Catholics Media and Culture

So many channels, so little to watch. Especially if you’re not in the coveted 18-34 year-old demographic so sought after by advertisers who are continually told (or who tell us) that this highly-prized group of hyper-cool human beings prefers their TV entertainment to be “edgy” (which is usually a euphemism for mean or, at least, not nice).  The result of…

Larry King announced on his CNN show last night that his 25 years old program would be coming to an end this fall. His sometimes messy personal life aside, ratings and changing viewer tastes no doubt contributed to his “decision.” Personally, I’m sorry to see the suspenders go (though everything must end sometime). While he was often…

Hollywood loves to find hot books to turn into movies. But, to the best of my knowledge, none of the five books on this list — all based on true stories and all touching on the subject of faith — are currently in development at any studio. A BOLD FRESH PIECE OF HUMANITY by Bill…

It’s one of the great Hollywood mysteries.  Right up there with The Maltese Falcon, Rear Window and Memento. Why, despite continuous evidence to the contrary, does Hollywood continue to act as if making movies featuring protagonists who practice religious faith is somehow antithetical to mainstream box office success? True, the relative success of certain faith-based…

Today marks the one year anniversary of the deaths of two entertainment industry icons. Farrah Fawcett, who happened to be a practicing Catholic, died just hours before Michael Jackson on the same June day in 2009. Here’s what I wrote about their passings (as well as that of Ed McMahon who died just a couple…

Mother Teresa, the Nobel Prize-winning Catholic nun who died in 1997 and whose life-long devotion to the poor is respected by almost everyone not named Christopher Hitchens, would have been 100 years old this coming August 26th. In honor of that event, the Catholic League made a formal request to honor her life on that…

Did she or didn’t she…exist? Based on a novel that is itself based on a legend that won’t go away, the new German film Pope Joan tells the story of a ninth century young woman who, frustrated by a lack of opportunities for women (the 9th century was, after all, pre-Title 9), allegedly disguised herself…

The Wrap notes that last weekend’s number 1 of Toy Story 3 marks the eleventh straight number one opening for the animation studio that could.   Beginning with the original Toy Story in 1995 and including such classics as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E and Up the company has had an unequaled string of success powered mostly by non-sequels.…

In what might be described as the Catholic equivalent of being chosen one of the best movies of all-time by the American Film Institute, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has announced that The Blues Brothers, the1980 slapstick comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd has been named a “Catholic classic.” The designation reportedly places it…

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John W. Kennedy

John W. Kennedy is the founder and Dir. of Development of The Creative Universe Entertainment™, a media consultation and development company focusing on the creation, development and support of high-quality mainstream entertainment that upholds positive timeless values, including trust in God.

Current projects include "Bryant Park" (an uplifting romantic-comedy) and "Photo Finish" (an award-winning sci-fi TV pilot). He has written over 100 children's novels based on episodes of the Cartoon Network series "Ben 10", "Ben 10: Alien Force", "Ben 10: Ultimate Alien", "Ben 10: Omniverse" and "Generator Rex" among others. He also writes Beliefnet’s "Faith, Media & Culture" blog.

Previously, he has produced successful news and talk programming for CNN, Fox News, Pax TV and SiriusXM.

Specialties: Script Writing, Movie/TV Novelizations & Adaptations, TV Content Creation and Development, Creative Consultation, Producing and Booking News and Talk shows.

He can be reached for writing, producing and consulting services at 516-640-1182.

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