Hollywood Playbook: Tuesday's Top 5 News Items

Hollywood Playbook: Tuesday's Top 5 News Items

98% of Faith-Driven Consumer Not Satisfied with ‘Noah’

Variety reports more trouble for director Darren Ornofsky’s “Noah,” the $125 million Paramount tent-pole scheduled to be released next month. A religious organization called Faith Driven Consumers found that 98% of its own supporters were not “satisfied” with “Hollywood’s take on religious stories” like “Noah.”

Here is the question they asked: “As a Faith Driven Consumer, are you satisfied with a Biblically themed movie – designed to appeal to you – which replaces the Bible’s core message with one created by Hollywood?”

Let’s be honest and just admit that the wording of that poll is somewhat loaded. Who is going to say “no” to that? That is more of push poll than a poll-poll.

Regardless, it is still potentially bad news for “Noah” and these other upcoming biblical blockbusters when the faith community — a group with as much money as principle — is so aggressively pushing back against expensive studio offerings.

It is all Hollywood’s fault, though. These studio heads, producers, and directors appear to be under the mistaken impression that we can be bought. Just throw us a bone and we will come.

If it is true that “Noah” pushes an overpopulation theme, that is jaw-dropping. Not only is overpopulation a phony crisis, it is a demonic theme used to justify the culture of death surrounding abortion and the like.

It is nothing short of wicked to attempt to fool people into believing something evil is Christian.


 ‘Son of God’ Exorcises the ‘Obama’ Devil

One religious project having no problem capturing the goodwill of the faith community is “Son of God,” which hits theatres February 28. Based on the smash miniseries “The Bible,” “Son of God” is opening wide just before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

One character you will not see, though, is … The Devil!

Writing for USA Today, Roma Downey–who co-produced with her husband Mark Burnett and stars as Mary–explains that, “Someone made a comment that the actor who played the devil vaguely resembled our president, and suddenly the media went nuts.”

But for our movie, Son of God, I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus. I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out. It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the Son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time, no more distractions.

Wise move. There is nothing the anti-Christian media would like more than to marginalize “Son of God” and its producers as partisan Obama-bashers. Remove the weapon of mass distraction from the hands of your enemies and focus on the faith.


Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight’ Premieres Strong, Ties Conan O’Brien’s 2009 Debut

Fallon pulled a 7.1 in his debut. Jay Leno’s goodbye pulled a 9.2. From what I can gather that is about 11 million viewers compared to 14 million.

Nothing means anything until Fallon settles in, the Olympics end… Let’s see how he is doing in August.

Tying Conan’s debut isn’t exactly comforting.


Sean Hannity Plugs His Cameo On Netflix’s ‘House Of Cards’ In Season 2

You can see the clip here.

No mention of which episode Hannity appears in. I finished the third episode last night and didn’t see him. So far I’m enjoying season two as much as the first. There sure is an unexpected shocker in the first episode. Wow. Never saw that coming.


‘Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series” Released on DVD

A few years ago, the first couple of “Hill Street Blues” seasons received a DVD release but probably didn’t sell well enough to justify the release of the rest. That has happened to all kinds of television shows. On April 29, you can now buy the complete series for $189.99.

I have no idea how it would hold up today, but when it was first released in 1981, I was hooked — and stayed hooked through all seven seasons and 146 episodes.

“Hill Street” was a real groundbreaker, telling long-form stories over multiple episodes and seasons. Brilliantly acted, scripted for grown-ups…. It would take another twenty years with “The Sopranos” for TV to catch up to what “Hill Street” proved could be done with the medium.  


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