Hooray for Holy-wood!

My blog neighbor Tony Rossi watched the Oscars last night so the rest of us didn’t have to—and caught some inspiration and some religion, to boot: One sweet moment occurred during Jared Leto’s Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech when he spoke about his mother’s past and shared a story that could give hope to other young women [Read More...]

Will “Son of God” be this weekend’s #1 movie at the box office?

Maybe:  Universal’s Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, surged ahead to take the lead in the weekend box office, snagging the spot from The Lego Movie, according to Forbes. Along with Neeson, the film stars Julianna Moore and 12 Years a Slave’s Oscar-nominated Lupita Nyong’o.  The action thriller is set to bring in around $30 million over the course of this weekend.  The Los [Read More...]

C.Y.A. (Cover Your Ark): Film “Noah” will now carry a disclaimer

From The Los Angeles Times:  In a move clearly aimed to appease potential religious critics, Paramount Pictures is adding a disclaimer to marketing materials for “Noah,” writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s drama about the great flood. The studio announced late Thursday that the “explanatory message,” as Paramount calls it, will read: “The film is inspired by the [Read More...]

Will God be boffo box office?

A former producer, now a movie reporter for The New York Times, offers his insight:  Once, studios routinely made movies with overtly religious themes for the mainstream audience. Classics like “The Ten Commandments,” “Quo Vadis” and “A Man for All Seasons” — each of which was nominated for a best picture Oscar — were box-office [Read More...]

Holy hit: “Son of God” already popular with churches, religious groups

From The Hollywood Reporter:  The Jesus Christ-focused film Son of God doesn’t hit theaters until next week, but it’s already a hit with churches and religious groups. These faithful audiences have secured nearly half-a-million tickets to showings across the country, with some renting out theaters and even entire multiplexes for screenings. Produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and distributed by [Read More...]

Roma Downey on “Son of God”

The actress and producer discusses the movie with CNS (unfortunately, she doesn’t discuss the decision to leave Satan on the cutting room floor). Nonetheless: check out what she has to say, and get a preview of the film, below. [Read more...]

Ready for summer? Here.

A favorite moment from my favorite movie this winter. If you don’t want to, um, “let go” of winter just yet, you can also enjoy this. [Read more...]

Director of pope’s favorite film, “Babette’s Feast,” dies

Details:  Gabriel Axel, a director whose 1987 labor of love, “Babette’s Feast,” received the first foreign-language Oscar awarded to a Danish motion picture — and heralded a growing popular interest in all things food — died on Sunday in Copenhagen. He was 95. His death was confirmed by a spokesman for the Danish Film Directors [Read More...]

Coming attraction: God

Bible-based movies are proliferating on movie screens this year. The Hollywood Reporter has a preview: Exactly a month before Noah and his ark arrive, another Bible-based movie is hitting the big screen, and this one already has earned the stamp of approval from religious leaders. Son of God (Feb. 28, Fox) features a mix of new [Read More...]

When Francis met Philomena

Details, from Religion News Service:  Philomena Lee, the real-life Irish woman whose life story is the center of the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena,” met Pope Francis on Wednesday. The film has earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture, and Stephen Frears, the film’s director, expressed hope Pope Francis would watch the feel-good film, which some critics [Read More...]