Hollywood & Religion: More Controversy To Come If New Films Anger The Faithful

Mike Fleming

Easter Sunday seems an appropriate time to focus on Hollywood’s treatment of the subject matter of religion. When it comes to making movies from various Biblical interpretations, conventional wisdom says stick close to scripture and the faithful will flock. Mel Read More »

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The Biggest ‘Simpsons’ Fans: Pot Dealers And The Pope

By | Wednesday October 20, 2010 @ 12:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

If you are one of the biggest shows in the world you are guaranteed a fair share of bizarre stories. But 2 within 24 hours? That’s what happened to Fox’s animated veteran The Simpsons. First the official Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano on Sunday ran an article headlined Homer and Bart are Catholics. What is more weird than the Pope’s home paper devoting a whole article to proving Homer is a Catholic (which he is not)? The paper actually running 2 pieces on The Simpsons in the past 9 months. Osservatore Romano also ran a glowing story about the Fox family comedy last December, calling it “tender and irreverent, scandalous and ironic, boisterous and profound, philosophical and sometimes even theological.” Only hours after the Vatican article came out, Mexican authorities on Monday morning seized 105 tons of marijuana worth $340 million in what is believed to be one of the largest drug busts in recent history. The 10,000 packages were organized in batches with different color-coded wrappers for the different distributors. One wrapper had Homer Simpson on it and a slogan in Spanish that reads: “I’m going to get high, dude!” Read More »

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Actor Sacked By ABC For Religious Beliefs Finds Home On Starz As ‘Vigilante Priest’

By | Thursday August 12, 2010 @ 6:47pm PDT

I wrote about actor Neal McDonough’s trouble with ABC back in March and received one of the biggest responses ever to a story because he was standing up for his religious beliefs. You may recall the post (… Read More »

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Gerard Butler’s ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Gets Start; Michelle Monaghan To Play Wife

By | Friday May 7, 2010 @ 4:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

michelle_monaghan_hot_desktop_wallpaper_47986EXCLUSIVE: Back in January, I told you about the effort to mount Machine Gun Preacher, a fact-based drama directed by Marc  Forster. Gerard Butler was keen to play reformed bad guy Sam Childers, a drug-dealing biker who found God and became … Read More »

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Time Square Bomb’s ‘South Park’ Link

By | Sunday May 2, 2010 @ 8:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Granted, it sounds ridiculous. But was the foiled Saturday car bombing attempt in Time Square a retaliation against Comedy Central for airing the infamous Mohammed arc on South Park? The theory, which stems from the the fact that the explosives-laden SUV was parked right next to the headquarters of Comedy … Read More »

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‘ALL THE POPE’S PRIESTS’? Deal To Develop Catholic Church Scandal Film From POV Of Boston Globe Journalism Team

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 8:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

The producers intend to frame the movie in the vein of All The President’s Men. One of the planned film’s hooks is that some of the journalists are themselves Catholic and were conflicted as they researched and wrote their stories. This journalism angle seems a fascinating way to approach the … Read More »

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DID COMEDY CENTRAL WUSS OUT? ‘South Park’ Defies Muslim Extremists But Prophet Muhammad Gets Censored; UPDATE: Matt & Trey Say “Can’t Stand Behind” Show

By | Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 10:54am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Here is a statement from Matt and Trey:

TV South Park Muslims“In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. We delivered our version of the

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‘South Park’ Duo Hits 200th – And Broadway

By | Tuesday April 13, 2010 @ 5:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

esq-parker-and-stone-lg-7683329It’s milestone time for South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Below is a video taste of tomorrow night’s 200th episode. They are set to make their Broadway debut in March on The Book Of Mormon, a stage … Read More »

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God Stars In 3D Book Of Genesis Bible Tale

By | Monday March 8, 2010 @ 9:02am PST
Mike Fleming

Adam-nEveEXCLUSIVE: The world’s oldest story is on a collision course with cutting-edge Hollywood technology. I’m told that Paramount Pictures and former Walden Media co-founder Cary Granat producing with Reel Fx are mounting In The Beginning, a 3D telling of the creation … Read More »

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Jewish Journal Stirs More Controversy Around ‘An Education’ And ‘A Serious Man’

By | Monday February 1, 2010 @ 2:23pm PST

Back in mid-December, I wrote this in my post Oscar Campaign Badmouthing Has Begun! “This year, the always delicate Jewish issue in Hollywood has taken a new and unexpected turn. Producers, agents, executives, and other major players will complain (privately, of course) that the … Read More »

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‘To Save A Life’ Slipped Through Cracks

By | Monday January 25, 2010 @ 10:19am PST

to_save_a_lifeAfter the recent breakout successes of faith-based films like Fireproof and Facing The Giants, this past weekend’s debut of To Save A Life is the latest. Released by IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films and Outreach Films, it opened on just 441 screens. But … Read More »

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Late Entry Irv Weintraub Passed Over

By | Wednesday September 16, 2009 @ 6:45pm PDT

UPDATES Irv Weintraub On Short List For Jewish Philanthropy Prez

Former William Morris COO, and late addition to the short list, Irv Weintraub lost out on that job to be president of the Jewish Federation. The search committee picked … Read More »

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Strange Bedfellows: Vatican Enjoying Hollywood’s ‘Angels & Demons’ Hype?

By | Friday May 15, 2009 @ 1:42pm PDT

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A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures added a button to its Angels & Demons website linking to The Vatican Secret Archives. Not a fictional one, but the real Vatican site that’s the repository of centuries worth … Read More »

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Crashing The Junket, Your Holiness?

By | Monday May 4, 2009 @ 9:01am PDT

This is a lobby card from the St. Regis Hotel in Rome on May 1. There was a junket and press conference for Angels & Demons in the Eternal City this weekend and the worldwide premiere is taking place today…

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Hollywood Wonders Why ‘Fireproof’ Did So Well When Other Christian Pics Don’t

By | Sunday September 28, 2008 @ 11:48am PDT

A big surprise at the box office this weekend was the 4th place opening of Provident/Samuel Goldwyn’s Fireproof, the small budget and limited release pic about a firefighter who recommits to his marriage and his faith. The movie is the … Read More »

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UPDATE: Reality TV Sale Price $500 Mil? Mark Burnett “Seriously” Talking To IMG; Already IMG Execs Fawning All Over Him

FRIDAY UPDATE: I just heard from a knowledgeable source that the Mark Burnett-IMG deal may be as rich as $500 million — $250M upfront, the rest earned out…

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CAA Agent Axed Over Oprah Lands At UTA

By | Wednesday February 6, 2008 @ 4:54pm PST

united-talent.JPGMy info is that every major agency met or talked with Michael Camacho even though some present and former CAA bigwigs were actively trying to make sure he wasn’t hired. (Yup, that’s how much they disliked the … Read More »

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Bob Shaye’s Big Gamble Won’t Pay Off: ‘Golden Compass’ Looks Leaden This Wkd

By | Friday December 7, 2007 @ 12:46am PST

thegoldencompass_galleryfinalposter.jpgMy box office gurus are telling me that New Line Cinema’s holiday tentpole The Golden Compass is going to be a huge bomb. They predict an opening domestic weekend starting today only in the high $20s million from 3,528 theaters. That’s disastrous … Read More »

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Is Mel Gibson Suddenly Keeping Kosher?

By | Wednesday July 25, 2007 @ 5:08pm PDT

See why I’m asking here.

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