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I really do feel bad that they have to keep defending it !!!
On the eve of the premiere of director Ron Howard’s Angels & Demons in Rome, Howard has claimed that the Vatican interfered with efforts to get permits to shoot scenes for the film in Rome. For example, he told a news conference in Rome, he was told that he would not be allowed to shoot scenes for the film if churches were shown in the background. To recreate the Sistine Chapel, he said, he had 20 members of his crew pose as tourists to take photos of the chapel. (A spokesman for the Vatican declined to respond to Howard’s accusations, except to say that the were designed to publicize the film.) Star Tom Hanks said that when moviegoers see the film, they will discover “nothing sacrilegious about it at all.” Hanks told the New York Daily News: “Yes, we had a few things go on that are completely fictionalized. But there’s no reason to have a big hurly-burly over what is essentially a whodunit. There’s no major theological discussion that goes on, other than science versus faith. There’s no winner in that argument. I just solve the murder.”
I can imagine those claws would have been difficult to control!!!
Actor Hugh Jackman left his X-men Origins: Wolverine co-star Taylor Kitsch with a bloody hand during filming – after accidentally slashing him with his metallic claws.
Jackman shares an intense fight scene with Kitsch’s character Gambit in the comic book movie – and the Australian star admits he got a little too aggressive during one take.
He says, “We were having this fight scene and he has his staff and he goes to hit me and I stop him with my claws, and he pulls back really quickly.
“I’m looking at him because they (the directors) haven’t called cut, and I’m looking at my claws and there’s only two claws coming out, and I’m thinking, ‘Where’s the third claw?’ I look up and it’s sticking out of his hand. Straight into his hand and he’s like, ‘Whoa dude, something I said?’”
But Kitsch brushed off the injury and pressed ahead with shooting.
Jackman adds, “He pulls it (the claw) out, wipes the blood on his jeans and goes, ‘Let’s go’.”
Even more news. I can see how Ron is upset I mean after all it is just a movie . . .
Director Ron Howard has accused Vatican officials of deliberately sabotaging filming of his upcoming movie Angels & Demons.
The film, based on author Dan Brown’s book of the same name, stars Tom Hanks as a Harvard professor who investigates the murder of a physicist and a terrorist act against the Vatican by a secret brotherhood.
The movie is a prequel to 2006′s The Da Vinci Code, and both have come under fire from Catholic leaders who claim the films attack the core beliefs of their faith.
Howard alleges diocese staff in Rome used “back channels” to prevent shooting near several churches key to the movie’s plot – and blasts them for vetoing a special screening of Angels & Demons in Rome.
Speaking at a recent press conference, he said, “When you come to film in Rome, the official statement to you is that the Vatican has no influence. Everything progressed very smoothly, but unofficially a couple of days before we were to start filming in several of our locations, it was explained to us that through back channels and so forth, the Vatican had exerted some influence.
“There was supposed to be a reception or screening here in Rome that had been approved and I suppose that the Vatican had some influence over that.”
However, a Vatican spokesman has brushed off the comments, insisting Howard is merely trying to drum up publicity for the film ahead of its release later this month.
It seems there is going to be a lot more fuss over this movie, and this is before it has been released. I dont really understand how people can have an opinion on something that they have not yet seen.
Hindu scholars have joined Catholics around the world by condemning the filmmakers of Da Vinci Code prequel Angels & Demons for “playing with the sentiments of the faithful for mercantile greed”.
Universal Society of Hinduism officials in America have voted to censure the film, starring Tom Hanks, because they claim director Ron Howard and his producers have failed to acknowledge how their film could damage Catholic faith.
The film explores the concept that a secret brotherhood slays and murders those who get too close to revealing the truth behind the myth that Jesus Christ fathered a child and his lineage lives on.
Ush spokesman and Hindu statesman Rajan Zed says, “Faith is something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurts the devotees. Filmmakers should be more sensitive and careful while handling faith-related subjects because cinema is a very powerful medium.
“The U.S. Confederation of Catholic Bishops supported us when we attempted to boycott Mike Myers’ The Love Guru last year – when that film trivialised Hinduism – and we support them now.
