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...]

Lights, camera, Francis: two papal film biographies start production

Actor Dario Grandinetti (photo: Prensa TV Pública via Wikipedia) From Variety:  A battle between rival Pope Francis biopics has just kicked off, with shooting starting this week in Buenos Aires on two feature films about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, both toplining Argentine A-list actors as the Jesuit priest and tracing the path to his groundbreaking papacy. Thesp Rodrigo de la [Read More...]

Report: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to meet the pope

From that venerable news source, Us Weekly:  Hollywood meets the Holy See! Tinseltown royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are taking a very special trip to Rome this month, not to eat pasta and tour the Colosseum, but to meet the Pope, an insider reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.   The A-listers will fly to Italy [Read More...]

Ricki Lake producing documentary on the dangers of birth control pills

From The Papist:   Earlier this year she announced plans to produce an investigatory documentary on hormonal birth control.  What Upton Sinclair did in the Jungle to expose dark corners of the meat packing industry, and what Eric Schlosser did in Fast Food Nation to shine light into the fast food industry, so now Rikki Lake is seeking to do for the Billion dollar [Read More...]