By Anthony D’Amore
Some Christians have been slamming actor Nicolas Cage over his movie “Left Behind,” a remake of the movie based on the successful book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Some of the criticism has been severely harsh, as if some Christians have forgotten that God shows them grace. When did it become okay for Christians to spew hatred and forget about humility and love for others?
These self-proclaimed Christian critics who have been slamming Nicolas Cage and his movie on social media channels have seemingly lost sight of God’s purpose. It’s as if posting a judgmental rant on a web site is more important than a Hollywood actor experiencing the grace of God.
It doesn’t mean every Christian needs to...
New Movie Boldly States GOD IS REAL:
Interview with the Director of GRACE UNPLUGGED
Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
After the Movieguide® Award Winning movie GRACE UNPLUGGED touched and moved our hearts, Director Brad Silverman is preparing his next movie currently titled GOD IS REAL. He spoke with Movieguide® about what led them to make a movie about being unashamed of the Gospel.
Movieguide®: Talk about your decision to crowdsource your next project and what your plan and vision is for GOD IS REAL.
Brad: Well, we made GRACE UNPLUGGED and went the Hollywood route on that. We did it through the studio and had a wonderful experience. Every film has a message. Even if it’s not a Christian film, they’re saying something, and...
Finding the Meaning of Life Through Jesus:
Hollywood Actor Shia LaBeouf Proclaims He Is a Christian
By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor
In a recent interview, actor Shia LaBeouf said he was a real Christian.
Before doing the World War II movie FURY, LaBeouf (the first three TRANSFORMERS movies and the MOVIEGUIDE® Award winning INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS) said he was questioning the meaning of life.
Then, when he was with co-star Brad Pitt and Director David Ayers, they would have conversations about faith.
Pitt had grown up in a Christian family and turned away from faith, while David Ayers is a committed Christian. Both of these perspectives were interesting to LaBeouf and helped him shape his ow...
Killing Jesus: The Best-Selling Book Comes to National Geographic Channel
By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
In 2015, Bill O’Reilly’s book on the history surrounding the life and death of Jesus will be translated to a miniseries on National Geographic Channel. The show has slated a diverse cast, including Lebanese actor Haaz Sleiman as Jesus.
O’Reilly’s book focuses on the historical aspects of Jesus’ life and death, especially concerning the Roman Empire at the time, and the show will presumably do the same. While not a spiritually-focused series, it will be presenting the contrast of the tumultuous world where Jesus preached a message of love and forgiveness.
In a statement, the National Geographic Channel said, ...
I Know What You Did Last Summer
What the Snapchat hack reveals about online privacy and a culture adrift
by Daniel Weiss
“Think about this: A small flame can set a whole forest on fire. The tongue is a small flame of fire, a world of evil at work in us. It contaminates our entire lives. Because of it, the circle of life is set on fire. The tongue itself is set on fire by the flames of hell.”
James 3:5b-6 (CEB)
Last week we learned of yet another Internet hacking scheme in which supposedly private photos were stolen and shared online. The first round of leaked photos invaded the privacy of well-known Hollywood stars and other celebrities. This time, the innocence of average folks—including many children—was violated.
Behind the Scenes of UNBROKEN with Actor Alex Russell:
Louis Zamperini’s Inspiring Legacy and Working with Angelina Jolie
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
On Christmas Day, the biopic UNBROKEN (about famed Olympic Athlete, POW and Christian inspirational speaker Louis Zamperini) is released. Director Angelina Jolie had a special bond with Louis as she was actually neighbors with him up until his death on July 2nd of this year.
Actor Alex Russell plays Louis’s supporting brother Pete Zamperini in UNBROKEN. Movieguide® had a chance to speak with Alex about working with Angelina Jolie, Zamperini’s inspiring life and whether or not he felt there were high expectations for doing the story justice.
Movieguide®: Talk about your ...
What’s Your Test for Truth?
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
What’s your test for truth? How do you personally determine whether your beliefs are true, false, just, and unbiased?
Every reasonable person starts with the basic assumption that knowledge is possible. To say or believe that knowledge is not possible is self-contradictory because the person assumes that at least that knowledge is possible.
The two charts below answer the question: How can I know whether the knowledge I have is true? They provide an introduction to critical thinking for teenagers and adults. As such, they attempt to create a more intelligent, thoughtful citizenry by helping people use rational arguments that observe the basic laws of logic and objectively w...
The Horrors of War: Behind the Scenes of FURY
By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
Can meaningful relationships be forged and held in the midst of circumstances as brutal as war?
FURY, which hits theaters this Friday, Oct. 17, tells the story of the crew of an Allied Sherman tank on their mission behind enemy lines during World War II. Directed by David Ayer and starring actors including Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Peña, the movie explores the destruction of war and the bonds between those fighting side by side.
During an exclusive interview with Michael Peña, he discussed with MOVIEGUIDE® the brotherhood created between the soldiers.
“There’s an immense bond when I have to protect you from dying...
Who’s Your Scriptwriter?
By David Outten, Production Editor
You are the lead actor in the story of your life.
How good is your story?
Circumstances have an impact, but the heart of our story is written, directed and played by us. The decisions we make shape much of what we experience. We don’t get to write in things like hurricanes, recessions and terrorist attacks, but we do write our reaction to them. Day-by-day, moment-by-moment, we write our story.
Unlike a Hollywood scriptwriter, we don’t get rewrites. When we do or say something, it remains part of our story for life. It’s so easy to become a senior citizen, look back and think, “I wish I could be young again but have all the knowledge I’ve gained in 60 years ...
A Message that Actor Stephen Collins Needs to Hear
By David Outten and Dr. Ted Baehr
Stephen Collins, an actor who played an exemplary character on 7th Heaven for 243 episodes between 1996 and 2007 has reportedly confessed to inappropriate sexual behavior with three young girls.
Stephen provides a lesson for parents and for boys and men. You can be involved in all sorts of good things and still fall prey to evil.
Only ten percent of children who are molested are molested by strangers. Sixty-eight percent of molested children are molested by family members. Forty-eight percent were molested by stepfathers and uncles. Ninety-three percent of child molesters are religious. This is partly because being religious reduces suspicion and ...