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‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness’ Review: A Hellishly Bad Drama About America’s Christian Persecution Complex

‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness’ Review: A Hellishly Bad Drama About America’s Christian Persecution Complex
Essentially the “Why We Fight” series for The War on Christmas, the “God’s Not Dead” franchise has — with its first two installments — asserted itself as the chintziest and most intellectually counterfeit branch of the lucrative faith-based film wave that it’s helped to define. Whereas other recent offerings like “Heaven Is for Real” and last week’s “I Can Only Imagine” are largely harmless in how they preach to the choir and prostrate themselves before Evangelical audiences, Pure Flix’s “God’s Not Dead” saga has been defined by a persecution complex large enough to crucify Christ the Redeemer.

These movies are fundamentalist propaganda aimed at people who are convinced their religion is under attack in this country just because it doesn’t exempt them from the Constitution. At a time when antisemitic hate crimes are on the rise and America is openly hostile towards its own Muslim community
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Film Review: ‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness’

Even in these polarizing times, it’s not every faith-based drama that gets a title as stark in its certainty as “God’s Not Dead.” That movie, a specialty hit in 2014, and its notably less successful sequel, “God’s Not Dead 2” (can we all agree that the incandescent nature of the Almighty doesn’t exactly find poetic expression in the title “God’s Not Dead 2”?), both had a disputatious chip on their shoulder. They were dramas about the victimization of contemporary Christians, and they were righteously gauzy and a tad hectoring. They mounted strenuous arguments against the arguments against faith.

The first sign that “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” has a more inviting tone, that it’s still preaching to the choir but in a kinder, gentler way, is that it isn’t called “God’s Not Dead 3: Do You Believe Us Yet?” The third film in the series is set,
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John Corbett & David A.R. White On ‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness,’ Making Religious Films [Video Exclusive]

 For actors David A. R. White and John Corbett, making their new film God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness unique from its previous two installments was tough. “We wanted it to be a standalone film, to stand on its own, and to have it’s own, you know — to be relevant,” White told uInterview exclusively. […]

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Gears Up for $42 Million in Four-Day Opening Weekend

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Gears Up for $42 Million in Four-Day Opening Weekend
Ready Player One” looks to come out victorious at the box office over the Easter holiday weekend.

Steven Spielberg’s latest film is eyeing $38 million to $42 million over its four-day opening weekend. Given a light weekend of new releases, that number would likely be enough for “Ready Player One” to dominate the domestic box office.

Warner Bros.’ nostalgic fantasy adventure, which currently holds an 82% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, gets an early start on Easter weekend by debuting with Wednesday night previews at 3,500 locations. Starting Thursday, it then expands to 4,200 locations, while launching day and date internationally in 62 markets. Tracking on the film, with a reported budget between $150 million and $175 million, is down slightly from initial estimates of $45 million to $55 million over its four-day opening.

Based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel, “Ready Player One” is set in an elaborate virtual reality world full of pop culture totems from the ’80s.
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Netflix Acquires Rights to Adaptation of Ya Novel ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has acquired global rights to Awesomeness Films and Overbrook Entertainment’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Based on the best-selling novel by Jenny Han, the film stars “Alita: Battle Angel” actress Lana Condor and “The Fosters” actor Noah Centineo. The pic also stars Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”), Israel Broussard (“Happy Death Day”), Andrew Bachelor (“The Babysitter”), Anna Cathcart (“The Descendants”), and John Corbett.

Susan Johnson helmed the film with Matt Kaplan, Dougie Cash, and Jordan Levin producing. Brett Bouttier, Robyn Marshall, and Han are exec producing.

The story follows Lara Jean Song Covey, whose love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved — five in all — are mysteriously mailed out. The film is based on the book of the same name and is the first of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy by Han.
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Pure Flix brings Efm quartet led by 'Samson'

Berlin sales roster includes latest instalment in God’s Not Dead franchise.

Pure Flix/Quality Flix arrives at the Efm in Berlin with four new titles led by the imminent release Samson.

Vice-president of international sales Ron Gell will kick off talks at the market on Samson, which Pure Flix launches in the Us on Friday (February 12) on 1,000 screens.

The film is styled as the story of the world’s first superhero and follows the life of the child born with supernatural strength in ancient times who grows up to lead his oppressed tribe against the mighty empire of his day.

Taylor James, Billy Zane, Jackson Rathbone, Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner and Caitlin Leahy star in Samson, which screens in the market on February 16 and 18.

Pure Flix/Quality Flix will also screen the latest instalment in the God’s Not Dead franchise, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, featuring a cast of
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Portlandia: Is the IFC TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Nine?

