The Swine in Church
By David Outten, Production Editor
A popular expression is to say there’s an elephant in the room. The implication is that there’s a huge problem right under everyone’s nose that no one wants to address.
The church faces just such a problem. Surveys show that almost 50 percent of men in church have a problem with pornography. All too often the pastor is one of them.
I was one of them. I came to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord, in large part because I was drawn to pornography, even though I knew in my heart it was wrong. I wanted help. I was in a battle that I wanted to win, but kept losing. At risk was my marriage. At the time I had a son. I dreaded a life of child support and visitation. I knew my desires w...
Stylish Fantasy Series About Angels Premieres
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Not only are there more movies with faith and values opening at the box office, but there are more TV networks aimed at the large faith and family audience in America. UP TV has set the pace by improving the quality of its programming with each TV movie.
Now, Parable TV has produced a very stylish series called THE RECORD KEEPER.
This 11-part series has the look of the movie HUGO, combined with DOCTOR WHO. However, it takes place in Heaven as the Record Keeper tries to keep track of all the angels, not just all the good angels but all the fallen angels.
This is a fascinating concept. To make it dramatic, which it is, several episodes deal with two angels ...
What Do the Emmy Nominations Teach Us?
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer
Remember when you were in high school and in order to be a part of the popular crowd you had to dress and act just like them? Then, once they deemed you worthy to become one of them, you had to constantly conform to their standards, even if what they were doing conflicted with your values and belief systems?
Some things never change.
Last week, Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly hosted the live broadcast of the nominations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy awards. Leading the pack was Netflix’s original series HOUSE OF CARDS with 18 nominations. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK followed closely behind with 12 nominations, the most of any comedy, while highly acclaim...
The Importance of Dialogue and Dialect
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
There are a few successful popcorn movies that ignore dialect, such as DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES where one ape sounds British and another sounds American, while a third sounds Australian. Furthermore, there are, of course, people who couldn’t care less.
More often than not, however, great sound and great dialect makes a movie better. One of our favorite animated movies was THE IRON GIANT. Brad Bird didn’t have a big budget, but he used sound in such a powerful way that the movie became a classic. Dialect can take a little movie like RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE and turn it into a fascinating feature film.
One of the top dialect and dialogue coaches is Dr. Diane ...
New STAR WARS Actor Takes Jabs at Marvel’s Political Correctness
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
Tuesday morning, breakout star John Boyega who has a leading role in the upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, went on a tongue-in-cheek rant against political correctness regarding recent Marvel Comics news.
Recently, Marvel made two announcements regarding two pivotal Avengers characters who’ll be stepping down from their heroic duties in the print versions of their comic book characters.
As announced on The View, a woman is replacing the male character Thor, but she will carry on his name and legacy in the comics, even though, in Norse mythology, Thor was male. Later, it was revealed that Steve Rogers is setting down his shield as Cap...
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Hollywood Actresses Put Family First
By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
Actress Mila Kunis (“The Book of Eli,” “That ‘70s Show”) recently told W Magazine that after her baby with fiancé Ashton Kutcher is born, she plans to become a full-time mom. While most Bible-believing Christians would agree that Kunis’s having a child out of wedlock isn’t something to be celebrated, her decision to step out of the spotlight for a while in order to focus on her child is certainly commendable, especially when one considers the fame-seeking, celebrity-crazed, “selfie”-obsessed society in which we live.
Ms. Kunis isn’t the first actress to bid farewell to Hollywood’s glitz and glamour after becoming a mother.
The Return of 24, America’s Patriotic Show About Islamofascist Terror
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer
For decades, Hollywood offered moviegoers plenty of characters who were American heroes, serving up tales of brave soldiers and spies who always managed to save the nation from danger. However, ever since the turbulent changes of the 1960s, movie studios and TV networks have instead mostly chosen to show the military and intelligence communities as evil.
Perhaps the strongest exception to that leftward surge has to be the Fox network TV series “24,” which throughout eight seasons from 2001 to 2010 presented viewers with an ultra-secret agent named Jack Bauer, who somehow always managed to have the Worst Day Ever. Played ...
Google Refuses To Profit from Explicit Material
By Jared Lafitte, Contributing Writer
Search engine giant Google recently made a groundbreaking decision to eliminate pornography from their advertising.
While it is, sadly, still possible to search for pornography through Google, it’s no longer possible to for advertisers to display sexually explicit advertisements or links to pornographic web pages on Google’s search pages.
What this means is, if a person is looking for something that might have previously triggered a related advertisement to a sexually explicit site (for example, a search for swimsuits or books on sexual health triggering a more sinister site), there won’t be an advertisement for them to click on anymore.
Hobby Lobby Court Victory Becomes Part of New EchoLight Movie
By Anthony D’Amore, Contributing Writer
A new, documentary movie from EchoLight Studios, exploring the “erosion” of religious freedom in America, will highlight Hobby Lobby’s recent Supreme Court victory about the right of an employer, based on religious beliefs, to refuse to fund birth control or certain contraceptives that may end the life of an unborn baby.
Creating ministry opportunities while bypassing movie theaters in its initial showing, this faith-based movie is set to hit big screens in churches across the country on September 1.
Entitled ONE GENERATION AWAY: THE EROSION OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, the upcoming documentary is a sobering look into rising ...