Denzel Washington Encourages Young Actors to Pray Every Morning
By Diana Anderson-Tyler, Contributing Writer
A popular Facebook video recently shared by R&B singer Tyrese Gibson showed Movieguide® Award nominee and Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington speaking to young actors about the importance of both prayer and humility before God as they achieve success on stage.
“I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you got to get on your knees in the morning,” Washington said, followed by an exuberant eruption of applause. “And, while you’re down there, thank God for grace, and mercy, and understanding. We all fall short of the glory. We all got plenty.”
Washington went on to underscore the f...
Are Some Hollywood Movies Leading Us to Domestic Military Intervention?
By David Outten, Production Editor, and Ted Baehr, Publisher
Reports have come out that a 2010 Pentagon directive details how United States military forces can be deployed against United States citizens in the case of emergencies – as authorized by the President.
This scenario is in many movies, including the top two movies so far this year, THE LEGO MOVIE and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. It’s only logical that some of the horrible disasters presented in Science Fiction and Fantasy movies (the two most popular movie genres today) would require every possible form of military, police and superhero involvement to restore a civil society. The interven...
An Important Message for Fathers:
Interview with Hollywood Actor David Henrie
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
Fathers Day is right around the corner, and one Hollywood actor wants to send a message to fathers via his new short movie titled CATCH.
California native David Henrie, 24, grew up in the entertainment industry and understood first-hand the impact movies and television has on the culture. After landing several recurring roles on TV shows like THAT’S SO RAVEN and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, David’s rise to fame began when he received a main role on Disney Channel’s WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE.
After a five-year run with Disney Channel, David has now poured his heart and soul into a short movie that he wrote and directed himse...
Media Discernment is More Crucial Than Ever Because of This!
By David Outten
Media does have an impact. Two 12-year-old Middle School girls in Wisconsin stabbed a “friend” 19 times and left her for dead, not because they were in a fit of anger, but because they wanted to please a mythical character they found on the Internet. The attempted murder was planned in advance. The plans were altered as the girls hesitated but they finally got up the nerve to attempt the killing.
The girl crawled out of the woods where the stabbing took place, was found and was rushed to a hospital where she was stabilized. It is hoped she will survive.
The girls who confessed to the stabbing are being prosecuted in adult court with the possibility of...
By Ben Kayser and Ted Baehr, with Tom Snyder
The Disney reimagining of the classic 1959 fairy tale SLEEPING BEAUTY stormed theaters this past weekend, and while earning a PG MPAA rating and being heralded as a movie for the whole family, MALEFICENT follows some current storytelling trends that should and will concern parents.
Last year, Disney, with good intentions, attempted to re-launch the beloved western THE LONE RANGER, but failed at keeping it child-friendly, along with inserting some politically correct content. This and some poor storytelling led Disney to a major loss of money.
While MALEFICENT doesn’t follow the exact path of THE LONE RANGER in its failures, it presents a new one by introducing the anti-hero to children...
1. You have to wear that one dress
all the time. Maybe at the end of the
movie you can change to a real princess
2. Where's Mom? Where's Dad?
3. Usually the guy you don’t
like is always around and
somehow you have to like him
at the end of the adventure.
4. The expectations of great
singing and song writing weighs on you.
5. Maybe bright colors and animals
aren’t your thing.
6. The amount of happy you have
to be is sometimes overwhelming.
Of Princesses and Kings:
Behind the Scenes of MALEFICENT
By Evy Baehr, content editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
MALEFICENT is a live action take on Sleeping Beauty, but from the perspective of the villain. Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent who is the most powerful fairy in the forest with strong wings and powers. When Maleficent is hurt by the king, she puts a curse on baby Princess Aurora, saying she will prick her finger on her sixteenth birthday, and if she does not receive a true loves kiss, she will die. Because of some of the darker elements in MALEFICENT, Movieguide® highly recommends you read the review before seeing it.
Though this is the case, Movieguide® had the opportunity to talk with Elle Fanning about playing a princess and ...
Stop the Next Murder Spree
By David Outten and Ted Baehr
The recent murders in Santa Barbara reveal in sad detail the worst of the sexual revolution. Elliot Rodgers killed six people, and then himself, because he felt he was denied sex by girls who gave it freely to other boys. His Facebook video announcement of his murderous plans is dangerous. There are undoubtedly other unstable boys who feel denied and may be inspired by his remarks and his example.
You may need to take action today to prevent copycat killings.
A self-confessed pornography user, Rodgers was known to play World of Warcraft up to 14 hours a day (the same game preferred by James Egan Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado theater killer). In his video, Rodgers said, “I w...
Anatomy of a Murder Spree:
Media Terrorism on California’s Gold Coast
By Dr. Tom Snyder and Dr. Ted Baehr
Once again, sadly, America is transfixed by the story of another murder spree by a lone male killer – this time on California’s Gold Coast near Santa Barbara, one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in the state.
This time, the murderer didn’t just use guns. He also reportedly used knives and his fancy car to commit his murder spree. So, you can’t just blame guns and the National Rifle Association, although some people are still trying to make that mistaken connection.
As with other recent notorious murder sprees, however, the killer was obsessed with violent video games, including World of Warcraft, an addic...
Fooled by Festivals
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
More and more frequently, neophyte faith and family movie producers are asking us to review their movies that may not have a major theatrical release, but bragging instead that they’ve won awards at several film festivals. Their hopes are high, but all too often their movies are lackluster, the type of movies that give a black eye to Christian filmmaking.
In my book HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), I mention the wise advice of Lajos Egri, which can be paraphrased:
Don’t show your script to your mother because she’s going to love it no matter how terrible it is. Instead, show it to your worst enemy so you can get an honest critique and make it better.