Those Witty Judges...
Update: The Code's Been Cracked. And what a disappointment. See the second link below.
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The Scotsman, 27.04.06 and The New York Times, 28.04.06
This May, Ron Howard and Sony Pictures bring Dan Brown's cryptic and thrilling The Da Vinci Code to the screen. Stick with us was we bring you all the latest in news about the book and the movie. Even if you can't trust anyone, you can trust us more than most!
Olson is by no means the only believer hoping to use the book and movie as a tool for education. At the University of Oregon, for example, Campus Crusade for Christ adviser Mike Alverts and students in the interdenominational group plan to distribute brochures challenging the ssertions found in "The Da Vinci Code." I don't feel threatened by the book or the movie, but this is a good opportunity to talk about this kind of stuff because people have these questions," says Alverts. In an era when fact and fiction are increasingly blurred, a novel can leave "an assumption of validity," Alverts says. He especially worries, he says, "about the person who is interested in but doesn't have any real education about Christianity. They could connect dots that are not really there."MORE HERE
He's happy his best-selling novel about hidden religious history, secret societies and code-breaking has captured popular interest. The rest is not his responsibility. "Let the biblical scholars and historians battle it out," he said Sunday during a writers talk presented by New Hampshire Public Radio and The Music Hall of Portsmouth. "It's a book about big ideas, you can love them or you can hate them," Brown said. "But we're all talking about them, and that's really the point."MORE HERE
Reilly's assault on the "monumentally inexcusable nonsense" of Dan Brown's book will be sent to all 60 Catholic secondary schools and 500 parishes and is deliberately timed to coincide with the release of the movie.MORE HERE
Howard says, "We had to be very specific about every single shot we were going to do, both for security and for preservation reasons. There were all kinds of things we couldn't do. In the script, there is blood on the floor but we couldn't do that, and obviously we couldn't take paintings off the walls."MORE HERE
The Da Vinci Code has sparked outcry from Christians around the world for its controversial claims. Describing herself as non-religious, she said: 'I really don't look at it from a religious point of view because religion is faith, and faith is what you have when there's no proof. I think that certainly, as a writer, I wish the Vatican would condemn a book of mine, because it does wonders for sales.'
Mr. Brown, as far as I know, has never professed any sort of Christian faith, so he can't be accused of betrayal in the proper sense of the word. Yet he has betrayed truth, by insisting that Jesus did not die as the Bible suggests, but went on living and eventually marrying Mary Magdalene.MORE HERE and HERE
Viewers admitted to researchers they found his lank locks a major turn-off. A studio insider told The Sun newspaper: "Much of the talk is about the hair. But it's too late to fix it."
I'm in the business of raising questions. I'm not in the business of providing answers. The moment you provide answers, you have a new power structure, so for me it's a journey of exploration. ... It's necessary that we question [the Church] constantly.MORE HERE
National Geographic is using MIPTV to roll out its "The Lost Gospel of Judas," a two-hour documentary on a newly discovered account of the life of Jesus allegedly written by the man who betrayed him. National Geographic was scheduled to reveal some of the secrets contained in the "lost gospel" at a press conference in Washington on Thursday.UPDATE: AP reporter Randolph Schmid has written an excellent article on the Gospel of Judas. Click on the second link below.
"We've been working on this for years, long before 'The Da Vinci Code.' It's just luck that its finished now, just before the film gets released," said Michael Rosenfeld, executive vp of programing and production at National Geographic Television & Film.
The most intriguing discovery to be found in "The Jesus Papers" will probably only interest those of us who pursue the odd and somewhat pitiful hobby of crank-watching; it's finally clear from reading this book that it was Baigent -- rather than co-authors Leigh and Henry Lincoln -- who actually wrote "Holy Blood, Holy Grail." The voice, which grows more and more authoritative in tone as the foundations of its arguments dissolve into piffle, is unmistakable. Baigent's co-authors may have supplied the research and quite possibly the underlying structure of "Grail"; this book offers little fresh information and is badly muddled. But the style of "The Jesus Papers," a masterly counterpoint of bluster, false humility and self-righteousness, matches that of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" like a fingerprint.
What are we debating here? Doesn't it clearly state "a novel" right on the front cover?
Danica d'Hondt, author of the forthcoming "Beyond the Da Vinci Code," was there to defend the book. Her basic message: Brown has forced us to think. To think about why the Catholic Church hasn't grown along with society. And, why, she asked, couldn't Jesus have been married?
Actually, there are plenty of sensible reasons to avoid marriage. Let's assume being the Son of God kept Jesus pretty busy.
Fact is, in the end, you either have some faith or you don't.
Her defense did make me think, though. It made me think that the commotion over the book was a byproduct of the culture war. Even d'Hondt admitted Brown had butchered most of his facts. Why should we take this book seriously?
There were concerns the Tom Hanks vehicle may not make it past China's Film Bureau because of its religious theme, Daily Variety reported. "The Da Vinci
Code" is the second Sony film to make it to China's cinemas, Variety noted.