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

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

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

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

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

I really don’t mean to pick on, but some of their word choices when they mis-transcribe a Q&A; are rather funny.Last month, I noted the appearance of the word “extensionalism” — instead of what I think was supposed to be “existentialist” — in their Q&A; with Battlestar Galactica producer Ronald D. Moore.Now, they have posted this interview with Mike Rich, who wrote The Nativity Story. And check out this sentence:Actually, the scenes that were the most difficult I think… Read more

Two things about The Nativity Story, which opens this Friday.First, at the junket two weeks ago, producer Marty Bowen said at one roundtable interview, “Frankly, what I hope is controversial about this film is the lack of controversy. I really do. I think this is a movie for families, and I hope that people embrace it for that.”But controversy can help a movie’s box-office chances — just look at The Passion of the Christ — so it may or may… Read more

Or, to be more precise, every singer who has sung a James Bond theme song over the opening credits of a James Bond movie is still alive. Two Bond-related singers — Matt Monro of From Russia with Love (1963) and Louis Armstrong of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) — died years ago, but their songs appeared at other, later points in the film and not over the opening credits.More such trivia here. (Only two of these vocalists — one… Read more

It’s time for more extended and deleted quotes from the Nativity Story junket! The interviewee this time is Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.Portions of this roundtable interview already appeared in my first junket report, and an earlier post to this blog sprung off of a comment she made about the Iranian mini-series Saint Mary.Asked how she sees the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth, Aghdashloo responded:SA: The first thing I learned about Elizabeth in the… Read more

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan — CDN $13,145,138 — N.AM $109,280,000 — 12.0%Casino Royale — CDN $10,912,497 — N.AM $94,223,000 — 11.6%Stranger Than Fiction — CDN $3,053,723 — N.AM $32,761,000 — 9.3%The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause — CDN $4,933,688 — N.AM $67,199,000… Read more

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