NEWS FROM THE 'BIZ: June 2005
- Monday, June 13, 2005
The late Michael Landon, a committed Christian, starred in all and co-wrote and directed some of the popular, award-winning series, which ran for five seasons, from 1984 to 1989. Victor French co-starred, as Gordon, and an array of high-profile actors, like Helen Hayes, Helen Hunt and Ned Beatty, made guest appearances. Episodes typically deal with human failings such as egotism, bitterness and greed, and portray a range of human issues and frailties, including racism, illness and death. Executive director Tim Winter calls the script “well-written” with a “socially-responsible, family-friendly theme.”
In addition to all 24 episodes from season one, including the two-part pilot, the seven-disc set features outtakes and the documentary tribute, “Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love.”
WHEN CARS AND HISTORY COLLIDE - “DRIVE THRU HISTORY: ROME IF YOU WANT” (DVD) … Enjoy Tyndale House’s latest DVD from the award-winning series, “Drive Thru History.” With titles that include “The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai” and “The Mystery of the Ark of the Covenant,” the “Drive Thru History” documentary series focuses on history – with a healthy dose of humor and cars in a “fast, easy-to-digest road trip.” In this title, Dave Stotts communicates Christian truth by re-enacting scenes from history, like picking a fight with Roman guards outside the Coliseum in Rome. Aimed at families, homeschoolers, youth groups and Christian schools. 90 minutes.
“BREAKING THE DA VINCI CODE” (DVD) DISPUTES SOURCE DOCUMENTS BEHIND DAN BROWN NOVEL … Following its May 11 airing on PAX-TV Network, Grizzly Adams Productions (GAP) has released an extended 120-minute DVD version of the documentary, “Breaking the Da Vinci Code,” done in digital surround sound 5.1 audio. Going toe-to-toe with Brown’s bestselling novel (25 million copies sold worldwide) and the upcoming Ron Howard film by the same name, the documentary explodes the alleged “fact” stated in the book’s opening statement that “all descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in the novel are accurate.”
Brown’s plot centers around an alleged 2,000-year-old conspiracy that Leonardo da Vinci placed obscure clues in his paintings, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. Those clues reportedly document secret facts about the life of Jesus, such as his marriage to Mary Magdalene and his fathering of a daughter with her, who allegedly carried Jesus’ bloodline through to the French Merovingian kings.
The GAP documentary debunks these heresies by drawing on three best-selling novels, “The Da Vinci Deception,” by Erwin Lutzer; “Breaking the Da Vinci Code,” by Darrell Bock and “Cracking Da Vinci’s Code,” by Games Garlow & Peter Jones. In exclusive interviews, well-known experts in theology, archeology, art, ancient history, philosophy and science vigorously disagree with Brown, exposing numerous historical errors presented by the author. For more information about the DVD, visit www.grizzlyadams.tv.
MOVIES GETTING BUZZ FROM CHRISTIAN CRITICS … Christian critics are praising Ron Howard’s “Cinderella Man,” starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. Most appreciate “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” as well. Hillary Duff fans will want to see the upcoming “The Perfect Man.” And, on the documentary side, critics of all sorts are raving about “Mad, Hot Ballroom.”
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