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RON HOWARD LIES ABOUT “ANGELS & DEMONS”
Catholic League ^ | April 21, 2009 | staff

Posted on 04/21/2009 8:48:34 AM PDT by kellynla

Ron Howard, director of “Angels & Demons,” the movie version of Dan Brown’s book by that name, attacked Catholic League president Bill Donohue yesterday on the Huffington Post.

Referring to a booklet on the movie that Donohue authored, “Angels & Demons: More Demonic than Angelic,” (click here) Howard wrote: “Mr. Donohue’s booklet accuses us of lying when our movie trailer says the Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence the Illuminati centuries ago. It would be a lie if we had ever suggested our movie is anything other than a work of fiction….” Howard also said that “most in the hierarchy of the Church” will enjoy his film; he denies being anti-Catholic.

Donohue responded today:

“Dan Brown says in his book that the Illuminati are ‘factual’ and that they were ‘hunted ruthlessly by the Catholic Church.’ In the film’s trailer, Tom Hanks, who plays the protagonist Robert Langdon, says ‘The Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence them forever.’ Howard concurs: ‘The Illuminati were formed in the 1600s. They were artists and scientists like Galileo and Bernini, whose progressive ideas threatened the Vatican.’

“All of this is a lie. The Illuminati were founded in 1776 and were dissolved in 1787. It is obvious that Galileo and Bernini could not possibly have been members: Galileo died in 1647 and Bernini passed away in 1680. More important, the Catholic Church never hunted, much less killed, a single member of the Illuminati. But this hasn’t stopped Brown from asserting that ‘It is a historical fact that the Illuminati vowed vengeance against the Vatican in the 1600s.’ (My emphasis.)

“Howard must be delusional if he thinks Vatican officials are going to like his propaganda—they denied him the right to film on their grounds. Moreover, we know from a Canadian priest who hung out with Howard’s crew last summer in Rome (dressed in civilian clothes) just how much they hate Catholicism. It’s time to stop the lies and come clean.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: angelsanddemons; billdonohue; catholic; catholicleague; danbrown; hollywood; justabook; moviereview; propaganda; ronhoward
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1 posted on 04/21/2009 8:48:34 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: Salvation; NYer; narses; A.A. Cunningham

ping


2 posted on 04/21/2009 8:48:59 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Ron Howard lost his hair due to AIDS.

Its not a lie...its just “fiction”


3 posted on 04/21/2009 8:49:33 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: kellynla

Opie sure had us fooled......


4 posted on 04/21/2009 8:52:17 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (No teleprompters were harmed in the creation of this post.)
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To: kellynla

Sometimes “facts” are just so inconvenient huh?


5 posted on 04/21/2009 8:53:00 AM PDT by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: kellynla

Ron’s just mad at God for stealing his hair.


6 posted on 04/21/2009 8:54:00 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (We've gone from Jefferson to the Jeffersons)
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To: kellynla

The film of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was truly terrible.


7 posted on 04/21/2009 8:55:00 AM PDT by Borges
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To: kellynla
Warning: if you're a fan of the Andy Griffith Show like I am, this video of "Opie" and "Andy" endorsing Obama and his Marxist "Change" agenda will surely sicken you...

"Ron Howard's Call To Action:
Ron Howard wants to talk about the election. So does Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler"
http://www.funnyordie.com/ron_howard

or...

http://vodpod.com/watch/1107083-ron-howards-call-for-obama

8 posted on 04/21/2009 8:55:16 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: kellynla

Opie and Hanks don’t hate Catholicism, they hate Christianity. Catholics got the hit in Angels & Demons & Davinci Code. Free Masons, Mormons, and the Founding Fathers will get it in his upcoming book. Hanks and Opie are on record bashing Mormons, Catholics and Evangelicals in CA for their homo-marriage opposition.


9 posted on 04/21/2009 8:55:44 AM PDT by azcap (Who is John Galt ? www.conservativeshirts.com)
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To: kellynla
I fell asleep the first 30 minutes of DaVinci Code, I'm sure this one will get the fickle finger of fate award as well.


10 posted on 04/21/2009 8:56:07 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: kellynla
The Catholic Church is Murder, Inc., don't you know?

I mean, how DARE they oppose abortion-on-demand?

They must be destroyed at any cost, and Opie (a modern-day Leni Riefenstahl) makes propaganda movies to advance the cause.

11 posted on 04/21/2009 8:56:26 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Only after disaster can we be resurrected." -- Tyler Durden)
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To: kellynla
Go Bill! It's so nice to have someone on our side who's utterly unafraid to mix it up with these Hollyweird creeps.

Breath of fresh air.
12 posted on 04/21/2009 8:57:48 AM PDT by Antoninus (Now accepting apologies from repentant Mittens.)
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To: kellynla

It’s too bad that Opie turned out to be an idiot.


13 posted on 04/21/2009 8:57:52 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: kellynla
...and The Blair Witch Project was actual footage found a year after the film crew mysteriously disappeared. It's true! Says so right in the trailer and opening credits!
14 posted on 04/21/2009 8:57:59 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: Borges

I thought Tom Hanks did a horrible job in that movie and didn’t fit the part. This one will be worse IMHO.


