(JAN 09, 2009) A Variety Article by Robert Koehler about TD Jakes’ newest film, Not Easily Broken. The full article can be read at VARIETY.
(EXCERPT) The T.D. Jakes faith-based media empire expands even further into mainstream entertainment with “Not Easily Broken,” a contempo melodrama about a marriage under stress that, religious overtones and sheer artistic skill aside, isn’t too far from some similar-themed films of the ’50s by Douglas Sirk and Richard Quine.
Director Bill Duke, with screenwriter Brian Bird adapting Jakes’ novel, oversees a routine and formulaic project that could have reached considerably greater emotional and psychological depths. The Good Word of mouth among members of Jakes’ flock will deliver fine opening weekend numbers for this early January release.
TD Jakes’ newest film, Not Easily Broken, hits select theaters on Jan 9, 2009.
(JAN 06, 2009) Jesse Carey of CBN.com blogs about TD Jakes’ latest movie trailer on GodTube and some controversy that was sparked because of the language. The entire article can be read in full at CBN.com
(EXCERPT) The Houston Chronicle has posted an interview and feature story on megachurch pastor TD Jakes, who is working hard to promote a new movie based on his best-selling novel Not Easily Broken. The film, like another recent evangelical movie (the hit Fireproof) sheds light on a marriage on the rocks. Jakes says that the though the film isn’t directly evangelistic (God is mentioned as an important element in relationships, but it deals primarily with marriage conflicts), he does hope it will spark conversations about faith.
Unlike Fireproof (which has scenes that were outright evangelistic, presenting the message of the Gospel), Not Easily Broken is more candid in its conversations and less “family-friendly”, at least in the traditional sense of Christian entertainment. For one, Not Easily Broken is rated PG-13 (Fireproof was PG), and seems to be more aimed and marketed toward non-Christians, just as much as Christian audiences.