“Millions of books written on every conceivable subject by all these great minds, and, and in the end, none of ‘em knows anything more about the big questions of life than I do. … Nietzsche with his, with his Theory of Eternal Recurrence. He said that the life we live, we’re gonna live over and [Read More...]

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THE STUFF OF REAL CONTROVERSY? Columbia Pictures has acquired The Da Vinci Code for a seven-figure sum. Describing writer Dan Brown as a “master Storyteller” Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman, John Calley notes that they “can’t wait to bring this puzzle to the screen.” The real puzzle is how come a book that is known to [Read More...]

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PROTESTANTS LIKE IT TOO! Focus on the Family leaders got a screening of The Passion. They sound enthusiastic. I was a little worried how they would react because the film is so very graphic in its depiction of the violence inflicted on Jesus. But, I’m glad to see they are letting a work of art [Read More...]

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MORE PASSION I said I would answer questions about my comments on the screening. I will not enter into the frenzied trap of trying to convince people that the Gospel is not anti-Semitic. Nor will I address the specific list of depictions that someone has decided would render the film anti-Semitic. It wouldn’t prove anything. [Read More...]

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I SAW THE PASSION So I was at a private screening at Icon Productions yesterday, and got to see a rough cut of The Passion. There were about twelve people in the room, including Mel Gibson, his producing partner Steve and four or five other Icon staffers. After the screening, we talked to Mel and [Read More...]

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“You are so beautiful, are you sure you weren’t altered? This is not the face, the body, of a Godchild. How could something so lovely be a product of chance?” from Gattaca [Read more...]

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MOVIE REVIEW So, yesterday our usual group of young L.A. Catholic Hollywood people met at our beloved St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood for the 10am Mass as usual. The choir was all geared up for Corpus Christi and sang a fabulous high Latin Mass and then Panis Angelicus and Ave Verum. Our choir [Read More...]

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BONNIE HUNT IS VERY COOL Everybody should watch Life with Bonnie on Tuesday nights on ABC. Bonnie is super – very funny, smart and, oh yeah, Catholic. She made a great little film a couple of years ago called Return to Me. It’s a wonderful romantic comedy with some deep themes of faith and family. [Read More...]

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A MEDIA STRATEGY FOR FAMILIES My latest on Catholic Exchange. [Read more...]

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“Goodbye, Father. I’ll speak for you. I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint. On their behalf I deny Him, your God of no mercy. Your God who tortures men with longings they can never fulfill. He may forgive me: I shall never forgive Him. Mediocrities [Read More...]

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FOX NEWS ON ACT ONE Here’s a piece about Act One’s recent trip to Washington. A snip… Members of Act One, which includes theologians as well the writers and producers of shows and movies such as Mission Impossible, Batman Forever, The Family Man, A Different World and The Addams Family, were hosted on Capitol Hill [Read More...]

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“It’s just something that happens. It’s like seeing a person you never saw before — you could be passing on the street — you look at each other and for a few seconds, there’s a kind of recognition. Like you both know something. But then the next moment the person’s gone, and it’s too late [Read More...]

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BE NOT AFRAID! PT. II – MISTAKES CHRISTIANS MAKE BECAUSE WE ARE AFRAID OF HOLLYWOOD a) Because we are afraid of Hollywood, we do not pay it any respect. – “It’s easy to watch. Must be easy to make. Let’s send a message to Hollywood by showing them what we can do!” When we do [Read More...]

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“Ha ha, you fool!! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia; and only slightly less well known is this: Never go in against a Sicilian, when death is on the line!” from The Princess Bride [Read more...]

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