First look: Russell Crowe’s epic “Noah”

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

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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