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HOLLYWOOD – Movie stars and film producers gathered to celebrate faith, family and inspirational films at the red-carpet awards show often hailed as the “Christian Oscars” earlier this month – and now Movieguide is asking Christians across the nation to show their support for Hollywood productions that glorify Christ by watching the event on TV this week.
The Hallmark Movie Channel will telecast Movieguide’s 20th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. EST. Because Movieguide is a Christian organization, the event related to Christ and glorified Him.
Dr. Ted Baehr, a media critic, founder and publisher of Movieguide and a champion of uplifting Hollywood movies with Christian worldviews, takes on the giants of the industry every year and inspires filmmakers to produce exemplary and clean films. He urged Americans to tune into the program.
“With a large audience, we can increase the impact of Christ in Hollywood tremendously by showing Hollywood large numbers of Christian care about faith and values entertainment,” Baehr said. “We have the ability to transform the entertainment industry like never before, but we can only do it with your help.”
WND was on the scene Feb. 10 as Movieguide hosted its gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at the Universal Hilton Hotel near the heart of Hollywood – where a number of popular films won awards for their morally uplifting content.
Dean Cain hosted the event, which features appearances by Jim Carrey, Robert Duvall, Kevin Sorbo, Corbin Bernsen, Miss America Teresa Scanlan, Pat Boone, AnnaSophia Robb, Grammy nominee Natalie Grant, singer B.J. Thomas, Antonio Banderas, Angela Lansbury, Billy Bob Thornton, Salma Hayek, Kristy Swanson, Bella Thorne, Gregg Sulkin, Jimmy Bennett and the Muppets.
Stars and producers lined up on the red carpet to speak exclusively with WND about the significance of creating inspirational and family friendly films – and America’s need for more of them. Actors Dean Cain and Kevin Sorbo, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, “American Idol” contestants, some of Hollywood’s top producers and several up-and-coming Disney stars said they were both proud and excited to celebrate the industry’s wholesome films.
“I support Dr. Baehr and the things he’s trying to do with film,” said gala host Dean Cain, best known for his role as Superman and Clark Kent in the series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” “I think it’s fantastic, and I’m honored that he wants me to be part of this. … As an actor, you want to play all kinds of diverse roles and be in all sorts of films. As a parent – I have an 11-year-old son – it’s important the kind of projects I am doing because I want him to see my work. I want to make films that will teach him a lesson and show him a way to behave, a way to react to a situation or a way to overcome an obstacle. A lot of those films tend to be those that are honored by Movieguide.”
Actor Kevin Sorbo, best known for his roles as Hercules in “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” Capt. Dylan Hunt in “Andromeda” and Kull in “Kull the Conqueror,” told WND he believes America deserves more quality movies that the whole family can enjoy.
“We need more of them!” Sorbo declared. “Reality TV has got to go away. There are enough movies that portray such a negative side of life, and for whatever reason, Hollywood seems to glamorize that. People ultimately want to see good triumph over evil. Most people really do. They don’t want to live in a dark place. When they go to movies, they want to see the positive. They want to see that there is real hope out there and there’s a real chance to have a positive impact in life, rather than being negative about things all the time.”
Teresa Scanlan, crowned Miss America in 2011, said: “As Miss America, this is really everything I try to exemplify as well: the classic American traditions, iconic morals and values that we hold dear in this country. That’s everything tonight is about, and it’s what we’re celebrating. The more we can do to support this work, the better off we will be.”
The awards honor the Best Movies for Families and Best Movies for Mature Audiences. They also include the Faith & Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values, the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Performances in Movies and TV and the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2011.