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U.S. News Predicts Bloody Battle over Mel Gibson's Movie
NewsMax.com ^ | 11/18/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 11/18/2003 12:07:35 PM PST by kattracks

U.S. News & World Report says the fight over Viacom's TV movie "The Reagans" will "look like crumbs on the table of the Last Supper when the coming fight over Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of Christ' hits full stride early next year."

Of course, as we've been reporting for months, the attacks on the movie have been nasty for some time.

The New York Post had five people review "a copy" of the movie and printed their comments Monday. Four - a priest, a rabbi, a professor and the paper's movie critic - called it everything from "appalling" to "unfair" to "deeply troubling."

"He had an opportunity to reflect on the long history of the theology of suffering, and he missed that opportunity by producing just a picture of brutality," complained Elizabeth Castelli, a professor of religion at Barnard College and "senior research scholar" at NYU's Center for Religion and Media.

She called the movie's portrayal of Jews "unfair" and based on "medieval stereotypes ... that have a history of inspiring violence against Jews."

The positive review came, notably, from a civilian. Joan Wilson, one of the Post's readers, said the "must-see movie" was "riveting."

"I always knew his was a painful death, but I didn't understand how human he was or realize he suffered that much," she said.

The depiction of Jews is fair, she said. "The Romans of that era were throwing people to lions."

Perhaps, then, this is a movie for regular people, not the ivory-tower elites.

Showtime's Thanksgiving Turkey

Speaking of "The Reagans," Showtime plans to air it without commercials on Nov. 30, rather than in 2004.

"We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this and bring it on next year," said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's entertainment president. "I'm just tired of people making judgments on this when they haven't seen it. Let them see it."

Michael Paranzino, who set up the Web site boycottcbs.com to fight the TV movie, originally scheduled to air on CBS, told the Associated Press, "I think that Showtime realized they have a turkey on their hands, and turkeys don't last much beyond Thanksgiving. I'm disappointed that they reversed their promise to take a fresh look and not air it until 2004."

He says that, like most people, he'll have better things to do that night. "I've never had Showtime because I never had a strong interest in watching 'Porky's Revenge' at 3:30 in the morning."



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: melgibson; passion; passionofchrist; thereagans

1 posted on 11/18/2003 12:07:36 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Mel Gibson's 'Passion' NewsMax.com Hot Topics
2 posted on 11/18/2003 12:11:51 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
PASSION! bump
3 posted on 11/18/2003 12:17:09 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: kattracks
Nice try News Week. To bad we know better!
4 posted on 11/18/2003 12:22:36 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: kattracks
Showtime will broadcast the Reagan movie in the U.K. Such good news! The law of defamation in Britain makes it far easier for the Reagans to sue for MEGA DAMAGES! I hope they sue Viacom, CBS, and everyone involved with this project and request punitive damages. Perhaps CBS (SeeBS) may be renamed "RNC" (Reagan News Channel)in the near future.
5 posted on 11/18/2003 12:42:16 PM PST by ex-Texan (CBS [SeeBS] Deserves a Long Double Flush . . . Pull the Chain!)
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To: kattracks
U.S. News: Gibson's 'Passion' Far More Controversial Than 'The Reagans'

Far more truthful, too.

In fact, even if the stuff those against the movie said was true, it would still be a slight twisting of actual events and actions, rather than the approach taken by the Reagan producers, which was to make some stuff out of whole cloth and omit large portions of reality. It's "Whaddaya know, the Sanhedrin had a lot of Jews in it" vs. "Nancy, I'm the Anti-christ and I wish painful death on all those homos." Puhleaze!

BTW, one of the least-reported and most relevant facts in the REagan controversy is the fact (reported on Fox Media Watch) that CBS asked the production company to do a love story about the Reagans, a romance with politics as a backdrop. Instead they got Bush is Reagan was Hitler. It could have been "The Hitlers" and the only difference would have been the male lead's hairstyle and the presence of a small mustache.

6 posted on 11/18/2003 12:44:29 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Pre-empt the third murder attempt-- Pray for Terry Schiavo!)
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To: ex-Texan
The law of defamation in Britain makes it far easier for the Reagans to sue for MEGA DAMAGES!

Nancy has way too much class.

No comment on Patti & Ron Jr.

7 posted on 11/18/2003 12:58:18 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: kattracks
Reagans was filled with lies. Passion is 2000 year old truths challenged by 'crucifixion deniers'.
8 posted on 11/18/2003 1:03:48 PM PST by ex-snook (Americans need Balanced Trade - we buy from you, you buy from us. No free rides.)
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To: kattracks
History is filled with examples of Man's inhumanity to Man. Only the ignorant blame an entire group for the hatred of a few. You can know more change or ignore the events of the Crucifixion than you can the events surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Should we also change/ignore that history because it may enrage a few people against the Japanese? Oh, I forgot...we also had that controversy during the release of Bruckheimer's, Pearl Harbor.

