1. Amazon has posted a video of an M. Night Shyamalan interview, where he talks about and reads from his children’s book, Lady in the Water (a film to which this blog is looking forward).
2. Comic Reel provides links to a Latino Review interview with Peter Fonda, who plays Mephistopheles in the upcoming Ghost Rider. You can also read a June 6 interview with Nic Cage, who plays Johnny Blaze, at the same site. Why is Ghost Rider being followed by this blog? Because, as this blog has said before, comic-book movies often carry a lot of worthwhile themes and relevance to both Christians and our culture.
3. Christianity Today (and GetReligion as well as a slew of media outlets) picked up on a Reuters’ piece about The Resurrection (so new it doesn’t even have an IMDB page yet). CT reports that, “According to Reuters, the film—planned for an Easter release—will be ‘using the Bible for its source material.’ The movie will tell the story of Christ's final days on earth, starting on the day he died and ending on the day of his ascension. Sony commission the script to be written by Lionel Chetwynd, whose credits include the Emmy-nominated TV production Ike: Countdown to D-Day. Producing the film is none other than evangelical author Tim LaHaye, co-writer of the popular Left Behind series. One insider described the ambitions for the project: ‘This is not a fanciful rendering. It's a serious attempt to understand the Roman world in which Christ moved and the Christian era was born.’” The Tim LaHaye reference raised Terry Mattingly’s eyebrows. Mine, too.
4. CT also provides this link, which says last year's Serenity (which made CT’s 2005 Critics’ Choice Awards list—and its one of my favs, too) is making its way back into theaters in order “to benefit the favorite charity of creator Joss Whedon. Dubbed Serenity Now/Equality Now, the event will screen Serenity in 40 cities in five countries on three continents. The shows will take place from June 22-24, and proceeds will benefit Equality Now, an organization supporting the protection and rights of women around the world.” Why is the film noteworthy? CT says: "George Lucas may have capped off the Star Wars saga with a bang, but Serenity was the year's most intelligent and clever sci-fi film. Joss Whedon's cinematic debut wraps up his prematurely cancelled TV series Firefly with a film that explores spiritual and political themes without beating us over the head with sloganeering and polemics. It's loaded with top-notch action and a suspenseful, well crafted script laced with snappy dialogue and wit. The complex characters share a chemistry that's irresistible.”
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