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  • Bella Santorum in hospital again.

    04/06/2012 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Mountain Mary · 54 replies
    Santorum campaign
    April 6, 2012 For Immediate Release Contact: Matt Beynon - 703.307.8633 SANTORUM CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON BELLA SANTORUM Verona, PA - The Rick Santorum for President campaign has issued the following statement on the health of Isabella Santorum. Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: "Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital. The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery."
  • Can Rick's conservatism stop Obama's contraceptive-ism?

    02/02/2012 1:49:43 AM PST · by mlizzy · 12 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | 2-2-12 | Tom O'Toole
    [H]usband and wife become in a way one heart and one soul...marriage is a love that is total...[M]arriage must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of life...[or else] who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider most effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may impose their use on everyone. -Pope Paul VI, from the encyclical "Humanae Vitae" Everybody is guilty of some transgression against conservatism except Santorum. -Rush Limbaugh Just as President Obama announced his full-scale war on the Catholic Church, presidential candidate (and the only true conservative Catholic in...
  • Santorum says daughter, Bella, 3, will be OK

    01/29/2012 11:55:09 PM PST · by Anti-Hillary · 13 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 1-29-12 | Anthony Campisi
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who scaled back campaign appearances to be with his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said Sunday night the little girl was getting better and should be able to go home in a few days. Speaking to Florida supporters by phone from Bella's hospital room, Santorum said she'd had a rough 36 hours with pneumonia, but was awake, alert and back to being a "beautiful, happy girl." Bella, one of seven Santorum children, suffers from a serious genetic disorder called Trisomy 18, a condition caused by a third copy of material from chromosome...
  • Meet Eduardo Verastegui: Pro-Life actor from the movie Bella

    04/24/2011 1:24:14 PM PDT · by mikalasukala · 4 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | April 24, 2011 | Consigliere5
    Actor, Singer, Producer... Pro-Life Warrior...His website Follow Him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/verastegui777 His production company, Metanoia FilmsFrom the American Family Association Journal:Verástegui plays the role of José in Bella, an independently produced life-changing love story centered on an unwanted pregnancy. Verástegui’s life is a parallel to José’s life in that both men lost everything but wound up gaining it all. This role is one way Verástegui is telling the world that he is no longer a sex symbol but rather a sinner saved by grace.“He [the director] wrote this film to [fit] me because he wanted to … destroy the stereotype...
  • Star of ‘Bella’ To Host First Latino Pro-Life Congress [Eduardo Verástegui]

    05/22/2010 11:36:28 AM PDT · by topher · 3 replies · 373+ views
    Friday May 21, 2010 Star of ‘Bella’ To Host First Latino Pro-Life Congress LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Eduardo Verástegui, Latin American superstar and the lead of the pro-life film “Bella,” is hosting the first ever Latino United for Life Family Congress this Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Congress will raise funds for pro-life projects and will feature an assortment of pro-life entertainers, actors, and speakers throughout the day."The funds raised … will be used to open a medical center in Los Angeles that provides free, high-quality care for pregnant women and their preborn...
  • Bella Actor Eduardo Verástegui Hosting Pro-Life Hispanic Event

    05/20/2010 8:39:41 AM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies · 284+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | May 20, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Bella Actor Eduardo Verástegui Hosting Pro-Life Hispanic Event Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Eduardo Verástegui, the Hispanic actor best known for his leading role in the highly-regarded movie Bella is hosting a first-ever national event for pro-life Latinos. The Latino United for Life Family Congress will take place May 23 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. http://LifeNews.com/state5106.html
  • Eduardo Verastegui supports Adam Andrzejewski (E.V. is star of Bella)

    02/02/2010 5:17:42 AM PST · by mlizzy · 26 replies · 523+ views
    YouTube ^ | 01-28-10 | Eduardo Verastegui
    Great News!!
  • The Butterfly Circus

    12/14/2009 8:22:37 AM PST · by mlizzy · 5 replies · 470+ views
    Click film to view. At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs at a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed. Starring Eduardo Verástegui (Bella), Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Fantastic Four) and featuring the debut performance of Nick Vujicic.
  • A Saint in Hollywood?

