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C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Book Wars and Friendship Subject of Film

posted by Corine Gatti

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UK-based Attraction Films will produce a drama on the odd and turbulent relationship between authors C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien set in Britain during  and after World War I.

Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, and Tolkien penned The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, all a smashing success. At a deeper level both men needed each other for these works. Lewis faltered in his faith, and Tolkien, a devote Catholic, helped lead Lewis back to God.

“Very few people knew that Tolkien and Lewis were friends and without the friendship, Lewis would have never become a Christian and become the world’s greatest Christian apologist.”

Tolkien, who struggled to write The Lord of the Rings, might have never written his book without an audience of one, Lewis. Tolkien never believed his work was good enough, said Pramschufer, and the film exposes their struggles.

“They both had human failings, like we all do. We show them in a very human and compassionate way. We’re not trying to deify them or pull them down or Hollywoodize them. We’re just trying to make this story as real as possible.”

Three years of research went into building the story. Information available from the public domain was used, not from any other published biography, Pramschufer explained.

“We took a timeline from when they were first born, through when they passed away and we noted every notable achievement. We plotted the two timelines together to see where interesting things coincided. Where we found the maximum interest in the story is when the two men were both writing their books and it became in a way—book wars.”

Directed by Simon West of The Expendables 2, the film will be released in 2015.

 

Not Just Another Football Movie

posted by Angela Guzman

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There are a lot of statistics when it comes to sports – best finishes, points scored, worst finishes and of course winning streaks. The amount of pressure that a team experiences when exposed to a winning streak is intense. So when Coach Bob Ladouceur coached De La Salle High School through a 151 game winning streak from 1992 – 2003, the intensity for 11 years is nothing far from film worthy.

The Game Stands Tall is a film adaptation about the historical winning streak. Jim Caviezel plays the illustrious Coach Bob Ladouceur. What makes this movie different from other football films like Remember the Titans and The Blind Side, is that this movie is not about winning – it’s about picking yourself up when you lose. It’s about finding inspiration, amongst the critics and naysayers, and building off of that to become great.

Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern and Clancy Brown are also in the film and they embody the real life characters that they portray.

The film focuses on Coach Ladouceur, played by Caviezel,  and the passion and devotion that he brings to the table. It’s never solely about the game, he always has the best interest and intent for his players as his number one priority. Unlike other coaches, in sports, Ladouceur strives to make the most of every opportunity and never allows the streak to take over.

The Game Stands Tall hits theaters on August 22, 2014. For more information click here.

THE IDENTITY SERIES Premiers Today

posted by jgordon1

the identity series; the identical filCity of Peace Films, Gray Media and in::cite Media, debut a new Christian show challenging believers to come to grips with their identity in Christ. THE IDENTITY SERIES features content from the parent film THE IDENTICAL, a story about a preacher who takes a life turn to pursue a music career. “THE IDENTICAL is not religious; it’s where people are living right now,” said Yochanan Marcellino, president and CEO of City of Peace Films.

Every half-hour episode prominent faith leaders, including best-selling author Max Lucado, Lifechurch.tv’s Craig Groeschel, Bishop George Bloomer and Rev. Samuel Rodriquez, will shed light on what it means to really go after God’s call on your life.

Other faith leaders featured include: Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore; Mike Breaux, pastor of Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas; Miles McPherson, pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego; author Lisa Harper; author Holly Wagner; Bil Cornelius, pastor of Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, Texas; Raleigh Washington, president of Promise Keepers; David Nasser, pastor of Christ City Church in Birmingham, Ala.; and best-selling author Lee Strobel.

THE IDENTITY SERIES will air Aug. 1-Sept. 5 on both secular and Christian television networks, including: ABC Family, CMT, Lifetime, Discovery Channel, TBN, Daystar, The Word Network, INSP and TCT. Churches also have the opportunity to stream episodes to their congregation during services. For more information on this visit www.theidentityseries.com.

“Our IDENTITY SERIES brings relevancy to the modern churchgoer,” Marcellino explained, “by elevating the movie’s core truth, that Jesus Christ alone can answer the question we all ask ourselves: Who am I and what am I here for?”

Couple Alert! ‘It Takes A Church’ Show Makes a Match

posted by Genice Phillips

Randy Phillips and Rhoda Nyirenda. It Takes A Church.

The GSN show, ‘It Takes a Church,’ confirms that love matches are possible.

Bachelor and business owner Randy Phillips opened his heart to the members of his church in Tempe, Arizona, allowing them to play matchmaker and help him find his leading lady. Eight contestants went through a series of questions and challenges for Randy to narrow down and choose the person he felt he was most compatible with.

In the end, he chose Rhonda Nyirenda, a talented executive assistant from Malawi. Together after four months, Randy and Rhoda are getting serious in their relationship.

Both had struggled with trusting in the possibility of love, with Rhoda having her heart broken in the past and Randy dealing with the passing of his older brother at a young age. After discussing their faith and values, their connection grew.

A scene from the episode showed Randy and Rhoda enjoying their one-on-one date as they rode horses and had a deep, engaging conversation about life, family, and love. For Randy, he knew Rhoda was someone he could really see himself being with.

“At first I thought she was visually stunning, but I was afraid that was all, Randy explains. “I started to wonder: is she about image or more substance? Is she beautiful on the inside?”

“Through that conversation, the wall just crumbled,” he says. “ It was at that moment where everything completely changed.”

Since being together, their faith and relationship has tremendously grown.

“We pray together and for each other. He prays for me,” Rhoda says. “After getting my heart broken, I wasn’t interested in dating for a long time. I was afraid to let my wall down,” she explained. “But being with Randy… God used Randy to break those walls down for me. I’m so thankful to God for placing Randy in my life.”

Rhoda says she cherishes Randy’s selfless personality and is blessed to have him in her life.

“I never really used to understand putting the other person’s needs before your own. But Randy is so selfless,” Rhoda says. “He’s always putting his needs second and not just through his words but his actions. It shows how special he is and how he treats me,” she explains. “It blows my mind away. I am very happy.”

Randy agrees. “Everyday there is something that adds to the relationship.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

It Takes a Church‘ season finale premieres Thursday, July 31. Applications are now being accepted for season two.

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