Our Aug. 16 cover story on future attacks planned by Al Qaeda drew skepticism, much of it due to what readers feel is the Bush administration's politicization of the war on terror and its color-coded alerts. "The threat may be real," said one, "[but] the American people simply have no way of knowing.
Whatever you think about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," it's clear that everything Hollywood insiders knew was wrong. After a massive opening on Ash Wednesday last week--the film took in more than $26 million that day--we're not hearing much from all those folks who said nobody would turn out to see an uncompromisingly gory Christian movie in Latin and Aramaic.
I have no doubt that Mel Gibson loves Jesus. From the evidence of "The Passion of the Christ," however, what he seems to love as much is the cinematic depiction of flayed, severed, swollen, scarred flesh and rivulets of spilled blood, the crack of bashed bones and the groans of someone enduring the ultimate physical agony.
James Caviezel, the 35-year-old actor who first came to attention in Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" and starred in "The Count of Monte Cristo," talks to NEWSWEEK's Sean Smith about the agony and the ecstasy of playing the Savior in the controversial "The Passion of the Christ."SMITH: Before you played this part, did anyone ever tell you that you looked like Jesus?CAVIEZEL: Not at all.
Lisa Marie Presley has been a de facto celebrity since she was born to Elvis and Priscilla 35 years ago. But the L.A.-based mom--she had a son and daughter with her first husband, musician Danny Keough--has avoided the spotlight, marriages to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage notwithstanding.
One man, Jesus warned, cannot serve two masters. Yet Jerusalem is sacred stone and soil to Jew and Christian and Muslim alike. A place on the map like any other city, Jerusalem exists more vividly, more powerfully, more dangerously within the longitude and latitude of the religious imagination.
Judging from the response to our May 15 story "'Dinosaur' Mania," our readers found the subject itself fascinating. Some were excited about the special effects the new Disney movie is being praised for; others were skeptical about the dino stars' dialogue. "After watching a mockingbird chase a cat along the back fence," wrote one, "I have no trouble believing that birds are descended from Velociraptors." Admitted another: "I am a 42-year-old who still loves the critters." Dino Drama...
Many readers found our Cover Story on Jesus both praiseworthy and inspirational. It should be tucked inside the Bible of every Christian in America--and throughout the world," said a Roman Catholic priest. "At a time when we too often focus on the material side of life, it was good to see an article probing our spiritual side," applauded another reader.
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND HIS WIFE HILLARY INVITED a group of communications and popular self-help authors to Camp David to help them dissect what had happened in the first two years of the presidency and to search for a way back after the Democrats' devastating loss of Congress to the Republicans in the 1994 fall election.
Hollywood's Most Controversial Director Oliver Stone Takes On Our Most Controversial President Richard Nixon
The fall of Richard Milhous Nixon has begun. Watergate has exploded. John Dean is testifying before a Senate committee. Haldeman and Ehrlichmanm, his closest aides, have been ordered to resign and White House aide Alexander Butterfield has just revealed the existence of secret tapes.
He is the evil one, the adversary, the prince of darkness, the Father of Lies. Among his many proper names are Satan, Lucifer and Mephistopheles. Skeptics dismiss him as "Old Scratch"; the Rolling Stones knew him as "a man of wealth and taste." But in every language he answers to his generic title: Diabolos, El Diablo, the Devil.
THE NIGHT IS COLD. A SILENT NIGHT. I am alone on a hill above the sluggish Shenandoah River and below the bare winter forest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Like a handful of other guests, I have come for a long weekend retreat with the Trappist monks of Holy Cross Abbey outside Berryville, Va.