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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
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
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.
Johnson's film, which he wrote and directed, revolves around two brothers and a series of cons and double-cons. »
- By Steven Zeitchik
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." »
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." »
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
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. »
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. »
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.
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. »
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. »
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.
11 items from 2008
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