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  • Brazil actor playing Judas dies from accidental hanging

    04/23/2012 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 23, 2012
    A Brazilian actor has died after accidentally hanging himself while playing Judas in an Easter Passion play. Tiago Klimeck, 27, was enacting the suicide of Judas during the performance on Good Friday in the city of Itarare. The actor was hanging for four minutes before fellow performers realised something was wrong. Klimeck was taken to hospital suffering from cerebral hypoxia but died on Sunday. The Passion play was being performed in Itarare, 345km (214 miles) west of Sao Paulo. Klimeck was re-enacting the scene in which Judas commits suicide in repentance for his betrayal of Jesus Christ. Police are investigating...
  • Italian friend: 'Dear Mel Gibson! Why did you stain 'The Passion' with your ugly racism?'

    04/15/2012 3:42:47 AM PDT · by Milagros · 27 replies
    The following is from an Italian penpal: --- Mel Gibson accused of violent and anti-Jewish rants The script Eszterhas wrote for Mel Gibson is entitled " The MacCabees '," a project Gibson initiated after facing an earlier round of anti-semitism charges. Gibson..http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/47037091 Eszterhas: Mel Gibson hates Jews; wanted to murder Oksana Eszterhas writes: “You said the Holocaust was ‘mostly a lot of horses—.’ You said the Torah made reference to the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants. When I told you that you were confusing the Torah with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, ... you insisted ‘it’s in...
  • The Passion of Christ, in a Rio favela

    04/25/2011 8:34:15 AM PDT · by Cardhu
    AFP ^ | April 25th 2011
    In Rio’s notorious City of God favela, the passion play performed this Easter speaks to its audience -- with Christ as a preacher in the slums with his drug dealer friends who is"betrayed" by a crooked cop- Video Duration: 02:09
  • Barf alert: The Good News About Mel Gibson

    07/18/2010 12:17:48 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/16/10 | Frank Rich
    FOR Fourth of July weekend fireworks, even Macy’s couldn’t top the spittle-spangled eruptions of Mel Gibson. The clandestine recordings of his serial audio assaults on his gal pal were instant Web and cable-TV sensations — at once a worthy rival to Hollywood’s official holiday releases and a compelling sequel to his fabled anti- Semitic rant of 2006. A true showman, Gibson offered vitriol for nearly all tastes, aiming his profane fusillade at women, blacks and Latinos alike. The invective was tied together by a domestic violence subplot worthy of “Lethal Weapon.” There was even a surprise comic coda, courtesy of...
  • Texas church bans child's photograph of Passion

    03/20/2010 12:29:38 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 687+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 20 | LINDA STEWART BALL
    DALLAS (AP) -- Some find Jackson Potts II's photograph of a nightstick-wielding policeman beating a fallen, bleeding child violent and offensive, conjuring images of police brutality and child abuse. But to Jackson, a talented 10-year-old Houston photographer, and a cadre of art lovers, the disturbing image has religious symbolism. Jackson shot the photograph for an exhibit depicting the Stations of the Cross, but the show's organizers rejected it, sparking a controversy some say is overshadowing remembrance of Jesus' final hours during the season of Lent. Jackson was the only child among 15 artists invited to participate in the exhibit.
  • "Passion" star Caviezel injured in motorcycle crash

    07/18/2009 11:23:02 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies · 1,427+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 17, 2009 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Passion of the Christ" star James Caviezel suffered minor injuries while riding his motorcycle in Washington state when he struck a bicycle thrown by a pedestrian, authorities said on Friday. Caviezel was driving his 2006 Harley-Davidson Thursday along a highway, when a man walking along the road threw a bicycle into the actor's path, said Richard Magnussen, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. "There's no relationship between these guys at all, (Caviezel) just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," Magnussen told Reuters. Caviezel was unable to avoid the bicycle...
  • With Great Passion

