June 26, 2013: Hollywood Welcomes Family and Faith at Second Annual Summit



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Beverly Hills, Calif. – Hollywood and the mainstream press are finally honoring the importance of faith and family in a public way.

For the second year in a row, Variety, the granddaddy of all entertainment industry press outlets (now in its 98th year), brought out a bevy of top Hollywood executives, producers, writers, and artists, some of them Christians, to discuss the popularity of Christian, family– friendly, and faith– friendly movies and television programs at a special summit.

Nearly 50 key players in the entertainment industry spoke at the day– long summit held Friday in Beverly Hills at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel, where many celebrities stay and where many major movie studios hold press junkets for their upcoming projects.

The highlight of the day was a Q & A with Actress/Producer Roma Downey and her husband, Producer Mark Burnett, the creators behind the popular BIBLE miniseries on the History Channel, which was seen by 100 million viewers this spring in America.

They confirmed plans for doing similar programming in the future, including putting together a two– hour movie from the Jesus portion of the miniseries.

“This heightened interest in producing family and faith– based movies and television programs is a dream come true, but it took a lot of years, a lot of prayer, and a lot of work,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Good News Communications, dba the Christian Film & Television Commission® and Movieguide®: The Family/Biblical Guide to Movies and Entertainment, created in 1978. “God made this happen,” Dr. Baehr added.

For 21 years, Dr. Baehr and Movieguide® have hosted the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, which honors movies and television programs for families and movies and television programs with Christian, biblical content.

Since the Awards Gala and Annual Report (which shows that movies with faith and family values make the most money) began, the percent of movies marketed to families has grown from only six percent of the market to 30 percent and the percent of movies with at least some Christian, redemptive content has grown from 10.38 percent to 56.90 percent.

During a brief presentation, Dr. Baehr also showed summit attendees that movies with strong Christian, redemptive content and values make three to six times as much money as movies with graphic or immoral content and values.

Chief Marketing Officer Steven Quinn of Walmart told the summit’s entertainment industry attendees that 98 percent of Walmart’s 140 million weekly customers want safe family programs.

He also noted that studies show viewers who watch positive, family– friendly programs are 30 percent more likely to remember the ads during that program, but viewers who watch programs with lewd or violent content are 20 percent LESS likely to remember the ads.

Besides Downey and Burnett from TV’s THE BIBLE, other industry leaders speaking at the summit included the writers from the DESPICABLE ME movies; executives from Fox, Sony, DreamWorks, the Hallmark Channel, Samuel Goldwyn Films, TNT, and Walden Media (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND); actors/producers Corbin Bernsen of PSYCH and Patricia Heaton of THE MIDDLE and EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND; and, producers from major production companies such as Relativity Media, Legendary Pictures, and Alcon Pictures.

Good News Communications, dba the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) and Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org), is an international non– profit ministry, advocacy group, and watchdog dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry, according to biblical principles, by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

For more information, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1– 888– 248– 6689.

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June 11, 2013: Sony Invites Movieguide® Film Critic for Set Visit



New Sony Sports Drama Reaches Out to Faith Market, Asks Dr. Ted Baehr to Visit Set.

NEW ORLEANS, June 11, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Christian Media Critic Dr. Ted Baehr will be visiting the set of “When The Game Stands Tall” this week, on invitation from Sony Pictures. The upcoming sports drama starring Jim Caviezel is currently filming in New Orleans, Louisiana. This visit shows an obvious interest in the faith market.

“Movies with faith and family values tend to perform better at the box office.” Dr. Baehr pointed out. “Hollywood is catching on, and wants to make sure their movies will be acceptable to families.”

It seems that Sony would agree. The producer, who also sought out Dr. Baehr’s input during pre-production, has organized what they are calling an “exclusive faith & family set visit day.”

Dr. Baehr noted that more than three-fourths of Americans identify themselves as Christian. 

Sony’s invitation to the conservative critic shows that they are trying to reach a market that holds very high standards concerning amount of language, violence, and sexual content in a movie.

“I love families, and I love movies.” Dr. Baehr said. “Family movies not only have a more positive impact on the next generation, they also make the most money in the box office, year after year.”

Jim Caveziel, star of “When The Game Stands Tall,” has also attended Dr. Baehr’s “Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala” in years past. The Movieguide Awards recognizes each year’s top family and faith-based movies and TV programs. The next Gala will take place Feb. 7, 2014 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. 

Dr. Baehr is the founder and publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Entertainment. He is also chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission. These roles have situated him to be the liaison between faith and family audience and the entertainment industry.

The set visit will last for 3 days, beginning today, June 11, and lasting through June 13.

Contact: Natalie Fertig, natalie@movieguide.org, 805-383-2000

May 8, 2013: Entertainment Industry Opposes Freedom of Speech?



