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...]

The greatness of Phillip Seymour Hoffman

R.I.P.  The 46-year-old actor, arguably one of the finest of his generation, was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment, reportedly with a needle in his arm. He’d waged a long battle against drug addiction. Here, watch greatness at work in two astonishingly diverse works: playing an accused priest in “Doubt” and the legendary writer [Read More...]

Coming soon: a movie with priests, nuns, art…and George Clooney

Check out this featurette below, on the upcoming film “The Monuments Men.” It looks terrific. Googling around, I discovered a website devoted to a foundation the supports the real-life work behind the movie, and another site about the Monuments Men. Who knew? [Read more...]

Defining “Gravity”: how they did it

H/T to Katrina Fernandez, who posted this on FB. When I saw this movie over the summer, I kept asking myself “How the hell did they DO that??!!” This offers an answer, and it’s just as impressive as the movie itself. At a time when so much movie-making is cynical and predictable and formulaic, the [Read More...]

It’s a terrible idea

From Variety: Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are collaborating on production of a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. The sequel, titled “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with [Read More...]

First look: Russell Crowe’s epic “Noah”

Noah?  Who-ah! Wow.  Just…wow. Check it out. No release date listed. [Read more...]

First look: “One Chance,” the Paul Potts movie

Who could forget the amazing saga of Paul Potts, who set the template for Susan Boyle and countless other performers? Now his story has been made into a movie, produced by Simon Cowell (among others).  I have to say: this looks really good.  (But I’m a sucker for this sort of thing anyway…)  Take a [Read More...]

Whatever happened to the real child in “The Exorcist” case?

Well, this explains a lot: evidently someone once possessed by the devil grew up to work for the U.S. government. This little news nugget comes to us just in time for Halloween, as Hollywood releases a new DVD of the classic film to mark its 40th anniversary (!). The Daily Mail goes back to the [Read More...]

This looks thrilling: a glimpse at the new IMAX movie “Jerusalem”

See the Holy Land as never before, thanks to the wizards at National Geographic. From HuffPo:  Jerusalem is one of the world’s most important cities, held sacred by three religious traditions, and it’s now possible to virtually visit its holy places in an unprecedented way thanks to the vision and daring of the team behind [Read More...]