Does Queen of Katwe downplay the story’s “faith” aspects?

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Deadline posted an article yesterday on the difficulties of marketing films to religious and mainstream audiences simultaneously. The hook for the story was the upcoming release of Queen of Katwe later this month. The film tells the true story of a Ugandan girl who becomes a chess prodigy with the help of a Christian missionary.

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Mel Gibson talks about Passion sequel The Resurrection

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Nearly three months ago, Braveheart writer Randall Wallace revealed that he and Mel Gibson were working on a sequel to The Passion of the Christ. Now Gibson himself has addressed those rumours at an evangelistic crusade in California.

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Box office: Don’t Breathe succeeds where epics have failed

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An inexpensive horror flick succeeded where pricier movies have failed this week.

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NBC to set the story of Noah’s Ark… in space!

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Nine years after Evan Almighty and two years after Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, the steady stream of Noah-themed projects shows no sign of abating. There was the South African musical Unogumbe in 2013 and the BBC TV-movie The Ark in 2015, and now the NBC network is planning a show that would set the Noah story… in space!

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Even more cast & crew interviews

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Ben-Hur-themed news items are still trickling in as the film rolls out overseas.

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Watch: The first trailer for Lion, the first team-up between the director and co-star of the upcoming Mary Magdalene

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Regular readers of this blog will know that a movie about Mary Magdalene is due to start shooting soon, with Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas. The film is being directed by Garth Davis, whose only previous feature film is a movie that hasn’t actually come out yet: Lion, an awards-season contender that also features Mara in its cast.

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