2013 Was the Year That. . .
2013 Was the Year That. . .
February 07, 2014

Friday’s Movieguide® Awards Celebrates TV/Movies with Faith and Values Hollywood, Calif. – Before Hollywood gives itself a pat on the back at this year's Oscar ceremony, the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Awards will be celebrating last year’s movies and television programs that had the most faith and values. The Movieguide® Awards ceremony will be held tonight at the Universal Hilton Hotel, with a telecast at 2 p.m. Eastern Time March 1 on the REELZ Channel. Among the movies being celebrated at the awards are family movies such as FROZEN, DESPICABLE ME 2, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, TURBO, THE CROODS, and GRACE UNPLUGGED, with special nods to movies for mature audiences such as 42, MAN OF STEEL, IRON MAN 3, BLACK NATIVITY, THE HOBBIT:...
 

 
Celebrating Free Enterprise in Hollywood
February 06, 2014

Faith & Values Awards Show Names Movie/TV Nominees for $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize Hollywood, Calif. – For the second year in a row, the Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry will celebrate America’s free enterprise system with the $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize for the best movie or television program promoting free enterprise. The winner of the prize will be announced Friday, Feb. 7, at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize is supported by a grant from the Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation. “We have some excellent nominees this year,” Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder of the Faith...
 

 
Preserving Culture: Behind the Scenes of THE MONUMENTS MEN
Preserving Culture: Behind the Scenes of THE MONUMENTS MEN
February 04, 2014

 Preserving Culture: Behind the Scenes of THE MONUMENTS MEN By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor, and Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer THE MONUMENTS MEN is a World War II comedy-drama about a group of art experts who go to the front lines of battle to protect and save art from Hitler’s National Socialist army. Recently, Movieguide® had the chance to speak and hear from Writer/Director/Actor George Clooney, Producer/Writer Grant Heslov and the cast, including Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban. The movie addresses some poignant topics, including the preservation of culture and fighting for the values that make our country great. For the full review of THE MONUMENTS MEN, click here. Q:  The ...
 

 
Movieguide® Grace Award Nominations for Inspiring Performances!
Movieguide® Grace Award Nominations for Inspiring Performances!
February 03, 2014

  Movieguide® Grace Award Nominations for Inspiring Performances! Harrison Ford, Sandra Bullock, Forest Whitaker, Tim Allen, Roma Downey, and ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Willie Robertson Lead Nominees for Acting Honors   Hollywood, Calif. – Veteran actors and some startling newcomers are among the baker’s dozen of nominees for the Annual Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV this year.  The two winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, to be held Friday, Feb. 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.  A couple “Reality TV” stars are among the nominees for the Grace Awards, which are des...
 

 
‘The Cos’ Returns to Network TV
‘The Cos’ Returns to Network TV
January 30, 2014

‘The Cos’ Returns to Network TV By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer When I was little, I couldn’t wait to sit down in front of my television set on Thursday evenings. With my bowl of popcorn nearby, I’d munch away and laugh at the antics of iconic TV characters such as the educated and witty Huxtable family on THE COSBY SHOW and the loveable political leanings of everyone’s favorite Republican, Alex P. Keaton on FAMILY TIES. It was funny, smart, and, most of all, family friendly.  Today, however, I struggle to give my family those same memories. Most network producers use suggestive dialogue, over the top violence, and gratuitous sex scenes to spice up their plots. Instead of bonding over the laughter of our favorite...
 

 
Change the Channel, Change the Culture
January 29, 2014

Change the Channel, Change the Culture   The battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation has never been more important than now. That battle is taking place at movie theaters and on your TV. Everyone agrees that media has an immense influence on the way we think, act and even believe, yet much of what is produced and praised in Hollywood attacks our core values of faith, family and freedom. How can we ensure that our young people are being influenced positively through media? The answer is simple: •    WATCH… on March 1st at 2pm ET/11am PT, the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards air-ing on the Reelz Channel. Find out where to watch on your cable or satellite system here: http://www.reelz.com •    COMMENT… Go t...
 

 
10 FINALISTS VIE FOR $50,000 KAIROS PRIZES
10 FINALISTS VIE FOR $50,000 KAIROS PRIZES
January 28, 2014

  Ninth Annual Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays Announces Finalists for First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters Hollywood, Calif. – Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced the top 10 finalists for the Ninth Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters. Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and presented annually by MOVIEGUIDE®, the Kairos Prizes award $50,000 to the top three entries as it celebrates the best new screenwriters from around the world whose work aims to greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God. “This year’s finalists once again challenge us to seek a bri...
 

 
Kirk Cameron Makes an Exciting Announcement
Kirk Cameron Makes an Exciting Announcement
January 27, 2014

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor A few weeks ago, Kirk Cameron revealed he was making a new family movie with comedian Tim Hawkins. In an exclusive interview with Movieguide®, Kirk revealed the premise of his next movie MERCY RULE and stated when audiences can expect it. Kirk explains, “Baseball fans know, Mercy Rule is when you’re beating the other team so badly, you invoke the mercy rule, which lets them off the hook. This is a family film that my wife and I play husband and wife. Bas Rutten from HERE COMES THE BOOM plays the baseball coach, and Tim Hawkins, the comedian who sings the Chick-Fil-A song, plays my brother. This is a movie about a family who learns the kingdom lessons of patience, mercy, sacrifice, legacy, and trustin...
 

 
Comic Bill Engvall To Host 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala Feb. 7
Comic Bill Engvall To Host 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala Feb. 7
January 24, 2014

Hollywood, Calif. – Blue Collar Comedy comic Bill Engvall, a platinum selling artist, will host the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards gala and report to the Entertainment Industry, to be held Friday, Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. One of the top comedians in the country, Engvall has received a Grammy nomination. Most recently, he was a contestant on Season 17 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where he was a fan favorite and made it to the finals. Earlier this year, he lent his voice to the CMT animated comedy series “Bounty Hunters.” Engvall has also starred in several Comedy Central solo specials, reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy (his “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” buddies) for...
 

 
Reporter Stirs Controversy Regarding Nudity
Reporter Stirs Controversy Regarding Nudity
January 23, 2014

Addressing a panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Session in Pasadena, THE WRAP reporter Tim Malloy questioned why Lena Dunham’s character in the HBO show GIRLS was so often nude. This drew a heated response from the show’s producer. Judd Apatow. The confrontation, that might otherwise have remained unnoticed, was featured on DRUDGE REPORT and has created a much larger than expected stir. Apatow accused Malloy of being sexist and misogynistic (hating women) for asking such a question. While Malloy doesn’t work for Movieguide®, but rather THE WRAP, it’s interesting that this question that millions of parents would love the answer to came from a secular reporter. The vitriolic response reveals just how out of touch...
 

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