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Promised Land

Third Down and Free

Leah Stern | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
Leah Stern

Photo courtesy of Oded Balilty, AP So I'm doing it. I'm immigrating to Israel for the third time. And to Jerusalem no less. What's that they say abo...

Moses's Last Day Teaching: The Sky Is Not the Limit

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

How would you spend the last day of your life? It's a question that many people ponder. Would you focus on your family and loved ones? Live out your most outrageous fantasy? Spend all your money and buy extravagant gifts?

New Meme Emerging for Climate Change

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

It used to feel naive to talk openly about your actions to mitigate climate change. "It's all meaningless" would be the response. Watch now as the questions change from "What can be done?" to "What is being done... and what are you doing?"

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving as Seasons of Trusting in God's Miracles

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Both traditions use prayer, gathering of family, and special foods to celebrate the miraculous providence of God to sustain a struggling community in a context of colonial oppression. Reflecting on how they differ may also help us overcome the ugly connotations of Thanksgiving.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication and Trusting in God's Promises

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The testimony of the Jewish people throughout their scriptures and history and in this season of Hanukkah reminds me, just as God told Moses in the wilderness, to stop crying and start moving forward in spite of moments of doubt, trusting in the continued light of God's presence.

The Weimar Touch: (R)evolution in Berlin

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 04.28.2013 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

The 63rd International Filmfestspiele Berlin delivered the marriage of the personal/universal with flashes of outright genius in films of remarkable emotional depth, variety and originality.

Berlin Film Festival Gets A Line-Up

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.30.2013 | Entertainment

A list of the movies being shown in the official program at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 7-17. In competition:...

Lynne Peeples

Fracked And Fractured: Pennsylvania Residents Gambling On Natural Gas Drilling

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green

POINT MARION, Pa. -- Dave Cogar counts down the days until he's fracked. Through a haze of cigarette smoke at the Brass Rail bar here, he laments ...

The Fracking Front Lines: Here's What 13 Pennsylvania Residents Have To Say About Shale Drilling

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 09.06.2013 | Green

Do Pennsylvanians love or hate fracking? Yes. The nationwide release of "Promised Land," Gus Van Sant's drama about the natural gas industry and it...

ReThink Review: Promised Land -- Fracking Goes (More) Hollywood

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Fracking has received the full Hollywood treatment with Promised Land, a film starring and co-written by Matt Damon, one of Hollywood's biggest and most respected stars. But is Damon's name enough to convince people to see a movie revolving around natural gas drilling?

Promised Land and the Illusion of Choice

Ann Green | Posted 03.16.2013 | Green
Ann Green

Promised Land gets the deeper issue right, the harder truth: for the landowners approached by gas companies and the people in "gasland" there's not really a choice, there's just an illusion of choice.

Tracking Fracking Fights

Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome to day two of my new blog: Toxic Tracks. Here, I'll be posting short bits of daily news and commentary on environmental health topics. Please ...

Fracking Causes Friction in Promised Land

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Directed by Gus Van Sant in the tradition of The China Syndrome and Silkwood, Promised Land uses mainstream entertainment to delve into American values, corporate responsibility, and activism.

Weekend Box Office: Texas Chainsaw 3D Tops the First Weekend of 2013 While Promised Land Tanks

Scott Mendelson | Posted 03.08.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Texas Chainsaw 3D topped the box office this weekend with a robust $23 million. That this under-marketed film was still able to kick up a solid opening is proof of the franchise's long-standing popularity with genre fans (this is the seventh entry in 40 years).

What's The Word On 'Promised Land'?

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 01.01.2013 | Entertainment

-- "Promised Land" offers an experience that's alternately amusing and frustrating, full of impassioned earnestness as well as saggy sections. Direc...

Promised Land Powerfully Highlights What's at Stake for Communities in Fracking's Path

Kate Sinding | Posted 03.02.2013 | Green
Kate Sinding

What "Promised Land" is about is a fundamental, and much-coveted, American principle -- that of a community's right to self-determination. The oil and gas industry simply should not be allowed the unique power it has been given to trample on that right.

Promised Land Something More Than It's Fracked Up to Be

Tom Wilber | Posted 03.02.2013 | Green
Tom Wilber

The forthcoming release of Promised Land -- Hollywood's portrayal of the divisive shale gas drama unfolding in rural America -- is by all accounts producing high expectations among anti-frackers and anxiety among drilling supporters.

Movie Review: Promised Land

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.02.2013 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Promised Land was tightly written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski from a story by Dave Eggers. The movie is yet another of Participant Media's co-productions; they are a company that knows how to get behind a broad range of social issues.

Matt Damon Tackles Fracking In 'Promised Land'

Reuters | Posted 02.27.2013 | Green

* Damon pairs up with Gus Van Sant for third time * Co-wrote script with John Krasinski * Damon says film does not have ...

Movie Review: A Promised Land Delivers

Carole Mallory | Posted 02.25.2013 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Matt Damon co-wrote and co-produced A Promised Land, a film about the evils of fracking. This has a boring ring to it. But it is not. Matt Damon fi...

Yoko Ono, Matt Damon and OPEC Versus American Energy Independence

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Yes, fracking has its problems. But within the few years, that technology has improved significantly, oversight has become singularly sensitized to the downside risks and communities have heightened awareness.

Movie Review: Promised Land

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I wanted to like Promised Land and certainly agree with its politics. So why did it feel like a preaching-to-the-converted letdown?

Matt Damon: Star Power

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

What is the right wing really worried about? Perhaps they fear they won't prevail when these films pose a choice between industrial exploitation of the environment for maximum profit, regardless of the consequences, versus protecting the Earth's natural resources in perpetuity.

Matt Damon: Ben Affleck Turned To Directing Because He Was In 'Actor Jail'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 12.06.2012 | Entertainment

Fifteen years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, old friends as you may have heard, co-wrote and co-starred in "Good Will Hunting," a drama that earned ...

You Need to See This Movie

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Matt Damon and John Krasinski's new film Promised Land answers the question of why even the poorest rural communities are standing up against fracking. Any community that is seriously debating fracking ought to screen this film publicly.