Biblical Movie Noah Forbidden to Muslims, Says Egyptian Fatwa; It May ‘Provoke Believers’ Emotions’

Yes, how dare Western moviemakers try to provoke moviegoers’ emotions!

The Darren Aronofsky-produced “Noah,” with its depiction of the divinely inspired deluge and the building of an ark that saves surviving species, is the target of a fatwa issued by Al Azhar, a leading Sunni Muslim institution.



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Actor Chris O’Dowd: ‘Religion is Ruining the World’

You might know the Irish actor Chris O’Dowd from the TV series The IT Crowd and various movies, including This is 40 and Gulliver’s Travels.

On his side of the Atlantic, actors who are atheists, like O’Dowd and Daniel Radcliffe, appear to be able to speak their minds with less caution and equivocation than their American counterparts, such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

Consider these remarks O’Dowd made to GQ in the U.K.:



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Science Writer Hank Campbell Alleges That ‘Cosmos’ Bungles History and ‘Smacks of an Agenda’

So far, Hank Campbell, the founder of the Science 2.0 website, is not too impressed with ‘Cosmos,’ the 13-part documentary presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson and executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane that launched last night.



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Get Inked For Jesus! Florida Church Organizes Free Tattoo Sessions

If you’ve already got the free church gun and the free church steak dinner, why not go for the trifecta and get a tattoo to match? Head to Florida and get the logo of the Cross church in Mount Dora inked on your skin. No charge!

Pastor Zach Zehnder loves the churchgoers who’ve done just that.

It speaks to their dedication of not just the church, but them following after Jesus,” Zehnder said. … “We touched on the idea of tattoos and I kind of flippantly… said I’m so not against tattoos that if anybody out there wants to get one, the church would find money for it.”



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‘Cosmos,’ a TV Series About Science Brought to You By Seth MacFarlane and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Premieres Tonight

Science junkies meet couch potatoes for a TV spectacle both should enjoy. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a new, 13-episode documentary series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that kicks off tonight at 9:00p (ET) on Fox, National Geographic, and eight other cable networks. It will also be be shown in more than 175 countries across the globe, says the L.A. Times.

The paper has an interview with executive producer Seth MacFarlane, who implies that he helped fund the project.

I was crossing paths with [Tyson] … and I always thought to myself, I have a connection there to the scientific community and things are going well financially and I wanted to see what I could do to throw some of this extra money around in a positive way. Science is, in many ways, more and more underfunded. I was thinking in terms of research projects, I asked him if there were any research projects that need funding in any field of science.

Tyson mentioned it would be wonderful to do a remake of Carl Sagan‘s famous TV series from the 1980s, Fox TV signed on after MacFarlane brought the idea to them, and here we are.



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