J.B Brooks (Wayne) a dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.
Ronny (Vaughn) discovers that his best friend Nick’s (James) wife Geneva (Ryder) is having an affair, and faces the big dilemma of telling him, or more likely how and when to tell him. Especially when they are facing the task of securing a very important business deal!
Not a suprise that it is a big hit !!!
Tom Hanks’ new movie Angels & Demons continues to rule the international box office chart after fending off competition from Ben Stiller’s Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian.
The religious thriller, director Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s book of the same name, scooped $60.4 million (£40.26 million) outside of the U.S. to claim the number one position for its second consecutive week.
Stiller’s sequel has proven to be the most popular choice Stateside, taking $53.5 million (£35.7 million) over the Memorial Day weekend (22-24May09), but its pull wasn’t as strong overseas and it debuted in second place with $50.1 million (£33.4 million) at the global box office.
Star Trek came in a distant third place with $11.5 million (£7.6 million), while X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hannah Montana rounded out the top five with $7 million (£4.67 million) and $3.1 million (£2 million) respectively.
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.”
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).”