Watch: The first full trailers for the new Of Kings & Prophets


It’s been a bumpy road for Bible-themed TV shows lately.

The New Testament-themed A.D. The Bible Continues was cancelled after just one season last year, thanks to its falling ratings, and the Old Testament-themed Of Kings & Prophets had to scrap its original pilot episode and start over from scratch.

But now that second pilot is upon us, and the ABC network has released a new trailer in advance of the series’ premiere. In it, we find the young shepherd David caught between a jealous king, a predatory queen and a prophet of uncertain motives — and we get a taste of his looming confrontation with a certain Philistine giant.

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Watch: Seven clips from Risen, plus several brief interviews


Risen, the first of several big-screen Jesus movies coming out this year, will be playing at a theatre near you just three weeks from now — and to whet our appetites, the studio has released several new clips from the film. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Tyler Perry’s The Passion has found its Jesus and its Judas


Jesus was played by a Portuguese actor in The Bible and an Argentinian actor in A.D. The Bible Continues, and he will soon be played by a Brazilian actor in Ben-Hur.

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Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth is coming to Blu-Ray

jesusofnazareth1977Does anyone know basic math any more?

It’s always great to see classic films on Blu-Ray. But the studios seem to be increasingly… imprecise when they declare that this or that disc is a special anniversary edition of the movie in question.

Case in point: a “50th anniversary edition” of the 1959 version of Ben-Hur was released in… 2011, which was actually the 52nd anniversary of that film.

And now, a “40th anniversary edition” of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1977 miniseries Jesus of Nazareth is due to come out this year… which is actually the 39th anniversary of that miniseries.

Ah well. In any case, the Blu-Ray comes out on February 23, and you can order it here.

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Exclusive: Risen star Joseph Fiennes on playing doubters and men of faith — sometimes at the same time


Joseph Fiennes burst onto the scene nearly two decades ago in a pair of movies set in Elizabethan times: Elizabeth, in which he played the title character’s lover, and Shakespeare in Love, in which he played the title character himself.

Since then, Fiennes has kept busy in a variety of films, many of them period pieces — and lately, he has starred in a few films about famous Christians, such as the Reformation biopic Luther and the upcoming Eric Liddell film The Last Race.

Next month he’ll be seen in Risen as a Roman officer named Clavius who takes part in the death of Jesus and is then told to find the body after it vanishes from its tomb. Clavius is assisted in his quest by Lucius, a fellow soldier played by Tom Felton (who previously worked with Fiennes’ brother Ralph on the Harry Potter movies).

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Zealot screenwriter James Schamus: “It’s all about Jesus.”


James Schamus, the former CEO of Focus Features and a frequent collaborator of Ang Lee’s, is making his directorial debut at Sundance this week with a film called Indignation — and while promoting his film, he has also talked about his work on the film adaptation of Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which Lionsgate is producing with Harry Potter producer David Heyman.

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