Netflix teams with Mark Burnett & Roma Downey on Messiah

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I’ve been wondering if streaming services like Netflix and Amazon would get around to hopping on the “faith-based” TV-series bandwagon. As of today, it seems the answer is “yes”, thanks to an upcoming collaboration between Netflix and the “faith-based” power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, whose credits include the History Channel’s The Bible and NBC’s A.D. The Bible Continues.

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Box office: Beauty and the Beast has the sixth-best opening of all time, while The Shack cracks the “faith-based” Top 10

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A tale as old as time set a bunch of new records at the box office last weekend.

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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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