By Jared Lafitte, Contributing Writer
Let's make a good, old-fashioned Hollywood drama.
Here's the plot sketch: A money-hungry cable network is searching for a new reality TV show to boost their ratings. They're fresh out of ideas when a marketing agent finds out about an interesting family from the backwoods of Louisiana, the Robertsons. They're self-made millionaires who run a duck call and sporting goods company, and they live in a swamp and go about life like an average, working-class family. The men also have some pretty epic beards.
The agent spills the news about what he's found, and the creative board at the cable company is drooling. This Louisiana bayou family has all the ingredients for a knockout reality show: unique, q...
1. Being good is better than having power or wealth.
2. Do the right thing!
3. Laying your life down for your friends is the greatest love of all.
4. Don’t mock America!
5. If you want to make a great superhero movie that many people will see, focus on story, action, character, romance, humor, and the Good, the True, and the Beautiful rather than sex and violence.
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November 8-10, 2013
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THOR soars to top the weekend
THOR: THE DARK WORLD took the weekend by a wide margin making more than the next nine movies combined. BAD GRANDPA took a distant second while FREE BIRDS, LAST VEGAS and ENDER’S GAME rounded out the top five.
THOR’s mighty haul is expected to look modest compared to the opening of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22. Families can look forward to FROZEN opening across the country November 27.
By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor
MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN are coming to the big screen! The original cartoon has been around for over 59 years, with most episodes lasting only six minutes, so making it a feature-length movie is a big deal.
Not only was Mr. Peabody a very popular show, it taught kids great lessons on history. As the story goes, Mr. Peabody is a genius dog who has adopted a little boy named Sherman. Mr Peabody has a machine to take him back in time, called “the way back machine.” Mr. Peabody decides to take Sherman along with him on his adventures to teach him about history, but they get into all sorts of crazy, funny and exciting adventures along the way.
Putting the adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman in to...
By Diana Anderson-Tyler, Contributing Writer, and Tom Snyder, Editor
Controversial rapper Kanye West is stirring up more controversy this fall.
He recently launched his “Yeezus” tour in Seattle and wasted no time making it clear to critics and fans that his style of performance and proclivity to shock hasn’t mellowed in the slightest.
During the Seattle show, West (in an effort to show one of the “awesome things” about Christianity) welcomed an actor wearing white robes and sandals, clearly portraying Jesus Christ, before performing his hit song, “Jesus Walks.”
The singer exclaimed, “White Jesus, is that you?!” followed by a four-letter word of irreverent surprise. “I’ve been waiting for you my whole life,” Wes...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and David Outten, Art Director
The Rev. Billy Graham has hope for America. He’s calling on Christians in the United States this November to invite the lost into their homes to receive a message.
The main message Billy’s delivering, THE CROSS, will be available beginning Nov. 7, but you can see two bonus messages here and here. They are amazing! They include clips from Billy Graham's speaking at crusades, but Billy understands that the most powerful testimony of God's love and truth is in changed lives. The two programs contain three powerful personal testimonies each. The plan is for Christians to share these videos with guests and then briefly share their own testimony and ask if anyone w...
Ninth Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes Extends Deadline for
Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time, Beginning Screenwriters
Date: Nov. 4, 2013
Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced today that the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters has extended its last and final deadline to November 18.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and presented annually by MOVIEGUIDE®, the Kairos Prizes award $50,000 to the top three entries as it celebrates the best new screenwriters from around the world whose work aims to greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.
They may look and sound quite different, but in reality, they're more similar than one might think.
They both have their successes.
Kirk Cameron's Unstoppable broke one day self-distribution records and Duck Dynasty broke cable records during its season premiere.
They're both Christian.
The Duck Dynasty guys are known for sharing the faith around the country, and Kirk Cameron has teamed up with Ray Comfort in sharing the gospel.
They both promote adoption.
Kirk Cameron and his wife adopted four children and have two of their own. The Robertson family in Duck Dynasty have also adopted children.
The Duck Dynasty family is alw...
November 1-3, 2013
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ENDER’S GAME comes in first
Liongate’s first sci-fi movie of the month topped the box office with $28 million followed by the despicable BAD GRANDPA and LAST VEGAS. In fourth came the new animated movie FREE BIRDS with GRAVITY rounding out the top five.
Next week the Thanksgiving/Christmas movie season gets into full swing with THOR: THE DARK WORLD. For families look for the wonderful Disney animation FROZEN, in limited release November 22 and opening wide November 27.
By Ted Baehr, Publisher, and David Outten, Production Editor
Studios want to make money and they study all sorts of factors that impact the box office. Sadly, they sometimes miss the forest looking at the trees.
An October 24 article in The Hollywood Reporter is headlined, “Older Crowd Prefers Seasoned Stars at B.O.” The article makes the case that baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are more inclined to come to a movie with a star they recognize like Tom Hanks or Sandra Bullock.
Rentrak box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian is quoted as saying, “Older audiences require a more substantive reason to see a movie than just a ‘wow’ factor or an effective trailer. Star power, while seemingly unimportant to younger movieg...