Whatever floats your boat: two Catholic critics on “Noah”

From Steven Greydanus at National Catholic Register:  It is not a “Bible movie” in the usual sense, with all the story beats predetermined by the text, and actors in ancient Near Eastern couture hitting their marks and saying all the expected things. It is something more vital, surprising and confounding: a work of art and [Read More...]

Report: Russell Crowe meets Pope Francis

From Religion News Service:  Russell Crowe, who plays the title character in the new Hollywood blockbuster “Noah,” lobbied hard for a personal audience with Pope Francis. What he got Wednesday instead was a blessing. Crowe used social media in recent weeks to try to cajole Francis to watch “Noah,” which has drawn fire from religious [Read More...]

Whatever happened to…Mel Gibson?

This Lent marks the 10-year anniversary of his controversial (and record-shattering) “The Passion of the Christ.” A journalist who befriended Mel Gibson looks at what has happened since. During this season of penitence, the saga of Mel Gibson, I think, offers an opportunity for reflection on the choices we make, the struggles we confront, the [Read More...]

Matthew McConaughey, Mass-goer?

A great big H/T to Terry Mattingly over at Get Religion, who unearthed this nugget while reporting on the actor’s Oscar speech: It has been two years since the paparazzi literally chased McConaughey and his fiance (at that time) after church during the Cannes Film Festival. That led tot his material in The Daily Mail: The [Read More...]

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...]