Hollywood’s American Year
March 19, 2015

Patriotic, Pro-American Movies Dominated 2014 Box Office By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor The success of the movie AMERICAN SNIPER continues to amaze, as it finally overtook the first part of the HUNGER GAMES finale, MOCKINGJAY – PART 1, to take the 2014 box office crown recently with more than $341.8 million and counting. AMERICAN SNIPER’s tremendous success confirms MOVIEGUIDE®’s contention that American moviegoers want to see movies that celebrate the patriotic values of the average American soldier and America’s national heritage and values, including its Christian, biblical roots. That’s exactly what AMERICAN SNIPER does as its story portrays one committed American solider, Chris Kyle, from ...
 

 
Surprising Statement of Faith by Leading Actor
Surprising Statement of Faith by Leading Actor
March 17, 2015

Surprising Statement of Faith by Leading Actor By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor Recently, Movieguide® had the chance to sit down with Kelsey Grammer for his upcoming role in KILLING JESUS. Grammer plays King Herod the Great, the Herod who tries to kill the Baby Jesus when news of the birth of a messiah reaches Herod’s palace. What is surprising is what Grammer had to say about the role. “I am a Christian, so I have great sense of reverence for this [material],” he said. “The enormity of what Jesus did is still lost on us. The Bible, you really have to study it. God is coming through man. That is an extraordinary thing that happens, and I believe it. I think when you pose it on human nature and on these other charac...
 

 
Visiting the Cast and Crew on the Set of KILLING JESUS in Morocco
Visiting the Cast and Crew on the Set of KILLING JESUS in Morocco
March 17, 2015

Visiting the Cast and Crew on the Set of KILLING JESUS in Morocco By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor   National Geographic has dramatized each of Fox News host Bill O’ Reilly’s books in his Killing series, including KILLING LINCOLN and KILLING KENNEDY. Partly because these programs have done so well, and the fact that the Christian Film and Television Commission® has been telling Hollywood there is an audience for Jesus, NatGeo has decided to film Bill O’Reily’s KILLING JESUS, which airs March 29 on the NatGeo Channel. Movieguide® had an inside look on the set of the movie in Ouarzazate, Morocco. Arriving in the small town of Ouarzazate, we found out this is where they shoot most Jesus films. In fact, about 60 per...
 

 
7 Questions You Should Never Ask or Tell a Disney Princess
7 Questions You Should Never Ask or Tell a Disney Princess
March 16, 2015

7 Questions You Should Never Ask or Tell a Disney Princess By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE®   1. Is that corset too tight?       2. Do you think you could use some beauty sleep?!     3. Why would you ever leave a glass slipper behind!     4. Why are you so gullible? Don’t take food from people you don’t know, especially a creepy old lady who is really the Queen trying to get you…   5. Did you miss a spot…     6. Do you know that’s not a comb, right?     7. Don’t you think those animals just want your food…?   ...
 

 
Cinderella Has a Message for Girls that Might Shock You!
Cinderella Has a Message for Girls that Might Shock You!
March 12, 2015

Cinderella Has a Message for Girls that Might Shock You! By Diana Tyler From THE HUNGER GAMES’ Katniss Everdeen and DIVERGENT’s Tris Prior, to BRAVE’s Merida and FROZEN’s Anna and Elsa, Hollywood heroines seem to be on the rise. The formerly favored “damsel in distress” archetype has been successfully usurped by current depictions of strong-willed, strong-armed, independent women who can fend for themselves. Then along comes Cinderella…again… Since Cinderella’s big screen debut in 1950, this beloved princess has consistently entertained audiences of all ages through various adaptations of the classic fairy tale. Her latest reemergence raises the question: Does she really have a place in 2015 filmdom, waltzing across...
 

 
Interview with Lee Wilson, author of REBEL ON POINTE
Interview with Lee Wilson, author of REBEL ON POINTE
March 10, 2015

Dancing on Broadway An Interview with Lee Wilson, author of REBEL ON POINTE Dr. Baehr: It is a great honor, because it touches my heart so deeply, to be talking to a good friend of mine, Lee Wilson, who was on Broadway just at the end of the period when my father, Robert Allen (the stage name of Theodore Baehr) was on Broadway. I guess you overlapped a bit, because he started in the 1930s starring in Broadway plays and continued for many years until he co-starred in “Whoopee!” in 1982. Lee Wilson: My first Broadway show was “Hello Dolly!” in ’67. Dr. Baehr: You were a renowned ballerina and starred in Broadway in a lot of musicals. I read your book, REBEL ON POINTE, and I wept in scenes, because it reminded me of growing...
 

 
A New Christian Movie Stars an Unexpected Actor in a Powerful Way
A New Christian Movie Stars an Unexpected Actor in a Powerful Way
March 09, 2015

A New Christian Movie Stars an Unexpected Actor in a Powerful Way By Paul Warner, Contributing Writer   A new faith-based movie featuring a friendship between a down-and-out professional baseball player and a grocery store clerk with Down’s Syndrome is set to debut in theaters May 15. WHERE HOPE GROWS tells the story of Produce, a grocery store clerk played by first-time actor David DeSantis, who has Down’s Syndrome in real life. Produce’s faith in God changes Calvin Campbell, a baseball player who struggles with alcoholism, panic attacks and other life issues. Produce also helps Calvin to be courageous and find redemption on and off the baseball field. Roadside Attractions and Godspeed Pictures teamed up to create this ...
 

 
Behind the Goodness in Disney’s New CINDERELLA
March 06, 2015

Behind the Goodness in Disney’s New CINDERELLA By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor Walt Disney Studios is finally doing the live action version of CINDERELLA. This version really emphasizes Cinderella being good and kind to others. In fact, Director Kenneth Branagh even said at a recent press day Movieguide® attended, that they wanted her to be like a “Saint Joan character, a girl with faith.” The only question, Branagh added, was “how can we present that and not make her a saint in fact, not make her too removed. How can she be somebody people could identify with and say, ‘Maybe I could take that path’?” When Lily James was taking on the roll of Cinderella, Branagh told her he wanted the character to have a “...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of THE DROP BOX
Behind the Scenes of THE DROP BOX
March 06, 2015

Behind the Scenes of THE DROP BOX: Pro-Life Film Project Turns into a Life-Changing Experience for Young Filmmaker By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer   For most film school students, a successful project means creating a compelling movie that is skillful enough to draw a good grade and maybe even an agent. For Brian Ivie, making the student short that evolved into the full-length documentary THE DROP BOX changed his life on a far deeper level. Ivie’s immersion into the world of his subject, South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak, inspired him to become a Christian himself. Seeing Jong-rak’s selfless devotion to his nation’s abandoned children through providing a home for abandoned and often disabled children lit a fire in Iv...
 

 
Common Sense Always Prevails
Common Sense Always Prevails
March 06, 2015

Common Sense Always Prevails By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher As noted in many articles, I grew up in a very permissive but very loving home of two successful Broadway and Hollywood actors. By the time I was in Dartmouth College, I had tried everything, literally and figuratively. By the time I graduated from NYU Law School, I was a member of the far left National Lawyers Guild, where some of our meetings involved many people engaged in perversity, drugs, and alcohol all at the same time. So, the question is, why did I abandon all of that “pleasure” which people now say I was genetically programmed to do? Ironically, recently I was asking the question, why did the Greeks abandon perverse sexual behavior in the Third Century BC? Why d...
 

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