“Despite our seriously different traditions, we are all fellow seekers of the ultimate reality, and we were all headed in the same direction. So, we should help each other on our journey towards truth and have some sort of trust and mutual loyalty.
“We believe films should entertain and make everybody smile; they should not come at the expense of ridiculing others’ faith and spreading disinformation. Movies like this bring more confusion and create stereotypes in the minds of some audiences.”
Zed’s comments come just days after Hanks defended the film against Catholic attacks, insisting there is “nothing sacrilegious” about the murder mystery.
He told the New York Daily News, “People will see there’s nothing sacrilegious about it at all. Yes, we had a few things go on that are completely fictionalised; but there’s no reason to have a big hurly-burly over what is essentially a whodunit (murder mystery).”
Very interesting nominations, but good that younger stars and not normally award movies get to be nominated.
Vampire blockbuster Twilight and Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire will lead the charge at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards after scooping seven and six nominations, respectively.
The bloodsucking love story, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, will compete for prizes including Best Movie, Best Female Performance for Kristen Stewart, and Breakthrough Performance Male for both Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
Slumdog Millionaire stars Freida Pinto and Dev Patel are also up for the Breakthrough Performance accolades, while the film will go up against Twilight, The Dark Knight, Iron Man and High School Musical 3: Senior Year in the Best Movie category.
Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway (Bride Wars), Angelina Jolie (Wanted) and Kate Winslet (The Reader) join Stewart in the Best Female Performance line-up, and Zac Efron (High School Musical 3), Shia Labeouf (Eagle Eye) and Robert Downey, Jr. (Tropic Thunder) will fight it out for the Best Male Performance title.
Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana: The Movie) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical 3) will go head-to-head for the Breakthrough Performance Female award, while Cyrus is also nominated for Best Song From a Movie for Hannah Montana.
Real-life Slumdog Millionaire lovebirds Patel and Pinto have also earned recognition in the Best Kiss category, alongside Twilight’s Pattinson and Stewart, James Franco and Sean Penn for Milk, and Paul Rudd and Thomas Lennon in I Love You, Man.
The Dark Knight’s Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger will battle it out for Best Fight alongside Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride for their scrap in Pineapple Express.
The Golden Popcorn prizes, nominated and voted for by MTV viewers, will be handed out in Los Angeles on 31 May.
I think that would be a very strange link :s
Supermodel Helena Christensen has taken aim at New York newspaper editors for implying she is romantically involved with soon-to-be-divorced actor Sean Penn, insisting they are just friends.
Penn separated from his actress wife Robin Wright Penn at the end of April, just months after they reunited following a previous split.
Days later, the New York Post’s Page Six columnists claimed Christensen had “befriended” Penn – and she’s furious at the insinuation that she was the ‘other woman’ in his marriage.
The Danish beauty has also blasted the gossips for previously linking her to Josh Hartnett and the late Heath Ledger.
In an email to the publication, Christensen fumes: “I’m quite honestly getting seriously fed up with being falsely connected with several men on Page Six: Josh Hartnett, Heath Ledger, and now it is insinuated (we all know what ‘befriended’ means on these pages!) that Sean Penn is another.
“There has never been any intimacy between myself and any of these men, and I want this cleared once and for all.
“I have known Sean since I was in my early 20s and have met his wife several times. He has always been a friend and we have several friends in common. I have always respected his wife immensely and regard her as one of my favourite actresses.
“Please stop always making up these ridiculous insinuations about myself and all these men… It was very hurtful to myself and Heath when we were wrongly declared a couple, and I’m sick and tired of the Josh Hartnett connection as well. These people were or are close friends of mine, as is Sean Penn.”
Oscar-winning Milk star Penn originally filed for divorce back in 2007.
Awww poor Catzy !!!
Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones has been nursing her husband Michael Douglas back to health – while making daily trips to the hospital for her own ailments.
Douglas recently underwent knee replacement surgery, and Zeta-Jones has been taking care of him while he recovers at their Bermuda home.
And the Entrapment star has nothing but praise for the staff at their local hospital on the tropical island, who have been helping her with sinus problems for the last four weeks.
She says, “I have been at the hospital for so many days with my sinus problems and I must say they have done a good job. I’m telling you, I have been there every day for the last four weeks, but now I feel fine.”
