Weekend Report September 27-29, 2013
September 29, 2013

September 27-29, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card CLOUDY brightens weekend box office The family animated movie CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 scored the second highest opening box office since July. It was followed by PRISONERS, RUSH, BAGGAGE CLAIM and DON JON. At +2 Movieguide® acceptability CLOUDY is a ray of sunshine in a fall filled with movies rated extreme caution or worse.   The profoundly Christian movie ALONE, YET NOT ALONE did well in very limited release. This coming weekend, October 4, sees the limited release of two Christian movies, GRACE UNPLUGGED and LINSANITY, both of which are highly rated...
 

 
Kirk Cameron's Illustrated Lecture UNSTOPPABLE Breaks One Day Self Distribution Records
Kirk Cameron's Illustrated Lecture UNSTOPPABLE Breaks One Day Self Distribution Records
September 27, 2013

By Ben Kayser, Associate Editor Once again, Christians emphasized their desire for faith-based programming with Kirk Cameron’s latest project, his illustrated lecture UNSTOPPABLE, a live event that pulled in more than $2 million Tuesday. Although major movies often do much better at the box office, that amount is a record for NCM Fathom Events, a company that broadcasts live event simulcasts.  UNSTOPPABLE, which ran on 700 screens as a one-night live event, featured live musical performances from Liberty University in Virginia, where Kirk Cameron himself introduced the movie and moderated a Q&A session. Kirk Cameron told The Hollywood Reporter, “We were hoping for good numbers, but weren’t expecting this to be quite so exci...
 

 
Behind the Scenes:  Exclusive Interview with the Directors of CLOUDY 2
Behind the Scenes: Exclusive Interview with the Directors of CLOUDY 2
September 26, 2013

By Tom Snyder, Editor Movieguide® got the opportunity for an exclusive interview with Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, the directors and co-creators of Sony Picture Animation’s new movie, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2. CLOUDY 2 is a feast of fun for everyone that extols true friendship, honesty, sticking by good friends, helping good friends avoid bad people and do the right thing. In the story, young inventor Flint Lockwood and his friends have saved the world from Flint’s out-of-control food machine. Flint’s childhood hero, Chester V, sends a team to clean up the mess in Flint’s hometown. He offers Flint a job at his company in San Franjose. Everything changes when it appears Flint’s food machine has survived and is crea...
 

 
The Hopes and Hazards of A La Carte Cable
The Hopes and Hazards of A La Carte Cable
September 25, 2013

  By David Outten, Production Editor Why would the many Christian television networks side with the major Hollywood studios in opposing giving customers the power to buy only the channels they want, as opposed to bundles of channels?  Most communities in America have had cable lines for a long time. In the early days, cable companies were granted monopolies in communities because the chosen company had to invest considerable sums wiring a community. A company with this monopoly could then decide how to bundle networks into packages it could then sell to customers. The technology available today could blow this whole distribution model up and easily give customers the right to create their own package of channels they desire. This dist...
 

 
Weekend Report September 20-22, 2013
September 23, 2013

September 20-22, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card PRISONERS locks up top spot for the weekend Hugh Jackman in PRISONERS topped the domestic box office for the weekend, followed by INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, THE FAMILY, INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED and BATTLE OF THE YEAR. All received at least an extreme caution from Movieguide®.   Kirk Cameron’s UNSTOPPABLE has its live showing Tuesday September 24 with a second showing October 3. Friday October 4, the Christian movies GRACE UNPLUGGED and LINSANITY come out in limited release.   Color codes +4Exemplary +3Moral +2Good +1Worthwhile -1Caution -2...
 

 
Moviegoers Tend Not To Relish Their Values Being Assaulted
Moviegoers Tend Not To Relish Their Values Being Assaulted
September 20, 2013

  By Jerry Newcombe For good or ill (often for ill), Hollywood wields enormous influence on the culture. But we the people often fight back when they go too far in their anti-Christian and amoral ways. The Hollywood Reporter (9/10/13) notes that the next Johnny Depp Pirates movie has been postponed. Included in the article was the idea that Disney was potentially skittish about releasing the movie so soon after the major failure of The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp. So Johnny Depp then is to blame for The Lone Ranger doing poorly? Why did the movie fail? One answer is: It was anti-Christian and anti-American---contrary to the popular radio and TV series that propelled the Lone Ranger and Tonto on the national scene. Dr. Ted Baehr is a ...
 

 
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...
 

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