Patheos is pleased to share an exclusive featurette for Denial that highlights the importance of interfaith dialogue in a world that seems to be increasingly divided. Denial is based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. The movie portray’s Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In her defense, her legal team actually had to prove the historical truth of the Holocaust…. Read more

“Scripture quotin’ and axe totin'” seems to be the best description for Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), one of the colorful characters in director Antoine Fuqua’s adaptation of the classic western, The Magnificent Seven (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures). With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns, Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke),… Read more

It’s opening day for the highly-anticipated new Ben-Hur movie and if Thursday night’s preview numbers are any indication, millions of movie-goers will be lining up to see Judah Ben-Hur’s epic journey this weekend. British actor Jack Huston (Boardwalk, American Hustle), who plays the film’s leading role of Judah Ben-Hur, shared what drew him to this film at a recent press interview in Los Angeles: The lovely thing about this film is that it’s for everybody — faith or no faith. If you’re looking at it from… Read more

The fabulous Renee Zellweger is back, and she’s paired up with the equally stellar Greg Kinnear in what looks to be a fantastic (and tear-jerker!) movie, Same Kind of Different As Me.  Based on the book of the same title that was a New York Times best-seller, it’s the story of an international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) who must befriend a dangerous homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife (Renée Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of… Read more

US News and World Report has declared that “the 2016 presidential election may be America’s last chance to elect a leader who will halt climate change.” National Geographic Channel (NGC) (@NatGeoChannel) today announced that the second season of the Emmy award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously will premiere on a special date and time — Sunday, Oct. 30, at 8/7c — just over a week before the presidential election. Years of Living Dangerously will move to its regularly scheduled time, Wednesdays at 10/9c, beginning Nov…. Read more

An insider’s report from Variety’s PURPOSE Summit By Matthew Faraci A few days ago, entertainment professionals from all over the world gathered at Variety’s annual Faith and Family Entertainment event—the PURPOSE Summit—in Beverly Hills. This exclusive, insider meeting serves as the hub for a vibrant and rapidly-growing sector in Hollywood, values-focused movies and programming. For the very first time, PURPOSE featured a fresh FIRST LOOK! exert panel, detailing what’s coming down the pike in the space. As moderator, I had to sift through dozens… Read more

Watch the inspiring for KING & COUNTRY “Ceasefire” music video. BEN-HUR is in theaters August 19th — visit the Patheos Movie Club for more conversation and resources! BEN-HUR is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea,… Read more

Director Timur Bekmambetov says he was honored to be asked by MGM to direct the studio’s reinterpretation of the classic novel BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST, filmed for the big screen twice before. But Bekmambetov only took the job after he was certain he could implement his vision for spotlighting a different theme from the 1880 novel than the famous Charlton Heston version of the film did. “The 1959 movie was about revenge, not about forgiveness,” Bekmambetov explained. “For me that was the… Read more

I hate to admit it, but I never saw the epic 1959 movie Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, until just last month. I had been invited to see an advance screening of the new Ben-Hur coming out this summer — starring Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, and Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus — so I figured I’d better do my homework. I downloaded the huge movie file (the original is nearly 4 hours long) and settled in to see what all the fuss was about. (It won a record 11 Academy awards, an… Read more

On August 19, a fresh, new Ben-Hur will be charging into theaters to tell, once again, the epic tale of brotherly betrayal and revenge for a new generation. At a recent press event in Los Angeles, we got the chance to speak with executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (The Bible, A.D., and Son of God) about this new imagining of a classic film and why they were drawn to the project. What attracted you to this production of Ben-Hur? Mark Burnett: Gary Barber, the chairman of MGM, had… Read more




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