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Literary agent Marty Bowen had represented screenwriter Mike Rich for several films, including “Finding Forrester,” “The Rookie” and “Radio.” Both men were, and are, Christians, and when Rich told Bowen in 2005 he was interested in writing a script based on the Christian nativity, Bowen encouraged him. That set off a chain of events leading […] Read More

Michael Moore updated supporters July 7 on his upcoming film, “Sicko,” which examines America’s health-care industry. Moore said he’s spent most of 2006 shooting the movie and has gotten about 75 percent of it in the can. The Weinstein Co. will release “Sicko” theatrically sometime in 2007, which is later than the initial release date […] Read More

Terrence Malick, writer and director of “The New World,” so shuns media attention that reporters rarely, if ever, get to ask him questions. Instead, we poke and prod those who work with him for clues about the man who took degrees from Harvard and the American Film Institute, then chose to hide out and emerge […] Read More

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” highlights family both on screen and off. Not only does the story revolve around four siblings separated from parents, but the production itself of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale mirrored family issues in all sorts of ways. Members of the cast and crew sat down […] Read More

“Munich” won’t arrive in theaters until Dec. 23, but Steven Spielberg’s historical drama/thriller is already catching media flak for its alleged approach. Various commentators and organizations have expressed concern over Spielberg’s angle, sources, motives and even his sensitivity. Spielberg and company have said precious little about the film, which dramatically recreates Israel’s counter-terrorist response to […] Read More

In 1956, five American missionaries were killed by Waodoni tribesmen in Ecuador. The story gained recognition through a Life magazine spread and a book, Through Gates of Splendor. Now, 50 years later, a documentary and feature-length movie are putting the incident and its aftermath in front of a new generation. “End of the Spear,” the […] Read More

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

A new collector’s edition DVD of the biblical epic “Ben-Hur” comes not only with four discs and loads of special features, but also a Bible study guide. “Ben-Hur,” the 1959 movie starring Charlton Heston that won 11 Academy Awards, was released Tuesday from Warner Home Video. The movie was based on the book Ben-Hur: A […] Read More

More and more, Hollywood is going after “Passion” dollars. That is the people who paid to see “The Passion of the Christ.” Mel Gibson’s controversial 2004 movie, which grossed more than $370 million in the United States alone, convinced many Hollywood executives that religious America was a largely untapped movie-going market. Quite a few films, […] Read More

More than 20 years ago, “The Exorcist” scared the daylights out of moviegoers and stirred interest in demon possession and exorcism. In 1973, however, demon possession wasn’t playing just on screen. It was playing out in the life of a young German woman named Anneliese Michel. Michel was eventually declared demon-possessed by the Catholic Church […] Read More