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'Son of God': A miraculous journey to the big screen
« on: March 01, 2014, 04:56:03 PM »
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/02/27/son-god-miraculous-journey-to-big-screen/

'Son of God': A miraculous journey to the big screen

By Roma Downey and Mark Burnett

Published February 27, 2014
FoxNews.com

When you make a movie about Jesus, you’re bound to learn a thing or two about miracles. And we certainly have in our years-long journey to bring "Son of God" to the big screen.

When the film opens nationwide Friday, an idea birthed over a casual cup of breakfast tea will have become Hollywood’s first major-studio release on the full ministry of Christ in two generations. And that’s not even the first thing that comes to our minds when we ponder the miracles that have gotten us to this moment.

Consider first that we live at a time when pundits routinely and often gleefully declare all things religious to be passé at best, dead or dying at worst. And yet, in just the last few weeks, about 500,000 tickets for "Son of God" have been purchased in advance – by churches, businesses and everyday citizens, to be shared in communities from San Diego to Oklahoma City to Virginia Beach.


 
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  In all our combined years in the entertainment industry, we’ve never seen anything like this kind of grass-roots support for a project. It is truly miraculous.

Why is this happening? We can assure you it has less to do with our talents as producers as it does with the spiritual hunger of the nation, and the quiet commitment of people of faith to spread the word about the life-changing love of Jesus to their friends and neighbors, not just English-speaking neighbors, either.

"Son of God" will be simultaneously released with Spanish audio and Korean subtitles. This commitment is so strong we’ve seen entire multiplexes bought out – every seat, every screen – an unheard-of phenomenon for a film that doesn’t have "Hunger Games" in its title or Harry Potter as its central character.

Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., affectionately known as “America’s pastor,” is among those participating in the  movement and has purchased tickets to screenings prior to the weekend. “We’re excited Jesus is back on the big screen,” he explained, “and we’re going to fill the theaters. I want every other faith leader in America to do the same.”

In all our combined years in the entertainment industry, we’ve never seen anything like this kind of grass-roots support for a project. It is truly miraculous.

So, too, is the unprecedented depth and breadth of those who have endorsed the film. Pastors like Rick, as well as scholars and faith organizations, have graciously supported our effort to share this story of our Savior – though they belong to different denominations, adhere to varying theological doctrine, worship God in their own unique ways.

Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas said “the audience will be enthralled, encouraged and inspired.”

Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston called it “an epic work that touches the heart.”

The Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez says it’s “a very important movie because it gives us the opportunity to realize God’s presence in our own lives.”

This humbling praise hasn’t just come from Christians, either – but prominent Jewish leaders like Abraham Foxman, president of the Anti-Defamation League, who called "Son of God" “the most sensitive, caring depiction of the story of Jesus that I have ever seen or will ever see.”

Again, we know this is a testament not to us, but to Him. We do not have the ability to rally so many diverse people of faith to a single cause – but the subject of our movie does. He is, after all, a miracle-worker.

Roma Downey is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress best-known for her roles in "Touched by an Angel."  Mark Burnett is a multiple Emmy winner and producer of such hit shows as "Survivor," "The Voice," Celebrity Apprentice" and "Shark Tank." They were married in 2007. Their production company is LightWorkers Media which produced "The Bible" and the feature film "Son of God."
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: 'Son of God': A miraculous journey to the big screen
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2014, 10:40:24 PM »
Hannity doing a one hour special on this right now with Roma and Mark, as well as priests, ministers, etc..  I hope to go see it on Monday evening.
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Re: 'Son of God': A miraculous journey to the big screen
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 10:49:07 PM »
When is it out in theaters, Monday?
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Re: 'Son of God': A miraculous journey to the big screen
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 10:56:21 PM »
When is it out in theaters, Monday?

No yesterday. It is showing in two theaters at both of our multi-plex theaters.  I went to see Winters Tale last Monday with a friend who was visiting from CA and they were pre-selling tickets. With all the snowbirds here right now I suspect it will be packed tomorrow afternoon and since I have my weekly massage appointment every Monday afternoon and have to drive out to WalMart to pick up a prescription afterwards. I might as well go to the movies while I'm out there, too.
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Re: 'Son of God': A miraculous journey to the big screen
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2014, 10:09:06 PM »
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/03/the-story-of-jesus-is-our-story-actress-says-son-of-god-movie-is-changing-lives-after-huge-weekend-open/

‘The Story of Jesus Is Our Story’: Actress Says ‘Son of God’ Movie Is Changing Lives After Huge Weekend Open
Mar. 3, 2014 2:08pm Billy Hallowell   

Actress Roma Downey said she and her husband, TV producer Mark Burnett, are thrilled following the incredibly strong release of their new feature film “Son of God,” telling TheBlaze that they have seen “overwhelming support” and that the movie is very literally changing peoples’ lives.

“We poured our hearts and souls into this project. This was a deeply personal journey for us,” Downey told TheBlaze in an email. “The story of Jesus is our story. This is our faith.”

“Son of God” fetched $26.5 million at the box office this weekend, coming in second behind the action thriller “Non-Stop.” It was the second-biggest opening weekend for a Christian film ever, behind Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

Having put out their record-breaking History Channel series “The Bible” and now “Son of God,” Downey said that she and Burnett are excited to see so many people be spiritually moved by Jesus’ story.

“After all the hard work over many years it is gratifying to know that millions showed up this weekend to experience ‘Son of God,’ to be moved by the story of Jesus on the big screen and to be inspired by it,” she said.

Downey she she has already heard many stories about people who have opened their hearts to God as a result of the movie, which she believes is a true “conversation starter.”

“Entire families are attending ‘Son of God’ together and sharing it with their own kids. Parents are using the film as a conversation starter to help bring the story of Jesus to life for their children,” she said. “We are hearing stories that are incredibly touching and healing.”

Downey said that PostTrak, an exit polling service, found that “Son of God” received a 91 percent positive rating among audiences, something she described as “remarkable” and one of the highest ratings among recently released films.

As for Downey and Burnett, after months on the road promoting “Son of God,” the two are happy to be back together with their children and family.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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