Hail, Mary: Israeli actress Odeya Rush to play Mary in “prequel to ‘Passion of the Christ’”

Well, that’s how one Hollywood writer is describing a promising new film scripted by the “Passion” scribe Benedict Fitzgerald and Barbara Nicolosi. Details: The movie about Mary, Mother of Christ that has been bouncing around Hollywood for years may be moving closer to reality. The Wrap reports that Alister Grierson has been tapped to direct the [Read More...]

“I don’t have to think. I’m Catholic.” — UPDATED

That’s the side-splitting punchline Kathleen Turner delivers in the new movie “The Perfect Family.” Are you laughing yet? [Crickets chirping.] Judging from the trailer, the movie traffics in stereotypical insults and anti-Catholic bigotry that would be offensive if they weren’t so predictable, cliched and obvious. But don’t take my word for it.  See the clip [Read More...]

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

This looks sweet and funny: a Japanese film about the life of a guide dog for the blind. Bring lots of Kleenex. [Read more...]

First look: “Les Mis” on the big screen

Fans of the blockbuster musical — you know who you are — will appreciate these shots from the Daily Mail, with the first glimpses of Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as his nemesis Javert.  Others in the cast include Anne Hathaway as Fantine, and Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as [Read More...]

Mother Dolores at the Oscars: “This is very different than being in the monastery…”

Hollywood’s most famous nun since Julie Andrews returned to her old stomping grounds last night: It wasn’t hard to spot Elvis Presley’s old co-star on the Oscars red carpet. She was the one wearing the nun’s habit. Mother Dolores Hart, who left Hollywood 49 years ago to pursue a religious life, made a dramatic return [Read More...]

Hard time: convict flees monastery, asks to be sent back to prison instead

Well, clearly, religious life isn’t for everybody: A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence in a monastery has escaped for the second time and asked to be sent back to prison because life was too tough. Thief David Catalano, 31, was sent to a Santa Maria degli Angeli community run by Capuchin monks [Read More...]

Torn: Catholic priest learns he’s a Jewish Holocaust survivor

That’s the compelling premise behind a new documentary shown recently in a New York film festival. Details: Imagine you are a Catholic priest in your 30s. Suddenly, at your mother’s deathbed, your world is turned completely upside-down. This was Polish Father Romuald Waszkinel experience when he learned that his real name is Yaacov (Jacob) Weksler [Read More...]

Cheering for the underdogs: making "The Mighty Macs"

The movie about the fabled basketball team opens this Friday — did you know the original title was “Our Lady of Victory”? — but it took a long time to happen. The AP has the scoop: Here’s a sports fairy tale that never gets old: Underdog team with few resources but a lot of heart [Read More...]

Sheen's way: "I love the journey…"

Sr. Rose Pacatte has a terrific and inspiring interview with Martin Sheen, tied to his new movie “The Way,” over at National Catholic Reporter.  He talks about his faith, his family, his film career, and much more. I feel that your opening performance in “Apocalypse Now” (1979) has something to do with your new film, [Read More...]

Coming attractions: "Reel Faith"

Anyone interested in a Catholic perspective on the fall movie season will want to check out “Reel Faith,” the cinema series on NET, the TV station for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Hosted by David DiCerto and Steven Greydanus, “Reel Faith” takes a different look at what’s unspooling at the multiplex, with an emphasis on Christian [Read More...]


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