by John Cones
Thousands upon thousands of creative people are drawn to the film capitol of the world every year. They come to express their creative visions through that important medium called feature film. Unfortunately, most are suffering under the delusion that the Hollywood-based U.S. film industry is a merit system, that talent will prevail and their efforts will be rewarded. They are often mystified to discover that their efforts only lead to failure or mediocrity, and even in the few instances of apparent success, much of the financial rewards are drained off by others who provide support services for such talent. And, most of those are Hollywood insiders.
Many in that creative community eventually abandon all hope and...
August 2-4, 2013
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2 GUNS tops a modest weekend
Universal’s vulgar violent 2 GUNS out gunned THE WOLVERINE to take the top spot. THE SMURFS 2 came in a disappointing third, followed by THE CONJURING and the amazing DESPICABLE ME 2.
DESPICABLE ME 2 is sailing well above the $300 million mark demonstrating to the world that if your $79 million family movie is entertaining enough it can far surpass most of the big-budget special effects Summer blockbusters.
[caption id="attachment_473104" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Ted Baehr at the Movieguide(R) Awards[/caption]
Each year during the first two months of winter, Hollywood’s top producers, directors, and screenwriters vie for a statue of a golden man, but a lesser known awards show is handing out prizes far more valuable than gold statues, and Hollywood executives are taking notice.
The Movieguide® Faith & Values and Report to the Entertainment Industry, featuring the Crystal Teddy Bear Awards, is now in its 22nd year this coming February 7, 2014 at the Universal City Hilton. It will give away $350,000 in cash prizes to movies and television programs that promote family-friendly values and spiritually uplifting, inspiring themes.
Earlier this spring at CinemaCon 2013, the large annual convention of theater owners, John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, said:
“If exhibitors could make one recommendation to our studio partners, it would be make more family titles and fewer R-rated movies. Only two R-rated movies made the top twenty last year, even though more R-rated movies were distributed than any other rating category.”
Addressing a 12 percent decline in box office as of April, Fithian said:
“The product selection in the first part of 2013 was dismal. During early 2012, we had more G, more PG, and more PG-13 rated movies than we had in 2013. Our numbers suffered this year under the weight of too many R-rated movies.”
By Alexandra Harmening, Contributing Writer
With the help of over a half a million fans, Kirk Cameron’s newest project UNSTOPPABLE was allowed back on both Facebook and Youtube. The response from faithful fans came after Cameron posted that the link to the UNSTOPPABLE trailer was blocked by Facebook on July 18th and labeled as “abusive,” “unsafe” and “spammy.” The following day, a similar glitch occurred with Youtube which identified the film trailer’s content as spam.
Sponsored by Liberty University, UNSTOPPABLE is a live event taking place in theaters on September 24th for one night only. In the film, Cameron wrestles with the familiar question of “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?” The traile...
July 26-28, 2013
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THE WOLVERINE tops the weekend
20th Century Fox’s THE WOLVERINE took the top spot but with less than anticipated. It was followed by THE CONJURING, DESPICABLE ME 2, TURBO and GROWN UPS 2.
DESPICABLE ME 2 became only the second movie in 2013 to top $300 million. TURBO will struggle to make it to $100 million.
Here are 2013’s animated movies: DESPICABLE ME . . . . . . . . . . . . . $306,412,945 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY . . . . . . . $255,345,000 THE CROODS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $186,390,796 EPIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $106,188,590 ESCAPE FR...
Wolverine Isn’t Asking the Right Question
By Ben Kayser, Associate Editor, with Tom Snyder, Editor
THE WOLVERINE is the sixth film in the X-MEN franchise, and, sadly, it’s the least redeeming movie of the series. In it, we see the evils that come from an Eastern, Buddhist worldview, including the weak moral code that comes with it. Wolverine, whose real name is Logan, struggles with the fact that his physical body keeps healing itself, making his body virtually immortal. Already having lived for more than 150 years, Logan has seen loved ones come and go, including the latest love of his life, Jean Grey. All he wishes now is that he could live a normal life.
This aspect of Logan’s immortality is the main theme of the movie T...
By William David Spencer
When a 27-year-old man from Tokyo fell in love with and subsequently married an animated character from Nintendo’s Love Plus video game, we might have expected his bereaved parents or concerned employer or landlady to have called for an ambulance with white-coated paramedics waving straightjackets. But nothing of the sort took place. Instead, he hosted a full-scale celebration before “a priest, an MC, a DJ” with “photo slideshows, wedding music and even a bouquet.” Instead of a week in a medical facility for observation, he went on a honeymoon. As he explained, “I love this character, not a machine…I understand 100 percent that this is a game. I understand very well that I cannot marry her physicall...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Year in and year out, the Christian Film & Television Commission® and Movieguide®’s annual study of the movie box office figures proves that wholesome family-friendly movies and inspiring movies with Christian faith and values, no graphic foul language, sex, or nudity, and strong conservative, patriotic elements make the most money, especially when compared to movies with Anti-Christian, Anti-American, leftist values and abundant foul language or explicit sex and nudity.
Statistics for this summer’s box office are just the latest example proving this well-founded axiom. In fact, they have been extremely positive.
The winners of the Summer 2013 Box Office so far have been...
By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer
Hollywood is perplexed.
Traditionally, summertime has been a high point in box office receipts for Hollywood. However, this summer, moviegoers have been served a disappointing number of box-office flops.
Here's a list of four tips to ensure that your Hollywood summer blockbuster movie bombs at the box office.
1. Fill the Dialogue with Excessive Profanity
Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro spent a reported $200 million on PACIFIC RIM, only to see it pull in just under $37.3 million in its opening weekend. The movie garnered a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, thanks in large part to the 27 obscenities and profanities. Money was left on the table of this otherwise fun film due to the strong foul language. Sitting ne...