Win a DVD copy of Hillsong: Let Hope Rise!

hillsonglethoperiseLast Friday, the Aussie worship band Hillsong United released a new music video for a song of theirs that will appear on the soundtrack for The Shack. As it happens, Hillsong had a movie of their own last year, and I have a DVD copy to give away. The disc includes the entire 103-minute documentary, called Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, as well as four bonus songs and almost 20 minutes of extra behind-the-scenes footage — and if you’d like to have it, you can send your name and mailing address to filmchatgiveaways@gmail.com by this Sunday, February 19. I’ll pick a winner at random next week. (The disc is coded for Region 1, so it will work on DVD players in the U.S. and Canada.)

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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Watch: Seven clips from concert doc Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

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It’s been a bumpy road to the big screen for Hillsong: Let Hope Rise.

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Watch: Trailers for eight independent “faith-based” films, all coming out between August and October of this year

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The first months of the year and the last weeks of summer are the slowest moviegoing times of the year. Not coincidentally, perhaps, those are also the two times of year when a lot of the smaller, independent “faith-based” films tend to come out, since they don’t have to worry about blockbusters crowding them out of the multiplex.

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Release date changes for two upcoming “faith-based” films

christthelordoutofegyptTwo films with a “faith-based” hook have seen their release dates change in the past couple of days.

First, Variety reports that Warner Brothers is no longer going to distribute the Christian music documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise as originally planned.

The film was going to be distributed by Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment on the Wednesday before Easter, two and a half months from now, but an Alcon rep told Variety today that their company was ultimately “unable to close the rights deal for the movie.”

There is no word yet as to who might distribute the film in Warner’s place.

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Hillsong United documentary tweaks its Easter release date

Apparently it just occurred to someone involved with the upcoming Hillsong United concert movie that releasing a “faith-based” film on Good Friday — a day when many people are remembering the death of Jesus with solemn church services and the like — might not have been the wisest thing. Or maybe they’re just trying to get out of the path of Fast & Furious 7 and the Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride, which are also set to come out that day. In any case, Deadline reports that the release date has been moved back from April 3 to April 1, i.e. the Wednesday before the Easter weekend. In this, the film is following in the footsteps of Heaven Is for Real, which was released on the Wednesday before Easter this year.