I think thats cool, international viewers loving the car races, haha.
Fast & Furious is racing away with the top spot in the international box office chart, grossing $15.9 million (£10.7 million) in its third week of release.
The Vin Diesel movie, the fourth installment of the action franchise, proved to be the most popular film outside of the U.S. for the third consecutive week, bringing its worldwide box office haul to $316.7 million (£213 million).
Animated film Monsters vs. Aliens claimed the number two position with takings of $10.7 million (£7.2 million), while Zac Efron’s 17 Again is at three with $6.8 million (£4.57 million).
I bet Tom was ready for some criticism after all of the stuff surrounding The Da Vinci Code.
Hollywood star Tom Hanks is baffled by the criticism his new film Angels & Demons has attracted from leading Roman Catholics – because he insists there is “nothing sacrilegious” about the murder mystery.
The actor plays Harvard symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon in the big screen adaptation of author Dan Brown’s book, about the murder of a physicist and a terrorist act against the Vatican by a secret brotherhood.
The movie is a prequel to 2006′s The Da Vinci Code, based on another of Brown’s hit books, which came under fire from Catholic leaders who claimed the film attacked the core beliefs of their faith.
Angels & Demons has been met with similar criticism before it is even released – but Hanks is adamant there is nothing offensive about the film.
He tells the New York Daily News, “People will see there’s nothing sacrilegious about it at all. Yes, we had a few things go on that are completely fictionalised; but there’s no reason to have a big hurly-burly over what is essentially a whodunit (murder mystery).
“There’s no major theological discussion that goes on, other than science versus faith. There’s no winner in that argument. I just solve the murder.”
Angels & Demons is set to hit cinemas later this month.
For some reason I really like the sound of this . . . random I know.
Funnyman Jim Carrey could soon be taking orders from Jodie Foster – the actress is in talks to direct his new film The Beaver.
The movie, written by Kyle Killen, is about a man who becomes reliant on his beaver hand puppet for company.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Steve Carrell, who was previously linked to the leading role, looks set to be replaced by Carrey and Foster is in negotiations to helm the project.
Thats cool that he can take real life experiences into his acting.
Robert Pattinson had no problems playing a man experiencing an identity crisis in his new film – he suffered severe teenage angst before his career took off.
The Twilight star was torn between training to become an actor or pursuing academic success at university when he was younger.
Fame called out to Pattinson and he landed his first major role playing wizard Cedric Diggory in 2005′s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
But the career dilemma helped the 22 year old relate to his role in How To Be, in which he plays Art, a man who is going through a ‘quarter life crisis’.
Pattinson says, “It’s just kind of feeling you don’t really know where you’re going in the world. At the time I thought that – I didn’t know if I wanted to be an actor, I didn’t know what I was doing, I hadn’t been to university.
“I was bumming around, not feeling particularly good at anything but at the same time desperately wanting to and thinking ‘You’ll never reach your own goals you set for yourself’.”
Awww poor Hugh !!!
Action man Hugh Jackman has dashed his hardman persona – he’s scared of dolls coming to life.
The X-Men star admits he is spooked whenever kids’ toys are brought to life on-screen – and he has traced his fears back to watching horror movie Child’s Play as a youngster, which featured a murderous doll named Chucky.
He says, “When dolls come to life in films, that just freaks me out, I just can’t stand that. Chucky? Forget that. I remember when I was a little kid, and that little doll in the rocking chair going, ‘Take the girl right up the hill and kiss the girl goodbye’… I’m like, forget that! That freaks me out.”
I love that he thought it was cool, haha.
British actor Christian Bale has been left with a disfigured finger after slicing off the top of the digit in a dirt-biking accident.
The Dark Knight star hurt himself during an action excursion earlier this year and has been left with a mangled left index finger which will be scarred for life.
But Bale admits he barely felt the injury – and didn’t realise how serious it was until he caught sight of his bloodied hand.
He says, “I had a dirt-biking accident and chopped it off at the end. You have something as extreme as that – you’ve lost the end of your finger – but it didn’t hurt.
“I just kept looking at it, going, ‘Why is that not hurting?’ The body’s amazing. It (the finger) looks horrible. Everyone else almost faints looking at it.”