Religion: Can a Thriller Be Both Fair and Fun?

On Jan. 10, at Villa Tevere, the Rome headquarters of Opus Dei, a couple of dozen men convened in a chamber similar to the one in which The Da Vinci Code's Bishop Aringarosa was handed €20 million in Vatican bonds to set his nefarious plot in motion. From London, Paris, Milan, Madrid, New York City, Lagos and Montreal they had come, to draft a plan against a man they felt posed the most virulent threat to their order: director Ron Howard.

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