Dateline Hollywood: Â This just in from the Hollywood Reporter: Â A chain of evangelical Christian mega-churches (my note: Â we tend to call this a “denomination”) is attempting to halt the film, Salvation Boulevard, which played at Sundance this year and has just been released theatrically.
The subject of the film has the potential to generate some controversy — it mixes politics and religion. So too does the lawsuit from the Church of God — the plaintiff claims to have copyrighted a design based on the Christian cross symbol and intends to stop it from being shown in the film.
Salvation Boulevard sports a stellar cast (Pierce Brosnan,Â Greg Kinnear,Â Jennifer Connelly,Â Marisa TomeiÂ andÂ Ed Harris) andÂ tells the story of a former Deadhead married to a devout wife who discovers their mega-church’s pastor has committed a sinful act that will be protected at all costs. The film, produced by Mandalay Vision, was snapped up by IFC/Sony for $1.5 million after getting some laughs at Sundance this year.
The satire may not be going over too well with the evangelical community.
The Church of God, a Tennessee-based organization that runs a number of mega-churches throughout the United States, has filed a lawsuit against Mandalay, IFC, Sony, and ComcastÂ for distributing a feature film that shows a design alleged to be legally protected.
Below you can see the Church of God’s logo and the logo that appears in the movie:
(Looks like a pretty direct rip-off to me).
The Church of God says in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Tennessee federal court Â that use of the Cross Mark by the defendants constitutes willful and deliberate commercial infringement upon its exclusive rights. The church is asking for an injunction and further monetary damages.
via Church Sues to Block Sundance Hit â€˜Salvation Boulevardâ€™ – Hollywood Reporter