The Da Vinci Code

2006, Movie, PG-13, 149 mins

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Pope Says Nope to Da Vinci Code Prequel

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Angel Demons prequel to The Da Vinci Code will have to re-create scenes inside Rome churches after the Vatican banned crews from shooting there Production began on the film starring Tom Hanks earlier this month Producers had requested permits from Vatican officials to shoot in Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria two key locales in the filmRome diocese spokesman Father Marco Fibbi told Variety the Vatican took issue with the films message regarding Christianity We often provide our churches to productionsbut not when a film pursues a type of fantasy that damages common religious sentiment as is the case of The Da Vinci Code he saidThe Vatican rejected similar production requests from The Da Vinci Code filmmakers several years agoAngels Demons crews will use the former Royal Palace at Caserta in Naples to double as Vatican church interiors JR Whalen read more

Movies Delayed by the Writers' Strike and More!

Ask FlickChick Movies affected by the writers strike dubbed performances whats that movie and more movie questions answeredQuestion I was wondering what major films slated for this year were cancelled or delayed because of the writers strike -- John Wao FlickChick Although TV shows were hit most badly because their schedules are so tight movies didnt escape unscathed The biggest films delayed by the strike include Angels Demons Ron Howards Da Vinci Code follow up with Tom Hanks reprising the role of symbologist Robert Langdon was the first film to fold Its now due to star shooting this summer and has a May 2009 release date Justice League of America George Millers superhero picture looks as though its dead in the water cast members DJ Cotrona Superman Armie Hammer Batman Anton Yelchin Wally WestThe Flash Santiago Cabrera Aquaman Zoe Kazan Iris Megan Gale Wonder Woman Teresa Palmer Talia al Ghul and Common Gree read more

New Da Vinci Code Sets Start Date, More Movie News

With an eye on the possible writers' strike and a Christmas 2008 release, Columbia is fast-tracking Angels & Demons, the Ron Howard-directed follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, for a February production start.... Also per Variety, Dakota and Elle Fanning will star with Cameron Diaz in an adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel My Sister's Keeper.... Michael Mann is developing the mob drama Frankie Machine as a star vehicle for Robert De Niro.... According to the Reporter, Woody Harrelson will join Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum in Oliver Stone's new Vietnam drama Pinkville.... Jamie Foxx is a detective investigating race-related slayings in The Zebra Murders. read more

The Year in Cinema: Financial Boom or Bust?

How did 2006's film fare fare compared to the year before? Thanks in part to Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest ( which broke too many records to regurgitate here) and despite a somewhat lackluster holiday season, the final box-office tally is headed toward $9.42 billion, marking an increase of about five percent versus 2005. Before you crow, "Well, weren't ticket prices up at least five percent?" the Hollywood Reporter points out that the number of actual tickets sold — 1.44 billion — was up nearly three percent.Joining POTC 2 ($423.3 million) in this year's elite $200 mil-plus club were Cars ($244.1 mil), X-Men: The Last Stand ($234.4 mil), The Da Vinci Code ($217.5 mil) and Superman Returns ($200.1 mil). read more

Are You Ready for an Online Gold Rush?

Mark Steines leads the Gold Rush.

Survivor exec producer Mark Burnett has finally found a way to give away more than a million dollars without the mandatory starvation diet. This time, instead of making people sweat and backstab on a tropical island, he's partnered with AOL in a new online competition called Gold Rush. For seven straight weeks starting Sept. 13, you can head over to aol.com/goldrush to compete in pop-culture challenges, some which lead to clues found in various commercials, magazines and CBS shows. "It's like The Da Vinci Code," explains Entertainment Toni read more

What's the Secret to Blockbuster Success?

What, if anything, do Star Wars, Mission: Impossible, and Jaws have in common?

What is the formula for blockbuster-movie success? And how does it differ from the recipe for disaster? Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters, an HBO documentary premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET — and based on the new book Boffo! How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, by Variety editor-in-chief and former studio exec Peter Bart — explores those much-asked questions by way of A-list talking heads and fantastic clips from films both great and... so-so. Bart says that  — especially as cohost of AMC's Sunday Morn read more

Just watched the series ...

Question: Just watched the series premiere of Treasure Hunters, and I enjoyed it (especially the interactive portion, hokey as it was) in spite of myself. Someone should turn the producers on to a little show called The Amazing Race, if you ask me. But anyway, my question: Is host Laird Macintosh a robot? Really seems like it. Or is this one for Ask Ausiello? Thanks! Answer: With Ausiello currently on a well-earned summer break, I guess I'll field this. Laird Macintosh may not be an actual robot, but he plays one on TV. Are those cell-phone instructions not the cheesiest use of a host since, maybe, the disembodied head on the repulsive Unan1mous? While Treasure Hunters isn't a bottom-feeder like that Fox atrocity, I found the setup needlessly, even comically, confusing, and the rip-off factor (not just of The Amazing Race, but of The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure) more than a little off-putting. I'm not wild about the teams-of-three setup: too many characters, not enough character ... read more

What's the Secret to Blockbuster Success?

What, if anything, do Star Wars, Mission: Impossible, and Jaws have in common?

What is the formula for blockbuster-movie success? And how does it differ from the recipe for disaster? The new book Boffo! How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, by Variety editor-in-chief and former studio exec Peter Bart, explores those much-asked questions, as does an accompanying HBO documentary, Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters, premiering June 29 and featuring almost as many A-list talking heads as fantastic clips from films both great and... so-so. Bart says that  — especially as cohost of AMC's Sunday read more

Da Vinci Code Meets Reality TV!

Treasure Hunters host Laird Macintosh

Mix equal parts The Da Vinci Code and The Amazing Race, then sprinkle in Nicolas Cage's National Treasure, and you'd get NBC's Treasure Hunter read more

Will "Mrs. C" Put Richie in Her Will?

Marion Ross

The Hallmark Channel's Where There's a Will (premiering Saturday, May 6 at 9 pm/ET) presents Happy Days star Marion Ross as Leslie "Clyde" Onstatt, a wealthy but frail widow who signs on her long-lost grandson (Frank Whaley) as her caretaker. Little does she know, Richie is a bit of a con man, coldly eyeing Grams as his next mark. Will this tricky tale have a Happy outcome for Mrs. C? Ross spoke to TVGuide.com read more

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