    02/02/2009 5:01:20 PM PST · by MartinaMisc · 4 replies · 607+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2/2/09 | D. R. Tucker
    Five years after its release, what is the legacy of The Passion of the Christ? Mel Gibson’s blockbuster about the Crucifixion of Jesus was a culture-war touchstone when it opened on February 25, 2004. The Passion was in the right place at the right time: it opened in the midst of a divisive Presidential campaign and a heated debate about whether domestic and international forces—secularism at home and extremism abroad—would nullify Christianity as a potent force in the world. The Passion had a tremendous influence on that debate. It is undeniable that the film played a crucial role in George...
  • With Adoption of Second Disabled Child Jim Caviezel Makes Good on Pro-Life Convictions

    04/29/2008 9:30:28 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 18 replies · 10,416+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 29, 2008 | Hilary White
    im Caviezel, the star of the blockbuster film The Passion of the Christ, told an interviewer that he had been challenged by a friend who was not pro-life to live up to his professed pro-life convictions and adopt a disabled child. The friend told Caviezel that if he did that, then he would change to the pro-life position. When Caviezel and his wife, Kerri, went to China to adopt not one, but eventually two orphans suffering from brain tumours, the friend reneged on the deal. Caviezel, however, said, "It didn't matter to me because the joy that we had from...
  • Gibson Wants No 'Passion' Disclosure

    04/04/2008 9:52:38 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies · 242+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Apr. 03 2008 | The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mel Gibson, who's being sued by a writer over payment for the "The Passion of the Christ" screenplay, wants to keep financial information about the blockbuster movie out of the public eye. Benedict Fitzgerald claimed in his February lawsuit that Gibson misled him into accepting a small payment for writing the script by saying the movie would cost between $4 million and $7 million. Fitzgerald, who shared screenwriting credits with Gibson, claimed he agreed to "a salary substantially less than what he would have taken had he known the true budget for the film," which the...
  • 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...
  • Reiner: Gibson must acknowledge "Passion" was anti-Semitic

    08/25/2006 5:26:34 PM PDT · by Hal1950 · 60 replies · 1,356+ views
    Asssociated Press ^ | Aug. 25, 2006
    (AP) Mel Gibson's apology for making drunken anti-Semitic remarks isn't enough to redeem him, actor-producer Rob Reiner said. The actor also must acknowledge that "his work reflects anti-Semitism," particularly the 2004 hit movie "The Passion of the Christ," Reiner told Associated Press Radio.
  • Clergy Still Like Gibson's Movie

    08/19/2006 10:11:39 AM PDT · by Hal1950 · 9 replies · 653+ views
    It has taken a couple of weeks, but the reviews from evangelical Christian leaders about Mel Gibson's latest performance are now in. Gibson's drunken remarks about "(expletive) Jews" being responsible for "all the wars in the world," which the actor made to a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy who pulled him over on July 28, were "hurtful and unfortunate" (James Dobson), "reprehensible . . . shameful" (the Rev. James Merritt) and "cause for concern" (the Rev. Ted Haggard). But has the actor-director's intemperate speech by the side of a highway prompted any prominent evangelical leader to voice second thoughts about the...
  • James Dobson Lends Support to Mel Gibson

    08/12/2006 9:02:24 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 44 replies · 1,043+ views
    AP via AOL ^ | Aug. 11 06 | AP
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 11) - Focus on the Family ministry founder James Dobson spoke in support Thursday of Mel Gibson and his film, "The Passion of the Christ," saying Gibson's drunken tirade during a traffic stop had nothing to do with "one of the finest films of this era." Gibson, 50, was arrested for drunken driving Aug. 1 in Malibu, Calif., and launched an anti-Semitic rant toward the arresting deputy. Gibson reportedly said, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asked him, "Are you a Jew?" Dobson said in a statement that "we certainly...
  • A tale of 2 stories about anti-Semitism