    11/03/2009 5:48:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 521+ views
    The News Today (Phillipines) ^ | 11/2/09 | Fr. Roy Cimagala
    Just got hold of the latest issue of the magazine my old alma mater in Spain sends me regularly. A feature about a movie actor, now also a producer, immediately got my attention. First, a magazine that tries to be serious in character would normally not talk about actors and celebrities. Second, though I’ve heard of the story before in a tangential way, I thought it would just have a short shelf life, just a flash in the pan, you know. In short, the article broke my guiding principles. It deserved to be read. And I did. Now, I feel...
  • The Movie That Just Keeps Changing Lives (now being shown in prison)

    10/31/2009 1:57:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 1,205+ views
    NC Register ^ | October 31, 2009 | STEVE WEATHERBE
    LOS ANGELES — Like many of Jason Jones’ best ideas, this one came in the middle of the night.A member of the production team that put out the pro-life hit movie of 2006, Bella, Jones’ previous nocturnal brainstorm had instigated Bella Hero, a campaign devoted to putting a copy of the film in the hands of every visitor to a crisis-pregnancy center in the United States. Next came Bella on Campus, which raises funds to pay for college screenings.Now, because of a chance meeting with a New York City beggar, drug addict and ex-con to whom he had given...
  • ‘The Passion’ producer speaks about faith and the art of entertainment

    07/23/2009 1:32:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 398+ views
    cna ^ | July 23, 2009
    Steve McEveety CNA STAFF, Jul 23, 2009 / 01:28 pm (CNA).- In a Wednesday evening conference call Steve McEveety, producer of movies such as "The Passion of the Christ" and "Bella," spoke about his Hollywood career, his faith, and how aspiring filmmakers can advance in the entertainment industry. He also discussed the production of movies such as "Braveheart," "The Passion" and "The Stoning of Soraya M."McEveety, a founder of Mpower Pictures, was interviewed by Sean Wolfington, founder of Positive Media and co-owner of Metanoia Films. Members of the media, aspiring young moviemakers and interested laymen listened in and then...
  • Bella Babies: Lives Saved

    12/14/2008 10:45:51 AM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 981+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 12/11/08 | Mark Earley
    When Christian actor Eduardo Verastegui devoted his career to serving God, he had no idea what might come out of his decision. He certainly couldn’t have imagined that his widely acclaimed movie Bella would literally save lives and souls. But that’s the story that author Tim Drake tells so well in his book Behind Bella.As the book shows, God’s hand was on Eduardo and on the making of the movie from the very beginning. To prepare for his role in Bella, Eduardo wanted to find a real-life Nina—the co-lead in the film struggling with her unwanted pregnancy. So Eduardo...
  • Pro-Life Latino Superstar Endorses John McCain (FReep this Digg!!!)

    11/03/2008 9:18:31 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 682+ views
    Digg ^ | November 3, 2008
    FReep this Digg!!! (We need FReepers to FReep the Vote over at Buzz too! Any volunteers???) Post your own links exposing ObamaNation on Digg, Buzz, Reddit, etc. Saturate these boards. They're massive and they are crawling with independents and undecideds. And don't post them all in one category, like politics or elections. Finally, repost your links on FR to we can put a protective FReep around them :o) For examples of how to do this, see my history. Let's use our combined FReeperPower to FREEP THE VOTE!!!
  • Homosexual Soccer Players Destroy Photo of Bella's Eduardo Verastegui in Press Conference

    10/27/2008 2:25:37 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 30 replies · 3,365+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 10/23/2008 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    MEXICO CITY, October 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mexican-American movie star Eduardo Verastegui has begun campaigning against California's homosexual "marriage" law, and is incurring the wrath of Mexican homosexuals as a result. Following Verastegui's reported decision to lead the campaign for the Hispanic organization "Viva la Familia" (Long Live the Family) enraged members of "Tri Gay", Mexico's self-proclaimed "gay soccer selection" expressed their displeasure against the pro-life, pro-family actor and entertainer. At a press conference on October 22 in the offices of Mexico's Secretary of Health, the team denounced Verastegui. The vice-president of Tri Gay, Eduardo Velasquez, tore up a picture...
  • Heaven Sends Star to the McCain-Palin Campaign

