|USA||CATHOLIC GROUP, MOVIEMAKERS CLASH OVER ``DOGMA''|
A dispute between US Catholic group and film producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein heated up on Wednesday, as the Weinsteins said they would hold the Catholic League responsible if violence occurs during protests against the religious satire film ``Dogma.''
The New York-based league has made clear it opposes the film but has not threatened violent protests against ``Dogma.'' On Wednesday it vowed to press ahead with efforts against the movie, which are to include a newspaper advertisement.
The Weinstein brothers, co-heads of Walt Disney Co.'s Miramax Films subsidiary, in April formed a company to acquire the rights to ``Dogma,'' a religious satire by 28-year-old director Kevin Smith.
``Dogma,'' not yet finished, tells of two fallen angels, played by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who believe Catholic church laws are fallible and who set about exploiting a legal loophole as a way to reenter heaven. The script includes a fictional foul-mouthed 13th apostle named Rufus, played by comedian Chris Rock, and a Catholic woman, played by Linda Fiorentino, who works at an Illinois abortion clinic.
On 8 April, the League said it would ``tackle'' the film and, in response to a comment by Affleck that the movie was ``meant to push buttons,'' the group said it had a few buttons of its own to push without going into details.
Reuters 1:05pm 17/6/99