Sky Cinema Tom Hanks

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For the first ever Sky Cinema are dedicating a channel to an actor, which better actor to do this for than Tom Hanks? He is impossible not to love, has given us so many outstanding performances. We now get the chance to watch so many of these great performances back to back.

From Monday 10th – Sunday 16th October we will have this pleasure!

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A look back at 2006 in film!

I don’t see 2006 as 10 years ago I mean that is just madness. But it has been a whole decade now since that year, which is terrifying in all honesty. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to have a look back in this blog post at the films from 2006, the ones I enjoyed at the time, the ones I have caught up with and quite frankly the ones which are getting better with age and standing the test of ten years.

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2006 was also pre-blog so I don’t even have many reviews for films from that year, if you search 2006 as a tag I am sure you will be shocked to see the lack of reviews. Especially when one of them is a bit of a strange film choice.

Highest-grossing
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $1,066,179,725
2. The Da Vinci Code – $758,239,851
3. Ice Age: The Meltdown – $660,940,780
4. Casino Royale – $599,045,960
5. Night at the Museum – $574,480,052
6. Cars – $461,983,149
7. X-Men: The Last Stand – $459,359,555
8. Mission: Impossible III – $397,850,012
9. Superman Returns – $391,081,192
10. Happy Feet – $384,335,608

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Howard Blasts Vatican Over Movie Shoot

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.

Hindus Support Catholics Over Angels & Demons Fuss

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).”

Hanks Defends Angels & Demons Against Catholic Criticism

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.

Third Da Vinci Code Movie Gets Go-ahead

I think thats the right thing to do, Dan Brown’s book really are popular. I have read The Da Vinci Code and thought it was fantastic. I have not read Angels and Demon’s yet, and really want to before I go to see the movie.

Fans of Dan Brown‘s The Da Vinci Code books will not have to wait long for another movie installment – the author’s latest sequel has been green-lighted by film bosses before the novel even hits the shops.

The film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, was a box office smash in 2006, grossing more than $758 million (£505 million) worldwide.

The prequel, Angels & Demons, is due to hit cinemas in May, while Brown’s latest book The Lost Symbol – the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code – is slated for release in September.

And executives at Columbia Pictures, the studio behind the movies, have already given the go-ahead for a film version of the new novel – stepping up negotiations to lock down a deal for Brown’s latest work, according to Variety.com.

Angels & Demons will be released on 14 May.