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

Mother Dolores Hart, a Roman Catholic nun and former actress, was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary "God Is the Bigger Elvis." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / June 25, 2013)

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

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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...]

David Chase’s eulogy for James Gandolfini

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  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

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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...]

Mother Dolores Hart, former Hollywood starlet, stopping here on book signing tour

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 The Daughters of St. Paul in Culver City and Catholics in Media are sponsoring a book signing event with Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at their bookstore, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, 90230.The event is open to the public, 1:00PM-4:00PM.Dolores Hart stunned Hollywood in 1963, when after ten highly successful feature films, she chose to enter a contemplative monastery. Now, fifty years later, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life in her … [Read more...]

Catholics in the Movies: a history

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I'd like to recommend my friend Dr. Pat McNamera's Blog  and his special series on Catholics in the Movies. So far he has posted bios about Nita Naldi and Maurice Costello who appeared in 280 movies. Fascinating stuff from my favorite historian of all things Catholic.    … [Read more...]

Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer, dies at 70

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Annette Funicello, arguably the most famous Disney Mousketeer of all, died today in Los Angeles due to complications from MS.Funicello was born in 1942 in Utica, New York, to Italian-American parents. She moved to Southern California with her family at age four. She sang, danced, and modeled and was discovered at the age of 12 by Walt Disney when he saw her perform. He invited her to audition for his new television show for children, “The Mickey Mouse Club”. I was four years old and my fam … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert film critic dies

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Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert are shown in a 1994 file photo.(Photo: Associated Press) Today American film critic, Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013), died at age 70 from the effects of salivary gland and thyroid cancer that he had been battling for eleven years.  He started reviewing films in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times and continued through several television shows (the most popular “Siskel & Ebert” was with fellow critic Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune who died in 1999) and his online j … [Read more...]

“Last Temptation of Christ” author’s “Christ Recrucified” acquired for film

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Deadline Hollywood broke the news this morning that Nikos Kazantzakis  1954 novel "Christ Recrucified" has been acquired by Grindhouse Pictures, a company that seems to have only one other film to its credit, "Gabriela", 2001.The new film will be re-titled "Christ is Risen."Click here to read the entire article on Deadline Hollywood.Amazon's description of the novel says:"The inhabitants of a Greek village, ruled by the Turks, plan to enact the life of Christ in a mystery play - " … [Read more...]


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