    08/06/2006 6:52:43 AM PDT · by ArGee · 10 replies · 794+ views
    boston.com ^ | 8/6/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    TWO INCIDENTS occurred on July 28. Both took place on the West Coast; both involved an American venting his hostility to Jews. But only one of them became, in the days that followed, the big national story about anti-Semitism. The other was treated as a serious but local matter, and drew only modest coverage around the country.
  • Lethal Logic: Gabler Claims Gibson's Rant Proves 'Passion' Anti-Semitic

    08/05/2006 7:13:19 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 1,066+ views
    Fox News Watch/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein August 5, 2006 - 21:57 Neal Gabler might not look like an athlete, but don't be surprised to see him lining up for the long jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For on this evening's Fox News Watch, Neal took a leap of logic of Beamonesque proportions. According to Gabler, the fact that a drunken Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks retroactively proves that his 'Passion of the Christ' was anti-Semitic too. Here's how the liberal media critic put it: "The interest here is 'The Passion.' It made something like $400 million. It was accused of being anti-Semitic. The...
  • Mel Gibson's statement on his DUI arrest

    07/29/2006 1:51:47 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 791 replies · 20,025+ views
    The following is the complete text of Mel Gibson's statement regarding his arrest for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol: "After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the L.A. County sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. "I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said...
  • Where would Jesus go? Notre Dame

    07/23/2006 3:03:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 1,034+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 23, 2006 | Michael Sneed
    Where is 'Jesus' these days? The answer is thus: He's at the University of Notre Dame studying Spanish. "I'm in the process of finally getting my college degree," said actor Jim Caviezel, whose astonishing portrayal of Christ in Mel Gibson's remarkable "The Passion of the Christ" catapulted him to stardom. "I'm now too old to be Jesus," chuckled Caviezel, 37, who just wrapped shooting "Deja Vu" with Denzel Washington in New Orleans. "You can now call me Moses." I caught Caviezel via cell phone as he scurried across the campus of his dreams last Friday. "It's like home here," he...
  • EW Gets it Wrong Again:Tries to List Most Controversial Movies and Fails, Names The Passion #1

    06/10/2006 3:26:08 PM PDT · by brigada · 4 replies · 883+ views
    http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/ ^ | June 10, 06 | Nikki Finke
    The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (aka the official magazine of office receptionists) takes a stab at listing the 25 most controversial movies of all time. "Every now and then, a film comes along that can genuinely get someone's goat without any studio goosing. Films whose incendiary elements can inspire an offended party to pick up a picket, call for a boycott, even pray for divine intervention. These can be important, progressive, taboo-shattering films--or merely films that feature a lot of randy humping. They can also be films that are truly, objectively despicable." I have real problems with EW's list:...
  • It's Official: 'Passion' Trumps the 'Code'

    05/30/2006 12:24:57 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 93 replies · 2,832+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 30 May 2006 | Mary Claire Kendall
    The media buildup of The Da Vinci Code is now history. (Or, at least, should be; though, it was curious a week out—at the start of the Memorial Day weekend when everyone was relaxing at the beach, or the equivalent—to see all the Code coverage, including Dateline’s Dan Brown interview and Anderson Cooper’s 360º “decoding” feature.) Now, it’s time to weigh the hype against the raw numbers. (Which, no doubt, the media conglomerates are watching closely, as well, and may explain NBC’s and CNN’s renewed attention to yesterday’s news.) According to IMDb Box Office figures, the “all time” top 10...
  • One nation under God

    04/25/2006 4:47:19 PM PDT · by nosofar · 16 replies · 744+ views
    The Spectator ^ | March 13, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    The US is powerful and religious; the EU is weak and secular. Mark Steyn wonders whether it is any coincidence. ------------------------------------------------------ The other day, the guy on my local radio station mentioned that The Passion of The Christ was the Number One movie in America. ‘So congrats to Mel Gibson,’ he said. ‘And it’ll probably hold on to the Number One slot until the new Starsky & Hutch opens.’
  • Hollywood puts its faith in holy films

