Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Bible blockbuster draws Hollywood A-list cast

HOLLYWOOD giants Ben Kingsley and Peter O’Toole are to star in a major new movie about the life of Jesus’s mother Mary.

Kingsley will take on the role of King Herod in the epic film Mary Mother of Christ, while O’Toole will play the prophet Simeon in the movie.

Co-written by Benedict Fitzgerald, who also co-wrote Mel Gibson’s blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, Mary Mother of Jesus is being billed as the prequel to the 2004 movie.

News of the Word understands that funders are still being sought for the distribution of the $25m film, but it is being scheduled to hit cinema screens next year – starting in the USA in April.

The movie will focus on Mary and Joseph as they survive as young parents in one of the most treacherous times in history.

From Mary's youth to her struggles as a young mother caring for her child, Jesus, up to the age of 12 years old. We will peer into Mary's life at ages eight, 15, 19 and 27.

Young actor Odeya Rush will play Mary in the epic, which is being produced by companies Aloe Entertainment, MMOTC Productions, Latina Pictures and Origin Entertainment.


Monday, 9 September 2013

Man United's David Moyes reveals his Christian faith


DAVID Moyes is revealed as a quietly-spoken Christian with an interest in the pastoral care of his players. 

However, in an autobiography Red Card Roy author, Roy McDonough, who played with Moyes in a struggling Cambridge United side in 1984-85 claims that didn't go down to well with him.

Moyes was one of a trio of active Christians at the club, the others being Alan Comfort and Graham Daniels and dubbed by McDonough as "Cambridge's Holy Trinity." 

He writes: "The three of them sat in the changing room with a little black book, discussing their beliefs, when they should have been getting psyched up for a relegation scrap. 

"I would cut out a lurid tabloid newspaper story and stick it on the noticeboard in front of them saying, 'see that pervert. That's what you will end up like. Vicars messing around with the choir boys.' But they just turned the other cheek."

McDonough admits he "completely lost the plot with the God Squad" after a 3-3 draw at Wigan in which snapping:  "I was still in a bad temper after the game, sinking a couple of cans on the coach before launching into a fully blown persecution of the Christians.

"In my mind they were part of the problem. They were too nice on the pitch, not nasty enough to win games, so it was like turning up with eight men each week.

"I battered Moyes first demanding to know why a big ginger Jock from Glasgow Celtic could play with absolutely zero aggression, putting all of his energies into bleating on about Jesus instead.

"Alan Comfort had scored that day, so I gave him a wide berth. But there was no respite for Graham Daniels, who had recently become a father but was out of contract at the end of the season.

He writes: 'And you,' I spewed. 'I'm fighting the world for this team and you're doing nothing. Where is God when we are fighting for our lives and getting beaten every week?

"He's not giving us much help is he? You've no chance of getting an new contract here. Who's going to fend for your baby and put food on the plate?

"Daniels just looked up at the roof of the coach, smiled, and said three words: 'He will provide.' I could have baptized him with a can of beer there and then but I didn't want to waste it. After that I never bothered saying anything again and, and the three of them stuck to their beliefs."

Comfort, who later played for Orient and Middlesbrough, became a vicar. He works in Walthamstow and is Leyton Orient's club chaplain. Daniels is General Director of Christians in Sport.