What You Didn't Know about the Newsboys and GOD'S NOT DEAD
What You Didn't Know about the Newsboys and GOD'S NOT DEAD
March 21, 2014

BANDING TOGETHER AT THE MOVIES: Jeff Frankenstein of Newsboys on GOD’S NOT DEAD By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor Movieguide® had the opportunity to talk to Jeff Frankenstein, the keyboardist for the Newsboys band, on the role the band had in the new movie GOD’S NOT DEAD. Originally, “God’s Not Dead” was a Newsboys song, so the filmmakers, who had similar themes in their script, called the Newsboys about working together on the movie. Happily, they paired up. The movie was released this Friday, March 21! Make sure to check out MOVIEGUIDE®’s review. Here’s what Jeff had to say: MG:  How did you get approached for the movie? Jeff:  The song and the concept of the movie came up at the same time. It...
 

 
Combining Bravery and Selflessness: Behind the Scenes of DIVERGENT
Combining Bravery and Selflessness: Behind the Scenes of DIVERGENT
March 21, 2014

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor DIVERGENT is a thrilling science fiction adventure set in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago that separates its citizens into five factions based on different virtues:  the selfless, the peaceful, the brave, the intelligent and the honest. Beatrice, a young girl from the selfless faction, discovers she doesn’t fit into one particular faction. Instead, she’s what they call, “A Divergent.” This rarity makes her a danger to those in power. So, in order to survive, she must keep it a secret. DIVERGENT takes typical young adult fiction clichés and sets them in a fascinating, compelling world, which can be read in full detail in our review here. Movieguide® recently had the chance to ask the directo...
 

 
Does Media Tear Apart Your Family?
Does Media Tear Apart Your Family?
March 20, 2014

By David Outten, Art Editor I live in a house with four generations. The ages range in from three to 86 years old. As you can imagine, the choice of what to watch on the living room television is problematic. This is compounded by the presence of three computers, an iPad, and four cell phones. If, on a rare occasion, a single movie is found acceptable by all six residents, you can almost bet there will be phone calls, emails, or text messages that seek to distract the event. Imagine being a family in a little house on the prairie (before electronic media). Different family members might want to read different books, but I imagine family members actually talked to one another more. I’ve lived through a couple of major storms where...
 

 
Eight Meaningful Muppet Moments
Eight Meaningful Muppet Moments
March 19, 2014

By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor   1. When Gonzo talks to a fish alien about his existence.       2. When Scrooge's heart is transformed.           3. When the Muppets pitch a wholesome show to a TV network.       4. Mahna Mahna got stuck in every Muppets head       5. When all of Rizzo's family supports him so much they follow him everywhere.       6. When Kermit gives us an insight on how hard it is to be green.       7. When these two guys always told the honest truth.         8. When K...
 

 
Book Review – MASTERING THE ART OF MEDIA MESSAGING
Book Review – MASTERING THE ART OF MEDIA MESSAGING
March 18, 2014

Book Review – MASTERING THE ART OF MEDIA MESSAGING By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher Michael Emerson’s book MASTERING THE ART OF MEDIA MESSAGING is a must read, and the best read I have encountered in my 40 years of teaching communications courses. As an award-winning producer, writer, director of many programs on the History Channel, A&E, Bio, NatGeo, the Disney Channel and others, including some MOVIEGUIDE® Award winners and nominees such as WORLD WAR II IN HD and WHEN COWBOYS WERE KING, Michael Emerson has had a lot of success on which to base his insights. Most successful people in the industry keep their secrets close to the vest. Michael, however, gives you a manual that will help improve your media messaging in every poss...
 

 
Incredible what was done in NEED FOR SPEED!
Incredible what was done in NEED FOR SPEED!
March 17, 2014

You'll never guess what Need for Speed did to make the movie! They haven't done this in movies for a long time.  Watch this video to check it out.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5paya1diNIk ...
 

 
The Good and Bad in NOAH
The Good and Bad in NOAH
March 17, 2014

The Good and Bad in NOAH By Dr. Jerry Johnson Director Darren Aronofsky is known for movies that have a maverick and mystic quality. NOAH is no different. Rather than a straight forward retelling of the biblical story, it is more accurate to say this movie is inspired by the biblical character and flood event, mixed with a lot of creative license. The story begins with Noah’s childhood and quickly transitions to his adult life in a world that has by spoiled by human sin. Noah (Russell Crowe) is warned by God in a dream that the earth will be destroyed by a flood. Noah’s wife (Jennifer Connelly) and Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) both confirm God’s message and Noah’s mission to save the animals and his family through the ark. ...
 

 
Tyler Perry and Cast Discuss Their New Movie
Tyler Perry and Cast Discuss Their New Movie
March 17, 2014

Behind the Scenes of THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB: Tyler Perry and Cast Discuss Their New Movie By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor Tyler Perry and the cast of THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB discussed his newest movie recently. Typically, Perry adds some more Christian content to his movies, but this time it was a lot more subtle. However, the movie does stress the need for mothers and the heart they have for their children. Following five mothers, THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB shows the struggles of a single parent and how it’s important to surround yourself with people who understand and will lend support. To read MOVIEGUIDE®’s full review, please go to http://www.movieguide.org/reviews/tyler-perrys-single-moms-club.html. Q:  When I first saw t...
 

 
Does FROZEN Promote a Homosexual Agenda?
Does FROZEN Promote a Homosexual Agenda?
March 13, 2014

By Tom Snyder and Ted Baehr with Ben Kayser You can find a lot of silly, and even dangerous, things on the Internet these days. One of the silliest, and perhaps one of the more dangerous, is the recent claim by a pastor and a self-described “Well-Behaved Mormon Woman” that the Disney movie FROZEN is promoting a homosexual agenda of normalization and same-sex marriage. The press, including the left-wing propaganda website Huffington Post, has jumped all over this story, probably to make people of faith and values look as bad and as ignorant as possible. Respectfully, MOVIEGUIDE disagrees with the Christian pastor and the Mormon lady. In the first place, this pastor doesn’t cite any evidence from the movie for his positio...
 

 
MOVIEGUIDE®:  More Important Than Academy Awards
MOVIEGUIDE®: More Important Than Academy Awards
March 12, 2014

By Mike McManus The Academy Awards garnered an audience of 43 million – the largest for the Oscars in a decade and the largest outside of the Super Bowl. My yardstick for evaluating them was the analysis of MOVIEGUIDE, a publication of The Christian Film & Television Commission.  It reports that all 10 of the top movies in terms of sales had “strong or very strong Christian, redemptive, moral or biblical content.”  The top ten films earned $4.95 billion. By contrast, the nine films nominated for Academy Award Best Picture earned a total of only $792 million.  The only picture, with uplifting moral themes – GRAVITY – earned a third of that total, $270 million.  By contrast, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which won best picture,...
 

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