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Russell Crowe Lobbies Pope Francis to See 'Noah'
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 02/25/2014 | Eric J. Lyman

Posted on 03/11/2014 11:54:23 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

ROME – Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has been lobbying to get Pope Francis to agree to watch his new biblical adventure story, Noah. But there is little sign that the spiritual leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics will comply.

Religious audiences have been split in their views on the megabudget Darren Aronofsky production, which will hit cinemas in the U.S. March 28 and come to Italy two weeks later. Paramount Pictures says that more than four out of five religious moviegoers say they are interested in seeing the film, but some Christian groups say it strays too far from the biblical story in an effort to make it more palatable for the big screen.

Crowe used social media in his lobby effort, tweeting to the pope that the film's message is "powerful, fascinating, resonant" and, in another message, calling on his 1.37 million Twitter followers to use their own tweets to cajole Francis into watching the film.

The Vatican did not directly respond to Crowe's lobbying efforts, but Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, when asked if the pontiff would see Stephen Frears' Oscar-nominated Philomena -- which is critical of the church's one-time handling of children born to single mothers -- said the pope does not watch films.

If true, that contradicts assertions from a story that broke last year in which Francis told an Italian interviewer he enjoyed classic Italian films from directors including Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti, and that he would take a look at two new films recommended by interviewer Eugenio Scalfari: Ettore Scola's Fellini homage, How Strange to Be Called Federico, Scola Talks About Fellini (Che strano chiamarsi Federico, Scola racconta Fellini), and the political comedy Viva la liberta from Roberto Ando.

Crowe, who plays the title role in the film, won an Oscar in 2000 for Gladiator, which was set in ancient Rome.

Noah will be the first Aronofsky film in more than a dozen years not to have its world premiere in Italy: Black Swan, The Wrestler, and The Fountain all premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival.


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KEYWORDS: catholic; hollywoodvalues; noah; seemymovie
Crowe used social media in his lobby effort, tweeting to the pope that the film's message is "powerful, fascinating, resonant" and, in another message, calling on his 1.37 million Twitter followers to use their own tweets to cajole Francis into watching the film. The Vatican did not directly respond to Crowe's lobbying efforts, but Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, when asked if the pontiff would see Stephen Frears' Oscar-nominated Philomena -- which is critical of the church's one-time handling of children born to single mothers -- said the pope does not watch films.

If true, that contradicts assertions from a story that broke last year in which Francis told an Italian interviewer he enjoyed classic Italian films from directors including Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti, and that he would take a look at two new films recommended by interviewer Eugenio Scalfari: Ettore Scola's Fellini homage, How Strange to Be Called Federico, Scola Talks About Fellini (Che strano chiamarsi Federico, Scola racconta Fellini), and the political comedy Viva la liberta from Roberto Ando.

1 posted on 03/11/2014 11:54:23 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Revolting cat!

But wouldn’t the Islamists then have to issue a fatwa against the Pope???


2 posted on 03/11/2014 11:55:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Complete and utter narcissistic vanity. He should be ashamed.


3 posted on 03/11/2014 11:56:20 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Alex Murphy

If the Pope wants to watch the story of Noah, all he has to do is wander into the Sistine Chapel and look at the ceiling. A better work of art than Crowe’s movie, I’ll wager.


4 posted on 03/11/2014 11:57:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Alex Murphy; All

“Russell Crowe Lobbies Pope Francis to See ‘Noah’”

Uuuuhhhh, hey Russell, I’m pretty sure the Pope is up to speed on Noah...

Hey Russell, how about you read the bible, eh?


5 posted on 03/11/2014 11:58:59 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Alex Murphy

I saw the trailer...seems very cheesie. Not sure of the words to use, but this isn’t much of a biblical flick.


6 posted on 03/11/2014 11:59:51 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Cincinatus

“Sistine Chapel”

...that’s an excellent point!


7 posted on 03/11/2014 11:59:54 AM PDT by albie
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To: Alex Murphy

Why would the Pope,or anybody who rejects trashy movies like The Wrestler (cocaine, random sex, ugly violence), want to see anything by this director?


8 posted on 03/11/2014 12:01:11 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: Cincinatus

You got it! Plus it has stood the test of time.


9 posted on 03/11/2014 12:04:04 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Drango

I am passing on this one.


10 posted on 03/11/2014 12:04:37 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Alex Murphy
Let me guess - in the Hollywood version, the Ark runs aground on Breakback Mountain.


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

EAGLES UP! Once more unto the breach, my friends, once more!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

11 posted on 03/11/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Cincinatus

LOL! Better art, less talking, saves 10 euro.


12 posted on 03/11/2014 12:06:18 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Alex Murphy

Its interesting that commercials for this movie are adding a disclaimer at the end stating the movie is biblically accurate.


13 posted on 03/11/2014 12:06:40 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter
Its interesting that commercials for this movie are adding a disclaimer at the end stating the movie is biblically accurate

This I have to see :)

14 posted on 03/11/2014 12:11:06 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: areukiddingme1

He and the director and producer know that rubes like us pay money to see a good Christian movie. They see it as exploiting our delusions. We are on to them. Let it fail and let it be a lesson to others. We want out Christian message out there, we will support it, but don’t come to us with your false spirituality. We know the difference and we won’t be used!


15 posted on 03/11/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: Alex Murphy

That’s how they’ll get your money


16 posted on 03/11/2014 12:19:51 PM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Alex Murphy

I don’t know, I wouldn’t mess with Russell Crowe, he likes to fight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvyCWsErRSI


17 posted on 03/11/2014 12:29:38 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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I would like to know exactly how the film gets away from the Bible story. Almost everyone - Protestant, Catholic, and I think even Muslims have it.

