By Ben Kayser, Contributing Writer
The mass media creates the culture that shapes hearts and minds.
A typical American child will watch approximately 28 hours of TV a week. By the time they turn 18, they will have seen 200,000 acts of violence and more than 16,000 murders on screen. Between the 1960s and 1990s, there was a 370% increase in violent crimes in America. Gory video games and gruesome television shows have been influencing children for decades. So much so that violent murders in horror films are being replicated by psychopathic people in real life.
Just this year, Luka Magnotta allegedly killed two people by copying the brutal murders of the films AMERICAN PSYCHO and SEVEN. His fascination of film even led him to vid...
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
San Diego, California – The annual Comic-Con convention at the San Diego Convention Center has become a cultural phenomenon of vast proportions.
This should come as no surprise these days, since every year, at least six or seven of the top ten movies at the box office are science fiction or fantasy movies, with many of them stories involving comic book superheroes.
About 100,000 people come here every year to celebrate comic books and all things related to the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres and to see the latest things Hollywood has to offer in the coming year, from the latest upcoming vampire movie or TV show to the latest superhero movies.
Because of the vast crowds of people attend...
By Kathryn Sommers
Actors garbed in Disney character suits performed for new North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday. The unprecedented, albeit unauthorized, performance of Western characters has led to much discussion by the press. Is this a sign of loosening tensions in U.S.-North Korean relations or, rather, part of the new leader’s attempt to build a people-friendly image in the media?
The performance included Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Minnie Mouse dancing around on a stage back-dropped with screens flashing scenes from classic Disney movies such as SNOW WHITE, DUMBO, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The performance marks the first showing of Western characters in North Korea. The performance was also shown o...
Dr. Baehr Speaks to Hundreds of Aspiring
Actors and Models
Movieguide® Publisher Ted Baehr spoke to hundreds of Actors, Models & Talent for Christ at the famous SHINE event Friday and Saturday in Orlando, Fla., on HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), and later on how to keep your faith in the Entertainment Industry.
The audience bought every HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL) book and many want to take the 4-day intensive class.
“Equipping these talented actors, models and talent to go into the Entertainment Industry and redeem the mass media of entertainment is extremely important,” Dr. Baehr said. “These are the people whom God has called to redeem the culture. I am grate...
By Jerry Newcombe
Here we go again. Another blasphemous anti-Christian movie is in the works. Moviemaker Paul Verhoeven appears to be on the verge of making a major film to totally besmirch Jesus.
The Dutch director who made BASIC INSTINCT, ROBOCOP, and SHOWGIRLS has now reportedly found funding and a writer for a movie to be based on his 2010 book, “Jesus of Nazareth [sic]”.
The book asserts the myth that Jesus may have been the product of a rape of the not-so-Virgin Mary by a Roman soldier. That statement alone says all you need about this upcoming movie, if indeed it ever makes the big screen. I pray it will not.
According to the scholars, even ones not friendly to conservative Christianity, there isn’t a shred ...
By Ben Kayser, Contributing Writer
At Variety’s Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit recently, Emmy Award winning Producer Mark Burnett of SURVIVOR flew into Hollywood from Madagascar to share a snippet of his new 10-hour miniseries THE BIBLE.
Besides SURVIVOR, Burnett is best known for producing the TV shows THE VOICE and THE APPRENTICE. For the past two years, however, Burnett and his wife Roma Downey of TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL have been working with the History channel to produce a 10-hour mini-series drama based on the stories in the Bible. As a kid, Burnett remembers seeing Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 classic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and being thrilled by its spectacles. Now, he has the opportunity to provide the same i...
By Ben Kayser, Contributing Writer
Director Darren Aronofsky is known for his dark controversial dramas. THE FOUNTAIN, THE WRESTLER, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, and THE BLACK SWAN are just a few of his movies that are anything but family friendly. Lately, however, Aronofsky has been reading his Bible. Not because of a desire to learn the truth of God, but because of his new project based on the Biblical story of Noah.
Aronofsky has already secured $115 million in distribution and funding. It’s said that it will be a “big event” movie, similar to Roland Emmerich’s disaster films (INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2012, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW). Russell Crowe has been cast as Noah with Jennifer Connelly playing Noah’s wife. Emma Watson, Lo...
Summer is in full swing and Hollywood is rolling out their popcorn fare. Be sure to check back for the review of each of these closer to the release date.
July 3-6, 2012
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
This reboot of Sony’s big franchise is a more serious incarnation about the famed webslinger.
You can read the Movieguide® Review HERE.
KATY PERRY: PART OF ME
In this documentary, the well known pop star recounts her start as a gospel singer turned hit maker, famous for her song “I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It.” The movie has backstage footage from her world tour as well as private moments as she currently goes through a divorce.
You can read the Movieguide(R) Review HERE.
Oliver Stone ...
By Amy Swanson
One of the most annoying things to deal with in a movie theater is a fidgety child. About half way through the latest animated sequel, a young child started kicking the back of my seat and whining, “Mommy, when’s it gonna be done?” every five minutes. The mother ended up taking the child out of the theater early. Another thirty dollars wasted.
Unfortunately, I knew exactly why the movie couldn’t hold the child’s attention. While draped in the façade of a humorous kid’s movie, the plot was driven by current political events that went way over the child’s head.
You have to give the creative minds in Hollywood credit. Their job is harder than it looks. When considering children’s ent...
By Catherine Clinch
Recently, VARIETY presented the first The Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Summit in association with Rogers & Cowan, and sponsored in part by MOVIEGUIDE(r). These particular markets are not typically at the top of Hollywood’s priority list, so it was surprising to see that the conference room at Sofitel Hotel was packed at this sold-out event. While it is a tribute to the fact that the VARIETY Summits are always exceptional experiences, it’s important to note that attendees were equally divided between Christian Pray-ers and Hollywood Players.
One of the most important accomplishments of this Summit was the clarification of definitions. Everyone agreed that while “family” is often referr...