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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
Dr. Ted Baehr’s Special Speaking Engagement in the Capitol!
Hollywood, Calif. – On May 13, Dr. Ted Baehr has the honor of speaking at the Jefferson Gathering at 6:15 p.m. This worship service in the nation’s Capital is held exclusively for members of Congress and their staff. Nationally recognized speakers are invited each week.
Dr. Jim Garlow, lead pastor of Skyline Church, oversees this weekly gathering and Rev. Dan Cummins is its convening pastor. Dr. Baehr looks forward for this opportunity to “encourage a tradition, set by our forefathers, of prayer and worship in this nation’s Capitol.”
Dr. Ted Baehr to Speak at a 64th Annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast
On Thursday, May 7, Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®: The Biblical Guide to Movies and Entertainment, will speak at the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast in Fort Myers, Fla. Past speakers such as Mike Huckabee, Eric Metaxas and Cal Thomas have held this honor.
Every year on this day, people join together to pray for their country and leaders. This important event will be widely broadcasted through WRXY CTN-10 on Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. as a gift to the community. In preparing for this event, Dr. Baehr said, “I am thrilled to be a part of a day that brings our nation together to pray for its leaders. I believe God c...