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Faith and Films

A major studio division is now setting up online shop for Christian consumers. Fox Home Entertainment recently launched, a Web site promoting Twentieth Century Fox films with Christian and/or family themes. Offerings include old biblical epics like “The Robe,” animation like “The Roach Approach,” and the blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ.” Currently about […] Read More

Movie stars aren’t just about paparazzi, private jets and plentiful cash. Some of them are also about religion. Mel Gibson’s traditional Catholicism, which helped prod him into making “The Passion of the Christ,” has set the bar for a celebrity-religion mixture that yields a film. Newspapers and magazines have been intensely talking about religion and […] Read More

The conflict between good and evil is an age-old battle and one that Hollywood never tires of tackling, whether couched in westerns, science-fiction or religious wranglers. “Constantine,” which opens nationwide Feb. 18, is based on the comic book Hellblazer. It features the very human John Constantine as a man with the ability to see demons […] Read More

Actress Cicely Tyson was still reeling from two significant events in her life when she walked into a room full of religion press at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif. First was the death of her colleague and friend Ossie Davis, whose passing at age 87 had occurred only hours earlier. Second was her […] Read More

The new movie “Constantine,” based on the Hellblazer comic book, derives its drama—and special effects—from life’s most central questions and themes. But don’t expect a theological treatise or an in-depth exploration of God’s nature. “Constantine” is 1 percent theology and 99 percent Hollywood entertainment. The movie, which opens nationwide Feb. 18, centers around John Constantine […] Read More

In the upcoming movie “Constantine,” actor Keanu Reeves plays a man who can see demons as they walk the earth and bait human souls. While a role laced with religious themes isn’t anything new to Reeves, he’s not letting on about his spiritual side. At a recent press conference in Beverly Hills to promote the […] Read More

Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” scored three Academy Award nominations when the list of nominees was announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. The controversial but lucrative film earned nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Makeup. “The Passion,” which grossed roughly $370 million at the domestic box-office, sparked much debate in […] Read More

More and more books about film and faith are hitting the market, but they will all have a tough time outdoing Robert K. Johnston’s Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary Film. Just released by Baker Academic, Useless Beauty—which takes its name from an Elvis Costello song—is a specific work, by which I mean […] Read More

“A Walk to Remember,” which religious audiences praised for its positive portrayal of teenage faith, will air on the WB network Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. ET. Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, “A Walk to Remember” stars Mandy Moore as a shy and conservative Baptist preacher’s daughter. She lives her faith […] Read More

A few years ago, the Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, gave its stamp of approval to an animated film on the life of Muhammad, Islam’s founder. The academy’s council approved it Aug. 20, 2001. A few weeks later, the Al Qaeda terrorist network attacked New York and Washington, D.C., and the film’s […] Read More