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.
May 20, 2006 |
"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.
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 17, 2006 |
Anger over "The Da Vinci Code," premiering today at the Cannes Film Festival, escalated Tuesday as Christian groups from South Korea, Thailand, Greece and India planned boycotts, a hunger strike and attempts to block or shorten screenings. In South Korea, which has 13 million Protestants and 4.6 million Roman Catholics, a court ruled Tuesday that a Christian group's request for an injunction to block screenings lacked merit.
May 5, 2006 |
Roman Catholic scholars gathered in Rome on Thursday to explore whether the soon-to-be-released film version of "The Da Vinci Code" will spread hostile sentiment against the church or provide an opportunity to draw people closer to religion.