Entertainment behind the scenes
After exposing a Church cover-up in "The Da Vinci Code," symbologist Robert Langdon returns to the big screen as an unlikely Vatican ally in the latest movie adaptation of a novel by author Dan Brown.
"Angels & Demons," again starring Tom Hanks as Langdon and directed by Ron Howard, premieres in Rome on Monday at a theatre a mile (0.6 kilometer) away from Vatican City. It's due to open in the United States on May 15. (Photo: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer and Ron Howard (L-R) at a photocall at CERN near Geneva, 12 Feb 2009/Valentin Flauraud)
In the film, Langdon is recruited by the Vatican after the pope dies and four cardinals tipped to succeed him are kidnapped. Langdon races through the "Eternal City" deciphering clues linked to a centuries-old secret society, the Illuminati.
"He is not the man the Vatican trusts -- he is the man the Vatican needs," Howard said in production notes for the movie.
Remember the Singing Nun? If you're old enough to recall the song "Dominique", you might want to see a new Belgian film"Soeur Sourire" ("Sister Smile") about the nun whose hit song topped the charts in Europe and North America in 1963. Then again, you might not ... The song was far more upbeat than the sad story behind it.
Jeanine Deckers, or Sister Luc Gabrielle -- better known by her pseudonyms Singing Nun in English and Soeur Sourire in French -- was a Belgian Dominican sister who scored a one-hit wonder with "Dominique" in 1963. The record was released under her pseudonym. But the song became such an international hit that she finally went public and even appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the United States She never had another hit and the 1966 film "The Singing Nun" starring Debbie Reynolds ended with her giving up music to work in Africa. Deckers later described that film as "fiction". "Soeur Sourire" sticks closer to the facts