Exodus: Gods and Kings: the Pharaohs speak!

exodus-royalfamily-3New interviews with John Turturro and Joel Edgerton, who play the Pharaohs Seti and Ramses in Exodus: Gods and Kings, have popped up in the last few days. The actors were giving the interviews to promote other projects, but along the way they made a few comments about their upcoming Bible epic.

First, Turturro, promoting the video release of Fading Gigolo, told The Playlist that he was amazed by the sheer number of cameras that Ridley Scott used while shooting Exodus: “I never worked with that many cameras, or live leopards at my feet. . . . I never had seen that many cameras, and I worked with Michael Bay.” (Turturro made similar comments last year.)

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Casting news for The Dovekeepers, but what about A.D.?

diegobonetaVarious sites, including Variety, reported this week that Mexican actor Diego Boneta has been cast as one of the main male characters in The Dovekeepers, an upcoming miniseries about four Jewish women who live in the fortress of Masada when it is besieged by the Romans following the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

Boneta joins the Chilean-born Cote De Pablo, who was cast as one of the four Jewish women last month.

The Dovekeepers is being produced for CBS by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who had a huge success last year with The Bible and again this year with its big-screen spin-off, Son of God. All this casting news for The Dovekeepers gets me wondering… when will we hear any casting news for A.D., the follow-up to The Bible that Burnett and Downey are producing for NBC?

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: new photos, some hints about Ramses’ mother, and the international release dates

exodus-ew-fall-1-aOh, look, it’s another picture of Christian Bale in blue armour surrounded by clashing armies.

Many of the images released so far for Exodus: Gods and Kings — see here, here, here and here — have revolved around an opening sequence in which Moses and Ramses are sent by the Pharaoh Seti to lead the Egyptian army into battle against the Hittites. That trend continues with a new photo that appears in Entertainment Weekly’s fall movie preview: once again — but from a new angle! — we see Moses wielding his bow and arrow as the battle rages around him.

The preview also gives us a new look at Sigourney Weaver’s Queen Tuya — and the accompanying write-up seems to drop a hint or two about the role that she will play within the film. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Tom Hiddleston to star in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur?

tomhiddlestonDeadline reports that Paramount and MGM are “courting” Tom Hiddleston to play the title role in their upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Hiddleston, who is best-known for playing the villainous Norse god Loki in The Avengers and the two Thor movies, has demonstrated his range in a number of smaller films, including Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (which I’m only mentioning here because his role as a cavalry officer might be as close as he’s gotten so far to driving a chariot), so it could be good to see him play the hero in a potential blockbuster such as this. The film currently has a release date of February 26, 2016 and is set to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov from a script by Keith R. Clarke and John Ridley.

Noah: new posters for the home video release make creative use of quotes and images from the film

NOAH.posterTwo weeks after the Blu-Ray release of Noah, and four weeks after its digital release online, the studio that made the film continues to release new images promoting it — and some of them are quite striking.

The thing that distinguishes these images from nearly all of the pictures and posters that have been released so far is that they are not based on photos from the film or its set. Instead of showing Russell Crowe or Emma Watson in character, surrounded perhaps by computer-generated rain and waves, these images are pure illustrations, and even a bit abstract, in a way that might not have felt out of place in the art show commissioned by director Darren Aronofsky.

A publicist working for the studio sent three images directly to Patheos, including the poster that you can see above. The studio has also released a couple other images via the film’s Twitter feed. You can check them all out below the jump.

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First The Leftovers, now The Remaining: will audiences be tired of the Rapture by the time Left Behind comes out?

Rapture, Rapture everywhere! With The Leftovers almost finished its first season on HBO, it turns out we may have another Rapture story to tide us over until the Left Behind reboot comes out October 3. A couple of trailers for a movie called The Remaining, which opens September 5, have popped up on my radar, and you can see the newer, longer one at the top of this post.

The Remaining is produced by Affirm Films, the same “faith-based” branch of Sony Pictures that had a hand in Heaven Is for Real and Moms’ Night Out. The only actor I recognize is Alexa Vega, who starred in all four Spy Kids films as well as the later Robert Rodriguez films Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill for.

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