Category Archives: Film

Did ‘Saturday Night Live’ cross the line with ‘Django’ parody?

A “Saturday Night Live” skit from two weeks ago is drawing sharp criticism in some faith circles. The skit mocks Quentin Tarantino’€™s “€œDjango Unchained,” which was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and … Continue reading

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Scientology Super Bowl ad generating buzz

I occasionally get a package from the Church of Scientology and the glossy production and clever wordsmithing are always impressive. Still, the contents always end up in my wastebasket. I don’t believe that Scientology is a legitimate religion. Call me … Continue reading

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‘Two and a Half Men’ star tells Christians to pass on his show

I think we’ve all met those kids. You know the ones I’m talking about — kids who have been handed every luxury in life without having to struggle or experience hard times. I’m just going to use the B word … Continue reading

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Does hell exist? New movie stirs debate

Does hell exist? And if it does, what can we do to avoid it? Filmmaker Kevin Miller asks these and other questions in a new movie, “Hellbound.” In promotional materials, Miller says the movie features “an eclectic group of authors, … Continue reading

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Russell Crowe to play “Noah”; Hollywood embraces religion

The story of Noah and his Ark is about the get the Hollywood treatment. And none other than big-time A-lister Russell Crowe has signed on the play the lead in the Darren Aronofsky movie, being titled, “Noah.” For those who … Continue reading

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Big opening for “Courageous”

Question: Name the movie that did twice as much business per screen last weekend as that Brad Pitt movie? Need a hint? This movie opened in less than half as many theaters as the new Seth Rogan film “50/50,” yet … Continue reading

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Does Hollywood treat religion fairly?

To be released in the York area Sept. 30, “Courageous” is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. In 2008, Sherwood produced the highest-grossing independent film of the year with “Fireproof,” … Continue reading

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Religious critics warming to Harry Potter

For years, critics have warned about the Harry Potter saga’s bad influence on children and teens who might experiment with the occult after reading the books or watching the films. Some have since changed their minds, saying J.K. Rowling’s series … Continue reading

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Mormon imagery woven into ‘Twilight’ saga

Did “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer mean to incorporate Mormon imagery and symbolism into her teen vampire novels? It’s there, but she says it wasn’t intentional. “I think people make up all these Mormon references just so they can publish `Twilight’ … Continue reading

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Sightings: The Pandora’s Box of James Cameron

The latest Sightings column, looks at how the movie “Avatar” has left some viewers with an existential problem: The sincere desire (and inability) to move there. Read more at the jump.

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