Invasion of the Pod People: Technology - Friend or Foe?
Invasion of the Pod People: Technology - Friend or Foe?
November 14, 2013

By Lee Roscoe, Contributing Writer A largely unnoticed threat, oblivious to the general public, is aggressively invading and attacking the minds and bodies of our population causing serious life-threatening problems in the lives of children, students, parents, educators, and pastors, among others. Left unhindered, this threat will seriously endanger future generations unless we wake up, identify, confront and counteract this threat by taking informed, aggressive, and calculated steps to reverse its crippling and harmful consequences. In the 1956 Science Fiction classic film, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, the main character, Miles Bennel, is called away from a medical convention early by his office staff because they are experiencing a...
 

 
Japan: Give Us More Family Movies
Japan: Give Us More Family Movies
November 13, 2013

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor Being the third largest market in the world for movies, Japan’s influence over a Hollywood movie’s success is more powerful than some might think. More than a decade ago, foreign movies in Japan grossed over $1.4 billion, but in 2012, foreign movies didn’t earn half of that. This summer, Hollywood strategically marketed movies like PACIFIC RIM and THE WOLVERINE that were either filmed in Japan, or contained elements that would appeal to a Japanese audience. Neither of those movies made the Top 25 in that country. One movie that stands above the rest in Japan is Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, which is currently the second highest grossing movie in Japan and earned more than $90 million. Numbers indic...
 

 
Duck Dynasty: A Real-Life Hollywood Drama
Duck Dynasty: A Real-Life Hollywood Drama
November 12, 2013

By Jared Lafitte, Contributing Writer Let's make a good, old-fashioned Hollywood drama.  Here's the plot sketch:  A money-hungry cable network is searching for a new reality TV show to boost their ratings. They're fresh out of ideas when a marketing agent finds out about an interesting family from the backwoods of Louisiana, the Robertsons. They're self-made millionaires who run a duck call and sporting goods company, and they live in a swamp and go about life like an average, working-class family. The men also have some pretty epic beards. The agent spills the news about what he's found, and the creative board at the cable company is drooling. This Louisiana bayou family has all the ingredients for a knockout reality show: unique, q...
 

 
Five Things You Can Learn from THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Five Things You Can Learn from THOR: THE DARK WORLD
November 11, 2013

1. Being good is better than having power or wealth.     2. Do the right thing!     3. Laying your life down for your friends is the greatest love of all.     4. Don’t mock America!       5. If you want to make a great superhero movie that many people will see, focus on story, action, character, romance, humor, and the Good, the True, and the Beautiful rather than sex and violence.       Read the full review of THOR: THE DARK WORLD....
 

 
Weekend Report November 8-10, 2013
November 10, 2013

November 8-10, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THOR soars to top the weekend THOR: THE DARK WORLD took the weekend by a wide margin making more than the next nine movies combined. BAD GRANDPA took a distant second while FREE BIRDS, LAST VEGAS and ENDER’S GAME rounded out the top five.   THOR’s mighty haul is expected to look modest compared to the opening of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22. Families can look forward to FROZEN opening across the country November 27.   Color codes +4Exemplary +3Moral +2Good +1Worthwhile -1Caution -2Exreme Caution -3Excessive -4Abhor...
 

 
An Animated Classic Comes to the Big Screen
An Animated Classic Comes to the Big Screen
November 08, 2013

By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN are coming to the big screen! The original cartoon has been around for over 59 years, with most episodes lasting only six minutes, so making it a feature-length movie is a big deal. Not only was Mr. Peabody a very popular show, it taught kids great lessons on history. As the story goes, Mr. Peabody is a genius dog who has adopted a little boy named Sherman. Mr Peabody has a machine to take him back in time, called “the way back machine.” Mr. Peabody decides to take Sherman along with him on his adventures to teach him about history, but they get into all sorts of crazy, funny and exciting adventures along the way. Putting the adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman in to...
 

 
Rapper Kanye West Brings Jesus Onstage, Stirs Controversy
Rapper Kanye West Brings Jesus Onstage, Stirs Controversy
November 07, 2013

By Diana Anderson-Tyler, Contributing Writer, and Tom Snyder, Editor Controversial rapper Kanye West is stirring up more controversy this fall. He recently launched his “Yeezus” tour in Seattle and wasted no time making it clear to critics and fans that his style of performance and proclivity to shock hasn’t mellowed in the slightest. During the Seattle show, West (in an effort to show one of the “awesome things” about Christianity) welcomed an actor wearing white robes and sandals, clearly portraying Jesus Christ, before performing his hit song, “Jesus Walks.” The singer exclaimed, “White Jesus, is that you?!” followed by a four-letter word of irreverent surprise. “I’ve been waiting for you my whole life,” Wes...
 

 
Billy Graham Has Hope for America
Billy Graham Has Hope for America
November 06, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and David Outten, Art Director      The Rev. Billy Graham has hope for America. He’s calling on Christians in the United States this November to invite the lost into their homes to receive a message. The main message Billy’s delivering, THE CROSS, will be available beginning Nov. 7, but you can see two bonus messages here and here. They are amazing! They include clips from Billy Graham's speaking at crusades, but Billy understands that the most powerful testimony of God's love and truth is in changed lives. The two programs contain three powerful personal testimonies each. The plan is for Christians to share these videos with guests and then briefly share their own testimony and ask if anyone w...
 

 
KAIROS HOLDS OPEN THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD
KAIROS HOLDS OPEN THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD
November 05, 2013

Ninth Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes Extends Deadline for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time, Beginning Screenwriters Date:  Nov. 4, 2013   Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced today that the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters has extended its last and final deadline to November 18. 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. ...
 

 
What Do Duck Dynasty and Kirk Cameron Have In Common?
What Do Duck Dynasty and Kirk Cameron Have In Common?
November 05, 2013

They may look and sound quite different, but in reality, they're more similar than one might think.   They both have their successes.   Kirk Cameron's Unstoppable broke one day self-distribution records and Duck Dynasty broke cable records during its season premiere.     They're both Christian.   The Duck Dynasty guys are known for sharing the faith around the country, and Kirk Cameron has teamed up with Ray Comfort in sharing the gospel.     They both promote adoption.   Kirk Cameron and his wife adopted four children and have two of their own. The Robertson family in Duck Dynasty have also adopted children.     They're funny.   The Duck Dynasty family is alw...
 

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