December 6-8, 2013
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FROZEN warms up to first place for the weekend
Disney Animation’s FROZEN passed THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE to take the weekend box office crown. In a very distant third was the one new movie of the weekend OUT OF THE FURNACE. Disney then capured the fourth and fifth spots with THOR: THE DARK WORLD and DELIVERY MAN.
FROZEN became the sixth animated movie in 2013 to pass the $100 million mark. It may even become the third to pass $200 million. Next year Pixar won’t be in the competition as they’ve postponed THE GOOD DINOSAUR’s release until 2015.
December 7, 2013 marks the 72nd Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. To avoid WWIII America needs to have the strength and determination to deter those who would consider starting it. These movies show what happens when you lack the necessary resolve before you’re attacked but show incredible resolve once you’ve been attacked. They show the absolutely horrible price the world pays for appeasing tyrants. This list focuses on big budget movies made from 1957 onward. There were many great ones made prior to this, as well as many great smaller movies. Not necessarily in order of recommendation:
1. TORA! TORA! TORA!
This 1970 movie deals directly with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Tora! Tora! Tora! was the Japa...
Date: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Movieguide® Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr visited Capitol Hill Wednesday and met with several high-ranking officials to encourage them to transform the culture through Hollywood and the mass media.
He visited Capitol Hill today with William J. Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition and met with several Congressmen: Sam Johnson of Texas, Steve King of Iowa, Randy Forbes of Virginia, and Louis Gohmert of Texas.
The message was clear on each visit. The media creates the culture that elects the politicians.
Dr. Baehr also spoke at Paul Weyrich’s luncheon at the Ebeneezer Coffee House next to the Capitol Building. In attendance was Rep. Eric Cantor, the second in command at the House of Representatives u...
Peter Jackson, director of the new HOBBIT trilogy, showed off some sights from his native land of New Zealand Saturday in Beverly Hills, along with some life-sized props and sets from the second part of the trilogy, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.
The new movie is scheduled to reach theaters in the United States on Dec. 13.
Movieguide® Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr met briefly with Jackson for a quick photo op and got a chance to invite him and his team to the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values wards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, set for Friday, Feb. 7, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, Calif.
Jackson wasn’t alone in presenting the life-sized props and huge photos of the New Zealand locations where THE H...
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer
Comedy legend Tim Conway won six Emmys in his 11 seasons as one of the stars of the legendary THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW before starring in a seemingly endless string of funny family films with Don Knotts (THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG). Even as he hits his 80th birthday in December, he remains highly active as a voiceover actor in countless cartoons including “Spongebob Squarepants,” as a guest star on sitcoms such as the hit “Hot in Cleveland,” and even in a nationally touring show where he scores laughs with other veteran comics on stages nationwide.
Yet, his personal life is just as busy and successful, as he is the proud father of seven children, including popular conservative Los Angeles KFI-FM...
By Tiffany Brannon, Contributing Writer
Actress Angelina Jolie, like other powerful stars in Hollywood, has begun directing her own movies. Surprisingly, her next project is about a Christian athlete, with a script penned by the notorious Coen brothers (FARGO, RAISING ARIZONA, and TRUE GRIT).
The movie, UNBROKEN, is based on writer Laura Hillenbrand's biography of Louis Zamperini, the Depression-Era Olympic track athlete turned World War II hero turned follower of Jesus Christ via a Billy Graham crusade turned internationally-renowned inspirational speaker. Talk about a cinema-worthy story arc.
Born the son of Italian immigrants in 1917, Zamperini was a smoker by age 5, a school bully by third grade, and a menace to society by high sch...
More and more holidays are popping up that are dedicated to Americans purchasing new things. Billions of dollars will be spent on Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone, and while there’s definitely a benefit to purchasing your family’s favorite movies for a great price, many times the reason for giving is lost under all the consumerism. Many concerned Americans have seen this growing trend, and, thus, Giving Tuesday was born.
On December 3, as all the retail stores are calculating their profits, Americans nationwide will be making donations to non-profit ministries.
Giving Tuesday proves that holiday giving isn’t just about the latest gadgets, it’s about promoting values you and your family hold dear. It celebrates how Americans...
November 29-31, 2013
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Still hot HUNGER GAMES edges out FROZEN
Stiil on fire HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE took a second weekend just ahead of an almost as hot FROZEN. THOR: THE DARK WORLD, HOMEFRONT and DELIVERY MAN rounded out the top five.
The next big movie coming is THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG on December 13, but HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be very hard to catch. It looks like the big winner of the season.
The Hunger ...
By Jared Lafitte, Contributing Writer
Imagine a scenario in which a multi-platinum selling rapper who captivates tens of millions with foul lyrics is brought to his knees before God and commits to change. He then takes his talents to the movie screen and reaches tens of millions more.
It’s a real story.
If God can save the rapper known as Ja Rule, God can save anybody. The New York-based rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness but eventually walked away from religious involvement. He rose to the forefront of the hip hop world in the early 2000s, producing hit songs with lyrics that would make any loyal Movieguide® reader shudder.
Fast forward to 2013. Atkins was released from prison in May after ...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Recently, an article in China Daily reported that China Consumers Association called for a film ratings system to protect minors from inappropriate movie scenes because many parents bring their children to movies as a family activity and have expressed concern over violent and erotic scenes.
Regrettably, the mass media of entertainment, which is centered to a large degree in Hollywood, has become not only the primary teacher of children, but also the primary parent.
According to Cornell University, thanks to a great extent on Hollywood, 9 out of 10 children abandon the values of their parents.
That’s because the mass media of entertainment centered in Hollywood is redefining the norms of morals and morali...