Overcoming Misguided Mindless Media Morality
By David Outten and Tom Snyder
News media outlets recently have suspended several reporters and commentators for their allegedly controversial political views.
ESPN suspended two of its stars recently for being offensive. Steven A. Smith was suspended for a remark about women provoking domestic violence and Dan Le Batard was suspended for renting provocative billboards sarcastically “thanking” Lebron James for bringing two NBA championships to Miami.
Reporter Sean Bergin of Channel 12 in New York/New Jersey was suspended for a remark he made about too many black youths having no father in the home.
Following the shooting death of Jersey City police offer Melvin Santiago, Bergin...
Robin Williams and
Hollywood’s Fading Star System
Was Robin Williams a casualty of Hollywood’s fading star system?
Robin Williams had roles in three movies yet to be released. Last year he had a television show. Yet, his was still being financially crushed. He went through two divorces when his paychecks were much larger. He joked about alimony really being “all the money.”
Not many years ago, being an A-list star meant you could command $20 million or more for a movie role. Williams was an A-list star.
It’s been reported he dreaded having to do MRS. DOUBTFIRE II, but that he signed on to the project because he needed the money.
Williams once starred in movies like GOOD MORNING VIETNAM, HOOK, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, and...
Tina Susanto, 51, came to City Blessing Church in 2007 when she moved to the United States from Indonesia. Susanto has been a “Christian” for 30 years, “but for 20 of those 30 years it was meaningless.” She didn’t know God very well and was fooling around with the idea of God. “I never took it seriously. Even though I called myself a Christian I never read the Bible, spent time with God or went to Bible study. It wasn’t until one day when a lady came up to me and invited me to Bible study did I start to change my ways. She taught me how to pray, read the Bible and develop my walk with God,” Susanto said.
From that moment on, Susanto’s life changed forever. Susanto decided to dedicate her life to Jesus and live a life t...
Bringing THE GIVER to the Big Screen
By Evy Baehr of MOVIEGUIDE®
Walden Media is known for bring beloved books to the big screen, including Movieguide® favorites like “Chronicles of Narnia”, “Bridge to Terabithia” and many others. This time, Walden is giving us the widely successful book, THE GIVER. Movieguide® had the opportunity to speak with the head of Walden, Micheal Flaherty.
MOVIEGUIDE(r): How was it working with Harvey Weinstein?
Micheal Flaherty: Because we got to work on this we got in all these fun discussions, about God, politics. Really loved working with him. He loves ideas, loves talking about them and is always willing to listen…
MOVIEGUIDE(r): When did Walden get involved?
Finally the best selling novel, THE GIVER, comes to the big screen. Jonas lives in a dystopian society, when he receives the memories of the past, he learns his community is missing out of some of the greatest elements of living, in THE GIVER. THE GIVER has a romantic worldview with some politically correct elements, but overall has a positive message.
Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from some of the cast of the movie, including Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, director Philip Noyce, novel writer Lois Lowry and some other cast members. Read on to hear what they said about their experiences of bringing this novel to screen.
Question: Jeff, from what I understand, you alone have spent twenty years on this project...
Robin Williams Suddenly Passes Away
On August 11, 2014, legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away at his California home. Known for his charm, Williams is most known for his many successful movies ranging from critical hits like GOOD WILL HUNTING and DEAD POETS SOCIETY to family movies ALADDIN, FLUBBER and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM.
While the cause of death is not confirmed, it is suspected that Williams committed suicide, as he publicly struggled with drugs, alcohol and depression. His wife stated, "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time ...
BLACK JESUS Exposes Strong Media Bias
By Dr. Ted Baehr, David Outten
BLACK JESUS did air Thursday, August 7 in spite of requests by Movieguide® and others that the offensive show be canceled.
Variety Magazine wrote, “Crossing the third rails of race and religion, BLACK JESUS is guaranteed to offend some people. In fact, one might accuse Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim of a certain naïveté in green lighting a project where the rewards, even in success, are likely to be overshadowed by the negative blowback.”
Variety goes on to say, “So while there’s an audience within the Adult Swim profile that should find BLACK JESUS to its liking, the show’s flock had better show up in reasonably good numbers (by latenight standards...
Cowabunga! They’re Teenagers, They’re Six-Foot Tall
Mutant Turtles, and. . . They’re Ninjas!!!
By Tom Snyder, Editor
The new reboot of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is perhaps the most delightful surprise of the year so far. The movie is great summer fun, with lots of humor, exciting action and heartfelt, morally uplifting moments.
MOVIEGUIDE® recently attended a press conference with two of the movie’s stars (Megan Fox and Will Arnett), the director, and its three screenwriters.
Question: Megan, were you a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and what does it mean to you to bring it back to audiences?
Megan Fox: I was a big fan, as a kid. I had an older sister that was really into the movies, so I got into it bec...
50 Years of the War on Poverty
By Jerry Newcombe
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. It appears that poverty won that war.
Jesus said you will always have the poor with you. He also said, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat….to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
In Christ’s day, Samaritans were half-breeds who were hated. To be called a Samaritan was an ethnic slur. Yet one day, Jesus told a parable where the hero was a good Samaritan. Jump forward to our day, and the term Samaritan is synonymous with a do-gooder.
In 1964, LBJ initiated the War on Poverty to help millions of Americans “escape from squalor and ...
By David Outten, Production Editor
Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network is scheduled to start airing the blasphemous, racist program BLACK JESUS on Thursday, August 7.
The program features a black Jesus character in an urban American setting. The program’s Jesus uses “f” words, smokes marijuana and drinks. One preview of the show, with bleeped out "f" words, advertises "the most anticipated comeback in history." It also says viewers should "Get ready to feel the spirit of the glory of the most high," with black gospel music in the background.
Movieguide® is asking people to e-mail John Martin, CEO of Turner Broadcasting, requesting he cancel the program. To take part in the campaign click here.
BLACK JESUS is...