Michael Keaton on his Catholic education: “It kind of builds who you are”

Michael Keaton in 2013 (photo: Gage Skidmore / Wikipedia) Details:  Michael Keaton says his education at a Catholic school shaped the person who he is. The 63-year-old actor admits he endured tough discipline during his time at school when he was growing up in Pennsylvania, but rather than resent the treatment he believes it made [Read More…]

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Actor Joe Mantegna to produce film on the life of Padre Pio

I got an email about this morning. Here’s the news on the Saint Pio Foundation website:  A biographical film on the life of Saint Padre Pio is in the works. The film will be produced by the American Actor Joe Mantegna and his long time producing Partner Danny Ramm through their company Acquaviva Productions, for theatrical release. Shot in English, filmed on [Read More…]

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And a little child shall lead them: new movie depicts God as a boy

From The New York Times:  Ridley Scott’s 3-D “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has computer-generated plagues, waves and tornadoes. It has boat-chomping crocodiles, 400,000 digitally rendered Hebrew slaves and a sword-wielding Christian Bale as a “Gladiator”-like Moses. But God may still steal the show. “Exodus,” to be released on Dec. 12, preserves the awful severity of the [Read More…]

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Gobble, gobble: an early Thanksgiving Day gift, the first glimpse at “Jurassic World”

Color me thrilled.  N.B: this does not look like it’s going to be a turkey. And, continuing the holiday theme, you’ll see quite a few “Easter eggs” here, including a haunting interpretation of the iconic John Williams’ theme near the end. What’s not to love? Get your geek on and enjoy. [Read more…]

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New York Catholic high school changes course, cancels film shoot with gay theme

Details: A Catholic boys’ school has reversed its permission to allow civil rights drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as a lesbian couple, to shoot on location in New York State. Salesian high school in New Rochelle, New York, had been expected to double for a town hall in Ocean County, New Jersey, where Moore’s [Read More…]

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Can The Rule of St. Benedict save inner city schools?

A new documentary evidently makes a persuasive argument:  One of the most astonishing things about how Catholic schools educate kids in our country’s worst neighborhoods is that they’re by and large serving a population that isn’t Catholic. It didn’t have to be this way. In fact, it almost wasn’t. That’s one bottom line of the [Read More…]

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Christian film critic says Robin Williams accepted Christ in rehab, but “he was always searching”

Details:  Christian Film and Television Commission Chairman Dr. Ted Baehr recently revealed that late comedian Robin Williams accepted Jesus as his personal Savior during one of his rehab stays. Williams committed suicide on Monday, and many friends and fans are still struggling to come to grips with the immense and sudden loss. Dr. Baehr expressed sadness for Williams’ family, [Read More…]

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Lauren Bacall’s religion

An interesting detail from The New York Times obit on Lauren Bacall: During her romance with [Humphrey] Bogart, she asked him if it mattered to him that she was Jewish. His answer, she later wrote, was “Hell, no — what mattered to him was me, how I thought, how I felt, what kind of person I [Read More…]

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“Left Behind” trailer released

I prefer my apocalypses with zombies. But here’s another view of The End of the World As We Know It, based on the best-selling books and starring (why?) Nicholas Cage. I think this will play better in a couple years, on an episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”  [Read more…]

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Filming to begin on Martin Scorcese’s adaptation of “Silence”

Details:  As of September, renowned director Martin Scorsese will be in Taiwan to begin work on his next film on Christian mission in Japan during the seventeenth century. The film, already in the program for several years, is based on a bestselling novel by a Catholic Japanese author. “Silence” was written by Japanese Shusako Endo [Read More…]

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