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March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount has a denied a report that first appeared in Variety claiming that Pope Francis had canceled a planned audience with the filmmakers of Noah set for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The studio claimed today (Tuesday) that no such meeting was ever scheduled. Russell Crowe, who stars in the title role, had sent several messages to the pontiff via Twitter urging him to view the $130-million blockbuster. “The message of the film is powerful, fascinating, resonant,” he said in one tweet. “It would be my deepest pleasure to bring the … film to you to screen,” he said in another. “That this may happen Inshallah,” he concluded, oddly employing the Arab term for “May it be the will of Allah.” Paramount has been carefully courting religious groups and recently agreed to add a kind of disclaimer to the film and trailers, stating, “While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” The film is scheduled to open domestically on March 28.