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Film Execs Call for Boycott Over Georgia’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Executives at CBS, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Sony, and Warner Media have been threatening to boycott Georgia and pull their filmmaking efforts out of the Peach State contingent on whether Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” goes into effect. They claim that the bill would impinge the so-called “right to abortion ” because the “heartbeat bill” would prohibit abortions when a baby’s heartbeat is detected, generally at six weeks.

“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” Disney CEO Robert Iger said. “If [the bill] becomes law, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”

But with Georgia’s draw of massive tax break incentives for filmmakers and the fact that uprooting film projects would be both disruptive and potentially more costly, Peter Chernin, producer of The Greatest Showman and Hidden Figures, is suggesting a more practical tactic. In an email to some top executives, Chernin suggested a fundraising campaign to raise $15 million to fund the ACLU’s legal efforts and said, “We have a moral responsibility to act immediately.”

According to The New York Times, the Peach State offers 92,000 jobs connected to film and television production. Chernin’s approach would help pro-abortion executives avoid major losses by simply throwing money at a cause and letting the ACLU do the rest.

While liberal execs blow a lot of smoke in an effort to scare conservatives into bending over backward to accommodate their wishes, Georgia’s governor isn’t worried. “We’re elected to do what’s right—and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do,” said Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

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Aussie Rugby Star Promotes Bible, Loses Career

Australian rugby star Israel Folau lost a $4 million contract last Friday when an appeals tribunal upheld Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate Folau’s contract after he posted a biblically-based comment on Instagram warning different types of sinners about the reality of hell as well as proclaiming the love of Jesus.

Folau explained, “As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression. The Christian faith has always been a part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.”

However, Rugby Australia saw the 30-year-old’s words as violating its code of conduct, since it is also a founding member of Pride in Sport, a program that promotes LGBT lifestyles in athletics. The rugby league asked Folau to take down the post or risk losing his contract.

Folau not only refused to take down the post, but also refused the league’s $1 million settlement. He is considering bringing a lawsuit.

Earlier this month, both Land Rover and Asics pulled their partnerships with Folau after the Instagram post. Folau could be the first Australian athlete dismissed for expressing fundamental religious beliefs.

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Unplanned Movie Wins Big at Box Office

Despite being shot largely in secret to stave off opposition from the Left, being censored by Twitter, and being rejected for advertising by major cable networks, Unplanned, the movie that reveals the cold, mercenary death machine of Planned Parenthood, brought in more than $6 million at the box office and finished at number four on its opening weekend.

Unplanned is the highest viewer-rated movie of all new releases, way ahead of Dumbo and Captain Marvel. And now, in a twist of poetic justice, the film has more followers on Twitter than Planned Parenthood.

The Christian film is definitely resonating with viewers. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, “More and more Americans are embracing the sanctity of life because of powerful stories like this one.” Breakpoint’s John Stonestreet believes it is a wake-up call for the Church: “What is surprising and what Unplanned exposes in a powerful way is how misguided, and even cowardly, it is for Christians to remain silent . . . Churches that are silent about abortion—because it ruins the positive vibe they want to have, or whatever—aren’t dealing in reality. To ignore this issue because we don’t want people to feel badly is to literally leave them in their guilt and shame.”

Whatever the impact, Pure Flix CEO Michael Scott hopes it opens hearts. “We hope that those on both sides of the debate will see Unplanned and begin to have their own dialogue,” Scott said in a press release. “This film can be that spark to bring more hearts and minds to understanding the value of life.”

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Marvel Looks to Cast Openly Homosexual as a Lead Superhero

Rumors suggest that Marvel Studios is hoping to cast an openly homosexual actor to play a lead “LGBT superhero” in the upcoming movie The Eternals slated for 2020. Knowing that many children and teens enjoy superhero films, it is distressing how media moguls are trying to force the LGBT agenda on young, impressionable minds.

At the March 7 Los Angeles premiere of Captain Marvel, Marvel production chief Victoria Alonso told Variety, “Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person? Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive.”

Parents and concerned citizens, now is the time to tell Marvel what you think by signing a LifeSiteNews petition.

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Unplanned Movie Gets R-Rating

The Motion Picture Association of America recently bestowed an R-rating on Unplanned, a biopic about former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, who chose to leave the abortion industry and work for pro-life causes after witnessing the horrific reality of abortion. The film was assigned an R-rating due to “some disturbing/bloody images.” Now, no one under the age of 17 can see the film unless accompanied by an adult.

While other movies perhaps even more violent got a PG-13 rating instead of an R, Unplanned’s writers/directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman of God’s Not Dead fame told Movieguide,“Unplanned is an ‘R’ rated film which has no MPAA cautions for profanity, nudity, sex, or violence . . . except for violence directly associated with the abortion process. Ironically, the MPAA seems to be indirectly endorsing the pro-life position: namely that abortion is an act of violence. . . [M]any teenage women in this country who can legally obtain an actual abortion without parental permission will be prohibited from going to see our film.”

The filmmakers are not planning on contesting the rating, saying that the R-rating should stand for “Recommended.”

The movie, distributed by PureFlix, releases to 800 screens on March 29.

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