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Hollywood Inaccurate

“Evangelical entrepreneur Philip Anschutz has been bankrolling mainstream movies with religious messages for years, most notably the big-budget ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ film series adapted from the C.S. Lewis novels.  The trend extends to lesser-known filmmakers outside the U.S.”   Yair Rosenberg

Religion: As Seen Inaccurately on Screen

Fed up with Hollywood’s portrayal of faith, some believers are making their own shows and films.

Yair Rosenberg, The Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2014, p. A 11

Son_of_God_film_poster“I learned who Rachel was in church,” muses a troubled character with the same name in the hit Netflix series “House of Cards.” “Jacob fell in love with her while she was watering a lamb, and she became his wife after he worked seven years to earn her hand in marriage. Rachel had one son, Joseph. He became a king.” There’s only one problem with this account: It’s wrong.Jacob agreed to work for Rachel for seven years, but ended up working 14. She had two sons, not one. And Joseph did not become king, but rather Pharaoh’s deputy in ancient Egypt.

This biblical bungling shouldn’t be surprising: Faith doesn’t play well in Hollywood, where TV and movie writers typically oscillate between ignorance and antipathy toward it.

In the debut episode of Aaron Sorkin’s political drama “The West Wing,” which won more than 20 Emmys during its seven-year run, the president’s staff meets with leaders of the Christian right, one of whom lectures them: “I’d like to discuss why we hear so much talk about the First Amendment coming out of this building, but no talk at all about the First Commandment . . . ‘honor thy father.’ ” Continue reading

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Bible Stories

“Scholars say the time is right for an influx of faith-based movies.  They note that an opportunity arises every few years for filmmakers to use cutting-edge technology to capture audiences by telling some of the world’s oldest and most intriguing stories.”  Meredith Somers

Hollywood films a testament to renewed interest in Bible stories

Producers of TV series to bring first of three to big screen

Meredith Somers, The Washington Times, February 17, 2014, p. 25

In the beginning, there was “The Bible,” the most-watched cable TV show of 2013. Following its flood of faith-inspiring success are three Bible-2_9_2014_god-20140206-009-028201_s640x426based movies set to open in theaters this year.

The first, “Son of God,” is produced by the married couple who brought “The Bible” to the History Channel and into households across the country — producer Mark Burnett and actress Roma Downey.

“We really believed that people would show up in droves, but 100 million people was a big number,” Mr. Burnett said of the 10-hour miniseries’ total audience. “Before we knew those results, we’d already started on ‘Son of God.’”

The two-hour film, which opens with a quick retelling of the Old Testament before depicting the life of Jesus, is scheduled to be released Feb. 28.

“We know from the success of ‘The Bible’ series, it encouraged people around the water cooler or around their own kitchen tables to start talking about faith, start talking about God,” Miss Downey said. “We hope when ‘Son of God‘ is released that people will be talking about Jesus.”

Hollywood appears to be banking on moviegoers’ interest in faith and God as it prepares to roll out two big-budget films based on biblical tales. Producer-director-screenwriter Darren Aronofsky’s 3-D opus “Noah,” starring Oscar winners Russell Crowe as Noah and Anthony Hopkins as his grandfather Methuselah, is due to be released in March. “Exodus,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, is scheduled to be released in December. Continue reading

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