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‘Come Sunday’ Review: Chiwetel Ejiofor Gives His Best Performance in Netflix Biopic About a Minister Afraid of God

‘Come Sunday’ Review: Chiwetel Ejiofor Gives His Best Performance in Netflix Biopic About a Minister Afraid of God
Matthew 4:16: “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” That Bible passage was written about Jesus Christ’s return from Galilee after the arrest of John the Baptist, but it could just as easily have preordained the glory of Jesus Christ’s return to movie screens after the pre-Easter rash of faith-based faff like “I Can Only Imagine” and “God’s Not Dead: Light in Darkness.”

Now that the lord hath risen, the quality of movies about him is set to rise as well. While Paul Schrader’s transcendent “First Reformed” is still waiting in the wings, “Maria Full of Grace” director Joshua Marston’s safe but stirring “Come Sunday” is a big step back towards grace, and a necessary reminder that spiritual crises are always more engaging for the questions
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Trailer Revealed For Netflix Film ‘Come Sunday’

The upcoming Netflix film Come Sunday will begin streaming on April 13, 2018 and we are pleased to share the trailer for your viewing pleasure. The film follows internationally-renowned pastor Carlton Pearson — experiencing a crisis of faith — who risks his church, family and future when he questions church doctrine and finds himself branded a modern-day heretic. Even though Come Sunday is based on actual events, the film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to mixed critical reception.

Come Sunday is directed by Joshua Marston and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Sheen, Jason Segel, Condola Rashad, Lakeith Stanfield and Danny Glover. The film was written by Marcus Hinchey and produced by Ira Glass, Julie Goldstein, Alissa Shipp and James D. Stern. Here’s the trailer, along with the official synopsis and some images for the film below:

From director Joshua Marston, Come Sunday stars Academy Award-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lakeith Stanfield, Jason Segel,
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Sundance Review: ‘Come Sunday’ is an Admirable, but Hollow Crisis of Faith Drama

It’s rare that mainstream filmmakers attempt to take seriously matters of faith – a subject personal to a majority of people but which movies have historically handled clumsily. This perhaps exposes the gap in the competencies between the greats and the merely good, Ok, or less. It takes a true understanding of an art form to use it to express the ineffable, spiritual aspects of human experience. The ways of doing so do not exist in the conventional toolkit. Come Sunday makes an admirable effort to delve into religious conviction and changes in faith, but comes up feeling too normal and disconnected from those matters.

The film dramatizes the true story of Carlton Pearson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a celebrated Church of God in Christ bishop who at the height of his power in the ‘90s preached to a congregation of over 6,000 and reached millions more through television broadcasts and revival tours.
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Come Sunday’

“Come Sunday” may be the perfect movie for Netflix. Too fair-and-balanced to have come from the faith-based community and far too churchy to have gotten the blessing of any studio, director Joshua Marston’s exceptional, serious-minded adaptation of a 2005 episode of NPR’s “This American Life” recognizes the dramatic and ultimately uplifting potential in the true story of a Pentecostal bishop who lost both his flock and the backing of church leaders after he began to question one of the core beliefs of his religion — namely, the notion that souls must be “saved” in order to avoid eternal damnation.

Had it been destined for a conventional theatrical release, “Come Sunday” likely would have bombed in the big-city markets where such indies begin their journey, never reaching the Heartland audiences who might appreciate it most. Rolling out on Netflix in April, however, “Come Sunday” will be available to millions of households in virtually every market as part of
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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018
The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ Adds Stacey Sargeant; Joseph Ferrante Cast In ‘LAbyrinth’

Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ Adds Stacey Sargeant; Joseph Ferrante Cast In ‘LAbyrinth’
Stacey Sargeant has been cast in the Netflix original film Come Sunday, joining Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Sheen, Keith Stanfield and Condola Rashad. Based on a 2005 The American Life radio episode, the film adaptation is directed by Joshua Marston with a script by Marcus Hinchey. It is true story of a renowned evangelical minister Carlton Pearson (Ejiofor), who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. Sargeant plays Nicky Brown, a working single…
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Martin Sheen Will Play Oral Roberts Opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor In Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

Martin Sheen Will Play Oral Roberts Opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor In Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’
Exclusive: Martin Sheen is taking on the role of famed Pentecostal televangelist Oral Roberts in Come Sunday, the film based on a true story which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, Ok who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. The film is being directed by Joshua Marston from a script by Marcus Hinchey. The movie is based on a 2005 This American Life radio episode. The film also co-stars Broadway’s Condola Rashad
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Condola Rashad Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Come Sunday’ for Netflix

Condola Rashad Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Come Sunday’ for Netflix
Condola Rashad has joined Chiwetel Ejiofor in Netflix’s religious drama “Come Sunday,” with Joshua Marston directing.

