You know our country (U.S.A.) biggest exporting product is "films"/"movies". I (Sal) heard this somewhere, but if you realize it-it's true! Our country is known throughout the world for it's movies.
After filling out so many profiles for all these network sites, I can honestly say what type of movies I really like. I love documentaries with real-life stories that are based on true-stories-does this make sense? I jut love inspirational movies that just gets me motivated in life. Stories that have the fight for survival (e.g. Shackleton), courage, love, and redemption.
"..Teenagers will find it brain-meltingly awesome and adults are likely to be impressed, too. Besides some thematic malarkey, there’s not much for Christian parents to find morally objectionable here—a little swearing, plenty of epic battles (but nothing too bloody), and possibly some brief flashes of whatever the alien equivalent of nudity is—it’s hard to tell what’s what with 3-D, blue humanoids. Like their religion and philosophy, the aliens’ biology is pretty vague."
"..On Pandora, a planet light years from Earth, there is a substance called unobtainium that is so valuable that humans have traveled to Pandora to retrieve it. The Pandora natives are called the Na’vi, and a group of them are living directly on top of the biggest unobtainium deposit on the planet. Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi giving the best performance of the film) is in charge of removing the Na’vi from the area and retrieving the unobtainium. Militarily, war crazy Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) thinks the best course of action is to remove the Na’vi by force. Conversely, scientist Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) suggests a more diplomatic solution. She has developed a method that takes human DNA and creates Na’vi avatars that are basically humans in Na’vi bodies. Augustine feels that if these avatars can earn the trust of the natives, they can talk them into moving off of the wanted land. One of the avatars is former marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), who successfully infiltrates the Na’vi population and is able to learn their ways. ..
The content in “Avatar” fits safely within the PG-13 rating and does not push any boundaries. The language is heavy, but fairly standard for a movie involving the military. God’s name is misused a number of times as well as some other profanities. The violence is heavy in some parts of the film, but mostly bloodless. The Na’vi wear very little clothing, and while their bodies do resemble that of humans, there’s nothing graphic, explicit, or even really sexual about their appearance. Also, the Na'vi religion is very naturalistic, as their god Eywa is basically mother nature, and this is lauded in the film..."
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"..In Hinduism, Avatar or Avatara (Devanagari अवतार, IAST avatāra, Sanskrit for "descent" viz., from heaven to earth, from the verbal root tṝ "to cross over") refers to a deliberate descent of a deity from heaven to earth, and is mostly translated into English as "incarnation", though more accurately as "appearance" or "manifestation"...
".is a 2009 American science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang. The film is set in the year 2154 on Pandora, a fictional inhabited Earth-like moon in a distant planetary system. Humans are engaged in mining Pandora's reserves of a precious mineral, while the Na'vi - the sapient race of humanoids indigenous to the moon - resist the colonists' expansion, which threatens the continued existence of the Na'vi and the Pandoran ecosystem. The film's title refers to the remotely controlled, genetically engineered human-Na'vi bodies used by the film's human characters to interact with the natives....
Themes and inspirations
"I have an absolute reverence for men who have a sense of duty, courage, but I'm also a child of the '60s. There's a part of me who wants to put a daisy in the end of the gun barrel. I believe in peace through superior firepower, but on the other hand I abhor the abuse of power and creeping imperialism disguised as patriotism. Some of these things you can't raise without being called unpatriotic, but I think it's very patriotic to question a system that needs to be corralled, or it becomes Rome."
-James Cameron on the film's theme 
Avatar is centered around the themes of imperialism and biodiversity. Cameron has said that Avatar shares themes with At Play in the Fields of the Lord, and The Emerald Forest, which feature clashes between cultures and civilizations, and acknowledged the film's connection with Dances With Wolves, where a battered soldier finds himself drawn to the tribal culture he was initially fighting against.
In a 2007 interview with Time magazine, Cameron addressed the meaning of the film's title, answering the question "What is an avatar, anyway?" Cameron stated, "It's an incarnation of one of the Hindu gods taking a flesh form." He said that "[i]n this film what that means is that the human technology in the future is capable of injecting a human's intelligence into a remotely located body, a biological body". Cameron stated, "It's not an avatar in the sense of just existing as ones and zeroes in cyberspace. It's actually a physical body."
At Comic Con 2009, Cameron told attendees that he wanted to make "something that has this spoonful of sugar of all the action and the adventure and all that". He wanted this to thrill him "as a fan" but also have a conscience "that maybe in the enjoying of it makes you think a little bit about the way you interact with nature and your fellow man". He added that "the Na'vi represent something that is our higher selves, or our aspirational selves, what we would like to think we are" and that even though there are good humans within the film, the humans "represent what we know to be the parts of ourselves that are trashing our world and maybe condemning ourselves to a grim future".
