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

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

 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

 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!

  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

 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...]

Mother Dolores Hart: Lifelong role suits her (LATimes interview)

By Susan KingJuly 5, 2013, 5:00 a.m.Dolores Hart was one of Hollywood's top ingenues, giving Elvis Presley his first screen kiss in 1957's "Loving You" and then reuniting with him a year later in "King Creole." She worked with such legends as Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani in 1957's "Wild Is the Wind" and Robert Ryan and Montgomery Clift in 1958's "Lonelyhearts," then earned a Tony Award nomination in 1959 for her first play, the romantic comedy "The Pleasure of His Company."A devout … [Read more...]

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

 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...]

David Chase’s eulogy for James Gandolfini

  1961 - 2013David Chase's eulogy for James Gandolfini June 28, 2013Earlier this morning, friends, family, and hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects to James Gandolfini at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Four mourners — Gandolfini’s wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini; his assistant, Thomas Richardson; his acting coach, Susan Aston; and his old boss, Sopranos creator David Chase — delivered eulogies at the service.A transcript of Chase’s speech … [Read more...]

“Man of Steel” Superman gets religion

Everyone is asking me if all the good parts of the new Superman movie, "Man of Steel" are in the trailer as so often happens these days.Let me assure you, there's no way you can put all the best parts of "Man of Steel" in a trailer!A young man (Henry Cavell) works on a crab boat in the icy ocean waters of the North Pacific. He seems like a loner but gets the attention of everyone when an oil platform in the distance explodes and the young man leaps into the air and flies off to save the … [Read more...]


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