Annette Funicello Dies at Age 70
by Natalie Fertig
Annette Funicello died Monday, April 8, 2013, at the age of 70. Arguably the most popular Mouseketeer on the original “Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, Annette Funicello will forever be remembered as the original Disney Sweetheart.
Discovered by Walt Disney in a production of Swan Lake at age 13, Annette Funicello spent more than 10 years in the spotlight, the heartthrob of many teenage boys across America.
What is most loved and remembered about Annette, however, is her strength of character and her spotless career. When Annette left the Mickey Mouse Club in the early 60s, she was cast as the lead opposite Frankie Avalon in the “Beach Party” movies.
In one account, A...
Behind the Scenes of Independent Hollywood:
Following a Trail Blazed by Movieguide®
By Tom Snyder, Editor
Filmmaker Pasha Roberts says he’s following a trail blazed by Movieguide®’s visionary founder, Dr. Ted Baehr.
Roberts, founder of Two Lanterns Media and the creative mind behind SILVER CIRCLE, an animated political thriller for mature audiences now open, is borrowing a page from Dr. Baehr and Movieguide® by trying to do for political movies and American liberty what Movieguide® and Dr. Baehr have done for Christianity and faith-based movies.
Movieguide®: How did your idea for this story, SILVER CIRCLE, come about and why did you decide to make this particular story into a movie?
Roberts: We started loo...
Would Hollywood Really Go That Far?
By Amy Swanson, Contributing Writer
It seems impossible that even the most liberal person would condone the rape of a child. It’s unthinkable, but as Hollywood sinks lower and lower in the name of finding new uncharted territory in entertainment, we can no longer ignore the possibility. It’s no secret that the media industry sexualizes children and has been doing so for years. Who can forget Shirley Temple’s cringe inducing dance scene in YOUNG PEOPLE? The child star and movie industry gold mine, who up until that time, had been the essence of childhood innocence, was depicted as a juvenile vaudeville moneymaker who thought that scanty clothes and sultry dancing was just a “normal”...
Something for FINDING NEMO Fans. . .
By Evy Baehr, Associate Editor
The sequel to one of Movieguide®’s favorite family movies, FINDING NEMO, has been officially announced as FINDING DORY.
Movieguide® is excited to see if this movie proves excellence just like FINDING NEMO did. This sequel has a release date of November 25th, 2015 and will be directed by the same wonderful director of FINDING NEMO.
It’s very apparent in FINDING NEMO that Dory has short-term memory loss. She constantly forgets Nemo’s name. Even so, when Dory has a mission to help Marlin find his son Nemo, she starts to remember things. The love Marlin has for his son is so apparent in FINDING NEMO that it becomes one of the great cinematic representations ...
BOOK GUIDE: BAD SAMARITANS: THE ACLU's RELENTLESS CAMPAIGN TO ERASE FAITH FROM THE PUBLIC SQUARE
New York Times best selling author, Dr. Jerome Corsi, has written the most readable and comprehensive book on the nefarious efforts of the ACLU to erase faith from the public square, entitled: BAD SAMARITANS.
Having read most of the books on the intentionally destructive history of the ACLU, it must be said that Dr. Corsi’s BAD SAMARITANS is the best.
Corsi shows that the ACLU is engraining itself in the very fabric of everyday life. From topics such as education, abortion, marriage, and even the Super Bowl, the organization is leaving its mark. Even so, the ACLU’s effort impacting the freedom of religion is t...
The Top DVD for Easter Is. . .
An honest-to-God phenomenon has been occurring in the video world in the past year:
The top DVD for a whole year in the Faith & Spirituality category at Amazon has been the compelling documentary THE ISAIAH 9:10 JUDGMENT, based on Jonathan Cahn’s book THE HARBINGER: THE ANCIENT MYSTERY THAT HOLDS THE SECRET FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE.
The video also remains high on the top documentary list, coming in this Easter weekend at Number 7.
MOVIEGUIDE® congratulates the filmmakers and WND Films for their great success. WND, also known as WorldNetDaily, has the third biggest news, politics, and religion website on the World Wide Web, aka the Internet, behind the Drudge Report and Huffington Post....
Americans Spend 8-1/2 Hours per Day on Screens
American adults average more than eight and one-half hours per day in front of screens, including TVs, computers, cell phones, video game consoles, and other devices.
So says the 2009 “Video Consumer Mapping” study conducted by the Center for Media Design at Ball State University and Sequent Partners for the Council for Research Excellence funded by Nielsen.
More than five hours per day were spent in front of TV screens, the study reports. Also, adults averaged 142 minutes a day in front of computer monitors, 20 minutes per day engaged with mobile devices, and 6.5 minutes a day on video game consoles. Furthermore, people age 45-54 averaged the most hours of screen time: just ov...
Violent Video Games: More Playing Time Equals More Aggression
A 2012 study led by researchers at Ohio State University “provides the first experimental evidence that the negative effects of playing violent video games can accumulate over time.”
Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at OSU, co-authored the study with experts in France and Germany.
Other studies have shown that a single session of playing violent video games increases short-term aggression, but this is the first one to show longer-term effects, Bushman said.
Researchers found that people who played violent video games for three straight days showed increased aggressive behavior. Their expectations that others would behave aggressively a...
Bad news for “Lord of the Rings” fans. Originally, the third and final installment in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy was set for a summer release of July 18, 2014. However MGM and New Line recently announced the release would be pushed back to Dec.17, 2014. Although no explanation was given for the move, some speculate the release of Fox's X-Men: Days Of Future Past during the same time would have given the film more competition. “The Hobbit” recently passed the billion-dollar mark thanks to a successful opening in China. The second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is still expected to arrive Dec. 13, 2013....
Movieguide had the opportunity to speak with the co-founder of Walden Media, Michael Flaherty on their new venture into television. Walden has paired with Walmart and P&G to create family movies for the Hallmark Channel.
Flaherty says, "There is a great need for good family content on TV which families can put on and not worry that their children are being influenced negatively. It’s exciting for me to have this new pipeline in place. Hopefully we will be able to continue to increase the numbers of films and grow the number of hours that we are on television."
While he now is a studio mogul, Flaherty started out as a teacher. He switched careers, however, after he “saw the enormous influence entertainment has on kids...