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11 items from 2008

Angels & Demons Bts

30 December 2008 4:16 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

The peeps over at "ABC News" recently went behind the scenes of the upcoming Angels & Demons, the Ron Howard directed, Tom Hanks starring adaptation of the Dan Brown novel of the same name, and found that Hanks has his hair firmly under control this time. It's not the most exciting video in the world but we do get to see Hanks filming some scenes, we get a little bit of the history the story's based on and we hear a priest talk about how much of a douche Dan Brown is. (Note: »

- Omar Aviles

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From Page to Screen: Angels & Demons

22 December 2008 5:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Da Vinci Code.

I read about fifty pages of The Da Vinci Code before hurling it across the room. I sat through the stupid movie - the whole thing - and hated every miserable moment. It now faces some stiff competition from Twilight, but before this year I would have been hard-pressed to come up with a less interesting pop culture phenomenon. At least for a non-Christian like me, who has no reason to be stunned by the notion of Jesus Christ having procreated, The Da Vinci Code simply had nothing to offer.

I don't consider myself a masochist, but I don't mind being a guinea pig. So I thought doing Angels & Demons in this column would be fun, in a way.

It would have been great to be able to say that Angels & Demons was some sort of revelation (no pun intended »

- Eugene Novikov

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Summit replants 'Bloom' to May

11 December 2008 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Summit has decided to postpone the release of Rian Johnson's quirky con-man pic "The Brothers Bloom" just a week ahead of its limited release.

The company will move the buzz title out of the Dec. 19 slot and open it in limited release May 15, widening the film two weeks later. The film originally was slated to widen Jan. 16.

Summit has had one of the fall's biggest breakouts in "Twilight," which has generated a significant amount of revenue and become a priority for the company. A spokesperson, however, said the decision to move "Bloom" was not influenced by "Twilight" but by the glut of specialized titles during the holiday season.

The second half of May is populated with several big releases, including "Angels & Demons," "Night at the Museum 2" and "Terminator: Salvation" but is lighter on adult-oriented fare.

Johnson's film, which he wrote and directed, revolves around two brothers and a series of cons and double-cons. »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Howard Shot Secret Scenes In Vatican - Despite Ban

25 November 2008 11:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Ron Howard defied a ban by the Catholic Church to shoot scenes for new movie Angels + Demons within the holy Vatican City.

After the controversy surrounding Howard's 2006 adaptation of Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code - which angered Catholic heads - Howard was banned from using holy buildings to shoot the soon-to-be-released prequel.

He says, "We just weren't allowed anywhere near them."

But, during an interview on U.S. TV show Shootout, Howard hints he found a loophole to sneak into the city: "We didn't shoot at the Vatican... officially. But cameras can be made really small." »

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Howard Banned From Filming In Catholic Churches

18 November 2008 11:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard had to shoot the movie's forthcoming prequel using imitations of the Catholic churches in the storyline - after the Vatican banned him from all of its holy buildings.

The first movie's portrayal of the Catholic church angered the religion's heads, who were in no mood to cooperate when Howard headed to Rome, Italy this year to shoot an adaptation of author Dan Brown's 2000 book Angels + Demons, which is set in the Vatican City.

As a result, Howard has been forced to used camera trickery and substitute locations.

He reveals, "We've had problems filming in Catholic Churches. We just weren't allowed anywhere near them." »

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Mandate herding all-star cast for 'Goats'

11 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

George Clooney and Grant Heslov are assembling an all-star cast for their Mandate Pictures-produced "The Men Who Stare at Goats."

Ewan McGregor, Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges are in negotiations to star opposite Clooney in the feature, which Heslov is directing from a script by Peter Straughan.

Based on the book by the Guardian columnist Jon Ronson, "Goats" is set in Iraq and centers on Bob Wilton (McGregor), a desperate reporter who stumbles upon the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), who claims to be a former secret U.S. military psychic soldier who was re?activated post-9/11.

"Goats" chronicles the two men's travels through Iraq and offers glimpses into the supposedly real secret Army unit tasked with creating soldiers with paranormal powers.

