“Heaven” is a blockbuster

Numbers don’t lie:  Heaven Is for Real took in $4.4 million and finished in sixth place in a week where Godzilla won the box office, taking in $93.2 million. The Japanese monster blockbuster beat outNeighbors and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to give it the second-largest opening weekend of the year behind last month’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $95 million debut. [Read More...]

“Nothing is a failure”: Sandra Bullock’s terrific commencement speech

This is an instant classic, delivered last weekend to the kids at Warren Easton charter school in New Orleans. The complete text:   I was trying to remember my graduation and, oddly, I couldn’t remember anything. I remembered how good I looked and then I went back and looked at pictures and I really didn’t [Read More...]

Antonio Banderas as Pope Francis?

It could happen, according to RNS:  Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas may be cast in the role of Pope Francis in the first feature film to be made on the life of the Argentine pontiff. Italian director Daniele Luchetti plans to make the $12 million Spanish-language film, titled Call Me Francesco, with producer Pietro Valsecchi, who has [Read More...]

Vatican responds to “Exorcist” author on Georgetown: “Your communications constitute a well-founded complaint”

From The Washington Post:  The author of the thriller “The Exorcist” says he has new hope he has put the fear of God in Georgetown University. William Peter Blatty, a Georgetown graduate, submitted to the Vatican last fall a petition with some 2,000 signatures calling for the school to be stripped of the labels Catholic [Read More...]

My review of “Heaven is for Real”

Enjoying a rare day off following the Triduum marathon, I took my wife to see “Heaven is for Real” at a Monday matinee. I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t expecting much. The result could have been awful, a preachy mess. The fact that it isn’t—in fact, a lot of it is awfully satisfying—is a [Read More...]

“Heaven” is a real hit. Is Hollywood listening?

Money talks, after all. From The New York Times: “Heaven Is for Real” became Hollywood’s fourth overtly faith-based hit of the year over the Easter weekend, taking in an estimated $21.5 million — double the dismal ticket sales that Johnny Depp mustered for his latest big-budget effort. But God still could not beat a superhero: [Read More...]

NPR: Disney is tolerant of anything but the word “God”

So say the Academy Award-winning songwriters behind the monster hit, “Frozen,” in this interview with NPR:  The husband and wife team behind the Oscar-winning Frozen said on Thursday that while Disney is open to bringing songwriters from diverse backgrounds, God is the only thing that they have seen censored since they have worked there. Speaking on NPR’s Fresh Air show, [Read More...]

F-bombs and Palm Sunday: Mark Wahlberg at MTV Movie Awards

The Catholic actor took the stage at the MTV Awards last night—and it was definitely different: The 2014 MTV Movie awards was filled with its usual wild antics, but the Twitter universe was especially talking about Mark Wahlberg’s acceptance speech in which he cursed profusely, encouraged Americans to go for the dream, and publicly confessed [Read More...]

Scientists say the ark would float—even with 35,000 species of animals

Don’t try this at home.  Although it seems scientists think it would work: Noah’s Ark would have floated — even with two of every animal on board, physicists have determined based on the weight of the beasts and the buoyancy of the boat. The students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of [Read More...]

Fr. Robert Barron weighs in on “Noah”

One of the contemporary church’s most thoughtful evangelists offers his take on one of the year’s most controversial films: “Noah” is best interpreted, I think, as a modern cinematic midrash on the Biblical tale.  The midrashim—extremely popular in ancient Israel—were imaginative elaborations of the often spare Scriptural narratives.  They typically explored the psychological motivations of the major players [Read More...]