    04/22/2006 11:06:02 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 32 replies · 1,537+ views
    Times Online ^ | 04/23/06 | John Harlow
    Hollywood puts its faith in holy films John Harlow, Los Angeles HOLLYWOOD, long accused of promoting Godless amorality, has found religion. Studio executives are praying that a flood of Christian films will rescue them from a slump by performing miracles at the multiplex. Inspired by The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson’s vision of the crucifixion, which earned £400m at the box office, Hollywood is directing Oscar-winning stars such as Hilary Swank and William Hurt to show their spiritual side on screen. First into the cinemas will be The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou, due for...
  • Religious movies making a come back since "Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson

    04/22/2006 2:34:31 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 23 replies · 758+ views
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    Inspired by box-office smashes such as The Passion of the Christ and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, studios are not only casting an eye to more religious-themed stories, but they're also marketing movies more aggressively than ever to churchgoers. Producers now find themselves making sales pitches to ministers. Executives are screening films in church community rooms. One studio has created a "faith division" to market to the devout. The strategy has two aims: to use faith-based hits to help staunch a three-year box-office slide and to convert those with little faith in Hollywood fare...
  • Movie the Passion of the Christ Will you watch it Good Friday?

    04/13/2006 5:09:12 PM PDT · by Rosary · 27 replies · 676+ views
    On this Holy Thursday EvE, will anyone before Easter-be watching the Passion of the Christ? In loving memory of Jesus Christ ,true God and true Man-Out of love for mankind He allowed this suffering to open Heaven's Gate, by the will of the Father. We adore Thee O Christ and we bless Thee because by Thy most Holy Cross Thou hast redemmed the world----lest we forget!
  • 'Color of the Cross' film promises race debate

    04/03/2006 2:21:39 PM PDT · by The Ghost of JG · 33 replies · 1,406+ views
    Spero News ^ | Monday, April 03, 2006 | Spero News
    Get prepared. This film of the Passion isn't your typical Hollywood production, and it's producers say playing the race card is needed. It's not Mel Gibson's The Passion, but folks involved in this big-screen's production are no less passionate in bringing this adaption of Christ's last 48 hours to your local cinema house in a film that openly plays the race card - with the Messiah cast as a black man. This racial perspective to the conventional biblical story, the producers say, "is sure to challenge Conservative Christian beliefs."
  • Church Digs Mel Gibson's $5 Million

    02/13/2006 9:09:11 AM PST · by laney · 47 replies · 1,535+ views
    Religion News ^ | Feb 13th, 2006
    Mel Gibson made so much money from “The Passion of the Christ” that he’s now putting it where his mouth is, so to speak. He’s continuing to build a religious compound in Malibu for Catholics who reject Vatican II, and is implicitly endorsing his controversial father’s beliefs by helping him launch a similar church in Pennsylvania. Last year, according to federal tax filings, Gibson parked $5 million of his "Passion" profits in his tax-free private foundation — the same vehicle he’s used to pour millions into a 17-acre religious compound he’s building in Agoura Hills, Calif., at a “secret” rural...
  • SPECIAL ALERT! NBC to mock the Crucifixion of Christ

    02/01/2006 1:57:36 PM PST · by nmh · 92 replies · 2,526+ views
    http://www.afa.net ^ | 2/1/2006 | Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
    SPECIAL ALERT! NBC to mock the Crucifixion of Christ Dear (received via e-mail), NBC, fresh from giving us the anti-Christian The Book of Daniel, has decided to hit back at the Christian community by presenting an episode of Will and Grace which mocks the crucifixion of Christ. On the April 13 edition of NBC's Will and Grace, Britney Spears will appear as a Christian conservative sidekick to Sean Hayes' homosexual character, Jack, who hosts his own talk show. Jack's fictional network, Out TV, is bought by a Christian TV network, leading to Spears contributing a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's." To...
  • Millions are paid for THE PASSION OF THE ARK

