Hollywood’s Disastrous Summer
By Dr. Ted Baehr with David Outten
With the strong ticket sales for Disney’s FROZEN and great box office for THE LEGO MOVIE and SON OF GOD in January and February, this year appeared headed for a banner year, coming into the summer nine percent ahead of last year. Then, as the weather warmed, the box office cooled.
This summer’s box office was off by 16 percent compared to last year, $4.85 billion versus $4.06 billion. These numbers take into consideration Hollywood’s record-setting $1.02 billion August take, which included GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the top earning movie of the year so far, and the fun reboot TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.
Adjusting for ticket price inflation, 20...
Headlines in the News, Sept. 5, 2014:
Faith-Based Animated Movie in Development at Sony
** Sony Developing Faith-Based Animated Movie
DeVon Franklin (HEAVEN IS FOR REAL) is teaming with Sony Pictures Animation to develop THE LAMB, a faith-based Nativity story with an all-animal cast.
According to TheWrap, Sony intends “to produce an inspiring, respectful and entertaining take on the famous Nativity story while remaining accessible to a broad audiences.”
DeVon was the former Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures for Sony and preaches regularly. With a desire to bring more uplifting content from Hollywood to the big screen, he has started a new production company Franklin Entertainment to do just that.
Behind the Scenes of THE IDENTICAL:
Elvis Impersonator Blake Rayne Turns Actor, Opposite Ray Liotta
By Ben Kayser and Andrew Drexel
THE IDENTICAL a new faith-based drama set to rock audiences by taking them back to the beginning of rock ’n’ roll. It’s a period drama centered on a young man with incredible musical talent who has an identical rock-star brother he doesn’t know. We spoke with Blake Rayne, the star of the movie.
Movieguide®: I wanted to hear you talk about how you came about finding this part and some of the similarities the story has to your personal story.
Blake Rayne: You know, it’s an amazing thing. I was rehearsing in Nashville with my band at a rehearsal studio, and at the same time, Yochanan Marc...
Actor Ray Liotta Talks Honestly About Faith:
Behind the Scenes of THE IDENTICAL
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
New in theaters is the faith based movie THE IDENTICAL starring well known Hollywood actors Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, and Joe Pantoliano as well as musician turned actor Blake Rayne who was interviewed separately. It’s a period drama centered on a young man with incredible musical talent who has an identical rock-star brother he doesn’t know.
Ray Liotta (GOODFELLAS and NARC) plays the passionate preacher and compassionate, though strict, father of the main character. In an exclusive interview with Movieguide®, he told how he got the role and discussed his own personal struggle with faith.
“There was a s...
Overcoming Social Media Sins
Social media and the Internet have some drawbacks for married couples. More and more husbands and wives are befriending former friends of the opposite sex and comparing their lives. This can lead some people to become dissatisfied with their own lives and lead to a variety marital problems ranging from envy to lust.
Old flames are best left in memories (or forgotten), not tracked down on Facebook. Divorce courts are finding more and more couples whose Facebook activity has led to the demise of a marriage. Private investigators find Facebook a goldmine for tracking bad behavior.
Internet pornography is a huge problem among people who attend church. Even worse, perhaps, is the shocking percentage of those...
The Siren Song of Treason
By Robert Knight, Contributing Writer
“The Palace” by Lee Duigon, Storehouse Press, Vallecito, California, 321-page large paperback
Reviewed by Robert Knight
If you take Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper,” place it in a post-modern world of donkey carts, add magical characters and unexplained mysteries, and, most importantly, put God at the center, you have Lee Duigon’s latest fantasy novel.
As with the first five books of his Bell Mountain series, “The Palace” can stand on its own for new readers, since Mr. Duigon deftly folds in background.
Evil once again masquerades as good, with usurpers to the throne of the kingdom of Obann offering to appease a neighboring tyrant named t...
TV Ads Which Abuse Children’s Innocence
By Dr. Claude A. Curran
As each sporting season draws to an end it seems that the championship celebrations have barely ended when speculation begins over changes in team rosters, who will be back next season and who will not be back. That is the unpredictability of sports.
However, one perennial staple of televised professional sports in the US is those annoying “men’s pills” commercials. These ads seem to have no-cut contracts with all pro sports—baseball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, all of them. It is impossible to watch any professional sporting broadcasts without being molested by these ads.
Most everyone whom I have talked to about these commercials finds them annoying bu...
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Best Movies for Labor Day
Below are MOVIEGUIDE®’s picks for Best Movies for Labor Day. These movies don’t just celebrate workers, they celebrate hard work, integrity, humility, and service.
THE LILIES OF THE FIELD: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4– 1963: This wonderful family movie teaches the Gospel in a winsome, entertaining way that’s unsurpassed by most other movies. In the story, a group of German nuns transplanted to Southwest America convince a young black laborer to help them build a local church. In the meantime, the young man teaches the nuns the joys of Pentecostal Protestant worship focused on Jesus and His Gospel. Both Jesus and the local church are lifted up, and Sidney Poitier’s performance a...
Headlines in the News - August 29
DUCK DYNASTY, Kirk Cameron and More!
** DUCK DYNASTY is Still a Summer Hit!
While the summer box office has been sluggish, basic cable networks are showing strong numbers for new and established shows alike. Among the top shows is DUCK DYNASTY, though boasting its lowest ratings since 2012, is still the number one reality show this summer. Receiving an average of 5.9 million viewers, DUCK DYNASTY was the fourth most popular summer basic cable show among total viewers in all genres, right behind TNT’s RIZZOLI & ISLES, MAJOR CRIMES and THE LAST SHIP. This is a clear reminder that a large portion of America is hungry for TV entertainment that reflects their lifestyles or values.