When Will America End the Violent Video Game Madness?
When Will America End the Violent Video Game Madness?
September 19, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE® Once again, America is repulsed as another young mental patient takes the lives of a dozen or more innocent citizens. Once again, ignorant politicians like Senator Diane Feinstein, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton are whining about “too many guns on the loose,” as if guns just suddenly jumped into the Navy Yard shooter’s hands and forced him to start firing. Meanwhile, our current laws against violent mental patients, convicted criminals and disobedient soldiers go unenforced. Now comes a report that the Navy Yard shooter not only was being treated for “serious” mental health issues and been charged before with mishandling guns, but that he also was “obsessed” with viole...
 

 
SON OF GOD:  Producers of ‘THE BIBLE’ Taking Jesus to Theaters Next Year
SON OF GOD: Producers of ‘THE BIBLE’ Taking Jesus to Theaters Next Year
September 17, 2013

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, producers of the successful THE BIBLE miniseries on the History Channel, have signed a pact with 20th Century Fox to take the Jesus Christ portions of the miniseries into movie theaters next year, with additional scenes not in the telecast. Titled SON OF GOD, the movie will focus on Christ’s story from His birth through the Resurrection. It features Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as Jesus and Roma Downey as His mother, Mary.  “While we appreciated the interest from other distributors, Fox was the right choice for us,” Burnett said. “This movie deserves a big studio behind it,” he added. “We have crafted a powerful standalone movie that is a completely emotional, uplifting experience for audien...
 

 
Weekend Report September 13-15, 2013
September 16, 2013

September 13-15, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 haunts a fall doldrums weekend Making more than twice the box office of last weekend’s winner INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 captured this September weekend. It was followed by the vile newcomer THE FAMILY then by RIDDICK, THE BUTLER and WE’RE THE MILLERS. That’s three -3 (excessive) movies, one -4 (abhorrent) and one -2 (extreme caution).   The fall doldrums is a slow period at the box office in part because theaters get filled with movies Movieguide® rates with -2 (extreme caution) or worse.On the bright side, Christian audiences can look forward t...
 

 
5 Hollywood Actors You May Not Know Are Christians!
5 Hollywood Actors You May Not Know Are Christians!
September 13, 2013

From afar off, it may be hard to see light shining from Hollywood, but unknown to many are some well-known actors and actresses who proclaim their Christian faith. Though not every one of their movies and projects exhibit Christian values, many of them seek to honor God in their personal and professional lives. Keep each one in your prayers.       Denzel Washington Son of a Pentecostal preacher, Denzel has been an active member of his local church for almost 30 years. He reads his Bible every morning and seeks to choose roles that reflect positive messages.  “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, I’ve been filled with the Holy Spirit. I know it’s real.”       Tyler Perry “Did you know you can’t...
 

 
Movieguide®  World Tour 2013
Movieguide® World Tour 2013
September 13, 2013

Movieguide® is much more than a U.S. based ministry. Did you know we have affiliates, offices and requests for offices at their request in Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, and India? We're changing the world through the media, and we might be in your neck of the woods in the coming months. Dr. Baehr's first stop will be at the annual Fellowship of Companies for Christ International meeting in Maui, Hawaii. He will teach top Christian business owners from around the world how to tell their story based on his best-selling book "How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Losing Your Soul." The conference is from September 22-26 and more information can be found here.      The next stop will be in Greece where Dr. Baehr will speak...
 

 
Look Out, Netflix and iTunes!
Look Out, Netflix and iTunes!
September 11, 2013

Target Launching Digital Service with Parental Controls Fueled by an uptick in its financial status, retail giant Target is launching its own digital movie, TV, video service on Oct. 1, to compete with services at companies such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. The good news is that Target is offering something those other services don’t yet have – parental controls. Anne Stanchfield, Target’s divisional merchandise manager of entertainment, said the parental controls idea is based on customer surveys showing that consumers want a digital service provider that’s more “family friendly” than other companies in the market. Consumers also want a digital service provider that’s simpler to use. To lure cust...
 

 
Destroying Young Minds
Destroying Young Minds
September 09, 2013

A recent news story has Dr. Ted Baehr, conservative media scholar and founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, asking, “When will the video game industry be held responsible for encouraging violent behavior in children?” In Slaughter, Louisiana on Aug. 21, an 8-year-old boy shot and killed his 90-year-old caregiver after playing a violent video game. The video game the boy is thought to have been playing before the shooting was Grand Theft Auto IV, known to be the most controversial video game of all time due to its connection to real life crimes. For a game that rewards stealing, vandalism, murder, and rape, and advertises its virtual realism, it should be no surprise that it’s once again receiving...
 

 
Weekend Report September 6-8, 2013
September 08, 2013

September 6-8, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card RIDDICK wins doldrums weekend For the third weekend in a row the top movie failed to make $20 million. The movie that did come in first was the violent, vulgar Universal movie RIDDICK. THE BUTLER dropped to second followed by INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, WE’RE THE MILLERS and Disney’s PLANES.   PLANES, once considered for straight to DVD, should make it to $80 million this week but would have to struggle to make it to $100 million. It is really the first Disney animation studio production to sort of be a sequel to a Pixar movie.   Color codes ...
 

 
Stories That Change Lives:  Behind the Scenes of THE INVESTIGATOR
Stories That Change Lives: Behind the Scenes of THE INVESTIGATOR
September 06, 2013

 By Ben Kayser, Associate Editor THE INVESTIGATOR is inspired by true events. James Buanacore was a police investigator for 20 years. He’s a family man who tries to spend time with his pregnant wife Stephanie and his young son, but he’s forced into early retirement after an accident happens under his watch at work. With his life falling apart, a new job at a Christian high school as a baseball coach and a criminal justice teacher might just change his life. Movieguide® had the opportunity to speak with the producer, director, and two stars of this new faith based movie. Q:  So Nicole, tell us about the beginning process of developing THE INVESTIGATOR and what was it about this particular script that made you say, “I have to make...
 

 
Five Things You Don't Know About Kirk Cameron
Five Things You Don't Know About Kirk Cameron
September 06, 2013

By Peter Moorman and Tom Snyder Acclaimed Christian actor Kirk Cameron of TV’s GROWING PAINS and other TV programs, movies, and videos is well known among the evangelical community. Here are five things you might not know about the actor. Click here to see Kirk Cameron's new interview.  1. He and his wife adopted four children.     Kirk Cameron and his wife Chelsea have four adopted Children:  Jack, Isabella, Anna, and Luke. He also has two biological children, Olivia Rose and James Thomas.   2. Kirk Cameron was once an atheist.        Before his conversion to Christianity at the age of 17, Kirk Cameron was an atheist. Kirk is now co-founder of the evangelical ministry The Way of the Master with evang...
 

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