Ejiofor stars as Carlton Pearson, a popular evangelical minister of the Higher Dimensions Family Church in Tulsa, Okla., whose services drew as many as 5,000 people. He was deemed a heretic by his peers in 2004 as a result of his decision to begin preaching the doctrine of universal salvation — based on the concept that there is no hell — as what he called “the gospel of inclusion.”

Rashad will portray Pearson’s wife Gina, who filed for divorce from him last year, citing “incompatibility issues.”

The script was written by Marcus Hinchey, based on a 2005 “This American Life” radio episode. Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing alongside Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp of “This American Life.”

Rashad worked with Marston on “Complete Unknown,” which he directed and co-wrote. She appeared earlier this year
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Condola Rashad Joins Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ With Chiwetel Ejiofor

Condola Rashad Joins Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ With Chiwetel Ejiofor
Exclusive: Condola Rashad has joined the cast of Netflix’s Come Sunday, the film that stars Chiwetel Ejiofor in the true story of a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, Ok, who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. Joshua Marston is directing the pic, which was penned by Marcus Hinchey based on a 2005 This American Life radio episode. Endgame Entertainment’s James. D Stern is producing alongside This American Life‘s Ira Glass and Alissa…
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Danny Glover Joins Netflix Film Come Sunday With Chiwetel Ejiofor

Danny Glover has joined the cast of Come Sunday – the upcoming Netflix film that tells the true story of evangelical minister Carlton Pearson, who built one of the largest churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then lost everything as a result of his evolving faith. The tale was explored in a 2005 episode of This American Life, and it is this work that Come Sunday will largely use as source material.

Carlton Pearson became a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, having been mentored by televangelist Oral Roberts. At the height of its success, during the 1990s, the church that Pearson formed had a congregation estimated at over 6000 people. That congregation began to dwindle, however, when Pearson changed his teachings – asserting that hell did not exist in the traditionally taught sense.

Pearson publicly declared that, rather than being an eternity of pain and suffering, he believed that hell is created during our lifetimes,
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Netflix Religious Drama Come Sunday Eyeing Chiwetel Ejiofor

Rarely a day goes by that we don’t catch wind of a Netflix feature film gaining momentum – or, in the case of the company’s planned Panama Papers drama, setting up shop.

Today, it is Joshua Marston’s (Maria Full of Grace) religious drama Come Sunday that has found itself in the headlines, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of The Martian and soon Doctor Strange, is circling the role of an evangelical minister.

Negotiations are still ongoing at the time of going to press, so this isn’t necessarily a done deal yet. But should a deal place, Ejiofor would star opposite Robert Redford in the drama, one that “chronicles the story of Carlton Pearson (Ejiofor), a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, Okla., who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. He loses everything and must rebuild his church and his
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Come Sunday: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Robert Redford to star in Netflix's latest

Nick Harley Jul 27, 2016

Upcoming Netflix drama Come Sunday attracts director Joshua Marston, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Redford.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Redford are the latest actors taking their talents to Netflix. The pair are set to star in the faith-based drama Come Sunday for the streaming service.

Come Sunday is the story of Carlton Pearson (Ejiofor), an evangelical preacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma who creates a storm of controversy when he declares to his congregation that there is no hell after a personal realisation. After losing everything, Pearson has to rebuild his church and repair his family while learning to embrace his own personal faith.

Redford will co-star as famed American controversial television evangelist Oral Roberts. Roberts served as Pearson’s mentor in real life.

Come Sunday is based on a This American Life episode from 2005, and This American Life host Ira Glass and producer Alissa Ship will produce
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Redford, HBO Team For "Burgess" Mini-Series

Robert Redford has signed a two-year, first-look television deal with HBO with the first project being the mini-series "The Burgess Boys".

Based on the 2013 novel by Elizabeth Strout ("Olive Kitteridge"), the story follows two brothers who are haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, and recounts their eventual return to Maine where long-buried tensions surface in ways that change them forever.

Redford optioned the book last year and will executive produce. Marcus Hinchey ("All Good Things") is penning the script.

Source: Deadline
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Redford, Wright Play Ministers On "Sunday"

Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Carlton Pearson and Robert Redford is "in discussions" to star as Oral Roberts in the Jonathan Demme-helmed true story drama "Come Sunday" for Endgame Entertainment.

Formerly titled "Heretics" when it was setup with Marc Forster as helmer, the film chronicles Pearson, a renowned Oklahamoa evangelical minister who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell.

He loses everything and must rebuild his church and his family and find his own personal faith. Roberts, an early pioneer of TV evangelism, served as Pearson's mentor.

Marcus Hinchey ("All Good Things") wrote the screenplay based on a 2005 This American Life broadcast. James D. Stern, Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp will produce.

Filming aims to begin in Spring 2015.

