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Jim Caviezel: ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel Will Be ‘Biggest Film in History’

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 1, 2018

Jim Caviezel, the actor who memorably portrayed Jesus in director Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, says that Gibson is planning a sequel that will be “the biggest film in history. It’s that good.”

The Passion is already one the biggest films in history. Fourteen years on it still holds the domestic box office record for an R-rated movie ($371 million). From Gethsemane to Golgotha, The Passion told the story of the last 12 hours of Christ’s life — his arrest, trials, torture, and crucifixion. The Faithful turned out in droves despite an unprecedented campaign within the elite media to smear a film they had not seen as anti-Semitic — which it is not.

The 49-year-old Caviezel says he is back on board to portray Jesus. The story will reportedly revolve around Christ’s resurrection. “There are things that I cannot say that will shock the audience,” he told USA Today. “It’s great. Stay tuned.”

Hollywood’s anti-Christian bigotry was apparent in every major studios’ incomprehensible refusal to distribute The Passion, a film helmed by a huge star, a proven talent who had already won a Best Director Oscar for Braveheart. Gibson, however, got the last laugh.

Off a mere $30 million budget, Gibson still managed to get his film seen in enough theaters worldwide to gross a breathtaking $611 million.

The success of The Passion, which surprised no one who lives in the real world, immediately changed Hollywood. An industry that had been openly hostile to Christians almost immediately began producing and releasing faith-based films, a sea change that continues to this day.

Last year, Gibson talked a little bit about his plans, “The Resurrection. Big subject. Oh, my God,” he told USA Today. “We’re trying to craft this in a way that’s cinematically compelling and enlightening so that it shines new light, if possible, without creating some weird thing.”

Selected Comments:

Finally! A movie I can go see!!

Gibson is proof that God can use fallible humans for His purposes. Gibson is not perfect, but the message of Christ told through Gibson’s work, (namely, The Passion of The Christ) certainly is.

The Passion of the Christ saved a lot of Souls, and if this Movie sticks to the Truth of the Bible, many more Souls will be saved.

I’m not even a religious person, but I am very excited for this film. It’s bound to upset a lot of people. Plus, Passion was by far the best film ever made about Jesus’s last moments. If its anything like the first movie, it will be a massive success. PLEASE just make it accurate.

Then you can do one on the life of Paul since Hollywood seems desperate to suppress what he teaches. Something about that Grace message….

Jesus Christ =

1. God with us
2. The Light of the world
3. Son of David
4. The Lamb of God…
10. Lion of the Tribe of Judah

I refuse to go to the theaters but for this movie I will make an exception


My Note: Intersting, some of the actors who’ve played in „The Passion of The Christ“ have identical initials as:

  • Jesus Christ = JC
  • Jim Caviezel: JC – The Passion of The Christ (2004)
  • Christo Jivkov: CJ – ‘JohnThe Passion of The Christ (2004)
  • Mother Mariam / Mary = MM
  • Maia Morgenstern = MM (also Mary Magdalene)
  • Monica Anna Maria Bellucci = MM (Played Mary Magdalene)


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Hollywood Declares 2014 The Year of The Bible

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 16, 2014

Russell Crowe is Noah. Christian Bale is Moses. Brad Pitt is Pontius Pilate. With pages of action and a faithful fanbase, Hollywood is mining the good book for blockbuster stories.

Pop quiz: How many of the top 15 highest-U.S.-grossing movies of all time—adjusted for inflation—star comic-book characters?

Answer: Zero.

And how many are based on the Bible?

Answer: Two.

In the late 1950s, The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur teamed up for $1.795 billion in adjusted domestic ticket sales. That’s more than Avatar, The Dark Knight, and Transformers combined.

Which may explain, at least in part, why the movie industry seems—unofficially, of course—to have declared 2014 The Year of the Bible.

Over the next 11 months, Hollywood is planning to release more big Biblical movies than it put out during the previous 11 years combined, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down in 2015 (or beyond). For an industry that spent much of the 2000s shying away from explicitly religious fare—the controversy over the alleged anti-Semitism of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ effectively wiped out the genre, despite the film’s huge box office receipts—it’s a remarkable about-face that’s as surprising as it is sudden.

The 2014 Release Schedule:

Son of God

On Feb. 28, Twentieth Century Fox is first out of the gate with Son of God, a Jesus biopic culled from the History Channel’s hit 2013 miniseries The Bible. (A Bible sequel titled A.D. is set to air next year on NBC.)


Paramount is up next in March with Noah, director Darren Aronofsky’s epic re-imagining of the life of the Old Testament’s most famous ark-builder (played by Russell Crowe).

Heaven Is For Real

Debuting in April is Heaven is for Real, starring Greg Kinnear as the father of a boy who claims to have passed through the pearly gates during a near-death experience.

