A Bit of Cinema History for Sale
June 01, 2008

Props and costumes from two movies of famed actor Charlton Heston go up for auction. A pair of the fake granite tablets from the 1966 epic, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, is expected to bring in as much as $60,000. And, the costume that Heston wore in BEN-HUR is also among the collection of memorabilia to be sold. This costume is the one that Heston wore when his character Judah Ben-Hur hears a sermon from Jesus. These items can remind us of not only the legacy of a good man like Charlton Heston, but also remind us that these movies filled with biblical truth continue to hold value. ...
 

 
He’s Baaaaccck!
May 30, 2008

What do you do if you’re Michael Moore and your last movie, SICKO, bombed at the box office? You make a sequel to the movie that earned you enough money to eat at fast food restaurants with George Clooney. In announcing the sequel to FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (“Fahrenheit 9/12?”) Moore says that it’s not really a sequel. It’s just a movie about what a bad country America has become. Seems like that was the first movie’s message as well. ...
 

 
We Can’t Make This Stuff Up
May 28, 2008

Hey, all you opera fans, listen up. Associated Press announces the happy news that we have all been waiting for. Al Gore’s movie AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH is going to become an opera. Yes, an opera. Regrettably, this will take place in Milan, Italy so in order to attend, American Gore fans will need to take an airplane. You know, those big silver things that leave huge “carbon footprints.” No reason was given as to why the Milan opera house would want to do this, nor what makes this movie worthy of an opera. It does, however, carry on the opera tradition of bringing great myths and fables to life. ...
 

 
Don’t Lose Your TV Signal!
May 26, 2008

On February 17, 2009, the over the air TV stations across the country will switch from analog to a digital signal. To make sure that you aren’t one of the many who could be stuck with a TV set as a paperweight, go to www.dtv.gov and check out if you’ll be impacted by this transition to digital. ...
 

 
The Worst of Two Evils
May 24, 2008

Hollywood “wins” again, this time even beating out Charles Darwin. Coral Ridge Ministries surveyed Christians and found that 89% believe that Hollywood is “very dangerous to the nation’s spiritual well-being.” And Charles Darwin? He comes in a close second at only 85%. As MOVIEGUIDE® has often found, those two often team up! Continue to pray for the impact MOVIEGUIDE® can have in this culture war. ...
 

 
Imagine No Lawsuit
May 22, 2008

If you saw the EXPELLED movie, then you heard a 15-second clip of the John Lennon song “Imagine” and criticism by Ben Stein of the meaning of the lyrics. Lennon widow Yoko Ono recently sued the producers and film distributors claiming that they had no right to use the song, though the defendants stood on the fair use doctrine of the copyright law. No one asked the former Beatles backup singer that if there would have been a lawsuit had the movie praised the song or had not been about the truth of intelligent design. But no matter, the U.S. District Court recently blocked the lawsuit, citing “fair use.” Imagine that! ...
 

 
“Family Circus” Ringleader
May 20, 2008

We all know and love the comic strip, FAMILY CIRCUS. What you may not know is that artist Bill Keane attributes it all to his wife Thelma, the “mommy character” portrayed in the strip. Thelma recently passed away at age 82. The strip is characterized by gentle humor and portraying a loving family that attends church. Bill, now 85 years old, has passed most of the daily work to his son Jeff to complete. Bill’s other son, Glen, is a Disney animator known for animating such characters as ARIEL, THE BEAST, ALADDIN, and TARZAN. MOVIEGUIDE® joins the Keane family in celebrating the life of Thelma Keane, the human inspiration for such a family-friendly comic strip. ...
 

 
Communist Whine
May 18, 2008

Associated Press reports that members of Russia’s Communist party are really upset with INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, claiming that it’s portrayal of Communists during the Cold War “undermines Communist ideology” and that the movie “distorts history.” Let’s take these charges one at a time. As far as undermining Communist ideology, aren’t we talking about the failed Soviet system? It seems like the history of Russia in the 20th Century undermines Communist ideology as a viable economic and governmental system much more than any Harrison Ford movie could ever do. As to distorting history, we’ll agree that the KGB probably didn’t try to find a crystal skull before a fedora wearing archaeologist could ...
 

 
Who’s Blogging Whom?
May 16, 2008

The Barna Group has released info on the world of blogging. While 23% of American computer users are on a social network (like Facebook or MySpace), only 10% have a blog and only 14% post on blogs. The research states that blogs are most common with single adults, Northeast residents, homosexuals, those not registered to vote, atheists, and agnostics. ...
 

 
Nothing on TV
May 14, 2008

Since 1995, the number of available TV channels that come into your home has increased from 41 to 119. This is mostly due to the exponential growth of channels available via cable. But how many of those 119 channels are you actually watching these days? According to Nielsen Media, you’re watching about 16. That’s right, 87% of the channels simply aren’t being watched. Apparently, many viewers, especially younger ones, are drifting toward the Internet. Stay tuned to see how all this will develop in the coming years. ...
 

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