Tough Times in Porn Industry
September 02, 2009

The "adult entertainment business" (i.e., the pornography industry) is not only having a tough time battling the current economic recession, it's also having to fight a growing increase of free content on the Internet.   "It's the free stuff that's killing us, and that's not going away," said Dion Jurasso, owner of Combat Zone, a pornography company whose business has fallen about 50% in the last three years.   Industry insiders figure that revenue has decreased 30 to 50% since 2007, including a sharp fall in the number of new movies.   "The opportunities in this industry really are disappearing," says "actress" and stripper Savannah Stern, whose income has gone from $150,000 yearly to only $50,000. "It's extremely stressful."   ...
 

 
Movie Productions Are Fleeing Los Angeles
September 02, 2009

Movie productions are fleeing Los Angeles, not only to Canada but also to states like Louisianna and Georgia, which can offer better value for one's money.   FilmLA, an organization designed to streamline the city's film permit process, estimates that there are about 50% fewer feature film productions being shot in LA than a decade ago. Also, the amount of filming taking place dropped 31% in the second quarter of this year.   "If we don't become more competitive, we are not going to have a film industry in LA," FilmLA spokesman Todd Lindgren said.   The current mayor, Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, has come under increasing criticism for the runaway productions.   - Source:  The London Telegraph, 08/08/09.  ...
 

 
New Video Lends More Support to Intelligent Design Theory
September 02, 2009

A new video, "Journey Inside the Cell," dramatically illustrates the evidence for Intelligent Design within DNA, according to Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, author of SIGNATURE IN THE CELL:  DNA AND THE EVIDENCE FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN (HarperOne, 2009).   "This video is going to make things worse for critics of intelligent design," Dr. Meyer says.   The video can be viewed at www.SignatureintheCell.com.   - Source:  Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, 08/10/09.  ...
 

 
Kairos Is Calling: Contest for Spiritually Uplifting, God-Centered Screenplays Off to a Fast Start
August 27, 2009

Hollywood, Calif. - The Fifth Annual $50,000 Kairos Prize Contest for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning Screenwriters is underway to its fastest start ever, announced Dr. Ted Baehr of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment. Presented by MOVIEGUIDE® and supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Kairos Prizes each year honor the top three screenwriters who can produce the best screenplays that "greatly increase man's love or understanding of God." "The prizes encourage the brightest new talent to step forward, raising the bar in the family and faith based entertainment markets," said Dr. Jack Templeton, president of the John Templeton Foundation. The first deadline for entries is Septem...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of PAHAPPAHOOEY ISLAND: Pointing Toward Eternal Truth
August 24, 2009

By Jeff Holder, Managing Editor If you take Muppet-inspired characters, a meaningful life lesson and one of today's most well know Bible teachers, mix them together you will get the latest PAHAPPAHOOEY ISLAND children's DVD, entitled "What About Me?" MOVIEGUIDE® chatted with Eric Newman, the writer and director of the latest DVD title, and got his insights into the production. Though the PAHAPPAHOOEY ISLAND franchise has released a number of titles into the Christian video market, "What About Me" is the first title written and directed by Newman. As a writer and documentary maker, Newman brought his passion for children's entertainment to the property. "I've always enjoyed great kids programming, especially puppetry," he said. "It'...
 

 
Kairos Is Calling: Contest for Spiritually Uplifting, God-Centered Screenplays By Beginning Screenwriters Off to a Fast Start
August 24, 2009

Hollywood, Calif. – The Fifth Annual $50,000 Kairos Prize Contest for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning Screenwriters is underway to its fastest start ever, announced Dr. Ted Baehr of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment. Presented by MOVIEGUIDE® and supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Kairos Prizes each year honor the top three screenwriters who can produce the best screenplays that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.” “The prizes encourage the brightest new talent to step forward, raising the bar in the family and faith based entertainment markets,” said Dr. Jack Templeton, president of the John Templeton Foundation. The first deadline for entri...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of PONYO: Honoring a Master Artist
August 19, 2009

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor Making the English language version of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's PONYO ON THE CLIFF has been a labor of love for John Lasseter, head of Pixar and Disney's animation studios. "For a long time, I have wanted American audiences to discover Miyazaki-san's films," he said. "I've dedicated myself to try and do what I can to bring these movies to American audiences. Once you watch one of them, they kinda blow you away and you want to see more." Miyazaki's movies have been an influence on the beloved animated movies that Pixar itself has made, Lasseter noted. "We've studied many of his action sequences," he revealed, "and how he does what he's able to achieve. It's been very inspiring for us. He added: "Miya...
 

 
Palin Says Obama Is Misleading the Public on Gov’t ‘Death Panels’
August 15, 2009

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor Date: August 14, 2009 Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin has accused Obama of "misleading" the public, especially senior citizens, about the provisions in the Democratic healthcare bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would establish "death panels" run by federal bureaucrats, who might encourage or try to convince terminally ill, seriously ill and disabled senior citizens to forego expensive healthcare treatment near the end of their lives. Her accusation came in response to Obama's response to her recent comments about the provisions. Obama had said that this kind of forced or proposed euthanasia was not the intent of the bill's provisions. Palin pointed out, however, that the "end-of-life" provisions...
 

 
Imprisoned for Praying in America?
August 15, 2009

Apparently, prayer is no longer considered a part of our First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Principal Frank Lay and athletic director Robert Freeman of Pace High School in Florida were charged with criminal contempt for praying over several students during an honorary luncheon for athletic achievements and during another lunch where several employees asked for a blessing over the meal. After the first prayer, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) charged that both men were endorsing religion in a public school and thus breaking the law. Rather than fight the ACLU, the high school agreed to a settlement that restricts prayer or religious activities of any kind on school grounds. The men and their lawyers have stated that the...
 

 
Iran’s Muslim Leaders Crack Down on Christians
August 15, 2009

Iran's Muslim government has arrested more than 30 Christians in the last two weeks as part of its recent violent crackdown on protestors and its purge of opponents. Most of the Christian victims were released, but eight remain in jail. Also, two Christian women imprisoned since March 5, Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh Esmaeilabad, remain in jail because they have refused to recant their Christian faith. Amnesty International reported on Aug. 7 an average of two executions a day since the controversial presidential elections held June 12. U.S. President Obama has declined to speak out strongly against the crackdown on Christians and protesters in Iran in favor of "diplomacy." - Source: Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News, 08/11/09.   ...
 

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