SON OF GOD and the Flood of Christian, Biblical Movies in 2014
SON OF GOD and the Flood of Christian, Biblical Movies in 2014
March 06, 2014

Feb. 28, 2014, marks the first wide release of a Christian or biblical movie since 2011’s COURAGEOUS and SOUL SURFER – SON OF GOD. SON OF GOD also marks the first wide-release movie about Jesus since Mel Gibson’s brilliant THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004). On March 28, 2014 Paramount Pictures will release NOAH, a biblical epic starring Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins. The poster proudly proclaims “The end of the world is just the beginning.” However, SON OF GOD marks the first time in more than 15 years since a major Hollywood studio has put major money into a movie aimed at depicting the life of a biblical character, since 1997’s THE PRINCE OF EGYPT about Moses. 20th Century Fox is releasing SON OF GOD, a movi...
 

 
Love vs. Lust: Transforming the Culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Love vs. Lust: Transforming the Culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
March 06, 2014

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher Tolerating self-destructive or socially destructive behavior in our children is not a sign of love, but hate, as well as parental neglect. If a child has a propensity to beat themselves or beat other children, the parents are required by love to intervene and help the child get over such abhorrent, intolerable behavior. To do anything less is a sign of child abuse! Our narcissistic society is on the brink of stewing in the vile juice of its own self-destructive behavior. Consequently, we seem to have forgotten what love entails. God calls us all to love our neighbor as ourselves, both Jew and Gentile. That divine call entails helping ourselves and our neighbors get over intolerable destructive behavior, ...
 

 
Empowering Epics of Faith & Values
Empowering Epics of Faith & Values
March 05, 2014

‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Grace Unplugged,’ ‘The Bible,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Last Man Standing’ Take Major Honors at 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards Universal City, Calif. – The 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry honored the best, most family-friendly, and most inspiring movies and television programs of 2013 at its annual awards show, held last month in the Grand Ballroom of the Universal Hilton Hotel. A one-hour version of the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards was telecast three times on the ReelzChannel. GRACE UNPLUGGED and THE BIBLE took home the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2013. Supported by a gran...
 

 
How Should Christians Approach NOAH?
How Should Christians Approach NOAH?
March 04, 2014

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor The release of NOAH later this month has Paramount Pictures hoping that their biggest demographic, the Christian community, won’t reject their movie. This has brought on an aggressive marketing campaign towards the evangelical community, including The National Religious Broadcasters convention held in Nashville last week. At the convention, President and CEO of the NRB Dr. Jerry Johnson led a panel discussing NOAH’s positive qualities and its departures from Biblical scripture. Dr. Johnson concluded the event by respectfully requesting Paramount Pictures add an appropriate disclaimer that would show proper respect for the original text, similar to what DreamWork’s included in THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. ...
 

 
Has Oscar Lost Its Raison D’etre?
Has Oscar Lost Its Raison D’etre?
March 03, 2014

By. Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher of Movieguide® One thing became clear watching the 86th Annual Oscar Ceremony yesterday. Most of the winners – and most of the nominees – were the same people and movies nominated and chosen by the Independent Spirit Awards, the awards show for independent movies. If Oscar is going to pick the same things as the independent awards show, why even have an Oscar ceremony at all? Are these movies really the best movies of the year? No. Few of them are the kind of movies the vast majority of moviegoers has any interest in seeing, judging by box office numbers. That said, there were a few good picks among the winners. The best one, of course, was FROZEN as the Best Animated Movie. MOVIEGUIDE® picke...
 

 
Paramount Adds Disclaimer to NOAH Movie
Paramount Adds Disclaimer to NOAH Movie
March 01, 2014

 Paramount Adds Disclaimer to NOAH Movie; Says Movie Is True to ‘Essence’ and ‘Values’ of the Biblical Story Paramount Pictures has added a disclaimer in their promotional materials for their new movie, NOAH, based on the famous biblical story, at the request of some Christian leaders. The disclaimer admits some “artistic license” has been taken with regard to the story, but that the movie is “true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” The disclaimer also adds, “The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.” The disclaimer is being added at a suggestion coming from a panel on the movie NOAH at the recent National ...
 

 
See Stars Talk About Faith & Values on the Movieguide® Awards Show
See Stars Talk About Faith & Values on the Movieguide® Awards Show
February 28, 2014

  See Stars Talk About Faith & Values Saturday on the Movieguide® Awards Show on the ReelzChannel Hollywood, Calif. – Some of the biggest stars, movers and shakers in the entertainment industry will talk about faith and values in Hollywood Saturday on the ReelzChannel’s presentation of the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards and Report to Hollywood. The one-hour telecast will air 2 p.m. Eastern Time and 11 a.m. Pacific Time on the ReelzChannel Saturday (check your local Cable TV listings). “The annual awards show is a celebration of faith and values in Hollywood,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, which has been alerting readers about family-friendly movies and television programs since 1985. ...
 

 
Christian Leaders Urge People To See SON OF GOD This Weekend
February 27, 2014

  By Jared Lafitte On Friday, the movie SON OF GOD will hit theaters nationwide. Christian leaders are urging people to go see the movie this weekend, including some special advance screenings Thursday night. Released by 20th Century Fox, one of the six biggest movie studios in Hollywood, the movie is based on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s THE BIBLE miniseries on The History Channel. When Mark and Roma first set out to do the miniseries, many people in the entertainment industry didn’t respond favorably. However, the miniseries became one of the highest-rated series on Cable TV last year and had the Number One DVD sales of any other television program. Now, a new theatrical version of the life of Jesus is coming to ...
 

 
10 Reasons To Watch the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards Saturday
February 25, 2014

11 a.m. Pacific Time and 2 p.m. Eastern Time March 1 on the ReelzChannel Ten reasons to watch the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards March 1 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time and 2 p.m. Eastern Time on the ReelzChannel: 1. It’s the most family-friendly clean and inspiring awards show of the year and includes $350,000 in prize money for faith inspiring movies and television programs. 2. It’s good entertainment with celebrities, stars like Corbin Bernsen, Ali Landry, Rodney Peete, Jordin Sparks, and, as host, “Blue Collar” comedian Bill Engvall. 3. It features Joni Eareckson Tada singing the faith-inspiring song the Academy Awards disqualified. 4. It features faith-friendly performances by Billy Ray Cyrus and Jacob Latimore. 5. ...
 

 
More U.S. Teenagers Have Smartphones
More U.S. Teenagers Have Smartphones
February 24, 2014

Smartphone ownership among American teenagers increased from 23% in 2011 to 37% in 2012, according to a study on teenagers and technology released in March 2013 by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The study found that 78% of American teenagers have a cell phone, and almost half of those (47%) own smartphones. Also, 23% of teenagers, almost one in four, also have a tablet computer. It’s “a level comparable to the general adult population,” Pew’s study said. Furthermore, 93% of teenagers have a computer or have access to one at home, with 71% of those saying the laptop or desktop they use most often is one they share with other family members. In addition, 74% of teenagers age 12 to 17 said they access the In...
 

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