The film also contains implicit criticism of America's conduct in the War on Terror and the impersonal nature of mechanized warfare in general, as acknowledged by Cameron. Although Cameron had said this was not the main point of Avatar, he did add that Americans had a "moral responsibility" to understand the impact of their country's recent military campaigns and those killed during them. In reference to the use of the term "shock and awe" in the film, Cameron stated, "We know what it feels like to launch the missiles. We don't know what it feels like for them to land on our home soil, not in America. I think there's a moral responsibility to understand that." Cameron additionally noted how mechanized warfare allows one "the ability to do warfare at a distance, at a remove, which seems to make it morally easier to deal with, but it's not". Avatar Trailer, from blogspot.com
Brent Roske, now creative director of Skycastle Entertainment in Burbank, Calif., was nominated for an Emmy for a series he co-produced, titled "Sophie Chase." Roske attended UMM from 1992-1994. ""Sophie Chase," by Roske and Chuck Bowman, has already won the Audience Choice Award at NATPE (The National Association of Television Program Executives) 2006. The Audience Choice Award was selected by the NATPEMobile audience after viewing selected clips of the nominated films, and then text messaging their winning selection to be counted live, on-site."
Read more about "Sophie Chase" by visiting www.sophiechase.com/
Coen brothers bring big bucks to Minn., Posted at: 02/25/2008 06:59:00 PM
By: Nicole Muehlhausen, Web Producer "Two Minnesotans won big at the 80th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Joel and Ethan Coen scored three Oscars, including Best Director—or directors in this case.
The two went from St. Louis Park High School to the talk of Hollywood and they plan on bringing their next feature to Minnesota.
This means big money for the state.
"There's just money that comes along with it and it happens really fast," said Lucina Winter.
Winter heads the Minnesota Film Board and said movies are moneymakers for Minnesota. The Coen’s new movie, ‘A Serious Man,’ could pump $12 million into the local economy.
"Very, very quick way to increase jobs in your state and to increase spending in your state," Winter told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "Current estimate right now, which is a pretty sound estimate, is that 100 Minnesotans will be directly paid by the production."
So what does that mean for the typical Minnesotan?
In the Coen’s film, ‘Fargo,’ the brothers rented entire restaurants for some of their scenes. Homes and businesses may become sets and the Coen brothers have reportedly scouted Hopkins and St. Louis Park.
"Minnesotans may have their home or business used as a location and there's location fees tied to that," said Winter.
More good news: The Coen’s won’t be the only show in town.
"This year we're going to have, in addition to Joel and Ethan, at least three other good sized movies. They're Indies, but they're nicely budgeted Indies," Winter said.
The Coen brothers will receive 15 percent of what they spend in the state, thanks to a film rebate."
Prairie Home Campanion, featuring Garrison Keillor (2006)
a friend-former UMM Alumn James H. is an extra!
-'Prairie Home Companion' movie already getting rave reviews "The Altman film, based on Garrison Keillor's long-running radio program, was shot in St. Paul over the summer with a cast including Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline. The working title was "The Last Broadcast," but Berney, aiming to capitalize on the name recognition of the 31-year-old radio program, recommended that the title revert to "A Prairie Home Companion."
"HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS) -- Actor Dean Cain, whose break-through role came as Superman/Clark Kent in the series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993), will host the Faith & Values Awards later this week on Hallmark Movie Channel.
Hallmark will telecast Movieguide®'s 20th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, 7 p.m. Central Time, and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
The Faith & Values Awards will also feature appearances by Jim Carrey, Robert Duvall, Kevin Sorbo, Corbin Bernsen, Miss America Teresa Scanlan, Pat Boone, AnnaSophia Robb, Grammy nominee Natalie Grant, singer B.J. Thomas, Antonio Banderas, Angela Lansbury, Billy Bob Thornton, Salma Hayek, Kristy Swanson, Bella Thorne, Gregg Sulkin, Jimmy Bennett, and the Muppets.
The awards will honor the Best Movies for Families and Best Movies for Mature Audiences. They also include the Faith & Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values, the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Performances in Movies and TV, and the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2011.
Movieguide® is a family guide to movies and entertainment founded by Dr. Ted Baehr.
Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org ), and its sister organization, the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC), is an international non– profit ministry dedicated to "redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media."
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"The Bible...in the beginning, a 20th Century Fox 1966 Dino De Laurentiis film starring John Huston
Richard Harris, Ava Gardner, George C. Scott, Peter O'Toole, Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryo and others. " Ted Baehr's top 20 movies of the 20th century from a Christian perspective:
-Ben Hur, from Christian Cinema "Most expensive film in history at the time of release, 7 years in the making and the winner of more international honors and praise than any other movie in history.
The film�s subtitle is � A story of the Christ �. It chronicles the life of Judah-Ben Hur and his rise to fame and power as a Jew in the midst of the persecution of Rome. Paralleling is the story of Jesus strating God�s kingdom on the earth. Tremendous drama is played out in the struggle of Rome�s power verses God�s love in Ben Hur�s life.
Also included in this video is a one hour documentary on the making of the film by Christopher Plummer.
Actors: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Haya Harareet, Martha Scott, Cathy Donnell and Sam Jaffe."-from faith centered resources His Words: General Lew Wallace, creator
There is a cool scene where Ben Hur's sister and mom get healed from leprosy!
Related Sites: The Ten Commandments (1956) More at IMDbPro », from imdb.com "..The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.. The Ten Commandments (1956 film)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "... is one of the most financially successful films made, grossing over $65 million at the North American box office. Adjusting for inflation, this makes it the fifth highest grossing movie in North America, with an adjusted total of $977 million in 2010.
In 1999, The Ten Commandments was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "epics" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. The Ten Commandments was acknowledged as the tenth best film in the epic genre.[3..
