For fun, let's play a little game. (Honesty is important here.) Can you name all the justices on the Supreme Court? Do you know the name of your Congressional representative? In the Bill of Rights, do you know what the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th Amendments are? Hmm, you stumped too?

Okay, try these: What is Deuce Bigelow's job? What town does Ron Burgundy remind nightly to "Stay classy?" What's Oprah's best friend's name? What actor delivers the line, "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"

Pathetic, isn't it?

The Supreme Court, The Bill of Rights, your Congressional representative - these have a substantial impact on your life. Jack Nicholson, Deuce Bigelow and Gayle King have almost none. And yet this is what we know. And that's because at this period of history, entertainment is king.

Media expert and committed Christian Phil Cooke, author of the highly influential book Branding Faith, recently said, "Nothing impacts our life more than media. Absolutely nothing. A pastor may preach for an hour on Sunday. But the average American family now is watching three to five hours of television a day. Media has become...    READ MORE >>

Do you have questions about Hollywood? Want to understand more about the entertainment business? Desperate to know, "What is a key grip?" Ask Dr. Film.

Q. Why Hollywood? Out of all the places the movie studios could have started, why did they pop up in Hollywood?
C.K., Dunwoody, Georgia.

Great question, C.K.!
Southern California offered a sunny climate (The early film sets had no roofs because they had no lights!). Los Angeles also contained a variety of settings (mountains, beaches, deserts) in close proximity ...continued

  • In 2008, young people will spend 5 1/2 months watching TV and movies, surfing the web, listening to their digital music players or talking on their cell phones.

  • The average person in America is bombarded with as many as 3,000 advertising messages per day.

  • Movies influence the world. The Los Angeles Times reports that after 9/11, when the allies invaded Afghanistan, after the initial fighting the first public buildings to open weren't hospitals, government buildings, or schools... They were movie theaters, showing American movies!

New Release!
Branding Faith: Why Some Churches and Non-Profits Impact Culture and Others Don't
By Phil Cooke

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