Paul Verhoeven’s Jesus movie, rumour #239

Paul Verhoeven has been talking about making his own movie on the life of Jesus for years — indeed, decades. He certainly does have gospels on the brain; apart from being a member of the Jesus Seminar, he has also talked about the subversive Christ imagery in, say, Robocop (1987), to cite one of his better films.So when I hear that he told Empire magazine, in an interview that was picked up by WENN, which was passed on by Cinema… Read more

The Nativity Story — the junket report’s up!

My second article on The Nativity Story — including interviews with screenwriter Mike Rich and producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey — is now up at Read more

Mary in the movies — the article’s up!

My article on depictions of Mary in the movies — which cites both versions of Ben-Hur (1925, 1959), The King of Kings (1927), King of Kings (1961), The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Jesus (1979), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Color of the Cross and The Nativity Story, among others — is now up at CT Movies. Read more

Nativity Story producers, writer look beyond the Christian “niche”

LOS ANGELES, CA — It has been over 20 years since a major Hollywood studio made a live-action Bible movie for the big screen. The last such movie was King David, with Richard Gere, and it was regarded by many as a disappointment — both for the revisions it made to the biblical story, and because it flopped big time at the box office. The few Bible-related films that have come out since then have tended to be either self-financed… Read more

Mary Goes to the Movies / How the mother of Jesus has been portrayed through a century of filmmaking.

Making a movie about Jesus is difficult enough. Anyone who would dramatize the life of Christ must strike a fine balance between his full humanity and his full divinity, and many filmmakers have erred on one side or the other. But at least the Scriptures give us ample data to work with, and at least there is broad agreement across church boundaries that Jesus was, and is, both divine and human. But making a movie about Mary poses even thornier… Read more

Nativity — Catherine Hardwicke — bonus quotes

It’s time for more extended and deleted quotes from the Nativity Story junket! The interviewee this time is Catherine Hardwicke, director of this film, as well as Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005). Portions of this roundtable interview, which took place in L.A., already appeared in my first junket report.Asked how she made the transition from the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” of her previous teen-oriented films, she replied:CH: This movie is about the most famous teenager in… Read more

Eddie Murphy to star in Beverly Hills Cop … IV?

Yeesh. Sylvester Stallone is promoting his new Rocky and Rambo sequels, and Bruce Willis is shooting Live Free or Die Hard. And now Variety reports that Eddie Murphy is working on Beverly Hills IV. If that Indiana Jones IV project ever gets off the ground, the ’80s blockbuster revival will be almost complete. (And just for the record, the only film I’ve seen in this series — mainly, as I recall, because some high-school classmates dragged me to it –… Read more

Gibson turns down a Scorsese role … again?

It seems like, every time he directs a movie of his own, Mel Gibson tells someone he turned down a role in a Martin Scorsese flick.In an interview with Raymond Arroyo on the set of The Passion of the Christ (2004), he claimed that Scorsese had offered him the part of Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). Now, with Apocalypto only nine days away, he tells Entertainment Weekly:You’re identified primarily as a director now. Have you decided to… Read more

Sundance unveils its 2007 line-up

Variety reports that Sundance has announced its 2007 line-up, and if we cherry-pick the films with Christian themes, we get:”Teeth,” directed and written by Mitchell Lichtenstein, a conceptually provocative yarn about a devoutly Christian high school girl (Jess Wexler) who finds she possesses a “physical advantage” over men when she becomes the victim of a sexual assault. John Hensley, Josh Pais, Hale Appleman and Lenny von Dohlen also appear.”For the Bible Tells Me So,” directed by Daniel Karslake, which looks… Read more

Commentarybites: Rocky! Nativity! Casino!

They’re not reviews, exactly, but three interesting commentaries have gone up in the last day or two.1. Focus on the Family’s Citizen Link took part in an interview with Sylvester Stallone, who has been aggressively promoting the upcoming Rocky Balboa (AKA Rocky VI) to the Christian market:”The more I go to church,” he said, “and the more I turn myself over to the process of believing in Jesus and listening to His Word and having Him guide my hand, I… Read more

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