Papal preem for New Line 'Nativity' pic
ROME — New Line birth-of-Jesus pic “The Nativity Story” will world preem at the Vatican on Nov. 26 with Pope Benedict XVI expected to attend.Italo distrib Eagle Pictures said the Catherine Hardwicke-helmed film will unspool in Vatican City’s Paul VI Hall. Family-friendly retelling of the Christmas story goes out day-and-date internationally Dec. 1. Hardwicke, Oscar Isaac (who plays Joseph) and scribe Mike Rich will be among those at the Vatican preem. Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider”) plays Mary. “The pope has been invited, and we are 99% sure he will come since the Vatican has given the film its seal of approval,” an Eagle Pictures rep said. The pope and star Jon Voight attended last year’s Vatican preem of the CBS “Pope John Paul II” biopic. “The Nativity Story” has been vetted by a host of Vatican authorities, including the Pontifical Council of Culture, the Pontifical Council of Social Communications and the Vatican Film Archives.
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