The Mother of God drama Mary (Ben Kingsley, Julia Ormond)

Trailer coming soon


and Ridley Scott’s Exodus (Christian Bale, Aaron Paul) follow in December

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Ho Ho Ho, 10 of My Best Christmas Films to Get Us in The Holiday Spirit

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 18, 2011


1. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

A movie which is nothing short of iconic, and one which would take something seriously special to shift it from the top spot. James Stewart stars as a suicidal man about to jump to his death, before a mysterious guardian angel takes him on a journey which shows him that his existence has been far from futile all along. The very definition of a ‘feel good’ film, It’s A Wonderful Life is a solid gold holiday classic.

2. The Family Man (2000)

This is the touching story of a rich man who gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he had married the love of his life, a woman he dated back in college. Starring Nicolas Cage and the marvelous Tea Leoni.

3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Anothers ‘80s cracker, and the second John Hughes scripts on this list, this one sees family man Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) try his damndest to provide the perfect family Christmas and continually fall foul of his own expectations, his nasty neighbours, his parsimonious boss and his rowdy relations (top honours, of course, to Randy Quaid’s none-more-redneck cousin). The plot is essentially a demonstration of Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong, does go wrong. The moral of the story, we believe, is that one should always kidnap the boss if your bonus isn’t up to scratch, and that squirrels and Christmas trees are a bad combination.

4. Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)

A modern-day remake of the classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “A Diva’s Christmas Carol” centers on ego-driven diva superstar singer Ebony (Vanessa Williams), who decides at the end of a long European tour that she wants to headline a Christmas Day charity show in New York City. While her overworked manager Bob Cratchett (Brian McNamara) and touring crew balk at the added inconvenience of being away from their own long-suffering families for the holiday, Ebony rules regardless, telling Bob that “Christmas is a marketing machine we can’t ignore.”

At her luxury hotel suite in New York City on Christmas Eve, Ebony rejects an invitation from her niece Olivia to spend some time with her family, then settles in for the night. A loud rap on the door signals not room service, however, but a frightening appearance by the ghost of Marli Jacob (Chilli), Ebony’s late former singing partner, who warns the diva that her loss of holiday spirit will ultimately mean the loss of her soul. According to Marli, Ebony has but one chance to turn her life around, and that chance will come tonight when she’s visited by three spirits, led by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Kathy Griffin) and the Ghost of Christmas Present (John Taylor).

5. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryanstar in this great movie about two loverse-Mailing each other without ever realizing that they actually know the other person. Now, that might be great if in fact they had same feelings about the real persons as they do for their online personalities.

Joe “NY152” Foxand Kathleen “Shopgirl” Kellyfight regarding her “Shop around the corner” bookstore as Joe and Kathleen while having a successful online relationship as “NY152” and “Shopgirl.”

While this may not be original plot, the movie remains great and there are some Christmas scenes in it. In the era of Facebook and online dating, this movie perfectly depicts the fact that online and real-life personalities can and do differ but not always for the worse.

6. Home Alone 2 (1992)

A sequel that doesn’t shame the original, so something of a rarity right off the bat, Home Alone 2 inevitably tries to up the stakes of the previous film by stranding our hero away from home rather than in his house. While that does make a lie of the title, it gives him a bigger canvas to play on and, in a major New York department store, a lot more tricks and weapons to turn against would-be thieves Pesci and Stern. What have the burglars done to Kevin that he was forced to mess up big time with them?

7. Four Christmases (2008)

Brad and Kate have plans for Fiji for Christmas vacation, but things go awry and the couple is stuck visiting their divorced parents—four families in total. Between dealing with dysfunctional family members and discovering revelations from the past, Brad and Kate doubt whether they really know each other and if they really know what they want anymore after three years of being together.

8. Coming to America (1988)

Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy), the prince and heir to the throne of the fictitious African country of great wealth called Zamunda, is discontented with being pampered all his life. The final straw comes when his parents, King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) and Queen Aeoleon (Madge Sinclair), present him with a bride-to-be, Imani Izzi (Vanessa Bell), whom he has never met, and who is trained to obey his every command. Akeem concocts a plan to travel to the United States to find a wife he can both love and respect and who accepts him for himself, not his status. He and his friend and personal aide, Semmi (Arsenio Hall) arrive in Queens, New York City, because according to Akeem “What better place to find a queen than the city of Queens?”

9. Christmas In Canaan (2009)

In the rising heat of the Civil Rights Movement, Daniel Burton (Billy Ray Cyrus), a widowed farmer struggling to make ends meet, forces his young son, DJ (Zak Ludwig), who has begun to show racist tendencies, to spend time with his black classmate, Rodney (Jaishon Fisher), leading to an unexpected friendship. As the years pass and racial tensions in their town build, an unforgettable Christmas will teach the boys the importance of hope and the true meaning of family.

10. Perfect Strangers: A Christmas Story (1986)

In this particular sitcom, all ‚cousin‘ Larry wants is to get back to Madison so he can be ‘the Christmas Boy’ with his family, but a snowstorm leaves him and Balki stranded.






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Faith-Offending Movies

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 22, 2009


Hollywood and organized religion seem to be in a perpetual game of whack-a-mole. Just when the ire generated by one film has died down, anger from a different denomination flames up for a different studio.

Here are 13 of the most „Faith-Offending“ films

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