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"Hi there! Here's another video lesson from Kim Purcell at RealESL.com! Today's lesson has to do with using the simple present when you tell someone what a movie is about. Go to the blog for a more... "
""The man in the hat is back...". Kate Capshaw, now married to director Steven Spielberg, co-stars as Indiana's love interest. Generally credited (along with "Gremlins") with the creation of the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating. [Downloaded from www.movie-list.com] " Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Vocabulary, grammar, speaking and more skills all in one. (from esl-galaxy.com)
Download: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), from movies-on-demand.tv "Set in 1935, a professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action in his newest adventure. But this time he teams up with a night club singer named Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round. They end up in an Indian small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! They also discovered the great mysterious terror surrounding a booby-trapped temple known as the Temple of Doom! Thuggee is beginning to attempt to rise once more, believing that with the power of all five Sankara stones they can rule the world! Now, it's all up to Indiana to put an end to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom."
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The Wizard of Oz
"One of the best oldtime movies The Wizard of Oz."
SAMPLE LEARNING GUIDE TO:
THE WIZARD OF OZ "Description: A Kansas farm girl is caught in a tornado and knocked unconscious. She awakens far from home in a magical land with witches, wizards, little people, flying monkeys, and other fantastic characters. The movie describes her efforts to get back home. The film is adapted from the popular children's book by L. Frank Baum.
Somewhere over the rainbow lyrics
"Introductory Activities: Create an introduction to each movie that includes information such as the title, date of release, the names of the director and principal actors/actresses, and a few discussion questions to get students thinking about the themes of the movie...."
"On August 11, 2007, Evangelism Team (www.evangelismteam.com) met with Ten Four Ministries (www.tenfourministries.org) and many others from Adventures in Christianity (www.adventuresinchristianity.com), and Grace Community Church (www.gty.org) to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ on Hollywood Blvd. Hundreds heard the Gospel and there was an estimated 2000-3000 tracts passed out. After the good person test was given during the open air segment, check out what the hecklers had to say. It is quite interesting. Also, please pray for the hearers that God would open their eyes."
" ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- When brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick were looking for inspiration for their third feature-length film, they turned to God for help.
Kirk Cameron, known best for his role on "Growing Pains," stars in in the movie as Caleb Holt.
"To be honest, I prayed about it," Alex Kendrick said. "I said, 'God, would you give me an idea that will impact all of our culture.' "
While he was out jogging and praying one day, the idea for "Fireproof" came to him. He footed it over to his brother's house about a mile away and told him the story: A firefighter who lives by the mantra "never leave your partner behind" at work is about to do just that in his personal life.
The movie, which has a strong faith-based message and was made with a budget of just $500,000 and a volunteer cast that includes former teen idol Kirk Cameron, has been surprisingly successful. Its opening on 839 screens two weeks ago was strong enough to propel it to No. 4 at the box office.
It stayed in the top 10 last weekend, at No. 8, and has earned an estimated $13.6 million and spawned a best-selling book that started as a prop.
"The Love Dare," written by the Kendricks, was at No. 8 on Amazon's best-seller list Thursday afternoon. In the movie, Caleb Holt (Cameron) receives the book from his father, who tells him to follow its 40-day challenge to save his marriage.
Prompted by repeated questions during production about whether the book really existed, the Kendricks sat down last spring and prayed to God to help them write it.
"It's an answer to prayer. I don't think I'm smart enough to come up with something like that on my own," Alex Kendrick said in a telephone interview. "I do think these are legitimate principles and not something we pulled out of thin air."
The brothers said the overwhelmingly positive response to the film has been rewarding and cited the more than a thousand e-mailed stories posted on the movie's Web site from people who have seen it and been affected by it.
They acknowledged the movie is not as artistically or technically fancy as many films out of Hollywood, but say its appeal is its relatable message that things aren't always easy but marriage is worth fighting for. That message is conveyed by the title, which takes on a double meaning given that the main character is a firefighter.
"It doesn't mean when something is fireproof that fire will never come, but when fire comes, it can withstand it," Alex Kendrick said. "Every marriage will go through trials, or fire, as we say, and what's going to happen on the other side of that fire? Will your marriage survive?"
The Kendricks grew up in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, and now live in Albany in southwestern Georgia, where they are associate pastors at Sherwood Baptist Church. Along with the church's senior pastor, Michael Catt, they created Sherwood Pictures, a production company, in 2002 and scraped together $20,000 to put out their first film, "Flywheel," in 2003.
With a budget of $100,000, the company released "Facing the Giants" in 2006. That film ended up grossing more than $10 million. Cameron, best known for the TV sitcom "Growing Pains," saw the film and called the Kendricks to say he loved it and would be interested in working with them.
After auditioning several actors for the role of Caleb, the brothers decided to give Cameron a call, but they were skeptical. They saw the lead as a big burly guy, but Cameron flawlessly executed nine of the script's most difficult scenes during his audition and won them over.
Cameron, who turns 38 Sunday and has six kids after 17 years of marriage, said he is very aware of the challenges of marriage and wanted to be a part of something that encourages people to fight for that union.
"This is a movie that gives people hope and inspires them that they can save their marriages -- that love, in the end, won't fail, if you pour your heart and your time and your energy into the things that really matter," Cameron said.
The rest of the cast was made up of volunteers from the church. Most of the budget was spent on equipment and paying a handful of professionals to operate that equipment. The Kendricks, who plan to continue making films, wrote the script together, and 38-year-old Alex directed and edited the film, while 35-year-old Stephen worked as a producer. Catt served as executive producer.
