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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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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Watch: The first trailer for The Omen sequel series Damien

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The Hollywood Reporter has released the first trailer for Damien, the A&E series that ignores all the previous sequels to The Omen and imagines what the boy who was destined to become the Antichrist might be like now as an adult.

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A.D. The Bible Continues — season one, episode two

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Season 1, Episode 2 — ‘The Body Is Gone’
Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20-21, Acts 1

Harmonization, redux. It’s pretty much impossible to harmonize the empty-tomb accounts in the four canonical gospels, and A.D. The Bible Continues doesn’t even try. It does, however, blend the various resurrection appearances that took place afterwards, as well as the final words of Jesus in Matthew and Acts.

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The Omega Code and the mainstreaming of Christian film

omegacodeThe always brilliant Darren Franich had a new article up at Entertainment Weekly over the weekend, in which he took a look at the movies of 1999 — once dubbed “the year that changed movies” by his bosses — and asked how well those films have stood the test of time.

That was the year when everyone thought The Matrix would take the place of Star Wars as a sci-fi myth for our times. That was the year when The Blair Witch Project invented the found-footage horror subgenre and proved the value of viral marketing campaigns. That was the year when young, hip directors like David Fincher, David O. Russell and Spike Jonze produced instant cult hits like Fight Club, Three Kings and Being John Malkovich, all of which came out in October of that year. And so on.

But there was another game-changer released in October 1999 that Franich doesn’t mention — a movie that may be pretty silly but still set a new precedent.

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First The Leftovers, now The Remaining: will audiences be tired of the Rapture by the time Left Behind comes out?

Rapture, Rapture everywhere! With The Leftovers almost finished its first season on HBO, it turns out we may have another Rapture story to tide us over until the Left Behind reboot comes out October 3. A couple of trailers for a movie called The Remaining, which opens September 5, have popped up on my radar, and you can see the newer, longer one at the top of this post.

The Remaining is produced by Affirm Films, the same “faith-based” branch of Sony Pictures that had a hand in Heaven Is for Real and Moms’ Night Out. The only actor I recognize is Alexa Vega, who starred in all four Spy Kids films as well as the later Robert Rodriguez films Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill for.

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