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The Da Vinci Code Makes Most Controversial List

THE DA VINCI CODE has only been in cinemas for three weeks, but it has already been named one of the most controversial movies of all time. Entertainment Weekly magazine has named the top 25...

China Drops Da Vinci Code

Chinese cinemas have pulled controversial blockbuster THE DA VINCI CODE off their screens, allegedly to make way for local films. The excuse has been questioned by some media sources, who suspect the religious content of...

The Da Vinci Code Banned In Pakistan

Controversial film THE DA VINCI CODE has been banned in Pakistan after officials slammed it as blasphemous and disrespectful to the country's minority Christians. The movie, based on the best-selling novel by DAN BROWN, speculates...

Da Vinci Code Banned In Fourth Indian State

THE DA VINCI CODE has been banned in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu following calls for it to remain unseen by local Christian leaders. The Tamil Nadu government's decision makes it the fourth Indian...

Da Vinci Code Inspires $1,600 Pen

Best-selling novel and hit film THE DA VINCI CODE has inspired top pen maker DANTE DEL VECCHIO to craft a new $1,600 (GBP890) writing tool, which he's handing out to select celebrities at the Cannes...

Da Vinci Code Pulls In The Portuguese Public

THE DA VINCI CODE has broken box office records in Portugal, despite that country's largely Roman Catholic population. The controversial film, based on the novel by DAN BROWN, took more than one million euros ($380,000/GBP684,000)...

The Real Langdon Unimpressed By Da Vinci Code Movie

The man who inspired TOM HANKS' character in THE DA VINCI CODE has described the film as "over the top". Author DAN BROWN based professor ROBERT LANGDON on longterm pal and symbology expert JOHN LANGDON....

Da Vinci Disappointment In UK

THE DA VINCI CODE big screen adaptation has proved a turn-off for moviegoers in the UK, recording just the 15th best opening weekend of all time. The RON HOWARD-directed thriller took $17.1 million (GBP9.5 million)...

Da Vinci Code Sequel Set In Motion

Studio executives are so thrilled by the box office performance of THE DA VINCI CODE, they are desperate to convince star TOM HANKS and director RON HOWARD to sign on for the next installment. Author...

The Da Vinci Code Dropped In Minsk

THE DA VINCI CODE is no longer being shown in the Belarussian capital Minsk after Christian groups complained the controversial movie is offensive. RON HOWARD's adaptation of DAN BROWN's bestselling novel was only in cinemas...

Da Vinci Code Prequel Set For Big Screen

Sony Pictures is planning to make a prequel to THE DA VINCI CODE, based on the film's strong box office performance over the weekend (ends21MAY06). Author DAN BROWN's book ANGELS AND DEMONS is set before...

Sony Line Up Da Vinci 'Prequel'

Hollywood bosses are so thrilled with THE DA VINCI CODE's performance at the box office during its opening weekend, they are already planning to turn another DAN BROWN thriller into a movie. Despite controversy and...

Da Vinci Code Scores Big At Box Office

Movie blockbuster THE DA VINCI CODE took a staggering $224 million (GBP119 million) at the box office worldwide during its opening weekend. Despite poor reviews and a storm of controversy the film, based on DAN...

Opus Dei Leader 'Praying' For Da Vinci Code Stars

The head of Catholic group Opus Dei prays for THE DA VINCI CODE stars TOM HANKS, SIR IAN MCKELLEN and author DAN BROWN, who he calls "blasphemers", even though he has never seen the film...

Universal And Sony Da Vinci Legal Row Settled

The legal spat between Universal Music Group and Sony BMG over an album which allegedly cashes in on THE DA VINCI CODE has been settled out of court today (19MAY06). Universal, which owns the rights...

Tautou Stunned By Us Working Hours

AUDREY TAUTOU was stunned by her long working hours during the making of THE DA VINCI CODE, because she is used to filming more relaxed days on French movies. Tautou plays cryptologist SOPHIE NEVEU opposite...

Bettany Lied To Howard

English actor PAUL BETTANY lied to RON HOWARD when he was offered the role of albino monk SILAS in THE DA VINCI CODE, after telling the director he had already read the DAN BROWN novel....

Mckellen Courts Controversy At Cannes

English actor IAN MCKELLEN is bemused by the controversy over THE DA VINCI CODE novel and movie, insisting Christians should be happy with the theory that JESUS CHRIST married and produced a bloodline. The gay...

Da Vinci Code Inspiration Wanted Gibson

The intellectual who inspired the ROBERT LANGDON character in THE DA VINCI CODE would have picked Australian actor MEL GIBSON to play him - not TOM HANKS. Welsh physicist DR ROBERT LOMAS, who has been...

The Da Vinci Code Savaged By Critics

Film critics have savaged controversial movie THE DA VINCI CODE ahead of its world premiere on the opening day of the Cannes Film Festival. Director RON HOWARD's adaptation of DAN BROWN's bestselling novel - which...

Nun Follows Da Vinci Protest To Cannes

A nun who protested during the filming of THE DA VINCI CODE is continuing her vigil at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premieres today (19MAY06). SISTER MARY MICHAEL lead a 12-hour vigil outside...

Da Vinci Code Censored In Thailand

Controversial movie THE DA VINCI CODE will be censored in Thailand after the country's Police Registration Division succumbed to pressure from local Christians. After Thai film censors and the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand watched the...

Muslims Support Da Vinci Protests

LATEST: Muslims in India have pledged their support to the recent protests by Roman Catholics over the release of THE DA VINCI CODE movie. Hundreds of Catholics gathered in Mumbai (Bombay) last week (11MAY06) ahead...

Molina Bemused By Da Vinci Code Uproar

THE DA VINCI CODE star ALFRED MOLINA is baffled by the Catholic Church's continued protests against the movie, insisting their actions are simply publicising the controversial adaptation. The movie, which is based on DAN BROWN's...

Reno Thrilled He Was Always Da Vinci Code's Cop

Making THE DA VINCI CODE was extra special for actor JEAN RENO after he learned author DAN BROWN had written French cop character BEZU FACHE with him in mind. The GODZILLA star was given the...

Brown's Pop Dreams Dashed

THE DA VINCI CODE author DAN BROWN was desperate for pop stardom before he became a writer, but couldn't capture the right look. The 41-year-old writer moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s, hoping...

Brown: 'Fame Is Hard To Handle'

THE DA VINCI CODE author DAN BROWN is terrified of the media circus stirred up by his controversial book - insisting he is amazed how "real celebrities" cope with the attention. Brown, 41, admits he...

Da Vinci Code Sparks Indian Riots

Controversial new movie adaptation THE DA VINCI CODE has prompted religious protests in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay). Hundreds of Catholic stalwarts have today (11MAY06) gathered outside a convent school in the city in...

Da Vinci Bettany Intimidated By Fans

British actor PAUL BETTANY fears his portrayal of murderous monk SILAS in new film THE DA VINCI CODE will disappoint fans of the book. The A KNIGHTS TALE star worries he can't possibly please all...

Cannes Festival Police On Strike

Police in Cannes will stage a two-hour strike on 19 May (06) in a bid to disrupt the French towns famous film festival's opening screening of THE DA VINCI CODE. Hundreds of police officers in...

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