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...
 

 
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...
 

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