Vulture WatchWhat has become of Fred and Carrie? Is the Portlandia TV show cancelled or renewed for a ninth season on IFC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Portlandia, season nine Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About?An IFC TV series, Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in multiple roles, many of which are recurring. The sketch comedy satirizes life in Portland, Oregon. Guest stars returning for the eighth installment include: Ed Begley Jr., Jeff Goldblum, Natasha Lyonne, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kumail Nanjiani. New guest stars in season eight include: Scott Adsit, Rachel Bloom, Aidy Bryant, Brendan Canty, John Corbett, Terry Crews, Dan
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Steven Tyler Rocks Star-Studded Janie's Fund Gala And Grammy Viewing Party

During the weekend, iconic singer, songwriter, humanitarian, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy Award winner Steven Tyler, and Live Nation celebrated the inaugural Janie's Fund Gala with an exclusive live viewing of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, elegant dinner, and unforgettable night of performances at the historic Red Studios Hollywood.

Steven Tyler Performs At Inaugural Janie's Fund Gala and Grammy Viewing Party

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The inaugural event raised over $2.4 million dollars for Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come.
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‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Love Breakfast a Totally Reasonable Amount — Watch

‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Love Breakfast a Totally Reasonable Amount — Watch
Listen, breakfast is great. It’s so good people have invented an extension of breakfast so they can justify eating it later in the day. (“Brunch,” I’m looking right at you.) Obviously, people are fans.

And while we can commiserate with the desire to have the best breakfast as close by as possible, the good people of “Portlandia” — Peter (Fred Armisen) and Nance (Carrie Brownstein) — take “breakfast near me” to a whole new level in the sketch below. Rather than lay around dreaming of a great meal, this married couple crafts the perfect breakfast experience long before the morning sun rises.

Read More:‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Create the Next True Crime Podcast Sensation… Maybe

The video is not only a new look at the final season, but the fifth in a series of videos premiering on IndieWire before the Season 8 debut. IFC and IndieWire are
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‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Create the Next True Crime Podcast Sensation… Maybe

‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Create the Next True Crime Podcast Sensation… Maybe
True crime podcasts are all the rage, but no one gets to see how the secrets are uncovered, cases are chosen, or mistakes are exposed. What matters is the story itself — how it sounds, not how it’s found.

Well, let’s hope it’s not like this.

In an exclusive look at Season 8, “Portlandia” stars and creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein pop into a Portland police station to record a podcast. While they’re welcomed in for an official visit, the two don’t exactly return the professionalism in kind. Their methods are peculiar, motivations less than pure, and end result not what anyone had in mind.

Turns out making a podcast may not be pretty, but it makes for a pretty good sketch. The video below is not only a new look at the final season, but the fourth in a series of videos premiering before the Season 8 debut.
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‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Fred Armisen Lives Out Your Worst Sushi Nightmare in Exclusive Sketch — Watch

‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Fred Armisen Lives Out Your Worst Sushi Nightmare in Exclusive Sketch — Watch
When you see one chili on a sushi menu, you’re safe. Three is clearly very hot stuff, but two? Two could mean anything. Two could be just right — as its middle placement implies — or it could veer wildly into all-too-mild or far-too-spicy territory.

Fred Armisen learns this lesson the hard way in an exclusive sketch from the upcoming season of “Portlandia.” During a casual dinner with his wife (played by Carrie Brownstein), the couple is sent into a panic when learning just how spicy their sushi is labeled on the menu.

You gotta ask, Fred. You gotta ask.

Read More:‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Kath and Dave Highlight the Dos and Don’ts of Escape Rooms — Watch

The video below is not only a new look at the final season, but the third in a series of videos premiering before the Season 8 debut. IFC and IndieWire are partnering to bring
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Global Road Entertainment Acquires Stanley Tucci-Starring Thriller ‘The Silence’

Global Road Entertainment has secured the U.S. distribution rights to The Silence, a suspense thriller from Annabelle director the John Leonetti. Stanley Tucci (Spotlight), Kiernan Shipka (AMC's Mad Men), Miranda Otto (Annabelle: Creation), and John Corbett (HBO's Sex and the City) star in the pic, which is based the novel by fantasy-horror writer Tim Lebbon. It centers on a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for…
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Kiernan Shipka’s Horror Movie ‘The Silence’ Sells to Global Road for U.S.

Global Road Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to horror movie “The Silence,” starring Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto, Kiernan Shipka and John Corbett.

Annabelle” director John Leonetti helmed the film, based on the book by Tim Lebbon. Producers are Robert Kulzer, Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert. Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz is executive producer.

The Silence” centers on a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they’re ready to emerge. Shipka plays a deaf girl who provides the only hope of survival.

“’The Silence’ complements our original production slate as we ramp up towards eventually releasing approximately 15 films per year,” said Global
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All Saints, The Inspirational True Story Now Available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD

John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) stars in All Saints, the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock, debuting on digital, Blu-ray and DVD December 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Affirm Films. Ordered to shut down a tiny church, Spurlock (Corbett), with a group of refugees from Southeast Asia, band together to risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. All Saints also stars Cara Buono (“Stranger Things”), Myles Moore (Hot Summer Nights), Nelson Lee (“Hawaii 5-0”), Barry Corbin (No Country for Old Men), David Keith (An Officer and a Gentleman), Christian comedian Chonda Pierce and Gregory Alan Williams (Hidden Figures).

