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April 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Italy's Interior Ministry said Tuesday it would remove a poster promoting "The Da Vinci Code" movie from the scaffolding of a Rome church undergoing renovation after its clergymen complained. The enormous poster, featuring a picture of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and the title of the upcoming film, has been plastered for a few weeks on the scaffolded facade of the church of St. Pantaleo, which is just off a major thoroughfare in Rome's historic center.
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June 8, 2006 | Josh Friedman and Don Lee, Times Staff Writers
In a stunning about-face that is sure to send shock waves through Hollywood, the government of China has decided to yank the controversial thriller "The Da Vinci Code" from the country's theaters starting today, Sony Pictures confirmed Wednesday. The decision, made in the wake of protests from Catholic groups, comes three weeks after the movie opened in China on nearly 400 screens -- the biggest rollout there of a film by a major U.S. studio.
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May 21, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
CALL it "The Da Vinci Lode": an almost-anything-goes industry of spinoffs and tie-ins emerging in the shade cast by the mega-bestseller and movie. A researcher says he can prove the story of Adam and Eve actually describes human evolution. A historian says the Holy Grail is buried in an estate near Stafford, England. A documentarian has linked the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals to satanic images cunningly concealed in the religion's artwork.
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June 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Seven of India's 29 states have banned screening "The Da Vinci Code," with officials in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh saying Friday the movie was insulting to Christians. "We have taken the decision because the release of the movie could have led to demonstrations and trouble," said Paul Bhuyan, the special chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh.
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May 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
"The Da Vinci Code" failed to hit movie theaters in India as scheduled Friday, as its distributor and the censor board discussed tagging the film with an additional disclaimer to warn it is a work of fiction. Vikramjit Roy, a spokesman for the distributor, Sony Pictures India, said his company had accepted the Indian censor board's decision to allow only adults to watch the movie.
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June 3, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
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."
WORLD
May 17, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
An Opus Dei priest is blogging about the "The Da Vinci Code." A cardinal is hinting at lawsuits. Another church official praises the flamboyant plot as a great thriller. Still others worry that generations of Catholics could be ruined by it. Here at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, a debate is raging over how to confront the phenomenon that is "The Da Vinci Code," the blockbuster novel that may become a blockbuster movie after its premiere tonight at the Cannes Film Festival.
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February 15, 2006 | From Associated Press
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."
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April 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
NEWS
May 18, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
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."
BUSINESS
May 30, 2006 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
"X-Men: The Last Stand" marked the spot in Hollywood's record books Monday, grossing $120.1 million over four days in the U.S. and Canada to shatter Memorial Day marks and bolster the industry's box-office rebound. The 20th Century Fox comic-based adventure about misunderstood mutant heroes staged one of the biggest premieres ever, trouncing previous films opening over the weekend that traditionally signals the start of the summer movie season.
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May 26, 2006 | Charles Taylor, Special to The Times
"The Da Vinci Code" is not just a mega-selling book, not just a crowd-drawing movie, it's also, at $21.95, an "illustrated screenplay" replete with storyboards, stills from the movie, musings by author Dan Brown and the movie's principals and boxes of production trivia (such as " 'The Da Vinci Code' had 25 revisions over six months" and "Twenty-four rue Haxo doesn't actually exist in Paris.") At the heart of the "official making-of-the-movie book," though, is Akiva Goldsman's script.
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May 26, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos
Part of the charm -- some would say bane -- of the Cannes Film Festival is the crass promotion, from the gaudy billboards to the shapely Hawaiian Tropic models who strut their stuff along the Croisette. But one of the more unusual promotions here is for a pen. Yes, that's right. A pen. Dante Del Vecchio, president and founder of Visconti, the Italian maker of luxury writing instruments, has been making the festival rounds this week handing out his $1,618 pens to celebrities.
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May 24, 2006 | From wire reports
"The Da Vinci Code" film was "much ado about nothing" and the fuss surrounding it was no more than a clever marketing strategy to increase sales at the box office, the Vatican newspaper wrote in a review published Tuesday. In fact, after a catchy beginning, the film version of Dan Brown's novel is dull to watch and has little to recommend it, L'Osservatore Romano said.
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May 23, 2006 | From Reuters
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.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2006 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Moviegoers shunned harsh reviews and spent $77 million on "The Da Vinci Code" this weekend, giving Sony Pictures' theological thriller the best opening this year at U.S. and Canadian theaters. The film's worldwide box-office gross was even more staggering: At $224 million, it ranked second in history to last year's "Star Wars: Episode III," which hauled in $253 million. The mystery behind the much-hyped screen version of Dan Brown's controversial bestseller now becomes: How big a hit will it be?
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May 23, 2006 | From Reuters
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2006 | TIM RUTTEN
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
CALL it "The Da Vinci Lode": an almost-anything-goes industry of spinoffs and tie-ins emerging in the shade cast by the mega-bestseller and movie. A researcher says he can prove the story of Adam and Eve actually describes human evolution. A historian says the Holy Grail is buried in an estate near Stafford, England. A documentarian has linked the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals to satanic images cunningly concealed in the religion's artwork.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2006 | TIM RUTTEN
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.
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