Part of the film's success can be attributed to a marketing plan that targeted areas with large and enthusiastic faith-based communities. Distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films had a pretty good idea of where it might do well based on where "Facing the Giants" succeeded, said head of distribution Michael Silberman.
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It has done best so far in the Atlanta region as well as cities such as Dallas, Texas, Tampa, Florida, Orlando, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, Silberman said.
A marketing technique honed during the "Facing the Giants" release, the "action squad," helped bring the movie to some smaller markets that might not otherwise have seen it on opening weekend. If the film wasn't set to play within 30 miles of a community, an action squad could bring it there by buying 1,000 tickets.
The success may also be driven by the fact that the Christian community, including the Kendricks, is also starved for movies that reflect its values, which often is not the case with Hollywood fare.
"We want to go enjoy good movies, but we rarely ever see the kind of movie that we have been longing to see, where there's a moral message that's communicated, it's clean, you can watch it with your kids, your wife, your grandmother, but you can laugh and cry and be entertained," Stephen Kendrick said.
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FIREPROOF - Trailer - In Theaters September 26th!
"An action-packed love story, FIREPROOF will have audiences laughing, crying, and inching toward the edge of their seats as they are drawn into the world of a firefighter, his wife … and a marriage worth rescuing. Learn more about FIREPROOF—the upcoming release from Provident Films and Sherwood Pictures—at www.FireprooftheMovie.com. "
'Fireproof' is still generating heat, updated 2:24 p.m. EST, Fri February 13, 2009 By Eric Marrapodi CNN " WASHINGTON (CNN) -- You don't find many churches making theatrical films. You especially don't find many churches making films starring Kirk Cameron about a firefighter in a crumbling marriage addicted to online porn.
Kirk Cameron stars in "Fireproof," a film he was attracted to for its many themes, he said.
Kirk Cameron stars in "Fireproof," a film he was attracted to for its many themes, he said.
But that's the case for Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. In fact, the film, "Fireproof," was the church's third movie.
It was also an unexpected hit. In September it debuted at No. 4 at the box office, eventually bringing in $33.5 million and spawning two books: a novelization, also called "Fireproof," which is in The New York Times' best-seller list's Top 20; and a companion journal to the movie, "The Love Dare," which has sold more than 2 million copies.
Last week "Fireproof" debuted on DVD and climbed to No. 3 on Billboard's DVD chart, beating out "The Hulk" and "Saw V," among others.
"You don't often see movies made by churches do big numbers," said Billboard's Anthony Colombo. "Having [distributor] Sony behind it helps. Having Kirk Cameron helps, but for it to come out and do 136,000 pieces [DVDs] in its first week is pretty impressive."
"It should not be working," said Alex Kendrick, one of the pastors behind the film. "All I can say is we prayed for months and asked for it to honor God."
Kendrick said that Sherwood's pastors gathered for prayer two years ago and asked God to give them an idea for their next movie. They were just coming off making "Facing the Giants," a movie shot entirely in Albany on a $100,000 budget. It starred no professional actors -- just members of their church -- but made $10.2 million at the box office and sold 250,000 copies on DVD, launching the church into the national spotlight.
The church leaders lit upon the idea of troubled relationships. "Families and marriages are crumbing and we want to do something about it," said Kendrick, recalling the idea's genesis. "God give us the idea. We had no clue what would happen with it."
"Fireproof" began with a $500,000 budget and a fresh crop of church member/actors, but the film got a left-field boost when Cameron, best known as the 1980s heartthrob from the TV series "Growing Pains," read the script and asked to get involved.
"All throughout the movie ... there are issues of communications, money, sex, addiction, porn, extramarital affairs, feeling respected at work but not at home, feeling respected by friends but not at home," Cameron told CNN. The themes resonated with the actor and devout Christian, a husband of 17 years, and father of six, he said. That and the "cool action scenes," he added.
The makers of "Fireproof" tapped into the church market, arranging screenings for the National Baptist Pastors' convention before release and using word-of-mouth among church leaders.
However, says Cameron, the film was pitched to general audiences, not necessarily Christians.
"'Fireproof' was never marketed as a Christian movie. This is a movie about marriage," Cameron said. "The fact is, though, the gospel is presented, is done well, and it's a central part of the storyline."
Although many critics panned "Fireproof" -- "as sincere, uncynical and subtlety-free as a Sunday school lecture," said Variety -- audiences embraced it. "There's a huge market out there that's underserved. That market is there and a lot of people don't want to go there but there is a huge untapped market," Cameron said.
Paul Dergarabedian, a box office analyst for Hollywood.com, said he was shocked when the movie debuted in the top five its opening weekend.
"With 'Fireproof,' they really cracked the code with the major success with the film and have this appeal across the board," he said. "They didn't follow traditional marketing methods but they didn't need them for this film. ... Maybe that's why it worked out so well."
He added, "You're talking about a very successful property. ... The powers that be that put this together are really on to something."
Churches are using "Love Dare" and its companion curriculum as a teaching tool, says publisher B&H Publishing's Andrea Dennis, who calls "Fireproof" "a marriage movement." For Valentine's Day more than 9,000 churches are scheduled to show the film, many displaying the admonition "Fireproof Your Marriage" on their signs. B&H believes "Love Dare" could hang around on the best-seller list -- where it's already been for 19 weeks -- along the lines of Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life."
