ARGO Incites Iran
March 13, 2013

By Natalie Fertig, Contributing Writer Entertainment critic and former lawyer, Dr. Ted Baehr, spoke out against Iran's decision to pursue legal action against the movie ARGO. The movie, which took home the Oscar for “Best Picture” in February and is directed by Ben Affleck, is based on the escape of six Americans from Iran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979. The Associated Press reports that Iranian officials are planning to sue Hollywood over ARGO because they feel the movie gives an “unrealistic portrayal” of their country. In the story, Hollywood and the CIA team up to sneak the hostages out of Iran disguised as a team that is scouting locations for a science fiction movie. “They have no legitimate legal...
 

 
The Most Popular Music in America?
March 13, 2013

The Most Popular Music in America? So Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, or Bruce Springsteen are the most popular singer/songwriters in America, right? Wrong!!!! According to CNN, Billboard recently reported that Katy Perry’s songs were played 1.4 million times on the radio in 2012, making her one of the most popular music artists. However, Christian Copyright Licensing (CCL) has calculated that Christian songwriter Chris Tomlin’s songs were played (and sung) 3.12 million times in American churches! Also, CCL estimates 60 million people in the United States know Tomlin’s songs. That’s almost nine million more people than went to see THE HUNGER GAMES last year in theaters in 2012 in the U.S. and Canada. Tomlin’s latest stu...
 

 
IRON MAN 3 Is Coming
IRON MAN 3 Is Coming
March 12, 2013

IRON MAN 3 Trailer Tony Stark is back having recently saved the world last summer with his friends THE AVENGERS.  Check out the new trailer and read the Movieguide® reviews of the first two movies.  And then check back for the IRON MAN 3 review closer to date of release May 3rd! Read the IRON MAN review. Read the IRON MAN 2 review. Read the review of the Movieguide(R) Award winner, THE AVENGERS....
 

 
Behind the Scenes - OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
Behind the Scenes - OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
March 08, 2013

Re-Visiting the Land of Oz By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer MOVIEGUIDE® got a chance to attend the press conference for Disney’s new take on L. Frank Baum’s the Land of Oz, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. Attending were director Sam Raimi and actors James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Zach Braff. Q:  Michelle, you’ve been known for your work in indies and this is your first blockbuster. How was the experience of doing the CG visual effects and working with a big-budget filmmaker like Sam Raimi? MICHELLE WILLIAMS:  Well, I knew the moment that I met Sam that it wasn’t really going to be that different from other experiences that I’ve had because he’s first of all a consummate family man and his ...
 

 
SEARS HEARS AMERICA AND SIDES WITH JESUS
March 07, 2013

Shopping Beheamoth Pulls Ads from “Saturday Night Live”  Due to Outcry over “Djesus Unchained” Sketch. by Movieguide® Staff Sears has made a huge stance for Christian values, pulling their online ads running with the popular live sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sears removed the ads due to feedback from customers seeing their ads associated with Christopher Waltz’s “Djesus Unchained” sketch on sites such as Hulu and NBC.com. This sketch, which aired on February 16, was met with a great deal of backlash from the Christian community. Christoph Waltz played a man-killing “Jesus,” armed with machine guns and slaughtering people in the streets. “When Muhammad is...
 

 
Weekend Thoughts
Weekend Thoughts
March 05, 2013

  Weekend Thoughts Posted on February 20, 2013   In sifting through this weekend’s events and digesting still the fact that GIDEON took home the Grand Prize of the KairosPrize Spirtually Uplifting Screenplay Competition….the word “Incredible” comes to mind….followed quickly by “Thank You”…..   Going to LA and participating in the 21st Annual Movie Guide Awards was nothing short of a miracle to me….GOD is GOOD!  Yes I have put in countless hours and hard work writing and rewriting GIDEON, but I could live a thousand lifetimes and not experience what GOD has done in this lifetime for me, particularly this past weekend…..And it is only just BEGINNING!!!   GOD posed this question ...
 

 
Moviegoers Like Conservative Values
Moviegoers Like Conservative Values
March 05, 2013

Study:  Moviegoers Prefer Movies with Conservative Values   An annual study shows that in 2012 American moviegoers still preferred movies with strong conservative content or values over movies with liberal or leftist values, by nearly a five-to-one margin.   The impact was felt overseas and on home video as well.   Every year, Movieguide®, the family guide to movies and entertainment, conducts a comprehensive study of the content of the major movies released by Hollywood and the major independent film studios to see what kind of content moviegoers in the United States and overseas prefer.   Movieguide®’s annual study of the political content in movies shows that movies with strong Pro-America...
 

 
THE BIBLE Beats Zombies!
March 04, 2013

The Bible Beats Out Walking Dead to be Most-Watched Show Sunday Night. by Natalie Fertig Mark Burnett and Roma Downey did what The Walking Dead’s entire cast has yet to do after three and a half seasons – they killed the zombies. Burnett and Downey’s new miniseries, “The Bible,” which premiered Sunday night on the History Channel, raked in a whopping 14.8 million viewers, scorching past Sunday night regulars “The Walking Dead,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Celebrity Apprentice.” Over two telecasts on premiere night, “The Bible” averaged 14.8 million viewers, including five million adults ages 18-49 and 5.6 million adults ages 25-54. Zap2it.com reported that no network show made it past 2.0 million in the...
 

 
BEYOND NEWTOWN
March 03, 2013

BEYOND NEWTOWN   By James M. De Vince, Writer & Advertising Executive   "The unthinkable happens.  The unimaginable.  The inconceivable.  Not only are adults gone, but children, barely having passed kindergarten ..."   Newtown was a tragedy that affected us all, whether living in Connecticut or California, in Russia or the U.K., rich or poor, male or female, with children or without.  All were affected and all were hurting.   It is no wonder then that all of us should strive to find some way to cope, some way to respond, some way to make sense of it all.   There is no doubt that most all of us will agree that the initial blame rests squarely upon the perpetrator of the crime.  ...
 

 
Netflix Increasing Family Entertainment
Netflix Increasing Family Entertainment
March 01, 2013

Ben Kayser The way we consume content is rapidly changing due to technological advances in the media. Mobile devices like smart phones and tablets and websites like Hulu and Netflix have changed the way families sit down and watch TV Shows or Movies. But, has the content itself changed? And, is this technological media shift bad or good for family entertainment? The answer is both yes and no. Let’s take Netflix online streaming as an example. Netflix is leading the way with quality original programming. On February 1, Netflix released its most expensive and anticipated show HOUSE OF CARDS. Bringing on critically acclaimed director David Fincher and renowned stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright made an immediate statement of Netfl...
 

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