Christian Beliefs Increase in 2009
February 19, 2010

A Harris Interactive® Poll of 2,303 American adults on the Internet, taken Nov. 2-11, 2009, found that 82% of Americans believe in God and 73% believe Jesus is God and/or the Son of God. These numbers reflect an increase of two percentage points from the same Harris poll taken in 2008. No wonder the number of movies with at least some positive Christian content or values increased in 2009 compared to the previous two years. By contrast, belief in Darwin's theory of evolution, ghosts, reincarnation, UFOs, astrology, and witches all seems to be dropping. These positive trends reflect what God teaches us about God, Jesus Christ, science, and theology in the ancient, historical, inerrant documents of the Bible, whose historical reliability ...
 

 
Religious Preferences of Americans, Gallup
February 19, 2010

The religious preferences of the 232.8 million adults in the United States are: Source: Gallup Poll®, 12/24/09. Total Christian 78% Protestant/Other 56% Roman Catholic 22% No religious identity 13% Other Non-Christian 9%   ...
 

 
Young Voters Influenced by Celebrity Endorsements
February 19, 2010

In another sign of cultural collapse, a new study by researchers at Washington State University shows that celebrity endorsements are an effective political strategy for engaging younger voters and getting them to the polls. The study found that an 11% increase in voter turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds in recent years was "largely attributable to celebrity get-out-the-vote promotions." Also, for example, the support of Oprah Winfrey helped Barack Obama win the presidency, and the support of actor Chuck Norris helped Mike Huckabee come in second to John McCain during the Republican primaries. This trend shows that MOVIEGUIDE®'s efforts to help Hollywood celebrities in their Christian walk, through the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gal...
 

 
Movieguide® Awards Reach $200K Epiphany!
February 18, 2010

Twelve Nominees, including ‘Blind Side,' ‘Christmas Carol,' and Two Tyler Perry Works, Vie for Most Inspiring Movie or TV Program in 2009 The 18th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry began its march toward the $200,000 Epiphany Prizes today with the announcement of 12 nominees for the "Most Inspiring" Movie & TV Program of 2009. TO SEE THE NOMINEES IN PICTURES CLICK HERE. The seven movie nominees (in alphabetical order for each title) are "The Blind Side," "The Cross," "Disney's A Christmas Carol," "Knowing," "Not Easily Broken," "The Soloist," and "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself." The five television nominees (in alphabetical order) are "Christmas in Canaan," "The...
 

 
Moviegoers Prefer Movies with No Sex, Annual Study Reports Again
February 18, 2010

Once again, Movieguide®'s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry shows that moviegoers prefer movies with no sex. In fact, the more explicit sex a movie contained in 2009, the worse it did at the box office. "This was especially clear in 2009," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies, Entertainment and Culture. "Movies with no sex and no sexual immorality averaged significantly more money at the box office than movies with some or a lot of such content." This rejection of explicit sexual content was even true overseas, Dr. Baehr reports. Movieguide®'s analysis of the Top 275 or so movies released in 2009 showed the following statistics: * Amount of Sexual Content in 2009 Movies wit...
 

 
The Most Family-Friendly Movies Earn the Most Money, Annual Movieguide® Report Shows 2010
February 17, 2010

An annual box office analysis by Movieguide® has found that the most family-friendly movies earn the most money at the box office and on home video. The Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry by the pro-family advocacy group Movieguide® shows that the most family-friendly movies averaged about $63 million per movie in 2009 in America and Canada, but that the least family-friendly movies averaged only $27.1 million. The study extensively analyzed the content of the Top 275 or so movies released by the major studios in Hollywood, including the major independent studios. The study also found that movies with graphically depicted sex or very strong sexual immorality averaged less than $17.5 million per movie while movies with at least...
 

 
Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Cuba Gooding, Tyler Perry, Nic Cage, and Billy Ray Cyrus Grace 18th Movieguide® Awards
February 14, 2010

Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder of the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala, announced today the nominees for the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Movie & TV Performances in 2009. Heading the list of six movie nominees (in alphabetical order for each title) are Sandra Bullock and Ray McKinnon for "The Blind Side," Jim Carrey for "Disney's A Christmas Carol," Nicolas Cage for "Knowing," Albert Hall for "Not Easily Broken," and Tyler Perry for "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself." The seven television nominees (alphabetically, by title) include Billy Ray Cyrus and Matt Ward for "Christmas in Canaan," Anna Paquin for "The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler," Robert Schuller for the pilot episode of "Everyday Life...
 

 
"That Was the Year That Was":
February 09, 2010

2009 was the year that Hollywood finally looked at their BLIND SIDE, caring Southern Christians who opened their home to the homeless and demonstrate the redemptive power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action. 2009 was the year that a 78-year-old man finds out that caring about others is the best adventure in UP. 2009 was the year that Hollywood discovered in a beloved classic piece of literature, A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, the Good News that the bad news of eternal damnation does not have to be if you allow the Truth of Christmas, who is Jesus Christ, to transform your heart. 2009 was the year that learning to love others, especially your father, brought real self-esteem and overcame selfishness and gluttony in CLOUDY WIT...
 

 
AVATAR's Voodoo
February 08, 2010

By David Outten The Telegraph (a popular English news website) reports that voodoo leaders in Haiti are upset that aid is not coming to followers of voodoo as quickly as it is coming to evangelicals. The article, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/haiti/7119572/Haiti-earthquake-voodoo-high-priest-claims-aid-monopolised-by-Christians.html, claims that followers of Haitian voodoo worship hundreds of spirits called "Iwa." The article quotes Kompe Filo, a popular Haitian television and radio personality, saying, "God is angry against humanity, not just Haiti but all humanity. This is a message that man must change, and reconnect with the natural world around him. We have a lot of beliefs modern people shou...
 

 
A Family for Oscar?
February 08, 2010

By David Outten After three years of nominating almost exclusively R-rated movies for best picture, the Academy Award nominations for the best pictures of 2009 include UP and THE BLIND SIDE. Perhaps this is because the Academy has doubled the number of nominees from five to ten, but nevertheless it's refreshing to see even two family-oriented films appear in the mix. This year there are six R-rated nominees, three PG-13s, and UP, which is rated PG. UP is the first movie given a +3 acceptability rating by MOVIEGUIDE to be nominated for best picture since BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in 1991. THE BLIND SIDE received -1, four movies received a -2, three received a -3, and AVATAR received a -4 because of its strong pantheist worldview. It...
 

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