The hypocrisy of Hollywood knows no bounds and it never has. It has just changed over time.

by Gramfan on February 6, 2014

in Christianity, Gramfan (team member), video and film

Telegraph (UK): Biblical films’ Hollywood comeback:
Superheroes are being elbowed out by Noah and Mary as Hollywood makes 2014 year of the biblical epic

Hypocrisy meter

The saint-like image of a hooded woman looms out from the movie poster, her arms outstretched as a divine light bursts from the sky. A message written above is simple and unambiguous: “You Will Believe.”

So goes the promotional campaign for the forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster Mary Mother of Christ. “It is a part of Mary, Joseph and Jesus’s life that has not been shown on the big screen before,” reads a synopsis. “Under the reign of terror of Herod the Great and, against all odds, they survive as young parents in one of the most treacherous times in history.” It promises “faith-based high action drama” − and there is no room in the audience for doubting Thomases.

Mary Mother of Christ, whose title character will be played by Odeya Rush, a 16-year-old Israeli-born actress, is one of a series of unashamedly Christian biblical epics due to appear next year, marking an unprecedented overture by Hollywood to America’s evangelical heartland.

Studio executives who have spent the past few years releasing superhero and zombie films have, it seems, had an epiphany. Now their new best friends are evangelical pastors whose endorsements they actively seek, even inviting them on to sets during production. Pastors in turn play clips from films of which they approve to 10,000-strong congregations on 40ft wide movie screens.

Larry Ross, who has handled publicity for Christian groups and leaders including Rick Warren and Billy Graham, said “no pastor goes to seminary in order to market movies” but if the movie “proves edifying to their congregation, if it builds their faith”, they would recommend it.

In March audiences will be treated to Noah, a $150million special effects-laden extravaganza, in which Russell Crowe will build an ark and rescue mankind from the Great Flood. Harry Potter actress Emma Watson will play his adopted daughter, and Sir Anthony Hopkins is portraying Methuselah. The ark was built on Long Island, New York.

Noah will be followed by Sir Ridley Scott’s Exodus, in which Christian Bale, as Moses, will part the Red Sea. Scenes from ancient Egypt have been reconstructed in southern Spain, with Bale wielding a bow and arrow and Sigourney Weaver playing the Pharaoh’s wife. Scott has described the film, in a less than godly phrase, as “F—— huge”.

Another movie of Moses’s life called Gods and Kings is also planned. Steven Spielberg was due to make it but has been replaced by Ang Lee, who won the Best Director Oscar this year for Life of Pi. Meanwhile, Son of God will tell the story of Jesus’s life, with Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado in the lead role. Will Smith is said to be planning a film based on the story of Cain and Abel, and Brad Pitt is rumoured to be playing Pontius Pilate in a separate project. There will also be Resurrection, in which a Roman soldier is sent to investigate Christ’s death. It has been likened to “Gladiator, with a mystery bent”.

Phil Cooke, a film-maker and media consultant to Christian organisations, said Hollywood’s epiphany had financial, not spiritual, origins. “What’s happened is they’ve understood it’s very good business to take Christians seriously, and this is a real serious market,” he said.

“For years Hollywood bent over backwards to reach special interest groups, be it feminists or environmentalists. It has finally realised that there are 91  million evangelical Christians in America.”
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The hypocrisy of Hollywood knows no bounds and it never has. It has just changed over time.

“For years Hollywood bent over backwards to reach special interest groups, be it feminists or environmentalists. It has finally realised that there are 91 million evangelical Christians in America.”

As the Bible says “The love of money is the root of all evil”!

And surely the recent case of “Duck Dynasty” is a classic example. I have never watched it but I believe strongly in the right of free speech and that means you have to take the good with the bad. A & E acted for financial reasons, not principles.

I have been around for quite some time. I admit I love movies, usually older ones but some new ones too, and have seen many Biblical films.

Full disclaimer – I am no expert in theology and don’t attend religious institutions.

