February 22, 2000
volume 11, no. 37

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INTRODUCTION     In order to provide the reader more than just a rehash of what a movie or video is all about which really only serves to promote a film or program despite the rating, we have decided to bring you a more in-depth feature by enlisting Michael Vincent Boyer, editor and publisher of the excellent monthly tabloid magazine "Goodbye Hollywood". Like fellow columnist Pat Ludwa, Michael also hails from northern Ohio but for the past twenty plus years has lived in the deep south. Yet, because of his intrinsic inside work with the Hollywood establishment as Director of the Alabama Film Commission, he is well aware of the state of the industry and most of what he has seen is not compatable with the teachings of the Church. For that reason he began his monthly publication and has begun writing a regular in-depth, thought-provoking, sometimes shocking column for the DailyCATHOLIC. After Lent he will expand even further in providing a brief daily guide of programs that may not be all they're cracked up to be, or a program that might slip through the cracks and be forgotten even though it is excellent. This happens often and Michael will be on top of it to enlighten readers as to what Hollywood is truly up to as he infiltrates the devil's workshop - Hollywood USA!

   Because he will dealing with how all this affects Catholics we are calling the column: "HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD" with the subtitles: "MOVIES & MORALS." Also, because he will be treating videos both in VCR rentals and video games and how we need to be on our guard, we're also subtitling it: "VIDEOS & VIRTUES;" and finally, he'll also be covering programs and programming decisions for television and how we need to keep in mind the great cardinal virtue of Temperance to guard and guide us in our viewing - thus subtitling it: "TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE." Therefore, all three subtitles are appropriate to effectively convey the topics he'll be covering.

   For past columns by Michael Vincent Boyer, see MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE Archives.    If you want to send him ideas or feedback, you can reach him at mboyer@goodbye-hollywood.com

    What Hollywood doesn't want you to know

    "Showbiz is not a life" - Celine Dion takes charge

        'Dion felt that God was sending her a message,'
        "It's about time you do something else. It's time that you are there for each other, that you get back into reality, be with your family and friends."

        To the shock of the entertainment industry, the multi-award-winning singer Celine Dion announced recently she is putting all her professional commitments aside in order to concentrate her full attention to her family and husband Rene Angel'lil, her personal manager and later producer for the music industry's most prolific and beautiful voice. Starting at age 14, Ange'lil carefully guided the young singer through a rapidly rising period of fame and worldwide recognition. By the age of 20, Dion and Ange'lil took a new step by falling in love. "It just took us by storm," remembers Dion. The couple would eventually marry in 1994.

        Celine was born the youngest of 14 children into a good Catholic family on March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec which is a suburb roughly thirty miles east of Montreal, Canada. From the age of five she realized a special God-given talent to sing and this translated to her brother submitting a recording to a man who ran a studio in Canada in 1980. Because she was only twelve at the time and because entertainment producers receive hundreds, if not thousands of demo tapes, Rene had not gotten around to listening. But in the persistence of "the squeaky wheel gets the grease," Celine's brother Michael followed up and pestered Rene into listening to it. Rene was so impressed and convinced of her talent and potential that he did something unheard of: he mortgaged his own home to finance her first record. The rest, as they say, is history.

        Like another foreign-born Catholic singer Dana Scallon, Celine was entered in various contests and won the Eurovision song contest in Dublin in 1988 at the age of 20. Also like Dana, Celine sung for Pope John Paul II in 1985. By the time she was in her late teens Celine had become the most successful singer in Canadian history but still had not cracked the United States market chiefly because of her limited English and French only lyrics. In order to crack this barrier, Rene arranged for her to take a year off in order to both change her image and allow her to take a crash course in English. This accomplished she reentered the scene as a big hit in the US with her first album "Where Does My Heart Beat Now." That heart was beating for her devoted and giving manager Rene and would blossom into full love in 1993. Her heart was also beating for her niece Karine who died in Celine's arms from Cystic Fibrosis after sixteen years of battling the disease. Since that time Celine has been an active and generous supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

        When God closes one door, He opens another and such was the case with Celine after losing her niece. She found her true love who had been there with her for over a decade. Fearing public reaction because of the age difference between Rene, 26 years her elder and best friend, the couple kept it a secret and also were chaste in their courtship. Finally, she could hold it in no longer and on her album "The Color of My Love" it was revealed in the lyrics, "Rene, for so many years I've kept our special dream locked away inside my heart...but now it's getting too powerful to keep inside of me...so after all these years, let me paint the truth, show how I feel, try to make you completely rea...Rene, you're the color of my love." This love was evident during the beautiful wedding at Notre Dame Cathedral on December 14, 1994 with 500 "close friends" in attendance.

        A refreshing change in the industry was the fact that her career and life were above reproach and almost all her songs touched of love. She became famous throughout the world and her hit song "My Heart Will Go On" as the love theme for the titanic hit "Titanic" put her on top of the world. For a lesser person, greed and other vices would set in with this kind of fame and fortune. But Celine was brought up with good solid Catholic virtues and family values, and because of that she went against the grain of what so many in Hollywood would do: divorce. To Celine her wedding vows were sacred and when "in sickness and in health" came into play she was ready to show her true colors for the color of her love was true.

        At the height of her career, a sudden turn of events would change Celine and Rene's lives forever. In the midst of a hectic concert tour in April of 1999, Ange'lil discovered a large lump in his throat. Doctors shortly discovered it was cancer. Dion was scheduled for a concert the night he was taken to the hospital and wanted to cancel, but her husband insisted she go on. "The rest of that night is still a blur," recalls Dion.

        But after the concert she immediately cleared her schedule from April 13th to May 7th. "I was there for him and I felt great about it," recalls Dion. According to Ange'lil, "I had 38 treatments of radiation and she came with me to every one. There is not a word that exists that can express how much I love her."

        Celine Dion decided late last year to leave behind the singing career that has resulted in 100 million records sold worldwide to be with her husband and lead "a normal life." Dion felt that God was sending her a message, "It's about time you do something else. It's time that you are there for each other, that you get back into reality, be with your family and friends." And she continued, "For everything he has given me, now I can do something for him."

        Celine Dion, a true hero who made the courageous decision to say goodbye to Hollywood. But, the voice lives on in the numerous recordings that made music in the 1990's not only beautiful, but uplifting and timeless. Because of her commitment and loyalty, her heart will go on and touch millions in a way few in the industry can. Thank God for people like Celine Dion. If only Hollywood had more of this strong character, the industry and the world would be much better off.

Michael Vincent Boyer


February 22, 2000
volume 11, no. 37

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