Yet another movie not screened for critics?

Okay, I exaggerate. But not by much. Remember how I said there would be no screenings in Vancouver of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, except for a preview scheduled mere hours before the film’s release? It turns out that that film was shown in a few other cities, such as New York, a day earlier than that. Now 20th Century Fox is doing the exact same thing with Live Free or Die Hard. The film opens across the continent on Wednesday, and both David Poland and Jeffrey Wells have said that the only L.A. screening will be on Monday night. And the only Vancouver screening will be on Tuesday night. Lame. That doesn’t quite put it in the “no screening for critics” camp, but it comes awfully close.

JUN 27 UPDATE: Turns out the L.A. situation was even weirder.

A Mighty Heart — the review’s up!

My review of A Mighty Heart is now up at CT Movies.

Oh, how I wish this were a real movie.

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Ark Almighty — the article’s up!

My article on Ark Almighty, a good-deeds program created as part of the promotion for Evan Almighty, is now up at CT Movies.

Interview: Tom Shadyac (Evan Almighty, 2007)

LOS ANGELES, CA — It has been four years since Bruce Almighty conquered the box office, and a lot has happened at the intersection of faith and film since then.

Many Christians were leery of the film when they heard that it starred Jim Carrey as a man who is endowed with supernatural powers after he complains that God isn’t doing a good enough job of running the world. But many Christians were pleasantly surprised to discover that, despite its bawdy humour, the movie raised serious questions about love, free will, and the need to submit to God’s plan for our lives.

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Hey, I have a recording of that conversation…

Wanda Sykes is on Late Night with Conan O’Brien right now, as I type this, talking about how she was interviewed by a bunch of religious reporters, including a nun, at the press junket for Evan Almighty. This is funny to me, because I was sitting next to the nun in question at the time, and I remember certain aspects of the conversation that Sykes is riffing on. I even have it on mp3.