A Not-So-Gay Surprise – AMERICAN IDOL’s Audience Plummets
April 08, 2010

American Idol's audience recently dipped below that of DANCING WITH THE STARS for the first time in the rivalry's history. Television writer David Bauder's Associated Press story on the ratings surprise on April 6 plugs the analysis of Don Seaman, a communications analyst for MPG America who says that the presence of Kate Gosselin has boosted the ratings of DANCING WITH THE STARS, but MOVIEGUIDE® notes that DANCING opened with 22.5 million viewers in March 2009 and won last week's competition with 23 million, not a major jump. On the other hand AMERICAN IDOL's Wednesday numbers of 20.5 million are only slightly over half of their peak numbers of 37.7 million in 2007. Even last year IDOL hit 30.4 million, so the real news is not the stunni...
 

 
ABC Fires Christian Actor for Refusing To Do Sex Scene
April 08, 2010

Actor Neal McDonough has left many in Hollywood scratching their heads. McDonough, a Roman Catholic Christian who's also married, has lost his acting gig on the ABC new series SCOUNDRELS because he would not do an on-screen sex scene. McDonough's stand is well known. Reportedly, on both DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and BOOMTOWN, he also refused. The ABC Network announced that actor David James Elliott, formerly of the series JAG, would replace McDonough. MOVIEGUIDE® applauds McDonough for standing up for what's right, even when there's a cost involved. Shame on ABC and The Walt Disney Company, which runs ABC, for taking this ridiculous, bigoted action! - Source: Deadline Hollywood, 03/31/10.   ...
 

 
May Day! May Day! May Day!
April 08, 2010

Dr. Ted Baehr is joining with Janet Folger Porter to make a "May Day!" distress call for our nation. On May 1st, Dr. Baehr will join Dr. James Dobson, Tim Wildmon, Bob Coy, and other Christian leaders in front of the Lincoln Memorial to do something very simple yet profound: to pray. "There are many good prayer meetings around the country with great speakers and much inspiration. What will make ‘May Day 2010' different is that the complete agenda is to pray for our nation, our society, and our children," says Dr. Baehr. "May Day!" has been the international distress call for generations and it is a fitting name for the event on May 1st. Baehr says, "Just like a plane veering out of control and the pilot calling ‘May Day' for help, w...
 

 
Fatcat Bureaucrats Re-Visited
April 08, 2010

Federal employees not only earn much higher salaries than workers in the private sector, they also earn much higher benefits. A new study by USA TODAY shows that federal workers average $108,476 in pay and benefits but that the same jobs in the private sector average only $69,928, or 35.5% less!!! The jobs studied included accountants, nurses, chemists, surveyors, cooks, clerks, and janitors. The dollar amounts covered were pay and benefits received in 2008. - Source: USA TODAY, 03/08/10.   ...
 

 
Underage Marriage OK, Large Muslim Group Rules
April 08, 2010

  Noting that Mohammed, the founder of the Muslim religion, married a 9-year-old girl, Indonesia's largest Muslim group ruled on March 27 that Shariah Law permits underage marriage. The controversial edict quickly sparked protests from human rights groups. - Source: Jihad Watch, 03/29/10.     ...
 

 
The Stars of DATE NIGHT Discuss Their Own Date Nights
April 07, 2010

By Tom Snyder, Editor Tina Fey and Steve Carell, the stars of the new comedy from 20th Century Fox, DATE NIGHT, which opens Friday, talked about their own date nights with their spouses recently. Steve said that his children are often the topic of conversation on the date nights between he and his wife, Nancy. "Generally, our best date nights are very, very simple," he said. "And, we spend a good deal of them talking about our children anyway. So, there is no escape." "Yeah, there is none," Tina quipped. Tina added that she and her husband, Jeff, go out together maybe about once a month. "It's a massive effort to get a babysitter," she noted. "And, if we get more than 10 blocks from our house, it's a miracle, and I'm exhausted!" S...
 

 
BOOKGUIDE: "STORIES OF GOD'S LOVE, ANGELS, AND MIRACLES"
April 07, 2010

Quality: * * * Acceptability: +4 Language: None Violence: None Sex: None Nudity: None RELEASE DATE: 2009 AUTHOR: Gloria Ann Chafin-Flynn PUBLISHER: Voice of the Sword Publications CONTENT: (CCC, BBB) Extremely Christian worldview about miraculous personal stories; and, nothing objectionable. GENRE: Non-Fiction/Christian Living INTENDED AUDIENCE: All Ages REVIEWER: Dr. Ted Baehr REVIEW: MOVIEGUIDE® gets a lot of books to review with strong inspirational content. Most are easy to put down and forget. Gloria Flynn's collection of miraculous short stories is hard to put down and, once read, will never be forgotten. GLORIA'S GLORIOUS STORIES is a record of Gloria's close encounters with angels and people who experi...
 

 
Why 3-D?
April 07, 2010

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other news media outlets have been asking the question, Why 3-D? They've come up with some interesting answers. There's no doubt that charging more for 3-D is attractive to theaters, but, having been involved in several of the meetings at Panavision and Disney about the transition to 3-D, it is important to note that the real reason for 3-D is to protect movies from pirating. It is the same clunky system as the 1950s with some improvements, but the use of the polarized glasses means that it's almost impossible for some low tech, movie pirate to produce a copy in the theater. There are better 3-D systems that are totally software generated and do not require gl...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of LETTERS TO GOD: A Movie That's Becoming a Movement
April 06, 2010

By Domenic Fusco, Contributing Writer LETTERS TO GOD opens this Friday on April 9th. This the first of three faith-based family films the newly formed film company Possibility Pictures will produce. MOVIEGUIDE® had the opportunity to visit the film set in Kissimmee, Florida at "Give the Kids the World" village where Executive Producer Tom Swanson, Director David Nixon, and Producer Kim Dawson and the cast and crew members were furiously working on the final days of production. LETTERS TO GOD is an inspiring film based on a true story of a young boy coping with cancer and the tremendous impact his faith had on the people around him. Although it is a drama, LETTERS TO GOD is filled with laughter, love, hope, and triumph. The cast inclu...
 

 
A Tale of Two Countries
April 05, 2010

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher More than 55 years ago in Argentina, my wife's father, Dr. Rudolfo Milani, had a flourishing medical practice and a prestigious position in the Argentine medical community. Juan Peron, who had studied and served under Mussolini, had been implementing national socialism along the Mussolini model for several years in Argentina. That meant he was trying to control every thing and every body. In the process, Argentina went from being one of the most prosperous countries in the world with a large gold reserve and very little poverty, to being one of the most impoverished, bankrupt countries in South America. Wisely, Dr. Milani, as the government control of healthcare increased, left the country. He came to the Unit...
 

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