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« on: June 16, 2008, 05:04:11 PM »

Vatican bans Dan Brown film Angels & Demons from Rome churches

Richard Owen, in Rome

The Vatican has banned the makers of Angels & Demons, the latest Dan Brown thriller to be filmed, from shooting scenes not only in the Vatican but in any church in Rome on the ground that it is "an offence against God" and "wounds common religious feelings".

Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, head of the Vatican's Prefecture for Economic Affairs, said that the author had "turned the Gospels upside down to poison the faith. It would be unacceptable to transform churches into film sets so that his blasphemous novels can be made into mendacious films in the name of business."

Father Marco Fibbi, spokesman for the diocese of Rome, said: "Normally we read the script, but this time it was not necessary. The name Dan Brown was enough." The Vatican fiercely condemned both the novel The Da Vinci Code and its film version, which starred Tom Hanks as the Harvard professor Robert Langdon.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4147839.ece

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Tom Hanks on the set of Angels & Demons, in which he reprises the role of Professor Robert Langdon, which he played in The Da Vinci Code

I had no idea they were making this movie. What in the world is Tom Hanks, a professed Christian, thinking?

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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2008, 06:04:50 PM »

I had no idea they were making this movie. What in the world is Tom Hanks, a professed Christian, thinking?
And Greek Orthodox, at that. Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2008, 07:51:56 PM »

I imagine somehow this will be twisted into the Vatican being "intolerant."
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2008, 10:33:48 PM »

Well it is completely understandable and I commend the actions of the Holy father and the Vatican officials. Although this book is like 100 times better than the "Da Vinci Code", the book "Angels and Demons" doesn't necessarily show the Vatican or the Catholic church in a bad light but rather shows renegades and those that look to much to the letter of the law as opposed to the spirit.
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2008, 11:13:54 PM »

And Greek Orthodox, at that. Shocked

So was Telly Savalas (May His Memory be Eternal and Everlasting) and he played Pontius Pilate.  Kojak never made a film glorifying heresies, nor received $25 Million for a movie like Tom Hanks nor won 2 Best Actor Oscars like Tom Hanks.  In contrast to roles depicted by Savalas, Tom Hanks played a slow southern kid and a guy stuck on a desert island with a volleyball.  Recall that Hanks met his wife on Bosom Buddies when she played a witch/sorceresses or something like that.  In the end, Kojak remained true to his origins and to his faith. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2008, 04:47:20 PM »

I had no idea they were making this movie. What in the world is Tom Hanks, a professed Christian, thinking?
Probably the same thing he was thinking when he made the last one.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2008, 05:51:52 PM »

Probably the same thing he was thinking when he made the last one.

"Chaching"?

Really, though, I'm glad they have banned its filming in churches.  Or any filming for Hollywood, for that matter.  That's just tacky from the beginning.

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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2008, 04:25:57 AM »

I imagine somehow this will be twisted into the Vatican being "intolerant."
I'd rather bash Hanks. The pope has got this one right even if this amounts to free advertising for the flick.
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2008, 04:30:04 AM »

I've heard that religious were able to put a positive Christian twist on The Golden Compass. Could this new movie go the same way?
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2008, 04:32:16 AM »

I've heard that religious were able to put a positive Christian twist on The Golden Compass. Could this new movie go the same way?

The book isn't anti religious or even anti Catholic.
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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2008, 06:01:57 AM »

The book isn't anti religious or even anti Catholic.

Are you talking about Angels and Demons?  I'd read it again.  Religious people behaving badly, which the book promotes as the religious' way of life.
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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2008, 07:36:07 PM »

"Chaching"?
Yep. Sequel to a blockbuster is virtually guaranteed to bring him in a large cash sum again.
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