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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Christian in Hollywood, without the evangelism.

Give, do not take, the spiritual message of the director of "Bruce Almighty" and the new documentary "I Am,"

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Director Tom Shadyac's Revelation; Selling Films in Berlin

MON MAR 7, 2011
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Tom Shadyac, the director behind movies like Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty and The Nutty Professor, has made the new documentary I Am. It's a spiritual journey in which he reevaluates his career and life while talking with great minds about big social problems. He's stopped flying privately and has moved from a 17,000 square foot compound in Pasadena to a pre-fab home in a Malibu trailer park. He's still interested in making studio films -- he self-financed this documentary -- but would like to reach an agreement with the studio to set up a "profit holder" or "foundation" that could benefit a worthy cause. He tells Kim that there are those in the business that think he's "nuts," but that some, like his longtime agent and lawyer are coming around to understand him.  Then Stuart Ford, CEO of I.M. Global, a film sales and distribution company, gives us his take on the state of the international film market as he saw it in Berlin during the European Film Market

News and the Bantor:

A believer in the teachings of Jesus Christ, Shadyac says he is Christian, but not judgmental or wanting to be judged by others. "Ace Ventura" is religious and spiritual in his view, as it deals with basic little child beliefs and their view of the ideal world. "The Nutty Professor" remake with Will Smith was meant to add an undercurrent that was no in the Jerry Lewis Film, one that reflects our society in ways we might not like to see it. He sees a spiritual center to the universe that should not be ignored, but also should not be forced on others or down the throat of other people. His new documentary looks at what he calls the "root cause" of changes and discomfort in our society. The core of art, culture, faith and spiritual relations drive his current direction in film making. 

He sees greed as against nature, because in nature you take only what you need and use all of it. In Hollywood the thrust is to grab all you can and die with the most toys and luggage. He sees his work as art, and takes the money for his art, but gives most of it to charities and others.

We are on the verge of a shift as a people, perhaps for the best as we begin to feel the pain of others and know how much we can to to help others. People want more depth, more thought and more to believe in in films, Shadyac feels.

What changes will we see in future Oscars and this year's Oscar winning films?

The Oscars were the only awards show this season not to get a bump in the ratings, down 11% in the younger demographic the telecast targeted. The banter claims that the awards came as an after thought from the other award shows, that were forced closer and earlier in the year when the awards moved from April to late February or early March a few years ago.

The "thank you" speeches were long, the ABC president coming in with the president of the Academy to talk about an extended broadcast deal was something that would have been best off-camera. 

"The King's Speech" has been re-released with the "f" word muted, taking way form the scene. In most of the world the "R" rating is a joke, because one "f" word does not make a film for adults and not an extended audience. The film that earned the Oscar was the original, which had the "R" rating in its Academy Award Winning Film. It is a critical scene integral to the film that is being "changed".

One prediction is that there will be a new rating for films for adults that are not "dirty" or "violent" and can be seen by families, that is greater than PG-13 and less than R. Many PG-13 films would best fit in the new rating area, and many films that simply have a scene or two that reflect the real life of adults would benefit form not having an 'R".

The way that films are rated are less than scientific, but have some rigid rules. They are more subjective than objective, but have some objective criteria. And no one seems happy with the end result, on both sides of the issues.

Former Senator Chris Dodd is taking over as the head of the Motion Picture Association (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). The main reason appears to be the importance of politics at the state and national levels for the industry. The need for international personality draw comes next. However Dodd's ability to bring diverse views and interests together, talking in the same room may prove his true value to the industry.

1 comment:

PapsWraps said...

Tom Shadyac's story is a very interesting one. Many Christians find Hollywood to be very out of place with their core beliefs. Many Christians actually believe that Hollywood is against their viewpoints and and often serves to undercut societies views of them. So it is good to see a big time movie maker embracing his faith and wanting to find a synergy between making movies and being Christian.