Contemporary Religious Confusion in Entertainment
Contemporary Religious Confusion in Entertainment
October 15, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher GRAVITY is a fantastic movie in every way. Sandra Bullock deserves to be considered for another Academy Award. One of the filmmakers I’ve known since he was young. The movie has some clear redemptive themes, including self-sacrifice, prayer, spiritual guidance, baptism. Regrettably, like many movies these days, there’s also religious confusion. At one crucial point, while Sandra Bullock’s character is talking about prayer in a Russian spacecraft, there's a shot of an icon of Jesus on the dashboard. At another crucial point, when her character is inside a Chinese space capsule, there's a shot of a small statue of Buddha. If the producers had taken the time to investigate comparative religion, they could ...
 

 
Weekend Report October 11-13, 2013
Weekend Report October 11-13, 2013
October 14, 2013

October 11-13, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card GRAVITY Stays Aloft a Second Weekend GRAVITY continues to surprise with a strong showing in its second weekend. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS came is a strong second. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 came in third and appears to be on its way to $100 million. Thankfully MACHETE KILLS came in way under expectations in fourth place. RUNNER, RUNNER finished out the top five.   GRACE UNPLUGGED is still in theaters and deserves a greater audience. It’s a wonderful story of rebellion and repentance - the prodigal daughter. It contains valuable insight for both children and parents ...
 

 
5 Reasons You Should See GRACE UNPLUGGED
5 Reasons You Should See GRACE UNPLUGGED
October 10, 2013

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor of MOVIEGUIDE®   1. It’s an enjoyable, heartfelt and entertaining movie. The quality storytelling and moving performances meet and even exceed industry standards. GRACE UNPLUGGED is loads of fun for the whole family.     2. It proclaims the name of Jesus. It’s not everyday we get to see movies in theaters that magnify the name of Jesus. By seeing GRACE UNPLUGGED, you are making a statement about the importance of your faith.        3. It has an important message for everyone. Whether you’re a father, mother, daughter or even a son, GRACE UNPLUGGED has important messages about the importance of family, and following God’s calling rather than one’s own.  ...
 

 
Why ROMEO AND JULIET Was Reinvented: Behind the Scenes
Why ROMEO AND JULIET Was Reinvented: Behind the Scenes
October 10, 2013

Why ROMEO AND JULIET Was Reinvented: Behind the Scenes By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor of MOVIEGUIDE®   Relativity’s new version of ROMEO AND JULIET features beautiful sets and moving performances. Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from the stars as well as writer Julian Fellowes, creator of the hit show Downton Abbey. They shared their thoughts on breathing new life into this well known tale of tragic love. Julian: We are dealing with a different entertainment experience. In Shakespeare’s day, the play would run for three and a half hours and Hamlet took four and a half. During that time, the audience wandered around, talked, and got food. You would be silent for some of the good bits. Now we have this very r...
 

 
Going Deeper with the Captain: Behind the Scenes of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Going Deeper with the Captain: Behind the Scenes of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
October 09, 2013

  By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, the new Tom Hanks movie, is based on the true story of the kidnapping of Captain Richard Phillips and his crew by Somali pirates in 2009. It’s a very well made movie that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Hanks does a wonderful job playing Phillips and evoking the captain’s attitude of self-sacrifice. Recently, Movieguide® had the chance to hear about the making of the film, the crew’s craft, and the real Captain Phillips from Hanks, his co-star Barkhad Abdi, and Director Paul Greengrass. Q:  Tell us some things about the real Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks:  He is an accomplished merchant mariner. . . . He’s a very pleasant guy, happy-go-lucky. He’s funn...
 

 
An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus
An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus
October 08, 2013

Irish Pop Singer to Miley:  Don’t ‘Prostitute’ Yourself Irish pop singer Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus about Miley’s shameless, sexualized dancing at a recent awards show and her new video showing her completely naked on a large wrecking ball. O’Connor, 46, told the 20-year-old singer not to “prostitute” herself to the music industry. “I am extremely concerned for you,” she wrote, “that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your video. . . . You will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping. . ....
 

 
Weekend Report October 4-6, 2013
Weekend Report October 4-6, 2013
October 06, 2013

October 4-6, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card GRAVITY rises for a strong top showing Warner Bros. GRAVITY produced a stronger than expected opening weekend. At $55.5 million it is the highest opening since DESPICABLE ME 2 in early July.CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 dropped to second with a solid $21 million. They were followed by RUNNER, RUNNER, PRISONERS and RUSH.   GRACE UNPLUGGED deserved better. This is a movie with a tremendous story about a teenager grappling with her faith in a world offering her wealth and fame. It’s a message Miley Cyrus and millions of other teenagers attracted to the world would ...
 

 
If It Walks Like a Hit and Talks Like a Hit. . . It’s Probably DUCK DYNASTY
If It Walks Like a Hit and Talks Like a Hit. . . It’s Probably DUCK DYNASTY
October 05, 2013

  By Kent Woodyard, Contributing Writer Unless you have only recently emerged from a Louisiana swamp, you have probably already heard the news:  there’s this reality show on A&E called DUCK DYNASTY and, well, it’s kind of a big deal. One of the biggest deals around, actually. Now in its fourth season, DUCK DYNASTY has – on four different occasions – beaten its own record as the most-watched show in the history of the A&E Network. The show’s ratings have increased steadily and significantly each season, and last month the show established itself as a bona-fide pop culture phenomenon when it became the most watched nonfiction telecast in cable television history. Regardless of how you define “nonfiction,” this is ...
 

 
Six Lessons for Girls From BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
October 05, 2013

    By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor 1. Others may be focused on superficial things, but those who read can learn more about themselves and the world.       2. You probably won’t have many friends (or get the girl) if all you do is focus on your appearance and the superficial things in life.     3. Don’t accept every man’s dating invitation.       4. Love and support your father.      5. It’s more fun to put others first and to be hospitable.        6. Don’t judge a book by its cover. God tells us to love everyone and that anyone can be transformed through love.      ...
 

 
What Did Rosie the Riveter Have That We Don't Have?
What Did Rosie the Riveter Have That We Don't Have?
October 01, 2013

  By William David Spencer, M.Div.,Th.M., Th.D.Ranked Adjunct Professor of Theology and the Arts For a long time now we have been gravitating toward 1940s movies even though most of them were made before we were born.  We like movies from this era because they tend to be more moral than many earlier and later movies. For one thing, there are consequences for actions. For another, successful, strong, and moral women are presented as the norm, especially during the war years. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide and chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, in his recent book :How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul)," confirms our preferences. He cites the noted singer and actor Pat Boone, who r...
 

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