Newsbites: Noah! Avenger! YouTube! Marco! Carlos! Corpus! Not Another!

Here is today’s batch of newsbite goodness.

1. Cindy Bond, the president and COO of Promenade Pictures, has co-founded a new company called Mission Pictures — but she is still involved with Promenade, and both companies will now be involved in producing Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning, the computer-animated follow-up to Promenade’s previous effort The Ten Commandments (2007). — Variety, Hollywood Reporter

2. Marvel Studios has hired Joe Johnston — who was a special-effects whiz at Lucasfilm before he turned to directing films like The Rocketeer (1991), Jumanji (1995), October Sky (1999) and Jurassic Park III (2001) — to direct The First Avenger: Captain America. Now they just need a script. — Hollywood Reporter

3. MGM is set to join the handful of distributors who are posting legitimate film clips — and entire movies — online via sites like YouTube. — New York Times, Reuters

4. Mongol director Sergei Bodrov will direct The Silk Road: The Adventures of Marco Polo, an epic told through the eyes of Polo’s prison mate, Rustichello da Pisa. — Variety, Hollywood Reporter

5. Edgar Ramirez will play 1970s terrorist Carlos the Jackal in Olivier Assayas’s Ilich: Story of Carlos. Carlos was a significant figure in Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity and at least one of its sequels, and he was played by Yorgo Voyagis (who played Joseph in Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth) in the 1988 mini-series based on Ludlum’s novel, but the recent movies starring Matt Damon have ignored the character entirely. Several other novels and movies have made use of the character, too. — Hollywood Reporter

6. Clark Hoyt ponders how secular newspapers ought to handle their coverage of art that handles religious themes in a controversial manner. Focusing primarily on the ten-year-old gay-Jesus play Corpus Christi, Hoyt notes that most outlets never get beyond defending an artist’s freedom-of-speech rights, but surely, he says, there are other matters to consider, too. — New York Times

7. As if it wasn’t bad enough that we have so many lame movies out there spoofing the latest Hollywood hits, we will soon have to deal with a lame movie that spoofs the spoofs. Or, even better, a lame movie about a moviemaker who makes a movie that spoofs the spoofs. Either way, the upcoming movie is called Not Another Not Another Movie. Seriously. — Hollywood Reporter

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11340006144797496514 RC

    what an interesting new york times article in response to controversial themed films like corpus. I appreciate his willingness to discuss going beyond concepts of freedom of speech.


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