‘The Cos’ Returns to Network TV
‘The Cos’ Returns to Network TV
January 30, 2014

‘The Cos’ Returns to Network TV By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer When I was little, I couldn’t wait to sit down in front of my television set on Thursday evenings. With my bowl of popcorn nearby, I’d munch away and laugh at the antics of iconic TV characters such as the educated and witty Huxtable family on THE COSBY SHOW and the loveable political leanings of everyone’s favorite Republican, Alex P. Keaton on FAMILY TIES. It was funny, smart, and, most of all, family friendly.  Today, however, I struggle to give my family those same memories. Most network producers use suggestive dialogue, over the top violence, and gratuitous sex scenes to spice up their plots. Instead of bonding over the laughter of our favorite...
 

 
Change the Channel, Change the Culture
January 29, 2014

Change the Channel, Change the Culture   The battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation has never been more important than now. That battle is taking place at movie theaters and on your TV. Everyone agrees that media has an immense influence on the way we think, act and even believe, yet much of what is produced and praised in Hollywood attacks our core values of faith, family and freedom. How can we ensure that our young people are being influenced positively through media? The answer is simple: •    WATCH… on March 1st at 2pm ET/11am PT, the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards air-ing on the Reelz Channel. Find out where to watch on your cable or satellite system here: http://www.reelz.com •    COMMENT… Go t...
 

 
10 FINALISTS VIE FOR $50,000 KAIROS PRIZES
10 FINALISTS VIE FOR $50,000 KAIROS PRIZES
January 28, 2014

  Ninth Annual Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays Announces Finalists for First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced the top 10 finalists for the Ninth Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters. 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. “This year’s finalists once again challenge us to seek a bri...
 

 
Kirk Cameron Makes an Exciting Announcement
Kirk Cameron Makes an Exciting Announcement
January 27, 2014

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor A few weeks ago, Kirk Cameron revealed he was making a new family movie with comedian Tim Hawkins. In an exclusive interview with Movieguide®, Kirk revealed the premise of his next movie MERCY RULE and stated when audiences can expect it. Kirk explains, “Baseball fans know, Mercy Rule is when you’re beating the other team so badly, you invoke the mercy rule, which lets them off the hook. This is a family film that my wife and I play husband and wife. Bas Rutten from HERE COMES THE BOOM plays the baseball coach, and Tim Hawkins, the comedian who sings the Chick-Fil-A song, plays my brother. This is a movie about a family who learns the kingdom lessons of patience, mercy, sacrifice, legacy, and trustin...
 

 
Comic Bill Engvall To Host 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala Feb. 7
Comic Bill Engvall To Host 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala Feb. 7
January 24, 2014

Hollywood, Calif. – Blue Collar Comedy comic Bill Engvall, a platinum selling artist, will host the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards gala and report to the Entertainment Industry, to be held Friday, Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. One of the top comedians in the country, Engvall has received a Grammy nomination. Most recently, he was a contestant on Season 17 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where he was a fan favorite and made it to the finals. Earlier this year, he lent his voice to the CMT animated comedy series “Bounty Hunters.” Engvall has also starred in several Comedy Central solo specials, reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy (his “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” buddies) for...
 

 
Reporter Stirs Controversy Regarding Nudity
Reporter Stirs Controversy Regarding Nudity
January 23, 2014

Addressing a panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Session in Pasadena, THE WRAP reporter Tim Malloy questioned why Lena Dunham’s character in the HBO show GIRLS was so often nude. This drew a heated response from the show’s producer. Judd Apatow. The confrontation, that might otherwise have remained unnoticed, was featured on DRUDGE REPORT and has created a much larger than expected stir. Apatow accused Malloy of being sexist and misogynistic (hating women) for asking such a question. While Malloy doesn’t work for Movieguide®, but rather THE WRAP, it’s interesting that this question that millions of parents would love the answer to came from a secular reporter. The vitriolic response reveals just how out of touch...
 

 
The Battle for Values at the Movie Theaters
The Battle for Values at the Movie Theaters
January 22, 2014

  By Jared Laffite, Contributing Writer If there’s any type of person I respect, those who have served in the armed forces are right near the top of the list. Even so, I probably couldn’t handle watching LONE SURVIVOR, a violent movie recounting the true story of four Navy SEALs who battle a small Taliban battalion in Afghanistan. Even though, I consider myself the most iron-stomached person I know. Apparently, however, a huge portion of the American population responded extremely favorably to LONE SURVIVOR, despite its violent tale. After strong initial screenings, LONE SURVIVOR grossed an incredible $38.5 million in its first weekend of wide release, the second-highest January release in history (2008’s CLOVERFIELD grossed $4...
 

 
WOLF OF WALL STREET Banned Overseas
WOLF OF WALL STREET Banned Overseas
January 21, 2014

By David Outten Malaysia and Nepal have banned Martin Scorsese’s hedonistic orgy, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Meanwhile, Lebanon has censored the explicit movie while Singapore has restricted its viewing to people age 21 and over. Finally, in India, a perverted orgy and reference to “all nuns are lesbians” were cut out. Even The Hollywood Reporter refers to WOLF as “a three-hour raunch fest featuring sex, drugs, and 506 variations of the F-word.” Their story says Scorsese himself had to trim some things to get an R-rating in the United States. In the United States, states and cities used to have review boards that could ban or censor movies and the studios had to live with concerns about making different prints for different locat...
 

 
Things Get Nutty: Behind the Scenes of THE NUT JOB
Things Get Nutty: Behind the Scenes of THE NUT JOB
January 20, 2014

By Rachel Marquez, Contributing Writer THE NUT JOB is an animated movie set in a 1950s city park. Surly is a devious, troublemaking squirrel. The park animals have been storing up food for winter, but their supply isn’t enough. When Surly gets greedy, he accidentally destroys their home and all their food with it. Because of this, they banish him from their park. When he comes across a giant nut store in the city, he decides to plan a heist. To do so, he’ll need some help. The question is, will Surly be willing to share the food with others in need? THE NUT JOB is a fun movie with a lot of moral lessons that can be read in the full review here. Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from the movie’s two lead stars, Will Arnett a...
 

 
Disney Report 2014
January 20, 2014

        In 2014 Disney offers families THE MUPPETS MOST WANTED, PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE and a documentary on BEARS. MALIFICENT is a live action prequel to SLEEPING BEAUTY but it remains to be seen if it will be too dark. CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER is their AVENGERS member movie for 2014 and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is a new Marvel movie with an abundance of evil, sinister looking characters. Their product later in the year is more of a mystery. Average Box Office Disney ACCEPTABILITY 0%   +4 0%   +3 0%   +2 0%   +1 0%   -1 0%   -2 0%   -3 0% ...
 

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