15 posted on 04/21/2009 8:58:34 AM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Mary Fallin for OK Governor in 2010!)
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To: kellynla
The Catholic Church may not have hunted down the illuminati or any other group but they screwed Da Vinci big time.

The Church is made up of men. Some men are bad, some are good... but all are men.

Jesus Christ is and was our savior. The church is there only to help us find our way to the Lord. Anything else it does; Politically, economically, sexually, criminally or whatever that takes us away from it's job of helping us find Christ is a distraction.

I'm a fallen Catholic stumbling around and praying that the Lord is truly merciful. After going to mass I've just found it all to .... much. The hand holding, the shaking hands, the singing of all the responses and on and on and on... I seemed to remember a simpler service with the father, two altar boys and less theatrics/ or whatever they're doing now.

I almost wish for the Latin Mass and then the Gospel and homily to be in English. I'm just getting to be an old fart I guess.

16 posted on 04/21/2009 9:01:26 AM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I cannot believe the author coming out saying it was true when you can debunk it with a little thing called ‘search’ — read the book as a work of fiction not expecting the author to declare it was factual. I don’t think the book would be a movie I would want to see.

Tom Hanks was horrible in the DaVinci Code, a movie that I thought was poorly done. I cannot even fathom how they are going to treat this new book. Predict it will flop and not get good reviews.


17 posted on 04/21/2009 9:02:46 AM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Mary Fallin for OK Governor in 2010!)
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To: azcap; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Opie and Hanks don’t hate Catholicism, they hate Christianity. Catholics got the hit in Angels & Demons & Davinci Code. Free Masons, Mormons, and the Founding Fathers will get it in his upcoming book. Hanks and Opie are on record bashing Mormons, Catholics and Evangelicals in CA for their homo-marriage opposition.

Exactly, azcap. Count me among the former fans of Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. They absolutely disgust me now with their uber-liberal, anti-Christian agenda... Of all the great movies they could make, why make crap like this?

18 posted on 04/21/2009 9:02:48 AM PDT by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: Sybeck1

Now you know what hollywood can do to you.


19 posted on 04/21/2009 9:02:52 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: freekitty
It’s too bad that Opie turned out to be an idiot.

Opie.. idiot. I guess you could call him an Opie-ot for the masses.

20 posted on 04/21/2009 9:03:33 AM PDT by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds... in becoming a one term president.)
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To: kellynla

This is not a Catholic book or movie. Don’t go there!


21 posted on 04/21/2009 9:04:53 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: erman

“Anything else it does; Politically, economically, sexually, criminally or whatever that takes us away from it’s job of helping us find Christ is a distraction?”

“it does?” She does...Holy Mother Church

“a distraction?”

you have a lot to learn...


22 posted on 04/21/2009 9:05:00 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Borges
The film of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was truly terrible.

Usually I like Ron Howard and Tom Hanks' movies, but I thought The Da Vinci Code was pretty bad.

23 posted on 04/21/2009 9:05:25 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: kellynla

LOL!

Taking Opie to the woodshed.


24 posted on 04/21/2009 9:05:26 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Borges

**The film of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was truly terrible.**

An full of untruths to boot!


25 posted on 04/21/2009 9:05:40 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: erman

“I’m a fallen Catholic”

That explains a lot of your misinformation.

“I almost wish for the Latin Mass”

And you can find a Latin Mass in your area here:
Latin Mass.com http://latinmass.com/latinmassdirectory.html


26 posted on 04/21/2009 9:09:06 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: PhiKapMom
I think Hanks has lost his appeal. He used to be a happy, nonthreatening apolitical and inspiring actor.

He is now, just another Hollywood hack, trying to destroy American moral values like the rest of the Hollywood losers. His career is pretty much in the tank.

27 posted on 04/21/2009 9:09:26 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Salvation

“This is not a Catholic book or movie. Don’t go there!”

I didn’t say it was. LOL


28 posted on 04/21/2009 9:10:38 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: ctdonath2

That was an attention grabbing marketing gimmick by the filmmakers. They wouldn’t have gotten any attention for their little film otherwise.


29 posted on 04/21/2009 9:11:38 AM PDT by Borges
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To: ctdonath2

>>> ...and The Blair Witch Project was actual footage found a year after the film crew mysteriously disappeared. It’s true! Says so right in the trailer and opening credits! <<<

Uhhmmmm... my brother works in retail sales, and he told me that he had a hard time convincing several of the employees at the store he managed that the Blair Witch wasn’t real.

We live in a country where the Big O was elected President. Why would you expect that there are a lot of folks out there who are critical and discerning consumers of mass media?


30 posted on 04/21/2009 9:11:47 AM PDT by Poe White Trash
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To: Salvation

It was fiction. So there was no claim of truth.


