Novelist Helped Shape Several Generations
March 30, 2010

MOVIEGUIDE® has long noted that the mass media creates the culture that influences children and teenagers. If you still doubt this claim, consider the case of the late J.D. Salinger, the famous author of the controversial but influential youth novel THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, who recently passed away. It was Salinger's anti-hero Holden Caulfield in that 1951 book, along with Elvis Presley's persona and James Dean's troubled character in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, "who best dramatized the emergence of a defiant youth identity in 1950s America," writes Arts Correspondent Ben Hoyle of Times Online in England. Salinger's book also popularized the term "to screw up" and the insult of being a "phony," a mendacious, hypocritical person who isn't true...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of AMISH GRACE: A Universal Story About Dealing with Anger and Grief
March 26, 2010

By Jeff Holder, Managing Editor Gregg Champion recently completed directing the Lifetime Movie Network's AMISH GRACE, premiering Sunday night, which tells the true story of the school shooting at an Amish school back in 2006. Movieguide® had a few moments to catch up with Gregg to get his insights on this moving story. When asked why he got involved with this movie, Gregg says, "The script impacted me so profoundly. I don't remember reading a script that affected me so much. About one third of the way through is the scene when the father talks to his daughter. She says she hates the man who killed her sister. The dad talks about hate and what it does to your heart -- that there's no room left for love. "It's hard to understand how they...
 

 
Communist Dictator Cheers Obama’s Healthcare Victory
March 26, 2010

Date:  Thursday, March 25, 2010   Communist Dictator Fidel Castro of Cuba today praised President Barack Obama for getting his leftist healthcare program passed by the United States Congress.   But, Castro chided Obama for failing to be more pro-active in doing more about preventing "global warming" and for Obama's "lack of leadership on immigration reform that would give amnesty to illegal aliens.   - Source:  Associated Press, 03/25/10.  ...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: To the Actors, Watching the Movie Itself Was the Most Fun
March 26, 2010

By Tom Snyder, Editor To the actors doing the voices in the new animated 3-D movie by DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, watching the final completed movie in 3-D was the best part. "It was one of the most satisfying experiences I've ever had," said Gerard Butler, who voices the father of the movie's spunky hero, a Viking named Hiccup. "I remember Craig [Ferguson, who plays the dragon trainer Goobler] calling me when he had just seen a bit of it. He's screaming, ‘I've just seen some of the movie. It's better than LORD OF THE RINGS. It's incredible.' And, to see the whole thing finished in 3D, I thought everybody excelled themselves." Butler said that the flying sequences in the 3D movie were the most impressi...
 

 
Review of AMISH GRACE
March 23, 2010

A Moving, Profound True Story Language: L Violence: None Sex: None Nudity: None AIR DATE: March 28, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET on the Lifetime Movie Network STARRING: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Matt Letscher, Tammy Blanchard, Fay Masterson, Madison Mason, Gary Graham, and Darcy Rose Byrnes DIRECTOR: Gregg Champion PRODUCERS: Kyle Clark and Marta M. Mobley EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Larry A. Thompson WRITERS: Sylvie White and Teena Booth BASED ON THE BOOK BY: Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt and David L. Weaver-Zercher DISTRIBUTOR: Lifetime Television CONTENT: (CCC, BBB, L) Very strong Christian, biblical, moral worldview of forgiveness shown; two light obscenities and no profanities; no violence shown but discussion of a man shooting Amis...
 

 
Movieguide® Asks Sony's Lynton for Healthier Movies
March 23, 2010

At the recent ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas Sony Pictures chief Michael Lynton called on theater owners to offer audiences healthier snacks. Movieguide® calls on Mr. Lynton to offer healthier movies. While Movieguide® commends Sony for movies like CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and JULIE & JULIA in 2009, but they also offered UNDERWORLD 3, YEAR ONE and FIRED UP, each of which received a -4 (Abhorrent) rating from Movieguide®. In Matthew 15: 17-20 Jesus said "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, ...
 

 
Financial Chaos - A Memo From 2005
March 23, 2010

By John M. Templeton June 15, 2005 Financial Chaos - probably in many nations in the next five years. The word chaos is chosen to express likelihood of reduced profit margin at the same time as acceleration in cost of living. Increasingly often, people ask my opinion on what is likely to happen financially. I am now thinking that the dangers are more numerous and larger than ever before in my lifetime. Quite likely, in the early months of 2005, the peak of prosperity is behind us. In the past century, protection could be obtained by keeping your net worth in cash or government bonds. Now the surplus capacities are so great, that most currencies and bonds are likely to continue losing their purchasing power. Mortgages and ...
 

 
AMISH GRACE - Coming to a Greater Understanding of God's Grace
March 22, 2010

By Dr. Ted Baehr and Jeff Holder The Lifetime Channel and its new outlet, the Lifetime Movie Network, are known for its interest in programming for women, some of it from a feminist worldview. This Sunday evening, March 28, 2010, however, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and 5 p.m. Pacific Time, the Lifetime Movie Network is giving viewers the chance to see something from a very strong, traditional Christian viewpoint. The occasion is the television premiere of a wonderful movie made for television called AMISH GRACE, based on the book by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt and David L. Weaver-Zercher. AMISH GRACE is the true story how an Amish community forgives a man named Charlie Roberts who kills many of their young schoolgirls in cold blood. T...
 

 
Conservatives Correct Faulty Textbooks in Texas
March 22, 2010

Ten conservatives on the Texas Board of Education corrected faulty history and economics textbooks recently by stressing the benefits of America's free market capitalist system, showing students the Christian heritage and Christian worldview of most of the Founding Fathers, and making sure students learn about the conservative resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s. The rulings by the board will affect the rest of the country, because Texas is one of the largest buyers of textbooks, despite the Digital Age in which we live. "We are adding balance," said Dr. Don McLeroy, the leader of the conservative faction on the board. "History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left." The board also rejected the unconstitutional no...
 

 
Another Underage Child Stars in an R-Rated Sex Movie
March 19, 2010

Actress Dakota Fanning's irresponsible handlers, including, apparently, her mother, have put the 15-year-old star in another adult drama, this time one that includes a "steamy" lesbian kiss, a "heavily implied" lesbian sex scene, and scenes of snorting cocaine in bathrooms. The movie is about the early career of openly lesbian rock star Joan Jett and her first band. Even Kirk Honeycutt, a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter, wondered whether the movie glamorizes the addictive behavior depicted in the script. Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, told WorldNetDaily, the famous news website, "I think fame and fortune have corrupted [Dakota's] mother, and they have unfortunately made some bad calls that are getting worse ...
 

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