By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher & Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
When Angelina Jolie’s new Louis Zamperini biographical movie UNBROKEN releases on Christmas Day, anybody familiar with Laura Hillenbrand’s riveting book of the Olympic runner, POW survivor, turned Christian evangelist and inspirational speaker will notice that Zamperini’s conversion to Christianity is mentioned after the climax in the closing titles.
As told in Hillenbrand’s book, Zamperini survived the war, married Cynthia Applewhite, but was constantly haunted with nightmares from his time in the prison camp. Falling into alcoholism, his marriage was on the verge of ending, until his wife became a born-again Christian at a Billy Graham crusade. Through her proddin...
** Social Networks Report: Demographic Trends Are Shifting
A study recently released by BI Intelligence, a research service from Business Insider, shows the changes in demographics across social network platforms.
The following are some of the highlights from the study:
- Facebook is still the most popular social network for teenagers, though Instagram has become the “most important.”
- Facebook has significantly more female users, while Twitter is becoming increasingly male-populated.
- Unsurprisingly, LinkedIn is mostly used by adults ages 30 to 49 and tends toward more highly educated users, and is more popular in that demographic than Twitter.
- Snapchat has more than 60 percent of its users between the ages ...
God's Not Dead in Hollywood:
Kevin and Sam Sorbo Share a Miraculous Story
Editor’s note: Kevin and Sam Sorbo are Hollywood stars who love Jesus Christ. Kevin is most well known for playing Hercules in the 1990's and most recently GOD'S NOT DEAD. He also won the Grace Award at the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry in 2010 for his role in the movie WHAT IF. His wife Sam also acts, is an author and has a national syndicated radio show.
Dr. Baehr: “You sent me your book, True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal - and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life, and it’s about an incredible miracle, but I wanted to hear more about it. In a more compact form.”
Sam: “He worked t...
Remember the Adorable Short Film Before BIG HERO 6?
You Won’t Believe How the Story’s Idea and Plot Originated!
By Ben Kayser and Rachal Marquez
If you saw BIG HERO 6 in theaters recently, you’ll remember the adorable short film about a dog, Winston, and his relationship to his master through the meals they share. In an interview with the producer of FEAST, Kristina Reed shared with MOVIEGUIDE® the fascinating back-story how the idea and plot for the story originated and some of the moving themes that make it so lovable.
“It came from an idea that Patrick Osborne [The Director] had been pursuing in his life prior to there being a call for shorts,” Reed began.
“He’s one of those guys that is constantly tinkering aw...
Review of How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul):
By William David Spencer
Editor’s Note: William David Spencer is Ranked Adjunct Professor of Theology and the Arts, teaching in Gordon-Conwell’s Boston campus, Center for Urban Ministerial Education. He is the author of more than 200 articles, stories, poems, editorials, and author or editor of 13 books, the latest of which are Marriage at the Crossroads: Couples in Conversation about Discipleship, Gender Roles, Decision Making and Intimacy, Dread Jesus (reprinted by Wipf and Stock), Reaching for the New Jerusalem: A Biblical and Theological Framework for the City, Urban Voice Series, and an urban adventure mystery novel, Name in the Papers.
Keying off his ex...
A September 2014 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that married parents with children between six and 17 years old average $1,351 in entertainment fees and admissions. Single mother households average only $404. This translates into $19 billion in entertainment spending by married parents with children to only $2.7 billion from single mother families.
The Bureau of Labor study shows conclusively it’s to Hollywood’s financial advantage to promote marriage and the traditional family. The demise of the traditional family is costly to those who sell movie tickets, DVDs, movie related consumer goods and such things as cruises and theme parks.
The Brookings Institute reports that 82 percent of white American adults 3...
DO YOU BELIEVE?
Creators of GOD’S NOT DEAD Release Trailer to Follow-Up Movie About Faith
By Paul Warner, Contributing Writer
Following on the success of GOD’S NOT DEAD, the hit movie’s maker, PureFlix, has released the trailer for a follow-up movie, DO YOU BELIEVE.
The trailer, released earlier this week, features a star-studded cast, including Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Ted McGinley, and Alexa Pena Vega.
The movie, set to debut next spring, follows a dozen people as their lives intersect around one important question, “Do you believe in God?”
The trailer includes shots of Sean Astin playing Dr. Farrell, who questions the existence of miracles and attributes his patients’ recoveries to his medi...
Bill Cosby’s Golden Opportunity
By David Outten
The media frenzy exposing Bill Cosby’s sordid sex life is deeply disturbing, but Bill Cosby has an opportunity to use this nightmare for America’s benefit.
In the final years of his life, Bill Cosby can choose to live in disgrace. He can look forward to every gory detail of any misdeeds becoming the subject of books and television specials. He can stew in bitterness and regrets, watching his fame as a comedian surpassed by detailed accusations of him being a rapist.
But, he has another choice – a truly amazing one.
The Apostle Paul once sought to wipe out Christianity. By God’s grace he became its greatest evangelist. In his first letter to Timothy, he wrote, ...
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Bringing Voices to Life:
Behind the Scenes of BIG HERO 6
By Ben Kayser and Rachal Marquez
Disney’s BIG HERO 6 is an extremely entertaining animated movie that many families will like. Movieguide® sat down with the actors and actresses who lent their voices to bring the characters to life.
The story in BIG HERO 6 is about a 14-year-old boy who turns a huggable healthcare robot into a fighting machine and enlists the help of four friends to catch a villain in the city of San Fransokyo.
Ryan Potter and Scott Adsit are the voices of Hiro and his robot friend, Baymax. Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., T.J. Miller, and Genesis Rodriguez play the roles of Hiro’s four engineer friends who Hiro enlists into his team of heroes.