Why You Should Read Christian Comic Books
Why You Should Read Christian Comic Books
August 17, 2013

  By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor of MOVIEGUIDE®  Since the early 1900s, comic books and graphic novels have engrossed young and old. The intriguing stories with colorful and imaginative artwork are no longer considered a children’s activity. The fun clean comics from the early years turned toward darker territory.  While there are some good recent comics, many of them tend to have gritty, dark and salacious content and artwork.  Even comic book series like Batman and Superman show scantily clad women and over-the-top stylized violence that adds nothing to the actual story. For this reason, many Christians choose to ignore comic books altogether.  Thankfully, this is no longer necessary, because of a company called Kingston...
 

 
Duck Dynasty Shoots Down Cable Records
Duck Dynasty Shoots Down Cable Records
August 16, 2013

By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer of MOVIEGUIDE® The family reality television show “Duck Dynasty” shattered records on Wednesday with its season premiere drawing in over 11.8 million viewers. This makes it the most-watched non-fiction series telecast in cable history.  To the loyal readers of Movieguide®, this is no surprise. Each year at our annual Movieguide Awards we show Hollywood that movies with pro-family, and pro-Christian content do significantly better at the box-office than movies promoting anti-Christian anti-Biblical content. Duck Dynasty’s record-breaking season premiere featured a wedding celebrating the 49th anniversary of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson and his wife Kay. It turns out audiences prefer shows...
 

 
Weekend Report August 9-11, 2013
August 12, 2013

August 9-11, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card ELYSIUM tops a busy weekend Sony’s ELYSIUM topped a weekend with four newcomers taking the top for spots. Warner Bros rauncy WE’RE THE MILLERS came in second followed by DISNEY PLANES (a straight to video turned theatrical release). Rounding out the top five were PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS and 2 GUNS.   DISNEY PLANES is a lower budget animation follow up to Pixar’s Cars. It was a very similar story told with planes. The lower budget showed and the August release is not ideal for family movies. PLANES might sell more toys than tickets. With a budget not much la...
 

 
Flying Right to the Heart: Talking Behind the Scenes with PLANES Star Dane Cook
Flying Right to the Heart: Talking Behind the Scenes with PLANES Star Dane Cook
August 08, 2013

   By Rachel Cantrell, Contributing Writer PLANES is a heartfelt movie about a plane named Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster who has to overcome his fear of heights to achieve his dreams of being a racer. It’s filled with wonderful voice talent, breathtaking animation and an impressive score. Popular comedian Dane Cook voices Dusty. MOVIEGUIDE® had the opportunity to hear from Dane about his experience with PLANES. He shared about his childhood fears, what it was like doing voice work for the first time and what he would like children to walk away with after seeing Disney’s PLANES. Q:  We were told this was a different sort of recording session for you because the film had been shot, and you were matching [your voice to the alread...
 

 
Hollywood Macro-Economics
Hollywood Macro-Economics
August 06, 2013

by John Cones   Thousands upon thousands of creative people are drawn to the film capitol of the world every year. They come to express their creative visions through that important medium called feature film. Unfortunately, most are suffering under the delusion that the Hollywood-based U.S. film industry is a merit system, that talent will prevail and their efforts will be rewarded. They are often mystified to discover that their efforts only lead to failure or mediocrity, and even in the few instances of apparent success, much of the financial rewards are drained off by others who provide support services for such talent. And, most of those are Hollywood insiders.  Many in that creative community eventually abandon all hope and...
 

 
Weekend Report August 2-4, 2013
Weekend Report August 2-4, 2013
August 05, 2013

August 2-4, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card 2 GUNS tops a modest weekend Universal’s vulgar violent 2 GUNS out gunned THE WOLVERINE to take the top spot. THE SMURFS 2 came in a disappointing third, followed by THE CONJURING and the amazing DESPICABLE ME 2.   DESPICABLE ME 2 is sailing well above the $300 million mark demonstrating to the world that if your $79 million family movie is entertaining enough it can far surpass most of the big-budget special effects Summer blockbusters.   Color codes +4Exemplary +3Moral +2Good +1Worthwhile -1Caution -2Exreme Caution -3Excessive -4Abhorr...
 

 
Teddy Bear Awards:  The Hollywood Award More Valuable Than an Oscar
Teddy Bear Awards: The Hollywood Award More Valuable Than an Oscar
August 02, 2013

[caption id="attachment_473104" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Ted Baehr at the Movieguide(R) Awards[/caption] Each year during the first two months of winter, Hollywood’s top producers, directors, and screenwriters vie for a statue of a golden man, but a lesser known awards show is handing out prizes far more valuable than gold statues, and Hollywood executives are taking notice. The Movieguide® Faith & Values and Report to the Entertainment Industry, featuring the Crystal Teddy Bear Awards, is now in its 22nd year this coming February 7, 2014 at the Universal City Hilton. It will give away $350,000 in cash prizes to movies and television programs that promote family-friendly values and spiritually uplifting, inspiring themes. ...
 

 
Even Theaters Owners Demand More Family Movies
Even Theaters Owners Demand More Family Movies
August 01, 2013

Earlier this spring at CinemaCon 2013, the large annual convention of theater owners, John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, said: “If exhibitors could make one recommendation to our studio partners, it would be make more family titles and fewer R-rated movies.  Only two R-rated movies made the top twenty last year, even though more R-rated movies were distributed than any other rating category.” Addressing a 12 percent decline in box office as of April, Fithian said: “The product selection in the first part of 2013 was dismal. During early 2012, we had more G, more PG, and more PG-13 rated movies than we had in 2013. Our numbers suffered this year under the weight of too many R-rated movies.” ...
 

 
Kirk Cameron Remains UNSTOPPABLE
Kirk Cameron Remains UNSTOPPABLE
July 29, 2013

By Alexandra Harmening, Contributing Writer  With the help of over a half a million fans, Kirk Cameron’s newest project UNSTOPPABLE was allowed back on both Facebook and Youtube. The response from faithful fans came after Cameron posted that the link to the UNSTOPPABLE trailer was blocked by Facebook on July 18th and labeled as “abusive,” “unsafe” and “spammy.” The following day, a similar glitch occurred with Youtube which identified the film trailer’s content as spam.  Sponsored by Liberty University, UNSTOPPABLE is a live event taking place in theaters on September 24th for one night only. In the film, Cameron wrestles with the familiar question of “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?” The traile...
 

 
Weekend Report July 26-28, 2013
July 28, 2013

July 26-28, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE WOLVERINE tops the weekend 20th Century Fox’s THE WOLVERINE took the top spot but with less than anticipated. It was followed by THE CONJURING, DESPICABLE ME 2, TURBO and GROWN UPS 2. DESPICABLE ME 2 became only the second movie in 2013 to top $300 million. TURBO will struggle to make it to $100 million.   Here are 2013’s animated movies: DESPICABLE ME . . . . . . . . . . . . . $306,412,945 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY . . . . . . . $255,345,000 THE CROODS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $186,390,796 EPIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $106,188,590 ESCAPE FR...
 

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