Watch: the first ad for National Geographic’s Killing Jesus

KillingJesus_NGC_01An Old Testament movie directed by Ridley Scott is currently fizzling at the box office. Will a New Testament movie produced by him fare any better when it premieres on television this spring?

That was the question some reporters were asking at the Television Critics Association today, as they met some of the cast and crew from Killing Jesus. Like its predecessors Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, the film is based on a book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, and it was produced by Ridley Scott (and others) for the National Geographic Channel.

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Box office: Exodus: Gods and Kings falls out of the top ten

exodus-bale-battle-aThere’s good news and bad news for Exodus: Gods and Kings at the box office this week.

First, the good news: despite having a smaller opening weekend, Ridley Scott’s Moses movie has now outgrossed Son of God in North America, with its $61.2 million edging past the other film’s $59.7 million. Exodus was already doing far, far better overseas, of course, where it has earned $141.5 million in contrast to the other film’s paltry $8.1 million.

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Noah, Exodus: Gods and Kings make the Razzies shortlist

exodusgodsandkings-141110 noah-posterThe nominees for the next Razzie awards won’t be announced until January 14, i.e. one day before the Oscar nominations come out, but the Gold Derby website got its hands on one of the ballots — and, perhaps surprisingly, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which has a “fresh” rating of 77% at Rotten Tomatoes, has been shortlisted in four categories while Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, which has a “rotten” rating of 28%, has been shortlisted in only one.

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2015 Film Journal

As per my 2014 Journal, videos and DVDs are in italics. Films I saw for the first time have an asterisk (*) next to them. Not counting extras and promo items.


Jan 1 — Futurama [season 7, episodes 1-4] *
Jan 2 — The Trip to Italy *
Jan 3 — Tim’s Vermeer *
Jan 3 — To Be Takei *
Jan 4 — The One I Love [2014] *
Jan 8 — Exodus: Gods and Kings [3D version]
Jan 9 — The Immigrant [2013] *
Jan 11 — Frank [2014] *
Jan 13 — Dom Hemingway *
Jan 16 — The Imitation Game [2014] *

Jan 17 — Katy Perry: Part of Me *
Jan 19 — The Double [2013] *
Jan 21 — The Kings of Summer *
Jan 21 — The Boy Next Door [2015] *
Jan 22 — Få meg på, for faen [aka Turn Me On, Dammit!] *
Jan 24 — The Interview [2014] *

Exodus: Gods and Kings: the sound team speaks!

exodus-plagueThe Hollywood Reporter has a new story today on the sound editors and sound mixers who worked on three recent Oscar contenders, including Exodus: Gods and Kings. (The other films profiled by the Reporter are Unbroken and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.) Below is an excerpt from that story:
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Star Trek XIII has a new director and a release date — just 18 months from now — but does it have a script?

startrek-kirkspockbridgeA lot of developments on the Star Trek front these last few days. In a nutshell, the people who made the last two movies aren’t involved in the new film in any serious way, but the studio is determined to get the film out in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary — which is now only a year and a half away — and so they’ve hired a director who has experience making big-budget multi-ethnic action-oriented box-office hits and reviving troubled properties. Details below.

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