Mother Dolores Hart to host TCM tonight: “Lisa”, “Laura”, “The Song of Bernadette” and “The Rose Tatoo”

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I so meant to post this last week! As you probably know, Mother Dolores published her autobiography last year:   and I wrote about her coming to our Pauline Book & Media Center in Culver City in my blog. What a grand time it was! Click here for  Turner Classic Movies website . Here's a preview of "Lisa":   … [Read more...]

Top 300 Christian Blogs for Ministry – check it out and blog on (before the zombie apocalypse)

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  Christian blogs, and Catholic Christian blogs in particular, cover a lot of topics. They are also quite popular. Since 2006 Church Relevance has been dedicated to "Creating relevant, effective ministries." I had never heard of it's founder Ken Shaffer before today. But I like how he (and collaborator Craig Van Lorlaar) define their mission: "True relevance is understanding culture andresponding to hurts and needs with the gospel, sacrifical love, and selfless … [Read more...]

“Veiled Desires” reveals the inner realities of cinematic sisters (book review)

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  VEILED DESIRES: INTIMATE PORTRAYALS OF NUNS IN POSTWAR ANGLO-AMERICAN FILM By Maureen A. Sabine Published by Fordham University Press, $30 Sometimes there can be a sacramental quality about cinema. When movies tell stories well, they become outward manifestations that transcend the inner realities of their characters in ways that touch the audience. Maureen Sabine has written a masterful book that reveals the sacramentality of cinema about religious women. She is confident of her … [Read more...]

‘The Monuments Men” wonders: is art worth a life?

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 Here's my review for "The Monuments Men" at The INNudstry with Sister Rose on the INNetwork: This is my written review at The National Catholic Reporter The plot for filmmaker (director, co-writer, co-producer, lead actor) George Clooney's newest film is at once simple and complex as well as intriguing. The promo lines for the film say that "The Monuments Men" is about the greatest treasure hunt in history, but it's so much more than this. It's about culture, justice, art, war and the … [Read more...]

16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year

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  Arielle Calderon over at BuzzFeed has posted a cool list of "books into movies" scheduled for release this year. I've read two of the books on her list: Unbroken, Gone Girl and I am reading The Monuments Men. Calderone has them listen in order of release date. 1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard What it’s about: Over the course of a Labor Day weekend in the late ’80s, 13-year-old Henry and his depressed mother Adele’s lives change when they harbor fugitive Frank Chambers at … [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...]

Mother Dolores Hart makes the front page in the Culver City News: book signing 6/29 here 1-4pm

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  Culver City was once home to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, old Hollywood style successes and has had its share of controversy, including the young actress who turned her back on Hollywood to join a convent. Dolores Hart, the first to kiss Elvis Presley on the screen and the top-billing actress in MGM's highest grossing 1960 movie Where the Boys Are has come back to town, 50 years after her last movie. The former starlet left behind the glitz and stardom to answer to a higher … [Read more...]

Your script and how to find a Hollywood literary agent

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As time goes by I continue to receive inquiries about writing or reading a script that will save the world and change Hollywood.  Today someone asked me how to get an agent so he can get his script to Mel Gibson. Gibson's office finally replied to him after a year that they will only consider a script that comes through an agent. There are many books available on screenwriting and how to get your movie made in Hollywood. You can Google these topics, or check on Amazon. From my experience … [Read more...]

Listening to Flannery O’Connor

I was chatting with an acquaintance recently about Flannery O’Connor (1925 – 1964) when he told me about a recent find and that it is available on the Internet. In January 2012 “Deep South” online magazine  editor Erin Z. Bass wrote: “Professor of English with a focus on Southern lit and women’s studies at UL Lafayette, Dr. Mary Ann Wilson was cleaning out her office and came across an old audio reel labeled ‘Flannery O’Connor.’ It turned out to be a recording of the … [Read more...]


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