My interview with actor Michael Harney “Orange is the New Black” and other things

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In September I had the honor to interview the actor Michael Harney. You have seen him in many films (Erin Brockovich) and television shows (Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Weeds) and now, "Orange is the New Black". In this interview Michael talks about his vocation as an actor, husband, and father. He reveals a deep Catholic faith and passion for acting, as well as his struggles with alcoholism, joys as a father, and long-lasting ties to the Jesuits.Here is the first segment of our interview on the IN … [Read more...]

You know that book I’ve been working on for 7 years? Lights, Camera, Faith: Beatitudes and Deadly Sins? It’s finished!

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    Yes, it is finished. The fifth volume in the series Lights, Camera Faith by my co-author Peter Malone, MSH and me. Click here to see the other volumes. And it's not like Peter didn't do his work: he was finished long ago. I was the one who got behind and involved in many other projects. And gave in to writer's block when all it took was a clean desk and the will to do it! So the manuscript is off to the editor. Sure there will be corrections and other steps but the … [Read more...]

“The Son of God” will appear in theaters early 2014 says VARIETY today

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In an announcement exclusive to VARIETY Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are sharing the news that they have struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to release a film about Jesus derived from their epic mini-series "The Bible" that aired earlier this year on The History Channel. In an email from Roma Downey she said that the film will run for 2 hours and 15 minutes and it will officially be in movie theaters in early 2014.  "The movie tells of the birth, death and resurrection of The Lord. We will … [Read more...]

PBS Documentary marks 50th anniversary of the march on Washington

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  Almost every American above the age of 6 knows who Martin Luther King Jr. was because his name is attached to a federal holiday. No school and for some, no work. We learn, or we know, that because of what he and a group of courageous colleagues and collaborators organized in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago, the American South was legally desegregated in 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. In this new documentary on PBS, I learned a lot more about the … [Read more...]

“In a World …” a funny, pointed look at a mostly male industry

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  Because I did not want to wait an hour to see "Lee Daniels' The Butler," I saw "In a World...", writer/actor Lake Bell's directorial debut that premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. What a pleasant surprise. Carol (Lake Bell) is an employment-challenged voice coach and daughter of a famous movie trailer voice-over narrator, Sam (Fred Melamed). Up to this point, her voice-over work is limited to training actors to speak in foreign accents. Sam is ready to retire … [Read more...]

“Standing Up” is a touching coming-of-age film based on teen novel

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D. J. Caruso’s coming-of-age film “Standing Up” opens this weekend. It’s the tasteful film version of Brock Cole’s 1990 young adult (= young adolescent) novel “The Goats” and it has a B.K. rating – bring Kleenex. It’s a movie that ought to be required viewing for parents, teachers, and camp counselors. 11 year-old Howie (Chandler Canterbury) is with a group of boys at camp and enthusiastically agrees to collect wood for the fire on the island in the lake they have made off … [Read more...]

More than Honey: new doc seeks answer for why the honey bees keep dying

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  For the last 15 years the disappearance and mass deaths of honeybees has been diagnosed as “colony collapse disorder”.  In 2008 the CBS television show “60 Minutes”  explored the phenomenon and in 2010 the documentary “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us” firmly placed the cause of colony collapse disorder at the feet of pesticides. In April 2013 CBS news ran a segment: "Deepening Honey Bee Crisis Creates Worry Over Food Supply". It's really worth a look … [Read more...]

“Austenland” is fun, campy faux fluff and Jane Austen fans may hate it (but I liked it)

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    Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) is a complete romantic who is obsessed with Mr. Darcy as portrayed by Colin Firth in the BBC miniseries “Pride and Prejudice”. She keeps his life-size cutout image in her front room. She’s in her mid-30s and doesn’t like any of the men she dates. Her apartment is decorated in Regency style and she drives her married sister crazy with her single-minded search for the perfect man. Jane decides to take a fantasy vacation to Austenland … [Read more...]

Bill Cain: A Jesuit Playwright Explores War and Redemption

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  Photo by Jenny Graham This article is a delightful surprise. By Robert Israel/ Religion and Politics In April 2010, Father Robert Ver Eecke welcomed fellow Jesuit priest and playwright Bill Cain to a public forum at Boston College (BC). Modeled on the famed “Inside the Actor’s Studio” with James Lipton, it was billed as “Inside the BC Studio with Bill Cain.” Ver Eecke, an artist-in-residence at the school, is an old friend and classmate of Cain’s. To listen to these … [Read more...]


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