March 26, 2009 1:37 PM
The devil made them do it?
The Roman Catholic Church “cannot approve” of the summer release of Ron Howard’s “Angels Demons,” starring Tom Hanks. Avvenire, the Vatican’s official newspaper, quotes several officials saying the church takes issue with the movie in which Hanks reprises his role as professor Robert Langdon in the adaptation of Dan Brown’s pre-Da Vinci Code conspiracy thriller. At least one church official, though, cautions against a boycott, warning about the “boomerang” effect of headlines drawing the curious to the theater. The last time the Vatican complained about a Howard-Hanks take on a Brown novel, “The Da Vinci Code” grossed $760 million worldwide. “Angels Demons” opens May 15.