    04/15/2004 8:15:35 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 18 replies · 533+ views
    Cinescape.com ^ | 15 APR 04 | Patrick Sauriol
    A new spec screenplay has created a lot of heat in Hollywood thanks to Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. Bobby Florsheim and Josh Stolberg's THE PASSION OF THE ARK was sold to Columbia Pictures for $1.5 million dollars, with another million waiting for the two writers if the project gets greenlighted. It's a huge sale for the industry, especially for two previously unproduced screenwriters, but that's the kind of heat that high concept religious movie ideas have in the wake of Gibson's CHRIST film. THE PASSION OF THE ARK is set in the modern day and follows a...
  • Rant

    12/28/2005 4:23:52 AM PST · by far rider · 12 replies · 533+ views
    When did being obnoxious start getting confused with being intellectual? Honestly, I was just in another forum where somebody posted a picture of Jesus hanging on a cross with the caption "Happy Hanukkah, we killed your savior." Didn't these same people bitch and moan when the "Passion Of The Christ" came out because they said Mel Gibson was trying to say just that? But now if you're a left winger you can make a joke out of it and it's okay? The people who do this sort of thing call it "discussion". If you respond to them in like manner,...
  • The Teaser for Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" (Passion Follow-up)

    12/21/2005 9:43:05 AM PST · by pcottraux · 16 replies · 1,141+ views
    comingsoon.net ^ | December 21
    http://www.apple.com/trailers/touchstone/apocalypto/ The Teaser for Mel Gibson's Apocalypto Source: Touchstone Pictures December 21, 2005 Your first look at director Mel Gibson's Apocalypto is now online at Apple, where you can view the teaser trailer in High Definition QuickTime here and in regular QuickTime formats here. Co-written by Gibson and Farhad Safinia, Apocalypto is a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing...
  • 'Narnia' tries to appeal to the religious and secular

    12/11/2005 12:14:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 352+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/11/5 | Edward Guthmann
    Until Mel Gibson delivered "The Passion of the Christ" to the world, Hollywood had no use for religion in movies. "The Ten Commandments" was ancient history, "Ben Hur" a dusty page in movie history. Spirituality was anathema to box office profits. But when Gibson's "Passion" earned $370 million in the United States and $611 million worldwide -- flabbergasting Hollywood, the secular world and the country's growing Christian demographic -- opinion changed. Today, studios are striving to capitalize on the market that "Passion" established -- and a 55-year-old tale from an Oxford theologian is the movie industry's biggest hope. "This is...
  • Christians keep Hollywood profitable.

    12/10/2005 4:37:25 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 56 replies · 1,338+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10 December 2005 | the Editors, National Catholic Register
    That’s what Barbara Nicolosi, who teaches Christians the art of screenwriting, told Godspy, an online magazine, in a recent interview. “A Christian project saved the global box office from 2001 to 2003 with Tolkien’s trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Then another Christian project, The Passion of the Christ, saved the global cineplexes in 2004. And yet another Christian story is going to save the entertainment industry this year with C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” That’s the movie that opens Dec. 9 and is based on the novel by Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, the 20th-century Anglican...
  • The Passion of the Splice: Gibson sues CleanFlicks

    11/18/2005 6:38:17 PM PST · by solitas · 27 replies · 824+ views
    relapsedcatholic.blogspot.com ^ | 11/18/2005 | Kathy
    Christian vs Christian in pop culture smackdown: "Mel Gibson's film production company has filed a lawsuit against a Utah firm for editing his movie The Passion of the Christ. The suit targets Ray Lines and his company CleanFlicks, which edits the nudity, violence and foul language out of films. (...) "The lawsuit is not asking for compensation, KUTV reports, but rather seeks to shut down CleanFlicks for good."
  • Mel Gibson turns from Christ's Passion to Mayan blood rites

    10/29/2005 6:40:07 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 65 replies · 2,396+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 10/30/05 | David Smith
    His most recent film, featuring flayings and floggings and with dialogue in Aramaic and Latin, was a worldwide hit. Now Mel Gibson has announced his next project will be set against the bloodthirsty backdrop of the Mayan empire - this time in an ancient dialect called Yucatec. Gibson's The Passion of the Christ last year became the most successful independent film ever made, grossing more than £200 million worldwide. It was also a hit in America's bible belt, which has long felt ignored by Hollywood. The star claims that his new thriller, Apocalypto, will champion another neglected cause, the millions...
  • Viewers with a viewpoint: Can Christians change the culture by going to the movies?

