By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
On August 19, as thousands of videos poured over the internet of people participating in the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, creating awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, one video especially inspired many.
Russell Wolfe is a producer for the recent hit GOD’S NOT DEAD and many other Christian movies. Recently diagnosed with ALS, Russell took to Facebook to contribute to spreading awareness and raising money for scientific research of the incurable disease.
Regarding the Ice Bucket Challenge, Russell told Movieguide®, “So few people even know of the disease or even know what it is. I think it’s done a great job at raising awareness for that, but I felt that it was particularly good...
Who Goes to the Movies?
Source: MPAA U.S./Canada Theatrical Market Statistics, Attendance Demographics for 2013, March 2014.
All of these figures apply to Americans and Canadians seeing movies in theaters in 2013, the last year for which statistics are available. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will publish a new study of movie attendance in March 2015.
According to the MPAA, the population of the United States and Canada age two and over totaled 334.6 million people in 2013.
All Moviegoers by Age Group, 2013
PERCENTAGE OF MOVIEGOERS
PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION
What’s Next After GOD’S NOT DEAD?
If you received a text message this past spring which consisted of the simple, yet powerful words, “God’s not dead,” it’s probably because the sender was one of the millions of people who watched and was touched by the movie whose message and title proclaimed that life-changing truth.
GOD’S NOT DEAD earned $62 million in revenue worldwide, startling Hollywood and further proving once again that faith-based movies – even those produced outside of the Hollywood Entertainment Industry – strike a resounding chord with audiences.
PureFlix, the company that made GOD’S NOT DEAD, recently announced its follow-up project, DO YOU BELIEVE?, which begins shooting next month.
Is Church Accountability the Key to Overcoming Drug Addiction?
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer
A few years ago, I walked into what I thought would be a normal small group. I slumped down onto the couch, took off my coat, and placed my Bible and study book on the coffee table. As people began to enter, we made idle chitchat while we scoffed down the many refreshments on the table before us. As the group began to share about their weeks, they shared superficially about their jobs, families and extracurricular activities. One ordinarily talkative man remained eerily silent. When we got to him, he uttered one word as tears streamed down his face:
In that moment, I knew this was no ordinary meeting. We all gathe...
Mission, Ministry and Music
Recently, MOVIEGUIDE(r) had the blessed opportunity to hear a concert by an artist whose mission and ministry is foremost in her life: Sarah Vienna.
Here is Sarah’s description of her music, mission and ministry:
For the past 12 years, God has been using me to lead an international humanitarian aid organization call Firm Foundations Romania www.firmfoundationsromania.com . This organization is being used to transform culture in this region of Romania. To compliment this positioning, I have recently been leveraging my singing and songwriter gifts to produce music with the intent to transform hearts.
Music was a part of my life even before I was born. My mother was strumm...
Headlines in the News – August 22, 2014
** Christian Hollywood Actor Makes Bold Statements About Atheists
In an interview with The Blaze, Kevin Sorbo, who starred in the popular Christian movie GOD’S NOT DEAD, had bold words about atheists and their “weird” issues with Christianity.
“They’re offended by something they don’t believe in,” Sorbo said. “Well, it offends about 90 percent of people of the country that they take the nativity scenes down, but apparently, the majority doesn’t have a voice in this country anymore.”
Sorbo, who played an atheist in GOD’S NOT DEAD, added, “I’ve seen these guys [atheist activists] on TV and cable outlets. . . I see the anger when these guys get on TV, and I’m ...
Principles To Live By:
An Exclusive Interview with Jim Caviezel of WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL
By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor
This month, the new faith based movie called WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL comes to theaters. The movie stars Jim Caviezel as Coach Bob Ladouceur, the coach of a winning team. When Coach Bob suffers a heart attack and the team loses one of its players, he must teach the team the values that can get them back on track.
MOVIEGUIDE® had the opportunity to speak with Jim about the movie and his role.
MOVIEGUIDE®: What did you know about this team or how was this personal?
Jim: When I grew up, every summer I was at basketball camp. My vacations were going to basketball camps. My personal experience ...
By Tom Snyder, Editor
Several actors have starred in three or more movie franchises, but there’s only one star we can think of who actually created three of the franchises in which he starred, and that’s Sylvester Stallone, the creator of the ROCKY and the RAMBO movie series.
Stallone’s third franchise, THE EXPENDABLES, released its third movie this weekend.
Stallone, 68, sounded like a human Energizer Bunny while talking about his new movie and his career at a recent press conference in Los Angeles.
“Age is a state of old mind,” Stallone said. “It gets to a point where, if you get old enough, you forget how old you are, and that’s the best thing….
“I’m not ready to sit at home and play with my Pomerania...
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...