And the filmmakers have kept their success close to home. Alex Kendrick said the church used the profits from the movie to buy 82 acres of land and build a recreation center for the town, equipped with eight tennis courts, eight basketball courts and an equestrian area. A baseball diamond is on the way.
He's confident "Fireproof" will remain a successful brand. "When something grows the only reason it happens is people say it worked and you should try it," Kendrick said. "When it works and there's a legitimate impact, people want to be a part of it." "
Wow, I just saw the movie this evening (Friday, November 14th of 2008). It was goooood that I had to write my reflections right away. I've heard so much about this movie through Christian media and my local church, so I had to re"search" on it. I was so touched by the trailer that I had to send this movie promo through all means of media (e.g. "word of mouth", flyers around town, and e-mail) before watching it this evening. If you are reading this, I highly recommend this movie to you. I thought it was more for couples, but this movie is for anybody-it teaches about perseverance ("not giving-up"), beware of "gossip", inner struggles (e.g. selfishness, pornography, etc...), forgiving those you "hurt" (e.g. rejection) and those who has "hurt" you (still love them still!). I've been a Christian for over 12+ years and still need to grow! There was a scene in the movie that had me reflect about the "Passion"! I don't want to give too much about the movie, but watch it and invite as many people you know to it!
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Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...is a district in Los Angeles, California, situated west-northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word "Hollywood" is often used as a metonym of cinema of the United States. The nickname Tinseltown refers to the glittering, superficial nature of Hollywood and the movie industry. Today, much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding cities such as Burbank and the Los Angeles Westside but significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props, post-production and lighting companies, remain in Hollywood...
"...In 1886, H. H. Wilcox bought an area of Rancho La Brea that his wife then christened "Hollywood." Within a few years, Wilcox had devised a grid plan for his new community, paved Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) for his main street and was selling large residential lots to wealthy Midwesterners looking to build homes so they could "winter in California."
Prospect Avenue soon became a prestigious residential street populated with large Queen Anne, Victorian, and Mission Revival houses. Mrs. Daeida Wilcox raised funds to build churches, schools and a libraryand Hollywood quickly became a complete and prosperous community. The community incorporated in 1903, but its independence was short-lived, as the lack of water forced annexation in 1910 to the city of Los Angeles, which had a surplus supply of water.
In 1911, the Nestor Company opened Hollywood's first film studio in an old tavern on the corner of Sunset and Gower. Not long thereafter Cecil B. DeMille and D. W. Griffith began making movies in the areadrawn to the community for its open space and moderate climate...."
Hollywood on Fire Trailer
New documentary hopes to ’Light a Fire’ beneath Moviegoers and Hollywood Hopefuls
By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service Saturday, February 21, 2009 "LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (ANS) -- What do heartthrob crooner Pat Boone, movie star Jane Russell, former Backstreet Boys singer Brian Littrell, American martial artist, action star and television and film actor Chuck Norris -- and international journalist, author and broadcaster Dan Wooding all have in common?
Cover artwork for 'Hollywood on Fire' DVD
They are all featured in a new documentary called "Hollywood on Fire," which explores the past, present and future of faith in the entertainment industry, and explains why moviegoers are the most important factor in the entertainment business and how the average filmgoer can make a difference in what movies Hollywood produces.
The movie explores how Hollywood began as a Christian community and how churches became the first movie theatres in America. It features more than two-dozen professionals who have kept their faith and maintained their integrity while working in such a high profile business.
If you watch movies or TV, then you’re already a part of the entertainment industry. Discover why you are the most important person in Hollywood and how you can make a difference right from your home.
Have you dreamed of taking the path to Hollywood filmmaking and want to stay grounded in your faith? Find out if you really have what it takes from those who have done it.
'Hollywood on Fire' recognizes those talented individuals who have risen to the top and are striving with excellence to be a positive influence in the world of entertainment.
Consequently, there is once again the opportunity to inspire a whole new generation of filmmakers to have power in the Hollywood system and influence around the world.
Produced by the Saylors Brothers, Kyle and Kenny, the 105-minute movie hit stores on February 24, and is available online at Amazon.com or from the Saylors' website www.hollywoodonfire.com .
The Saylors Brothers' partnered with Pisces Productions, and the film is narrated by Jeff Magruder, and features the music of "One Song" by Erica Lane.
Kyle Saylors, director, told ASSIST News: "I was working on secular projects, and I woke up one night thinking 'God, what am I doing, I want to do something that works for you.' I opened the Bible and it fell to the scripture Matthew 5:14: 'You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid,' and then I thought no matter what I do, I can be like a candle. If all the Christians in Hollywood would come together, it will appear as a fire."
Who is the intended audience?
Saylors explained: "This was really made for Christians in the fact that there is a big misconception about Hollywood being void of Christians. It would be easy to make a documentary exposing the bad things in Hollywood, but this shows the good things being done."
Saylors was asked what the producers hope to achieve with its production?
Saylors said: "To inform people and open eyes that God is doing things in Hollywood. I want people to be inspired, especially if they do work in the entertainment industry. Really, it translates into whatever you're doing. Whether you rent movies or watch television, everyone has a part in the movie business. Your decisions on where you put your money and what films you support decide what Hollywood will make next. God has always had a presence in the arts throughout history, and there should continue to be a presence."
