INTERSTELLAR’s Story Is Rooted in Family and Hopeful Optimism, Filmmakers Say
INTERSTELLAR’s Story Is Rooted in Family and Hopeful Optimism, Filmmakers Say
November 05, 2014

Family Matters in INTERSTELLAR: INTERSTELLAR’s Story Is Rooted in Family and Hopeful Optimism, Filmmakers Say By Ben Kayser and Rachal Marquez Movieguide® recently had the chance to participate in a press conference for INTERSTELLAR, a new science fiction adventure that deals with many issues. INTERSTELLAR is a science fiction adventure set on a devastated earth in agricultural ruin. Cooper, a widower with two children he desperately loves, is asked to pilot a spaceship that will travel through a wormhole into another galaxy that may have a new habitable planet for the human species. The only problem is, he can’t guarantee his children when or even if he will return. As he sets out on his epic journey, Cooper faces impossible o...
 

 
Is the Wildly Popular Video Game DESTINY Any Good? Here’s What You Should Know!
November 04, 2014

Is the Wildly Popular Video Game DESTINY Any Good? Here’s What You Should Know! By David Grue, Contributing Writer   DESTINY Quality:  * * *     Acceptability:  -1   DESTINY is a wildly popular game, pulling in $500 million dollars within the first 24 hours of its release. With the Christmas gift season right around the corner, many parents might be wondering if this game is appropriate for children, if the story is interesting or if the game is even any fun. Here’s what you should know.   While exploring Mars, astronauts discovered a giant hovering white sphere. They call the benevolent being the "Traveler", who helps usher humanity into a "Golden Age." During this time, there was rapid scientific advanc...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of BIG HERO 6:  Bringing the Charming Comic to the Big Screen
Behind the Scenes of BIG HERO 6: Bringing the Charming Comic to the Big Screen
November 02, 2014

Behind the Scenes of BIG HERO 6: Bringing the Charming Comic to the Big Screen By Ben Kayser and Rachal Marquez   BIG HERO 6 is an excellent Disney animated movie about a 14-year-old boy who turns a huggable healthcare robot into a fighting machine and enlists the help of four friends to catch a villain in the city of San Fransokyo. Movieguide® recently had the chance to speak with and hear from the directors, producer and actors in this new Disney animated adventure. Movieguide®: What was the challenge in balancing some of the high conflict in the story while also keeping it accessible for young kids? Don Hall (Co-Director): It was the challenge in the movie. The biggest challenge of making these movies is always go...
 

 
Christian Bale Calls Moses a “Barbaric” Individual
Christian Bale Calls Moses a “Barbaric” Individual
October 30, 2014

Did EXODUS Actor Put His Foot in Mouth? Christian Bale Calls Moses a “Barbaric” Individual By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor, and Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher In less than two months, Director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated Biblical epic EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (or maybe un-biblical) starring Christian Bale as Moses comes to theaters. In what could either be considered a genius marketing move, or quite detrimental, Christian Bale stirred things up with some controversial statements regarding the biblical figure. Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles, Bale didn’t hide the fact that he was trying to distance himself from Charlton Heston’s Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s classic 1956 movie, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. “I think the man...
 

 
Christian Alternatives to Halloween
Christian Alternatives to Halloween
October 30, 2014

Christian Alternatives to Halloween By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor Rather than expose your children to fear and demonic influences on Halloween, why not introduce them to two wonderful Christian holidays that occur at the same time – All Saints Day and Reformation Day? All Saints Day takes place on Nov. 1. Historically speaking, it has become primarily a day to honor Christian martyrs or “witnesses” who gave their lives peacefully to serve their Divine Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the true definition of a Christian martyr, not someone who murders other people as the Muslims have been doing for nearly 1500 years. Theologically speaking, of course, every Christian is a saint set apart by God by being bo...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of WHIPLASH
Behind the Scenes of WHIPLASH
October 27, 2014

The Purpose and Meaning of Talent: Behind the Scenes of WHIPLASH Job Garcia, Contributing Writer Are aspirations, talents and abilities inherently good? If so, what are the purposes of them, and how do we go about accomplishing their intended purpose? For Christians, answering these questions properly requires developing a biblically sound perspective of aspirations, talents and abilities. Thus, aspirations, talents and abilities are inherently good, but they must be subject to God’s will and used for His glory and honor. We must not limit aspirations, talents and abilities to the realm of the sacred. God himself is responsible for placing those aspirations, talents and abilities, but we are in a fallen world, so we have to make s...
 

