Prosecutors Charge Student with Assault While Copying FIFTY SHADES
Place/Date: Chicago, Feb. 24, 2015
Cook County prosecutors say a University of Illinois at Chicago student leader has been charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student in an alleged re-enactment of scenes from the notorious movie FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, about a sadomasochistic affair.
Mohammed Hossain, 19, seemed shocked when his bail was set at $500,000 by a Cook County judge.
Hossain’s lawyer said his client was a “student ambassador to the Alumni Association” and a member of the triathlon team.
Prosecutors said Hossain and the woman had “previously been intimate” and had gone to Hossain’s dorm room at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. At one...
The 2015 Oscars:
Focusing on the GOOD Despite Some Bad Choices
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Date: Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
It took three hours AND forty minutes for the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony to hand out its Oscar® awards, which isn’t a record but certainly led to some moments that seemed to drag on and on and on.
There were a lot of touching speeches by winners about their families, including their parents. The best one was by Best Supporting Actor winner J.K. Simmons of WHIPLASH and the first SPIDER-MAN trilogy, who added at the end, “Call your mom. Call your dad. If you're lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don't text, don't email. Call them on the phone. Tell them you love them and t...
Classy Movie Awards Show and Tasteless Award Shows
by Diane Howard, Ph.D.
Having just returned from the classy Movieguide® Awards show in Hollywood, the contrast with that show and the Academy Awards show is striking, as in light and darkness difference. In recent years at the Academy Awards, the "humor" in the show has become more and more degrading, tacky, vulgar... in its slippery slope downward. Likewise, in recent years other leading awards shows, as well as the Oscars, have featured tasteless choreography, sketches, and costumes or evening wear. Further, with the exception of "American Sniper," most of the Academy Awards honors went to art house movies that did not do well in the box office and thus did not reveal the votes...
Faith and Freedom Are for Reel
23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards Celebrates Inspiring Entertainment:
Stevie Wonder Performs at Feb. 6 Event, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Wins Top Award
Forget about the Oscar ceremony last night!
More than 490 celebrities, filmmakers, Hollywood executives, TV artists, and supporters celebrated truly great movies and television programs with real faith and values Feb. 6 at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry held in Los Angeles.
“It was our biggest event yet,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher and founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, now celebrating its 30th year of “redeeming the values of the mass media of entertainmen...
Popular Rap Artist Lecrae Performs on Movieguide® Awards Telecast Saturday
Rap artist Lecrae is making waves in America as one of the most outspoken Christians in the hip-hop community. His commitment to challenge the culture with the Gospel is one of the reasons Lecrae was invited to perform at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards telecast this Saturday, 7 p.m. Eastern time and 4 p.m. Pacific, on the REELZChannel.
Lecrae Moore truly is a pioneer in the world of hip hop, especially for those who share his Christian faith. Originally from Texas, the 35-year-old rap artist spent his childhood in different areas of the country before attending college at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. After hearing the Gospel by a preach...
Stevie Wonder to Appear at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards to Honor Andraé Crouch
Music legend Stevie Wonder will be among those honoring Gospel music innovator, singer and songwriter Andraé Crouch at a special tribute at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards airing again Monday night at 9 p.m. Pacific on the REELZChannel.
The Movieguide® Awards honors the best family-friendly movies and television shows of the previous year. It also picks the best movie for mature audiences and the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV program of the Year, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Andraé Crouch, who died Jan. 8, paved the way for American contemporary Christian music and worked with musica...
Kendrick Brothers’ WAR ROOM Hits Theaters This Summer
Sony Pictures Entertainment has set the release date for WAR ROOM, the next Christian movie by Alex and Stephen Kendrick (FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS) – Aug. 28.
WAR ROOM focuses on the powerful, all-important topic of prayer. It tells the story of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple that, from all appearances, is living the American Dream. Behind their pristine façade of a flawless home, great jobs and comfortable lifestyle, their marriage has become a battleground, and their daughter finds herself caught in the crossfire. Through the wisdom of Miss Clara, Elizabeth learns she must stop fighting against her family and begin fighting for them by wielding the unrivaled weapon of pr...
Fifty Shades of Green:
What Does the Box Office Success of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Mean for Christians?
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
So much has already been said regarding the erotic romantic drama FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and its unashamed provocative lewd content. We’ve written multiple articles as well as a review on why Christians should stand against such stories. Nonetheless, the movie smashed box office expectations pulling in more than $94 million dollars domestically over the four day weekend. These numbers are saddening at the very least. Why would so many people put their money toward a movie so disgraceful? Have we as a nation stooped this low? What does this mean for Christians who desire to make a difference in culture?
Fifty Shades of Comcast NBC/Universal
By David Outten
Through their subsidiary, Focus Features, Comcast NBC/Universal has just released the movie FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.
How does this square with the way Comcast explains to the world its reason for being. Could it be that Comcast’s behavior is a number of shades darker than their stated goal:
As a company uniquely positioned to inform, empower, and inspire, we embrace the opportunity to create conversation and mobilize action to address some of the nation’s most critical issues. At Comcast and NBCUniversal, it’s not just about moving our business forward, it’s about moving people forward.
Indeed, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has created conversation about the sexual behavior in t...
Four Ways to Respond to the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Movie
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer
When my article “Don’t Let FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Lead Your Daughter Astray” premiered on www.movieguide.org January 21, my hope was that even if I could change one woman’s mind and help them choose to see themselves as God sees them, then my work would be a success. However, an email I received helped me to understand the full impact my words can have on others. The first line of the email stated, “I want to commend you for standing up for girls of every age and even for the women who are not understanding the detriment the book could have on their current or future relationships.”
In the days that followed, other emails cam...