Writer Orson Scott Card Stands Up for His Religious Beliefs, and Meets Nothing but Hatred, Hellfire, and Possible Dismissal.

 

Gay rights activists are calling for the dismissal of novelist and screenwriter Orson Scott Card, on account of his religious stance against homosexuality. Known best as the author of the popular book Ender’s Game, which is currently being turned into a movie, Card has never minced words on his opinion of homosexuality. However, he also has also never discriminated against a person because of their sexuality, as he is now being discriminated against for his opinion.

In Sunstone magazine , Orson Scott Card himself wrote these words: 

“After a while I stopped being shocked to discover that someone I had known well, or whose talent I admired, was either moving into or already a part of the not-so-clandestine network of gay relationships. I learned that being homosexual does not destroy a person’s talent or deny those aspects of their character that I had already come to love and admire.”

Card goes on to describe how his religion – Mormonism – dictates he not accept homosexuality, but still be completely kind and compassionate to each and every homosexual he comes in contact with. His failure to completely condone or, much less, champion homosexuality, however, is enough for groups from around America to begin attacking and condemning him. 

Gay rights activists are now calling for DC comics to fire Orson Scott Card, simply for what he believes. The groups that call daily for “a new age of tolerance” are failing to display their most-beloved trait in the face of Card. Would they truly deny a man a job because of his choice – just as they in they past had been discriminated against for theirs? Is this the America they have claimed to have “bettered”?

Dr. Ted Baehr, well-known conservative media critic and founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Entertainment, thinks this is defining moment for many different groups in America. In a statement Tuesday Dr. Baehr said,

“For years the entertainment industry has argued for freedom of speech to show material that was inoffensive and material that was offensive, and they have applauded freedom of speech. The Oscar Card incident is an example of a double standard. If the entertainment industry wants freedom of speech, then HE deserves freedom of speech. The point of free speech is not that we agree with everything, but we believe that out of the open discussion of free speech the good will win out.”

 Will people of all religions in America – many of which oppose the action of homosexuality – be forced to resign from their jobs simply for exercising their freedom of speech? Will they be forced to hide their opinions in the coming years out of fear of being blacklisted from the entertainment industry? Is this a culture that entertainment – the very essence of which is freedom of speech – wishes to be allowing to fester and grow? 

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Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and director of its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry, advocacy group, and watchdog dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

For more information, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.

Family Matters




 

Ten Movies Will Vie for Best Family Movie at 20th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles

 

Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, announced today Movieguide®’s picks for the 10 Best 2011 Movies for Families.

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Super Hero To Host Movieguide(R) Awards



 

 


 The Event set for Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Universal Studios Hilton Hotel Sets a Milestone with its 20th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Family Friendly and Inspirational Entertainment. 

The Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry honoring family-friendly movies and television programs and spiritually uplifting entertainment has announced actor Dean Cain as the official host of the 20th Annual Awards show to be held Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Universal Studios Hilton Hotel in Hollywood.

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HOLLYWOOD REACHES $200K EPIPHANY



Movieguide® and Hallmark Movie Channel Celebrate

Most Inspiring Movie & TV Program Monday Night

 Hollywood, Calif. – Hallmark Movie Channel will televise the presentation of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2010 and the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program Monday at 7 pm Eastern and Pacific Time.

It’s all part of the 19th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, which honors family entertainment and entertainment with inspiring, redemptive themes.

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org), the $200,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV honor the best movie and television program that “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”

“This kind of entertainment is becoming more and more popular,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission® and Movieguide®, which sponsor the Annual Awards Gala. “And, we have a wonderful variety of great nominees this year that not only are truly inspiring, redemptive and spiritually uplifting but that also focus on our Divine Creator, who enlightens all people and blesses us with His grace.”

The nominees, in alphabetical order with major distributor, for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie are:

 

“The Book of Eli” – Warner Bros.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” – 20th Century Fox

“Get Low” – Sony Pictures Classics

“Letters to God” – Vivendi Entertainment

“The Secret of Kells – GKIDs Inc.

“To Save a Life” – Samuel Goldwyn Films

“What If. . .” – Pure Flix Entertainment

 

The nominees, in alphabetical order with major distributor, for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program are:

“Amish Grace” – Lifetime Network

“Christmas with a Capital C” – Pure Flix Entertainment/Gospel Music Channel

“Ice Dreams” – The Hallmark Channel

“November Christmas” – Hallmark Hall of Fame

“The Way Home” – Gospel Music Channel

“When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story” – Hallmark Hall of Fame

Highlights of the Faith & Values Awards will air Monday, May 16, on the Hallmark Movie Channel at 7 pm (note the new time!).

Actor Kevin Sorbo of TV’s “Hercules” is the emcee. Mary Mary, Ace Young and the Greater Los Angeles Gospel Choir will also perform.

