By Indiewire | Indiewire September 27, 2005 at 7:55AM
The studios themselves, especially after the stunning success of Mel Gibson's independently financed "The Passion of the Christ," have tried to strengthen their connection with religious and social conservatives, who represent not only a political constituency but a large and powerful segment of the market. A.O. Scott reports in the New York Times. (free subscription required to view full article in the NY Times).