Watch: Simeon and Anna in movies about the infant Jesus

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Today, for many Christians, is the Feast of the Meeting (or Presentation) of Our Lord in the Temple. It commemorates the time when Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the Temple forty days after he was born, and there met Simeon and Anna, two old people who recognized the Christ child and made great predictions about his future.

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The Ben-Hur remake has started principal photography

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The third feature-film adaptation of Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur started principal photography in Italy today. The press release doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know about the cast, but it does let us know a bit more about the crew behind the camera. Check it out below the jump. (The studio did not release any pictures from the film’s first day on set, so the picture above comes from the 1959 film.)

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Watch: The early Christians can feel it coming in the air tonight in the Super Bowl spot for A.D.: The Bible Continues

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NBC aired another TV spot for A.D., the follow-up to the History Channel miniseries The Bible, during the Super Bowl today. Check it out below the jump.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: coming to Blu-Ray in March, plus new behind-the-scenes photos

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Exodus: Gods and Kings reached two milestones today.

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Jesus movies and, um, rude bodily noises

Warning: This post includes a few irreverent images from irreverent films.

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Years ago, I used to say that if I ever made a movie about Jesus, I would include a scene in which he excuses himself to use the facilities (whatever they might have been in the first century), just to show that his humanity extended even to his “lower” bodily functions. I was reminded of that the other day when Bilge Ebiri, one of the critics who caught the Last Days in the Desert premiere at Sundance this week, wondered on Twitter if this was the first Jesus movie to have a “fart joke”.

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Last Days in the Desert: the Sundance round-up

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Last Days in the Desert, the low-budget film that stars Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan, had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival two nights ago, and the reviews so far have been pretty positive. The filmmakers were also there to discuss the film. What follows is a round-up of reviews and interviews from the festival.

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