 

The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. It supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. It also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.

 

The Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala is sponsored by Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry, both founded by Commission Chairman Ted Baehr 26 years ago. The Commission and its sister organization, Movieguide®, is an international non-profit advocacy group dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

 

For more information, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.

 

For an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, please contact Lisa at 1-888-248-6689 or lisa@movieguide.org.

 

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Note: For more information, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of CFTVC and author of THE CULTURE-WISE FAMILY, HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), and many other books, please call 1-888-248-6689.

 

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MODELS OF GRACE



 Movieguide® and Hallmark Movie Channel Celebrate

Most Inspiring Performances of the Year May 16

 The 19th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry will hand out the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV at 7 pm Monday on the Hallmark Movie Channel.

The Grace Awards honors actors whose performance in a movie and television program “exemplifies God’s grace and mercy toward us as human beings.”

“In addition to honoring an actor who delivers an exceptional performance, the Grace Awards goes one step further and honors the spiritual component of the performance. It’s one of the important awards viewers will see on May 16,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, which sponsors the awards.

For movies, the Grace Award nominees are Georgie Henley for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, Tanner Maguire for LETTERS TO GOD, John Ratzenberger, Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson for WHAT IF. . ., Denzel Washington for THE BOOK OF ELI, and Randy Wayne and Joshua Weigel for TO SAVE A LIFE.

For television, the nominees are Dean Cain and Sonny Shroyer for THE WAY HOME, Matt Letscher, Madison Mason and Kimberly Williams-Paisley for AMISH GRACE, Brad Stine and Nancy Stafford for CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C, and Barry Pepper and Winona Ryder for WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY.

 The Movieguide® Awards will air Monday, May 16, 2011 on the Hallmark Movie Channel at 7 pm (note the new time!).

Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and its family guide to movies, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

 

Family Matters



Find Out the Top Family Movies of the Year – Watch the 19th Annual

Faith & Values Awards Gala May 16 on the Hallmark Movie Channel

Hollywood, Calif. – Find out the Best Family Movie of 2010 – watch the 19th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time Monday May 16 on the Hallmark Movie Channel.

Starring Kevin Sorbo of “Soul Surfer, “Sam Steel and the Crystal Chalice” and TV’s “Hercules” as the emcee, the show features Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to land on the moon, announcing the Best Family Movie of the Year, out of a field of 10 nominees.

The Faith & Values Awards Gala is produced by Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and its sister 2organization, the Christian Film & Television Commission®.

“I was thrilled and honored to be a host and presenter at this year’s Movieguide® Awards show,” Kevin Sorbo says. “Ted Baehr [founder of Movieguide®] and his team put on a great night, and I’m especially excited that it will air on the Hallmark Movie Channel! 

The show also features the Grace Award for the Most Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV, the Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences, the Faith & Freedom Awards for Movies & TV Programs Promoting Positive American Values, the $25,000 Kairos Prize for the Best Spiritually Uplifting Screenplay by a First-Time or Beginning Screenwriter, and, last but not least, the $200,000 Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of the Year.

The Epiphany Prizes and the Kairos Prize competition are sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. It supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. It also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.

Dr. Ted Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and its family guide to movies, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

 

For an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, please contact Lisa at 1-888-248-6689 or lisa@movieguide.org.  

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To help you pick the good from the bad, please visit us daily at www.movieguide.org.

Note: For more information, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of CFTVC and author of THE CULTURE-WISE FAMILY, SO YOU WANT TO BE IN PICTURES, and many other books, please call 1-888-248-6689.

MOVIEGUIDE® is a Good News Communications publication – 1151 Avenido Acaso Camarillo, CA 93012, (805) 383-2000

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Special Alert: Transformers is NOT for Children or Young Teens



The new TRANSFORMERS sequel, REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, which comes out today, is full of sexual references and foul language that are inappropriate for children or young teenagers, Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, has announced.

“We are appalled at all the crude humor and sexual innuendoes in this movie, which is supposed to be based on Hasbro’s popular toy franchise for children,” Dr. Baehr said. “It is shocking that a movie with such lewd adult content is being promoted with large displays in America’s toy stores. Young children are being encouraged to buy these toys and to see this movie.”

He advised parents and families not to allow their children or teenagers, especially younger teenagers, to see this movie.

“This content is not even appropriate for media-wise adults, much less younger people,” Dr. Baehr added. “I don’t know what Hasbro is thinking, allowing Hollywood to degrade their toy line with such gratuitous lewd vulgarity. The TRANSFORMERS movies should be fun movies for the whole family, not for deviants with juvenile minds wallowing in the gutter.”

For the complete review of the TRANSFORMERS sequel and more information about MOVIEGUIDE®, please see www.movieguide.org, or call 1-888-248-6689.

 

 

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