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angels and demons poster smallIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley dive into the season finale of Lost, evaluate the acting prowess of Chris Hemsworth, and lament the destruction of the IMAX brand. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com and Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show. Make sure you stay tuned after the episode to hear details on how to win a copy of The Art of Terminator Salvation from Titan Books!

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First Look: Tom Hanks in Angels & Demons

Angels and Demons

The big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code prequel, Angels & Demons is now filming in Rome and Trovacinema.it was there to catch Tom Hanks in action as Robert Langdon, and Ron Howard directing the cast and crew.

Ron Howard directing Angels and Demons

The Da Vinci Code made over $750 million worldwide, despite largely negative reviews (25% on Rotten Tomatoes). It should be noted that the general public and particularly fans of the book seemed to enjoy it more (6.4 rating on imdb). I’ve always found The Da Vinci Code to be overrated. BUT, Angels & Demons is a far better and more interesting read. It’s a classic race against time to find a hidden bomb in the Vatican and hunt down a serial killer in Rome. The reason why this story is more interesting to me is the multi-layered debate about which is to be trusted – science or religion. But like The Da Vinci Code, I’m not sure if the action in the story will translate well to the big screen.

Angels & Demons is scheduled to hit theaters on May 15th 2009.

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Not sure what is going on in the photo above, but your brain should tell you that it’s a photo of Ayelet Zurer, and according to EW she’s landed the lead female role opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard‘s summer ’09 prequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons. Yes, the prequel people are craving as much as one to Nothing But Trouble is quietly moving forward. Will Tom Hanks’s hair go even longer this time and catch a nice Fabio-esque breeze on screen? Maybe.

Zurer, an Israeli actress who starred as Eric Bana’s comely wife in Steven Spielberg’s underrated Munich, apparently beat out Naomi Watts for the role of Vittoria Vetra (Dan Brown‘s alliteration, blech), who teams with Hanks’s “Harvard symbologist” Robert Langdon to solve the mystery behind her father’s death. Enter terrorists, churches, chubby moms flipping through supermarket paperbacks et al. After hitting a snag due to the writers strike the picture is scheduled to begin filming this June in Europe. Give a low five in the comments.

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