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‘I Can Only Imagine’ Review: A Christian Rock Biopic Shows Why Faith-Based Films Struggle to Convert Secular Audiences

Christian movies are ready to cross over. Fourteen years have passed since “The Passion of the Christ” became a national sensation, and while no one has managed to match the hysteria that greeted Mel Gibson’s New Testament snuff film, companies like Pure Flix and Mission Pictures International have cultivated a lucrative cottage industry of cinema for the Focus on the Family crowd. Over and over again, these religious offerings have surprised box office pundits and raked in blockbuster numbers, with everyone from Pat Robertson to Joel Osteen spreading the good word in an effort to close the gap between megachurches and multiplexes.

Heaven Is for Real,” the inspirational story of a little boy who once died for a few minutes, gross $93 million in the United States. “Fireproof,” in which Kirk Cameron plays a porn-addicted fireman, earned $33 million off a $500,000 budget. “God’s Not Dead,” a 2014 Kevin Sorbo vehicle about
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Gary Sinise Joins Faith-Based Documentary About Steve McQueen

Gary Sinise Joins Faith-Based Documentary About Steve McQueen
Gary Sinise will narrate a documentary about late actor Steve McQueen's journey to Christianity, the filmmakers said Thursday.

The movie, Steve McQueen: American Icon, hails from American Icon Films, a joint venture between Erwin Brothers Entertainment and pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship, one of the largest churches in the U.S.

Jon and Andrew Erwin are directing along with Ben Smallbone. The Erwin brothers are best known for faith-friendly films like Woodlawn, October Baby and Moms' Night Out.

Beyond Sinise, the Oscar-nominated actor from Forrest Gump, the movie also features commentary from Mel Gibson and McQueen's widow, model Barbara...
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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris' Son Jack Turns 5: Inside the Heart-Wrenching Story of His Premature Birth

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris' Son Jack Turns 5: Inside the Heart-Wrenching Story of His Premature Birth
Little Jack is turning 5!

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris‘ only child is celebrating his birthday today, 5 years after his premature birth kept him in the Nicu for a month and put his parents through an emotional rollercoaster.

His fifth birthday comes amid Faris and Pratt’s split, which the former couple announced on Aug. 6. The two focused on Jack in their joint statement as they asked for privacy.

“Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward,” they said.

In the past, both Pratt,
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Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions acquire 'I Can Only Imagine'

Drama tells story behind most played radio song in Christian music history.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired North American rights to Jon and Andrew Erwin’s film I Can Only Imagine starring Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman and Country singer Trace Adkins.

The faith-based drama is scheduled for release in North America on March 16, 2018 and tells the story of ‘I Can Only Imagine’, the most played radio single in Christian music history.

At the heart of the story is how Bart Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, wrote the song to change his relationship with his troubled father.

“This is an extraordinary movie about the power of faith, love, family, and music,” Roadside Attractions co-presidents and co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said.

“The Erwins bring world-class storytelling and production values to faith-based films. It’s no surprise they have attracted such a phenomenal cast to their latest feature. We are thrilled
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on X-Files, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, Chuck, NCIS, Elementary and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on X-Files, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, Chuck, NCIS, Elementary and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Got any Riverdale Season 2 scoop for me? —Kasey

Ausiello: As a matter of fact, I do: Veronica’s hot new romance with Archie will hit a speed bump when a (handsome) figure from her past reappears. Nick St. Clair, a womanizing bad boy Ronnie knows from her New York days, is headed to Riverdale to stir up trouble… and maybe compete with Archie for Miss Lodge’s affections.