    10/23/2008 4:33:48 AM PDT · by tcg · 12 replies · 823+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/23/08 | Anita Crane
    Verastegui has spoken at several McCain-Palin rallies. In Miami, the capital of Latin America and the first U.S. city where Verastegui lived, he campaigned for John McCain with McCain’s Senate allies Joe Lieberman and Mel Martinez, as well as Florida’s former governor, Jeb Bush and Governor Charlie Crist. Verastegui said, “There I was, just an actor from Hollywood, not even a politician. “I said more than 45 million babies have been killed by abortion in America and more than 200,000 Latino babies are killed by abortion each year. I told everyone that we need to put an end to this...
  • Handsome Is as Handsome Does: <i>Bella</i> Star Eduardo Verastegui Decries Obama and Saves Babies

    10/03/2008 6:10:28 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 14 replies · 648+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 3, 2008 | Anita Crane
    The Mexican superstar of Latin America, Eduardo Verastegui, and several of his friends joined the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign outside Family Planning Associates, an abortion business at 601 S. Westmoreland Avenue. He went there for two reasons: to help mothers and their unborn children, and warn people about the number-one abortion celebrity, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). Verastegui is cofounder of L.A.-based Metanoia Films and lead actor in the company’s first feature film Bella, which premiered in American movie theaters last October. Until November 2, citizens of 179 cities in 47 of the United States and the District...
  • Eduardo Verastegui Talks about Obama, Saving Babies Outside L.A. Abortion Clinic

    10/01/2008 3:56:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 247 replies · 14,472+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/1/08 | Anita Crane
    Los Angeles, October 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Saturday, September 27, the Mexican superstar of Latin America, Eduardo Verastegui, and several of his friends joined the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign outside Family Planning Associates, an abortion business at 601 S. Westmoreland Avenue. He went there for two reasons: to help mothers and their unborn children, and warn people about the number-one abortion celebrity, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).Verastegui is cofounder of L.A.-based Metanoia Films and lead actor in the company's first feature film, Bella (http://www.amazon.com/Bella-Eduardo-Ver%C3%A1stegui/dp/B0014...), which premiered in American movie theaters last October.Until November 2, citizens of 179 cities in...
  • YouTube Pulls Video of Eduardo Verástegui Denouncing Obama on Abortion

    09/26/2008 4:34:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 1,276+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/26/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- No sooner had the video gone up of popular Hispanic actor Eduardo Verástegui denouncing presidential candidate Barack Obama on abortion than YouTube officials took it down. The video sharing site removed the full version of the video, which showed graphic images of abortions.It did, however, leave an edited version in place that contains the Bella actor urging Latinos to vote against Obama without the footage of babies who have died from abortions.The Verástegui video has already caught fire across the Internet with more than 8,000 people viewing it in only two days.It features the former...
  • Bella Star Eduardo Verástegui Urges Hispanic Voters to Reject Obama Over Abortion

    09/24/2008 4:24:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 994+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/24/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Eduardo Verástegui, the former Mexican singer and actor who starred in the hit movie "Bella," has recorded a new video asking Hispanic voters in the United States to reject Barack Obama because of his pro-abortion views. Verástegui challenges Latino voters to make abortion issues the centerpiece of their voting decisions.In the new video, conducted in Spanish, Verástegui, says Obama is out of step with the overwhelming majority of Hispanics who are pro-life.“We need to put an end to abortion and political candidates play a very important role in this matter,” he says.Verástegui tells viewers...
  • Bella Movie DVD Officially On Sale Today, Leads Amazon.com Pre-Sales