ANS also asked Saylors how and why were the participants chosen?
"We started out with the people we were connected to, most of which were friends of friends," said Saylors.
He added: "We had an idea of their integrity, and some we just called up that we new had a good story to tell. Some people we wanted refused to be interviewed, and some we did not expect were. We believe God allowed the right people to be featured in this film. We wanted many perspectives, not just from actors, but also writers, producers, directors, and others behind the scenes."
On being featured in the new documentary, Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News, who has covered crime, religion, and show business in his 40-year journalistic career, commented: "I first met the Saylors brothers on the Red Carpet at the Movieguide® awards some years ago. We were all filming interviews and we began to get to know each other.
"They finally asked me if I would be one of the people in the film as a Christian journalist working in Hollywood."
Wooding said his interview with the Saylors was filmed by Kyle Saylors at the Compassion Radio studios in Lake Forest, California.
Wooding is one of more than 60 Christian professionals, including producers, directors, actors, studio executives, comedians, stunt men, journalists, recording artists and critics, interviewed in the documentary that chronicles the past, present and future of faith in the entertainment industry.
He now runs the ASSIST News Service (ANS) -- www.assistnews.net -- which provides news to some 2,600 media outlets several times a day and hosts two Los Angeles-based radio shows, "Front Page Radio" and "Window on the World."
Wooding has worked as a senior reporter for The Christian, the Middlesex County Times, the Sunday People and the Sunday Mirror in London before moving to the United States. He has interviewed many Hollywood stars over the years including Johnny Mathis, Burt Lancaster, David Soul, Kenny Rogers, Chuck Norris, Jane Russell, Mickey Rooney and Pat Boone.
Wooding has worked as a writer and broadcaster with Billy Graham in Moscow, Russia; Essen, Germany and, more recently, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He wrote the cover story on Billy Graham, his wife Ruth, and son Franklin, for the March/April 1996 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.
He is also the author of some 42 books including "From Tabloid to Truth," which is his autobiography and includes several chapters on his life in Birmingham, England. For more information on the book, go to www.fromtabloidtotruth.com
To watch a six-minute promo of the film, go to www.hollywoodonfire.com . "
"In the world of comedy, more human beings have seen a movie directed by Tom Shadyac than have ever seen a movie directed by Woody Allen. From 1994-2007, Shadyac had a nearly unprecedented run of comedy hits, from "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" to "The Nutty Professor" to "Liar Liar" to "Bruce Almighty." His style was slick, impersonal and to-the-point: He delivered movies on time, under budget and with little-to-no fuss. It made him a millionaire. He now lives in a trailer park.
He's there by choice. After 2007's "Evan Almighty" -- coincidentally his worst received, most over-budget film -- he decided that he wanted no part of the Hollywood life. So he sold his Pasadena mansion and most of his possessions, moved to a trailer park in north Malibu and began work on his documentary "I Am." What's "I Am" about? It's about how human beings are too competitive, about whatever is hard-wired in our brains that makes us want to work against each other rather than cooperate. That's quite a step from "Patch Adams."
What made Shadyac make such a drastic turn? It might have been a concussion he suffered a few years ago -- Shadyac says it isn't, but you know, of course he'd say that, concussion and all -- or it might have just been the emptiness that seeps in when you realize that making massively popular Jim Carrey comedies just doesn't do it for you like it used to. In our favorite detail from the story, he now requires his agent and representatives, before they take a meeting with him, "paddle-board in the ocean with him before anyone can start talking business."...
"Yeah, I know. This list sucks ass. Hate comments if you want. I don't really care anymore. :) Have a nice day
10. The Ghost Breakers
9. Young Frankenstein
8. Napoleon Dynamite
7. When Harry Met Sally
4. Troll 2
3. Napoleon Dynamite
2. Shark Attack 3
1. Airplane "
*note some sexual content
"CANADA (ANS) -- The highly-anticipated sci-fi flick TRON: Legacy owned the weekend box-office during its debut December 16, 2010. TRON: Legacy is based on the groundbreaking live-action-computer-animated film TRON (1982) directed by Steven Lisberger. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp2gGqgn3Fw)
Synopsis: Arcade owner Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is digitized by a laser into ENCOM's mainframe computer when the evil Master Control Program (MCP) senses his intrusion. Flynn is sent to the Game Grid where his only chance of escape is with the help of Tron (Bruce Boxleitner), a heroic security program.
"John 1 says He became flesh. God became flesh incarnate and walked among us... Flynn's a programmer. He's a User. And although in the story he's abducted, we have the classic idea of Creator incarnate. We have the classic idea: the Programmer became program and dwelt among us. That's what happens!"--Pastor James Harleman, Mars Hill Church, Lake City Campus
Test your knowledge of some of the biblical connections to TRON (1982)
with this 25 question quiz. END OF LINE...
TRON: LEGACY Official Trailer
"LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS) -- Filmmaker, author, and artist Erwin McManus along with publisher David C Cook has announced Signs, a series of five spiritually themed films based on his teachings at Mosaic in Los Angeles, CA, releasing in 2012 and 2013; the first, Earth, came out on March 1, 2012.
