June 11, 2013: Sony Invites Movieguide® Film Critic for Set Visit



New Sony Sports Drama Reaches Out to Faith Market, Asks Dr. Ted Baehr to Visit Set.

NEW ORLEANS, June 11, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Christian Media Critic Dr. Ted Baehr will be visiting the set of “When The Game Stands Tall” this week, on invitation from Sony Pictures. The upcoming sports drama starring Jim Caviezel is currently filming in New Orleans, Louisiana. This visit shows an obvious interest in the faith market.

“Movies with faith and family values tend to perform better at the box office.” Dr. Baehr pointed out. “Hollywood is catching on, and wants to make sure their movies will be acceptable to families.”

It seems that Sony would agree. The producer, who also sought out Dr. Baehr’s input during pre-production, has organized what they are calling an “exclusive faith & family set visit day.”

Dr. Baehr noted that more than three-fourths of Americans identify themselves as Christian. 

Sony’s invitation to the conservative critic shows that they are trying to reach a market that holds very high standards concerning amount of language, violence, and sexual content in a movie.

“I love families, and I love movies.” Dr. Baehr said. “Family movies not only have a more positive impact on the next generation, they also make the most money in the box office, year after year.”

Jim Caveziel, star of “When The Game Stands Tall,” has also attended Dr. Baehr’s “Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala” in years past. The Movieguide Awards recognizes each year’s top family and faith-based movies and TV programs. The next Gala will take place Feb. 7, 2014 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. 

Dr. Baehr is the founder and publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Entertainment. He is also chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission. These roles have situated him to be the liaison between faith and family audience and the entertainment industry.

The set visit will last for 3 days, beginning today, June 11, and lasting through June 13.

Contact: Natalie Fertig, [email protected], 805-383-2000

May 8, 2013: Entertainment Industry Opposes Freedom of Speech?



Writer Orson Scott Card Stands Up for His Religious Beliefs, and Meets Nothing but Hatred, Hellfire, and Possible Dismissal.

 

Gay rights activists are calling for the dismissal of novelist and screenwriter Orson Scott Card, on account of his religious stance against homosexuality. Known best as the author of the popular book Ender’s Game, which is currently being turned into a movie, Card has never minced words on his opinion of homosexuality. However, he also has also never discriminated against a person because of their sexuality, as he is now being discriminated against for his opinion.

In Sunstone magazine , Orson Scott Card himself wrote these words: 

“After a while I stopped being shocked to discover that someone I had known well, or whose talent I admired, was either moving into or already a part of the not-so-clandestine network of gay relationships. I learned that being homosexual does not destroy a person’s talent or deny those aspects of their character that I had already come to love and admire.”

Card goes on to describe how his religion – Mormonism – dictates he not accept homosexuality, but still be completely kind and compassionate to each and every homosexual he comes in contact with. His failure to completely condone or, much less, champion homosexuality, however, is enough for groups from around America to begin attacking and condemning him. 

Gay rights activists are now calling for DC comics to fire Orson Scott Card, simply for what he believes. The groups that call daily for “a new age of tolerance” are failing to display their most-beloved trait in the face of Card. Would they truly deny a man a job because of his choice – just as they in they past had been discriminated against for theirs? Is this the America they have claimed to have “bettered”?

Dr. Ted Baehr, well-known conservative media critic and founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Entertainment, thinks this is defining moment for many different groups in America. In a statement Tuesday Dr. Baehr said,

“For years the entertainment industry has argued for freedom of speech to show material that was inoffensive and material that was offensive, and they have applauded freedom of speech. The Oscar Card incident is an example of a double standard. If the entertainment industry wants freedom of speech, then HE deserves freedom of speech. The point of free speech is not that we agree with everything, but we believe that out of the open discussion of free speech the good will win out.”

 Will people of all religions in America – many of which oppose the action of homosexuality – be forced to resign from their jobs simply for exercising their freedom of speech? Will they be forced to hide their opinions in the coming years out of fear of being blacklisted from the entertainment industry? Is this a culture that entertainment – the very essence of which is freedom of speech – wishes to be allowing to fester and grow? 

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Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and director of its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry, advocacy group, and watchdog dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

For more information, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.

Family Matters




 

Ten Movies Will Vie for Best Family Movie at 20th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles

 

Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, announced today Movieguide®’s picks for the 10 Best 2011 Movies for Families.

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Super Hero To Host Movieguide(R) Awards



 

 


 The Event set for Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Universal Studios Hilton Hotel Sets a Milestone with its 20th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Family Friendly and Inspirational Entertainment. 

The Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry honoring family-friendly movies and television programs and spiritually uplifting entertainment has announced actor Dean Cain as the official host of the 20th Annual Awards show to be held Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Universal Studios Hilton Hotel in Hollywood.

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HOLLYWOOD REACHES $200K EPIPHANY



Movieguide® and Hallmark Movie Channel Celebrate

Most Inspiring Movie & TV Program Monday Night

 Hollywood, Calif. – Hallmark Movie Channel will televise the presentation of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2010 and the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program Monday at 7 pm Eastern and Pacific Time.

It’s all part of the 19th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, which honors family entertainment and entertainment with inspiring, redemptive themes.

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org), the $200,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV honor the best movie and television program that “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”

“This kind of entertainment is becoming more and more popular,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission® and Movieguide®, which sponsor the Annual Awards Gala. “And, we have a wonderful variety of great nominees this year that not only are truly inspiring, redemptive and spiritually uplifting but that also focus on our Divine Creator, who enlightens all people and blesses us with His grace.”

The nominees, in alphabetical order with major distributor, for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie are:

 

“The Book of Eli” – Warner Bros.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” – 20th Century Fox

“Get Low” – Sony Pictures Classics

“Letters to God” – Vivendi Entertainment

“The Secret of Kells – GKIDs Inc.

“To Save a Life” – Samuel Goldwyn Films

“What If. . .” – Pure Flix Entertainment

 

The nominees, in alphabetical order with major distributor, for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program are:

“Amish Grace” – Lifetime Network

“Christmas with a Capital C” – Pure Flix Entertainment/Gospel Music Channel

“Ice Dreams” – The Hallmark Channel

“November Christmas” – Hallmark Hall of Fame

“The Way Home” – Gospel Music Channel

“When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story” – Hallmark Hall of Fame

Highlights of the Faith & Values Awards will air Monday, May 16, on the Hallmark Movie Channel at 7 pm (note the new time!).

Actor Kevin Sorbo of TV’s “Hercules” is the emcee. Mary Mary, Ace Young and the Greater Los Angeles Gospel Choir will also perform.

 

The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. It supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. It also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.

 

The Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala is sponsored by Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry, both founded by Commission Chairman Ted Baehr 26 years ago. The Commission and its sister organization, Movieguide®, is an international non-profit advocacy group dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

 

For more information, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.

 

For an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, please contact Lisa at 1-888-248-6689 or [email protected].

 

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Note: For more information, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of CFTVC and author of THE CULTURE-WISE FAMILY, HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), and many other books, please call 1-888-248-6689.

 

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MODELS OF GRACE



 Movieguide® and Hallmark Movie Channel Celebrate

Most Inspiring Performances of the Year May 16

 The 19th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry will hand out the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV at 7 pm Monday on the Hallmark Movie Channel.

The Grace Awards honors actors whose performance in a movie and television program “exemplifies God’s grace and mercy toward us as human beings.”

“In addition to honoring an actor who delivers an exceptional performance, the Grace Awards goes one step further and honors the spiritual component of the performance. It’s one of the important awards viewers will see on May 16,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, which sponsors the awards.

For movies, the Grace Award nominees are Georgie Henley for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, Tanner Maguire for LETTERS TO GOD, John Ratzenberger, Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson for WHAT IF. . ., Denzel Washington for THE BOOK OF ELI, and Randy Wayne and Joshua Weigel for TO SAVE A LIFE.

For television, the nominees are Dean Cain and Sonny Shroyer for THE WAY HOME, Matt Letscher, Madison Mason and Kimberly Williams-Paisley for AMISH GRACE, Brad Stine and Nancy Stafford for CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C, and Barry Pepper and Winona Ryder for WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY.

 The Movieguide® Awards will air Monday, May 16, 2011 on the Hallmark Movie Channel at 7 pm (note the new time!).

Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and its family guide to movies, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

 

Family Matters



Find Out the Top Family Movies of the Year – Watch the 19th Annual

Faith & Values Awards Gala May 16 on the Hallmark Movie Channel

Hollywood, Calif. – Find out the Best Family Movie of 2010 – watch the 19th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time Monday May 16 on the Hallmark Movie Channel.

Starring Kevin Sorbo of “Soul Surfer, “Sam Steel and the Crystal Chalice” and TV’s “Hercules” as the emcee, the show features Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to land on the moon, announcing the Best Family Movie of the Year, out of a field of 10 nominees.

The Faith & Values Awards Gala is produced by Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and its sister 2organization, the Christian Film & Television Commission®.

“I was thrilled and honored to be a host and presenter at this year’s Movieguide® Awards show,” Kevin Sorbo says. “Ted Baehr [founder of Movieguide®] and his team put on a great night, and I’m especially excited that it will air on the Hallmark Movie Channel! 

