There’s so much that’s wrong about ABC’s The Muppets  reboot, it’s hard to know where to begin.

muppetsEven before the premiere last month, there were plenty of red flags signaling that these were not going to be the Muppets children of the ‘70s and ‘80s grew-up with; or even, for that matter, the Muppets in the charming 2011 blockbuster.

One ad campaign featured Kermit the frog with the tagline “Finally. A network TV show with full frontal nudity.” A message like that doesn’t exactly scream, “Hey, here’s something you can watch with your kids!” (And by the way, who even says that?)

But the problems with this series are hardly an isolated data point, but it serves to illustrate a much bigger problem that seems to plague much of Hollywood: i.e. they just don’t understand family audiences, much less how to serve them.

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Movie Ticket Prices Hit Record High With Popularity of 3D Titles, Rise of Luxury Seating

movie-theater[1]Ticket prices hit a record high as summer movies like “Jurassic World” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” packed in crowds at the multiplexes.

Going to the movies in the U.S. cost an average of $8.61 during the second quarter of 2015, according to exhibition industry trade group the National Association of Theatre Owners. That surpasses the previous high-water mark of $8.38 from the second quarter of 2013.

It’s also a 3.4% increase from the year-ago average of $8.33 and a 6% jump from the first quarter average of $8.12.

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Jennifer Garner Looking For “Miracles From Heaven”

jennifer_garner_miracles[1]T.D. Jakes, Joe Roth, and Devon Franklin hit a home run with Heaven is For Real. Now, the producers are back with Miracles From Heaven with news of the electric signing of star Jennifer Garner (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, 13 Going on 30). Heaven Is For Real lead-off a series of faith-based films including God’s Not Dead, Mom’s Night Out, the Left Behind reboot, and Noah.


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Faith & Family Movie Scorecard

From Allied Faith and Family Entertainment Report

With 2014 drawing to a close and Oscar season gearing up, it is a good time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t for the faith film market this year Early in the year things looked promising with four faith titles performing well: Son of God, Noah, Heaven is For Real, and God’s Not Dead all produced high grosses at the box office. […]

A.D. Miniseries Airs on NBC beginning Easter Sunday

Network television has become known for pushing the boundaries of decency by producing an increasing number of programs that offend people of faith and those who embrace traditional values. Celebrity Interviewer David Frost once said, “Television enables you to be entertained in your living room by people you would never invite into your home.” Mark […]

Faith-Based Movie for Millennials Drawing Global, Tech-Savvy Audience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Matthew Faraci Office: (919) 645-0771 Email: [email protected]   HOLY GHOST-the #1 most-funded, faith-based Kickstarter film in history-releases results of exclusive Advance Premiere designed to test new consumer-driven distribution model in which a film’s success hinges on its fans from start to finish; upcoming World Premiere Experience is September 6th Chicago, IL, […]


 U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Flat in First Half of 2014

AUGUST 5, 2014 | 08:30AM PT
Thomas K. Arnold
Editorial Director, Home Media Magazine

U.S. consumer spending in the first half of the year was essentially flat with last year, but the shift toward digital distribution is becoming increasingly pronounced.

Numbers released this morning by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group show a robust second quarter, in which total consumer spending on home entertainment rose 2%, making up virtually the entire 3.2% deficit from the first quarter. Total home entertainment spending for the first six months of 2014 came in at an estimated $8.58 billion, down less than 1% from the $8.65 billion consumers spent in the first half of 2013.

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New Producers Flooding Indie TV
With Faith and Family Friendly Fare

by Cynthia Littleton
Editor-in-chief: TV@Variety_Cynthia

Just when it seems that the world’s largest media congloms are tightening their grip on the airwaves, an independent TV production boom has erupted in the nation’s heartland.

In Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan and other states, a new breed of low-budget telepic and series producers is responding to the spike in demand for family- and faith-friendly content from a clutch of growing cable and digital multicast channels.

Indie outfits such as Up, Magic Johnson’s Aspire, INSP, TV One, Bounce TV and BYUtv as well as OWN, BET, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network are all in need of a steady supply of fresh programming, particularly made-fors. That has helped create an ecosystem for producers working well outside traditional showbiz entities to deliver productions with unabashedly feel-good themes and inspirational stories.

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Why Christians Now Rule Hollywood

When last weekend’s box office numbers were revealed one superstar came out on top. It wasn’t Denzel Washington, Robert Downey, Jr. or any of the other usual names from Hollywood’s A-list. In fact, this A-lister did not even appear in any film credits at all, but may have just become Hollywood’s hottest commodity. The new power player: God, or more specifically God and his many Christian followers. For the first time, two Christian themed films appeared in two of the top box office slots.

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Excitement Builds for ‘Son of God’ Movie

Reprinted from NewsMax – Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 05:42 PM By Andrea Billups “Son of God,” the movie premiering nationwide on Friday, “has a lot of love for Jesus and it’s going to get people to open up their hearts and minds to who Jesus is,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film […]