    05/06/2008 2:07:53 PM PDT · by julieee · 1 replies · 136+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | May 6, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Hollywood, CA -- Readers of LifeNews.com had the opportunity to purchase a DVD copy of the heartwarming movie Bella weeks ago, and now the general public can purchase the film. Already, the pro-life themed movie is the most popular pre-sell DVD in its category at Amazon.com. LifeNews.com has been covering the progress of Bella since June 2006 when we received a private advanced screening of the unfinished, pre-edited movie. Full story at http://www.lifenews.com/nat3913.html To purchase a DVD copy of the movie, vist http://www.hh76.com/default.asp?r=275
  • Pre-Order Sales of Bella DVD Make It #1 Selling Romantic Movie on Amazon.com Over Weekend

    05/06/2008 1:40:14 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 4 replies · 110+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/5/2008 | Steve Jalsevac
    Confirmed reports of the movie Bella so far saving at least 15 mothers and their babies from abortion has spurred its producers to recently launch their bella 10 campaign. The campaign is an unusual, grassroots targeted promotion strategy designed to give individual fans of the movie lots of practical advice and tools to convince 10 people to order a Bella DVD who would in turn convince 10 others to do the same. The campaign asks the rhetorical question, "Can a movie really save a child's life?" to emphasize that by promoting or even giving away purchased copies of the movie...
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Will Headline West Coast Pro-Life Walk

    12/18/2007 4:42:55 PM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 374+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/18/07 | Steven Ertelt
    San Francisco, CA (LifeNews.com) -- The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will lead an estimated 20,000 people along San Francisco’s waterfront in the fourth annual West Coast Walk for Life. The event is a western equivalent to the national March for Life in Washington and it gives participants a chance to show how abortion hurts women.King's father was slain civil rights activist A.D. King, and their home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed during the civil rights struggles.This year's event takes place on Saturday, January 19 and Clenard Childress, another African-American pro-life leader and Gianna Jessen, who survived...
  • A Bella-like movie: These Wilder Years

    12/10/2007 5:44:31 AM PST · by topher · 104+ views
    IMDB Movie Database ^ | December 10, 2007
    Directed by Roy Royland, this movie (These Wilder Years) has some good actors in it (and familiar names. They are: Jimmy Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Pidgeon, and Dean Jones. But the show stealer is the character Suzie, played by Betty Lou Kiem. It is like Bella, but then it is different, as Jimmy Cagney plays a very rich man, but with something in his past that he wants to find out about. That is a son that he abandoned all responsibility years ago when the pregnant came to him for help... Barbara Stanwyck plays the heroine, but is Cagney the...
  • 'Bella' Movie Star, Eduardo Verastegui, Saved Real Baby While Researching Film

    12/10/2007 4:28:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 688+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/10/07 | LifeSiteNews
    REDONDO BEACH, Calif., December 10, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "By the grace of God, I was able to save this baby," said Eduardo Verastegui, star of the movie, "Bella." The famous 33-year-old Mexican actor shared this while holding baby "Eduardito" at a LAPS pregnancy center banquet in Los Angeles. Eduardo always hoped his new film would touch lives and inspire souls, but he never imagined "Bella" would help save a real baby's life before filming even began. The movie is earning top ratings from movie critics.  Moreover it is causing a sensation wherever it goes. At the New York "Bella"...
  • Yahoo: Bella #1 rated movie of currently playing - #22 on ALL TIME LIST

    12/08/2007 5:53:17 PM PST · by topher · 19 replies · 499+ views
    Yahoo! Movies ^ | Feast of Immaculate Conception Dec 8, 2007
    Yahoo! Rating of Movies Currently Playinghttp://movies.yahoo.com/mvc/top10 1. Bella [B+] 2. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? [B+] 3. Enchanted [B+] 4. August Rush [B+] ... Top Rated Movies of All Timehttp://movies.yahoo.com/mvc/top10?lid=1 1. The Shawshank Redemption {A-} 2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King {A-} 3. The Godfather {A-} 4. Star Wars {A-} 5. Raiders of the Lost Ark {A-} 6. Schindler's List {A-} 7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring {A-} ... 22. Bella [B+] Note that a number of the movies on the All Time [Star Wars Trilogy, Lord of the Rings,...
  • Bush Urges Americans to Adopt Orphans

