‘Mary Kills People’: Lifetime Celebrates Sexy, Soapy Euthanasia

Since I'm an orthodox Catholic, it's not hard to figure out how I'd feel about a new primetime series celebrating a doctor who moonlights in euthanasia. So, in the case of Lifetime's "Mary Kills People," premiering Sunday, April 23 -- Divine Mercy Sunday, not that the network cares about that -- I'll just let the secular critics speak for themselves.Here's how Lifetime describes the show, and the people responsible for it: The Lifetime original scripted series, “Mary Kills People” will pre … [Read more...]

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‘The Promise’: It’s OK, But the Armenian Genocide Deserves Better

The story of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey during World War I -- which the Turks vehemently deny -- deserves a movie, if not several movies. It just deserves better than "The Promise," releasing today, Friday, April 21.Boasting a reported $100M budget, "The Promise" is handsomely mounted, and the largely Spanish and Portuguese locations are gorgeous, but way too much time is spent traipsing up and down an endless parade of hills, paths and byways. This isn't the Donner Party or an … [Read more...]

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Robert Powell Is the Only Reason to Watch Smithsonian’s ‘The Real Jesus of Nazareth’

It's Easter, so it must be time for another skeptical secular documentary on Christ. Sigh.Airing Easter Sunday and Monday, April 16 and 17, Smithsonian Channel's documentary miniseries "The Real Jesus of Nazareth" takes advantage of the 40th anniversary of Franco Zeffirelli's excellent 1977 TV miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" to ask a bunch of old questions and give no new answers.By the way, this is the same Smithsonian Channel that, back in 2012, covered itself in ignominy by … [Read more...]

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Airing Easter, Pope Francis Meets Mo Rocca of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ at the Vatican

From the inbox:CBS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Mo Rocca meets Pope Francis and presents him with a portrait of St. Francis of Assisi painted by Bronx student Zuleika Rymer, during an audience at The Vatican that will be broadcast Easter Sunday, April 16 (9:00 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network. The Pontiff warmly admires Rymer’s painting during the visit. As the Pope holds the painting, Rocca asks why he chose the name Francis. The Pope answers and has a request of his own. “Pray for me, … [Read more...]

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‘Abortion: Stories Women Tell’ Is Advocacy, But With Some Balance

Abortion may be a huge social and political issue, but ultimately it's decided one woman at a time."Abortion: Stories Women Tell" premiered on HBO on Monday, April 3, and it repeats on HBO East tomorrow, April 11, at 9 a.m. ET. It's also available On Demand (until 5/6) and on the HBO Now/HBO Go apps.Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, the film focuses on the interestingly named Hope Clinic in Missouri -- which lauds itself as "Specialists in Quality Abortion Care" -- in the a … [Read more...]

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Palm Sunday: ‘Son of God,’ ‘Finding Jesus,’ ’40 Days’ and Hobbits

UP TV launches its "Easter Lives Here" programming event on April 9, Palm Sunday, with the network-TV premiere of the 2014 theatrical feature "Son of God."Produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, it's edited from the New Testament section of the hit 2013 History Channel miniseries "The Bible," and stars Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as Jesus.https://youtu.be/6bNVhBjBjt8From the press release:"I am so thrilled that Son of God will be playing on television this Easter Season, … [Read more...]

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Amazon’s ‘Oasis’: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Richard Madden Talks God in Space

Among the 2017 crop of Amazon Prime pilots up for vote by subscribers is "Oasis," which posits the question: Do we need God in outer space?Obviously, asking whether God exists in space is silly for Catholics and all other orthodox Christians. God IS existence itself. And Christ, being God, would also be everywhere (ditto the Holy Spirit). But the question of how God might manifest on alien worlds is interesting, and that's the one up for grabs in this intriguing one-hour drama.Richard … [Read more...]

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‘Roe v. Wade’ Movie to Celebrate Pro-Abortion Ruling

From Deadline.com: EXCLUSIVE:Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures is set to bring the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. abortion ruling that paved the way for women to have safe and legal abortions, to the big screen. They’ve tapped writer Jennifer Majka, who co-wrote BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated short The Bigger Picture, to pen the script.It’s a fitting project to unveil on International Women’s Day: A story about the battle of 26 year-old Sarah Weddington … [Read more...]

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Shocking Secrets of Contemporary Christian Music Revealed!

From the creators of the new Web parody series "Church Hunters" -- click here and here -- comes "HOW IT'S MADE: Christian Music," a comedic look at modern praise-and-worship music.Gotta have those water references!It may also be the best ad for Gregorian chant and traditional hymns I've ever seen.https://youtu.be/bwwhkKPEieESpeaking of chant, here's a palate cleanser:https://youtu.be/CBwh1OXw6uIAnd, hey, it's a big Church, and there's more than one way to do … [Read more...]

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Netflix’s ‘Five Came Back’: When Hollywood Directors Went to War

"Five filmmakers wanted to respond as so many millions of men and women responded, they chose to serve." Director Paul Greengrass, "Five Came Back" Releasing on Netflix on Friday, March 31, "Five Came Back" -- adapted from Mark Harris' best-selling book "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War" -- is a three-part docuseries that looks at five top filmmakers who put their lives and careers on hold to put on uniforms and shoot films during World War II.Executive … [Read more...]

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