Al Pacino as Herod?

02/06/2009 Comment

Camilla Belle from "10,000 BC."

While the Register may have been premature in erroneously posting the trailer for “Mary, Mother of the Christ” which turned out not to be a trailer for the film, Variety and Hollywood Reporter have announced some of the talent for the forthcoming film.

Camilla Belle, pictured from “10,000 BC”, will play Mary.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play the dual roles of the angel Gabriel and Lucifer. Peter O’Toole will play Simeon. Al Pacino and Jessica Lange are reportedly in talks to play Herod and Anna the Prophetess. Mary Aloe is producing the film. Alejandro Agresti is directing. The screenplay is by Benedict Fitzgerald, co-writer of “The Passion of the Christ,” and Barbara Nicolosi.

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Birth Control Nearly Killed Her

02/05/2009 Comment
Copyright free image from Wikipedia.

– Copyright free image from Wikipedia.

The Washington Post has a startling story about Georgetown University senior Valerie Novak. Suffering from a headache that wouldn’t go away, eventually doctors discovered a blood clot in her brain.

“The probable cause, doctors concluded after performing tests that ruled out a clotting disorder, was the birth control pills she had been taking for more than four years,” says the article.

This reminded me of something professor Dr. Janet Smith often shares. She tells the story of a priest who when meeting with couples who are considering marriage, presents them with a list of the common side effects of contraceptives. The side effects include, among others, weight gain, increase in acne,...READ MORE

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Overseas Abortions Opposed

02/03/2009 Comment
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An editorial cartoon from the Christian Defense Coalition.

– Christian Defense Coalition

A new Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose President Obama’s Jan. 23 executive order reinstating taxpayer funding for oversea’s abortions.

According to Gallup, “Obama’s decision to reverse the prohibition on funding for overseas family-planning providers may be the least popular thing he has done so far. This was an executive order that forbade federal government money from going to overseas family-planning groups that provide abortions or offer abortion counseling. Fifty-eight percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s decision to lift this ban, while only 35% approve of it.”

The ban was originally put in place by President Ronald Reagan, then lifted by President Bill...READ MORE

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New Film Respects Christianity

01/27/2009 Comment
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Renee Zellweger and Siobhan Fallon Hogan (right) in 'New in Town.'

– Courtesy of Lionsgate.

Last night my wife and I rubbed shoulders with Catholic movie stars Harry Connick, Jr. and Siobhan Fallon Hogan at the premiere of their film “New in Town.”

The film, which opens this Friday, is a romantic comedy set in New Ulm, Minn.  Watching the premiere at the Mall of America, both my wife and I were pleasantly surprised by the respectful tone in which the movie portrayed one of the key characters, Blanche Gunderson (played by Hogan), a Christian who wears her crucifix and isn’t afraid to bring up the name of Jesus in casual conversation.

In the movie, Gunderson mentions God at least once and Jesus at least three times. The film also features the townsfolk of New Ulm processing with...READ MORE

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.