Weekend Report June 14-17, 2013
June 17, 2013

    June 14-16, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card MAN OF STEEL Tops Super Weekend MAN OF STEEL had the second biggest opening of 2013 behind IRON MAN 3. It was heavily promoted to pastors and church goers for its savior-like message. THIS IS THE END came in a distant, but still decent second. NOW YOU SEE ME and FAST AND FURIOUS SIX came in third and fourth as they drift downward. Last weekend’s top movie THE PURGE dropped all the way to fifth and will probably disappear quickly.   20th Century Fox/Blue Sky’s EPIC came in seventh and ifs flailing away trying to make it to the $100 million mark dom...
 

 
Man of Steel, America’s Pop Culture Christ
Man of Steel, America’s Pop Culture Christ
June 15, 2013

The Cultural Impact of Superman and Its Spotlight on Christianity By Natalie Fertig, Staff Writer Christianity’s relationship with pop culture did not begin in the 20th century. Since medieval times, characters – both fact and fiction – have emerged to represent a larger saga of Christ’s life and biblical values. Charlemagne, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the 9th century, became a larger-than-life, Christ-like icon after his death. Much in the same way that 19th-century Davy Crockett “grinned down” bears, or Chuck Norris became. . . Chuck Norris, medieval culture came to idealize Charlemagne as a defender of the Church and savior of the common people.  The fictional Sir Galahad (see gallery), legendary knight of...
 

 
Clark Kent: Coming to a Pulpit Near You?
Clark Kent: Coming to a Pulpit Near You?
June 14, 2013

Warner Bros. Targets Churches with Latest MAN OF STEEL Marketing Strategy. By Natalie Fertig, Staff Writer Superman flies into theaters today, but you might also see him in a pulpit near you on Sunday morning. Around the country, many pastors are being asked to download or create sermons based on the Superman re-boot, MAN OF STEEL.  While this partnership between film studios and churches is nothing new, all eyes are watching to see if the faith & family audience will respond with box office sales. Dr. Ted Baehr, Movieguide's publisher, has direct experience with this kind of marketing. He told Movieguide® that as President of the Church Organization that produced the TV movie, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE on CBS in 1980,...
 

 
A Hero for Everyone: Behind the Scenes of MAN OF STEEL
June 14, 2013

A Hero for Everyone: Behind the Scenes of MAN OF STEEL By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor The director, producers, and actors behind the new Superman movie, MAN OF STEEL, said they were all a bit daunted about taking on the iconic “Last Son of Krypton,” but that their fears began to disappear when they read David S. Goyer’s script for the franchise reboot. That’s what they said during a recent press conference in Los Angeles the other day with MAN OF STEEL Director Zack Snyder, Producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven, Composer Hans Zimmer, Actors Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, and Antje Traue, and Writer David Goyer himself. “I was worried about Superman as a project,” Zack Snyder said, “...
 

 
Pitching Faith & Values
Pitching Faith & Values
June 13, 2013

  Pitching Faith & Values: Good News at the Producers Guild of America 2013 Conference By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, with Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor Movieguide® had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Producers Guild of America’s “Produced By” Conference on the backlot of 20th Century Fox. Some of the top producers in the world shared their insights and were available for important questions. These included Jerry Bruckheimer, J.J. Abrams, Mark Burnett, Jon Favreau, Lynda Obst, Lorrie McCreary, Roberto Orci, and many others.  What was most surprising at the conference was the amount of faith and values that these Hollywood behind-the-scenes superstars exhibited. Mark Burnett was introduced as having invented Reality TV w...
 

 
Parallels of Christ in MAN OF STEEL
June 13, 2013

Parallels of Christ in MAN OF STEEL By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor  It is not hard to see that Superman is a character that resembles Christ. Movieguide® has seen many of the past Superman films stressed this also, but, like SUPERMAN RETURNS, its predecessor, MAN OF STEEL seems to show this even more so.  MAN OF STEEL portrays Clark Kent’s early years, growing up, being raised by two parents who were not his biological parents, but who had a great love and understanding of his power and worth. Clark’s father seems to truly believe in Clark “changing the world someday” and continues to tell Clark as a child that he will bring hope and truth. While Clark’s mother also tells Clark that “the truth about you is beautiful” an...
 

 
The Church’s Role in the Failings of Hollywood
June 13, 2013

  The Church’s Role in the Failings of Hollywood by Robert Hiini/The Record This article was originally published in The Record newspaper, chronicling a portion of Dr. Ted Baehr’s recent speaking tour of Australia.  Hollywood didn’t abandon Christianity, Christianity abandoned Hollywood, visiting US family-friendly media advocate Dr Ted Baehr told audiences in Perth last week. It was the churches, Catholic and Protestant, who walked away from positive engagement with film makers in the US, pulling funding from their ratings associations at the worst possible time in the 1960s. Dr Baehr spoke at the Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture’s third speaker’s forum at Rosie O’Grady’s pub in Northbridge on May 23 and at a...
 

 
Stand up! Speak up! Refuse to give up!
June 13, 2013

     Stand up!  Speak up! Refuse to give up!       By Rick Scarborough, President of Vision America     Abraham Lincoln famously stated, “I tremble for my country when I remember that God is just.”                                   Vincent Van Gogh was born in Holland on March 30, 1853.  Today his original art works are considered some of the most valuable in the world.  His work, "Portrait of Doctor Gachet”, painted in 1890 -shortly before his death by gunshot wound, at age 37, sold in 1990, for $82.5 million.  Three of his original works have sold for more than $50 million each.   Yet, during his life, he considered himself a failure and fought mental illness thr...
 

 
Reflections of a Hollywood Missionary
June 11, 2013

Reflections of a Hollywood Missionary By Jack Kelly  When Ted Baehr asked me to write an article for him on the Hollywood Ministries, I have to confess, I wasn’t entirely sure how to approach the subject.  What is happening with these ministries is in some ways unprecedented in the history of the Church.  Over the last few years an entire generation of Believers has descended on what’s been called “the most influential mission field in the world.” They are actors, writers, producers, directors, pastors, teachers – combinations of these and more.  Many are highly trained, many have no training whatsoever, but most have come out of some sense of God’s calling.  Some have come to create evangelistic Christian films, some h...
 

 
An Inferno for Our Times?
An Inferno for Our Times?
June 11, 2013

Abandon all hope, you who seek Dante here. By  Stephen W. Smith Although skillful and clever throughout, Dan Brown’s Inferno is finally more of a gateway argument on behalf of population control than a simple thriller about Dante, Florence, or bioterror. Considered as a whole, the novel serves as something like a “gateway to the Posthuman age,” as the seeming villain of the novel says when describing the goal of his plot. While the gateways in Dante lead either to Hell and self-knowledge or to Mount Purgatorio and a climb to the stars, this novel leads the reader into a brave new world of genetic engineering and suggests that we embrace the new means required to “save the world,” even if we find them “uncomfortable.”...
 

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