Filth and Depravity Don't Sell!
February 28, 2009

Moviegoers Prefer Clean Movies Without Explicit Sex, Nudity, Foul Language, and Drug Abuse, Annual Report Shows Again Los Angeles, Calif. - Once again, Movieguide® Magazine's Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry shows that moviegoers prefer movies with no explicit sex, nudity and foul language. "This was especially clear in 2008," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®: A Family Guide to Movies, Entertainment and Culture. "Movies with no foul language, sex and nudity averaged significantly more money at the theatrical box office in America and Canada than movies with some or a lot of such vulgarity, sex or nudity." Movieguide®'s analysis of the top movies released in 2008 also showed that moviegoers rejected...
 

 
The Artistic Merits of FIREPROOF
February 27, 2009

The Artistic Merits of FIREPROOF By Douglas Lloyd McIntosh  Years before anybody ever heard of Yogi Berra, the great producer and Hollywood pioneer Samuel Goldwyn became famous for a series of verbally maladroit pearls of dubious wisdom collectively known as Goldwynisms. Every connoisseur has his personal favorites: "Include me out," "Flashbacks are a thing of the past," or "Don't worry about the war, it's all over but the shooting." One of the greatest is, "I don't want to be surrounded by Yes Men, I want people who'll disagree with me even if it costs them their jobs!" My own personal fave driven home by long years in the Hollywood trenches is this one, "A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's printed on." Probably the most of...
 

 
Redeeming the Independent Film Market
February 27, 2009

By Ted Baehr, Publisher of Movieguide® The headline to a June 23, 2008 article in the Los Angeles Times declared, “The Sky Is Falling on Indie Film.” In the article Patrick Goldstein explains that of the 5,000 films submitted to the Sundance Film Festival, fewer are getting a theatrical release and even fewer are making any money. He reports only five of the 5,000 (one tenth of 1%) actually make money. Goldstein discussed remarks made by Mark Gill to the L.A. Film Festival Financing Conference. Gill, who has worked with Miramax and Warner Independent Pictures, laid out the bad news about the independent film industry but concluded with, “As simple as it sounds, it all comes down to a good story, well told.” Goldstein disagreed....
 

 
Americans Prefer Conservative, Patriotic, Moral Movies, Seven-Year Study Shows
February 27, 2009

Hollywood, Calif. - A seven-year study of the top 275 or so movies released each year in the United States by Hollywood clearly shows that Americans prefer conservative, patriotic, pro-American movies with traditional, Judeo-Christian values and free market ideals rather than movies pushing an anti-capitalist, socialist, atheist, Communist, or anti-Christian agenda. "Movies with strong or very strong Judeo-Christian values, capitalist ideals, patriotism, anti-Communist leanings, and/or Pro-American attitudes, do much better at the box office than movies promoting Marxism, political correctness, atheism, and anti-Christian content," says Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®:  A Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and ...
 

 
Hollywood Denounces God and Applauds Pedophilia at the Oscars
February 23, 2009

The Academy Awards showed its support for sexual perversions last night at its annual Oscar ceremony. And, the Academy wrongly painted the Entertainment Industry as a bunch of Commie rats, as it applauded Communist sympathizer Sean Penn's gleeful greeting after winning an award for portraying an assassinated homosexual leader, "You Commie, homo-loving sons of guns!" The Oscar audience applauded madly when Penn, who won Best Actor for his portrayal of murdered homosexual activist Harvey Milk in the movie MILK, angrily chastised voters in California, including 70% of black voters, for having the gall in last November's elections to support the real definition of marriage. In a mean spirited curse, Penn said, "I think it's a good time for t...
 

 
BOOK GUIDE: The Pixar Touch
February 22, 2009

THE PIXAR TOUCH: THE MAKING OF A COMPANY Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4 WRITER:  David A. PriceDISTRIBUTOR:  Alfred A. Knopf PublishersCONTENT: (BBB Very moral worldview; and, nothing objectionable.GENRE:  Non-Fiction Corporate HistoryREVIEWER:  Dr. Ted Baehr    David A. Price's book THE PIXAR TOUCH: THE MAKING OF A COMPANY is fascinating reading. It traces the history of Pixar way back to the 1970's, when a team of brilliant technological visionaries were brought together at the New York Institute of Technology to start developing technology for computer animation.   David notes on page 27 of THE PIXAR TOUCH that I knew the team who would become Pixar in 1977, and reflected to him that,  "From the very get-go, they were wor...
 

 
T.D. Jakes of NOT EASILY BROKEN: Sharing a Message of Faith Through Movies
February 19, 2009

Behind the Scenes with T.D. Jakes, Producer/Author of NOT EASILY BROKEN: MOVIEGUIDE® Thanks for making NOT EASILY BROKEN. I’m always glad to see a movie that puts God into marriage. I’ve been married 35 years, and if weren’t for the third strand you talk about in your movie, I wouldn’t be. T.D. JAKES I deeply appreciate that. I see I’m preaching to the choir right now. MOVIEGUIDE® The way I see the economy right now, the most significant problem is not with banks and car companies, it’s with marriage. When marriage falls apart, the family falls apart and you wind up with economic problems. I see your movie as something that’s going to help that situation. T.D. JAKES Thank you. MOVIEGUIDE® A lot of church...
 

 
Read the 2009 Report to the Entertainment Industry!
February 19, 2009

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New York Times Applauds MOVIEGUIDE(R)
February 16, 2009

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 ...
 

 
FIREPROOF and CHRISTMAS CHOIR Win $100,000 Epiphany Prizes; Three New Scriptwriters Divide $50,000 in Kairos Prize Contest
February 13, 2009

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 ...
 

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