Media Literacy Certificate Course in L.A.

It has been a while since I have posted any reviews or news, but I hope to catch up soon! Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying the summer~ R   (Culver City, CA) August 16, 2006 – There is a saying about television that goes, “Love it or hate it, its not going away.” Now archdiocesan secondary teachers and catechists will have the opportunity to hone their skills at navigating the media culture from the faith perspective at the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City.   “This is a … [Read more...]

Left Behind: The Facts Behind the Fiction

News release from RNS July 6, 2006   NEW BOOK EXPOSES THE MISUSE AND ABUSE OF SCRIPTURE IN LEFT BEHIND SERIES LEFT BEHIND? THE FACTS BEHIND THE FICTIONLeAnn Snow Flesher“The ‘Battle for the Bible’ continues, largely in a context where fear feeds ignorance. Flesher presents a careful, well-informed comment on dispensationalism in general and “left behind” eschatology in particular. Flesher shows the way in which Scripture is distorted to serve a political ideology that is grounded in fear. H … [Read more...]

Who Is My Neighbor? Film Retreat

National Film Retreat 2006         We hosted the 7th annual National Film Retreat this past weekend at our Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City June 30 – July 2. The theme of the retreat was “Who is My Neighbor?” and we screened Crash, The End of the Spear, Beyond the Gates of Splendor, The Station Agent, and The Mighty. After each film we had refreshments (coffee and cake during the day; wine and cheese at night) and then a very insig … [Read more...]

Nativity Story – The latest!!!

Check out the web site and The Nativity Story   New Line Cinema has launched the official website for director Catherine Hardwicke's The Nativity Story, opening worldwide in theaters on December 1.At the site, you can watch the new teaser trailer and a featurette on the drama. You can also view a photo gallery and read the synopsis.Written by Mike Rich, the film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ciaran Hinds and Shaun … [Read more...]

Quinceanera, Crash win Humanitas Prizes

32nd HUMANITAS Prize ™ WINNERS ANNOUNCED Los Angeles, CA – June 28, 2006. Eleven writers took home a share of $145,000 in prize money for films and television shows that “entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public.” Over 350 writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives gathered today at the Hilton Universal Hotel to celebrate great writing at the 32nd HUMANITAS Prize. Frank Desiderio, President of the HUMANITAS Prize, began the luncheon by reminding theaudience of the signifi … [Read more...]

Superman Returns

         “You know there are only three things that sell newspapers,” Perry White (Frank Langella) practically shouts at reporter Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) in director Bryan Singer’s new film about the Man of Steel: “Sex, tragedy, and Superman!”     Superman Returns, while showing no sex (but implies a one night encounter between Superman and Lois before he left five years earlier), delivers intense action and impending human and environmental t … [Read more...]

An Inconvenient Truth Wins Humanitas Prize Special Award

  HUMANITAS Prize Special Award to AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH Los Angeles, CA – June 21, 2006. The documentary feature film “An Inconvenient Truth,” will receive a Special Award from the HUMANITAS Prize at its annual awards luncheon on June 28th. This is the first time in over 10 years that the organization has voted to grant a Special Award. “When evaluating films and television shows we ask, ‘does it make a significant contribution to the human family by communicating values, forming conscienc … [Read more...]


First-timers, director Patrick Creadon and writer Christine O’Malley, have created an endearing film about crossword puzzles and the people who love them. Some are even obsessed by them. Everyone in the film plays him or herself.   At the center of the film is Will Shortz, editor and puzzler extraordinaire, of the New York Times’ Crossword Puzzles and the annual Crossword tournament held annually at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Ct.    Throughout the 90-minute documentary we m … [Read more...]

Nativity: Here’s the buzz

You may have noticed that a film named NATIVITY is beginning to appear in magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Christianity Today, and this week’s Time. It stars Whale Rider’s Kiesha Castle-Hughes as Mary and Oscar Issacs as Joseph, with Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen; Lords of Dogtown) directing. Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) is Elizabeth and Ciaran Hinds is King Herod. Mike Rich, who wrote Finding Forrester and The Rookie, penned the screenplay.   Whale Rider is one of my fa … [Read more...]

Road to Guantanamo

Coming on the heels of President George W. Bush’s May 8th remarks that he would like to close the prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, pending the outcome of a Supreme Court ruling on how prisoners there would be tried (www., and the recent suicides of three Guantanamo detainees on June 11th comes Michael Winterbottom’s award-winning film, The Road to Guantanamo. It opens in theaters nation-wide on June 23.   The gritty drama/documentary tells the story of the “ … [Read more...]