    10/28/2005 9:51:06 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 72 replies · 1,610+ views
    WORLD ^ | November 5, 2005 | Gene Edward Veith
    Here is how Christians can change Hollywood, according to Jonathan Bock: "Go to more movies." As a publicist, the founder of Grace Hill Media, Mr. Bock might be biased, but here is his reasoning, as explained in the book Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture (Baker): "If Christians would go as a demographic bloc to a movie on opening weekend, we could make that movie a hit. And the studios would make more films just like it." The movie industry has been in the economic doldrums, with declining ticket sales and a smaller demographic slice going...
  • Mel's Passion--to Be Wrong

    10/16/2005 9:17:31 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 32 replies · 1,775+ views
    US News- Washington Whispers ^ | 10/24/05 | Paul Bedard
    The man who brought religion to the big screen with The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson, is jumping back into the fray with his first-ever book endorsement, we hear. Friends say he's promoting the new book The Right to Be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion in America. The basic premise: When it comes to dealing with religion in public, you don't have to be right. In an E-mail provided to Whispers from the Becket Fund, a religious liberties legal group, Gibson says, "Making The Passion of the Christ taught me many things. One was just how scared...
  • Hollywood marketing films through churches

    09/23/2005 7:24:58 AM PDT · by Watershed · 6 replies · 718+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | September 23, 2005 | Gary Gentile
    LOS ANGELES -- At some of the largest and most influential Christian churches in the country, the lights dim and congregants watch a sneak preview of a new movie -- about golf. The Walt Disney Co. is marketing "The Greatest Game Ever Played" to faith-based groups even though the film, about Francis Ouimet's improbable win in the 1913 U.S. Open, isn't overtly religious.
  • Hollywood Marketing Films Through Churches

    09/22/2005 8:37:41 PM PDT · by doesnt suffer fools gladly · 5 replies · 799+ views
    Hollywood Marketing Films Through Churches By GARY GENTILE LOS ANGELES (AP) - At some of the largest and most influential Christian churches in the country, the lights dim and congregants watch a sneak preview of a new movie - about golf. The Walt Disney Co. is marketing "The Greatest Game Ever Played" to faith-based groups even though the film, about Francis Ouimet's improbable win in the 1913 U.S. Open, isn't overtly religious. "Its themes are about family, about not giving up on your dreams, courage," said Dennis Rice, head of publicity at the Walt Disney Studios. "They are very secular...
  • Mel makes a war movie (Thistlethwaite bashes Passion, Mel's then, and Judge Robert's Now)

    09/15/2005 4:34:21 PM PDT · by gobucks · 12 replies · 832+ views
    (Chicago Tribune) ^ | Feb 23, 2003 | Susan Thistlethwaite
    <p>In one of the last scenes of Mel Gibson's controversial new film "The Passion of the Christ," a muscular Jesus, his body battered but curiously unbowed by the prolonged torture of the last hours of his life, rises from the tomb with a stern look on his face, turns and marches off into the sunset. Jesus is portrayed as an action hero in this film by this well-known Hollywood actor and filmmaker.</p>
  • Jim Caviezel Presents 'The Passion of the Christ' to World Youth Day Pilgrims

