NASHVILLE (BP) -- The new psychological thriller "Joker" is a "dangerous" movie that glorifies violence and could spark copycats, even if it does raise important questions about mental illness and society's downtrodden, say faith-based reviewers who screened the film. The Warner Bros/DC Films movie opens in theaters this weekend, revealing the backstory to the villain best-known as Batman's nemesis.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The faith-based film "Overcomer" earned an A+ CinemaScore grade from moviegoers and opened in the Top 5 over the weekend, marking the fourth straight time a movie from filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick has debuted that high. "Overcomer" grossed $8.14 million, landing it in third place behind "Angel Has Fallen" ($21.3 million) and "Good Boys" ($11.6 million) but ahead of "Hobbs and Shaw" ($8.068 million) and "The Lion King" ($8.065 million).
ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- Alex and Stephen Kendrick have enjoyed box-office success that few filmmakers ever will experience. Their movies "Fireproof" (2008) and "Courageous" (2011) both opened in the Top 4. Their 2015 movie "War Room" climbed to No. 1 in America on its second weekend. They've been interviewed by big-city newspapers and broadcast networks.
ANAHEIM, Calif (BP) -- The filmmaking team behind "I Can Only Imagine" and "Woodlawn" launched a new faith-based movie studio Wednesday (March 27) -- Kingdom Studios -- and unveiled four new theatrical films in a first-of-its-kind venture within the Christian movie industry. Lionsgate, the Hollywood company that released such mainstream hits as "La La Land" and "The Hunger Games" series, will fund and distribute them.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Society may be confused about the true definition of manhood, but pastor and author Tony Evans said God's Word is clear. The Bible, he says, reveals what God expects from men, even if the cultural tide is swimming in the opposite direction.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Jake McEntire was a movie-minded student at Dallas Baptist University in 2004 when he felt God leading him to write a film script. Thanks to prodding from a few friends -- and lots of prayer -- McEntire finally did so. McEntire's 14-year-old screenplay becomes reality Feb. 22 when "Run the Race" is released in theaters. Former NFL and college football player Tim Tebow and his brother Robby served as executive producers, while Chris Dowling (Where Hope Grows) directed it. The WTA Group, a company that helped market "I Can Only Imagine," also was involved.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The filmmaking tandem behind the faith-based movies "War Room" and "Courageous" have released a teaser trailer for their next movie, "Overcomer," which will hit theaters in August 2019 and spotlight the believer's identity in Christ. The 90-second trailer includes cast members Priscilla Shirer ("War Room," "I Can Only Imagine"), Shari Rigby ("October Baby," "Wildflower"), Cameron Arnett ("Meet The Browns," "Stand Your Ground") and newcomer Aryn Wright-Thompson. Alex Kendrick -- the film's director -- plays a basketball coach. His filmmaking brother, Stephen Kendrick, produced it.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Filmmaker Jon Erwin says his father often told him to "dream big, dream bold, dream the impossible." Erwin has followed that advice, and earlier this year many of those dreams came true with his hit faith-based movie "I Can Only Imagine," which grossed $83 million to become the No. 1 movie all time from Roadside Attractions. It even surpassed that studio's most famous release, the Oscar-winning "Manchester by the Sea" ($47 million).
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Will Graham can do a great impersonation of his late grandfather Billy Graham. But for his role in the upcoming film "Unbroken: Path to Redemption," he was given strict orders: Don't do an impression. "The director said: Don't imitate your grandfather," Graham told Baptist Press. "... My grandfather back then preached extremely fast. But the director said, 'Don't preach fast. Preach slow and be yourself.'" The movie, scheduled to hit theaters Sept. 14, follows the story of Olympian and World War II prisoner Louis Zamperini, who returned home a hero but nearly saw his life and marriage ruined due to PTSD, thoughts of revenge against his captors, and dependency on alcohol. A visit to the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles changed his life forever. He accepted Christ and later became an evangelist and founded Victory Boys Camp, an outreach for at-risk youth.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tim Tebow -- the Heisman Trophy winner, football and baseball player, and television broadcaster -- now has another title to add to his resume: movie producer. Tebow and brother Robby Tebow are executive producers of an upcoming faith-based film, "Run the Race," that tells the fictional story of two brothers who are high school athletes and see their relationship tested when they seek different paths. A release date has not been set for the film, which is in post-production. It was directed by Chris Dowling, who has been involved in other faith-based films including "Where Hope Grows" (producer, 2014) and "Priceless" (writer, 2016). LifeWay Films hosted a screening of "Run the Race" last year following the Southern Baptist Convention's annual Pastor's Conference in Phoenix.