Angels and Demons: What's Fact – or Fiction?

Just as he blended fact and fiction in his earlier, controversial book-to-film, The Da Vinci Code, so does novelist Dan Brown concoct a sometimes confusing plot for Angels and Demons, the past weekend’s No. 1 movie.

This time, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is in Rome to prevent the Vatican from being destroyed by an “antimatter” bomb and rescue four kidnapped Cardinals from the evil clutches of an ancient, underground society known as the Illuminati. The Illumi-whaaaa, you ask? Ex-actly.

Author to Revive Da Vinci Code Hero in New Book

As long promised, The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is putting his hero, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, back to work. Random House will release 5 million copies of Langdon’s latest adventure, to be titled The Lost Symbol, on Sept. 15, reports the book-industry trade publication Publishers Weekly.