“THE TEN” AMUSES CRITICS; DOUBLE STANDARD IS NAUSEATING

“The Ten” is billed as an irreverent comedy (rated “R” for crudeness) that ridicules the Ten Commandments; it opens on August 3 in select theaters. Here is what film critics are saying about it: · “Only Christians with a very liberal sense of humor are likely to enjoy ‘The Ten.’ Even lay viewers will need to be tolerant of gags as envelope-pushing... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC-BASHING PLAYS ARE HOT

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, offered the following comments today on the popularity of Catholic-bashing plays: “The Helen Hayes Theatre in New York must be experiencing hard times these days, otherwise it wouldn’t be home to ‘Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway.’  According to Variety, the play claims that the Catholic Church... [Read more...]

“SOUTH PARK’S” FORCED MORAL EQUIVALENCY

On July 19, Comedy Central will re-air the “South Park” episode “Trapped in the Closet.”  The cartoon, which originally aired on November 16, 2005, was removed from Comedy Central’s schedule of reruns in May by network officials after it angered Scientologists.  Speaking to Variety magazine about episodes causing controversy, co-creator... [Read more...]

“DA VINCI CODE” BOMBS WITH CRITICS

Here’s a sample of what critics who previewed “The Da Vinci Code” yesterday had to say about the movie: “Dud”; Unwieldy”; “Plodding.”  (Reuters) “A Bloated Puzzle”; “The movie is so drenched in dialogue musing over arcane mythological and historical lore and scenes grow so static that even camera movement can’t disguise the... [Read more...]

“DA VINCI CODE” SHROUDED IN SECRECY

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the secretive nature of “The Da Vinci Code”: “The Associated Press recently observed that Dan Brown ‘has given few interviews,’ something the New York Daily News explains by calling him a ‘reclusive author.’  But if Brown is naturally reticent, the same is not true of those working... [Read more...]

COUNTY OFFICIALS URGED TO ERECT CRECHES

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the Catholic League’s latest Christmas campaign: “Several weeks ago, we sent a booklet, Religious Expression at Christmastime, to every county administrator in the nation; there are 3,100 of them.  The booklet encourages these officials to erect a nativity scene on public property.  ‘There... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD EMBRACES PEDOPHILIA

Catholic League president William Donohue comments today on the movie, “Kinsey,” which opens today, and the film, “Birth,” which opened two weeks ago: “Why are so many in the entertainment industry angry with the less than one percent of priests today who have been accused of sexual molestation—almost all of whom are homosexuals, not pedophiles—when... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD PLAY ATTACKS GAY PRIESTS

“A Comfortable Truth: The Story of a Boy and His Priest” opened January 24 in the West Hollywood Lee Strasberg Creative Center; it runs through February 22.  The play’s website says the work addresses “the controversial subject of juvenile molestation in the Church.” Written and directed by Mark Kemble, and produced by David Lee Strasberg,... [Read more...]

CRITICS OF “THE PASSION” PLAY DIRTY CRITICS OF “THE PASSION” PLAY DIRTY

Catholic League president William Donohue spoke today about some of the critics of the Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of the Christ”: “It is one thing to criticize a movie, quite another to engage in vicious ad hominemattacks on the person behind the film. To be specific, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is quoted in today’s... [Read more...]

VIACOM: FIRST IN CATHOLIC-BASHING BROADCASTING

Catholic League president William Donohue today wrote to Sumner Redstone, Chairman and CEO of Viacom, asking him to do something about his company’s apparent disregard for Catholic sensibilities.  Viacom owns Infinity Broadcasting and WNEW is an Infinity station: the “Opie and Anthony” show (WNEW) is currently the target of an FCC investigation,... [Read more...]

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