FAITH AND ‘42’:
The Source Behind Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey’s Strength
By Natalie Fertig and Dr Ted Baehr, Publisher
The Jackie Robinson biopic “42” premieres this weekend, and all eyes are on the life of Jackie Robinson and the general manager who hired him, Branch Rickey. As people delve deeper, what is coming to the surface are stories of the deep faith in Christ that kept both Robinson and Rickey going in the face of terrible persecution.
Read the full "42" Movieguide Review here...
An investigation into the history behind the movie shows that it was, in fact, Branch Rickey’s Christian faith that led him to break the color barrier in baseball.
Brought up by a strongly devout mother in Southern C...
Movieguide® TV caught up with Lucas Black (Friday Night Lights, Seven Days in Utopia) on the red carpet of “42”. Lucas plays the part of former Dodger’s shortstop Pee Wee Reese in the Jackie Robinson biopic.
Watch the Movieguide TV interviews on the "42" Red Carpet...
It was Reese who famously put his arm around Jackie in the middle of the baseball field, right during the height of the backlash against Jackie leaving the “Negro Leagues” to play for the Dodgers. The photos of that moment have become iconic.
Movieguide®’s Evy Baehr took a moment to ask Lucas a few questions about Pee Wee Reese, Branch Rickey, and their faith in God.
Evy: What do you think really changed your player’s/character’s heart in the ...
Margaret Thatcher – The World Loses a Great Leader
By David Outten, Production Editor
Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, died of a stroke Monday, April 8. She was responsible for a revival of conservative values during her term.
Thatcher also was a good friend of President Ronald Reagan. Her beautiful, heartfelt eulogy for him can be seen on the Internet at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKAGWuDOX0o. You can see in it her reverence for God as well as her affection for President Reagan.
Like Ronald Reagan, Thatcher won the hearts of many people with a charming mix of whit and wisdom. She promoted Christian, conservative values with the use of great, easily understood comments like her quotes be...
The Involvement of the ‘Fantasy’ Film Genre in the Reception of the Bible
By Ted Baehr, with Sarah Jane Murray, Tyler Walton, and Tom Snyder
The Bible is a fabulous library of histories, prophecies, biographies, parables, reflections, instructions, wisdom, and many other genre and fields of story, study and communication, both transcendent and immanent. The whole Bible and its various parts have shaped almost every aspect of culture and civilization, including movies.
In fact, a good movie story is a journey toward God. It reminds us of the Master Storyteller. A good story is a holy thing.
As the Master Storyteller, Jesus Christ knew the power of stories to teach, influen...
Another Reason To Teach Your Family Media Wisdom
By Natalie Fertig, Public Relations Editor
In the age of Twitter, Facebook, and mobile devices, news can spread quicker than it can be substantiated. In most cases, news outlets are quick to substantiate or discredit rumors and random tweets, but sometimes things slip through the cracks. Such was the case with Monday’s Joel Osteen Hoax.
As the west coast headed to work and teenagers sat in their first period classrooms, a piece of news circulated Facebook and Twitter that saddened many conservative Christians across America. According to initial reports, Joel Osteen had apparently stepped down from his position as pastor of one of America’s largest churches and denounced Christia...
Annette Funicello Dies at Age 70
by Natalie Fertig
Annette Funicello died Monday, April 8, 2013, at the age of 70. Arguably the most popular Mouseketeer on the original “Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, Annette Funicello will forever be remembered as the original Disney Sweetheart.
Discovered by Walt Disney in a production of Swan Lake at age 13, Annette Funicello spent more than 10 years in the spotlight, the heartthrob of many teenage boys across America.
What is most loved and remembered about Annette, however, is her strength of character and her spotless career. When Annette left the Mickey Mouse Club in the early 60s, she was cast as the lead opposite Frankie Avalon in the “Beach Party” movies.
In one account, A...
Behind the Scenes of Independent Hollywood:
Following a Trail Blazed by Movieguide®
By Tom Snyder, Editor
Filmmaker Pasha Roberts says he’s following a trail blazed by Movieguide®’s visionary founder, Dr. Ted Baehr.
Roberts, founder of Two Lanterns Media and the creative mind behind SILVER CIRCLE, an animated political thriller for mature audiences now open, is borrowing a page from Dr. Baehr and Movieguide® by trying to do for political movies and American liberty what Movieguide® and Dr. Baehr have done for Christianity and faith-based movies.
Movieguide®: How did your idea for this story, SILVER CIRCLE, come about and why did you decide to make this particular story into a movie?
Roberts: We started loo...
Would Hollywood Really Go That Far?
By Amy Swanson, Contributing Writer
It seems impossible that even the most liberal person would condone the rape of a child. It’s unthinkable, but as Hollywood sinks lower and lower in the name of finding new uncharted territory in entertainment, we can no longer ignore the possibility. It’s no secret that the media industry sexualizes children and has been doing so for years. Who can forget Shirley Temple’s cringe inducing dance scene in YOUNG PEOPLE? The child star and movie industry gold mine, who up until that time, had been the essence of childhood innocence, was depicted as a juvenile vaudeville moneymaker who thought that scanty clothes and sultry dancing was just a “normal”...
Something for FINDING NEMO Fans. . .
By Evy Baehr, Associate Editor
The sequel to one of Movieguide®’s favorite family movies, FINDING NEMO, has been officially announced as FINDING DORY.
Movieguide® is excited to see if this movie proves excellence just like FINDING NEMO did. This sequel has a release date of November 25th, 2015 and will be directed by the same wonderful director of FINDING NEMO.
It’s very apparent in FINDING NEMO that Dory has short-term memory loss. She constantly forgets Nemo’s name. Even so, when Dory has a mission to help Marlin find his son Nemo, she starts to remember things. The love Marlin has for his son is so apparent in FINDING NEMO that it becomes one of the great cinematic representations ...
BOOK GUIDE: BAD SAMARITANS: THE ACLU's RELENTLESS CAMPAIGN TO ERASE FAITH FROM THE PUBLIC SQUARE
New York Times best selling author, Dr. Jerome Corsi, has written the most readable and comprehensive book on the nefarious efforts of the ACLU to erase faith from the public square, entitled: BAD SAMARITANS.
Having read most of the books on the intentionally destructive history of the ACLU, it must be said that Dr. Corsi’s BAD SAMARITANS is the best.
Corsi shows that the ACLU is engraining itself in the very fabric of everyday life. From topics such as education, abortion, marriage, and even the Super Bowl, the organization is leaving its mark. Even so, the ACLU’s effort impacting the freedom of religion is t...