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  • 5 ways to make TV safe for kids: See PTC's 2019 list

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, January 14, 2019 (one month ago)

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    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Protecting children from obscenity on television has never been more difficult than in 2019, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in listing the top five reforms the entertainment industry needs to make this year.

    "Even with the most diligent parental oversight, the industry has exceptional power and leverage to influence our children," the PTC said. "But while the industry continues to produce and distribute entertainment content, it continues to wave off any responsibility for harmful effects that content can have on children. Read More

  • 'Gosnell' helps uncover 'horrors of abortion'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A trio of forthcoming movies hailed by pro-life activists -- led by "Gosnell" opening Oct. 12 -- could influence Americans' thinking on abortion, critics say.

    Christians "have been behind the curve, and we're just now starting to realize the importance" of promoting the sanctity of unborn life through film, Christian filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke told Baptist Press. Gosnell's potential impact is indicated by "just how furious people on the other side, the pro-abortion people, have been in trying to stop the movie, trying to reduce its credibility, trying to not get it aired in theaters." Read More

  • Broadway composer seeks 'lights' in entertainment

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Joan Marcus, 2015, New York City
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid entertainment industry scandals and a steady stream of profanity- and sex-laden content from Hollywood, Broadway composer Christopher Smith aims to inspire a generation of Christians to be salt and light in the entertainment world.

    Smith -- author of the script, music and lyrics for the musical "Amazing Grace" -- has pursued that aim through speaking engagements at several Southern Baptist-related schools, including Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Union University, Houston Baptist University and Liberty University. He also hopes to demonstrate what God-honoring entertainment looks like with a 70-city tour of "Amazing Grace" starting Nov. 17 at the Museum of the Bible's grand opening in Washington. Read More

  • Chromecast, Apple TV safest viewing for kids, PTC says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 09, 2017 (one year ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Among popular video entertainment services, Google Chromecast and Apple TV provide the safest viewing options for children and their parents, the Parents Television Council said in its latest research.

    Popular streaming video on demand (SVOD) and over-the-top (OTT) entertainment viewing options expose children to disturbing and edgy programs rated only for mature audiences, the PTC said in the study released Tuesday (Aug. 8). Read More

  • LGBT themes spread in kids' entertainment

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 02, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Themes promoting gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles are becoming more prevalent in entertainment expressly marketed to children, most notably with Disney's upcoming version of "Beauty and the Beast."

    Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast debuting in theaters March 17 will include a reimagined LeFou, who will express a homosexual yet conflicted attraction to the brutish and macho Gaston, the movie's director Bill Condon told the gay Attitude Magazine. Read More

  • Columbine martyr film seeks bold youth revival

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When two fellow classmates approached Rachel Joy Scott on the lawn of Columbine High School and questioned her belief in Jesus, she affirmed her faith and was shot to death at point-blank range.

    The story of her martyrdom has been told perhaps countless times in books, sermons and interviews in the past nearly 20 years, but Pure Flix Entertainment hopes its upcoming film of Scott's 17 years on earth inspires students nationally to accept and boldly proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior. Read More

  • 'God's Not Dead 2' earnings fall short

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The sequel "God's Not Dead 2" opened much weaker than its 2014 predecessor, trailing the top grossing "God's Not Dead" in per screen earnings by 72 percent, according to Box Office Mojo statistics.

    With total earnings of $8.1 million for the April 1-3 weekend, God's Not Dead 2 averaged $3,350 per screen in 2,419 theaters. Its predecessor averaged $11,817 per screen in 780 theaters, ... Read More

  • Animated 'Owlegories' supplement kids discipleship

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 23, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Thomas and Julie Boto developed a smartphone and tablet app for their children using family members as the voices of animated owls, they had no idea their concept would catch the attention of an Oscar-nominated animator and become a Christ-centered children's DVD distributed by Walmart.

    But that's exactly what happened. Read More

  • Netflix gives VeggieTales' Bob, Larry a new world

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (4 years ago)

    GLENDALE, Calif. (BP) – "VeggieTales in the House" premieres today (Nov. 26) as a new series exclusively on Netflix featuring the veggie characters that have modeled biblical principles for 21 years. Read More