The 2015 Oscars:  Focusing on the Good Despite Some Bad Choices
The 2015 Oscars: Focusing on the Good Despite Some Bad Choices
February 26, 2015

The 2015 Oscars: Focusing on the GOOD Despite Some Bad Choices By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor Date:  Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 It took three hours AND forty minutes for the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony to hand out its Oscar® awards, which isn’t a record but certainly led to some moments that seemed to drag on and on and on. There were a lot of touching speeches by winners about their families, including their parents. The best one was by Best Supporting Actor winner J.K. Simmons of WHIPLASH and the first SPIDER-MAN trilogy, who added at the end, “Call your mom. Call your dad. If you're lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don't text, don't email. Call them on the phone. Tell them you love them and tha...
 

 
Prosecutors Charge Student with Assault While Copying FIFTY SHADES
Prosecutors Charge Student with Assault While Copying FIFTY SHADES
February 26, 2015

Prosecutors Charge Student with Assault While Copying FIFTY SHADES Place/Date:  Chicago, Feb. 24, 2015 Cook County prosecutors say a University of Illinois at Chicago student leader has been charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student in an alleged re-enactment of scenes from the notorious movie FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, about a sadomasochistic affair. Mohammed Hossain, 19, seemed shocked when his bail was set at $500,000 by a Cook County judge. Hossain’s lawyer said his client was a “student ambassador to the Alumni Association” and a member of the triathlon team. Prosecutors said Hossain and the woman had “previously been intimate” and had gone to Hossain’s dorm room at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. At one...
 

 
Fifty Shades of Grey – And Alternatives
Fifty Shades of Grey – And Alternatives
February 26, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey – And Alternatives By Mike McManus In writing this column about the new film, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” I am breaking one of my most basic rules – not to write about a film unless I have seen it, or a book, unless I read it. However, I am alarmed at the stunning success of a film that “teaches your daughter that pain and humiliation are erotic, and your son that girls want a guy who controls, intimidates and threatens,” as psychiatrist Miriam Grossman puts it. In its first five days, the pornographic film grossed $237.7 million in 59 countries.  It is the highest worldwide debut for an R-rated film – far ahead of “The Matrix Revolution” which earned $117 million in 2003.  Overseas sales were ...
 

 
Classy Movie Awards Show and Tasteless Award Shows
Classy Movie Awards Show and Tasteless Award Shows
February 24, 2015

Classy Movie Awards Show and Tasteless Award Shows by Diane Howard, Ph.D. Having just returned from the classy Movieguide® Awards show in Hollywood, the contrast with that show and the Academy Awards show is striking, as in light and darkness difference. In recent years at the Academy Awards, the "humor" in the show has become more and more degrading, tacky, vulgar... in its slippery slope downward. Likewise, in recent years other leading awards shows, as well as the Oscars, have featured tasteless choreography, sketches, and costumes or evening wear. Further, with the exception of "American Sniper," most of the Academy Awards honors went to art house movies that did not do well in the box office and thus did not reveal the votes...
 

 
23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards Celebrates Inspiring Entertainment
23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards Celebrates Inspiring Entertainment
February 23, 2015

Faith and Freedom Are for Reel 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards Celebrates Inspiring Entertainment: Stevie Wonder Performs at Feb. 6 Event, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Wins Top Award Forget about the Oscar ceremony last night! More than 490 celebrities, filmmakers, Hollywood executives, TV artists, and supporters celebrated truly great movies and television programs with real faith and values Feb. 6 at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry held in Los Angeles. “It was our biggest event yet,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher and founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, now celebrating its 30th year of “redeeming the values of the mass media of entertainmen...
 

 
$50,000 CHRONOS PRIZE PRESENTED
$50,000 CHRONOS PRIZE PRESENTED
February 23, 2015

$50,000 CHRONOS PRIZE PRESENTED Movieguide® Announces Winner of Second Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers   Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, founded by Dr. Ted Baehr, announced the winner of the Second Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers at the 23rd Annual Faith & Values Awards Feb. 6 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Chronos Prize awards $50,000 to the top screenplay as chosen by Hollywood leaders. The prize honors established filmmakers whose work seeks to “increase man’s love or understanding of God.” Dave Alan Johnson, ...
 

 
$50K KAIROS PRIZES TAP THREE WRITERS
$50K KAIROS PRIZES TAP THREE WRITERS
February 23, 2015

$50K KAIROS PRIZES TAP THREE WRITERS Movieguide® Announces Winners of Tenth Annual Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays   Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, founded by Dr. Ted Baehr, announced the winners of the Tenth Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters at the 23rd Annual Faith & Values Awards Feb. 6 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. 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 celebrating the best new screenwriters from around the world whose work aims to greatly increase man’s love or understa...
 

 
Popular Rap Artist Lecrae Performs on Movieguide® Awards
Popular Rap Artist Lecrae Performs on Movieguide® Awards
February 20, 2015

Popular Rap Artist Lecrae Performs on Movieguide® Awards Telecast Saturday Rap artist Lecrae is making waves in America as one of the most outspoken Christians in the hip-hop community. His commitment to challenge the culture with the Gospel is one of the reasons Lecrae was invited to perform at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards telecast this Saturday, 7 p.m. Eastern time and 4 p.m. Pacific, on the REELZChannel. Lecrae Moore truly is a pioneer in the world of hip hop, especially for those who share his Christian faith. Originally from Texas, the 35-year-old rap artist spent his childhood in different areas of the country before attending college at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. After hearing the Gospel by a preach...
 

 
Stevie Wonder to Honor Andraé Crouch at the Movieguide® Awards
Stevie Wonder to Honor Andraé Crouch at the Movieguide® Awards
February 19, 2015

Stevie Wonder to Appear at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards to Honor Andraé Crouch Music legend Stevie Wonder will be among those honoring Gospel music innovator, singer and songwriter Andraé Crouch at a special tribute at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards airing again Monday night at 9 p.m. Pacific on the REELZChannel. The Movieguide® Awards honors the best family-friendly movies and television shows of the previous year. It also picks the best movie for mature audiences and the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV program of the Year, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Andraé Crouch, who died Jan. 8, paved the way for American contemporary Christian music and worked with musica...
 

 
Kendrick Brothers’ WAR ROOM Hits Theaters This Summer
Kendrick Brothers’ WAR ROOM Hits Theaters This Summer
February 17, 2015

Kendrick Brothers’ WAR ROOM Hits Theaters This Summer Sony Pictures Entertainment has set the release date for WAR ROOM, the next Christian movie by Alex and Stephen Kendrick (FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS) – Aug. 28. WAR ROOM focuses on the powerful, all-important topic of prayer. It tells the story of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple that, from all appearances, is living the American Dream. Behind their pristine façade of a flawless home, great jobs and comfortable lifestyle, their marriage has become a battleground, and their daughter finds herself caught in the crossfire. Through the wisdom of Miss Clara, Elizabeth learns she must stop fighting against her family and begin fighting for them by wielding the unrivaled weapon of pr...
 

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