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.
They’re Not Loving It
By Grace Margaretha, Contributing Writer
When McDonald’s Hamburgers is mentioned, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? What about a company that advertises on shows with sex orgies, strip clubs and “jokes” about child molestation?
All McDonald’s food chains have some things in common: Happy Meals with toys, playgrounds with colorful slides and a smiling Ronald McDonald to welcome the customers. McDonalds has become a global phenomenon that children all over the world have come to love. However, its recent decisions have proven to be quite questionable.
McDonald’s has recently decided to support some very raunchy, ultraviolent television programs such as FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, and THE ...
Editors Note: This article was originally published on Charisma News
Nothing succeeds like success.
Reportedly, this oft repeated proverb was first put into print in 1854 by Alexandre Dumas, the author of THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO.
Now, 160 years later, Christians are seeing the truth of this proverb bearing much fruit. This year, the movie industry is releasing more than 15 faith-based movies in theaters nationwide; and, so far, these movies are having a tremendous success at the box office.
In March and April, for example, faith-based movies made it into the Top 5 Movies at the box office, sometimes at No. 2 or No. 1, and sometimes at No. 3, every week, including SON OF GOD, NOAH, GOD’S NOT DEAD, and...
Should Cable TV Rethink Its Business Model?
Nielsen Research Shows Americans Watch Only 9% of Their Cable TV Channels
By Grace Margaretha, Contributing Writer
“Quality, not quantity.” This quote may be rather clichéd, but there’s truth in its message. People want good content, not just a large variety to choose from. People enjoy variety, and, according to Dan Rayburn of the business consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan, the large assortment that Cable TV offers is a key factor in its success. The average American household can now select from 189 different channels as opposed to the 129 offered in 2008.
However, according to research done by Nielsen, consumers don’t seem to need that many choices. Results from the conduct...
Pinewood Studios: From Faith to Faith
By Chuck Cleveland, Contributing Writer
J. Arthur Rank’s millionaire father referred to his son as a dunce, suggesting his child would never accomplish anything on his own. Fortunately for Fayette County, Joseph Rank was quite wrong.
J. Arthur, a long-time Sunday School teacher at his Methodist church and President of the National Sunday School Union, was a member of a small group of citizens concerned with the lack of Christian values in the movies of their day, and they formed the Religious Film Society to distribute Rank’s own productions. That effort had limited success until he established a vertically-integrated entertainment conglomerate in 1935, which was called Pinewood Film Studio...
By Drew Zahn, World Net Daily (www.wnd.com)
Editor's Note: This article is reprinted from WorldNetDaily, a leading news website at www.wnd.com.
In 2014, Hollywood has set its eyes squarely on the faith and Christian movie market – a noticeable change that's been nearly 30 years in the making.
So far in 2014, in what many publications have dubbed “The Year of the Bible,” moviegoers have flocked to faith- or Bible-based films “Son of God,” “Noah,” “God’s Not Dead” and “Heaven Is for Real,” with many more in store for the coming months, including Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “A Long Way Off,” “Left Behind” and “Alone, Yet Not Alone,” to name only a few.
“There hasn’t been this m...
Movie Magic in India:
Behind the Scenes of MILLION DOLLAR ARM
By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor
Movieguide® had the opportunity to do an interview with Mark Ciardi who produced MILLION DOLLAR ARM. Mark, along with his partner Gordon Gray, has produced some morally uplifting, inspirational movies that have received Movieguide® Awards. MILLION DOLLAR ARM is about a sports agent named JB Bernstein who conducts a competition in India to find the next best pitcher. This is JB’s last hope in being successful. Otherwise, he looses everything.
Take a look at what Ciardi has to say about the production:
Movieguide®: I’ve read or heard that you have gotten great reaction from those audience screenings.
Mark Ciardi: Yes,...
The Internet – A Digital Tower of Babel?
By David Outten, Production Editor
What is the future of the Internet?
The Internet is something like the Tower of Babel. It’s mankind reaching toward the powers of God.
Think about God’s power. He knows every thought of every person on earth. He knows every fact of history and every fact of the future. He’s in every location in a very personal way, yet He has an overarching awareness of the past, present and future. He is “the” Creator. He’s the creator of beings capable of building the Internet.
God stopped the Tower of Babel by confusing languages. The Internet will one day allow you to carry on a fluid conversation with someone who doesn’t know your language. You’l...
Preborn Baby’s Kick Stops Fame-Seeking Model from Having Abortion
By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
People do daring, outrageous, and sometimes certainly morally reprehensible things to gain fame. All it takes is a few minutes of channel surfing to observe the sorts of scandalous, salacious, and shocking shenanigans fame-seekers will seek out in order to win some money, attract a Facebook following, and become a household name – for a night at least.
Recently, a 24-year old aspiring glamour model from England proved that people are capable of doing even unthinkably cold-hearted things just to earn a brief stint in the spotlight.
Josie Cunningham, a 23 year-old aspiring model in England, unashamedly announced her desire to h...