March 28, 2014 |
Whenever Hollywood makes a movie from a well-loved story or saga - Batman, Tolkien, "50 Shades of Grey" - there's usually a period of ... well ... let's call it adjustment , along with a "spirited" give-and-take among fans over such things as casting, content and approach. Usually, though, the material's devotees don't believe the filmmakers will burn in hell if their ideas are ignored. (OK ... maybe the Dark Knight crowd does. We all know they can get a little intense.) But that's precisely the belief with "Noah," Darren Aronofsky's $130-million retelling of the Old Testament account of apocalyptic deluge and a floating ark that opens on March 28. The same people who gripe that Hollywood never makes any faith-based movies are complaining because Hollywood has gone and made a religious movie, albeit one that might not be as literal-minded as they'd like.
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March 10, 2014 |
An attorney representing a group of Muslim students found guilty of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador said she will appeal the case, which she said tests whether “peaceful, measured student protests” should be a crime. "We are confident that a higher court will overturn the convictions and protect this important right for every individual," said Jacqueline Goodman, who represents some members of a group of students who became known as the “Irvine 11.” Ten of the 11 students were convicted in 2011 of disrupting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech at UC Irvine on American-Israeli relations.
March 9, 2014 |
Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, has made substantial progress in the last few years, moving from military rule toward democracy, releasing political prisoners and freeing from house arrest Nobel Prize-winning democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. However, the government has relentlessly continued its appalling treatment of the Rohingya population that lives in Rakhine state in western Myanmar. A Muslim minority in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country, the Rohingya are effectively denied citizenship unless they can meet onerous requirements, such as tracing their lineage back decades.
March 1, 2014 |
This post has been updated. While Hollywood executives and film stars chatter about who's going to win Oscars, the buzz in geekier circles is focused on a low-budget film that, despite being at the other end of the quality scale from "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave," could set a worrisome legal precedent. The 13-minute trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," a crude piece of anti-Islamic agit-prop, is best known for triggering outraged protests across the Middle East and northern Africa.
February 28, 2014 |
Katy Perry's “Dark Horse” video has been reedited to remove a quick scene that has generated outcry among some in the Muslim community. The scene in dispute showed a suitor being disintegrated, along with a pendant he was wearing that spelled out “Allah” (the Arabic word for “God”). A Change.org petition posted by Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, England, lobbied for YouTube to remove the video. But it was reedited to digitally remove the Allah medallion, and that version is now posted on YouTube and Vevo.
February 28, 2014 |
February is widely known as Black History Month, and Stephen Colbert chose to celebrate it in the strangest way possible on Thursday's show: with an animated short for a proposed TV show known as "Laser Klan. " Yes, that spelling is not a mistake. This animated short is about the Ku Klux Klan and uses the real-life news that Klan members were attempting to sell a "workable death ray" to Jewish groups in order to kill Muslims. Last month, another real-life KKK sympathizer was arrested for building a portable X-ray machine he was attempting to sell use with Jewish groups, again to kill Muslims.