Source: THR
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Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch replaces Guy Pearce in 'Black Mass'

Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch replaces Guy Pearce in 'Black Mass'
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) will replace Guy Pearce (The Rover) in the upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic starring Johnny Depp (Transcendence). According to Cross Creek Pictures president Brian Oliver, Pearce dropped out of the upcoming crime drama, which has already started filming in Boston, due to scheduling conflicts. Cumberbatch will take over the role of Billy Bulger, Whitey’s (Depp) law-abiding brother, in the upcoming film, which tells the true story of the FBI’s unconventional alliance with the Irish Mob. [Variety]

• Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott will star opposite Johnny Depp (Transcendence) in the Warner Bros. crime drama Black Mass.
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Robert Redford in Talks for Come Sunday; Ben Schwartz Joins Robert Zemeckis Picture; Michael Jai White & Tyson Beckford to Star in Chocolate City

Here's today's latest casting news: Robert Redford is reported as being in talks to play the late Oral Roberts in Come Sunday, which features Jonathan Demme at the helm with Jeffrey Wright in talks to star. Ben Schwartz will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Robert Zemeckis' untitled film based on the memoir of famed tightrope walker, Philippe Petit. Michael Jai White and Tyson Beckford are in negotiations for Chocolate City, a stripper pic cast in the mold of Magic Mike. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. THR reports that Redford is in talks to play Oral Roberts in Come Sunday, a true story of evangelical minister Carlton Pearson who suffers a crisis of faith.  Wright is in talks to play Pearson, with Redford possibly playing his mentor in Roberts.  This is the first we're hearing of Demme's role behind the camera; you would probably know him best
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Robert Redford May Start Preaching For Come Sunday

Robert Redford May Start Preaching For Come Sunday
Robert Redford is currently taking A Walk In The Woods (that's his long-planned adaptation of Bill Bryson’s book, not just a quick ramble), but a potential new film could see him shoulder the mantle of an evangelical minister. Jonathan Demme is looking to secure Redford’s services for Come Sunday.The film, which was originally called Heretics back in 2010 when Marc Foster was considering it, tracks the true story of Carlton Pearson, an up-and-coming preacher and something of a rock star amongst the evangelical Christians at his Oklahoma church. Until, that is, he began to suggest that there’s no hell. His reputation among the faithful in tatters, Pearson had to rebuild his church.Demme has Jeffrey Wright in talks to play Pearson, while Redford is figuring out a deal to be pioneering TV evangelist Oral Roberts, who served as the preacher’s mentor. Marcus Hinchey adapted the script
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Brad Pitt Developing "Ibm & The Holocaust"

Brad Pitt is developing a feature based on Edwin Black’s 2001 bestseller "Ibm and the Holocaust" about the computer giant’s role in facilitating the Third Reich’s Jewish extermination program reports Vulture.

In 1933, Ibm's CEO Thomas Watson formed a strategic alliance with Nazi Germany. Punch cards were used to help sort through and cross-reference mountains of German census information.

As a result, the Nazis were able to quickly and ruthlessly identify, ghettoize, deport and ultimately wipe out millions of European Jews.

Marcus Hinchey ("All Good Things") penned the script with the project originally setup at HBO. Having now departed the cable channel, Pitt’s Plan B production company is shopping it around and Pitt has attached himself to star in order to attract directors.
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Brad Pitt to Produce and Star in Ibm And The Holocaust

Brad Pitt has just attached himself to a very interesting film project called Ibm and the Holocaust, which he will produce and star in. I imagine the title grabbed your attention, and the story is about exactly what the title says.

The movie is based on a book of the same name written by Edwin Black, and it examines Ibm's indispensable role in facilitating the Third Reich’s extermination of the Jews. The book answers the following question.... How did the Nazis identify and round up so many Jews with such precision and speed?

According to Vulture, "The short answer is that Ibm’s then-chief executive, Thomas Watson, formed a strategic alliance with Nazi Germany starting in 1933. Punch cards were used to help sort through mountains of German census information, cross-referencing data about the mother tongue, religion, nationality, profession, and location of 66 million Germans to quickly and ruthlessly identify, tax,
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Brad Pitt Adapting Ibm & The Holocaust

Brad Pitt Adapting Ibm & The Holocaust
Brad Pitt enjoyed plenty of success shepherding and starring in Moneyball, so you can see why he might be looking to repeat the trick with another based-on-truth tale, albeit a slightly more controversial one. He’s currently shopping an adaptation of Edwin Black’s bestselling book Ibm And The Holocaust.The tome chronicles the true tale of how Ibm’s 1933 chief executive Thomas Watson entered into a strategic alliance with Nazi Germany, which resulted in a punch card method of sorting through the data mined from years of German census results.What the regime learned, it put to horrific use, identifying, taxing, ghettoizing and ultimately exterminating millions of Jews.Black’s book hit shelves in 2001, but Pitt has held the rights for the last couple of years. He and his production company, Plan B, initially approached HBO with an idea for a TV movie with a script by All Good Things’ Marcus Hinchey,
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