RelatedRiverdale Video: The Cast Gets Touchy-Feely Talking Hot Dads
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Film Review: ‘Woodlawn’

Film Review: ‘Woodlawn’
Given the dramatic potential of its nondenominational plot elements — high-school football, racial tensions in the 1970s Deep South, an appearance by a secular saint of college sports legend — “Woodlawn” could very well appeal beyond the usual target audience for faith-based indies. This overly long yet consistently involving period drama by Jon and Andrew Erwin (“October Baby”), sibling filmmakers who bill themselves as the Erwin Brothers, could be described, accurately, as equal parts “Remember the Titans” and revivalist tent meeting. But until the balance tips rather too blatantly toward the latter during the final minutes, the overall narrative mix of history lesson, gridiron action and spiritual uplift is effectively and satisfyingly sustained.

At heart, “Woodlawn” is a two-in-one biopic, neatly entwining the stories of Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop), a hard-driven high-school football coach, and Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille), a prodigious young player who would go on to be a formidable running back for the Miami Dolphins.
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Forecast: 'Goosebumps', 'Spies' & 'Crimson Peak' Jostle for Audience Attention

Forecast: 'Goosebumps', 'Spies' & 'Crimson Peak' Jostle for Audience Attention
As Halloween approaches, Sony will forgo cinematic blood and guts and, instead, bring a children's horror story to theaters this weekend with the release of Goosebumps. Made for a reported $58 million, the adaptation of the classic children's horror stories from author R.L. Stine turns the writer into the leading character, played by Jack Black. The film enters its first frame in a crowded marketplace, but each of this week's new films appear to have their own target demographic. Goosebumps just so happens to serve the widest audience and represents the largest theater count among the four new wide releases. Additional releases include Steven Spielberg's adult-targeted Bridge of Spies; Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak eyes horror fans (more on that in a second); and Woodlawn hopes to find its own faith-based box office success. Overall, the weekend looks strong and I'm predicting a 9.7% uptick compared to last year. Translated
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Forecast: Shyamalan's 'Visit' and 'Perfect Guy' Challenge for Weekend #1

Forecast: Shyamalan's 'Visit' and 'Perfect Guy' Challenge for Weekend #1
Updated: Predictions at the bottom of this post have been updated as final theater counts have arrived. The text of today's forecast article has not been edited and the early predictions are listed at the bottom of this article for comparison. It has been slow-going at the box office as of late. This past four-day, Labor Day weekend haul came in at just $85.7 million for the top twelve, the worst Labor Day weekend result since 2004 where films such as Paparazzi, Wicker Park, Vanity Fair and The Cookout all cracked the top ten. Remember them? Things actually got worse the following weekend back in 2004, and it looks as if this year won't be any different, despite the efforts of new releases such as M. Night Shyamalan's micro-budget horror The Visit and Screen Gems' The Perfect Guy, led by Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and "True Blood" star Rutina Wesley.
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Chris Pratt Gives a Truly Touching Speech About His Son Jack's Premature Birth

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Chris Pratt Gives a Truly Touching Speech About His Son Jack's Premature Birth
Chris Pratt knows how to work a room, and his signature charisma was on display when he took the stage to speak at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Hollywood Luncheon on Friday. In a touching speech that went viral over the weekend, the Guardians of the Galaxy star spoke from personal experience while addressing the crowd and revealing the challenging health issues that his 2-year-old son, Jack, has faced since his premature birth in August 2012. Chris started out by telling the crowd that Jack "didn't want to be an October baby," adding, "He wanted to be born in the Summer, I guess." He then told the story of little Jack's birth after his wife, Anna Faris, went into labor two months early: "He was 3 pounds 12 ounces. That's a decent-sized bass. Very small for a human. He would need a lot. He had jaundice, so they put a blindfold
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‘Skeleton Twins’ Robust In Specialty Box-Office Expansion; ‘Pride’ Solid In Debut

Even with another flood of specialty film debuts, The Skeleton Twins, the dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, had another impressive box office showing in its third weekend. Meanwhile, another dozen films tried to elbow past last week’s 14 newcomers and numerous others already in the market, to middling success among those reporting.