And if it's hatred we want to avoid, maybe we should stop talking about the Holocaust as most Germans weren't anti-Semitic. I'm sure there are those who still feel hatred from that horrible ordeal. It's history; it reminds us of who we are and how far we've come...and if we forget it we may be doomed for a repeat. This is why I hate liberal revisionism, because it's nothing more than living a lie. The irony in this is that they are creating more hatred because of thier objections to this movie.
9 posted on 11/18/2003 1:06:21 PM PST by cwb (.)
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To: kattracks
This movie is misunderstood and vilified by those Jews who can't figure out that this movie isn't about them, but about Jesus.
10 posted on 11/18/2003 1:13:46 PM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: kattracks
the "priest" was a Jesuit.

Many Jesuit's are so far left that they make Episcopalians like Bishop Robinson look liberal...

11 posted on 11/18/2003 4:18:34 PM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politcially correct poor people.)
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To: LadyDoc
Yes, but when you find a good Jesuit, watch out. A good Jesuit is an amazing thing, plus they can do the work of 10 25 year olds, even when they are 75...or 90. No kidding.
12 posted on 11/18/2003 6:16:25 PM PST by nickcarraway (www.terrisfight.org)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; narses; Flying Circus; Coleus
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13 posted on 11/18/2003 6:19:18 PM PST by nickcarraway (www.terrisfight.org)
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To: kattracks
Now that Gibson has the movie's distribution nailed down, it seems to me that any controversy will be free publicity.
14 posted on 11/18/2003 6:25:20 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: kattracks
I am not really religious at all, and I don't consider myself to be a "christian", but I do respect Jesus's suffering for his beliefs and for who he, and other claimed he was (son of god). I am very much looking forward to seeing this film for its historical content.
15 posted on 11/18/2003 6:29:26 PM PST by Lockbar
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To: nickcarraway
Didn't the Jesuits used to be called 'God's warriors'?
16 posted on 11/18/2003 6:34:04 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah (National health care gives the government the means to kill you when you become too expensive)
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To: kattracks; american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; Polycarp; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; ...
The depiction of Jews is fair, she said. "The Romans of that era were throwing people to lions."

Catholic Ping - let me know if you want on/off this list


17 posted on 11/19/2003 1:03:43 AM PST by NYer ("Close your ears to the whisperings of hell and bravely oppose its onslaughts." ---St Clare Assisi)
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To: kattracks; dansangel
This movie will be a success no matter who tries to put their foot on it. Everyone should buy at least one copy..

This will be the first movie that I have ever bought.

If I have too, depending on how many theaters it is shown in, I will travel to see it if it's a 100 miles away..

18 posted on 11/19/2003 1:15:34 AM PST by .45MAN
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To: Lockbar
I am not really religious at all, and I don't consider myself to be a "christian", but I do respect Jesus's suffering for his beliefs and for who he, and other claimed he was (son of god). I am very much looking forward to seeing this film for its historical content.

Someone can be taught who Ronald Reagan is and what he said and did. But, if he then sees Reagan do and say things in a docudrama, the docudrama’s account will prevail. That’s because he’s been a virtual witness of events.

The Left understands the power of film. They know Plato’s adage well, “Those who tell the stories, control society.” That is why the Communists were desperate to infiltrate Hollywood in the 1950’s.

Coincidentally, Ronald Reagan testified as to that reality during the McCarthy senate hearings. Once Joe McCarthy was systematically discredited, the Leftists were free to peruse their agenda unimpeded. I credit the visceral medium of film in forwarding that agenda with half of the breakdown in American society that we’ve witnessed since 1960. (Actually, the Left gives it credit. I give it blame.)

The Left knows all too well the power of film to persuade. It has been their most powerful weapon. They cannot imagine that weapon now being used against them. They are terrified that if the general public is ever allowed to virtually witness the crucifixion of Christ, some people who never gave spiritual matters much thought will convert to Christianity. If the Passion of Christ is a financial success, there will be more films like it. It could even lead to film promoting patriotism. What then? That could set back the Leftist agenda by decades.

On the other hand, there are Jewish Rabbis decrying the violence in this film - saying that it will promote hate. First of all, there is nothing anti-Jewish about this film. Since it is historically accurate, it will be obvious to the objective viewer that Jesus was Jewish. His mother Mary was a Jew. His father Joseph was a Jew. The twelve apostles were Jews. Besides, the guys who commit the really brutal acts are Romans. Why aren’t Italians screaming foul? If the Rabbis were so concerned about preventing films that promote hate, they’d speak out a bit more about war movies that depict Germans in a negative light.

What did Jesus say while hanging on the cross? He didn’t say, “Tell Peter to round up the guys and get revenge on the people who did this to me.” No, He looked up to heaven and said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

In a nutshell, I believe the objections to this film can be found in a common denominator - the desperate fear that some of the people who see it will convert to Christianity.

19 posted on 11/19/2003 9:07:08 AM PST by Barnacle (Navigating the treacherous waters of a liberal culture)
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To: kattracks
The first victims of hate crimes: Abel of The Old Testament and Jesus of The New Testament.
20 posted on 11/19/2003 1:46:51 PM PST by victim soul
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To: kattracks
The first victims of hate crimes: Abel of The Old Testament and Jesus of The New Testament.
21 posted on 11/19/2003 1:47:04 PM PST by victim soul
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