By James M. De Vince, Writer & Advertising Executive
"The unthinkable happens. The unimaginable. The inconceivable. Not only are adults gone, but children, barely having passed kindergarten ..."
Newtown was a tragedy that affected us all, whether living in Connecticut or California, in Russia or the U.K., rich or poor, male or female, with children or without. All were affected and all were hurting.
It is no wonder then that all of us should strive to find some way to cope, some way to respond, some way to make sense of it all.
There is no doubt that most all of us will agree that the initial blame rests squarely upon the perpetrator of the crime. ...
The way we consume content is rapidly changing due to technological advances in the media. Mobile devices like smart phones and tablets and websites like Hulu and Netflix have changed the way families sit down and watch TV Shows or Movies. But, has the content itself changed? And, is this technological media shift bad or good for family entertainment? The answer is both yes and no.
Let’s take Netflix online streaming as an example. Netflix is leading the way with quality original programming. On February 1, Netflix released its most expensive and anticipated show HOUSE OF CARDS. Bringing on critically acclaimed director David Fincher and renowned stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright made an immediate statement of Netfl...
XXII VISUAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS SUNDAY
MARCH 10, 2013
“CALL UNTO ME AND I WILL ANSWER...”
The second Sunday of the month of March of every year was designated in 1992 to be observed as Visual Media Communication Sunday. In 2013this day falls on the 10thof March. Churches, Assemblies, Fellowships, Christian activity groups and Institutions are requested to pray on this Sunday for the effective use of Visual-Media, for the communication of the Gospel, for Christian witness and for evangelism.
There is a need to intercede for the many organizations and individuals who are involved in visual-media ministries that employ modern technologies. We should ask our Lord raise up Christian men and women to make ...
A Journey Home -- A Faith Restored
Veteran Hollywood actor, Corbin Bernsen, recently completed a faith-filled film about a minister who walks away from God
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
If you are fan of American TV dramas, you will immediately recognize veteran Hollywood actor, Corbin Bernsen, for his role as divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series days on L.A. Law, and also for his role as the retired cop Henry Spencer on USA Network's comedy-drama series Psych. You may have also seen him as Roger Dorn in the films Major League (film), and Major League II. He has also appeared regularly on other shows, including General Hospital and Cuts.
In fact, he has appeared on over 50 magazine c...
Boring and Tasteless: The 2013 Oscar Broadcast
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Boring and tasteless are the two words that come to mind after watching last night’s Oscar ceremony. And, I include First Lady Michelle Obama’s vapid introduction to the Best Picture presentation.
The evening opened okay, with William Shatner making an appearance as Capt. Kirk of STAR TREK. The bit went on too long, however, and included Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, of FAMILY GUY and TED infamy, singing a tasteless song about female body parts.
Of course, leave it to MacFarlane making the Oscar telecast all about him and his performance, instead of about Hollywood and the wonderful world of cinema.
Be that as it may, the show went fast downhill ...
By Mark Joseph
By Hollywood standards, Lincoln has done respectable business at the box office and Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as America’s 16th president is stunning, but a botched marketing campaign and a lack of ideological diversity among those who made the film have left tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars on the table — money that could have lined the coffers of legendary director Steven Spielberg and his partners, Disney and 20th Century Fox.
First, there was the team that brought forth this film about the president who founded the Republican party, a team led by the blue-state heroes Steven Spielberg, screenwriter Tony Kushner, author Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Daniel Day-Lewis. To understand the message...
The Oscars® have been announced!
Here's a round up of Movieguide® reviews for Best Picture nominees. Take a look and see who you think should win.
Nominees for Best Picture (in alphabetical order)
Quality: **** Acceptability: -2
ARGO tells the strange but true story of how one CIA agent, with help from the Canadian ambassador and his household, helped get six Americans out of Iran during the hostage crisis under President Jimmy Carter in 1980. ARGO is a truly riveting, uplifting, mostly patriotic spy thriller laced with some funny comedy, but there’s plenty of strong foul language and some politically correct in one sequence that undercuts the movie’s patriotism.
READ THE MOVIEGUIDE® REVIEW HERE
Editor’s Note: MOVIEGUIDE® Associate Editor Evy Baehr got a chance to attend the press conference with Jackie Chan, the beloved international action star from Hong Kong. His family moved to Australia when he was young, but at age 6 his parents sent him back to Hong Kong to attend the China Drama Academy, where he learned music, dance, and traditional martial arts. After a visiting film director gave him a stunt part, Jackie left the Academy and began his career in movies.
Jackie: All my company and everybody calls ‘Jackie! Everybody say you’re retiring!’ Now, I want to correct. NOT retiring. I just do LESS dangerous stunts. I’m hurting. . . my body is telling me I have to stop. Weird dilemma. Really, weird dilemma.
The Good, the True and the Beautiful: Box Office Study Shows Movies with Christian, Redemptive Worldviews and Values Earn the Most
Moviegoers prefer movies with Christian, redemptive values, reveals an annual study of box office figures among the major movies produced by Hollywood.
According to the 2013 Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry by the Christian Film & Television Commission®, an advocacy group in Hollywood, movies with very strong Christian, redemptive worldviews reflecting traditional moral values earned four times as much money on average as movies with very strong Non-Christian, Anti-Christian, or mixed worldviews, $90.78 million versus $20.22 million.
Movies with very strong humanist or atheist worldvi...
LES MIS Takes $100,0000 Epiphany Prize; Most Inspiring Movie of 2012
LES MISÉRABLES starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway took home the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2012 at the 21st Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Friday night.
The Game Show Network’s THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE starring Jeff Foxworthy won the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2012.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation since 1996, the Epiphany Prozes are giving to the best, most entertaining, most inspiring, and spiritually uplifting movies and TV programs that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
The Faith & Values Awards were he...