The Cast of PITCH PERFECT 2 Talk Improv and Comedy
The Cast of PITCH PERFECT 2 Talk Improv and Comedy
May 22, 2015

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. PITCH PERFECT 2 has its fun moments, but it’s ultimately empty and uninspiring with vulgar jokes and no redeeming qualities so please be cautious and read the full review of PITCH PERFECT 2 (Quality:  * * Acceptability:  -2) at www.movieguide.org . 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 wh...
 

 
I DREAMED OF TOMORROWLAND (then found something FAR better)
I DREAMED OF TOMORROWLAND (then found something FAR better)
May 22, 2015

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...
 

 
New “Bible” Based TV Show Promotes All the Wrong Things in Trailer
New “Bible” Based TV Show Promotes All the Wrong Things in Trailer
May 19, 2015

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...
 

 
In Memoriam: Dr. John Templeton, President of the John Templeton Foundation
In Memoriam: Dr. John Templeton, President of the John Templeton Foundation
May 19, 2015

In Memoriam 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
Faith, Freedom & Memorial Day
May 18, 2015

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
Hollywood Actor Denzel Washington Tells Students to Put God First
May 13, 2015

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 ...
 

 
Movies for Mother’s Day: Let’s Remember Mama for a Change
May 08, 2015

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 ...
 

 
Bringing Spiritual Values to Hollywood!
May 06, 2015

11th Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays Seeks Entries from First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced today that the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters is now accepting submissions for its 11th annual competition. Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Kairos Prizes award $50,000 to the top three entries, $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000. The winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 5, 2016 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. An e...
 

 
Wanted -- Inspiring, Godly Screenplays!
May 06, 2015

Third Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize Rewards Professional  Filmmakers Writing Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced that the competition is now open for the Third Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers. Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Experienced Filmmakers honors faith-friendly or faith-based scripts that promote “a greater understanding or love of God.” The $50,000 winner will be announced at the 24th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 5, 2016 at the Universal H...
 

 
Hollywood Needs This Redemption Movie
Hollywood Needs This Redemption Movie
May 06, 2015

Hollywood Needs This Redemption Movie By David Outten, Production Editor, with Tom Snyder, Editor Hollywood loves to spend millions of dollars making movies about disasters. Disaster is very photogenic, especially now since earthquakes and tidal waves can be created so beautifully and realistically with computer graphics. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see Hollywood itself bite the dust. What if, however, someone made a movie about a great revival sweeping across Hollywood? Instead of 500-foot waves sweeping in from the Pacific, a tremendous move of the Spirit of God sweeps in from Heaven. Let the movie begin with a little old grandmother in St. Cloud, Florida praying for a major entertainment corporation CEO known for making ...
 

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