Weekend Report August 23-25, 2013
Weekend Report August 23-25, 2013
August 25, 2013

August 23-25, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE BUTLER serves up another winning weekend With a meager $17 million THE BUTLER won a back-to-school weekend. IRON MAN 3’s opening weekend was ten times as large back in May. In second was the vile WE’RE THE MILLERS followed by two newcomers THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES and THE WORLD’S END. Bringing up the rear in slot five was Disney’s PLANES.   Fall is frequently loaded with adult and horror fare, frequently R-rated. Two bright spots might be CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 in late September and on October 4 the top-notch Christian movie, GRAC...
 

 
Stars, Action and Money Don’t Win at the Box Office
Stars, Action and Money Don’t Win at the Box Office
August 23, 2013

By Alexandra Harmening, Contributing Writer Last weekend, Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth got in line behind Matt Damon, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, and other mega stars whose big budget flicks have failed at the box office this year.  It has been a somewhat disappointing summer for theaters. High expectations and even higher budgets, with 20 movies boasting budgets over $100 million in just one summer, have not attracted an audience. Businessweek said that Hollywood’s strategy was imploding as it faced the innovator’s dilemma—simply improving a popular product rather than branching out in new directions. This lines up with Steven Spielberg’s prophecy that Hollywood’s heavy reliance on action, violence and special e...
 

 
Weekend Report August 16-18, 2013
August 19, 2013

August 16-18, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE BUTLER tops smaller weekend THE BUTLER topped a modest weekend as the Summer gives way to fall. The vile WE’RE THE MILLERS hung on to second place and ELYSIUM sank to third. KICK-A** 2 bombed in fourth as it was expected to win the weekend. Disney’s PLANES rounded out the top five. It looks as if it will be hard pressed to top the $100 million mark.   With Summer winding down it looks as it the box office numbers will come in just ahead of last year but not because more people went to movies. Rather, because ticket prices rose again. Several animated movies und...
 

 
Why You Should Read Christian Comic Books
Why You Should Read Christian Comic Books
August 17, 2013

  By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor of MOVIEGUIDE®  Since the early 1900s, comic books and graphic novels have engrossed young and old. The intriguing stories with colorful and imaginative artwork are no longer considered a children’s activity. The fun clean comics from the early years turned toward darker territory.  While there are some good recent comics, many of them tend to have gritty, dark and salacious content and artwork.  Even comic book series like Batman and Superman show scantily clad women and over-the-top stylized violence that adds nothing to the actual story. For this reason, many Christians choose to ignore comic books altogether.  Thankfully, this is no longer necessary, because of a company called Kingston...
 

 
Duck Dynasty Shoots Down Cable Records
Duck Dynasty Shoots Down Cable Records
August 16, 2013

By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer of MOVIEGUIDE® The family reality television show “Duck Dynasty” shattered records on Wednesday with its season premiere drawing in over 11.8 million viewers. This makes it the most-watched non-fiction series telecast in cable history.  To the loyal readers of Movieguide®, this is no surprise. Each year at our annual Movieguide Awards we show Hollywood that movies with pro-family, and pro-Christian content do significantly better at the box-office than movies promoting anti-Christian anti-Biblical content. Duck Dynasty’s record-breaking season premiere featured a wedding celebrating the 49th anniversary of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson and his wife Kay. It turns out audiences prefer shows...
 

 
Weekend Report August 9-11, 2013
August 12, 2013

August 9-11, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card ELYSIUM tops a busy weekend Sony’s ELYSIUM topped a weekend with four newcomers taking the top for spots. Warner Bros rauncy WE’RE THE MILLERS came in second followed by DISNEY PLANES (a straight to video turned theatrical release). Rounding out the top five were PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS and 2 GUNS.   DISNEY PLANES is a lower budget animation follow up to Pixar’s Cars. It was a very similar story told with planes. The lower budget showed and the August release is not ideal for family movies. PLANES might sell more toys than tickets. With a budget not much la...
 

 
Flying Right to the Heart: Talking Behind the Scenes with PLANES Star Dane Cook
Flying Right to the Heart: Talking Behind the Scenes with PLANES Star Dane Cook
August 08, 2013

   By Rachel Cantrell, Contributing Writer PLANES is a heartfelt movie about a plane named Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster who has to overcome his fear of heights to achieve his dreams of being a racer. It’s filled with wonderful voice talent, breathtaking animation and an impressive score. Popular comedian Dane Cook voices Dusty. MOVIEGUIDE® had the opportunity to hear from Dane about his experience with PLANES. He shared about his childhood fears, what it was like doing voice work for the first time and what he would like children to walk away with after seeing Disney’s PLANES. Q:  We were told this was a different sort of recording session for you because the film had been shot, and you were matching [your voice to the alread...
 

 
Hollywood Macro-Economics
Hollywood Macro-Economics
August 06, 2013

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...
 

 
Weekend Report August 2-4, 2013
Weekend Report August 2-4, 2013
August 05, 2013

August 2-4, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card 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.   Color codes +4Exemplary +3Moral +2Good +1Worthwhile -1Caution -2Exreme Caution -3Excessive -4Abhorr...
 

 
Teddy Bear Awards:  The Hollywood Award More Valuable Than an Oscar
Teddy Bear Awards: The Hollywood Award More Valuable Than an Oscar
August 02, 2013

[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. ...
 

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