Hollywood Playbook: Tuesday's Top 5 News Items
1. Muslim Country Bans 'Noah' But Hollywood Will Keep Bashing Christians
Indonesia has joined Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates in banning the film "Noah" for religious purposes. Muslims consider Noah a prophet and Sharia Law forbids depicting a prophet in any way or form.
There are 240 million potential customers in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, back in America, Hollywood continues to censor its films to please the human rights abusers in China, do CAIR's bidding, and pretend that their anti-Christian bigotry is brave.
2. James Rebhorn Self-Penned Obit Published by His Church
By now you have probably read character actor James Rebhorn's beautiful self-penned obituary. What you might not know is that it was originally published by his church, St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Jersey, where he is described as a longtime member.
It is a funny, touching, and generous "obituary."
Jim asked that, instead of flowers, mourners make donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (by check or in cash), the Actors Fund, or the Appalachian Mountain Club.
3. Drop In Film Attendance Forces Change in Distribution Methods
The bottom line to this Variety story is hidden in the middle of the article: Admissions are well below where they were a decade ago and the dip is mostly among young people who are getting more and more used to the idea of watching movies on iPads and in their own home theatre.
Those mostly concerned are not the studios, who can monetize home viewing, but theatre owners who now have to think outside the box. The result is a major distribution deal outside the studio distribution system:
The four largest U.S. theater chains — Regal, AMC, Cinemark and Carmike — earlier this month cut a direct distribution pact with producer Robert Simonds’ newly announced movie company, backed by investors TPG Growth and China’s leading equity firm Hony Capital, to release at least 10 films a year.
The problem with this, and it is not a small one, is that the studios are set up to advertise and promote films. How will this producer do that?
This is why I think we are going to see a continued rise in films aimed at conservatives and Christians. As we have seen just this month with "Son of God" and "God's Not Dead," there is already an infrastructure in place to effectively promote films that appeal to tens of millions who are already an under-served audience.
4. Captain America’s’ Chris Evans Says He’s Ready to Leave Acting Behind
Oh, shut up.
5. Entertainment Weekly Posts Dirty Pictures (NSFW)
I'm no prude but a mainstream magazine available to all on the Internet should be a little more responsible.
This is why so many resent and hate mainstream popular culture today. It's like a full-court press from all sides to strip your child of her precious innocence before it's healthy and before either she or you are ready. And it is done in underhanded ways like this, with no notice or warning to parents.
I don't care if you want to publish dirty pictures. Make a buck. Enjoy yourself. God bless America. But don't advertise yourself as something else and then publish dirty pictures. We have children and we trust you.
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