Hollywood Actors Come Out Against Pornography as GOP Classifies It a 'Public Health Crisis'
Hollywood Actors Come Out Against Pornography as GOP Classifies It a 'Public Health Crisis'
July 21, 2016

By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer “I think the biggest problem ultimately is that porn preys upon our vulnerabilities and appeals to the lowest parts of ourselves.” This didn’t come from a pastor; it came from Hollywood actor Josh Radnor in an interview with Fight the New Drug (FTND), a nonprofit organization that raises awareness on the harmful effects of pornography using scientific facts and research, as well as personal accounts, to support their cause. Radnor, a filmmaker and actor whom many know from the hit TV show HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, told FTND that porn is “a pretty epic disaster physically, psychologically, and spiritually” and spoke passionately about its devastating effects on individual relationship...
 

 
What is Pokémon Go and Will it Just Fade Away?
What is Pokémon Go and Will it Just Fade Away?
July 18, 2016

What is Pokémon Go and Will it Just Fade Away? By Abigail DeHaas, Contributing Writer   It’s normal to go outside and see people everywhere on their phones. Twitter and Facebook are the usual suspects for this behavior. However, lately people are using a different kind of social app: Pokémon Go. Pokémon, which originated as a handheld video game and continued as a card-trading game, has always pandered to the imagination. Today, it’s helping bring imagination to life with Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go combines the best of the original game with modern technology and social media. Rather than keeping people’s eyes glued to their phones, it allows for interactions with others on an interpersonal level. Players use ...
 

 
New "Study" Gets Plot Structure Completely Wrong
New "Study" Gets Plot Structure Completely Wrong
July 18, 2016

New "Study" Gets Plot Structure Completely Wrong By David Outten A recent study by the Computational Story Lab at the University of Vermont claims to reveal six basic “plots,” which they also refer to as “emotional arcs.” This however is untrue. First, and most importantly, it confuses the two major, distinct aspects of movies and stories, which are plot and character arc. Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, has been teaching scriptwriting and filmmaking for more than 30 years, based on his book HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), as well as more than 40 years of research and analysis. Hollywood does indeed have script structure m...
 

 
Billboard Company Bans Pro-Christian Advertising at the Republican National Convention
Billboard Company Bans Pro-Christian Advertising at the Republican National Convention
July 14, 2016

Billboard Company Bans Pro-Christian Advertising at the Republican National Convention By Jackie Riester, Contributing Writer In preparation for next week’s GOP event, the distributor for GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, Pureflix, had made plans for a 60 foot tall banner to be displayed down the side of a building in downtown Cleveland. The sign would have shown Melissa Joan Hart, who plays the lead role of a teacher fighting to retain her job after teaching about Jesus in class in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2. The sign would have also displayed a quote from the film, “I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God. While two months ago, it appeared there would be no issue with the display the bill...
 

 
Transgender Comedy Isn’t Such a Hit After All
Transgender Comedy Isn’t Such a Hit After All
July 12, 2016

Transgender Comedy Isn’t Such a Hit After All By Aaron Minguez, Contributing Writer For a few years, Amazon Prime, the online giant’s video streaming service, has been touting the critical success of its original TV program, TRANSPARENT. TRANSPARENT features a transgender main character named Mort (played by Jeffrey Tambor), whose three adult children are so self-absorbed they fail to notice that something has changed for their divorced, girlfriend-less father. The show revolves around Mort’s LA family and the impact of his admission to them that he no longer identifies as a male. The program’s controversial subject matter made it a quick darling of critics and Hollywood. Its first season was nominated for three Gold...
 

 
LIFE OF PI : Two Stories of a (Postmodern) HINDU-CATHOLIC
LIFE OF PI : Two Stories of a (Postmodern) HINDU-CATHOLIC
July 11, 2016

LIFE OF PI Two Stories of a (Postmodern) HINDU-CATHOLIC By Vishal Mangalwadi Life is like sailing in an ocean. The ocean is serene and beautiful. But, sooner or later, life is buffeted by deadly storms. Death reduces life and love to philosophical absurdity. The Existentialists noted that in early 20th century; the Teacher in Ecclesiastes had concluded that much earlier: "Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Everything is meaningless." (Ecclesiastes 1:2) Pi Patel, the protagonist of 2012 Academy Award winning film, teaches that we give meaning to our meaningless lives by making up stories. The "same" story can be told in more than one way. The Rationalist version of the (meaningless) life-story is plain and simple, but boring. The m...
 

 
Networks Finally Abandon Saturday Morning Children’s Programming
Networks Finally Abandon Saturday Morning Children’s Programming
July 06, 2016

Networks Finally Abandon Saturday Morning Children’s Programming By Tom Snyder, Editor It’s been a while coming, but the five broadcast networks have finally abandoned Saturday morning children’s programming. The last holdout, NBC, recently announced it will exit the Saturday morning market for children under 13 in October. At that time, the network will switch to Saturday morning shows for children aged 13-16. Fox began the exodus in 2008, followed by ABC in 2011, CBS in 2013, and the CW in 2014. How did this happen? One of the reasons was an FCC regulation in its interpretation of the Children’s Television Act of 1990, advocated by conservative and liberal do-gooders, to limit commercial advertising on programming ...
 

 
The Mass Media Shapes the Values That Elect the Politicians
The Mass Media Shapes the Values That Elect the Politicians
July 06, 2016

The Mass Media Shapes the Values That Elect the Politicians By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor People on either side of the political divide – liberal versus conservative – often complain about the values their political opponents advocate. Thus, for example, Donald Trump supporters, including the NRA, might complain that Hillary Clinton supporters are more concerned about restricting the Second Amendment rights of “average” American citizens than they are about stopping would-be Muslim terrorists from shooting up a nightclub full of people on a Friday night. Conversely, Hillary Clinton supporters might complain that Donald Trump supporters, including the NRA, are more concerned with demonizing foreign...
 

 
Why Grace Is the Answer in a Culture of Legalism and Lawlessness
Why Grace Is the Answer in a Culture of Legalism and Lawlessness
July 06, 2016

Culture-Wise Insight:  Why Grace Is the Answer in a Culture of Legalism and Lawlessness By. Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher Every day people comment about the many attacks on the Church, from ISIS to governments around the world. These are incredibly disturbing and deserve our attention and our prayers, especially for laborers bringing the Good News to people who are persecuting us so they will be set free. Of course, such attacks have happened frequently in history. Internally, however, the Body of Christ also has been weakened by aberrant theology, which has affected the Church since the days of Jesus. At the time of St. Augustine, for example, North Africa was the Bible Belt and Breadbasket of the Roman Empire. In fact, North Africa...
 

 
James Corden on Fame, Failure, and Fatherhood
James Corden on Fame, Failure, and Fatherhood
July 05, 2016

James Corden on Fame, Failure, and Fatherhood By Abbie DeHaas, Contributing Writer English actor, singer, and comedian James Corden is no stranger to failure. Corden has often received criticism for tasteless pranks, thoughtless comments, and disrespect toward fellow performers. Corden rose to fame after landing a role in the British sitcom “Gavin and Stacey”. At the 2008 BAFTA awards, during his acceptance speech for best comedic performance, he made a jab at the judges for not also nominating the show for best comedy. He had public disagreements with other celebrities, including Patrick Stewart and Gareth McLean. Ruth Jones, his friend and mentor, once warned him that he was on a track away from success, not towards it. Afte...
 

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