This month, several excellent films will be releasing, but mostly to select theaters. Find out if these movies are playing in your area, and be sure to check back with the websites if your city is not listed. “Select theater” engagements regularly add new venues as they gain momentum. Others like Saving Christmas may be available for download opening night.
An all-star cast, that includes Academy Award-nominees Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Academy Award-winners Renee Zellweger and Jon Voight, has begun shooting "Same Kind of Different as Me," a movie based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent (author of "Heaven is for Real"). Paramount Pictures recently announced that principal photograph for the movie began Oct. 27 in Jackson, Miss.
The movie follows an international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) who must befriend a dangerous homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife (Renee Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives. Jon Voight plays Hall's father, with whom he reconciles thanks to the revelations of his new life.
"Same Kind of Different Me" will be directed by newcomer Michael Carney, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce through Disruption Entertainment, alongside Darren Moorman, Stephen Johnson and Ron Hall. The executive producers are Chris Bancroft, Hans Graffunder Michael Carney and Foard.
For more information on the bestselling book by Hall, Moore and Vincent, please visit www.samekindofdifferentasme.com.
In early October, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide saw the inaugural film in Dr. James Dobson's "Building a Family Legacy" series during its simulcast world premiere.
Dobson is author of more than 40 books and is considered to be the nation's leading advocate for the importance of godly families. In 2008, his son Ryan, encouraged him to compile his life’s work into a project that would benefit a new generation of parents.
"This is the culmination of my life's pursuit—helping parents build a family legacy of faith that will endure for generations," Dobson said in a press release. "Despite what the media and popular culture claim, there is deep hunger for a family emphasis on faith and passing our values on to the next generation. The worldwide turnout for 'Building a Family Legacy' shows it."
The simulcast sites spanned 49 states and 21 countries. Dobson's vital message for families reached many areas including especially challenging ones such as Malaysia, China, and Afghanistan. More than 7,000 churches and other groups simulcast "Your Legacy," the first film in the series.
The movie, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” inspired by the story of Moses will hit theaters nationwide on Dec. 12. but it is the film’s star and director’s unique spin on the iconic Biblical figure that is currently making the headlines.
"I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life," Christian Bale, who plays Moses, told the “The Hollywood Reporter.”
Bale, who admitted that he was not knowledgeable about the Bible and had to do some significant research for the role, such as reading the Torah, Koran, and Moses: A Life by Jonathan Kirsch.
"The big one for me, other than realizing I had no idea about Moses at all, was just how complex a character he was," Bale told reporters during an early screening of the trailer. "He was a very troubled, tumultuous man and mercurial. But the biggest surprise was the nature of God. He was equally very mercurial."
I find it a fascinating coincidence that Fight Church, a new documentary about preachers who hold “fight clubs” at their houses of worship, was released on Netflix less than 24 hours after controversial pastor Mark Driscoll resigned from Mars Hill Church.
Driscoll had drawn criticism for his loose tongue and penchant for tough talk, including revelations that, while trolling online as “William Wallace II,” he complained that America is a “pussified” nation because its Christian men aren’t manly enough.
This past weekend, controversial documentary The Principle, which explores the significance of the earth’s place in the cosmos, opened exclusively in Chicago to both rave reviews and sold-out crowds.
“We expected a strong opening, but we didn’t expect the outpouring of support we received in the Chicago market,” said Rick DeLano, the film’s writer and producer. “We knew that The Principle would have a great impact on those who viewed the film, and our confidence was renewed by not only the number of people who viewed the film, but the variety.
According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, The Principle achieved the highest per-screen average for a film opening on one screen, and ranked number four in per-screen average overall. The successful debut has prompted additional openings in Chicago, Los Angeles, and other key markets.
“We are excited to bring astounding new findings in cosmology to the forefront, and ask the simple question of if we are significant to a wider audience,” DeLano explained.
After making its debut on Oct. 24, 23Blast, a movie about the first blind football player Travis Freeman, received critical praise and connected with audiences across the U.S.
Super Bowl Winning Coach and all-pro Dad National Spokesman Tony Dungy and Gov. Mike Huckabee were among the fans that encouraged moviegoers to see the inspirational film, which received the Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice award in 2013.
The movie’s cast and crew were on hand during two star-studded premieres last weekend in New York City and Lexington, Ky. The New York City world premiere drew support and attendance from such stars and sports figures as New York Jets’ wide receiver David Nelson, former Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets’ fullback Tony Richardson, as well as actors Josh Charles, David Hyde Pierce, Victor Garber and Richard Kind.
Warner Bros. is launching development on a “King David” project, setting up the Biblical story with Gulfstream Pictures’ producers Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
It’s the second David project in the works in Hollywood. Variety reported in July that Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott were developing a movie focusing on the King of Israel following the battle of David and Goliath.
A new trailer was recently released for the acclaimed documentary Little Hope for Arson, which follows the story behind 10 East Texas church fires during one-month time span in 2010 and the manhunt for the culprits that ensues afterward.
According to a company press release, the film’s distribution company, The Orchard and production companies theCollaborate and Goodnight Smoke plan to release the film on Nov. 21 in New York and Nov. 23, in the heart of East Texas where the story takes place. On Nov. 28, the film will then hit Los Angeles theaters as well as a number of other cities afterward.