About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

NBC to set the story of Noah’s Ark… in space!

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Nine years after Evan Almighty and two years after Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, the steady stream of Noah-themed projects shows no sign of abating. There was the South African musical Unogumbe in 2013 and the BBC TV-movie The Ark in 2015, and now the NBC network is planning a show that would set the Noah story… in space!

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Even more cast & crew interviews

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Ben-Hur-themed news items are still trickling in as the film rolls out overseas.

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Watch: The first trailer for Lion, the first team-up between the director and co-star of the upcoming Mary Magdalene

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Regular readers of this blog will know that a movie about Mary Magdalene is due to start shooting soon, with Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas. The film is being directed by Garth Davis, whose only previous feature film is a movie that hasn’t actually come out yet: Lion, an awards-season contender that also features Mara in its cast.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes thirty-five and thirty-six

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Synopsis. The Egyptian army, led by Horemheb, returns home after years of fighting against the Amorites. The priests of Amon get into an argument with Joseph while lining up for grain and inadvertently reveal that the temple of Amon has less wealth than it used to. In Canaan, Jacob teaches his grandchildren about the prophets. Back in Egypt, Joseph says it is time to act against the priests and make monotheism the official religion of Egypt. Egyptians begin arguing in the street about Joseph’s reforms and a fight breaks out, resulting in the death of a monotheist. Joseph teaches an Egyptian crowd that they should worship a God who is superior to them, and he says gods made of stone and wood cannot be superior to humans. Padiamun, one of the priests, leads an attack against one of the granaries but it is thwarted by Joseph, who wounds Padiamun personally. The priests retreat to their temple in the city.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Many more cast & crew interviews!

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Another week, another round-up of Ben-Hur-themed news items.

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Virtual-reality Jesus movie to preview at Venice next month

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Heads up for anyone going to the Venice International Film Festival next month: You may get a chance to preview some footage from a virtual-reality movie about Jesus.

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