Forever Fantasy: The Involvement of the ‘Fantasy’ Film Genre in the Reception of the Bible
February 20, 2014

By Ted Baehr, with Sarah Jane Murray, Tyler Walton, and Tom Snyder The Bible is a fabulous library of histories, prophecies, biographies, parables, reflections, instructions, wisdom, and many other genre and fields of story, study and communication, both transcendent and immanent. The whole Bible and its various parts have shaped almost every aspect of culture and civilization, including movies. In fact, a good movie story is a journey toward God. It reminds us of the Master Storyteller. A good story is a holy thing. As the Master Storyteller, Jesus Christ knew the power of stories to teach, influence, and inspire when He spoke to His disciples in parables, such as the parables of the Good Samaritan, the prodigal son, and the ric...
 

 
FULL HOUSE Actress Takes a Stand for Modesty and Marriage
February 19, 2014

By Diana Anderson-Tyler Actress, author, and producer Candace Cameron Bure is beloved by millions for her role as “D.J. Tanner” on the iconic hit sitcom, FULL HOUSE. The character of “D.J.” has been praised by parents and once-impressionable former viewers for being a positive influence for teenagers and pre-teenage girls. With imperfections and struggles in two, D.J. displayed selflessness and responsibility as she resisted peer pressure, and remained chaste. Today at age 37, the actress who played “D.J.” continues to be a superb role model for women of all ages. Since her return into the limelight after a ten-year hiatus, Mrs. Bure has been outspoken about her passion for both family and faith, namely her faith in Jesu...
 

 
Hollywood’s Drug Culture and You
Hollywood’s Drug Culture and You
February 17, 2014

By Tom Snyder, Editor In the past six years, the entertainment industry has lost Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman to drug overdoses. Now, my niece’s husband just died from a drug overdose. Michael Jackson left behind two young children. Hoffman left behind three. My niece’s husband left behind four young daughters. Selling and using drugs is not a “victimless” crime! It not only destroys mothers and fathers, and even grandfathers and grandmothers, it destroys children. It destroys civilization. According to livestrong.com, 40% of all child abuse cases involve drug or alcohol abuse. Use of illegal mind-altering drugs also has been identified as the root cause of ch...
 

 
Why Do You Think They Call It Dope, Dope?
February 15, 2014

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher It’s heartbreaking to watch talented, brilliant Hollywood stars self-destruct or head down the road to perdition in light of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's recent death from drug overdose. Many of the young, once professing to be Christian entertainers such as Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, whose mother told me she was a Christian when I interviewed her when Lindsay was a young child, Justin Bieber, Christian music idol, and Dakota Fanning, who came to the MOVIEGUIDE® Awards several times professing her faith, have given up their faith and values for dope. Of course, society no longer seems to care, in spite of the fact that scientists and investigators have shown that there’s a strong connection between all so...
 

 
National Religious Broadcasters Creates New Christian Film Committee
February 14, 2014

National Religious Broadcasters Creates New Christian Film Committee Manassas, Va. – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Board of Directors has established a Film Standing Committee to serve the unique interests of Christian film professionals within the NRB community. The newly created group will join NRB’s seven other committees – Church Media, Intercollegiate, International, Internet, Music Licensing, Radio, and Television – in serving and representing their respective constituencies and in advancing the overall mission of the world’s pre-eminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators. Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org), will serve as the Film Standing Commi...
 

 
The Secret to Box-Office Success Hollywood Never Told You
The Secret to Box-Office Success Hollywood Never Told You
February 13, 2014

 By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer What if there was a secret formula that guaranteed your next major motion picture would be a box-office hit? What if this secret formula could add $30-$50 million to your movie’s gross revenue? Now, what if this secret formula was actually not secret, but something well known and researched by an organization with a 22-year history for accurately predicting box-office success? I’m about to share with you something you won’t hear at any Hollywood cocktail party or $5,000 a plate political fundraiser at George Clooney’s house. Are you ready? The secret to box-office success is to make a great movie with strong Christian, Biblical, moral, and redemptive content and no graphic sex, nu...
 

 
Robocop - Tinkering with Man and Machines
Robocop - Tinkering with Man and Machines
February 12, 2014

  Tinkering with Man and Machines: Behind the Scenes of the New ROBOCOP Movie By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer In 1987, controversial director Paul Verhoeven unleashed an original action/satire called ROBOCOP into theatres. The movie was packed with lurid action and profanity, but had some interesting questions lurking beneath its R-rated surface. What would happen if society eventually had a policeman who was half-man, half-robot? Also, what would the ethical implications of that be, for the man himself and for society as a whole? That first ROBOCOP made $70 million (about $150 million in today’s prices) and became a perennial cult hit on cable and DVD, spawning two inferior sequels as well. Since a quarter-centu...
 

 
Remembering Shirley Temple
Remembering Shirley Temple
February 12, 2014

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor The tributes for Shirley Temple Black, the beloved Hollywood child-star icon from the 1930s and 40s, who died just recently, keep coming into our offices here at Movieguide®. We thought we would share some of them with you. First, however, I’d like to note that watching Shirley Temple movies on my family’s old black and white television is one of the most potent memories I have as a child, along with watching other icons like Lucille Ball (first in movies, then in TV), Red Skelton movies, King Kong, John Wayne, and Judy Garland. As a growing boy, however, I became a little Anti-Shirley, because her movies always made me cry, so I had to not watch them after a certain point. That said, Shirley m...
 

 
2013 Was the Year That. . .
2013 Was the Year That. . .
February 07, 2014

Friday’s Movieguide® Awards Celebrates TV/Movies with Faith and Values Hollywood, Calif. – Before Hollywood gives itself a pat on the back at this year's Oscar ceremony, the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards will be celebrating last year’s movies and television programs that had the most faith and values. The Movieguide® Awards ceremony will be held tonight at the Universal Hilton Hotel, with a telecast at 2 p.m. Eastern Time March 1 on the REELZ Channel. Among the movies being celebrated at the awards are family movies such as FROZEN, DESPICABLE ME 2, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, TURBO, THE CROODS, and GRACE UNPLUGGED, with special nods to movies for mature audiences such as 42, MAN OF STEEL, IRON MAN 3, BLACK NATIVITY, THE HOBBIT:...
 

 
Celebrating Free Enterprise in Hollywood
February 06, 2014

Faith & Values Awards Show Names Movie/TV Nominees for $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize Hollywood, Calif. – For the second year in a row, the Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry will celebrate America’s free enterprise system with the $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize for the best movie or television program promoting free enterprise. The winner of the prize will be announced Friday, Feb. 7, at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize is supported by a grant from the Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation. “We have some excellent nominees this year,” Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder of the Faith...
 

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