Filled with high-definition imagery of mountains and fields, billowing clouds and majestic night skies, the filmmakers of Earth provide a compelling backdrop for the meditations of McManus, who here describes his childhood battle with depression (“My mom and dad came to me and said they wanted to send me to a psychiatrist, and I started screaming, ‘I’m not crazy, I’m not crazy’ ... I realized later, I sounded absolutely crazy”) and the biblical assertion—usually attributed to Solomon—that there is nothing new under the sun.
A news release from Karen Campbell Media (www.karencampbellmedia.com), says that in Earth, McManus—over the backdrop of reflective music and lush imagery—wrestles with hope and meaning, and whether the planet has anything to say about spiritual realities. He concludes it does, though sometimes “we don’t have the eyes to see it.” McManus urges his audience to “see” over the course of the film as he talks about “the beauty and majesty of this earth, this planet, this solar system, this galaxy, this ever-expanding, unexplainable universe.”
One of the unique features of the planet, McManus says, is “God created it to produce life; that every aspect of this earth is a picture of God’s creative essence, that every creative act produces life.”
He talks about a planet “whose water replenishes itself and quenches our thirst,” “an atmosphere that somehow fills our lungs with exactly what we need to breathe deeply,” and “a solar system that’s designed so perfectly that the earth is not too close to the sun where we’re consumed or too far where we’re frozen to death.”
Dan Wooding interviewing Erwin McManus at the Crystal Cathedral on a previous occasion
McManus concludes the ten-minute film by reframing Solomon’s pessimism: “Remember how Solomon said that there was nothing new under the sun? Well Isaiah disagrees; in Isaiah 43, he says put away the former things, do not dwell in the past, behold, I am doing a new thing. ... For a long time I felt obligated to agree with Solomon, but then I began realizing this was Solomon’s worst moment. ... Every time the sun comes up, it is a promise that his mercies, his compassion, his loving-kindness, his imagination, his creativity, is waiting to bring the new.”
He said, “It is my hope that Earth is inspiring and provokes thought. That it makes people think in new ways about God and about the potential for their lives.”
This five-film series (each film is 8-13 minutes in length) from writer, filmmaker, and storyteller Erwin McManus uses five metaphors, each represented by an element: Water, Fire, Wind, Wood, and Earth. Erwin’s goal for the series is that people would walk away never seeing water, wind, fire, wood, or earth the same again, but associate these elements with God’s creative work.
For more information, please contact Karen Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org
"HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS) -- Self-described “Hollywood Animal” Joe Eszterhas, the blockbuster screenwriter famous for steamy eroticism and dark thrillers, says God found him and life’s never been better.
Basic Instinct and God? Showgirls and Jesus?
Seems the master storyteller is telling a new story.
"My life has turned inside-out," Eszterhas wrote in the Washington Post’s On Faith (http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2008/09/my_base_instincts_and_gods_lov.html).
Films from Eszterhas' screenplays have grossed over one billion box office dollars. Time Magazine once called (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/february-6-2009/joe-eszterhas/2170/) him "America's king of sex and violence." Jack Valenti, the late head of the Motion Picture Association, once labeled (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,983470,00.html) him "desperately ill and in need of medical attention."
Once Hollywood’s highest-paid screenwriter, Eszterhas has said (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/february-6-2009/joe-eszterhas/2170/) he’s "been a bad boy all my life. I was the king-daddy of sex and violence, the wild hair, the rogue elephant, the drinking, drugging, wild man, the cocaine cowboy."
Eszterhas’ Hungarian childhood included almost five years in refugee camps. Acutely poor, he ate pine-needle soup and suffered from rickets. Smoking and alcohol use begun in youth haunted his adulthood. He had surgery for throat cancer; medical experts warned that continued substance use would kill him. With a family he cherished, Joe was desperate to live. But he couldn’t relinquish his addictions.
Finally, feeling hopeless, sobbing alone on a curb, "I cried and begged God to help me," Eszterhas writes. "I hadn't prayed since I was a boy. I had made fun of God and those who loved God in my writings. And now, through my sobs, I heard myself asking God to help me … and from the moment I asked, He did."
"I didn't at first understand why He did. I didn't deserve His help, I thought. I was unworthy. I ignore Him for forty years and then suddenly I ask Him to help me and He does? It took me some time to understand that God helped me because He loves me. Because even though we don't deserve God's love, God loves us – all of us."
Eszterhas replaced his excesses with prayer and long walks. He’s written a memoir, Crossbearer (http://www.amazon.com/Crossbearer-Memoir-Faith-Joe-Eszterhas/dp/031238596X), "as a thank-you to God. Not just for saving my life, but for saving me."
The front of the book quotes this New Testament statement (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans%205:1-2;&version=77): "Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God." Faith, peace, access, hope; sounds as if it could be Eszterhas' new personal theme.
Will It Last?
Road to Damascus? Perhaps. Skeptics watch. Some feel he’s just swung from one emotional excess to another. But it has been seven years. His wife, Naomi, says the transformation has been gradual but real. It appears to be lasting. They’re living in Ohio, raising their sons and continuing to give thanks:
"I am witness to and the beneficiary of God's love for all of us," Joe writes. "I am witness, too, to the fact that His love is so strong that it was even able to open my rusty old closed heart."
"I will thank Him forever because He gave me new life and a heart which is truly able to love for the first time in my life. His love is mine.”
A hopeful postscript: Eszterhas says his throat surgeon has pronounced him "cured." The man who removed about eighty percent of Joe’s larynx says the tissue has regenerated such that evidence of the cancer is gone. The surgeon called it "a miracle."
