“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
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