Timeless Messages with a 21st Century Upgrade:
Behind the Scenes of the New ANNIE
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
The beloved musical ANNIE has been a favorite for many families, but when Sony announced the remake with Jay-Z and Will Smith serving as producers and Will Gluck as the Director, they decided to do it differently this time. They gave a 21st Century upgrade to the beloved story about a 10-year-old orphan girl looking for a family who’s befriended by a billionaire.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the story has been changed beyond all recognition. You don’t mess with a winning formula.
“The message of ANNIE in every iteration is a message of hope, optimism, inspiration,” Director Will Gluck told MOVIEGUIDE® in...
Hollywood Reeling from Sony Cyber Attacks;
Families Threatened, Charges of Racism Leveled
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Hollywood is “reeling” from some cyber hack attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company behind such hits as SKYFALL, MEN IN BLACK III and the SPIDER-MAN movies.
According to the New York Times on Dec. 10, “The leaked information has been used to open false mortgage accounts and even buy women’s handbags at Beverly Hills boutiques.”
The cyber attacks probably emanate from North Korea, which is extremely upset about Sony’s new comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, THE INTERVIEW, about two podcast hosts invited by North Korea to interview its dictator, Kim Jong-Un, with the CIA asking the two...
The Perfect Christmas Gift
Almost everyone delights in celebrating Christmas by giving gifts, especially to family members.
There is joy in giving and getting to see the reaction of the recipient. Most of us also love to give children lots of toys. Teenagers often want the latest electronic device.
What each of us should never forget, however, is the perfect Christmas gift – when God sent his Son that each and every one of us might be saved.
Consider what this perfect gift means to your family this Christmas morning. As you tear wrapping paper to see what each family member has been given, also please consider the other divine gifts from Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, such as the gifts of liberty and peace.
Too often, many pe...
A Long Goodbye, But the Legacy Continues. . .
Behind the Scenes of THE HOBBIT’s Concluding Chapter
By Peter Wooding, Contributing Writer
The cast of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES flanked either side of the movie’s director, Sir Peter Jackson, at the world press conference in London recently for possibly the last time this group of people would ever work together.
You could feel both a buzz of excitement in the room and a tinge of sadness that this was the end of a journey, as this talented ensemble entered a packed room at the prestigious Claridge’s Hotel in London.
MOVIEGUIDE® asked Peter Jackson first of all how he hoped the film would inspire young people. Expecting something very profound about the hero...
Five Things Every Christian Should Do About EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
EXODUS was made by Christians and non-Christians alike. It takes hundreds and many times even thousands of people to get a movie like Exodus developed, produced, filmed and distributed. Among those many people are Christian individuals who put an immense amount of creative, physical and emotional energy into the movie. Hollywood is made up of people, and God calls us to love these people. Be slow to anger and gracious in word and thought regarding the filmmakers.
The best way to keep a Godly perspective on things is to pray. Pray for the unbelieving filmmakers that desperately need Jesus. Pray that God ...
** FROZEN Merchandise Dominates Holiday Sales
More than a year after its initial release, Disney’s animated movie FROZEN is still proving its immense popularity.
FROZEN is already the highest grossing animated film of all time and is now set to be one of the most popular gift themes for kids this Christmas. In addition to sales of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, FROZEN merchandise has replaced long-standing leader Barbie as the best-selling toy for girls this season, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.
A Walmart company spokesperson said Walmart is offering more than 700 Frozen-themed options in its stores, and retailers everywhere are stocking up. In fact, shipments of FROZEN merchandise have seen a 470 p...
First Look at A.D. (2015):
NBC Releases First Trailer for Follow-Up to THE BIBLE
By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
NBC TV has just released the first official trailer to promote the mini-series “A.D.”, which will be premiering Easter Sunday 2015. A.D. is set to pick up right where “The Bible” (the popular 2013 miniseries that originally aired on the History Channel) left off.
This version of “A.D.” is not just a remake of the 1985 NBC television miniseries produced by Vincenzo Labella (a friend of Dr. Ted Baehr), who also produced the TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth in 1977 for NBC, although the new miniseries covers the same time period in the lives of the disciples.
The series will cover the disciples’ stori...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher & Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
When Angelina Jolie’s new Louis Zamperini biographical movie UNBROKEN releases on Christmas Day, anybody familiar with Laura Hillenbrand’s riveting book of the Olympic runner, POW survivor, turned Christian evangelist and inspirational speaker will notice that Zamperini’s conversion to Christianity is mentioned after the climax in the closing titles.
As told in Hillenbrand’s book, Zamperini survived the war, married Cynthia Applewhite, but was constantly haunted with nightmares from his time in the prison camp. Falling into alcoholism, his marriage was on the verge of ending, until his wife became a born-again Christian at a Billy Graham crusade. Through her proddin...
** Social Networks Report: Demographic Trends Are Shifting
A study recently released by BI Intelligence, a research service from Business Insider, shows the changes in demographics across social network platforms.
The following are some of the highlights from the study:
- Facebook is still the most popular social network for teenagers, though Instagram has become the “most important.”
- Facebook has significantly more female users, while Twitter is becoming increasingly male-populated.
- Unsurprisingly, LinkedIn is mostly used by adults ages 30 to 49 and tends toward more highly educated users, and is more popular in that demographic than Twitter.
- Snapchat has more than 60 percent of its users between the ages ...
God's Not Dead in Hollywood:
Kevin and Sam Sorbo Share a Miraculous Story
Editor’s note: Kevin and Sam Sorbo are Hollywood stars who love Jesus Christ. Kevin is most well known for playing Hercules in the 1990's and most recently GOD'S NOT DEAD. He also won the Grace Award at the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry in 2010 for his role in the movie WHAT IF. His wife Sam also acts, is an author and has a national syndicated radio show.
Dr. Baehr: “You sent me your book, True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal - and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life, and it’s about an incredible miracle, but I wanted to hear more about it. In a more compact form.”
Sam: “He worked t...