Newsbites: Mary Magdalene! Chasing the Star! Jesus VR!

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Three quick items about three new Jesus films coming out later this year.

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Box office: Kong is king, while The Shack has a healthy second-week drop

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Kong was king again at the box office this weekend.

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Watch: Eight clips from The Gospel of Mark, which comes to DVD and Digital HD next week

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The Genesis Project had a word-for-word film adaptation of Luke (and Genesis). The Visual Bible had word-for-word adaptations of Matthew and John (and Acts). But there has never been a word-for-word adaptation of Mark — until now.

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Exclusive: The Shack co-star Aviv Alush on being the first Israeli actor to play Jesus in an English-language movie

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The Shack had one of the biggest first weekends in the history of “faith-based” films. It is also making history in one other important way: it just may be the first English-language movie to feature an Israeli actor as Jesus Christ.

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A Kenyan film about the suicide of Judas Iscariot

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The Nairobian has a fascinating article on a new movie about Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene that was produced in Kenya and had its premiere there last month.

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Box office: The Shack has one of the biggest openings ever for a “faith-based” film

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Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the Wolverine may have been the top box-office draw, but it wasn’t the only success story at the multiplex this weekend.

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