By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer
What if there was a secret formula that guaranteed your next major motion picture would be a box-office hit?
What if this secret formula could add $30-$50 million to your movie’s gross revenue?
Now, what if this secret formula was actually not secret, but something well known and researched by an organization with a 22-year history for accurately predicting box-office success?
I’m about to share with you something you won’t hear at any Hollywood cocktail party or $5,000 a plate political fundraiser at George Clooney’s house.
Are you ready?
The secret to box-office success is to make a great movie with strong Christian, Biblical, moral, and redemptive content and no graphic sex, nu...
Tinkering with Man and Machines:
Behind the Scenes of the New ROBOCOP Movie
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer
In 1987, controversial director Paul Verhoeven unleashed an original action/satire called ROBOCOP into theatres. The movie was packed with lurid action and profanity, but had some interesting questions lurking beneath its R-rated surface. What would happen if society eventually had a policeman who was half-man, half-robot? Also, what would the ethical implications of that be, for the man himself and for society as a whole?
That first ROBOCOP made $70 million (about $150 million in today’s prices) and became a perennial cult hit on cable and DVD, spawning two inferior sequels as well.
Since a quarter-centu...
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
The tributes for Shirley Temple Black, the beloved Hollywood child-star icon from the 1930s and 40s, who died just recently, keep coming into our offices here at Movieguide®. We thought we would share some of them with you.
First, however, I’d like to note that watching Shirley Temple movies on my family’s old black and white television is one of the most potent memories I have as a child, along with watching other icons like Lucille Ball (first in movies, then in TV), Red Skelton movies, King Kong, John Wayne, and Judy Garland.
As a growing boy, however, I became a little Anti-Shirley, because her movies always made me cry, so I had to not watch them after a certain point.
That said, Shirley m...
Friday’s Movieguide® Awards Celebrates TV/Movies with Faith and Values
Hollywood, Calif. – Before Hollywood gives itself a pat on the back at this year's Oscar ceremony, the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards will be celebrating last year’s movies and television programs that had the most faith and values.
The Movieguide® Awards ceremony will be held tonight at the Universal Hilton Hotel, with a telecast at 2 p.m. Eastern Time March 1 on the REELZ Channel.
Among the movies being celebrated at the awards are family movies such as FROZEN, DESPICABLE ME 2, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, TURBO, THE CROODS, and GRACE UNPLUGGED, with special nods to movies for mature audiences such as 42, MAN OF STEEL, IRON MAN 3, BLACK NATIVITY, THE HOBBIT:...
Faith & Values Awards Show Names Movie/TV
Nominees for $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize
Hollywood, Calif. – For the second year in a row, the Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry will celebrate America’s free enterprise system with the $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize for the best movie or television program promoting free enterprise.
The winner of the prize will be announced Friday, Feb. 7, at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize is supported by a grant from the Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation.
“We have some excellent nominees this year,” Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder of the Faith...
Behind the Scenes of THE MONUMENTS MEN
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor, and Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
THE MONUMENTS MEN is a World War II comedy-drama about a group of art experts who go to the front lines of battle to protect and save art from Hitler’s National Socialist army.
Recently, Movieguide® had the chance to speak and hear from Writer/Director/Actor George Clooney, Producer/Writer Grant Heslov and the cast, including Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban. The movie addresses some poignant topics, including the preservation of culture and fighting for the values that make our country great.
For the full review of THE MONUMENTS MEN, click here.
Q: The ...
Movieguide® Grace Award Nominations for Inspiring Performances!
Harrison Ford, Sandra Bullock, Forest Whitaker, Tim Allen, Roma Downey, and ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Willie Robertson Lead Nominees for Acting Honors
Hollywood, Calif. – Veteran actors and some startling newcomers are among the baker’s dozen of nominees for the Annual Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV this year.
The two winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, to be held Friday, Feb. 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
A couple “Reality TV” stars are among the nominees for the Grace Awards, which are des...
‘The Cos’ Returns to Network TV
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer
When I was little, I couldn’t wait to sit down in front of my television set on Thursday evenings. With my bowl of popcorn nearby, I’d munch away and laugh at the antics of iconic TV characters such as the educated and witty Huxtable family on THE COSBY SHOW and the loveable political leanings of everyone’s favorite Republican, Alex P. Keaton on FAMILY TIES. It was funny, smart, and, most of all, family friendly.
Today, however, I struggle to give my family those same memories. Most network producers use suggestive dialogue, over the top violence, and gratuitous sex scenes to spice up their plots. Instead of bonding over the laughter of our favorite...
Change the Channel, Change the Culture
The battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation has never been more important than now. That battle is taking place at movie theaters and on your TV. Everyone agrees that media has an immense influence on the way we think, act and even believe, yet much of what is produced and praised in Hollywood attacks our core values of faith, family and freedom.
How can we ensure that our young people are being influenced positively through media? The answer is simple:
• WATCH… on March 1st at 2pm ET/11am PT, the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards air-ing on the Reelz Channel. Find out where to watch on your cable or satellite system here: http://www.reelz.com
• COMMENT… Go t...
Ninth Annual Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
Announces Finalists for First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters
Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced the top 10 finalists for the Ninth Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and presented annually by MOVIEGUIDE®, the Kairos Prizes award $50,000 to the top three entries as it celebrates the best new screenwriters from around the world whose work aims to greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.
“This year’s finalists once again challenge us to seek a bri...