    11/21/2007 5:00:24 PM PST · by topher · 27 replies · 190+ views
    CBN News ^ | November 21, 2007 | Melissa Charbonneau
    Bush Urges Americans to Adopt Orphans By Melissa Charbonneau CBN News November 21, 2007 Adopt Us Kids CBNNews.com - The White House is reaching out to faith-based and community groups to find homes for the nation's 115,000 children in foster care, waiting to be adopted. Dawn Cooper, a single mom of four adopted teenage girls, says misperceptions abound - especially regarding the adoption of older children. Watch for more on adopting foster care children, from Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family. Daly talks about his experiences in foster homes. Some of those misconceptions include the belief "that there's...
  • news/activism,pro-life

    11/20/2007 5:43:20 AM PST · by tcg · 31+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/20/07 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    REVIEW: 'Bella' is Beautiful By Deacon Keith Fournier 11/20/2007 Catholic Online This movie is about 'Bella', the Italian (and Latin) word for beauty. Bella is also the name of a child through whose eyes we finally see the mystery and meaning of it all as the film concludes.Those who watch this beautiful film are invited to live their lives more beautifully, and live them differently, by making the choice to love. LOS ANGELES (Catholic Online) - I entered the theater with great expectations. Bella exceeded them all. As is the case with many of the showings of this limited release...
  • Is movie dud/bomb 'Lions for Lambs' good news for movie 'Bella'

    11/19/2007 5:59:55 PM PST · by topher · 34 replies · 435+ views
    Vanity/Boxoffice websites/Reviews
    The antiwar movie Lions for Lambs is definitely a bomb/dud at the boxoffice. More people give this movie a flunking grade than all other grades combined. The opposite of Lions for Lambs is the movie Bella, which is only playing at under 500 theaters -- despite some good numbers from the box office with nothing but a grassroots mode of telling people about the movie. In the case of Lions for Lambs, the liberal left loonies of Hollywood wanted to come up with an Anti-war movie to hurt the conservatives in time for the 2008 Election. Seems they have instead...
  • The Beauty of Bella

    11/15/2007 7:00:07 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies · 88+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/15/2007 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Rarely am I so taken by the beauty and power of a movie that I want everyone I know to see it. “Bella” is a film you must see. The story (I won’t reveal too much, because I don’t want to spoil it for you) concerns a young soccer star whose career is abruptly cut short. He winds up working in his brother’s restaurant in New York City, where he befriends a struggling waitress. The story is rich in messages of redemption, friendship, sacrifice and hope. No wonder the Hollywood crowd is beginning to cut it to shreds. (snip)The film...
  • Bella Movie Holds Steady, New Cities to Premier Film November 16

    11/12/2007 2:50:12 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 8 replies · 159+ views
    LifeNews ^ | November 12, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Hollywood, CA -- Several new cities saw the premier of Bella last weekend ranging from Pittsburgh and Milwaukee to Honolulu and Albuquerque. The movie, which has struck a chord with the pro-life community because of its theme in favor of respecting life, continued to attract a strong audience despite the limited number of theaters showing it. Over the first few weeks of the film's release, just 186 theaters showed the movie, which gave it the second and third highest per-theater sales figures during late October and early November. The premier this weekend in venues in places such as Green Bay...
  • Sweet &#8216;Bella&#8217;

    11/10/2007 6:39:07 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 19 replies · 91+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 10, 2007 | Stephen Schaefer
    One man’s emotional and spiritual resurrection is charted with sweet assurance in “Bella,” directed by Alejandro Monteverde. The movie begins with a bearded, long-haired Jose (Mexico’s Eduardo Verastegui) sitting on a beach - his face reflecting pain, remorse and stoicism. Only gradually do we learn why. Jose is head chef in a Manhattan restaurant run by his petty tyrant of an older brother, Manny (Manny Perez). When Nina (Tammy Blanchard of “The Good Shepherd,” remarkably affecting) is late yet again, Manny gives her the boot. Jose impulsively leaves the kitchen - and everyone in the lurch - to follow her....
  • What is wrong with "Priests for Life" Organization -- no promotion/support of movie "Bella" ???

