The Pixar Factor
April 20, 2009

Who Can You Trust to Make a Movie? By David Outten, Production Editor  When you buy groceries, you have the choice between competing brands. Over time you develop favorite brands. If you’re a fan of pickles, you may decide Claussen makes the best pickles. If you’re in the mood for pickles, you will look for Claussen. You trust the brand. When you’re in the mood to spend $10 per family member to see a movie in your local theater, you don’t want to waste your money on some piece of trash. Like when buying groceries, you will favor movies made by someone you trust. Walt Disney spent many years building trust. At one point, the release of anything made by Disney was an occasion for families to open their wallets and buy ticke...
 

 
New Study Confirms Liberals Are Less Religious
April 17, 2009

Though like most Americans, most liberals consider themselves to be Christian, they tend to be much less religious than conservatives, a new survey reports. According to the Barna Research Group 94% of conservatives call themselves Christian but only 74% of liberals do so. Lead researcher George Barna added: "Liberals appear to place a greater emphasis upon self-reliance and what they personally accomplish than upon faith alone or intense participation in a community of faith. They also seem less inclined to trust the Bible as a moral authority or source of truth, and have less involvement in some type of personal relationship with their god." In contrast to this, Barna said conservatives are "more connected to their deity, seeing God as...
 

 
Paganism Returns to the Holy Land
April 17, 2009

Paganism, including the pagan beliefs of the child-sacrificing Canaanites, have returned to the Holy Land, according to the Israeli website www.haaretz.com. A tiny community of pagan believers, influenced by pagan movements in the United States and Europe, has developed in Israel. One pagan soldier, in fact, took time out to pray to three ancient gods to whom he has sworn allegiance. He also says they appeared to him and gave him strength during combat. Alon Kobets, a self-proclaimed neo-pagan who has come out of the closet, said some pagans have even tried to revive some Canaanite gods and traditions (which, if you recall, the Bible says demanded child sacrifice), but Kobets said more people believe in Wicca, Celtic Druidism, Shamanism, ...
 

 
Security Risk!?
April 17, 2009

By Everett Piper The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just identified those US citizens who are focused on “right wing issues” as security risks! Does anyone but me hear the voice of George Orwell echoing through the halls of our Capital, our culture, our corporations, our churches and our Country right now? Who defines what these dangerous right wing issues are? The Fed? The DHS? The Congress? The President? Or maybe ACORN, the ACLU, NAMBLA, PETA, George Soros, Michael Moore, or even your State’s governor or your local police chief? Does it concern you that someone who proudly and myopically wears the label of “Left” is now declaring that those on the “Right” are a security risk because of your “extr...
 

 
Do You Remember Dr. Zhivago?
April 15, 2009

By David Outten, Production Editor The Russian revolution was based on class warfare. It began when the poor were encouraged to rebel against the rich. It quickly led to tyranny, pitting the powerful against everyone who dared question their power. The rich became poor, and the poor became poorer. Freedom vanished. Fear reigned supreme. Education, entertainment and sources of information were all confiscated to become tools of indoctrination. Children were taught that the revolution must spread until the world was free of greedy capitalists who oppress their workers. America is headed in that direction. We are being told we must increase taxes only on the wealthy to provide better healthcare, education and opportunity for the poor. Every...
 

 
New Music - Molly Jenson: Maybe Tomorrow
April 14, 2009

"We get a lot CDs to review at MOVIEGUIDE®, but  this is one of the best. Molly’s unique blend of folk and popular music will appeal to a broad audience." - Dr. Ted Baehr Quality:  * * * *   Acceptability:  +4 WARNING CODES: Language:  None RELEASE:  March 3, 2009 ARTIST:  Molly Jenson PRODUCER: Greg Laswell EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:  Mark Joseph LABEL: Bully! Pulpit Records DISTRIBUTOR:  Nettwerk Music Group CONTENT: (C, Ro, M)  Light Christian Worldview with some romantic elements,  and emotional trials and tribulations in life and in relationships. GENRE:  Popular/Folk/Independent INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Fans of Joy Williams, Sixpence None The Richer, Sheryl Crow, and Tristan Prettyman REVIEW: Molly Jenson is an up ...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE: Is It Miley. . . Or Miley?
April 10, 2009

Is It Miley Or Miley? By Jeff Holder, Managing Editor MOVIEGUIDE® had a chance to hear from the director and the mostly teenaged cast of the newly released HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE. If you have been living in a cave lately, you might not know that on the Disney Channel TV series HANNAH MONTANA, teenage superstar Miley Cyrus plays the role of Miley Stewart who has an alter ego Hannah Montana. Hannah is a singing pop star but that fact is a secret except for family and close friends. Country star Billy Ray Cyrus, who is the real life father of Miley Cyrus, plays Miley Stewart's father, Robby Ray. If you're confused, ask a teenager to explain it to you. The runaway hit TV series has spawned one of the most wholesome movies in a long t...
 

 
Jesus Christ in the Movies
April 09, 2009

Our gift to you this Easter is this downloadable PDF of Dr. Ted Baehr's special report "Jesus Christ in the Movies." Web version (624 kb) here        Print version (15.2 mb) here We hope you enjoy it. If you have not already done so please subscribe to our informative eMail newsletters. Sign Up for Your FREE Subscription to MOVIEGUIDE® Newsletters * indicates required field Email Address:*  ...
 

 
Most Teenagers See Their Parents as Role Models
April 07, 2009

Most American teenagers, 54%, see their parents as their role models, according to a recent Junior Achievement survey on teenagers and ethical decision-making. There was some bad news in the survey, however - only 3% of the teenagers said they see members of the clergy as role models. Finally, 13% said they see their friends as role models, 6% said their teachers or coaches, 5% said their siblings, and 11% said they don't have any role models. - Source:  Christian Post, 02/18/09.   ...
 

 
Speaking of Teen Role Models. . .
April 07, 2009

A recent Junior Achievement survey of American teenagers finds that 80% of U.S. teens believe they are ethically prepared to make moral business decisions, although nearly 40% believe they need to "break the rules" in order to succeed. Perhaps more troubling is that 27% think behaving violently is sometimes, often or always acceptable. And, 20% report that they have behaved violently toward another person during the past year. Among those who say they are ethically prepared, 49% said lying to parents and guardians is acceptable, and 61% say they have lied to parents or guardian within the past year. This survey should prompt concern about an entire generation's future workplace behavior. It forecasts serious challenges to businesses as t...
 

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