Disembodied Virtual Relationships
Disembodied Virtual Relationships
July 26, 2013

By William David Spencer When a 27-year-old man from Tokyo fell in love with and subsequently married an animated character from Nintendo’s Love Plus video game, we might have expected his bereaved parents or concerned employer or landlady to have called for an ambulance with white-coated paramedics waving straightjackets. But nothing of the sort took place. Instead, he hosted a full-scale celebration before “a priest, an MC, a DJ” with “photo slideshows, wedding music and even a bouquet.” Instead of a week in a medical facility for observation, he went on a honeymoon. As he explained, “I love this character, not a machine…I understand 100 percent that this is a game. I understand very well that I cannot marry her physicall...
 

 
Summer 2013 Box Office:  Family Movies & Movies with Christian Content Rule
Summer 2013 Box Office: Family Movies & Movies with Christian Content Rule
July 26, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor Year in and year out, the Christian Film & Television Commission® and Movieguide®’s annual study of the movie box office figures proves that wholesome family-friendly movies and inspiring movies with Christian faith and values, no graphic foul language, sex, or nudity, and strong conservative, patriotic elements make the most money, especially when compared to movies with Anti-Christian, Anti-American, leftist values and abundant foul language or explicit sex and nudity. Statistics for this summer’s box office are just the latest example proving this well-founded axiom. In fact, they have been extremely positive. The winners of the Summer 2013 Box Office so far have been...
 

 
Four Easy Tips for Creating a Summer Movie Flop
Four Easy Tips for Creating a Summer Movie Flop
July 25, 2013

By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer Hollywood is perplexed. Traditionally, summertime has been a high point in box office receipts for Hollywood. However, this summer, moviegoers have been served a disappointing number of box-office flops. Here's a list of four tips to ensure that your Hollywood summer blockbuster movie bombs at the box office. 1. Fill the Dialogue with Excessive Profanity Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro spent a reported $200 million on PACIFIC RIM, only to see it pull in just under $37.3 million in its opening weekend. The movie garnered a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, thanks in large part to the 27 obscenities and profanities. Money was left on the table of this otherwise fun film due to the strong foul language. Sitting ne...
 

 
Summer Is for Dreams, Not Nightmares
Summer Is for Dreams, Not Nightmares
July 25, 2013

By Rachel Cantrell, Contributing Writer For children, summer is a time for swimming, playing outside, seeing movies, or doing a multitude of other fun activities, but this is not how an estimated 1.2 million children in India will spend their summer. They will spend it oppressed in slavery, something that affects an estimated 27 million people in the world. There are more people enslaved now than at any other point in history. Yet, even with its size, human trafficking is a topic not many know about or are working to eradicate it. Friends Church of Yorba Linda in Orange County California is trying to change that.  Pastor Matthew Cork saw firsthand the poverty and persecution of the Dalits in India in 2007.  He then said, “Lord, I’...
 

 
Hollywood in North Dakota?
Hollywood in North Dakota?
July 25, 2013

Publisher Ted Baehr Keynotes North Dakota Film Initiative Banquet By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer Dr. Baehr, publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, recently visited North Dakota at the invitation of Dr. Rich Melheim, co-author of "Young Four Eyes," to give the keynote lecture at the initial meeting of the North Dakota Film Fund Initiative. As CEO of Movieguide® and Publisher of the MOVIEGUIDE® Report to the Entertainment Industry, Dr. Ted Baehr shared MOVIEGUIDE®’s research on the social and economic impact of family movies and faith-friendly movies and entertainment.   [caption id="attachment_472240" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Dr. Baehr presents his keynote address.[/caption] &nbs...
 

 
Weekend Report July 19-21, 2013
July 22, 2013

July 19-21, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE CONJURING finally topples DESPICABLE ME 2 Warner Bros. new horror show, THE CONJURING, topped DESPICABLE ME 2 in its third weekend. Sony’s new animated movie TURBO placed third, followed by GROWN UPS 2 and RED 2. DESPICABLE ME 2 became the top animated movie of 2013 and appears headed for 2nd place in all movies.   Universal’s new R.I.P.D. appears headed for the rocks which have taken down several big budget major studio movies this Summer. TURBO could be an underperformer as well. This Summer shows again that audiences will swarm to what they like and let big-bu...
 

 
Hollywood Needs More Love
Hollywood Needs More Love
July 20, 2013

Hollywood Needs More Love By David Outten, Production Editor Movies are stories about people exhibiting character. Great movies have what's called a “character arc” – a character in a movie goes through a series of events that test their very being. A great story develops character. The hero becomes a better person when put under pressure. Audiences like to be inspired. Nothing inspires like real love. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. the Apostle Paul writes: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.(J) 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects...
 

 
MAN OF STEEL 2 Officially Announced!   Will Batman Join the Action?
MAN OF STEEL 2 Officially Announced! Will Batman Join the Action?
July 20, 2013

In Hall H at Comic-Con 2013, after a Warner Brothers panel that already included Sandra Bullock and a surprise appearance by Tom Cruise, one more announcement stunned the audience. As the cast and crew of EDGE OF TOMORROW walked offstage, a mysterious paper was passed to panel host Chris Hardwick.  “Well that was supposed to be the end of Warner Brothers...” he said mysteriously. “But I’ve been given this piece of paper that just says ‘Announce Zack Snyder’.” Already euphoric from the surprise of Tom Cruise, the crowd again erupted in frenetic applause. Zack Snyder, director of the recent MAN OF STEEL blockbuster bounded onto the stage.  The energy in the 6,500 person hall began to roll through the crowd. There could on...
 

 
Comic-Con Surprise:  Stars, Filmmakers Promote Morality and Family
Comic-Con Surprise: Stars, Filmmakers Promote Morality and Family
July 20, 2013

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor Surprisingly, some of the movie stars and filmmakers appearing at this year’s Comic-Con Thursday and Friday discussed the importance of moral responsibility, conscience, or family in several major panels and press conferences on their upcoming movies. Can the idea of faith be far behind??? Mega-star Harrison Ford was perhaps the biggest name mentioning morality when speaking about his new movie ENDER’S GAME, a big-budget science fiction adventure about a child being groomed to lead an army of remote-controlled and youth-controlled spaceships and devices against an alien race of invaders. In the movie, Ford plays Colonel Graff, a veteran soldier who trains 13-year-old Ender Wiggin to lead children operatin...
 

 
Fairy Tale Wedding for Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton
Fairy Tale Wedding for Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton
July 19, 2013

Answered Prayers: Fairy Tale Wedding for Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton Surfing among the sharks? All in a day’s work for 23-year old Bethany Hamilton, the professional surfer who lost an arm to a shark 10 years ago. Finding that special someone? Not so much. “I always felt it would be hard for me to meet someone because I’m different,” she confided to In Touch Magazine. “I just had to trust in God and know that He had someone special for me.”  He did indeed. “God knew my heart, my thoughts…concerns and desires; and, He has heard my prayers,” she said. About a year ago friends set Bethany up with Adam Dirks, a 25-year-old Christian youth minister. Bethany recalls on her blog their unconventional first date, “The ...
 

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