'El Shaddai' on rare video-game turf: the Bible
Developers hope players will look beyond the game and find out more about the Biblical story after playing "El Shaddai."
August 26th, 2011
04:02 PM ET

'El Shaddai' on rare video-game turf: the Bible

By Larry Frum, Special to CNN

(CNN) - There's "God of War" and "Devil May Cry." "Kid Icarus" and "Battle for Asgard."

Plenty of video games use mythical gods or other characters and creatures from beyond to drive their stories.

But notably absent, at least among mainstream titles? The Bible. At least until now.

Read the full story on "El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron"
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Filed under: Bible • Technology

August 26th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut a story of struggles, tested faith

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) - Actress Vera Farmiga can empathize with the fears and doubts of Corinne Walker, the character she plays in her new film, “Higher Ground.”

Corinne is a Christian who's struggling to hang on to her faith. Farmiga's fears and doubts, meanwhile, were born of making her directorial debut with the movie, which opens in Los Angeles and New York on Friday.

The film spans several decades, following Corinne from a young girl who half-heartedly proclaims herself to be saved by Jesus to a teenager who marries when she becomes pregnant to a woman ensconced in a deeply religious community after she and her husband come to believe that God has saved their baby.

Farmiga, who starred opposite George Clooney in the hit movie "Up in the Air," told CNN that she began panicking during preproduction, as the magnitude of the undertaking - simultaneously directing and playing the lead role, lots of child actors, and 25 scenes that included music - became clear.


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Filed under: Christianity • Faith • Movies

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