Boffo: Argentina producing a major motion picture about the pope

From Variety:  Habemus a pope pic. And from Pope Francis’ native Argentina. One of its most international directors, Alejandro Agresti (“The Lake House”) will direct “Historia de un cura” (A Priest’s Tale), a biopic of Jorge Mario Bergoglio from his childhood through to election in March as the head of the Catholic Church. Bergoglio became the first Jesuit pope, [Read More...]

First look: “Mary of Nazareth” trailer

This fall’s must-see Catholic movie?  Fr. Donald Calloway got an early look and raved: The most stunning portrayal of the Virgin Mary on film. It will make you want to love her more than ever. An absolute masterpiece! Yes, my friends, I can assure you that we finally have a movie that gets Mary totally [Read More...]

Thomas Merton’s love life to be made into a movie

Longtime readers of the blog know that I’m a Thomas Merton fanboy.  His life and work were instrumental in my own vocation, and I once spent a memorable afternoon in his Kentucky hermitage, thinking “I can’t believe I’m HERE.” So I’ve got some mixed feelings about this news, which if handled clumsily could turn the [Read More...]

This looks great: Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty

James Thurber’s classic short story is being remade—Danny Kaye did it years ago—and Ben Stiller is the star and director. Look for it under the tree on Christmas Day. Here’s the trailer.  Ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. [Read more...]

“Man of Steel” Flying to a Pulpit Near You?

That’s what the producers are hoping, anyway, thanks to a savvy marketing campaign:  As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits. Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing “Man of Steel” to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, [Read More...]

A Visit to “The Great Gatsby’s” Valley of Ashes Today

Anyone who’s seen the newest incarnation of “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, or read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic book, remembers that ominous “valley of ashes,” a desolate corner of Queens that Gatsby and his entourage pass through on the way to Manhattan—and the setting for a critical twist in the plot. A few years [Read More...]

TV’s “The Bible” headed to movie screens this fall

The visionary producer Mark Burnett has had another vision: dollar signs. Details:  Jesus is heading back to the big screen. TV producer Mark Burnett revealed Monday that he is preparing a three-hour movie version of his hit History Channel mini-series, “The Bible.” The film will contain “recut scenes and extra stuff” from the record breaking [Read More...]

The movie producer in a collar

Who knew? Details:  No sooner had Eric Andrews arrived on the set of “The Lost Valentine,” a 2011 Hallmark Channel movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White, when his neckwear attracted attention. “People are looking at me, and trying to figure out who I was,” he said. “One of the actors came up and [Read More...]

Chicago’s Fr. Michael Pfleger gives final blessing at Roger Ebert’s funeral

Details:  As a standing ovation finally quieted inside Holy Name Cathedral, Chaz Ebert paid the last words of tribute to her husband, famed movie critic Roger Ebert. “He had a heart big enough to accept and love all,” Chaz Ebert said, telling the crowd of fans and friends under the vaulted ceilings of the church [Read More...]

RIP: Annette Funicello, Catholic

Sad news, with word that the most famous Mouseketeer of all died today after a long battle with MS. The photo here shows her with first husband Jack Gilardi, leaving St. Cyril’s Roman Catholic Church in Encino, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1965, following their wedding ceremony. Annette spoke of her faith some years back, and how [Read More...]


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