Rapper Kanye West Brings Jesus Onstage, Stirs Controversy
Rapper Kanye West Brings Jesus Onstage, Stirs Controversy
November 07, 2013

By Diana Anderson-Tyler, Contributing Writer, and Tom Snyder, Editor Controversial rapper Kanye West is stirring up more controversy this fall. He recently launched his “Yeezus” tour in Seattle and wasted no time making it clear to critics and fans that his style of performance and proclivity to shock hasn’t mellowed in the slightest. During the Seattle show, West (in an effort to show one of the “awesome things” about Christianity) welcomed an actor wearing white robes and sandals, clearly portraying Jesus Christ, before performing his hit song, “Jesus Walks.” The singer exclaimed, “White Jesus, is that you?!” followed by a four-letter word of irreverent surprise. “I’ve been waiting for you my whole life,” Wes...
 

 
Billy Graham Has Hope for America
Billy Graham Has Hope for America
November 06, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and David Outten, Art Director      The Rev. Billy Graham has hope for America. He’s calling on Christians in the United States this November to invite the lost into their homes to receive a message. The main message Billy’s delivering, THE CROSS, will be available beginning Nov. 7, but you can see two bonus messages here and here. They are amazing! They include clips from Billy Graham's speaking at crusades, but Billy understands that the most powerful testimony of God's love and truth is in changed lives. The two programs contain three powerful personal testimonies each. The plan is for Christians to share these videos with guests and then briefly share their own testimony and ask if anyone w...
 

 
KAIROS HOLDS OPEN THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD
KAIROS HOLDS OPEN THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD
November 05, 2013

Ninth Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes Extends Deadline for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time, Beginning Screenwriters Date:  Nov. 4, 2013   Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced today that the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters has extended its last and final deadline to November 18. 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. ...
 

 
What Do Duck Dynasty and Kirk Cameron Have In Common?
What Do Duck Dynasty and Kirk Cameron Have In Common?
November 05, 2013

They may look and sound quite different, but in reality, they're more similar than one might think.   They both have their successes.   Kirk Cameron's Unstoppable broke one day self-distribution records and Duck Dynasty broke cable records during its season premiere.     They're both Christian.   The Duck Dynasty guys are known for sharing the faith around the country, and Kirk Cameron has teamed up with Ray Comfort in sharing the gospel.     They both promote adoption.   Kirk Cameron and his wife adopted four children and have two of their own. The Robertson family in Duck Dynasty have also adopted children.     They're funny.   The Duck Dynasty family is alw...
 

 
Weekend Report November 1-3, 2013
November 03, 2013

November 1-3, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card ENDER’S GAME comes in first Liongate’s first sci-fi movie of the month topped the box office with $28 million followed by the despicable BAD GRANDPA and LAST VEGAS. In fourth came the new animated movie FREE BIRDS with GRAVITY rounding out the top five.   Next week the Thanksgiving/Christmas movie season gets into full swing with THOR: THE DARK WORLD. For families look for the wonderful Disney animation FROZEN, in limited release November 22 and opening wide November 27.   Color codes +4Exemplary +3Moral +2Good +1Worthwhile -1Caution -...
 

 
Star Power vs. Moral Content: What Should Hollywood Favor?
Star Power vs. Moral Content: What Should Hollywood Favor?
November 01, 2013

By Ted Baehr, Publisher, and David Outten, Production Editor Studios want to make money and they study all sorts of factors that impact the box office. Sadly, they sometimes miss the forest looking at the trees. An October 24 article in The Hollywood Reporter is headlined, “Older Crowd Prefers Seasoned Stars at B.O.” The article makes the case that baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are more inclined to come to a movie with a star they recognize like Tom Hanks or Sandra Bullock. Rentrak box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian is quoted as saying, “Older audiences require a more substantive reason to see a movie than just a ‘wow’ factor or an effective trailer. Star power, while seemingly unimportant to younger movieg...
 

 
Behind the Scenes: Changing History with FREE BIRDS
Behind the Scenes: Changing History with FREE BIRDS
November 01, 2013

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor The new animated feature FREE BIRDS is about two unlikely turkey heroes, Jake and Reggie, who travel back in time to 1621 to stop the Pilgrims from putting turkey on their menu. Once arriving in 1621, Jake and Reggie are thrust in the middle of a cat and mouse hunt as they meet a flock of turkeys, who are constantly hunted by a barbaric Pilgrim hunter. Jake and Reggie then hatch a plan to stop the Pilgrim’s planned feast and possibly change turkey history. While FREE BIRDS does have a fun time looking at history through a different set of eyes, Movieguide® believes the movie could be confusing for children. What’s problematic with FREE BIRDS isn’t the fact that turkeys are time traveling to the past...
 

 
Compelling Young Adult Fiction: Behind the Scenes of ENDER'S GAME
Compelling Young Adult Fiction: Behind the Scenes of ENDER'S GAME
October 30, 2013

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor ENDER’S GAME is a highly anticipated science fiction action movie based on bestselling author Orson Scott Card’s award-winning novel. It’s about a 12-year-old genius Ender Wiggin, who’s recruited to train with an elite group of children to defeat an alien race that almost wiped out earth many years ago. Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from the cast, director, and producers of the movie, including Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld.   Harrison Ford (STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES, 42) plays the role of Colonel Graff, Ender’s commanding officer who believes Ender is the only person with the intelligence and skills to defeat the aliens and save earth. Q:  Could you talk...
 

 
Hollywood Holds Nothing Back – But Should They?
October 29, 2013

By Amy Swanson, Contributing Writer In Hollywood’s never ending quest to bring its ravenous audiences the guts, the glitz and the glory, the industry has developed a strange obsession with concepts they call The Veritas or Verisimilitude. They’re big words that basically boil down to Hollywood wanting to show “how it really is”. . . as if they know. Of course, that means filling a movie with graphic sex, violence and depictions of human suffering. While conservative moviegoers may complain and spend their money elsewhere, a significant portion of the population either enjoys the obscenity or bears it silently because, after all, “that’s how it really is.” If even liberal audiences draw the line in terms of how much they ...
 

 
Five Things You Might Not Know About Jeremy Lin, Basketball Star
Five Things You Might Not Know About Jeremy Lin, Basketball Star
October 28, 2013

LINSANITY is a new documentary about Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American who captured massive media coverage by playing some miraculous basketball for the New York Knicks in 2011. Read the Movieguide® review for LINSANITY here.  Here are five things you might not have known about Jeremy Lin. 1. He received no athletic scholarships out of high school.   2. He's really, really smart.   3. He's the first Chinese-American to play in the N.B.A.   4. Jeremy plays the piano.   5. He's a devout Christian.     ...
 

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