Newsbites: The history and religion edition!

1. To mark the current Advent season, Barbara Nicolosi has posted a tiny excerpt from the script for Mary, Mother of the Christ, which she co-wrote with Benedict Fitzgerald. — Barbara Nicolosi

2. Dean Wright, a visual-effects and second-unit director on the Lord of the Rings and Narnia movies, is going to direct a life-of-Jesus movie in New Zealand called Kingdom Come. — Matt Page

3. Ray Winstone will play Julius Caesar in Cleo, Steven Soderbergh’s 3-D rock opera starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Cleopatra and Hugh Jackman as Mark Antony. Soderbergh describes the film as “historically pretty accurate but its sort of like ‘Viva Las Vegas’ meets ‘Tommy.’” — MTV Movies Blog

4. Brian Grazer, in his efforts to clarify earlier reports that Russell Crowe would be playing both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Ridley Scott’s Nottingham, manages to make the film sound even more puzzling. — MTV Movies Blog

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