    08/23/2005 7:01:45 AM PDT · by LifeSite News · 6 replies · 843+ views
    DUSSELDORF, August 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," presented the film to thousands of youth delegates at World Youth Day in Germany. The screening, which also included prayer and sharing was held at UTL Arena, an outdoor stadium in Dusseldorf, one of the three German cities hosting World Youth Day. The event was sponsored by Holy Cross Family Ministries (HCFM), Easton, Massachusetts. Kerri Caviezel, Jim's wife, gave a short testimony and introduced her husband. Jim Caviezel, a committed Catholic, addressed the youth and introduced "The Passion of the...
  • 'Passion of the Christ' actor Jim Caviezel presents film at 2005 World Youth Day

    08/20/2005 2:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 3,670+ views
    South Coast Today ^ | August 20, 2005
    DUSSELDORF, Germany -- Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," presented the film yesterday to 25,000 youth delegates at 2005 World Youth Day. He also addressed the youth and led them in a decade of the rosary. The event was held at the UTL Arena, an outdoor stadium in Dusseldorf, one of the three German cities hosting World Youth Day activities, last Tuesday through tomorrow. . The others are Cologne and Bonn. The activity was sponsored by Holy Cross Family Ministries of Easton, Mass., which is composed of ministries furthering the mission of...
  • Mel tongue-ties studios;'Apocalypto' to be filmed in obscure Mayan dialect (MEL GIBSON ALERT)

    07/25/2005 5:20:32 PM PDT · by Liz · 82 replies · 5,356+ views
    VARIETY ^ | July 25, 2005, | MICHAEL FLEMING
    Gibson When production chiefs from selected studios trooped to Icon Prods. headquarters after an invite to read the film Mel Gibson planned for summer 2006, they were surprised at the very first page of the script. "The dialogue you are about to read will not be spoken in English." Gibson, who last made the most successful Aramaic-language film ever, is at it again. "Apocalypto" hardly fits the traditional definition of a summer film. Set 500 years ago, pic will be filmed in an obscure Mayan dialect, presumably with the same kind of subtitles Gibson reluctantly added to "The Passion...
  • Hollywood Finds Jesus

    07/21/2005 7:03:47 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 35 replies · 1,337+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/21/05 | Limbacher
    Hollywood has found a new marketing tool &#65533; Jesus Christ. Following the tremendous success of Mel Gibson&#65533;s "Passion of the Christ&#65533; &#65533; which took in $370 million at the domestic box office &#65533; mainstream Hollywood is adjusting to what it perceives to be a rising religiosity in America. Directors, studio executives and marketing experts have been seeking to entice an audience that made its power felt with "Passion,&#65533; according to a report in the International Herald Tribune. "Mel Gibson did us a service,&#65533; said Bob Waliszewski, a media specialist with Focus on the Family, an evangelical group. "The Hollywood elites&#65533;...
  • Christmas in Tokyo (Passion of the Christ advertisement....just damn)

    07/19/2005 4:21:27 PM PDT · by jb6 · 13 replies · 821+ views
    Hi All and Merry Christmas! Here is a billboard I took a photo of in the Ebisu subway station. There are three files below -- one is the entire billboard, the others are just zoomed-in shots of each side. It appears that some advertising company was asked by a Tokyo distributor to do a special ad for Christmas for the Passion of the Christ DVD. Apparently nobody who was actually Christian got to review the ad before it was posted for thousands of people to see on their way home for Christmas Eve. - JJ
  • Is Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion’ a Tool to Convert Jews? (Rapper 50 Shekel Converts)

    07/18/2005 1:53:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 662+ views
    New Yorl Magazine ^ | July 18-25 | Shana Liebman
    Nearly two years after it was labeled anti-Semitic (before it even came out), The Passion of the Christ might actually be converting Jews to Jesus. Take rapper 50 Shekel, who found notoriety with “In Da Shul,” a moderately clever parody of a 50 Cent hip-hop track (the Washington Post featured Shekel in a piece about being “Young, Jewish and . . . Cool”). He recently announced that he has found Jesus—inspired by the movie, which he calls “the most Jewish film ever made. They were calling Jesus ‘Yeshua’ . . . After seeing Mary sing ‘Ma nish-ta nah,’ I was...
  • "The Passion" of the Composer (John Debney turns Soundtrack into Symphony)