Bridges will play Bill Django, the founder of the psychic soldier program and Lyn's mentor. Spacey will play Larry Hooper, a »

- By Nellie Andreeva and Borys Kit

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Vatican taking guesswork out of church shoots

18 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TAORMINA, Italy -- The Vatican said Wednesday that it is working on a set of guidelines for what it considers "good cinema." The move comes two days after the Vatican told producers of Angels & Demons that their film doesn't qualify.

The Vatican on Monday barred Sony Pictures' "Angels & Demons" from shooting inside any of Rome's churches. On Wednesday, the film crew said it will move a bit further south and shoot the church scenes for the film inside the former royal palace in Caserta, outside Naples, a secular building.

Priest Marco Fibbi, a spokesman for the Diocese of Rome, said Wednesday that the church was working on a set of guidelines that will determine whether a film contains the "proper" religious sentiment.

The Church staunchly opposed The Da Vinci Code, the 2006 adaptation of the Dan Brown best-seller. "Angels & Demons," the follow-up film, also based on one of Brown's novels, is entirely set in Rome. »

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Hanks + Howard Not Welcome In Rome Churches

16 June 2008 3:07 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard have been forbidden from filming in two Roman churches by religious leaders.

The pair is making the prequel to controversial film The Da Vinci Code in the Italian city and asked permission to shoot in two churches considered vital to the storyline in Dan Brown's book Angels + Demons.

But Rome's diocese has told producers they'll have to film elsewhere, due to the controversial nature of the plot.

A spokesman for the diocese says, "It's a film that treats religious issues in a way that contrasts with common religious sentiment.

"We would be helping them create a work that might well be beautiful but that does not conform to our views."

The film deals with suggestions that Jesus was a married father when he died. Dan Brown's books about the mysterious Opus Dei, a secret society which protects the bloodline of Jesus, and Howard and Hanks' 2006 The Da Vinci Code film have upset Catholic leaders throughout the world.

But despite the ban, director Howard will be allowed to film exteriors of the churches, Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria. »

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Hero Hanks Rescues Bride

11 June 2008 5:15 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks played a real life hero this week by halting filming on his new movie to help a stranded bride reach her wedding.

Hanks is currently filming Da Vinci Code sequel Angels and Demons in Rome, Italy and the crew were shooting outside the Pantheon church in the city when the actor spotted the stricken woman.

The bride, in her traditional white dress and veil, had arrived at the church - only to find her access blocked by the film crew, causing her to panic.

But Hanks immediately halted filming and rushed over to help - taking the woman on his arm, he escorted her and her father across the set to meet her groom at the altar.

The star even gathered the train of her dress, to stop the long gown dragging on the floor. And after his good deed was done, Hanks allowed the crew to complete the scene, reports America's Hello magazine.

The new movie is due for release next year. »

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Hanks Injures Hand On Set

5 June 2008 12:10 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Filming of new movie Angels And Demons had to be halted this week (beg02Jun08) when Tom Hanks sustained an injury on set - the actor was seen grimacing in pain after hurting his finger.

Shooting on the Rome, Italy film was stopped after a "queasy"-looking Hanks, reprising his role as Dr Robert Langdon in the Da Vinci Code prequel, had his injury tended to by medics.

The 51-year-old was given a full check up and was later granted the green light to continue filming. »

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Ewan McGregor eyes 'Angels'

24 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ewan McGregor is in talks to square off against Tom Hanks in Angels & Demons, Columbia's prequel to The Da Vinci Code being directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer and John Calley.

Angels sees Hanks reprising his role as symbologist professor Robert Langdon who tries to solve a murder and unravel a plot by an ancient group, the Illuminati, to blow up the Vatican during a papal conclave.

McGregor will play Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca, also known as Janus, the late pope's closest aide who initially helps Langdon in the investigation.

Ayelet Zurer (Munich) also is on board the production, playing Langdon's sidekick, a woman who is trying to uncover the mystery of her father's murder.

Akiva Goldsman adapted the Dan Brown book.

Shooting it set to begin in June in Europe before heading to Los Angeles.

Repped by Endeavor, McGregor stars opposite Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams in Deception, which bows today. He is filming I Love You Phillip Morris opposite Jim Carrey. »

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