The show also features the Grace Award for the Most Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV, the Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences, the Faith & Freedom Awards for Movies & TV Programs Promoting Positive American Values, the $25,000 Kairos Prize for the Best Spiritually Uplifting Screenplay by a First-Time or Beginning Screenwriter, and, last but not least, the $200,000 Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of the Year.

The Epiphany Prizes and the Kairos Prize competition are sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. It supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. It also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.

Dr. Ted Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and its family guide to movies, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

 

For an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, please contact Lisa at 1-888-248-6689 or [email protected].  

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To help you pick the good from the bad, please visit us daily at www.movieguide.org.

Note: For more information, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of CFTVC and author of THE CULTURE-WISE FAMILY, SO YOU WANT TO BE IN PICTURES, and many other books, please call 1-888-248-6689.

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Special Alert: Transformers is NOT for Children or Young Teens



The new TRANSFORMERS sequel, REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, which comes out today, is full of sexual references and foul language that are inappropriate for children or young teenagers, Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, has announced.

“We are appalled at all the crude humor and sexual innuendoes in this movie, which is supposed to be based on Hasbro’s popular toy franchise for children,” Dr. Baehr said. “It is shocking that a movie with such lewd adult content is being promoted with large displays in America’s toy stores. Young children are being encouraged to buy these toys and to see this movie.”

He advised parents and families not to allow their children or teenagers, especially younger teenagers, to see this movie.

“This content is not even appropriate for media-wise adults, much less younger people,” Dr. Baehr added. “I don’t know what Hasbro is thinking, allowing Hollywood to degrade their toy line with such gratuitous lewd vulgarity. The TRANSFORMERS movies should be fun movies for the whole family, not for deviants with juvenile minds wallowing in the gutter.”

For the complete review of the TRANSFORMERS sequel and more information about MOVIEGUIDE®, please see www.movieguide.org, or call 1-888-248-6689.

 

FILTH & DEPRAVITY DON’T SELL! Moviegoers Prefer Clean Movies Without Explicit Sex, Nudity, Foul Language, and Drug Abuse, Annual Report Shows Again



February 11, 2009: Los Angeles, Calif. – Once again, Movieguide® Magazine’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry shows that moviegoers prefer movies with no explicit sex, nudity and foul language.

“This was especially clear in 2008,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®: A Family Guide to Movies, Entertainment and Culture. “Movies with no foul language, sex and nudity averaged significantly more money at the theatrical box office in America and Canada than movies with some or a lot of such vulgarity, sex or nudity.”

Movieguide®’s analysis of the top movies released in 2008 also showed that moviegoers rejected movies with extreme forms of substance abuse.

Movieguide® also measured miscellaneous amounts of immorality, such as lying, stealing, blackmail, extortion, greed, envy, jealousy. Movies with no miscellaneous immorality made nearly six times more money than movies with extensive or extreme amounts of miscellaneous immorality.

“We have found similar results in practically all of our previous studies,” Dr. Baehr noted.

Movieguide® has been analyzing the content of movies and comparing box office numbers since 1991. The annual studies since 1996 have been particularly comprehensive.

* Amount of Foul Language in 2008 Movies:

Movies with No Foul Language Do Best!

 

Lang.

Avg. B.O. 2008

No obscenities/profanities

$55,568,733

0-25 obscenities/profanities

$32,145,527

More than 25

$22,934,908

 

* Amount of Sexual Content in 2008 Movies

 

Movies with No Sex Do Best!

 

Content

Avg. B.O. 2008

No S

$42,953,235

S

$33,290,253

SS

$19,390,655

SSS

$14,878,503

 

* Amount and Kind of Nudity in 2008 Movies

 

Movies with No Nudity Do Best!

 

Content

Avg. B.O. 2008

No Nudity

$36,274,503

Some sexual nudity

$29,132,665

Extensive sexual nudity

$19,874,327

 

** Analysis of Substance Abuse

Alcohol Abuse in 2008 Movies

Alcohol

Avg. B.O. 2008

Some Drunkenness

$32,809,224

Extreme Abuse

$14,014,314

 

Drug References in 2008 Movies

Code

Avg. B.O. 2008

No Drug References

$48,819,627

Some Drug References

$18,880,203

Very Strong Drug References

$11,621,557

** Miscellaneous Immorality in 2008 Movies

Content

Avg. B.O. 2008

No M

$58,783,936

M

$37,993,403

MM

$24,612,051

MMM

$10,114,778

Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and publisher of its family guide to movies, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.com). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

For more information, visit www.movieguide.com or call 1-800-577-6684.

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