DreamWorks Animation recently declared its purchase of Classic Media, a company of many classic cartoons and live-action features. DreamWorks paid $155 million for the purchase and is quite confident that the addition will add to its own repertoire.
The CEO of DreamWorks animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, stated: "Classic Media brings a large and diverse collection of characters and branded assets that is extremely complementary to DreamWorks Animation's franchise business."
This “large and diverse collection” includes hits such as “Rocky & Bullwinkle,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” and “George of the Jungle,” in addition to holiday classics such as “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph t...
By Peter Moorman
Christians everywhere are praying for revival within the movie industry, and for right reason. Hollywood shapes the culture that shapes the minds of our children, but in addition to prayer we need to take action.
James 2:14-17 says, “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? …Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”
MOVIEGUIDE(r) is the “work” coupled with the faith of believing Christians across America and across the world.
MOVIEGUIDE(r) started in 1985 when only 1 movie had positive Christian content.
Now, after 25 years of faith, prayer and action, over 66% of movies have positive Christian content!
My heart goes out to the victims and families of victims of the recent killings in a Colorado Theater. I'm sure yours does too.
This killing is referred to by many as senseless. It's not senseless. I've taught for years about the stages of cognitive development and the impact of violence in the media.
This was predictable. More such horrors are predictable.
My heart is heavy because I know these kinds of tragedies CAN be reduced by redeeming the media.
I'm not doing enough.
With your help we've made tremendous strides in seeing more Christian content in movies and well as less sex and less foul language, but violence has not declined like you and I would like to see.
Now is the time to take a stand.
Here's a summary of news items of note:
** Group Fights New Internet Domains for Porn Industry
There is .org, .com, .edu, .gov, etc. and some may even remember .xxx. The .xxx domain was thought to have been created to relieve the .com world of porn sites. However, history shows that pornographers only created more domains under the .xxx domains rather than leaving the .com domains, according to Morality in Media (MIM).
According to MIM, the “ICM Registry is applying to add .sex, .porn, and .adult to its list of porn-related suffixes in the expansion of the Internet’s generic top-level domains.”
MIM and other Christian groups, including MOVIEGUIDE®, are fighting this new move because it increases Internet pornography...
By Amy Swanson
Gone are the days of Donna Reed. Mothers like June Cleaver and Carol Brady are indeed a thing of the past. Yes, these women who cooked and cleaned in pressed dresses and perfect make-up were an invention of fiction, but we liked them anyway. They represented something; the desire to do our very best. These women weren’t stupid. They weren’t confined by husband or society. They were free to choose, and they chose to care for their families. These were good women, but they are gone now. They’ve been replaced by a new ideal, a naughtier one, and whether we truly aspire to be this woman or not, we are hard pressed to find a movie that doesn’t have this new female stereotype in it.
They are the femme fatale an...
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
The best news at Comic-Con 2012 was that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was being preached on the streets and even in the convention.
MOVIEGUIDE® saw several groups of people preaching the Gospel outside the San Diego Convention Center.
One man was carrying a cross near the trolley tracks across the street. A woman nearby passed out a great tract, titled “Proof,” proving the existence of God and showing that belief in the miracles and the resurrection of Jesus Christ makes sense.
Yet, by far the biggest Christian group preaching the Gospel outside the convention was the Holy Bible Team from the Bible Distribution Club in Cerritos, Calif., run by James Broman and his brother, John. MOVIEGIUIDE® has a...
By David Outten, Production Editor
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES brilliantly exposes the Occupy Movement for what it is. Class warfare instigated by a bitter few that would result in horrible excesses and misery for all. The scenes in this movie where the rich are ushered into a mock courtroom with a single red velvet dinner chair placed in front of a “judge” seated high above them and flanked by “the people” chanting for their death is clearly a reminder of the very real French Revolution and the just-as-real Russian Revolution.
Equally classic is the way the DARK KNIGHT’s tribunal turns on one of its early leaders of the revolution. This former businessman is accused of nothing much more than having been a businessman (an “o...
July 20, 2012 In a statement today, Christian media scholar and family values advocate Dr. Ted Baehr responded to the news of the shooting massacre of at least a dozen people early this morning in Aurora, Colo. at a midnight showing of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES:
“The shooting at the midnight showing of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will be blamed on many things.
“One reporter who called me this morning blamed it on violence in movies. Certainly, violence in movies, television, and video games has had a tremendous impact on society. Over 500,000 studies, capped by the latest Dartmouth University study, show that violence in the media influences susceptible youths to commit violence. That said, most people are not susceptible. Most are j...
By Patrick A. Trueman
President of Morality In Media, & Morgan Bennett, Morality in Media Intern, Rising Second-Year Law Student at Pepperdine University
The U. S. Supreme Court decision on broadcast indecency in FCC v. Fox Television, Inc., (June 21, 2012) (“Fox II”), has reignited an important debate: whether TV networks have a right to distribute indecent material into our homes without our consent. The U. S. Congress prohibited such activity and the high Court upheld that prohibition decades ago. To obtain their licenses to broadcast, networks pledge to act in the “public interest,” but for years, they have abandoned that pledge to promote their own morbid interest in indecency.
Kairos Prize Winning Scripts Ring in a New Era for Movie Fans
By Michael Trent
For more than 30 years, MOVIEGUIDE® has championed the foundational belief that the mass media, be it movies, television, books, music, or art, has a profound impact on our culture. While there have been dark times during those years, the ministry has been steadfast in shining a light on Hollywood. To a great degree, the entertainment industry is beginning to see a brighter future than ever before.
In 2006, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org), MOVIEGUIDE® embarked on an important journey not only to shed light, but also to help ensure truly outstanding faith based, faith friendly, and family-centered film...