 
Oscar Winning Actor Opposes Name Change but Thinks Change Is Inevitable
Oscar Winning Actor Opposes Name Change but Thinks Change Is Inevitable
October 27, 2014

Matthew McConaughey on the Redskins Controversy: Oscar Winning Actor Opposes Name Change but Thinks Change Is Inevitable Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey said he opposes changing the Washington Redskins name and mascot, but thinks the pressure on the team to make the name change probably will succeed. “It's not going to hurt me,” McConaughey said in a recent GQ interview. "It's just. . . I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. Now that it's in the court of public opinion. It's going to change. I wish it wouldn't, but it will.” A small group of Native Americans have been pushing for the professional football team representing Washington, D.C. to change its name for years before the publ...
 

 
Open Letter to Nicolas Cage: Critical Christians Left Behind Love for Others
Open Letter to Nicolas Cage: Critical Christians Left Behind Love for Others
October 27, 2014

By Anthony D’Amore Some Christians have been slamming actor Nicolas Cage over his movie “Left Behind,” a remake of the movie based on the successful book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Some of the criticism has been severely harsh, as if some Christians have forgotten that God shows them grace. When did it become okay for Christians to spew hatred and forget about humility and love for others? These self-proclaimed Christian critics who have been slamming Nicolas Cage and his movie on social media channels have seemingly lost sight of God’s purpose. It’s as if posting a judgmental rant on a web site is more important than a Hollywood actor experiencing the grace of God. It doesn’t mean every Christian needs to...
 

 
New Movie Boldly States GOD IS REAL:  Interview with the Director of GRACE UNPLUGGED
New Movie Boldly States GOD IS REAL: Interview with the Director of GRACE UNPLUGGED
October 23, 2014

New Movie Boldly States GOD IS REAL: Interview with the Director of GRACE UNPLUGGED Ben Kayser, Managing Editor After the Movieguide® Award Winning movie GRACE UNPLUGGED touched and moved our hearts, Director Brad Silverman is preparing his next movie currently titled GOD IS REAL. He spoke with Movieguide® about what led them to make a movie about being unashamed of the Gospel. Movieguide®:  Talk about your decision to crowdsource your next project and what your plan and vision is for GOD IS REAL. Brad:  Well, we made GRACE UNPLUGGED and went the Hollywood route on that. We did it through the studio and had a wonderful experience. Every film has a message. Even if it’s not a Christian film, they’re saying something, and...
 

 
Finding the Meaning of Life Through Jesus:  Hollywood Actor Shia LaBeouf Proclaims He Is a Christian
Finding the Meaning of Life Through Jesus: Hollywood Actor Shia LaBeouf Proclaims He Is a Christian
October 23, 2014

Finding the Meaning of Life Through Jesus: Hollywood Actor Shia LaBeouf Proclaims He Is a Christian By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor In a recent interview, actor Shia LaBeouf said he was a real Christian. Before doing the World War II movie FURY, LaBeouf (the first three TRANSFORMERS movies and the MOVIEGUIDE® Award winning INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS) said he was questioning the meaning of life. Then, when he was with co-star Brad Pitt and Director David Ayers, they would have conversations about faith. Pitt had grown up in a Christian family and turned away from faith, while David Ayers is a committed Christian. Both of these perspectives were interesting to LaBeouf and helped him shape his ow...
 

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