“Hollywood’s highest-ranking Evangelical Christian” — and a key figure in the Bible-movie revival — leaves Paramount


From Darren Aronofsky’s Noah to Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur, if there was any major Hollywood studio that committed itself to the recent Bible-movie revival, it was Paramount. (Fox came a close second by producing Exodus: Gods and Kings and distributing Son of God.) And Paramount owed its interest in the genre partly to the fact that its vice chairman, Rob Moore, was an evangelical Christian.

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The Hollars producer Tom Rice on looking for Christian themes in movies that aren’t necessarily “Christian movies”


Tom Rice is a Christian. He is also a movie producer. But that doesn’t mean he makes “Christian movies”. Instead, he says, he makes movies that reflect his Christian worldview on a broader level, and to date that has meant making uplifting films like Begin Again (original title: Can a Song Save Your Life?) and The Way Way Back, as well as grittier films like the gambling-addict drama Mississippi Grind.

Rice’s newest film The Hollars — which expands to three hundred theatres this week after opening in limited release a few weeks ago — is another case in point.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Censorship woes in Malaysia

Round-ups: Jun 27 | Jul 4 | 18 | 25 | Aug 1 | 8 | 11 | 15 | 18 | 22 | 25 | Sep 1 | 8


Just one or two quick items about the new Ben-Hur, which is still rolling out overseas.

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


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


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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