    11/08/2007 10:47:27 AM PST · by topher · 14 replies · 58+ views
    If one looks on the main page of Priests for Life, one will find no mention of the pro-life oriented movie Bella. But the movie is mentioned in Archdiocesan websites of Philadelphia, Denver, San Antonio, and Boston. In terms of the Boston website, it is under the Blog of Cardinal Sean O'Malley. The Knights of Columbus has been promoting this movie as well. So what has happened with Priests for Life. I know that Father Denis Wilde, OSA, of Priests for Life was concerned about 10 days ago that at that time Bella had not yet been scheduled to play...
  • What a Good Movie Can Do: "Bella"

    11/06/2007 9:33:25 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 122+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 11/6/2007 | Chuck Colson
    Note: The following commentary includes details from the movie Bella. Do not read on if you prefer not to read about the film before viewing it. When you go see the movie Bella, you will be struck by a series of simple but powerful images: a child running on a beach, a man dancing with a little girl, a butterfly sucked down a sink. The use of evocative imagery helps transform the film into something more than what it looks like on the surface—just a story of two people spending a day together after getting fired from their jobs. You...
  • Bella Continues Strong Performance at Theaters

    11/05/2007 2:35:03 PM PST · by topher · 5 replies · 97+ views
    Knights of Columbus ^ | November 5, 2007
    With the help of Knights of Columbus councils around the United States, Bella, the major motion picture with a strong pro-life message, had a very good opening at the box office. With a limited release in 165 theaters in major markets around the United States., it grossed $1.3 million and had the highest per screen average ($7,928) of any movie opening on more than two screens the weekend of Oct. 27-28, including the top-grossing movie, Saw IV. For the weekend of Nov. 2-44, it grossed more than $1 million and had the third highest per screen average ($5,381) of any...
  • Bella Begins with a Bang

    11/04/2007 1:14:13 PM PST · by mgist · 23 replies · 875+ views
    Bella begins with a bang Hollywood, Nov 2, 2007 / 10:06 am (CNA).- After a successful opening weekend, Bella promoters are hoping the film will continue to draw in viewers in subsequent weeks. Matt Brannon of Metanoia Films told CNA that despite a very limited release of Bella, the film grossed an amazing $1.3 million and finished in the top 20 films of the weekend even though it played on the fewest amount of screens of all its competitors. Bella was shown on 165 screens. Typically, Hollywood blockbusters are shown on 3,000 screens across the US. The movie also had...
  • A film apart: The story and the makers behind the Bella do not come from Central Casting

    10/31/2007 1:32:07 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies · 224+ views
    WORLD ^ | Nov. 3, 2007 | Priya Abraham
    Talk to the creators of Bella, a quiet new film with a pro-life theme, and their faces often get a certain look: incredulous, even wonder-struck. Most of the time, they cannot believe their humble production has come so far. And far it has come for a $3 million movie with an executive producer who had never made films, a director who had never made a feature-length film, and a lead actor who was jobless for three years. Last year Bella won the prestigious People's Choice Award at the world's largest film festival in Toronto, competing against Oscar winners such as...
  • Bella to Anti-War Movies: Show Me the Money!

    10/30/2007 8:40:06 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 74 replies · 86+ views
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | 10/29/2007 | Kristen Fyfe
    Bella to Anti-War Movies: Show Me the Money!The independent pro-life film trounced Hollywood's anti-war movies in per-theater revenues, in spite of hostile mainstream media reviews.You won’t see this fun movie fact in any mainstream media outlets, but the little pro-life movie Bella, which just opened, beat the socks off of several anti-war/anti-American movies in opening weekend per-theater revenues. This despite the fact that Bella was panned by critics in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Variety and other mainstream outlets.(For an interesting article on how movie critics inject their politics into reviews, click here.) Here’s the breakdown. Bella opened...
  • Bella Sees Strong Sales on Opening Weekend, 2nd Highest Per Theater

