In 1993, Chris Nicola, a cave explorer from Queens, N.Y., was in western Ukraine to research his family tree. While there, he decided to explore some the country's famous giant gypsum caves that extend for about 77 miles underground. In fact, he was the first person to ever do so. Deep in one of the caves, he came across some artifacts: a cup, a shoe, a comb, buttons, medicine bottles. He realized that these items belonged to someone, were part of someone's life, and started to ask questions. Finally, some of the older folks told him to ask the Jewish people in the area.
Art & Media
When writer/director Terrence Malick's latest cinematic painting, "To the Wonder," unfolds, Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kurylenko) playfully cross the causeway to Mont Saint-Michel in France at low tide. They visit the old monastery. Neil says nothing, but Marina reflects on love and wonders what will come next.
"Seelos: Doctor of Souls" tells the story of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, the Redemptorist renowned for his power to heal body and spirit.
Annette Funicello, arguably the most famous Disney Mousketeer of all, died Monday in Los Angeles from complications from multiple sclerosis.
Funicello was born in 1942 in Utica, N.Y., to Italian-American parents. She moved to Southern California with her family at age 4. She sang, danced and modeled and was discovered at the age of 12 by Walt Disney when he saw her perform. He invited her to audition for his new television show for children, "The Mickey Mouse Club."
American film critic Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013) died Thursday at age 70 from the effects of salivary gland and thyroid cancer that he had been battling for 11 years.
He started reviewing films in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times and continued through several television shows (the most popular “Siskel & Ebert” included fellow critic Gene Siskel, of the Chicago Tribune, who died in 1999) and his online journal at the Sun-Times when he was no longer able to speak after cancer surgery.
The book, which touches on Francis' thoughts on atheism, abortion, fundamentalism and same-sex marriage, will be available in North America beginning April 30.
The Hollywood Reporter announced Tuesday that Dreamworks and Participant Media have obtained the rights to the Boston Globe’s yearlong investigation of clergy sex abuse in Massachusetts.
“Kind Hearted Woman”
Part One: 9-11 p.m. EST Monday (check local listings)
Part Two: 9 p.m. EST Tuesday to midnight (check local listings)
Hanoverhill Starbuck (1979-1998) was a Canadian bull that sired 200,000 daughters around the world -- just under 37,000 in Canada alone. He also sired 209 proven sons, all through artificial insemination. 685,000 doses of his semen was sold in 45 countries globally, earning almost $25 million.
Catholics in Media Associates celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Mass and film and television awards ceremony April 14.
The Oscar-nominated film "Flight," the long-running police drama "Bones" and the hit television miniseries "The Bible" will receive honors at the event.
An open-air Mass will precede the luncheon and awards ceremony in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.