment telecast of the year. It was followed by the debut of the network’s first original scripted series, The Vikings, which rode The Bible‘s coattails to draw 6.2 million viewers, 2.5 million Adults 18-49 and 2.7 million Adults 25-54, beating the broadcast networks in the hour in the 18-49 demo. The rollout is part of a new strategy by male-skewing History which is launching the bulk of its programming after the end of football season this year. The success of The Bible, which averaged 4.6 million adults 25-54, proves the enormous potential of religious-themed entertainment programming aimed at Christian audiences. Gsn also has scored with its American Bible Challenge. In its marketing campaign, The Bible, executive produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, employed some of »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Remember that time when Peter, Stewie or Brian made an observation then we quickly cut away to a funny skit for the punchline?
Anyone who's sat down for an episode of Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy will be more than familiar with this particular comedic trope. It's a technique that has hit and miss results (South Park even parodied it to good effect), but it's clear to see that MacFarlane and the Family Guy team grew up soaked in popular culture.
The movie references fly thick and fast, with a particular leaning towards '80s classics and George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy. As MacFarlane readies himself for the Oscar hosting spotlight this weekend, Digital Spy takes a look at five Family Guy film references...
The Star Wars Trilogy
Written by James Nguyen
Directed by James Nguyen
You have to respect an artist with a vision. Sometimes they make Dances With Wolves or The Passion of the Christ and are rewarded critically and commercially for their risky works of passion. Other times you get James Nguyen’s notorious 2008 film Birdemic. The film is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Al Gore’s Oscar winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Shot largely on weekends and funded completely by Nguyen’s day job as a software salesman in Silicon Valley, the film is actually quite magical for bad movie fans due to the tonal shift midway through. It’s kind of like two awesomely bad movies for the price of one!
- Matthew Younker
Saturday Night Live hasn’t chosen the best of hosts this season. There has been at least three terrible episodes, and the SNL team hasn’t been able to produce a solid, much less, stand-out, sketch… until now. With only a few days left before Oscar voting closes, Supporting Actor nominee Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), was given a chance to impress, and boy did he ever. While Waltz played the straight man in most sketches, he wasn’t afraid to let loose when the occasion called for it. Rarely does a single episode incorporate such success from beginning to end, but last night, SNL left everyone talking. Each episode is of course a team effort, and a major credit goes to the writers, but how often do we see a sketch has brilliant as Djesus Uncrossed? The faux movie trailer for the upcoming blockbuster subtitled “the ultimate revenge fantasy” is »
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