Category: The Passion of The Christ

‘Alcoholic’ Mel apologises for Jewish insults

Mel Gibson has fought alcoholism all his adult life, he admitted today. The 50-year-old Catholic revealed he was an alcoholic during a lengthy apology for “despicable” anti-Semitic remarks made when he was arrested for drink driving. In a long statement saying sorry for the way he spoke to deputies when he was arrested, he said: “I disgraced myself and my family with my behaviour and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse.” He added that he was taking “necessary steps to

Mel Gibson gives cops hell

LOS ANGELES – A blitzed Mel Gibson launched into an obscenity-laced tirade when he was busted on suspicion of drunken driving early yesterday, threatening an officer and making anti-Semitic and sexually abusive remarks, according to a police report. The “Passion of the Christ” director repeatedly said, “My life is f—-d,” according to the report by Los Angeles County Deputy James Mee, which was obtained by TMZ.com. The celebrity news Web site posted excerpts of the handwritten report. Gibson, 50, was pulled over for speeding at 3:10 a.m. on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., cops said. The Oscar-winning “Braveheart”

‘Passion’ Sells 4.1M Copies in One Day

LOS ANGELES – The second coming of Mel Gibson’s biblical epic “The Passion of the Christ” sold 4.1 million DVD copies by Wednesday after only one day in stores. While the figure from distributor Fox Home Entertainment is high, it’s not quite a record breaker. The Passion of the Christ Overview R-rated for Violence The making of… Anti-Semitism? Traditionalist CatholicsmRabbi Daniel Lapin: “Gibson owes debt of gratitude to Jews for film’ success“ Local Showtimes Research resources on The Passion of The Christ “Finding Nemo” holds the No. 1 overall spot for one-day DVD sales with about 8 million. For a

Passion won few converts, survey finds

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ created controversy and took in $370 million at the U.S. box office, but a new poll suggests that it did not have a spiritual impact on most people who saw it. One in six people, or 16 percent, said the film affected their religious beliefs, according to a telephone survey released this month by The Barna Group, a Ventura, Calif., firm that conducts scientific polls on Christian topics. Christian leaders, such as the Rev. Billy Graham, praised the film’s great potential to evangelize. The Rev. Gregg Simmons of Grapevine regards the film as

Passion of the Christ raises questions among Buddhist audiences

Bangkok (AsiaNews/Ucan) – The Passion of the Christ has left viewers stunned and questioning the religious meaning of Christ’s violent death since the blockbuster film directed by Mel Gibson was released April 29th in the overwhelmingly Buddhist country. More than 90 percent of Thailand’s population are Buddhist. Very few have read the Bible. The long episodes of violence and beatings in the Passion caused not a few in the audience to scratch their heads. The Passion of the Christ Overview R-rated for Violence The making of… Anti-Semitism? Traditionalist CatholicsmRabbi Daniel Lapin: “Gibson owes debt of gratitude to Jews for film’

‘The Passion’ puts some believers on the outside

Velma Dority managed to tune out the chatter on religious radio stations calling on all Christians to see “The Passion of the Christ.” She ignored her virtuous friends who bragged about seeing the film countless times. But when Dority’s five sisters told her she must see “The Passion” — that watching Jesus suffer would make her a better Christian — she took action. She called her doctor and obtained a written excuse saying the movie would be harmful to her health. The Passion of the Christ Overview R-rated for Violence The making of… Anti-Semitism? Traditionalist CatholicsmRabbi Daniel Lapin: “Gibson owes

‘The Passion’ — and its controversy — lives on

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is still getting a lot of attention. It’s breaking box office records at home and abroad, still sparking controversy, and some folks say it’s even triggering a few miracles. This week, it barged ahead of Jurassic Park with a gross of $361.5 million, making it the seventh-highest-grossing movie in U.S. history. It’s just now reaching some foreign movie houses but has already raked in $187 million overseas. The Passion of the Christ Overview R-rated for Violence The making of… Anti-Semitism? Traditionalist CatholicsmRabbi Daniel Lapin: “Gibson owes debt of gratitude to Jews for film’

Passion back at top of US box office

The Passion of the Christ has become the eighth bestselling movie in US history after an Easter weekend in which it routed a host of new movies at the box office. The film reclaimed the top spot in the film charts, taking $17.1m in three days from Good Friday. In total it has made $354.8m in the US, passing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers for the number eight spot on the all-time domestic charts, just behind Jurassic Park. The Passion had been No 1 in its first three weekends, then fell back in the pack for the

Oman approves screening Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”

MUSCAT (AFP) – Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion of the Christ” is to make its debut in Oman, the marketing manager of the Oman Arab Cinema Co. said. “The censorship board has already given a go-ahead and we are all set to show the blockbuster at our Shatti Al-Plaza” cinema complex on April 14, Natasha Sawhney told AFP Monday. As in many other countries, the movie has already broken box office records in the neighbouring United Arab Emirates, where it hit the big screen last month. The Gulf state of Qatar also gave the film the green light but

French Catholic Bishops Blast Gibson’s ‘Passion’

PARIS (Reuters) – French Roman Catholic bishops have officially denounced Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened in France on Wednesday, as potentially anti-Semitic and a distortion of Christian teaching. In an unusual statement on a commercial film, the bishops’ conference said the traditionalist Catholic Gibson had made a film that might not be anti-Semitic but “could be used to support anti-Semitic opinions.” The Passion of the Christ Overview R-rated for Violence The making of… Anti-Semitism? Traditionalist CatholicsmRabbi Daniel Lapin: “Gibson owes debt of gratitude to Jews for film’ success“ Local Showtimes Research resources on The