Scorsese to make “Silence” by Shusaku Endo

Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs Based on Novel About Portuguese Missionary TOKYO, FEB. 19, 2009 (Zenit.org).- An Academy Award-winning director is planning a movie on Japanese Christians martyred in the 17th century.Martin Scorsese will film the movie in New Zealand and release it in 2010, according to the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun. Names of actors linked to the project include Daniel Day-Lewis, Gael García Bernal and Benicio Del Toro.Scorsese is known for his work on … [Read more...]

Catholic Media Convention May 27-30, 2009

The 2009 Catholic Media Convention theme lets you know that this year's agenda is designed to help you grow in this age of exploding media opportunities.Five Master Camp training opportunities at no additional fee. New this year are Quark, Adobe and a Digital Media Boot Camp Business workshops focus on postal solutions, advertising growth, circulation and leadership Writers and communicators can attend 20 different workshops ranging from diocesan communication plans to covering … [Read more...]

Movies & Lent

Here are two books, excellent for individuals or groups, to journey through Lent using movies and scripture. You can order these from our Pauline Book & Media Centers in Culver City, CA (310-397-8676) or San Diego , CA(858-565-9281) or from Pauline Books & Media Publishing House.Chocolate for Lent A Creative Approach to Your Lenten Journey By Hilary Brand Using themes from the 2000 Academy Award nominated film Chocolat, this unique approach to the season creates the space for deeper i … [Read more...]

Oscar Reflections & Party Notes

I really enjoyed the Oscars this year and despite all the complaints about previous years, I think watching the Oscars each year is like attending a master class on film. Story-telling, editing, music, everything. Including film history. The Oscars also provides much fodder for a media literacy exercise (who wins, who doesn't, who is included, who isn't, the perspectives and ideologies shared, and so forth.) This is hard to do during the event itself, but an interesting reflection for the day … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday in Hollywood

BLESSED SACRAMENT 6657 Sunset Blvd Hollywood 90028 8:00 am Mass 12:05 pm Mass 3:30 pm Liturgy of the Word, Bilingual Spanish 5:30 pm Liturgy of the Word, Bilingual Tagalog 7:30 pm Liturgy of the Word, Spanish   ST. CHARLES BORROMEO 10828 Moorpark St North Hollywood 91602 7:30 am Mass 8:45 am Mass 12:05 pm Mass 5:00 pm Mass 7:30 pm Mass   SAINT FINBAR 2010 W. Olive Ave Burbank 91606 8:00 am Mass 12:15pm Liturgy of the Word 5:15 pm Mass 7:00 pm Mass, Spanish 8:30 pm Mass, Vietnamese   ST. MO … [Read more...]

Pre-Oscar Montage

Pre-Oscar Montage directed by Bennett Miller (Capote)Awesome! I made it in the film, but this is all I say: "awesome".Also, there we we were glued to the TV last night but never saw this; someone sent me the link this morning.Anyway, awesome company!I enjoyed the Oscars a lot last night. We had a very nice party, and I will be posting some photos soon. … [Read more...]

Day of Prayer for Lent by Open Call

  Through the Desert to Renewal A Lenten Day of Prayer and Reflection     Co-sponsored by Loyola Marymount University Center for Religion & Spirituality   A day of peace & meditation concluding with a Mass for those wishing to participate                                                                     with Fr. Ron Schmidt, S.J. Priest, filmmaker, retreat director   Saturday, March 14, 2009          9:00 am ‘til 4:00 pm ~ please arrive by 8:30 to sign in   LOCATION:  Collins Alumn … [Read more...]

New Blog for Pauline Book Stores SoCal

Just letting you know that we have started a new blog for the two Pauline Book & Media Centers in SoCal (San Diego and Culver City.) Take a look and stop in for a visit, too. Pauline Book & Media Centers SoCal … [Read more...]

He’s Just Not That Into You

I am still trying to figure out what I thought about this marriage among an all-white ensemble cast trying to find mates in nouveau Baltimore.Director Ken Kwapis is still into marriage movies (License to Wed, 2007).There's a line from a film I disliked a lot: "Closer" (directed by Mike Nichols, 2004) - a line I never forgot: If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking. "Closer" was about marriage and the impossibility of faithful commitments. "He's Just Not That Into You" … [Read more...]

The International Movie

Getting ready for our Oscar party so I will just say a few words about The International. (Sorry for this huge poster but it was either this or a postage stamp!)It may be improbable: an international bank becomes an arms broker, but is really buying up the debt of small countries involved in armed conflicts; plus they are buying and selling the same arms systems to their really big "accounts".An Interpol agent, Salinger, played by Clive Owen, is a desk jockey analyst who finally cannot take … [Read more...]


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