The DVD of All Saints comes with four behind-the-scenes featurettes. “Act of Faith” delves into how the church and farming community banded together to overcome the unseen. In “All Saints: The Cast & Community,” fans meet the cast, crew and the
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‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Kath and Dave Highlight the Dos and Don’ts of Escape Rooms — Watch

‘Portlandia’ Season 8: Kath and Dave Highlight the Dos and Don’ts of Escape Rooms — Watch
Kath and Dave are two of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s most intense creations. Whether they’re trying to save the human race (after a local power outage) or going out for tapas (and dancing on the table), this couple doesn’t do anything half-assed.

Add escape rooms to the list.

In IndieWire’s exclusive video below, Kath and Dave team up with two strangers to work an escape room. Needless to say, they’re not the best team players, though one could argue their intensity only helps in the end.

Read More:‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein Tackles Sexism at the Workplace in First Look at the Final Season — Watch

The video below is not only a new look at the final season, but the second in a series of videos premiering before the Season 8 debut. IFC and IndieWire are partnering to bring you exclusive sketches from “Portlandia” Season 8. Over the next six weeks,
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‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein Tackles Sexism at the Workplace in First Look at the Final Season — Watch

‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein Tackles Sexism at the Workplace in First Look at the Final Season — Watch
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are back for one final season of “Portlandia,” and they’re taking on the big issues before bowing out.

In the video below, Brownstein plays the first female partner at a male-dominated law firm. But before she can be properly welcomed to the family, the men of the room have a few quick questions for her. With sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault dominating headlines in multiple industries, it’s encouraging to see the sharply satiric creators of “Portlandia” addressing the issue head-on.

Read More:‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein on Directing, Men’s Rights and Her 5 Favorite Sketches of Season 7

The video below is not only viewers’ first look at the final season, but the first in a series of videos to premiere before the Season 8 debut. IFC and IndieWire are partnering to bring you exclusive sketches from the final season of “Portlandia.” Over the next seven weeks,
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Portlandia: Eighth and Final Season Premieres in January on IFC

It's the beginning of the end. IFC has announced the eighth and final season of its Portlandia TV show will premiere in the new year. The IFC release date is Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00pm. Starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein -- who created the series with Jonathan Krisel -- the sketch comedy is set in and films around Portland, Oregon. When IFC renewed Portlandia for season eight, back in January of 2017, it announced it would be the final installment. As reported soon after, the good news is that while there are no definitive plans for a spinoff, Armisen has been tossing around ideas with Krisel. In the meantime, fans can look forward to Portlandia, season eight, which will feature guest stars including Rachel Bloom, John Corbett, Terry Crews, Jeff Goldblum, Rashida Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, and
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Mirando Otto and John Corbett join John R. Leonetti’s The Silence

Deadline is reporting that Miranda Otto (Annabelle: Creation), John Corbett (Sex and the City) and Kyle Breitkopf (Parental Guidance) have joined the cast of The Silence, the new film film John R. Leonetti (Annabelle, Wish Upon).

According to the site, the film revolves around Ally, “a deaf teenager, who lived in New Jersey where a colony of bats are attacked by a parasitic insect and soon morph into a new lethal species called Vesps. As the blind, winged creatures quickly grow, spread and attack the human population, Ally’s heightened senses become her strength. She and her family seek refuge in the woods where they must live in total silence and amidst the creature chaos, they learn that humans can be just as dangerous.”

The Silence is based upon the novel by Tim Lebbon, and has been scripted by The Van Dyke Brothers, Carey and Shane. Also fetauring in the
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Miranda Otto & John Corbett Cast In John R. Leonetti’s ‘The Silence’

Miranda Otto & John Corbett Cast In John R. Leonetti’s ‘The Silence’
Exclusive: Miranda Otto and John Corbett have come aboard the Constantin Film/Emjag Productions feature The Silence, along with young actor Kyle Breitkopf (Parental Guidance) They join previously announced Kiernan Shipka and Stanley Tucci. John R. Leonetti is attached to direct the film, which is based on the novel by Tim Lebbon with the screenplay adapted by The Van Dyke Brothers, Carey and Shane. The pic centers on Ally, a deaf teenager, who lived in New Jersey where a…
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Box Office Disaster: Lackluster Releases, Mayweather-McGregor, Hurricane Harvey Create Slowest Weekend in Over 15 Years

Box Office Disaster: Lackluster Releases, Mayweather-McGregor, Hurricane Harvey Create Slowest Weekend in Over 15 Years
There’s no getting around it: this weekend’s domestic box office is a catastrophe.

In the grand scheme, it can seem like a small issue when compared with Hurricane Harvey — the deadly natural disaster that tore through the Gulf Coast of Texas on Friday, dumping more than 20 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. But Harvey also had at least some impact on the business, forcing theater closures in South Texas. Still, the degree to which the storm hurt the bottom line of moviegoing is up for debate.

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Another factor under inspection is Saturday evening’s Ufc match which saw Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor with a 10th-round Tko. The fight was estimated to reap as much as $1 billion in revenues, and among the biggest pay-per-view draws in history. Numbers regarding the amount of viewers will be released later in the week
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