In what sense is Year One a “biblical” comedy?

Matt Page at the Bible Films Blog has found an article on Judd Apatow’s Year One that had so far escaped my notice. MTV News posted this story almost two weeks ago:

“It’s a comedy that takes place in biblical times,” Michael Cera said of the new Harold Ramis/ Judd Apatow movie “Year One,” which he co-stars in alongside Black. “Jack’s the main guy. I play a character named O, and he plays one called Zed, and I’m kind of his friend in it and tagging along, and he’s kind of looking for some kind of meaning for his life.” . . .

But viewers expecting a buddy comedy along the lines of “Ghostbusters” or “Knocked Up” should revise their expectations, said Black, calling the style of the film much more along the lines of “those old ‘Monty Python‘ movies.”

“It’s not prehistoric, it’s just pre-Christ. It’s like an old, biblical tale. Cane and Abel type of stuff. Just two dudes wandering through early civilization,” Black explained. “It’s kind of like ‘The Meaning of Life’ or ‘Life of Brian‘ — a funny look at biblical tales.”

“A lot of the humor comes from that — the fact that it’s an adventure,” Cera added. “We’re walking across these mountains, and I think it’s gonna look really cool. Hopefully it’ll be kind of epic.” . . .

If the words “year one” really do refer to a point in history so early that most of the stories in the Bible haven’t even happened yet, then it’s beginning to sound like this film won’t be any more “biblical” than, say, The Scorpion King (2002), which took place in a town called Gomorrah and, if memory serves, made a passing reference to a town called Sodom. But I guess we’ll see.

No double dipping for The Nativity Story?

Sad news for Bible-movie buffs. When The Nativity Story came out on DVD nine months ago, there was talk of a special two-disc edition coming out in time for Christmas. But Christmas is only a few days away, now, and I have heard nothing about any re-issue plans for this film. So I did a bit of asking around, and heard today that such plans have been called off. That’s a shame, especially since the existing DVD is so bare-bones that it doesn’t even include the videos that used to be available on the movie’s official websites.

The White Witch returns in Prince Caspian

NarniaWeb reports that Tilda Swinton, who played the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), was spotted recently on the set of Prince Caspian, where the photo above was taken. If she wasn’t just paying the crew a visit — if she’s actually going to appear in the film — then either they’re shooting brand-new flashback scenes, or the scene from the book where certain characters talk about bringing the White Witch back from the dead is going to be pushed beyond the conversation stage.

Oh, wait. Apparently that was the White Witch glimpsed behind the ice in the teaser that came out recently. Until now, the only version I had seen — and I wasn’t looking at it closely — was some low-rez YouTube thing and I must have assumed the figure reaching out to Caspian was another nymph or something. There’s no mistaking who it is in the high-def version, though.

MAR 15 UPDATE: Tilda Swinton has told the MTV Movies Blog she isn’t in the film, even though she appears to be in the trailer: “They have my image in their computer bank. They can do whatever they want. . . . They can make me sell whatever they want.” The folks at NarniaWeb take this to mean that her visit to the set “was perhaps just a friendly visit and not for a day of shooting.”

APR 2 UPDATE: On the other hand, the Disney Insider is now reporting that Tilda Swinton “portrays the vile White Witch in both films” — and since it’s their studio, they should know, right?

My daughter’s eyes.

Forgive the non-movie-ness of this post, and the fact that I’m just a dad gushing about his daughter right now. But there is something about her eyes in this photo — which I took when we went with some of my in-laws for a ride on the Christmas train at a nearby park today — that just makes me go, “Wow.”

The last time I can remember reacting to a photo of hers like this was when I took the picture below in August 2006:

In the interests of equal time, here is a photo of my son that was also taken during the train ride today:

National Treasure — the review’s up!

My review of National Treasure: Book of Secrets is now up at CT Movies.

It’s The China Syndrome meets Three Mile Island. It’s Wall Street meets the Crash of ’87.

“On film and in real life, two pregnant 16-year-olds spark moral debate.” So reads a headline on a recent story by the Associated Press — referring, of course, to the revelation two days ago that Britney Spears’s sister Jamie Lynn is pregnant, and also to the movie Juno, which goes into wide release on Christmas Day after an enormously successful three weeks in limited release. Both of them were beaten to the punch, though, by Keisha Castle-Hughes, who also became pregnant at the age of 16 last year shortly after finishing work on The Nativity Story — in which she played perhaps the most famous pregnant teenager of them all.