In less than 48 hours, I visited Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet, and Beaufort Castle in southern Lebanon. The unlikely juxtaposition was the result of attending screenings of quite different films: the flashy Hollywood premiere of "The Bucket List," followed by an understated private screening of indie Israeli film, "Beaufort."
In an accident of timing that surely has more to do with happenstance than with divine strategy, there will be a second Noah's Ark unveiled in Los Angeles this weekend, in addition to that at the Skirball. "Evan Almighty," a sequel of sorts to the 2003 hit film, "Bruce Almighty," is a comic updating of the biblical story. In it, God (Morgan Freeman, reprising his role) orders newly elected U.S. Rep. Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) to build an ark and fill it with animals."