Prophet Joseph — episodes thirty-nine and forty

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Synopsis. The once-bald priests of Amon, now hairy and bearded after their stint in prison, are summoned to the court of Akhenaten. Joseph speaks to the Egyptians in the building that used to be Amon’s temple, and, seeing Rudamon in the crowd, tells the officer to stay by his side from here on. Joseph’s wife Asenath discovers who Zuleikha is and confronts Joseph with the fact that the woman who once owned him has become a beggar while he ignored her. An angel appears to Joseph and tells him he must marry Zuleikha. Zuleikha is brought before the court and, after Joseph prays to God, both Zuleikha’s sight and her youth are restored to her. The chief priest of Amon, who has experience tricking people into believing that gods have acted, refuses to believe that the miracle is genuine, but at least one priest does believe. Zuleikha goes to another room with the women, and tells them that — surprise! — she doesn’t want to see Joseph right now. Instead, she wants to be alone with God for now.

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“Hollywood’s highest-ranking Evangelical Christian” — and a key figure in the Bible-movie revival — leaves Paramount

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From Darren Aronofsky’s Noah to Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur, if there was any major Hollywood studio that committed itself to the recent Bible-movie revival, it was Paramount. (Fox came a close second by producing Exodus: Gods and Kings and distributing Son of God.) And Paramount owed its interest in the genre partly to the fact that its vice chairman, Rob Moore, was an evangelical Christian.

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The Hollars producer Tom Rice on looking for Christian themes in movies that aren’t necessarily “Christian movies”

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Tom Rice is a Christian. He is also a movie producer. But that doesn’t mean he makes “Christian movies”. Instead, he says, he makes movies that reflect his Christian worldview on a broader level, and to date that has meant making uplifting films like Begin Again (original title: Can a Song Save Your Life?) and The Way Way Back, as well as grittier films like the gambling-addict drama Mississippi Grind.

Rice’s newest film The Hollars — which expands to three hundred theatres this week after opening in limited release a few weeks ago — is another case in point.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Censorship woes in Malaysia

Round-ups: Jun 27 | Jul 4 | 18 | 25 | Aug 1 | 8 | 11 | 15 | 18 | 22 | 25 | Sep 1 | 8

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Just one or two quick items about the new Ben-Hur, which is still rolling out overseas.

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Exclusive: Randy LaHaye on playing the Antichrist, planning his own movie about the Resurrection, and rebooting the Rapture with Vanished | Left Behind: Next Generation

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The end is near — again! But this time it has more of a young-adult sensibility.

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Win a pass to a sneak peek of Queen of Katwe in Vancouver!

queenofkatwe2Queen of Katwe tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a poor girl from Uganda who becomes an internationally celebrated chess champion with the help of a Christian missionary (played by Selma’s David Oyelowo) — and I’ve got several passes to give away to an advance screening this Thursday, September 22, in Vancouver. Send me an e-mail at filmchatgiveaways@gmail.com and I’ll notify the winners on Wednesday morning — and if there are any passes left over, it’ll be first-come-first-serve to anyone who e-mails me after that. Queen of Katwe is directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and also stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) as Mutesi’s mother. The film will have a limited release this Friday before going wide September 30.