Hollywood’s Big Chill: Temperatures Warm, Box Office Cools
Hollywood’s Big Chill: Temperatures Warm, Box Office Cools
July 07, 2014

By David Outten, Production Editor, and Ted Baehr, Publisher With the strong January and February showing of FROZEN and great box office on THE LEGO MOVIE, 2014 appeared headed for a banner year coming into the summer nine percent ahead of last year. Then, as the weather warmed, the box office cooled. This summer’s box office is off by almost 15 percent. Part of the problem has been a lack of staying power. Second weekend box office drops have frequently been in the 60 percent range. Disney, who averaged nearly $180 million per movie last year, is averaging $87 million per movie this year. There will be no 2014 Pixar movie. THE GOOD DINOSAUR got pushed back to 2015. Family oriented animated movies are struggling this year. Wit...
 

 
Lionsgate Premieres New Political Doc AMERICA
Lionsgate Premieres New Political Doc AMERICA
July 03, 2014

Lionsgate Films premiered its new political documentary, AMERICA: IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT HER, in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night. The movie is based on the book by co-director Dinesh D’Souza’s, whose previous documentary, 2016: OBAMA’S AMERICA, became the second most successful political documentary of all time in 2012, behind Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 911. “This film attempts to make a moral defense of America against other Americans,” D’Souza told a packed house of VIPs and conservatives at LA Live’s main theater. He encouraged the audience to get involved in Hollywood and the media. “[Leftists] in Hollywood and the media have been shifting the goalposts,” he said. “We have to engage this cultu...
 

 
Top Movies To Celebrate Independence Day
July 03, 2014

Top Movies To Celebrate Independence Day Celebrate America with These Patriotic, Pro-American Movies Here’s a good way to instill in your children patriotism and a love of America:  Rent a patriotic movie.  The only trouble is that these days, those movies are few and far between. Here are “Ted’s Picks” for patriotic, pro-American movies with faith and values, many of which you can watch with your whole family this holiday and some that require extreme caution even for older teenagers and adults because of some rough content. The list is divided into Classics and Recent Movies. Classics   1. SERGEANT YORK: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4 - 1941: Based on the diary of Alvin York, the most decorated soldie...
 

 
Confidence in Television News Hits New Low
Confidence in Television News Hits New Low
June 30, 2014

Confidence in Television News Hits New Low A June 2014 Gallup survey on American confidence in various institutions shows that television news has hit an all-time low of 18 percent – falling from 46 percent confidence in 1993. Confidence in the Christian Church, however, has fallen more modestly from 53 percent to 45 percent in the same time period – understandable because of the church’s ineffectiveness at reversing some of our current moral decline. Meanwhile, confidence in the military actually rose from 68 percent to 74 percent during the period. As could be expected, people trust small business three times more than big business (62 percent to 21 percent). The presidency has fallen from 72 percent confidence in 1991 to...
 

 
Are You Susceptible to the Mean World Syndrome????
Are You Susceptible to the Mean World Syndrome????
June 26, 2014

Are You Susceptible to the Mean World Syndrome???? By Caleb Fite, Contributing Writer Like other Americans, I know the feeling of being nervous to walk down a street at night. What if there’s a mugger hiding around the corner just waiting to attack the next innocent bystander? Maybe by accident I’ll walk into the middle of a drug deal and because I was a witness to this dirty deed, they’ll keep me as a hostage! Or, worse, they’ll shoot me dead and dump my body in the local river to tie up all the loose ends! Fears of this nature seem like a reasonable thing, perhaps even natural. To be afraid for one’s own safety is in most cases a good thing: it helps keep us alive. This gut instinct is something for which we have been har...
 

 
Christians Prefer Accuracy in Faith-Based Movies
Christians Prefer Accuracy in Faith-Based Movies
June 26, 2014

Christians Prefer Accuracy in Faith-Based Movies By Job Garcia, Contributing Writer Religion and faith are extremely important for those who faithfully practice them. For many Christians, their faith and the Holy Scriptures are sacred and must be regarded with much reverence. Faithful Christians believe that matters of faith and Scripture must be handled with care. Believers are extremely sensitive about how the Christian faith and narratives of the Holy Bible are portrayed in Hollywood movies. Despite this truth, 2014 has been a very prosperous year for faith-inspired movies. With movies like SON OF GOD, NOAH, GOD’S NOT DEAD, and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, all achieving box office success, major production companies are unquestionably em...
 

 
Consumers Consider Cable TV Companies Predatory
Consumers Consider Cable TV Companies Predatory
June 25, 2014

The Huffington Post reports that, according to a survey by the cg42 consulting firm, 73 percent of consumers consider Cable TV companies to  be “predatory in their practices and take advantage of consumers lack of choice.” The survey also found that 53 percent of cable subscribers would leave their cable company if given a choice. Finally, 72 percent worry that “the larger cable companies become, the worse off consumers are.” In related news, the American Consumer Satisfaction Index released the results of a major survey that found Comcast and Time Warner Cable sinking to the bottom of the list of customer satisfaction among companies in the communications industries. Claes Fornell, ACSI Chairman and founder said, ...
 

 
How the Internet is Changing TV
How the Internet is Changing TV
June 23, 2014

eMarketer, a website dealing with Internet marketing, reports that 113 million Americans (35.5 percent of the population) use the Internet to serve programming to their televisions. They predict that by 2018 this will rise to 191 million people, or 58 percent of Americans. This bodes well for services like Netflix and Hulu. It doesn’t bode well for Cable TV providers. The more viewers can access reasonably priced online services, the less desirable expensive Cable bundles will be. Cable TV companies have been able to offer expensive “basic” bundles that include channels many consumers don’t want (different channels for different consumers). They can do this because only one company provides cable service to each specific n...
 

 
A Pastor’s Stand Against Pornography
A Pastor’s Stand Against Pornography
June 23, 2014

By Mike McManus Pastor Jay Dennis is not your usual pastor – quiet, modest and gentle.  He’s loud, passionate and inspiring.  He’s been successful.  In 1999 he led a revival that so grew his church in Lakeland, Florida that he moved the congregation into the civic center of an old mall. In 2010 a woman came to Pastor Jay to say, “I am concerned about my husband who is struggling with pornography, and I have a friend who is as well.” Pastor Jay replied, “There are great resources available. People in the church are the people of hope who have faith, love, and who have every reason to believe we are on the winning side. The revival needs to start in the church with pornography-free living.” Later he told his c...
 

 
Kickstarter Rethinks Campaign Acceptance Policy After Gosnell Backlash
Kickstarter Rethinks Campaign Acceptance Policy After Gosnell Backlash
June 19, 2014

Andrew Drexel, Contributing Writer Kickstarter, the predominant crowdsourcing platform, announced earlier this month that it’s altering its project submission rules so that fundraising campaigns can launch without the previously-mandatory approval of a staff member. Called “Launch Now,” the new feature “gives creators a simple choice: go ahead and launch your project whenever you’re ready, or get feedback from one of our Community Managers first.” 60% of projects have access to the feature, and that number will increase in the coming weeks, according to Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler. Some are concerned that this further exposes Kickstarter and its users to fraudulent campaigns. However, a number of such fraudulent ca...
 

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