Actor Joe Mantegna to produce film on the life of Padre Pio

I got an email about this morning. Here’s the news on the Saint Pio Foundation website:  A biographical film on the life of Saint Padre Pio is in the works. The film will be produced by the American Actor Joe Mantegna and his long time producing Partner Danny Ramm through their company Acquaviva Productions, for theatrical release. Shot in English, filmed on [Read More...]

And a little child shall lead them: new movie depicts God as a boy

From The New York Times:  Ridley Scott’s 3-D “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has computer-generated plagues, waves and tornadoes. It has boat-chomping crocodiles, 400,000 digitally rendered Hebrew slaves and a sword-wielding Christian Bale as a “Gladiator”-like Moses. But God may still steal the show. “Exodus,” to be released on Dec. 12, preserves the awful severity of the [Read More...]

Gobble, gobble: an early Thanksgiving Day gift, the first glimpse at “Jurassic World”

Color me thrilled.  N.B: this does not look like it’s going to be a turkey. And, continuing the holiday theme, you’ll see quite a few “Easter eggs” here, including a haunting interpretation of the iconic John Williams’ theme near the end. What’s not to love? Get your geek on and enjoy. [Read more...]

Thomas Merton’s love life to be made into a movie

Longtime readers of the blog know that I’m a Thomas Merton fanboy.  His life and work were instrumental in my own vocation, and I once spent a memorable afternoon in his Kentucky hermitage, thinking “I can’t believe I’m HERE.” So I’ve got some mixed feelings about this news, which if handled clumsily could turn the [Read More...]

This looks great: Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty

James Thurber’s classic short story is being remade—Danny Kaye did it years ago—and Ben Stiller is the star and director. Look for it under the tree on Christmas Day. Here’s the trailer.  Ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. [Read more...]

Mel Gibon's next movie?

I find this hard to believe.  But two high- profile Catholics with troubled pasts — Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas — are reportedly teaming up on a biblical epic. Details: Warner Bros has set up an untitled drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on the telling of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah [Read More...]

First look: trailer for Emilio Estevez's "The Way"

I have to say: this looks really good. The website for the film describes its genesis, with star Martin Sheen undertaking the trek through Spain and later discussing the possibilities of a movie about the fabled pilgrimage trail with his son Emilio.  This film is the result.  It opens in October. [Read more...]

The best movies of the last 15 years in three and a half minutes

Don’t believe me?  Just watch.  A great montage by Kees van Dijkhuizen. Pixar rocks.  It’s that simple.  Nobody does it better. [Read more...]

"Best. Day. Ever."

That’s the uplifting message at the end of this trailer for a remarkable new film hitting theaters later this month. It’s “Life in a Day,” produced by Ridley Scott, and collected from thousands of YouTube videos. You can read more about it here and here. But check out the trailer below. [Read more...]

Vatican paper: thumbs up for last "Harry Potter" film

“The finale is epic, with a battle worthy of this saga of unequalled planetary success. The decisive meeting between the forces of good and evil is truly the final one, played out in an atmosphere that is almost too dark. The games of magic played by the baby wizards are a thing of the past. The [Read More...]


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