Amazing medical development. Amazing life changes. Amazing grace. "
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Early life
Woo was born amidst the chaos of the Chinese Civil War in 1946. The Christian Woo family, faced with persecution during Mao Zedong's early anti-bourgeois-Nationalist purges after the communist takeover of China, fled to Hong Kong when he was five. Impoverished, the Woo family lived in the slums at Shek Kip Mei. His father was a teacher, though rendered unable to work by tuberculosis, and his mother was a manual laborer on construction sites. The family was rendered homeless by the big Shek Kip Mei fire of 1953. Charitable donations from disaster relief efforts enabled the family to relocate, however, violent crime had by then become commonplace in Hong Kong housing projects.
Woo went to Concordia Lutheran School and received a Christian education (his Christian background shows influences in his films). As a young boy, Woo had wanted to be a Christian minister. He later found a passion for movies influenced by the French New Wave especially Jean-Pierre Melville. Woo has said he was shy and had difficulty speaking, but found making movies a way to explore his feelings and thinking and would "use movies as a language"....
* Woo was quoted in the June 2000 edition of Premiere magazine:
" I love doves. I am a Christian. Doves represent the purity of love, beauty. They're spiritual. Also the dove is a messenger between people and God... When I shot The Killer, these two men, the killer and the cop, they work in different ways, but their souls are pure, because they do the right thing. In the church scene, I wanted to bring them together. I wanted to use a metaphor of the heart. I came up with doves—they're white. When the men die, I cut to the dove flying—it's the soul, rescued and safe and also pure of heart. So the dove became one of my habits: I used it in Hard Boiled, Face/Off, and in Mission: Impossible II... The Religious Affiliation of Director
John Woo, from adherents.com
I have just learned from one of our field leaders that a GFA pastor and his
church are under severe attack (story below). Please pray with us for this
pastor and his flock.
As you likely know, "The Passion of the Christ" hits theaters this week. Many
people have an opportunity to view perhaps the most riveting film ever made on
the sacrifice of Christ.
While we certainly pray and hope for revival in this country, we must continue
to remember the millions of people in remote Asian villages who have yet to hear
about Jesus for the first time.
Through God's provision, native missionaries with Gospel for Asia are reaching
their people with "Man of Mercy," a film on the life of Jesus that was made in
India [Info: http://www.gfa.org/film]. Viewers do not watch this movie in a
theater. Rather, missionaries set up the film outdoors, often drawing large
crowds of people. As these precious people see the sacrifice of Jesus for the
first time, many respond to His love with tears and weeping.
By God's grace, tens of thousands have already become Christians through a "Man
of Mercy" showing. Yet 500,000 villages in India alone are still still lack even
one Gospel witness. Pray these communities are soon reached with the hope of
For those who have never heard,
It's All True (1942) made in Brazil by Orson Welles, who was cursed by a witchdoctor...
How do you get rid of a curse? Repent and ask God to forgive you all of your sins
-Movie News from Brazil " The story behind this film that "never was", is filled with cruel tragedy, and Orson Welles himself, claimed it was the manifestation of a curse. According to Welles, this was the curse of a macumbeiro, (from the Afro-Brazilian religion Macumba); or as Welles more dramatically claims, it was the curse of a "Brazilian Voodoo witch-doctor" he had met in Rio de Janeiro in 1942. Whether the story of the curse is true or not, the rest of the story� is all true...." Cinematical "It's true that Welles faced pretty much nothing but professional disappointment from that point forward. Touch of Evil, his potential masterpiece, was also famously taken away from him, and much of his remaining work was either left unfinished, or is for various reasons still little-seen. He became something of a gypsy in his later years, and was notoriously forced at various points to both take humiliating commercial voice-over work and to crash at Peter Bogdanovich's manse, where he earned his keep through performing the uneviable task of teaching Cybill Shepherd how to act. And, crazy as it may seem, a lot of people think The Curse of '42 has something to do with all that. A group of filmmakers reportedly hired a priestess to lift the curse in the early 90s; still, the myth continues to hold a certain kind of weight. According to Oja Kodar, who was Welles' girlfriend in the later years, an unamed Welles scholar "refused to come" to a Welles retrospective held at the recent Locarno Film Festival, "because he believes that everything that talks about Orson Welles is kind of cursed." Still others maintain that Welles' troubles had nothing to do with the supernatural realm. "There is a curse on him," says film historian/sometime Welles associate Joseph McBride, "But I think it is more from capitalism." " Movie Usenet.com "A witchdoctor due to take part in the film puts a curse on
Welles, sticking a red-threaded steel needle through the script
after Welles tells him the money has run out.
Forever after, Welles's career was dogged by misfortune. Legal
disputes over his films have raged since his death in 1985, and
much of his work remains unseen." Wikipedia ...was the title of an unfinished Orson Welles documentary about South America shot in 1942.
Welles was asked by Nelson Rockefeller to make the film to help support the war effort, and was sent down to Brazil to shoot the footage on location. RKO quickly cut the funding for the project after dissatisfaction with the way the project was being run. All the footage shot by Welles was locked up in the RKO vaults, and for many years was believed to be lost, until it resurfaced in 1993. The original documentary would have consisted of three short pieces, My Friend Bonito, Carnaval, and Four Men on a Raft."
-Orson Welles Wikipedia