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
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:
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
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...
By Michael Flaherty, for the Deseret News
This week marks the 100-year anniversary of the most influential shotgun wedding in American history — the unholy matrimony of Hollywood and Washington, D.C. It was on this day in 1915 that David Wark Griffith — also known as D.W. Giffith — had completed his trek from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Arriving at Union Station, Griffith made his way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., hauling 12 silver canisters that contained his recently completed film, “The Clansman.” Already a pioneering director in the new world of cinema, Griffith was about to add another first to his resume: the first White House screening of a feature film. Griffith had such high hopes for his film that he was about to gi...
Faith in America, 2014
** Christian Beliefs Still Strong but Decreasing
A Harris Interactive® Poll of 2,250 American adults on the Internet, taken Nov. 13-18, 2013, found that 74% of Americans believe in God and 68% believe Jesus is God and/or the Son of God, but these numbers have decreased since their high point four or five years ago.
By contrast, belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution, ghosts, reincarnation, UFOs, astrology, and witches seems to be increasing.
Of course, the historical reliability and truth of the Bible have been confirmed by more than 100 years of modern historical, scientific and textual research. For the evidence of this, please see our article “You Can Trust the Easter Story!” on the MOVIEGUIDE®...
** Most Americans Are Bible-Friendly or Bible-Engaged
A majority of Americans, 56%, are either “Bible-friendly” or “Bible-engaged,” according to a poll conducted by the Barna Group for the American Bible Society, while only 19% are “Bible skeptics.”
Bible engaged are those who:
Believe the Bible is the actual or inspired Word of God with no factual errors, or believe the Bible is the inspired word of God with some factual errors; and,
Read the Bible daily or at least four times per week.
Bible skeptics are those who:
Selected the most negative or non-sacred view of the Bible from five options, saying they believe the Bible is just another book of teachings written by men, containing stories and advice.
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
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
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 ...