By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
When the SON OF GOD surpassed expectations and earned $25 million on its first weekend, it was once again clear that the Christian community has power over the box office.
Not surprisingly, Non-Christian skeptics criticized the movie, but they weren’t alone in some of their criticism. Many Christians, for various reasons, have issues with how the Bible was adapted for screen in SON OF GOD. They rightly compare what is shown in the movie to the Holy Scriptures and point out where the movie has deviated. This is beneficial, for Acts 17:11 calls us to be like the Bereans, searching out the Scriptures to find out what is true. No Christian wants to see the Savior misrepresented on screen.
Sadly, however, some...
By Dr. Ted Baehr
“And the angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.’
“Then said Mary unto the angel, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’
“And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of ...
Feb. 28, 2014, marks the first wide release of a Christian or biblical movie since 2011’s COURAGEOUS and SOUL SURFER – SON OF GOD.
SON OF GOD also marks the first wide-release movie about Jesus since Mel Gibson’s brilliant THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004).
On March 28, 2014 Paramount Pictures will release NOAH, a biblical epic starring Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins. The poster proudly proclaims “The end of the world is just the beginning.”
However, SON OF GOD marks the first time in more than 15 years since a major Hollywood studio has put major money into a movie aimed at depicting the life of a biblical character, since 1997’s THE PRINCE OF EGYPT about Moses.
20th Century Fox is releasing SON OF GOD, a movie version ...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Tolerating self-destructive or socially destructive behavior in our children is not a sign of love, but hate, as well as parental neglect. If a child has a propensity to beat themselves or beat other children, the parents are required by love to intervene and help the child get over such abhorrent, intolerable behavior. To do anything less is a sign of child abuse!
Our narcissistic society is on the brink of stewing in the vile juice of its own self-destructive behavior. Consequently, we seem to have forgotten what love entails.
God calls us all to love our neighbor as ourselves, both Jew and Gentile. That divine call entails helping ourselves and our neighbors get over intolerable destructive behavior, such...
‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Grace Unplugged,’ ‘The Bible,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Last Man Standing’ Take Major Honors at 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards
Universal City, Calif. – The 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry honored the best, most family-friendly, and most inspiring movies and television programs of 2013 at its annual awards show, held last month in the Grand Ballroom of the Universal Hilton Hotel.
A one-hour version of the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards was telecast three times on the ReelzChannel.
GRACE UNPLUGGED and THE BIBLE took home the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2013. Supported by a grant fr...
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
The release of NOAH later this month has Paramount Pictures hoping that their biggest demographic, the Christian community, won’t reject their movie. This has brought on an aggressive marketing campaign towards the evangelical community, including The National Religious Broadcasters convention held in Nashville last week.
At the convention, President and CEO of the NRB Dr. Jerry Johnson led a panel discussing NOAH’s positive qualities and its departures from Biblical scripture. Dr. Johnson concluded the event by respectfully requesting Paramount Pictures add an appropriate disclaimer that would show proper respect for the original text, similar to what DreamWork’s included in THE PRINCE OF EGYPT.
By. Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher of Movieguide®
One thing became clear watching the 86th Annual Oscar Ceremony yesterday. Most of the winners – and most of the nominees – were the same people and movies nominated and chosen by the Independent Spirit Awards, the awards show for independent movies.
If Oscar is going to pick the same things as the independent awards show, why even have an Oscar ceremony at all?
Are these movies really the best movies of the year? No. Few of them are the kind of movies the vast majority of moviegoers has any interest in seeing, judging by box office numbers.
That said, there were a few good picks among the winners. The best one, of course, was FROZEN as the Best Animated Movie. MOVIEGUIDE® picked FROZ...
Paramount Adds Disclaimer to NOAH Movie;
Says Movie Is True to ‘Essence’ and ‘Values’ of the Biblical Story
Paramount Pictures has added a disclaimer in their promotional materials for their new movie, NOAH, based on the famous biblical story, at the request of some Christian leaders.
The disclaimer admits some “artistic license” has been taken with regard to the story, but that the movie is “true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.”
The disclaimer also adds, “The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
The disclaimer is being added at a suggestion coming from a panel on the movie NOAH at the recent National Religi...
See Stars Talk About Faith & Values Saturday on the
Movieguide® Awards Show on the ReelzChannel
Hollywood, Calif. – Some of the biggest stars, movers and shakers in the entertainment industry will talk about faith and values in Hollywood Saturday on the ReelzChannel’s presentation of the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards and Report to Hollywood.
The one-hour telecast will air 2 p.m. Eastern Time and 11 a.m. Pacific Time on the ReelzChannel Saturday (check your local Cable TV listings).
“The annual awards show is a celebration of faith and values in Hollywood,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, which has been alerting readers about family-friendly movies and television programs since 1985.
By Jared Lafitte
On Friday, the movie SON OF GOD will hit theaters nationwide. Christian leaders are urging people to go see the movie this weekend, including some special advance screenings Thursday night.
Released by 20th Century Fox, one of the six biggest movie studios in Hollywood, the movie is based on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s THE BIBLE miniseries on The History Channel.
When Mark and Roma first set out to do the miniseries, many people in the entertainment industry didn’t respond favorably. However, the miniseries became one of the highest-rated series on Cable TV last year and had the Number One DVD sales of any other television program.
Now, a new theatrical version of the life of Jesus is coming to the big ...