Did EXODUS Actor Put His Foot in Mouth?
Christian Bale Calls Moses a “Barbaric” Individual
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor, and Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
In less than two months, Director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated, beautifully crafted, God-centered Biblical epic EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (or maybe un-biblical) starring Christian Bale as Moses comes to theaters.
In what could either be considered a genius marketing move, or quite detrimental, Christian Bale stirred things up with some controversial statements regarding the biblical figure. Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles, Bale didn’t hide the fact that he was trying to distance himself from Charlton Heston’s Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s classic 1956 movie, THE TEN ...
Behind the Scenes of BIG HERO 6:
Bringing the Charming Comic to the Big Screen
By Ben Kayser and Rachal Marquez
BIG HERO 6 is an excellent Disney animated movie about a 14-year-old boy who turns a huggable healthcare robot into a fighting machine and enlists the help of four friends to catch a villain in the city of San Fransokyo.
Movieguide® recently had the chance to speak with and hear from the directors, producer and actors in this new Disney animated adventure.
Movieguide®: What was the challenge in balancing some of the high conflict in the story while also keeping it accessible for young kids?
Don Hall (Co-Director): It was the challenge in the movie. The biggest challenge of making these movies is always go...
Christian Alternatives to Halloween
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Rather than expose your children to fear and demonic influences on Halloween, why not introduce them to two wonderful Christian holidays that occur at the same time – All Saints Day and Reformation Day?
All Saints Day takes place on Nov. 1. Historically speaking, it has become primarily a day to honor Christian martyrs or “witnesses” who gave their lives peacefully to serve their Divine Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the true definition of a Christian martyr, not someone who murders other people as the Muslims have been doing for nearly 1500 years. Theologically speaking, of course, every Christian is a saint set apart by God by being bo...
The Purpose and Meaning of Talent:
Behind the Scenes of WHIPLASH
Job Garcia, Contributing Writer
Are aspirations, talents and abilities inherently good? If so, what are the purposes of them, and how do we go about accomplishing their intended purpose?
For Christians, answering these questions properly requires developing a biblically sound perspective of aspirations, talents and abilities. Thus, aspirations, talents and abilities are inherently good, but they must be subject to God’s will and used for His glory and honor. We must not limit aspirations, talents and abilities to the realm of the sacred. God himself is responsible for placing those aspirations, talents and abilities, but we are in a fallen world, so we have to make s...
Matthew McConaughey on the Redskins Controversy:
Oscar Winning Actor Opposes Name Change but Thinks Change Is Inevitable
Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey said he opposes changing the Washington Redskins name and mascot, but thinks the pressure on the team to make the name change probably will succeed.
“It's not going to hurt me,” McConaughey said in a recent GQ interview. "It's just. . . I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. Now that it's in the court of public opinion. It's going to change. I wish it wouldn't, but it will.”
A small group of Native Americans have been pushing for the professional football team representing Washington, D.C. to change its name for years before the publ...
By Anthony D’Amore
Some Christians have been slamming actor Nicolas Cage over his movie “Left Behind,” a remake of the movie based on the successful book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Some of the criticism has been severely harsh, as if some Christians have forgotten that God shows them grace. When did it become okay for Christians to spew hatred and forget about humility and love for others?
These self-proclaimed Christian critics who have been slamming Nicolas Cage and his movie on social media channels have seemingly lost sight of God’s purpose. It’s as if posting a judgmental rant on a web site is more important than a Hollywood actor experiencing the grace of God.
It doesn’t mean every Christian needs to...
New Movie Boldly States GOD IS REAL:
Interview with the Director of GRACE UNPLUGGED
Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
After the Movieguide® Award Winning movie GRACE UNPLUGGED touched and moved our hearts, Director Brad Silverman is preparing his next movie currently titled GOD IS REAL. He spoke with Movieguide® about what led them to make a movie about being unashamed of the Gospel.
Movieguide®: Talk about your decision to crowdsource your next project and what your plan and vision is for GOD IS REAL.
Brad: Well, we made GRACE UNPLUGGED and went the Hollywood route on that. We did it through the studio and had a wonderful experience. Every film has a message. Even if it’s not a Christian film, they’re saying something, and...
Finding the Meaning of Life Through Jesus:
Hollywood Actor Shia LaBeouf Proclaims He Is a Christian
By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor
In a recent interview, actor Shia LaBeouf said he was a real Christian.
Before doing the World War II movie FURY, LaBeouf (the first three TRANSFORMERS movies and the MOVIEGUIDE® Award winning INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS) said he was questioning the meaning of life.
Then, when he was with co-star Brad Pitt and Director David Ayers, they would have conversations about faith.
Pitt had grown up in a Christian family and turned away from faith, while David Ayers is a committed Christian. Both of these perspectives were interesting to LaBeouf and helped him shape his ow...
Killing Jesus: The Best-Selling Book Comes to National Geographic Channel
By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
In 2015, Bill O’Reilly’s book on the history surrounding the life and death of Jesus will be translated to a miniseries on National Geographic Channel. The show has slated a diverse cast, including Lebanese actor Haaz Sleiman as Jesus.
O’Reilly’s book focuses on the historical aspects of Jesus’ life and death, especially concerning the Roman Empire at the time, and the show will presumably do the same. While not a spiritually-focused series, it will be presenting the contrast of the tumultuous world where Jesus preached a message of love and forgiveness.
In a statement, the National Geographic Channel said, ...
I Know What You Did Last Summer
What the Snapchat hack reveals about online privacy and a culture adrift
by Daniel Weiss
“Think about this: A small flame can set a whole forest on fire. The tongue is a small flame of fire, a world of evil at work in us. It contaminates our entire lives. Because of it, the circle of life is set on fire. The tongue itself is set on fire by the flames of hell.”
James 3:5b-6 (CEB)
Last week we learned of yet another Internet hacking scheme in which supposedly private photos were stolen and shared online. The first round of leaked photos invaded the privacy of well-known Hollywood stars and other celebrities. This time, the innocence of average folks—including many children—was violated.