Conversations of Faith with Liam Neeson
Conversations of Faith with Liam Neeson
January 21, 2017

Conversations of Faith with Liam Neeson: The Hollywood Actor Shares His Contemplation of Pursuing Priesthood as a Teenager By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor Irish actor Liam Neeson may be known for his roles in movies such as SCHINDLER’S LIST, BATMAN BEGINS or TAKEN, but he’s also no stranger to tackling movies with heavy religious themes. His first credited movie role was a 1978 Irish version of PILGRIMS PROGRESS where he played the role of The Evangelist. A few years later, he was cast as a missionary in the Robert De Niro movie THE MISSION, and since has starred in nine Movieguide® Award winning/nominated movies, including LES MISERABLES, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and this year’s SILENCE. “It’s partly coincidence” he t...
 

 
Celebrating Life:  Moviegoers Prefer Movies with Pro-Life Themes and Messages
Celebrating Life: Moviegoers Prefer Movies with Pro-Life Themes and Messages
January 19, 2017

Celebrating Life: Moviegoers Prefer Movies with Pro-Life Themes and Messages Nearly ten years ago, a New York Times article showed that Hollywood movies with female characters having unexpected pregnancies rarely end with them getting an abortion. According to the article, “Historically and to this day in television and film – historians, writers and those in the movie industry say – a character in such straits usually conveniently miscarries or decides to keep the baby.” Ten years later, however, an occasional television show bucks this trend, such as an episode of the popular TV program SCANDAL from last year, which unashamedly showed the main character having an abortion. Happily, though, moviegoers still prefer films t...
 

 
TOP MOVIES TO CELEBRATE MLK DAY
TOP MOVIES TO CELEBRATE MLK DAY
January 16, 2017

  In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, here are the top 10 movies which feature civil rights themes.     10. 42 QUALITY:  * * * *   ACCEPTABILITY:  -1   42 tells what happens when the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team signed the first black player in the Major Leagues, Jackie Robinson, in 1947. 42 is an inspirational, superb movie showing how the Christian faith of both Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson helped end racism in professional baseball.   READ THE MOVIEGUIDE® REVIEW HERE   9.  ONCE UPON A TIME WHEN WE WERE COLORED QUALITY:  * *  *   ACCEPTABILITY:  +2    ONCE UPON A TIME...WHEN WE WERE COLORED, based upon the critically acclaimed book chronicles the early life of its autho...
 

 
The Faith of Florence Henderson from THE BRADY BUNCH
The Faith of Florence Henderson from THE BRADY BUNCH
January 13, 2017

The Faith of Florence Henderson from THE BRADY BUNCH By Diane Howard, Contributing Writer Many of our most beloved personalities in movies and television have been people of Christian faith. Two examples of American sweethearts we have lost this past year are Debbie Reynolds and Florence Henderson. Hollywood legend, Debbie Reynolds was one of America’s Sweethearts, who sang and danced into the hearts of many throughout the Golden Age of Hollywood. Read more about her faith legacy here. Like Debbie Reynolds, Florence was active in supporting many worthwhile causes and charities. She was especially devoted to the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana, where she received early education. Also like Debbie, she had many struggles...
 

 
Nicole Kidman Reveals She Wishes She Had More Children
Nicole Kidman Reveals She Wishes She Had More Children
January 13, 2017

Nicole Kidman Reveals She Wishes She Had More Children Award winning actress Nicole Kidman in an interview on the Victoria Derbyshire program spoke on motherhood and her wish that she’d had more children.  In the interview about her recent movie LION, Derbyshire asked Kidman “What’s really clear from the film [LION], for anybody who didn’t realize it already is that an adoptive mother’s love for a child, and a birth mother’s love for that same child, is the same love.” Nicole Kidman responded, “And, it makes [me] cry, … and I think when it’s shown in the film with such warmth and openness and compassion…I think that’s a beautiful thing for people to see.” Kidman has two adopted children from her previous m...
 

 
Faith Carried America’s Sweetheart Debbie Reynolds
Faith Carried America’s Sweetheart Debbie Reynolds
January 12, 2017

Faith Carried America’s Sweetheart Debbie Reynolds By Diane Howard, Contributing Writer Hollywood legend, Debbie Reynolds was one of America’s Sweethearts, who sang and danced into the hearts of many throughout the Golden Age of Hollywood through such movies as SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. Reynold’s died recently at the age of 84 after suffering a stroke that followed the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who had died of a heart attack the day before. Debbie Reynolds was a Christian who attended a Hollywood Presbyterian Church. Her daughter, Carrie, and son, Todd, were her children by her first husband Eddie Fisher. Todd Fisher became a Christian pastor and has always been open about his faith. Carri...
 

 
The Golden Globes Trades Diversity for Division
The Golden Globes Trades Diversity for Division
January 11, 2017

The Golden Globes Trades Diversity for Division: Actors Use Award Show as Platform for Political Agenda You wouldn’t know it was the 74th Golden Globes Sunday night, but rather a political rally aimed to divisively mock and ostracize a large number of people in America. Meryl Streep, who accepted the Cecile B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, used her few minutes to promote her personal political grievances instead of looking back at her record 30 Golden Globe nominations. Speaking to a room full of A-listers, Streep offended many by declaring Hollywood is one of the “most vilified segments of American society,” despite the fact her dress cost more than many American home mortgages. Other movies receiving Golden Globes, provi...
 

 
Semi-Finalists for the $15,000 Kairos Prizes Announced!
Semi-Finalists for the $15,000 Kairos Prizes Announced!
January 09, 2017

Semi-Finalists for the $15,000 Kairos Prizes Announced! The 12th Annual Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced 20 semi-finalists for the Twelfth Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters and seven semi-finalists for the Kairos Pro Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers. The two winners will be announced Friday, Feb. 10 at the 25th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Pure Flix Streaming and presented annually by Movieguide®, the Kairos Prizes award ...
 

 
Which Movie Will Win “Best Movie for Families” and the Coveted Teddy Bear Award?
Which Movie Will Win “Best Movie for Families” and the Coveted Teddy Bear Award?
January 09, 2017

Which Movie Will Win “Best Movie for Families” and the Coveted Teddy Bear Award? Forget the Golden Globes and Oscars – Here come the Teddy Bear and Papa Bear Awards! After analyzing every major movie released in 2016, family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, announced today the Top 20 nominees for the Best Movie for Families and Best Movie for Mature Audiences, to be presented at the 25th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala, Friday, Feb. 10 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. One movie will be chosen the Best Movie for Families, receiving the Teddy Bear Award, and one movie will be chosen the Best Movie for Mature Audiences, receiving the Papa Bear Award. Here are the li...
 

 
A Stranger Introduced Chris Pratt to Jesus. . . What Happened Next Is Beautiful
A Stranger Introduced Chris Pratt to Jesus. . . What Happened Next Is Beautiful
January 07, 2017

A Stranger Introduced Chris Pratt to Jesus. . . What Happened Next Is Beautiful The TV star who quickly became one of Hollywood’s most wanted actors due to his breakout success in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and JURASSIC WORLD recently opened up in a Vanity Fair cover story about the moment he turned to Jesus. Pratt frequently tweets Bible verses, and last Easter posted an Instagram picture of him and some buddies building a giant steel cross and mounting it on a hill. Now, Pratt says it all began with a man in Hawaii coming up to him telling him that ‘Jesus told me to talk to you.' At that time in his life, Pratt, in his early 20’s was working at a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant and lived on the beach in Hawaii. He was merely surviving...
 

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