31 posted on 04/21/2009 9:12:20 AM PDT by Borges
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To: nutmeg

*sheesh*
I was happy in my ignorance, having read both books. I don’t see many movies these days, but they couldn’t possibly be as good as the books.
I think we have more lies to worry about than Ron Howard’s or Tom Hanks’.
Since I read for entertainment, I could care less about the politics. </rant


32 posted on 04/21/2009 9:14:49 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Borrow money from a pessimist. They don't expect it back!)
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To: nutmeg

I posted a total of 34 threads and 7,223 replies since becoming a member in May 2000...an old-timer!


33 posted on 04/21/2009 9:20:47 AM PDT by stanz (Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
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To: nutmeg

Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are what is really sad about Hollywood. These guys are not Paris Hilton or Ben Affleck. They are truly talented individuals who have the gift to make great movies - Apollo 13, Cinderella Man, Saving Private Ryan,... When they choose their agenda over producing great works everyone loses.


34 posted on 04/21/2009 9:20:47 AM PDT by azcap (Who is John Galt ? www.conservativeshirts.com)
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To: kellynla

It’s....a....movie.


35 posted on 04/21/2009 9:21:31 AM PDT by FReepaholic
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To: FReepaholic

It...is...agitprop.


36 posted on 04/21/2009 9:24:02 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


37 posted on 04/21/2009 9:25:43 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: FReepaholic

“It’s....a....movie.”

yes it is...

and a smear job of the Catholic Church by Ron Howard...

“Dan Brown says in his book that the Illuminati are ‘factual’ and that they were ‘hunted ruthlessly by the Catholic Church.’ In the film’s trailer, Tom Hanks, who plays the protagonist Robert Langdon, says ‘The Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence them forever.’ Howard concurs: ‘The Illuminati were formed in the 1600s. They were artists and scientists like Galileo and Bernini, whose progressive ideas threatened the Vatican.’

“All of this is a lie.”

“Moreover, we know from a Canadian priest who hung out with Howard’s crew last summer in Rome (dressed in civilian clothes) just how much they hate Catholicism.”


38 posted on 04/21/2009 9:28:43 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla
Ron "BOZO" Howard


39 posted on 04/21/2009 9:34:00 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Borges

>>> It was fiction. So there was no claim of truth. <<<

I haven’t seen the movie. I’ve got the book.

In the book, there may be no explicit claim of “truth.” There is a significant and clearly-made claim of “fact.” For most readers, that’s a difference that makes no difference.

The FIRST WORD of the FIRST PAGE of the book is (in big, bold-faced type) FACT.

What comes after that word is what Dan Brown wants us to take as FACT: his version of the Priory of Sion, his version of Opus Dei, and that “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel accurate.”

Given that the movie was so closely tied-in with the book, your claim that “there was no claim of truth” is preposterous.

To imply that makers of movies and writers of novels — especially polemical or propaganda novels — haven’t changed a lot of minds (and made a lot of money) eliding the difference between FACT and FICTION over the years is just plain goofy.


40 posted on 04/21/2009 9:34:23 AM PDT by Poe White Trash
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To: Borges

I agree. I was so excited to see it and it was a big dud. I will not see Angels and Demons because of this. I don’t get caught up in all this see this movie or not see this movie. I see what I want to see. I make decisions for my kids of course until they are 18. But if Da Vinci Code was a good movie, I would go see Angels and Demons, but I am not wasting two hours of my life. I am a Catholic and very secure in my faith to not let a movie deter me from continuing my faith of almost 40 years.


41 posted on 04/21/2009 9:35:29 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: achilles2000

Do you think that Dan Brown and CBS (parent compnay of his publisher) were also out to smear the Church?


42 posted on 04/21/2009 9:35:53 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

I should say ‘Dan Brown and Sumner Redstone’.


43 posted on 04/21/2009 9:38:36 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Minutemen

I could have gone all day without seeing that...LOL


44 posted on 04/21/2009 9:39:22 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Poe White Trash

If they have changed minds it’s weak minds. No work of fiction no matter great (or in this case probably really bad) should be taken as a history lesson.


45 posted on 04/21/2009 9:42:36 AM PDT by Borges
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To: kellynla

The DiVinci Code movie was dreadful. When I read the book, I envisioned Harrison Ford, but I got Tom Hanks.

I can’t imagine Angels and Demons will be much better.

I like the fantasy and treasure hunt aspects of the books. I certianly don’t take them seriously.

I much preferred the National Treasure movies. They at least encouraged the history, pride and intelligence of our Founders, even if it is also fantasy.


46 posted on 04/21/2009 9:44:27 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: kellynla

From Opie to Dopie. What a shame.


47 posted on 04/21/2009 9:45:00 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (We have our own pirates. They're called politicians.)
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To: Minutemen
Maybe evolution is true.


48 posted on 04/21/2009 9:46:03 AM PDT by Bronzewound
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To: kellynla
Moreover, we know from a Canadian priest who hung out with Howard’s crew last summer in Rome (dressed in civilian clothes) just how much they hate Catholicism.

Ooooh... I love it. An undercover priest!

I wonder how many of them the Catholic Church has out there. If I was a leftist film-maker, I'd be very, very afraid.

49 posted on 04/21/2009 9:47:59 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: kellynla

Sit on it, Ron!!


50 posted on 04/21/2009 9:48:50 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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