On many fronts of our national life the winds of reformation are blowing. On February 2, CNN reports, “Republican Ted Cruz bested Donald Trump, raising questions about the billionaire’s reliance on his celebrity instead of traditional political organization…Cruz’s victory sets him up as a formidable force in delegate-rich, Southern states to come and offers movement conservatives hope that one of their own can become the Republican nominee for the first time since Ronald Reagan…Claiming victory, Cruz fired immediate shots at both Trump and the party elites he has so infuriated by waging an anti-establishment crusade that has nevertheless endeared him to the GOP’s rank and file.”
Another reflection of our changing times is in changing entertainment media and the ongoing Reformation of content and Renaissance of artistry in movies. Not only are we seeing a reformation in our national politics but in our national entertainment. On February 1, One News Now reports Dr. Ted Baehr’s reflections about the movie industry and the upcoming Movieguide® Awards Gala this week in Hollywood. Dr. Baehr is founder of Movieguide® and considered one of the nation’s top 50 Christian leaders.
The singular, distinguished, family-friendly Movieguide® 24th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala takes place Friday, February 5, in LA. Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, says,”… the event gets more spectacular each year as the group’s influence in the entertainment industry increases.” He tells One News Now that the gala will be packed with the Hollywood leaders. “Studio heads…the head of Columbia Pictures…the head of Paramount…some of the top people in the entertainment industry…some of the top celebrities [will be there],” he says.
Further, One News Now reports Baehr saying that there is much to celebrate because of a flood of movies with faith and values content. “When we started Movieguide®, there was only one movie with positive Christian content,” he says. “Now it’s up to over 60 percent of the movies. Some of them with clear Christian content occupy the top 10, so 90 percent of the top ten grossing movies have clear Christian content in them, which is absolutely wonderful.”
A one hour version of the Movieguide® awards is scheduled for airing on the REELZ Channel February 22 and 24, when viewers can see which movie wins for Best Family Movie of the Year: “The Peanuts Movie,” Pixar’s “Inside Out,” DreamWorks’ “Home,” “Cinderella,” or “Paddington.” The Movieguide® 24th Annual Faith & Values Awards with its theme “Home and Heart” will present prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2015, for the most inspiring performances of the year, and for the best movie promoting “positive American values.”
The nominees for this year’s Movieguide® $100,000 Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring Movie of 2015 include the following (in alphabetical order): “The 33,” “Brooklyn,” “Captive,” “Do you believe,” “Manny,” “War Room,” and “Woodlawn.” The nominees for the Movieguide® $100,000 Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2015 include: “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” “Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine,” “Blue Bloods: Hold Outs,” “Chicago Fire: Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional,” “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” and “Saints & Strangers.”
The Bradley Foundation Faith & Freedom Award for Movies includes the folllowing nominess: “Cinderella,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Joy,” “Max,” “McFarland, USA” and ” Woman in Gold.” The nominees for the award for Best Movie for Families include: “Cinderella,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Home,” “Inside Out,” “Max,” “Paddington,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” and “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” and “War Room.”
Nominees for the award for Best Movie for Mature Audiences include the following: “The 33,” “Ant-Man,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Furious 7,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Joy,” “Jurassic World,” “The Martian,” “McFarland, USA,” and “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation.” The nominees for Most Inspiring Performance for Movies include: “The 33,” Antonio Banderas; “Captive,” Kate Mara; “Do You Believe,” Ted McGinley; “The Letters,” Juliet Stevenson; “War Room,” Karen Abercrombie; and “Woodlawn,” Sean Astin and Jon Voight.
The nomines for Most Inspiring Performance for Television include the following: “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” Emmett J. Scanlan, Joe Dixon, and Juan Pablo Di Pace; “Chicago Fire: Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional,” Gordon Clapp; “Saints & Strangers.” Vincent Kartheiser; and “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” Alyvia Alyn Lind, Gerald McRaney, and Jennifer Nettles.
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