By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Surprisingly, some of the movie stars and filmmakers appearing at this year’s Comic-Con Thursday and Friday discussed the importance of moral responsibility, conscience, or family in several major panels and press conferences on their upcoming movies.
Can the idea of faith be far behind???
Mega-star Harrison Ford was perhaps the biggest name mentioning morality when speaking about his new movie ENDER’S GAME, a big-budget science fiction adventure about a child being groomed to lead an army of remote-controlled and youth-controlled spaceships and devices against an alien race of invaders.
In the movie, Ford plays Colonel Graff, a veteran soldier who trains 13-year-old Ender Wiggin to lead children operatin...
Fairy Tale Wedding for Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton
Surfing among the sharks? All in a day’s work for 23-year old Bethany Hamilton, the professional surfer who lost an arm to a shark 10 years ago. Finding that special someone? Not so much.
“I always felt it would be hard for me to meet someone because I’m different,” she confided to In Touch Magazine. “I just had to trust in God and know that He had someone special for me.”
He did indeed.
“God knew my heart, my thoughts…concerns and desires; and, He has heard my prayers,” she said.
About a year ago friends set Bethany up with Adam Dirks, a 25-year-old Christian youth minister. Bethany recalls on her blog their unconventional first date, “The ...
Clash of Cultures at Comic-Con 2013:
Christians Preach Gospel Outside; Harrison Ford Supports Same-Sex Marriage Inside
By Tom Snyder, Editor
It was a clash of culture on the first day of Comic-Con 2013 Thursday at the huge San Diego Convention Center, which attracted more than 125,000 people for the event.
While a small contingent of Christians held up signs reading “Have Faith in Jesus” and “All Have Sinned” on the street corners outside, actor Harrison Ford of STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES, and the upcoming ENDER’S GAME, was asked by a reporter about the “anti-gay” views of Orson Scott Card, the author of the original critically acclaimed book that led to Ford’s new movie.
Card, a devout Mormon, has opposed same-sex marr...
Zondervan and Christian Comic Arts Society Team Up for Christian-focused Events!
If you’re going to be at Comic-Con this weekend, and want to find some fellow God-fearing nerds, geeks, and superhero fanatics, the Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) is partnering with Zondervan Publishing to put on some great events!
Here are some of the event highlights: [you can see more here at the CCAS website<http://www.christiancomicarts.com/profiles/blogs/christian-comic-arts-society-at-comic-con-international-san-diego>]
The Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer
Friday, 07/19/13, 8:30pm - 9:30pm, Room 26AB
Come join the Christian Comic Arts Society for their annual fellowship mixer, open to all comics, media and pop-culture fans! ...
What panels at the ‘con’ will have the best family content? If you’re traveling to San Diego this weekend for the conference, what panels should you definitely make sure and see?
We’ve compiled a list of some of the panels that look the most uplifting and family-friendly. Read on below for superheroes, Christian authors and animation highlights galore!
DreamWorks Animation Filmmaker Focus Panel
Last year’s DreamWorks panel premiered footage of THE CROODS and featured director Tom McGrath (MADACASCAR series), production designer Patrick Hanenberger (RISE OF THE GUARDIANS), animator James Baxter (THE CROODS), and DreamWorks chief creative officer Bill Damashke.
This year will again see Bill Damashke headline t...
ABC’s Mistresses Missed It By A Mile
By Rachel Cantrell, Editorial Intern at Movieguide®
“Even happily married people have attractions without it leading anywhere” Joss to Savi, “Mistresses” Season 1. Except on “Mistresses,” ABC’s new “Desperate Housewives”-esc drama, it typically does lead somewhere. The show is an Americanized version of a British sitcom created by SJ Clarkson (director of “Heroes,” “Dexter,” “Ugly Betty,” “House”) that ran from 2008-10. The Lifetime Network tried to pick the show up in 2008 but ended up scrapping it. Looks like ABC was rifling through the garbage for this year's “Desperate Housewives” lookalike. Sadly, this probably would have been better left in the d...
Dr. Ted Baehr's popular How to Succeed in Hollywood (without losing your soul) filmmaking seminar will be offered in New York City August 15-18. Offered several times a year on the West Coast this is a golden opportunity for those on the East Coast to learn the art, the business and the culture of filmmaking.
Founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission and Publisher of Movieguide: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, Dr. Baehr brings to the class 30 years of research into what makes movies successful. Each year at the Movieguide Awards he presents his Report to the Entertainment Industry loaded with valuable information about what succeeds and why. This four-day seminar, limited to eight class members, goes much de...
Culver City, Ca. (July 9, 2013) -- Rich Peluso, a MOVIEGUIDE® friend and Hollywood leader in making and distributing faith-based movies like the $100,000 Epiphany Prize winner for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011, COURAGEOUS, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, a label of Sony Pictures Enteratinment, where he will continue to oversee the development, production, acquisition and marketing of faith-based and inspirational movies.
These movies span a wide range of genres and budgets and benefit from the various global distribution platforms at SPE, including theatrical and non-theatrical exhibition, television and home entertainment. Peluso, who had been Vice President of the department, will continue to report to Ste...
LEARN THE ART • Premise • The 3 Acts • Story Beats • Character Arcs • Using Subtext • Scene Construction • Drawing Emotion • Creating Suspense • Building Empathy • Providing Entertainment Value
AND THE BUSINESS
• Protecting Rights • Understanding Contracts • Finding Funding • Effective Marketing • Distribution Options
Class Structure: 9:00 am to 10 pm
Wednesday – Foundations and 12 Steps to Communicating Effectively, with practice and critique
Thursday/Friday - Step-by-Step Instruction, with practice and critique
Saturday Morning - practice and critique
Saturday Afternoon - Graduation
Evenings - Screenings with class discussions
Class Size: Limited to eight members
July 12-14, 2013
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DESPICABLE ME carries a second weekend
Universal’s adorable family comedy DESPICABLE ME 2 withstood the release of GROWN UPS 2 and PACIFIC RIM to take the top spot for a second weekend. It is within days of becoming the most popular animated movie of the year having crossed the $200 million mark. It has serious hope of crossing the $300 million mark and even becoming the second-highest grossing movie of 2013.
THE HEAT and THE LONE RANGER rounded out the top five. This Summer has seen some big hits and some big flops. Among the flops have been AFTER EARTH, WHITE HOUS...