Other than Twins, the holdovers that look like they’re gaining some autumnal momentum include IFC FilmsThe Trip To Italy with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and more niche-oriented films such as American Experience/PBS Films’ doc Last Days In Vietnam and Oscilloscope’s Art And Craft. Starz Media also scored a robust gross for the second week of Not Cool, featuring YouTube star Shane Dawson, as it migrated east to New York and was also profiled on a Starz channel doc series.

CBS Films’ Pride can be proud of scoring the weekend’s highest average among new titles.
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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More

Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More
Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist’s life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac to an initial half-dozen locations in the wake of its VOD release late last month and CBS Films is targeting the same number of runs for its Cannes ’14 feature Pride. Factory 25 is opening its art meets goth-rap thriller Hellaware and Cinema Libre will debut a former Swiss foreign-language Oscar contender The Little Bedroom in exclusive New York runs. The weekend is
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Scott Eastwood Stars in The Perfect Wave, Coming to Home Entertainment This September

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Scott Eastwood Stars in The Perfect Wave, Coming to Home Entertainment This September
Scott Eastwood carries on his father Clint’s acting legacy in “The Perfect Wave.” The film, coming to DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Download and On-Demand Sept. 16 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, also features “Charlie’s Angels” star Cheryl Ladd as well as Rachel Hendrex (“October Baby”) and Patrick Lyster (“Black Sails”). The film also includes the talents of award-winning professional surfers Matt Bromley and Rosy Hodge. The film is based on true events and follows a surfer and future ordained minister, Ian McCormack, as he travels around the world to find the perfect wave. The film is shot in locales such as Bali, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa and Mauritius, giving viewers [ Read More ]

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Digital, Blu-ray, DVD Release: Moms’ Night Out

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 2, 2014

Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray $30.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Patricia Heaton (TV’s The Middle) and Sarah Drew (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) just want to have some fun in comedy movie Moms’ Night Out.

Drew plays Allyson who plans a night out with fellow mother Patricia Heaton, as long as they husbands look after their kids.

Of course, all hell breaks loose.

Sean Astin (And They’re Off) and country music singer Trace Adkins also star in the PG film, which was directed by Andrew Erwin (God Provides) and Jon Erwin (October Baby) from a screenplay by Jon Erwin and Andrea Gyertson Nasfell (Escape).

Moms’ Night Out was a crowd pleaser for those who saw it in theater, except critics. According to Rotten Tomatoes, critics gave the movie a dismal 18% approval, but moviegoers approved to the tune of 87%.

The movie grossed only $10 million at the box office.
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Moms’ Night Out

Moms’ Night Out

Directed by: Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin

Cast: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Logan White, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: May 9, 2014

Plot: A trio of moms (Drew, Heaton, White) attempt to restore order to a crazy night when a baby goes missing.

Who’S It For? People ready to be reminded that wholesome doesn’t necessarily mean nice.

Overall

Liberty is a concept expressed only in irony with Moms’ Night Out, a female-driven minivan comedy that instructs ultimately to listen to thy husband for it is Biblical, even if thy husband is a child himself. Like sad Mitt Romney and his chocolate milk, this PG-romp is a brief walk on the wild side from the rules that await at the end of the night. Unfortunately, while taking out the substance abuse of a Judd Apatow or Todd Phillips arc, this shiny film
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Film Review: ‘Moms’ Night Out’

Film Review: ‘Moms’ Night Out’
There’s nothing wrong with “Moms’ Night Out” that couldn’t be fixed by a massive rewrite, preferably one that involves a lobotomy for the main character. Capturing the chaos that ensues when three overworked mothers decide to take a breather, this dismally unfunny comedy features barely a single instance of what most adults would recognize as human behavior — a curious failure for a movie aiming to resonate with all the frazzled mothers and fathers in the audience. Basically a shrill feature-length sitcom for the faith-based family-values crowd, if nowhere near as good as that sounds, Sony/TriStar’s Mother’s Day-timed release could get some mileage out of its high-profile Christian backers (namely co-star Patricia Heaton) but won’t exactly follow in the blessed B.O. footsteps of “Heaven Is for Real” and “God’s Not Dead.”

