Art & Media
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.
In "The Croods," the prehistoric caveman Grug (voice of Nicolas Cage) is the head of the Crood family. These beings believe they are the only creatures of their kind in existence. They live somewhere on the earth in a dark cave and only go out during the day if necessary. Grug tells the younger members of the family -- Eep (voice of Emma Stone), Thunk (voice of Clark Duke) and Sandy (Randy Thom) -- the same bedtime story every night: Obey the rules of the cave that are marked on the walls and they will survive.
Review: It was six years in the making, but "In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan" is a great story of Francis' peacemaking during the Crusades.
In 2011, Italian director Nanni Moretti made a movie, "Habemus Papam" ("We Have a Pope"), about a cardinal elected a most reluctant pope starring Michel Piccoli as the pope. The movie was on my Netflix list, and when the conclave began, I bumped it up to No. 1. It was mailed right out to me.
American magazine looks back at the Vietnam War. Issue includes review of landmark book, Nick Turse's "Kill Anything that Moves."
Review: "Oz the Great and Powerful" lacks music and ruby slippers but is full of teachable moments for young viewers.
In "Beyond the Hills," a young woman, Alina (Cristina Flutur), returns home to Romania after living and working in Germany for several years. She visits her childhood friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), who is a novice in a Greek Orthodox monastery in a remote area. Both women were raised in a state orphanage and seem to have had an intimate relationship in their teen years that Alina now wants to rekindle. Voichita, however, wants to be kind but is focused on dedicating her life to God and others.