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…]

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“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…]

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“Goodfellas” inspiration Henry Hill dies

Am I the only one who thinks he’s lucky he lived this long? The mobster-turned-protected-witness-turned-cultural-icon was 69.  From the AP: Longtime girlfriend Lisa Caserta told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Hill died of complications from longtime heart problems related to smoking. An associate in New York’s Lucchese crime family, Hill told detailed, disturbing and [Read More…]

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See you at Spago: Georgia parish sets out to produce faith-based film

While most parishes are busy raising money to fund schools or fix the plumbing, a thriving parish in the Archdiocese of Atlanta is trying to raise funds to produce a movie.   In fact, it bills this as “the first major motion picture from a Catholic parish.” From the Georgia Bulletin: Efforts are underway at [Read More…]

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First look: official trailer for “Les Miserables”

Do you hear the people sing?  Well, you hear Anne Hathaway.  This looks superb. [Read more…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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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Mel Gibon's next movie?

I find this hard to believe.  But two high- profile Catholics with troubled pasts — Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas — are reportedly teaming up on a biblical epic. Details: Warner Bros has set up an untitled drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on the telling of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah [Read More…]

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First look: trailer for Emilio Estevez's "The Way"

I have to say: this looks really good. The website for the film describes its genesis, with star Martin Sheen undertaking the trek through Spain and later discussing the possibilities of a movie about the fabled pilgrimage trail with his son Emilio.  This film is the result.  It opens in October. [Read more…]

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