    10/29/2007 8:23:06 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 266+ views
    LifeNews ^ | October 28, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Hollywood, CA -- Bella, the pro-life themed movie that has the potential to change hearts and minds on abortion, opened solidly with $1.3 million over the weekend in a limited release in just 31 cities. Though other movies achieved higher gross sales, they needed significantly more theaters to do so. The film stars Eduardo Verastegui as a former soccer player who learns the value of human life and helps a pregnant waitress, played by Tammy Blanchard, appreciate the value of the baby she's carrying. The number one movie this weekend, according to initial figures, was "Saw IV," a Holloween horror...
  • Bella the Movie: Next Passion of the Christ?

    10/28/2007 12:50:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 69 replies · 233+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 7/26/07 | J. Matt Barber
    Bella, an independent film staring Mexican superstar Eduardo Verástegui, is scheduled for limited release in theatres on October 26. The movie, an inspirational drama set in modern-day New York, has what America's been asking for but what Hollywood refuses to give. Having won the People's Choice Award at last year's Toronto Film Festival, you'd think major Hollywood distribution companies would be crawling over one another for a crack at the film. But such is not the case. Bella's central theme puts a premium on the value of human life - including life in the womb - and that is a...
  • Bella, the Movie (Personal Reviews, Responses, Endorsement and Testimonial Thread)

    10/27/2007 5:08:22 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies · 52+ views
    October 27, 2007 | Mrs. Don-o
    Saw it. Loved it. Would love to hear what you think. Ideas about promoting the movie also welcome.
  • 'Bella' and the Pro-Life Film Trend (L. Brent Bozell III)

    10/26/2007 10:12:47 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 49 replies · 57+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/26/2007 | L. Brent Bozell III
    ...The bohemian worldview of Woodstock Nation is in some ways dominant, and in some ways passe in our popular culture. Hallucinogenic drugs are no longer the rage, but the "free love" spirit of "if it feels good, do it" still runs strong, especially in our entertainment world. And yet, burbling beneath a noisy culture of sexual excess and self-love, there's a quiet undercurrent in our movies carrying subtle, and even obvious, pro-life themes. Last Christmas, there was "Children of Men," a dark science-fiction look into England, 20 years from now, where human fertility has vanished.... Six months later, the small...
  • Molto "Bella" (Joseph Farah Previews Sleeper Film Of Year Alert)

    10/17/2006 1:02:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies · 3,124+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 17, 2006 | Joseph Farah
    Who was the first person to tell you about "The Passion of Christ"? Admit it – it was me. Long before the controversy, long before the hype, I told you it was coming and would change the face of Hollywood forever – not to mention impact the lives of millions. Was I right then? Yes, I was. And today I want to tell you about another independent film that is coming – probably many months from now – that is, in its own way, as miraculous and compelling, as powerful and redemptive. This time, it's not the work of a...
  • "Bella" the non-Hollywood movie is coming

    12/01/2006 12:21:40 PM PST · by spintreebob · 56 replies · 1,728+ views
    http://www.townhall.com ^ | 12-1-2006 | Robert D. Novak
    An invited audience including Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez gathered at the National Geographic Society's auditorium in Washington Monday night for a screening of "Bella," an independently produced feature film. No mere movie, it offers hope for the beleaguered anti-abortion movement to reverse the political tide running against it. This was the eighth such screening in Washington. Monday night's audience reflected the reaction in more than 100 showings nationwide: an emotional experience for a stunning exhibition of cinema art that unexpectedly won a Toronto Film Festival award. It is no propaganda film but a dramatic depiction of choices facing an...
  • In praise of Bella

    10/25/2007 6:30:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies · 51+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/25/07 | Joseph Farah
    Who was the first person to tell you about "The Passion of Christ"? Admit it – it was me. Long before the controversy, long before the hype, I told you it was coming and would change the face of Hollywood forever – not to mention impact the lives of millions. Was I right then? Yes, I was. And today I want to tell you about another independent film that is opening tomorrow and is, in its own way, as miraculous and compelling, as powerful and redemptive. This time, it's not the work of a wealthy superstar like Mel Gibson who...
  • Can a Pro-Life Film Make its Mark at the Box Office this Weekend?

