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Tom Hanks May Face Vatican Boycott

Mar. 21 2009, Published 2:39 p.m. ET

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Tom Hanks has been busy finishing up the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and may be facing part two of a showdown with the Vatican. The organization, which railed against the first film, may be readying itself to be up at arms against the newest one Angels & Demons.

On Friday, the Vatican's official newspaper Awenwire ran a story saying the Church "cannot approve" of the film. Another Italian daily La Stampa, echoed the idea saying the Vatican would soon call for a boycott. However, Archbishop Velasio De Paolis was quoted as warning against a boycott in case it gives the film even more attention, making it that much more popular. Producers of the film were also denied access to film in parts of the Vatican.

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The Church's railing against the first installment didn't hurt the box office. The Da Vinci Code raked in $760 million. Angels & Demons is set to open on May 15.



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