3-D Retelling of the Creation Story in the Works

Mike Fleming of Deadline.com breaks news that the biblical story of creation is getting the Hollywood treatment:

I’m told that Paramount Pictures and former Walden Media co-founder Cary Granat producing with Reel Fx are mounting In The Beginning, a 3-D telling of the creation story. The film is using The Book of Genesis as its primary resource. A script has been written by John Fusco (Hidalgo), and directing will be TV vet David Cunningham.

I’m told the 30 million dollar film will use 3-D visuals to transform the oft-told tale into a spectacle that the filmmakers hope will attract family- and faith-based audiences that flocked to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, that first Chronicles of Narnia installment made on Granat’s Walden watch. I hear Granat pitched the film by claiming that the Adam And Eve story has never really been told by a feature film. (At least not since John Huston.)

Best Spiritual and Inspirational Movies of 2009

According to Beliefnet judges, the winners are:

Best Spiritual Film: The Road
Best Inspirational Film: Precious and Up (tie)
Best Spiritual Documentary: More Than a Game

Beliefnet readers, on the other hand, chose:

Best Spiritual Film: The Blind Side
Best Inspirational Film: Precious
Best Spiritual Documentary: Earth

Megachurch Hopes to Crash the Superbowl

Whether you’ll be rooting for the Saints or the Colts in this Sunday’s Super Bowl, a Los Angeles megachurch may prove another winner this year.
The 3,000-member church Mosaic is among the six finalists in Doritos’ Crash the Superbowl contest, for which the public was invited to create a commercial worthy of Superbowl airtime. Mosaic’s entry, called “Casket,” is a lighthearted take on resurrection. If “Casket” proves to be among the top three vote-getters in an online “playoff” that ended yesterday, it will be aired during the big game on Sunday. (The top three will not know how they fared until the game.)
According to the AP, Mosaic’s congregation is “full of hip 20-somethings who mostly work in the film industry and make short films for a hobby.” Lead pastor Erwin McManus hopes the ad, in its tongue-and-cheek way, will help make his faith relevant to viewers:

“We’re not trying to use Doritos to propagate a message, but I think we want people to know that we have a sense of humor, that it’s OK to laugh. So much of what comes out of the faith community seems so dour and somber and we want to say, ‘Hey, we’re real people. You can be a person of faith and really enjoy life and laugh.'”

Interestingly, the story goes on to note, Mosaic is at the forefront of a Christian movement “focused on injecting faith-based themes into the plot lines of mainstream TV shows, Hollywood movies, and video games that aren’t explicitly Christian, or advertised as such.”
In addition to amplifying its message, placing among the top three ads will give Mosaic a material boost. The three commercials airing on Sunday will receive anywhere from 400,000 to 1 million dollars.

Givenchy’s Religiously Inspired Menswear

Jonas Gustavsson : For The Times
“Religion is a big part of my DNA and this collection was about my Catholic(ism) and every other religion in a way,” Givenchy’s designer Riccardo Tisci told the Associated Press about his men’s fall-winter runway collection at Paris Fashion Week (photos by Jonas Gustavsson). He said the clothes of devout men—the frocks of priests, robes of monks, and suits of rabbis—represent “the most chic way, the most pure way of dressing.”
As Godfrey Deeny of Fashion Wire Daily observes:

Many looks in the fall 2010 show featured a golden crown of thorns, albeit worn as a necklace, in the latest collection that tapped into Tisci’s religious and historical obsessions. The very fact that he and a French fashion house evoked the suffering of Christ before an audience of 300 in Paris said quite a lot about current European zeitgeist and debates about integrating Islamic communities into Western Europe, especially at a time when the French parliament is debating a law to ban the wearing of burqas.

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