- Title: ITALY: Director Ron Howard's new movie "Angels and Demons" film premieres in Rome
- Date: 6th May 2009
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (MAY 4, 2009) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF AUDITORIUM THEATRE FILLED WITH JOURNALISTS AND CELEBRITIES ANGEL STATUE FILM DIRECTOR RON HOWARD ON RED CARPET (SOUNDBITE) (English) FILM DIRECTOR RON HOWARD, SAYING: "Everyone is telling me that they find this movie to be more entertaining, more exciting, more engrossing. Certainly if you liked 'Da Vinci Code', then you're really going to like 'Angeles & Demons'. That message is coming through loud and clear."
- Embargoed: 21st May 2009 13:00
- Location: Italy
- Country: Italy
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- Story Text: A glitzy premiere of the controversial movie "Angels and Demons" took place on Monday (May 5) in Rome.
"Angels & Demons", a film adaptation of the novel by Dan Brown, sees symbolist Robert Langdon return to the big screen try to help the Vatican rescue kidnapped cardinals who are being killed on the hour.
He also must stop a ticking time bomb by tracking down clues linked to a centuries-old secret society.
Tom Hanks said the pace of the new movie was, "Bang, bang.
There's no time for anything". He joked that also meant no romance with the leading woman in the film, a physicist played by actress Ayelet Zurer, who accompanies Langdon on his search through Rome and the Vatican.
"It really gallops quite a pace and I like it because the circumstances are familiar but the form is very very different so people will be getting a brand new motion picture experience. I hope," Hanks said.
Zurer agreed, telling Reuters, "You really can't sneak a love scene in the back of a car seat while you chase a murderer."
The movie sequel to "The Da Vinci Code" is a faster-paced, more entertaining film than the original and should not offend Catholics, director Ron Howard said at its Rome premiere on Monday.
"Everyone is telling me that they find this movie to be more entertaining, more exciting, more engrossing," Howard told Reuters.
Author Dan Brown told a news conference ahead of the premier that his book "Angels & Demons" was an easier fit to cinema than his other Langdon adventure was "and this difference really shows through in this movie".
Howard's adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" was a commercial success, earning $750 million, but it was panned by critics. Trade publication, Variety, called it "stodgy" and "grim".
Howard has accused the Vatican of trying "obstruct" his filming in Rome of "Angels & Demons".
But "Angels & Demons" does not raise questions about Jesus Christ. Howard said that was one possible reason why the Church has so far avoided the kind of open confrontation that characterised its reaction to "The Da Vinci Code".
Vatican observers say the Church also appears eager to avoid giving publicity to the movie by publicly reacting to it.
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