June 3, 2005 |
Not a single foot of film has been shot, the movie doesn't open for a year and a few critics already are denouncing it, but "The Da Vinci Code" nevertheless has made its multiplex debut. Sony Pictures, the studio behind the upcoming Ron Howard-directed adaptation of Dan Brown's mammoth bestselling novel, has released a short "Da Vinci Code" trailer, which has been playing in a number of theaters just before "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith."
February 15, 2006 |
The conservative Roman Catholic group Opus Dei said Tuesday that it had no intention of calling for a boycott of the upcoming film "The Da Vinci Code," but said it hopes the much-awaited film could still be changed so that "there aren't references that would hurt Catholics."
April 8, 2006 |
A South Korean Christian group filed for a court injunction Friday to stop a movie distributor from showing "The Da Vinci Code" in that country, saying it defiles the sanctity of Jesus Christ and distorts facts. " 'The Da Vinci Code' is a movie which belittles and tries to destroy Christianity," said the Rev. Hong Jae-chul of the Christian Council of Korea, an umbrella group of more than 60 Korean Protestant denominations.
May 18, 2006 |
ADAPTING novels for the big screen has always been a dicey proposition. Screenwriters have the added pressure of trying to please the legion of fans who are always vocal about any changes made in the story or characters. For every successful adaptation, such as "Gone With the Wind" and "The Godfather" movies, there have been such big-budget debacles as "Bonfire of the Vanities," "The Great Gatsby" and "Valley of the Dolls."
May 23, 2006 |
Bootleg DVDs of "The Da Vinci Code" were on sale all over Shanghai on Monday, days after its premiere in China and elsewhere. Pirated DVD versions were selling for 60 cents each, but the workmanship was poor, as is usually the case for early pirated copies, often made with hand-held camcorders in the theater. One customer said he could see people walking in front of the screen. "I could even hear someone drinking Coke or something," he said.
May 20, 2006 |
COVERING religion is something the American media do badly, and reporting on controversies involving religious ideas is one of the things they do worst of all. That deficiency probably has helped turn this weekend's release of the film based on Dan Brown's better-than-bestselling novel, "The Da Vinci Code," into even more of a trial than it needs to be -- albeit a very temporary one, given the movie's reviews. To have real legs, a story employing the adjective "controversial" needs conflict.