In Memoriam: C. D. Jebasingh
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Over a quarter of a century ago, I was invited to speak in India at the Bombay Communications Institute. Blessings occurred, including every student except one coming to Jesus Christ in my class, and many, many significant ripples have continued until today. My host, the Rev. Dr. C. D. Jebasingh, affectionately known as Jeba, invited me back year after year.
Finally, two years ago, I went back, and Jeba had diligently and dutifully grown his ministry in India to mirror what MOVIEGUIDE® and the Christian Film & Television Commission do in America.
When we met in Mumbai at that time, Jeba was deeply grateful and touched at the Divine inspiration of our ministry in Hollywo...
Freedom is Not Free!
Celebrate Memorial Day with These Pro-American Movies
Here’s a good way to help your children understand the price that Americans paid for freedom: Watch a patriotic movie.
Here are “Ted’s Picks” for movies about those who often paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. These are patriotic, pro-American movies with faith and values, many of which you can watch with your whole family this holiday and some that require extreme caution even for older teenagers and adults because of some rough content.
The list is divided into Classics and Recent Movies.
1. SERGEANT YORK: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4 - 1941: Based on the diary of Alvin York, the most decorated soldier in World War ...
I DREAMED OF TOMORROWLAND
(then found something FAR better)
By David Outten, Production Editor
Since 1987, I’ve worked with Movieguide®, but in the early 1980s I worked for WED Show Productions. I was a Disney “imagineer.” I made Small World dolls, did paintings for Haunted Mansion and painted dinosaurs for the EPCOT Center. A few years earlier, I had graduated from St. Cloud High School just a few miles from the gates to Disney World. I dreamed of Tomorrowland. I loved Walt Disney’s original concept for EPCOT (truly an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). I even submitted a design for an EPCOT pavilion.
The movie TOMORROWLAND features a futuristic city that looks like something Walt would have dreamed u...
Sir John & Dr. Jack Templeton
MODELS OF GENEROUS INVESTMENT
By Ted Baehr
Everyone invests. Some invest in property, stocks and bonds. Some invest in creating a business. Everyone invests his or her time. You “invest” in your children. You “invest” in a home.
The world would be a much better place if everyone learned to invest from Sir John Templeton and his son Dr. John Templeton Jr. (“Jack”). They made a great deal of money investing in businesses with integrity. More than that, they invested their earnings in promoting integrity.
The John Templeton Foundation has been the sponsor of the Movieguide® Epiphany Prizes from their inception. In fact, the very idea was that of Sir John Templeton. He wanted to invest...
New “Bible” Based TV Show Promotes All the Wrong Things:
Does OF KINGS AND PROPHETS Have God on Its Side?
By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
If you’re a film major and Bible history nerd, you might have become giddy with excitement when learning that ABC picked up a biblical drama series that will premier in the fall. The show, called OF KINGS AND PROPHETS, follows the fateful lives of King Saul, the future King David, and the prophet Samuel. What could be better than watching David, the mighty warrior and man after God’s own heart, duke it out with bears and lions, defeat a nine-foot-tall giant with a shepherd’s sling, evade several assassination attempts (each ordered by his jealous king), and lead 600 soldiers in a campai...
Movieguide® Mourns the Passing of Friend and Benefactor,
Dr. John Templeton, President of the John Templeton Foundation
May 19, 2015
It is with great sadness that Movieguide® announces the passing this weekend of Dr. John M. Templeton, president of the John Templeton Foundation, a longtime friend and supporter of the Movieguide® and its mission to influence the mass media and teach children to be media wise.
Dr. Templeton founded the Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning Screenwriters in 2006 and the Chronos Prizes for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers in 2013, which have become an integral part of Movieguide®’s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala. His father, Sir Joh...
Faith, Freedom & Memorial Day
By David Outten
Every year Movieguide® gives out a Faith and Freedom Award for movies and for television. We honor such movies as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and such television shows as THE LAST SHIP. The reason is much the same as why we celebrate Memorial Day.
Freedom is not free. It comes at a very high price.
On January 1 2015, my father died. He served in World War II as a pilot. He flew C-47s in several battles, dropping paratroopers or pulling gliders. As a boy, I used to listen to stories about him seeing the plane in front of him shot down, or the time when a roommate’s belongings were collected because he was killed in a training accident. I would nearly burst w...
Hollywood Actor Denzel Washington Tells Students to Put God First
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer for MOVIEGUIDE®
“Put. God. First.”
These three words rang out from the microphone as Denzel Washington challenged the graduates of Dillard University this past Saturday. The audience erupted in applause at many points throughout his short yet eloquent speech including his statement that “the most important thing that stayed with me since is that I’ve been protected, I’ve been directed, I’ve been corrected. I’ve kept God in my life, and it’s kept me humble.” This perspective is rare for a Hollywood actor to uphold, and even rarer to promote publicly.
However, the idea of putting God first is much easier ...
The Cast of PITCH PERFECT 2 Talk Improv and Comedy
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from the cast of PITCH PERFECT 2, bringing back the a cappella college group the Barden Bella’s.
After winning the competition at school three years prior, the Barden Bellas are pulled from tour after an embarrassing incident in from of the President. Now they must compete at the world championship to redeem their name. Elizabeth Banks who produced the first installment stepped up to the directors chair for her feature film debut in PITCH PERFECT 2.
Here’s what some of the stars had to say.
Q: Talk to us about what it was like to have Elizabeth Banks as a director.
Movies for Mother’s Day:
Let’s Remember Mama for a Change
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
There are a growing number of family movies, but many of them mostly feature the dad, such as CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN and FATHER OF THE BRIDE, and in too many of them, the mother is dead or missing, such as THE GAME PLAN and FINDING NEMO. In a significant number of cases, the mother is the villain, such as AMERICAN BEAUTY, SOUTH PARK and SERIAL MOM. This doesn’t help children develop a positive image of mothers.
Two reasons for the missing mom or even the mean mom can be found in some of the lingering marketing rules of the entertainment industry.
First, the entertainment industry believes that little girls will go to movies that little boys ...