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...]

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...]

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...]

Actor Joe Mantegna to receive Saint Pio Award

From the foundation that bears the saint’s name: The Saint Pio Foundation is proud to present the 1st “Saint Pio Award Ceremony,” which will take place at The Naval Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004), on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 6:30pm. A cocktail reception will be followed by the award ceremony. [Read More...]

Coming attraction: Hugh Jackman as St. Paul?

The buzz from Hollywood:  A new faith-based project with A-list stars involved is coming now from Warner Bros. The project, Apostle Paul, is being developed at the studio for Hugh Jackman to star in the role as the Jewish man of God (also known as Saul of Tarsus) who crossed over to speak to the Romans and preach the [Read More...]

St. Cinderella?

Fr. Robert Barron has an intriguing take on Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella,“ directed by Kenneth Branagh: While out riding in the country, Cinderella encountered a magnificent stag that was being pursued by a hunting party. Subsequently, she met the leader of the hunting brigade, a handsome young prince, the son of the King. The two [Read More...]

Pope Jude??

From Variety: Jude Law is reportedly in advanced negotiations to play the lead role in Italian Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s high-concept TV series, working-titled “The Young Pope,” about an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history. Italian media is abuzz with unconfirmed news that Sorrentino has found his pope and Law is on board. Wildside, the [Read More...]

Octavia Spencer from “The Help” to star as God in “The Shack”

Yes, they’re making a movie from the best-selling book. Variety has the scoop: Octavia Spencer is in final negotiations to play God in Lionsgate’s adaptation of the bestselling novel “The Shack.” Stuart Hazeldine is directing the pic, with Gil Netter producing through Netter Productions along with Brad Cummings. Production is set to start this spring. [Read More...]

Bishops condemn “Fifty Shades of Grey”

From Christianity Today:  It may have made its way through film censors across the globe despite its strong sexual content but religious leaders are not staying quiet about their opposition to the screening of “Fifty Shades of Grey’”s film adaptation. Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, has written a letter to his fellow members of the [Read More...]

Mel Gibson set to direct another religion-themed movie

From The Hollywood Reporter:  Lionsgate is in final talks for North American rights to Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II drama starring Andrew Garfield and returning Mel Gibson to the director’s chair for the first time since Apocalypto in 2006. …Hacksaw Ridge stars Garfield as real-life war hero Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, who became the first conscientious objector in American military history to receive [Read More...]