UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Faith, family values, and quality entertainment took center stage at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards on Friday evening. Celebrities and lesser-known movie, TV, and music industry people shared their appreciation for being able to celebrate the things in life they cherish most.
Joni Eareckson Tada, who was there to perform the title song from "Alone Yet Not Alone," told The Christian Post that although she was out of her element at the splashy event because she is primarily a Christian disabilities advocate, she said she was appreciative of Movieguide and its goals.
"I think we are at a point in our country where people are becoming weary, they're becoming tired of media messages, and movies that degrade the human spirit, that defame the human heart, that weigh people down, that reinforce hopelessness and despair, people are looking for a change from that," Tada explained while participating in the red carpet portion of the evening. "I think that the popularity of the song and its Oscar nomination has underscored that people are looking for a change. more >>
Blockbusters like the "Man of Steel," "Iron Man 3" and "Frozen" are among the list of 2013's most faith- and values-friendly films being celebrated at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards Friday night in Los Angeles.
Movieguide founder Ted Baehr said in a press release that 2013 was a big year for faith and family values in the entertainment industry.
"2013 was also the year that explicit sex and nudity did not sell – again," Baehr added. "2013 was also the year that foul language did not sell – again. However, it WAS the year that the Good, the True, and the Beautiful reached new heights at the box office and in the TV ratings." more >>
The producers of the hit television miniseries "The Bible" have stated that their new film "Son of God" is meant to be a "love story" for an "under-served" audience.
"By the time you get to His arrest in Gethsemane, you really feel that you know Him and you love Him. And you really feel awful that this could be happening," said Mark Burnett, co-producer of "Son of God."
"Within that sweeping drama and tension there was this intimacy of this love story of Jesus," added Burnett, who hoped viewers of the film "fall in love with Jesus." more >>
Arizona pastor Steven Anderson, known for his controversial "Why I Hate Barack Obama" sermon and remarks that "gays should be executed," recently uploaded a new sermon to his YouTube account in which he attacks "Hollyweird" actor Nicolas Cage for starring in the "Left Behind" remake and "prostituting himself to liberal Christianity."
Pastor Anderson, who leads the independent Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., insisted in his sermon uploaded Feb. 4 that the Bible teaches that God will pour out His wrath and judgment on the unbelieving world "a half hour" after the rapture of Christians from the earth. The timing of the rapture, or the spiriting away of Christians to heaven at the end of the world, is a point of contention among Protestants who embrace the concept.
The Left Behind book series, on which the movie remake is based, is set in a pre-tribulation rapture that has Christians being taken to heaven before a lengthy period of judgement ensues on the earth. For a breakdown of the different issues related to the rapture, read "End Times Infographic Dissects Christian Views on Tribulation, Rapture" or What Evangelical Leaders Say About the End of the World, Rapture. more >>
Channing Tatum recently appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" where he explained what life is like for he and his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum today.
The actor married his "Step Up" co-star in 2009, and the pair welcomed their first child, a daughter, back in May. Ever since, Tatum has been wrapping up several recent projects and adjusting to blissfully happy life at home with Dewan and their baby, Everly.
"Right now, what me and my wife like to call it- I am very fappy," the actor told Ellen DeGeneres during this appearance on Thursday. more >>
Although Oscar may not want it, the title song for "Alone Yet Not Alone" will be heard by guests at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards gala, celebrating faith and values-based entertainment at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles Friday evening.
Organizers of the event plan to feature inspirational Christian speaker and quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada singing "Alone Yet Not Alone," the song that the Academy first nominated for best song then revoked two weeks later. One of the song's co-writers, Bruce Broughton, was accused of improperly emailing Oscar voters, bringing the song to their attention.
"Many people are saying it was removed because it's Christian and that's not the case because you have the movie 'Frozen' that opens up with 'Fairest, Lord Jesus,' right at the beginning in Danish," Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder and chairman of Movieguide, told The Christian Post Thursday. He said that although many people don't speak Danish, "you can immediately recognize" the Christian hymn. more >>