Rumor, Spin, and Ignorance:
How We Lost History and Common Sense
By Dr. Ted Baehr
Not too long ago, a major international encyclopedic publisher asked me for an article on fantasy and film. When I wrote about the early days of Georges Melies and his fantasy films, including A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902), in the early 1900s, the point person, an esteemed Ivy League professor, insisted there was no fantasy in movies before A WIZARD OF OZ (1939). This academic myopia was refuted soon thereafter when Martin Scorsese came out with his great movie HUGO (2011), which featured the story of Melies.
No one wants to blame any particular academic institution for such revisionist history, mainly because we love education, which comes from the Latin wo...
Behind the Scenes of MONSTERS UNIVERSITY with Billy Crystal and John Goodman
By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor
Scully and Mike are on the big screen again in MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. The prequel to MONSTER’S INC, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is a cute family movie that stresses the importance of working together and doing the best you can. MOVIEGUIDE® had the opportunity to hear what Billy Crystal and John Goodman had to say about working on the film.
Question: What is it about the character that resonates with you?
Billy Crystal: For me, Mike is fearless. He’s really the favorite character I’ve ever played in anything I’ve done. I’ve really missed doing him until Lasseter, at a party, came to me – it was at John’s 50...
June 14-16, 2013
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MAN OF STEEL Tops Super Weekend
MAN OF STEEL had the second biggest opening of 2013 behind IRON MAN 3. It was heavily promoted to pastors and church goers for its savior-like message. THIS IS THE END came in a distant, but still decent second. NOW YOU SEE ME and FAST AND FURIOUS SIX came in third and fourth as they drift downward. Last weekend’s top movie THE PURGE dropped all the way to fifth and will probably disappear quickly.
20th Century Fox/Blue Sky’s EPIC came in seventh and ifs flailing away trying to make it to the $100 million mark dom...
The Cultural Impact of Superman and Its Spotlight on Christianity
By Natalie Fertig, Staff Writer
Christianity’s relationship with pop culture did not begin in the 20th century. Since medieval times, characters – both fact and fiction – have emerged to represent a larger saga of Christ’s life and biblical values.
Charlemagne, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the 9th century, became a larger-than-life, Christ-like icon after his death. Much in the same way that 19th-century Davy Crockett “grinned down” bears, or Chuck Norris became. . . Chuck Norris, medieval culture came to idealize Charlemagne as a defender of the Church and savior of the common people.
The fictional Sir Galahad (see gallery), legendary knight of...
Warner Bros. Targets Churches with Latest MAN OF STEEL Marketing Strategy.
By Natalie Fertig, Staff Writer
Superman flies into theaters today, but you might also see him in a pulpit near you on Sunday morning.
Around the country, many pastors are being asked to download or create sermons based on the Superman re-boot, MAN OF STEEL. While this partnership between film studios and churches is nothing new, all eyes are watching to see if the faith & family audience will respond with box office sales. Dr. Ted Baehr, Movieguide's publisher, has direct experience with this kind of marketing. He told Movieguide® that as President of the Church Organization that produced the TV movie, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE on CBS in 1980,...
A Hero for Everyone:
Behind the Scenes of MAN OF STEEL
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
The director, producers, and actors behind the new Superman movie, MAN OF STEEL, said they were all a bit daunted about taking on the iconic “Last Son of Krypton,” but that their fears began to disappear when they read David S. Goyer’s script for the franchise reboot.
That’s what they said during a recent press conference in Los Angeles the other day with MAN OF STEEL Director Zack Snyder, Producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven, Composer Hans Zimmer, Actors Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, and Antje Traue, and Writer David Goyer himself.
“I was worried about Superman as a project,” Zack Snyder said, “...
Pitching Faith & Values:
Good News at the Producers Guild of America 2013 Conference
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, with Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Movieguide® had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Producers Guild of America’s “Produced By” Conference on the backlot of 20th Century Fox. Some of the top producers in the world shared their insights and were available for important questions. These included Jerry Bruckheimer, J.J. Abrams, Mark Burnett, Jon Favreau, Lynda Obst, Lorrie McCreary, Roberto Orci, and many others.
What was most surprising at the conference was the amount of faith and values that these Hollywood behind-the-scenes superstars exhibited.
Mark Burnett was introduced as having invented Reality TV w...
Parallels of Christ in MAN OF STEEL
By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor
It is not hard to see that Superman is a character that resembles Christ. Movieguide® has seen many of the past Superman films stressed this also, but, like SUPERMAN RETURNS, its predecessor, MAN OF STEEL seems to show this even more so.
MAN OF STEEL portrays Clark Kent’s early years, growing up, being raised by two parents who were not his biological parents, but who had a great love and understanding of his power and worth. Clark’s father seems to truly believe in Clark “changing the world someday” and continues to tell Clark as a child that he will bring hope and truth. While Clark’s mother also tells Clark that “the truth about you is beautiful” an...
The Church’s Role in the Failings of Hollywood
by Robert Hiini/The Record
This article was originally published in The Record newspaper, chronicling a portion of Dr. Ted Baehr’s recent speaking tour of Australia.
Hollywood didn’t abandon Christianity, Christianity abandoned Hollywood, visiting US family-friendly media advocate Dr Ted Baehr told audiences in Perth last week.
It was the churches, Catholic and Protestant, who walked away from positive engagement with film makers in the US, pulling funding from their ratings associations at the worst possible time in the 1960s.
Dr Baehr spoke at the Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture’s third speaker’s forum at Rosie O’Grady’s pub in Northbridge on May 23 and at a...
Stand up! Speak up! Refuse to give up!
By Rick Scarborough, President of Vision America
Abraham Lincoln famously stated, “I tremble for my country when I remember that God is just.”
Vincent Van Gogh was born in Holland on March 30, 1853. Today his original art works are considered some of the most valuable in the world. His work, "Portrait of Doctor Gachet”, painted in 1890 -shortly before his death by gunshot wound, at age 37, sold in 1990, for $82.5 million. Three of his original works have sold for more than $50 million each.
Yet, during his life, he considered himself a failure and fought mental illness thr...