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[DVD Review] Letters to God

What do you get when you combine a young boy with cancer, religion and director David Nixon? You get the snooze-fest entitled Letters to God. Tanner Mcguire stars in this movie as Tyler Doherty, a young boy fighting a brain tumor, who manages to inspire his community and help an alcoholic mailman (Jeffrey Johnson) find God through the letters he mails each day. The movie is based off of the real life Tyler, late son of co-director/writer Patrick Doughtie, but most of the events and characters in the movie are fictionalized.

What is most amazing about Letters To God is simply the fact that one movie can be so boring. It's slow, extremely predictable, and well...slow. It's clearly meant to incite deep emotions, however, the dialogue in this film was so unpersuasive, that it was hard to take the story seriously. Most critics would probably blame the aggressive Christian overtones in this flick,
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Generally, when a camera breaks on a film set, the first move is to call the technicians. Not so on Letters to God. When equipment went wrong on that film – a based-on-a-true-story weepie about a cancer-stricken child whose missives to the almighty redeem an alcoholic postman – the drill was: pray first, check the fuses later. But it wasn't just techies falling to their knees. It was religious professionals.

"We had prayer warriors on set every day," says director David Nixon, "people who knew nothing of film-making, but who knew how to pray. When I'd yell 'action' they'd go into action and start praying. They'd pray for the actors.
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Robyn Lively and Tony Hale move to 'Sironia'

Robyn Lively and Tony Hale have joined "Sironia" from writer-director Brandon Dickerson. The story tells of a singer-songwriter who, struggling with her career in Los Angeles, movies to Sironia, Texas. Lively plays a dyed-in-the-wool Texan and local socialite. Steven Sills, Laura Smith and Lauren Schwartz produce. Filming stars Sunday in Waco, Texas. Lively recently finished "Letters to God" directed by David Nixon and Patrick Doughtie. Other credits include TV's "Saving Grace" and "30 Rock" as well as "The Mentalist." Hale has had regular roles on the series "Arrested Development" and "Chuck" and recently appeared in "The Informant!" with Matt Damon, "In My Sleep," "The Goods" and "Stranger Than Fiction."
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“Letters to God” director aims to make 3-D faith films — Hollywood In Ten

By Sean O’Connell

If David Nixon has his way, the 3-D craze that is sweeping the multiplexes with mainstream pictures like “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland” will carry Christian-themed message movies to larger audiences. And it will happen sooner rather than later.

“I definitely think that if the (craze) hangs on, then in the next year or two, we will do a Christian film in 3-D,” said Nixon, the successful producer and director behind such inspirational hits as “Fireproof” and “Facing the Giants.” He called to promote his latest (two-dimensional) Christian drama “Letters to God,” which is in theaters.

“They’ve made is so easy now,” Nixon continued. “The technology doesn’t hurt your eyes. And it’s not about the effects. It’s not about that cheesy kind of play in the 1950s. It’s about adding depth, the way your eyes really see the world. So I
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'Letters to God' - 12 clips for the Vivendi drama

"Letters from God" has twelve clips for your viewing pleasure. The David Nixon-helmed drama stars Robyn Lively, Jeffrey Johnson, Maree Cheatham, Tanner Maguire, Michael Christopher Bolten, Bailee Madison, Ralph Waite, Dennis Neal, Cris Cunningham, L. Derek Leonidoff, Christopher Schmidt and Avery Sommers. Patrick Doughtie, Art D'Alessandro, Thrift and Cullen Douglas adapt the screenplay based on the book by Doughtie. Vivendi Entertainment distributes. A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption, “Letters to God” is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning—the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them. Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire) is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace...
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'Letters to God' - 12 clips for the Vivendi drama

"Letters from God" has twelve clips for your viewing pleasure. The David Nixon-helmed drama stars Robyn Lively, Jeffrey Johnson, Maree Cheatham, Tanner Maguire, Michael Christopher Bolten, Bailee Madison, Ralph Waite, Dennis Neal, Cris Cunningham, L. Derek Leonidoff, Christopher Schmidt and Avery Sommers. Patrick Doughtie, Art D'Alessandro, Thrift and Cullen Douglas adapt the screenplay based on the book by Doughtie. Vivendi Entertainment distributes. A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption, “Letters to God” is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning—the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them. Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire) is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace...
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'Letters to God' - New images from the Vivendi drama.

"Letters to God" has fresh images which join the artwork for the Vivendi Entertainment release which finds theaters on April 9th this year. The PG-rated family drama is directed by David Nixon and co-directed by Patrick Doughtie. Starring are Robyn Lively, Jeffrey Johnson, Maree Cheatham, Tanner Maguire, Michael Christopher Bolten, Bailee Madison, Ralph Waite, Dennis Neal, Cris Cunningham, L. Derek Leonidoff, Christopher Schmidt and Avery Sommer. A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption, “Letters to God” is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning—the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them. Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire) is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace. To Tyler, God is a friend,
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Vivendi Entertainment to distribute Letters to God

Vivendi Entertainment has picked up North American rights to Possibility Pictures' "Letters to God," setting a March 12th, 2010 release date. David Nixon directs from the story by Patrick Doughtie. The story tells of a nine-year-old fighting cancer who copes with the challenges of his treatment by writing letters addressed to God. His letters end up in the hands of a troubled postman who fights his own demons. Film is inspired by Doughtie's son's battle with cancer and screenwritten by Doughtie, Art D'Alessandro, Thrift and Cullen Douglas.
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