Exclusive: Randy LaHaye on playing the Antichrist, planning his own movie about the Resurrection, and rebooting the Rapture with Vanished | Left Behind: Next Generation

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The end is near — again! But this time it has more of a young-adult sensibility.

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Win a pass to a sneak peek of Queen of Katwe in Vancouver!

queenofkatwe2Queen of Katwe tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a poor girl from Uganda who becomes an internationally celebrated chess champion with the help of a Christian missionary (played by Selma’s David Oyelowo) — and I’ve got several passes to give away to an advance screening this Thursday, September 22, in Vancouver. Send me an e-mail at filmchatgiveaways@gmail.com and I’ll notify the winners on Wednesday morning — and if there are any passes left over, it’ll be first-come-first-serve to anyone who e-mails me after that. Queen of Katwe is directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and also stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) as Mutesi’s mother. The film will have a limited release this Friday before going wide September 30.

Box office: Three new wide releases flop in North America, but Bridget Jones’s Baby is a hit overseas

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Three new movies — including a couple of long-delayed threequels — got off to a poor start in North America this week, but one of them was a hit overseas, at least.

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If the “virtual reality” Jesus movie is full of distractions, can it still help pastors teach and evangelize?

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The Catholic News Agency has a new story about Jesus VR, the “virtual reality” Jesus movie that was previewed at the Venice film festival earlier this month.

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Newsbites: Mary Magdalene! Edgardo Mortara! Biblically!

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Just a few quick recent news items with a religious hook.

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Watch: The Rapture strikes in Left Behind spin-off Vanished

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It has been twenty-one years since Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins wrote the first book in the Left Behind series, and over the years, that book has spawned twelve sequels, three prequels, an astounding forty spin-off novels aimed at the young-adult market (called Left Behind: The Kids), and four feature-length movies.

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