February 13, 2009
L.A. Dispatch: Keeping the Faith in ‘Gran Torino'
By Brooks Barnes
Thank heaven for the Faith & Value Awards: "Gran Torino" has finally been honored with something.
Movieguide, an organization that reviews movies according to Christian principles, presented its crystal teddy bear trophies at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, naming "Gran Torino" as the second best movie of the year in the mature audiences category. No. 1 was "Iron Man," perhaps the ultimate indication that moviegoers of all stripes have forgiven Robert Downey Jr. for his days as a drug addict.
But if for any reason Mr. Downey Jr. cannot fulfill his entertainment duties (say, at the local DVD-rental store or on pay cable), Clint Eastwood ...
Beverly Hills, Calif. - FIREPROOF, last year's most successful truly independent movie, a story about faith and love healing a broken marriage, and THE CHRISTMAS CHOIR, an inspiring story about a group of homeless men turning their lives around by singing Christmas carols about Jesus, last night won the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org).
The prizes were presented last night to the people behind these projects at the 17th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, held before a packed crowd in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The annual Epiphany Prizes go to the best movie and television ...
February 12, 2009
Beverly Hills, Calif. - Moviegoers prefer movies with traditional Christian values and Biblical principles, Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE® told a packed audience of Hollywood celebrities and insiders at the 17th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
"It's been a year of faith and values," Dr. Baehr said while mentioning highlights from his 2009 Report to the Entertainment Industry from the elegant stage. "People want good to triumph over evil. They want to be inspired."
For example, the report shows that movies with very strong Christian, biblical and/or moral content reflecting traditional biblica...
Note: MOVIEGUIDE®'s David Outten interviews Jim McBride, Executive Producer of FIREPROOF.
MOVIEGUIDE®: Do you realize what a miracle Sherwood Pictures is?
Jim McBride: The Lord has blessed us beyond what we could ask, imagine or think yet.
MOVIEGUIDE®: I've seen a number of Christian movies. Many get seen by little more than friends and family. You guys are three for three in being really successful.
Jim McBride: Yes, we're amazed too. We're like the little boy who gave his five loaves and two fish to Jesus and stood back in awe at what the Lord did with it. He said that's not my lunch anymore. That's the way we feel when we look and see what God has done with this project.
MOVIEGUIDE®: The DVD comes out today, right?
A new survey recently showed that 70% of people in Great Britain doubted the biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ but they are "gravely mistaken," says Dr. Ted Baehr, a professional scholar and theologian who founded The Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry in 1985.
Christianity is true as well as historical, factual and "intellectually sound," Dr. Baehr asserted.
"Top scholars, historians and experts have confirmed that the Bible is the most historically and intellectually reliable ancient text in the whole world, including the Bible's account of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles and disciples who wrote the New Testament documents," Dr. Baehr said.
He cited the work of numerous top schola...
Two objective polls commissioned by documentary filmmaker John Ziegler of howobamagotelected.com shows clearly that people who voted for John McCain in the 2008 presidential election and watched Fox News were smarter and more informed than people who voted for Barack Obama and watched other news outlets.
For example, nearly twice as many McCain voters as Obama voters, 35% to 18%, got 10 of 13 news questions correct. Also, those who voted for McCain knew 56% to 43% that Obama's Democrat Party controls the United States Congress, compared to only 43% to 41% for Obama voters.
Also, many more of those voters exposed to the Fox News Channel and talk radio (64%) got the Congress question correct compared to CNN (48%), netork news (48%), MSNBC (...
Theological conservatives who obey the Bible have left the Episcopal Church and formed their own Anglican Church in North America.
The new Bible-believing denomination will include four dioceses in the U.S. and several parishes in Canada. Its formation comes after decades of debate and disagreement over issues ranging from salvation to sexuality, including homosexuality and the ordination of homosexual pastors.
- MSNBC, 12/03/08. ...
Just 8% of journalists surveyed at national media outlets attend church or synagogue weekly, according to the Associated Press. In contrast, the Pew Research Center found that 39% of all Americans attend services weekly.
Robert Case II, director of the World Journalism Institute, says many evangelical journalists start out in secular news organizations, but they soon join Christian media, which offer an environment more accepting of their beliefs and more family-friendly.
- Source: citizenlink.com.
Church attendance has a bigger effect on a teenager's grade point average than whether their parents earned a college degree, according to a Univ. of Iowa study.
Teenagers who attended church weekly also had lower dropout rates and felt more a part of their schools.
- Mission America Coalition, October, 2008.