Saluting “Back to the Future”—and Biff Tannen, Catholic!

Who knew?  Well, anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave knows that today is a big deal for “Back to the Future” fans. What you may not know is that the iconic villain of the trilogy, Biff Tannen, was played by a devout Catholic, Thomas F. Wilson. He now has his own website, promoting [Read More…]

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RIP, Dean Jones: the man who stopped running from God

The celebrated actor from countless Disney films in the ’60s died today at age 84, from Parkinson’s. You may know him best from this: But his life was far more interesting and complicated, according to Christianity Today: For years he had deceived himself into believing that the Hollywood lifestyle would satisfy him, but it had [Read More…]

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Meet “the Steven Spielbergs of Christian cinema,” the masterminds behind “War Room”

From Variety:  Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick are likely to be met with blank stares. But thanks to low-budget hits like “Fireproof” and “Courageous,” the brothers have transformed themselves into Steven Spielbergs of Christian cinema. Their names above the title are enough to open movies that are firmly pitched to the faithful. This [Read More…]

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Check this out: new documentary all about “Chaplains”

This has been hovering around for a few months, but it will soon be available on DVD and on public television. From the filmmakers:  CHAPLAINS is a new 2-hour documentary film that takes the viewer into the dynamic world of chaplains – men and women who represent their own particular faith tradition but are trained to [Read More…]

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Check this out: previously unreleased audio of Chris Farley as Shrek

What might have been? Details:  Back in 1997 a very different SNL star almost voiced Shrek. Chris Farley, who’s been in the news recently because the new documentary, I Am Chris Farley, hit theaters this summer, was apparently originally cast as the animated ogre, according to his brother Kevin Farley. He told Yahoo: “Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more [Read More…]

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See you at Spago, Papa: Francis reportedly invites Oprah, Hollywood moguls to Vatican

From The Daily Mail:  What do television mogul Oprah Winfrey, fast-talking Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel and Academy Award winner Matt Damon have in common? All three have been invited to a special audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican this coming fall. The powerful trio, along with a handful of other show business heavyweights, have [Read More…]

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First look: trailer for “Spotlight,” starring Michael Keaton, on the Boston sex abuse scandal

From Variety:  The film from director/co-writer Tom McCarthy tells the true story behind the Boston Globe’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church. The group of reporters won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 after uncovering the local Boston Archdiocese’s massive cover-up of sexual abuse. “The West Wing” scribe Josh Singer co-wrote [Read More…]

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Must-see: trailer for “Risen,” detective thriller about the Resurrection

Details about the movie, which serves as a kind of sequel to “Passion of the Christ”: Joseph Fiennes appears fully Roman in Risen. But there’s a lot of director Roman Polanski in him, too, the British actor says. He believes his Roman military tribune offers a new perspective on the Bible’s resurrection story by taking after Polanski’s famed Chinatown detective Jake [Read More…]

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Pete Docter, the devout Christian from Pixar who makes blockbuster movies

The acclaimed director of such modern animated classics as “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” has a new movie coming out this summer, “Inside Out.” A profile in The New York Times today captured this interesting detail of his early life: As a boy growing up in Minnesota, he dreamed of turning his bedroom into the Enchanted Tiki [Read More…]

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Jude Law to star as “The Young Pope”

Pope Lenny?? From Variety: Jude Law will topline Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s TV series, with the working title “The Young Pope,” about an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history. Rupert Murdoch’s paybox Sky and France’s Canal Plus will co-produce with HBO, marking the first multiple-player production of this type in Italy. The series [Read More…]

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