Posts Categorized: New Films

Long road for Reza Aslan’s ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ from Bible to TV

Ten years ago, Reza Aslan and his business partner Mahyad Tousi established BoomGen Studios, which consults with Hollywood on content about the Middle East. BoomGen is now a production company with two hit television shows, Ovation’s “Rough Draft with Reza Aslan,” a talk show, and the new “Of Kings and Prophets,” which airs Tuesday nights… Read more »

The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Director Laura Dunn divides The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry into chapters–themes really–around Berry’s life and work. And because it’s not just a chronology of his life, it’s even more engaging. The film considers Berry in all of his roles (explicitly and implicitly) as father, farmer, writer/poet, and prophet. In doing so, it reveals… Read more »

First look at Jack Huston in the new Ben-Hur

It’s one thing to have the concept for another cinematic take on Lew Wallace’s novel Ben-Hur. It’s quite another to see Jack Huston filling a role once made famous (and famously Oscar-winning) by Charlton Heston. But the first images from the new movie have arrived. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, this latest Ben-Hur pledges to skirt… Read more »

Televangelists Threaten Controversial New Film ‘Canaan Land’ That Exposes Charismatic Movement’s ‘Frauds’

‘Canaan Land,’ a feature dramatic film telling a contemporary story of an Elmer Gantryish evangelist, is in preproduction. Written and directed by former healing evangelist Richard Rossi, the film contrasts fake healers with the true article, resulting in backlash from televangelists. Rossi plays a con man preacher who falls in love with a female evangelist,… Read more »

Jared Leto-Produced Cult Documentary ‘Holy Hell’ Gets May Release

FilmRise has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Will Allen’s cult documentary “Holy Hell,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The distributor will release the film theatrically on May 20. The documentary provides an inside look at a secretive spiritual cult known as the Buddha Field, formed during the ’80s in West Hollywood. Allen joined… Read more »