Now it can be told: how they created those realistic raptors in “Jurassic Park”

From Stan Winston comes this fascinating glimpse at how they made those dinosaurs so realistic. It’s not as technically sophisticated as you might think: ultimately, it was mostly a guy in a rubber suit. Check it out, though. It’s surprising, and fascinating. [Read more...]

I saw “Lincoln” last night: here are five takeaways…

I took in an advance screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” last night.  Five quick points, in no particular order:  Forget the trailer. What you’re seeing to promote the movie is more histrionics than history, and what actually unspools on the screen is sharper, smarter, headier and often much more reflective and tender than what you [Read More...]

Catholic actor Kevin James: “You don’t want to do anything that doesn’t glorify God”

Who knew? From CNS: He doesn’t exactly advertise it, but the “king of Queens” is a Catholic family man. Kevin James, who played Doug Heffernan for nine seasons on the CBS sitcom and has since branched out into movies, has no problem talking about his values and how it affects his career. “I am involved [Read More...]

Christianity’s newest spokesman? Tom Hanks

It’s happening in Russia.  Details, from the Hollywood Reporter:  Tom Hanks is to appear on posters promoting Orthodox Christianity in Russia and neighboring states alongside prominent local cultural and sports figures. The Russian Orthodox youth movement Soboryane said it is launching a massive poster campaign during a missionary event entitled “My Pravoslavnye” (“We Are Orthodox [Read More...]

“Les Miserables” movie poster revealed

First, there was the trailer.  Then the “extended first look.” Now, ladies and gentlemen, the movie poster for “Les Miserables,” from FirstShowing.Net    It may look vaguely familiar: the image is a re-interpretation of the well-known poster for the stage version.  [Read more...]

“Les Miz”: an extended first look

Those who have been waiting for more glimpses of this epic musical — following the sensational trailer released this summer—your wait is over. The producers have just released a mini-documentary/promotional video that focuses on the groundbreaking technique they used for recording the music: actually performing the songs live, with piano accompaniment, rather than lip-syncing. Prepare [Read More...]

Hollywood planning film about Pontius Pilate

A trend in biblical epics continues:  Deadline reports that Warner Brothers has purchased a script called Pontias Pilate  from Woman on Top writer Vera Blasi, a new take on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as told through the eyes of the man who ordered it to happen. The film will follow Pilate’s journey as a soldier who gains power under [Read More...]

Film critic Steven Greydanus begins studies for diaconate

Some big news from him today that you might even call a blockbuster:  Next week I will be going back to graduate school—back to seminary, in fact—to pursue diaconal studies in preparation for ordination to the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark.  (I currently hold an MA in religious studies from St. Charles Borromeo [Read More...]

“Would you sing something different?”

The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” was on Ovation tonight, and the scene below just knocks it out of the park. Struggling songwriter and door-to-door salesman J.R. Cash (the incredibly good Joaquin Phoenix — why didn’t he get the Oscar for this?) gets a chance to audition for legendary record producer Sam Phillips, who [Read More...]

The drug dealer who became a monk

A remarkable vocation story from Vancouver, British Columbia: After years of a life of hedonism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, who currently lives the monastic life in the [Read More...]


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