Anne Frank’s 85th birthday: the girl behind the diary

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In October, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles launched "Anne: A Premier Experiential Exhibit" to commemorate the life of Anne Frank, who would have turned 85 on Thursday, for a 10-year stay. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit Sunday as a kind of introduction to a performance of "About Anne: A Diary in Dance" by the Helios Dance Theater company. A second performance will take place Thursday.I think most of us have read or know about The Diary of Anne Frank (or Anne Frank: The … [Read more...]

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...]

Roma Downey & Mark Burnett sign on for 2016 ‘Ben-Hur’ reboot

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 On Friday Mike Fleming, Jr., posted this news about the remake of "Ben-Hur" over at Deadline. My big question is will this new film include the entire story, including the role that Balthazar's daughter Iras has in the entire tale.I don't know how you can remake a film like "Ben-Hur" and that spectacular chariot race (do you know how long it really lasts? See below.)Who could ever play Judah Ben-Hur? Chris Helmsworth? Channing Tatum? If only Brad Pitt were younger but even … [Read more...]

“John Wayne: the Life and Legend” review by Peter Bogdanovich

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This morning's New York Times Book Review section has a highly enthusiastic review of Scott Eyman's new biography of John Wayne by director (and former journalist) Peter Bogdanovich: ""Playing John Wayne: Scott Eyeman's 'John Wayne: the Life and Legend.'"  Bogdanovich, who knew "The Duke" for about fifteen years - much longer than the author - reveals his own admiration for the iconic actor and makes you want to read the book.Loyola Press has a special online webpage called "Arts and Faith." … [Read more...]

A decade later “The Passion of the Christ” still raises questions of anti-semitism

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 Feb. 25 will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of Mel Gibson's hugely successful and controversial "The Passion of the Christ."Right after Christmas, I had the opportunity to sit down with two friends, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, director of interfaith affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and Yvonne Gomez, a Christian research consultant, to watch "The Passion of the Christ."Back in 2004, I reviewed "The Passion of the Christ" as a horror film, and this … [Read more...]

Survey about Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” for 10th anniversary

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 The 10th anniversary marking the release of Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST is approaching. I am preparing some articles on various aspects about the film and others that dramatize the life of Jesus and his passion and death. If you can take a few moments to reply to my survey (only six questions) I would be most grateful.Thank you and may God bless you!CLICK HERE to take the survey … [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...]

Loyola Marymount University named one of top 25 US film schools

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 The Hollywood Reporter just released its annual review, and Los Angeles' Loyola Marymount's School of Film and Television has been ranked No. 9 of the of the top 25 film schools in the U.S. shaping the future of cinema. (In 2012, the school was ranked No. 13 of U.S. film schools and No. 18 in the world.)According to The Hollywood Reporter: "LMU's School of Film and Television ... is all about the internships. One-third of its students regularly find them, and they've worked in 400 … [Read more...]


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