The miniseries “The Bible” somewhat lost me after seeing a Samson with dreadlocks although I thought the telling of Jesus’s story was done remarkably well; possibly better than any other I have watched.

I was quite amazed that the actor who portrayed Satan bore a remarkable resemblance to a certain ‘world leader,’ yet the actor who portrayed Jesus, Diogo Morgado, was quite the ‘hunk’! A coincidence?

I have watched many biblical epics in my life for example:

The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston. Superb sets and design, amazing costumes and great characterisations.

I would say exactly the same about “Samson and Delilah” with Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature. At the very least both these films are visual treats.

The Bible” with John Huston – not so much.

And the same applies to “Sodom and Gomorrah” with Stewart Granger. Not a personal favourite either.

I won’t go through all the ones I have seen – that would take me a long time!

Then of course there are the ‘spinoffs’ like “Ben Hur”, “Quo Vadis” and other related tales of Judea like “Masada” for example, and even musicals like “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

My main point is that there was a time when Hollywood was different. Whilst it may have been a mini-version of “Sodom and Gomorrah” behind the scenes it was making films that portrayed Western Culture in a positive way.

It lauded the achievements of our Judaeo-Christian culture. I guess that is hypocritical too but the audiences loved the product! It made them feel good about themselves and their way of life. It had a very public “moral compass”! What does it have now? A leftist political agenda it seems.

This “public morality” was applicable not only to Biblical movies but also movies about our daily lives, for example – “Mr Smith Goes To Washington”, “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and let’s not forget the way Hollywood supported the effort of the allies in WW2, and after the war there was the portrayal of the ‘typical family’ in so many TV shows like “Father Knows Best”, Leave it to Beaver and yes, even “The Brady Bunch”!

Now I can’t help but wonder how leftist-dominated Hollywood is going to rewrite The Bible! I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Frankly I am not holding my breath in expectation of anything particularly edifying. I hope I am wrong!

One thing I know for sure: Hollywood will never tackle the true story of Mohammed in these politically-correct times although they did it years ago with Anthony Quinn! Now they wouldn’t have the guts to even try it!! I challenge them to do so!

“The Message” Movie Trailer 1977 – Story of Islam

Published on Feb 9, 2013 by Bright3tar

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074896/

Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed — who, in accordance with the tenants of Islam, is never to be depicted (as this is against certain Islamic schools of thought). In Mecca in the 7th century, Mohammed is visited by a vision of the Angel Gabriel, who urges him to lead the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of Kaaba and instead worship the one true God, speaking out against the corrupt political and military leaders who rule Mecca. With the help of his uncle, a brave warrior named Hamza (Anthony Quinn), Mohammed and his followers return to Mecca to liberate the city in the name of God. The Message (originally screened in the U.S. as Mohammed, Messenger of God) proved to be highly controversial during its production and initial release. Unfounded rumors had it that Mohammed would not only be depicted in the film, but that he was to be played by Charlton Heston or Peter O’Toole. This resulted in protests by some Muslim, until director Moustapha Akkad hired a staff of respected Islamic clerics as technical advisors. The Message was shot in two versions, one in English and one in Arabic (entitled Al-Ris-Alah), with different actors taking over some of the roles due to language requirements.

Cast:
Anthony Quinn … Hamza
Irene Papas … Hind
Michael Ansara … Abu Sofyan
Johnny Sekka … Bilal
Michael Forest … Khalid
Garrick Hagon … Ammar
Damien Thomas … Zaid
André Morell André Morell … Abu-Talib
Martin Benson Martin Benson … Abu-Jahal
Robert Brown … Otba
Rosalie Crutchley … Somaya
Bruno Barnabe … Umaya
Neville Jason … Jaafar
John Bennett … Salool
Donald Burton … Amr

“Unlike movies based on superheroes, or the latest literary sensation such as Fifty Shades of Grey, the studios will not have to pay millions of dollars in copyright and licensing fees. The stories in the Bible are free to use.”

Says it all, no?

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