Pope Francis nixes meeting with Russell Crowe, crew of controversial 'Noah' movie

March 17, 2014 9:59 PM

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On Monday, Variety reported that Pope Francis would not be meeting with some of the film’s top names — actor Russell Crowe, director Darren Aronofsky and paramount vice chair Rob Moore — after the Vatican decided it didn’t want to create a stir or create a spectacle from the meeting.

“The meeting was tentatively on the calendar for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the VIP section so the pope could figuratively lend a blessing to the $125 million biblical epic,” Variety reported. “The reason the Vatican canceled it, according to a source, is over concerns word would leak, causing a spectac...

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