    10/24/2007 6:31:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 184+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2007 | Russell Shubin
    The hotly debated question in politics right now is whether or not Republicans will nominate a pro-life candidate for president. But for those of us who bemoan the lack of healthy entertainment choices, there’s a more immediate question that will be decided not at the ballot box but the box office this coming weekend. That question is: Can a beautifully-crafted film with an equally beautiful life-affirming message make it on the big screen? The movie at issue is “Bella.” It is a moving work of art that is full of heart. “The film shows there is a time in everyone’s...
  • "Bella" the Movie to be Released Across United States October 26 (Pro-life Movie)

    10/24/2007 5:24:00 PM PDT · by khnyny · 14 replies · 20+ views
    Lifesite.net ^ | August 31, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    "Bella," the heart-warming independent film that took the 2006 Toronto Film Festival by storm, has now officially secured a major distributor for US audiences. The Hollywood Reporter confirms a July 26 scoop by LifeSiteNews.com that had reported "Bella" would be released nationwide in U.S. theaters by October 26 by a major distributor Metanoia Films, the producer, finalized the contract with the distributor. http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jul/07072609.html) Now it is reported that Roadside Attractions has acquired the rights to distribute "Bella," making the independent film its first acquisition since its partnership with Lionsgate in July. While Metanoia Films has not marketed "Bella" as a...
  • Latin Lover No More

    10/24/2007 10:10:22 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies · 175+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | October 24, 2007 | Mark Moring
    Not long ago, Eduardo Verástegui was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world by the Spanish version of People magazine. He was an impossibly handsome Latino soap star, and women around the globe threw themselves at him as a member of Mexican heartthrob pop group Kairo. He was a Calvin Klein underwear model. He played the leading role in the 2003 film Chasing Papi, where his character had three gorgeous girlfriends. He even was the requisite hunk of macho eye candy in a J-Lo music video. Verastegui in his modeling days Verástegui was not only playing...
  • Cardinal Rigali Urges the Faithful of Philadelphia to See the Film "Bella"

    10/24/2007 8:35:59 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 350+ views
    Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is urging the faithful throughout the Archdiocese to see the powerful new film "Bella" which opens in select local theaters on Friday, October 26, 2007. Cardinal Rigali said, "This film has a message that is so connected to life: to the problems of life, the challenges of life, the value of life. This film, I believe, is destined to have an extraordinary impact on people's lives." Bella is a film with wide audience appeal. It was the 2006 winner of the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, an honor received by former...
  • Bella the movie: next Passion of the Christ?

    10/23/2007 10:37:37 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies · 459+ views
    Renew America ^ | 10/22/2007 | J. Matt Barber
    Bella, an independent film staring Mexican superstar Eduardo Verástegui, is scheduled for limited release in theatres on October 26. The movie, an inspirational drama set in modern-day New York, has what America's been asking for but what Hollywood refuses to give. Having won the People's Choice Award at last year's Toronto Film Festival, you'd think major Hollywood distribution companies would be crawling over one another for a crack at the film. But such is not the case. Bella's central theme puts a premium on the value of human life — including life in the womb — and that is a...
  • Is Movie "Bella" Playing locally [Release Date Oct 26, 2007]

    10/12/2007 5:48:51 AM PDT · by topher · 44 replies · 794+ views
    Director: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde Writers: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and Patrick Million Release Date: 26 October 2007 (USA) more view trailer Genre: Drama Tagline: One Person Can Change Your Life Forever more Plot Outline: Sooner or later every one of us will face an irreversible moment that will change our lives forever. If it hasn't happened to you yet...it will. BELLA is a true love story about how one day in New York City changed three people forever. more Awards: 2 wins more User Comments: There is hope for Hollywood See Also [LifeSite Articles]Life Site News Scoop on Release Date of...