With her husband, Sean (Sean Astin), frequently away on business, Allyson (Sarah Drew), a very high-strung,
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May Preview

May Preview
As the start of the Summer movie season, the month of May is typically loaded with major franchise fare*both established and aspiring ones. This year is no different, though each of the would-be blockbusters comes with a few question marks.The current May record was set in 2013, when the month racked up $1.14 billion in total box office. Without an Iron Man 3, it's hard to imagine that May 2014 gets quite that high. Still, there's enough appealing content to ensure that the first month of Summer tops $1 billion.For another look at the Summer movie season, be sure to check out our early predictions here.May 2For the eighth year in a row, May kicks off with a Marvel superhero movie. This year, it's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is the sequel to 2012 franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. That movie earned $262 million at the domestic box office, which was a
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Heaven Is For Real – The Review

When you die and go to heaven will you really see your late loved ones, sit on Jesus’ lap, and get serenaded by angels? That’s exactly how Colton Burp described his trip to the afterworld after an out-of-body experience when he was four years old. His father Todd, a pastor in Imperial Nebraska, shared his son’s experience in the family-friendly book Heaven Is For Real which was a surprise best-seller on the Christian circuit and now here comes the film version. Heaven Is For Real is as wholesome and square as it sounds. No profanity. No sex. No violence. That’s its hook. Unpretentious and plainspoken, it knows its target Christian audience well.

The plot of Heaven Is For Real is disarmingly simple and there appears to be no question regarding the general circumstances themselves. The Burpos are a classic wholesome American family from the heartland, hardworking and faithful.
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"Mom's Night Out" Releases Official Trailer - Watch Here!

For all the parents feeling a bit overworked, the official trailer for the upcoming comedy, "Mom's Night Out" just hit the web today (April 4).

Starring Sarah Drew as the movie's protagonist, the trailer finds a mom struggling to balance caring for her children with her own sanity, ultimately leading her to take one night to spend out with her close friends.

Also starring, "The Lord of the Rings" star Sean Astin, Trace Adkins and Patricia Heaton, "Mom's Night Out" is directed by "October Baby" directors Jon and Andrew Erwin.

According to the synopsis, "All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation... a long-needed mom's night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours-what could go wrong? "Mom's Night Out" is an endearing,
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"Home Run" Rounds The Bases

In the realm of inspirational sports movies, Home Run doesn’t quite fit in. It doesn’t hinge on the underdog team winning a trophy but instead focuses on one disgraced sportsman overcoming addiction. It’s meant to be an uplifting and spiritual film (which it is), yet it does so without completely descending into Christian propaganda that makes similarly-minded films so heavy-handed (like October Baby).

Baseball super star Cory Brand (Scott Elrod) is a belligerent alcoholic. After getting mightily aggressive on the field, going so far as to minorly assault the batboy, he’s suspended from the team. His sassy manager Helene (Vivica A. Fox) does some damage control and sends him to a rehab program in his hometown and forces him to coach a little league team. One of the boys on that team, Tyler (Charles Henry Wyson), turns out to be his son via Cory’s high
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'Prometheus,' 'E.T.'

Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Prometheus" What's It About? Ridley Scott returns to the world of "Alien" with an epic prequel about mankind's first contact with a mysterious alien race who may or may not be our makers, and may or may not have sinister purposes. See It Because: "Prometheus" pulled off a rare feat, adding a new layer of intrigue to the rich mythology of the "Alien" series. Not since "Inception" has a summer blockbuster come along with such audacious head-scratching concepts. And despite being filled with plot holes, it was still fun to argue about the film's big questions. Also, the always brilliant Michael Fassbender was terrific as David, an android servant with T.E. Lawrence-sized dreams of exploration. Watch Noomi Rapace's Screen Test for "Prometheus" - (Also Available on Amazon Instant Video | Netflix) Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" What's It About?
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