If the movie strays too far from the story as told in the Bible, aren’t a lot of people going to say something’s wrong? I mean, it’s not like people are unfamiliar with it.

I don’t mind seeing the movie (big Crowe fan), but I’m just curious how you take a basic story about animals, water, an ark, and a man obeying God’s word, and mess that up?


18 posted on 03/11/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: lulu16

Frankly I am passing on this movie. Even I will wait until the “Son of God” movie comes out in dvd. Saw the “Bible” tv miniseries last year. Looking forward to the movie “Heaven is For Real”.


19 posted on 03/11/2014 12:32:50 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Alex Murphy

I don’t get the negativity.

It doesn’t have to be a purely religious movie, nor very spiritual, as long as it isn’t blasphemous or insulting.
I don’t know how good a job he did.

The end of the world and start of a new one alone is good subject matter for a movie.

Then people get interested in the subject and crack open the bible to see the real story, or talk about it with others. Maybe they read other things too.


20 posted on 03/11/2014 12:43:55 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: radiohead

I think I heard they take “environmental” stances in the picture but I have no idea. Maybe a search for reviews on the movie can clue one in. I’m sure I will see it eventually but probably not immediately, at the theater.


21 posted on 03/11/2014 12:48:35 PM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory and evening grace)
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To: Biggirl

My husband asked if I wanted to see “Son of God” in the theaters. I think I will wait too. I don’t know about “Heaven is for Real.” I’ll be on the lookout for it. Thanks for the conversation.


22 posted on 03/11/2014 12:53:19 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
To be fair, he isn't always the one who starts it.
23 posted on 03/11/2014 12:57:07 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: lulu16

The Wrestler was really good. The scenes between Rourke and the daughter made me cry. In the interviews I have watched, the old school wrestlers, Piper, Valentine, Dibiase, Dallas Page, Lex Luger have all said that its pretty true to life of how the old guys are.


24 posted on 03/11/2014 1:07:44 PM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: chae

I spoke without viewing it. Please forgive me. I only saw the scenes from the previews.

But like you, I loved wrestlers when I was a kid in Hawaii. I watched them on TV and my parents would take me to their matches. But I had a schoolgirl vision of what they were like. To me they were superheroes.


25 posted on 03/11/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

LOL! That is great !! LOL LOL I don’t know what that guys problem is. I remember a few years ago he was in a hotel in New York city and was trying to call his wife long distance from the hotel phone, God knows why in this day and age of cellphones, and the hotel phones weren’t working, so he ripped the phone out of the wall went downstairs and threw it at the clerks head. LOL! What a freakin’ nut. He got arrested and everything and I think he had to pay off the clerk.


26 posted on 03/11/2014 3:05:58 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Here it is - Holy cow I thought it was a few years ago, it was NINE! Damn time flies fast!

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/07/nyregion/07crowe.html?_r=0


27 posted on 03/11/2014 3:10:38 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: radiohead
I have not found anything specific of how the story deviates from the Biblical Account. As with many Bible Stories they are brief and any artistic interpretation will have a lot of wiggle room.

The flood will has a lot of controversy like- who are the "Sons of God" described in Genesis 6: 1-4; was the flood regional or a global event. Not sure many will be happy

28 posted on 03/11/2014 3:22:57 PM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: Cincinatus

Or crawl back into his Bible that he apparently doesn’t read much.


29 posted on 03/11/2014 3:24:38 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (MARANATHA, MARANATHA, Come quickly LORD Jesus!!! Father send thy Son!! Its Time!)
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To: lulu16

I wouldn’t call The Wrestler “trashy”... but it isn’t very uplifting... I think it tells a story... a cautionary tale... a tragedy.

Then again... Marisa Tomei gets naked. She had aged well.


30 posted on 03/11/2014 4:08:23 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

I wish Ms. Tomei had been given more roles. Her turn in Cousin Vinny was wonderful. As for,the actor, Mickey Rourke, his life has been a cautionary tale. Why did he destroy his face and acting career through,boxing, was it?

I think I will spare myself this film. Thank-you for the clarification and your perspective.


31 posted on 03/11/2014 4:15:25 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: lulu16; chae
Chae is right. I recommend the film too... not because I like wrasslin'... just for the story. Like I said, it's not uplifting at all... but tells a valuable story. Actually to some degree it reminds me of another Mickey Rourke film... Barfly. Which I also recommend with the same caveat as above.
32 posted on 03/11/2014 4:16:52 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: radiohead
I don’t mind seeing the movie (big Crowe fan), but I’m just curious how you take a basic story about animals, water, an ark, and a man obeying God’s word, and mess that up?

This guy can probably think of a way to ruin it:


33 posted on 03/11/2014 4:21:23 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

I thought you were going to tell me it reminded you of another Mickey Rourke film: 9 1/2 weeks.

9 1/2 Weeks had a great soundtrack, the beautiful Kim Bassinger, clothes by Yoji Yamamoto, sensuous screenwriting contributions by Zalman King and gorgeous cinematography by Adrian Lyne.

It does not tell a valuable story, but imagery is beautiful. There is this caveat: they do not live happily ever after.

Barfly... wasn’t that by Bukowski. This administration I am all about feel good Korean comedies and dramas. It’s how I escape...

Thank-you for your movie tip. I’ll pass it on to my husband, who can take weightier subjects in his entertainment.


34 posted on 03/11/2014 4:34:05 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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