    07/05/2005 4:04:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 807+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 4, 2005
    ROME, JULY 4, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The composer of the soundtrack for film "The Passion of the Christ" has extended his original work into a symphony. John Debney will conduct a world premiere of the symphony in Rome this Wednesday. He arrived here Friday for rehearsals. Beforehand, he gave ZENIT more insight into his work. Q: Could you please give us a glimpse of what we're expecting here in Rome? Is there a difference between the symphony and the soundtrack? Debney: Yes. Certainly, this whole idea started when I was composing music for the film with Mel Gibson and I thought...
  • THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH 'SITH':Star Wars Film Breaks 'Passion' Advance Ticket Record (by 5x!)

    05/15/2005 2:59:40 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 46 replies · 1,257+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | Week of May 6-13 2005
    Fandango, the nation's largest online and phone movie ticketing service, is already reporting that Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is slated to be the top selling title in the company's five year history.The film is positioned to dethrone the former ticketed champ, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.SITH has seen a 75% week over week continious increase in ticket sales. An astounding 80% of US film fans responding to a Fandango poll said they planned to see SITH the opening weekend.SITH has accounted for 79% of Fandango's weekly ticket sails. Moviegoer anticiapation is so high that...
  • Hindu fundamentalists injure Christians during screening of ‘The Passion of the Christ’

    04/01/2005 6:36:23 AM PST · by wesley_windam-price · 102 replies · 2,258+ views
    Asia News ^ | March 31, 2005 | Asia News
    Kochi (AsiaNews) – A gaggle of Hindu fundamentalists assaulted Christians who were watching a screening of The Passion of the Christ inside the Kanai Church, the oldest church in the state of Kerala (south-western India). One Christian was seriously wounded and scores of others were beaten and injured, including women and children. The incident occurred on Easter Eve in Chalakud Taluna when 25 militants from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)—the paramilitary wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—disrupted the viewing of Mel Gibson’s movie and started attacking the spectators, one of whom George Kutty, was seriously hurt. Kanai Church members...
  • Mark Steyn: One Nation Under God (Flashback article about Mel's The Passion film from March 2004)

    03/26/2005 8:01:48 PM PST · by NZerFromHK · 14 replies · 2,547+ views
    Steynonline (originally The (UK) Spectator) ^ | March 13th 2004 | Mark Steyn
    The other day, the guy on my local radio station mentioned that The Passion of The Christ was the Number One movie in America. ‘So congrats to Mel Gibson,’ he said. ‘And it’ll probably hold on to the Number One slot until the new Starsky & Hutch opens.’ It’s always useful to keep things in proportion. But, in fact, Starsky & Hutch opened and The Passion cleaned its clock. Last weekend, it took in $51.4 million, as against S&H’s $29.05 million. By then, The Passion’s total gross was up around $212 million. Pace my radio guy, mid-Seventies nostalgia is no...
  • Reflections for Good Friday: The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord

    03/25/2005 9:00:03 PM PST · by murphE · 7 replies · 882+ views
    DailyCatholic.org ^ | 03/25/05 | Jacob Michael
    GOOD FRIDAYMarch 25, 2005vol 16, no. 84 Five Days of Sorrow: Fifth Sorrowful Mystery Reflections for Good Friday: The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord "We can only respond to this mystery by entering into eternal adoration and worship, along with all of the angels and saints! Certainly, this will be our lot in Heaven, but observe how the Father intends for us to share first in the Cross of Christ, as we have seen in the preceding mysteries. The glory which Our Lord has, He has because He intends to share it with us, His children; yet, we...
  • GOOD FRIDAY: In Pictures (Around the World)

    03/25/2005 11:22:00 AM PST · by El_Doctor · 8 replies · 1,827+ views
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4382321.stm The Link to the website with all the pictures...very interesting.