Duck Dynasty defenders now raising doubts about Noah

The publicity team behind Noah sure has its work cut out for it. While the studio has been trying for months, if not years, to get Christian audiences excited about the film, it was recently reported that many attendees at the National Prayer Breakfast two weeks ago weren’t even aware that the film is coming out next month; and now Variety reports that Faith Driven Consumer, a website that campaigned on behalf of Duck Dynasty during that show’s recent troubles, is conducting an online survey which asks: “As a Faith Driven Consumer, are you satisfied with a Biblically themed movie – designed to appeal to you – which replaces the Bible’s core message with one created by Hollywood?” Lest there be any doubt about the motives behind this survey, the website specifies that this question is prompted by the so-called “Noah Movie Controversy”. So far, 98% of the survey’s respondents have answered in the negative, which could be construed as a vote against the film itself. No wonder studio chiefs are openly pinning all their hopes on the film’s box-office performance overseas.

Son of God producers cast Satan out of their film

One of the more interesting things about last year’s mini-series The Bible was the way it linked the Old and New Testaments by making the character of Satan a recurring presence, from the Garden of Eden to the city of Sodom to the temptation and crucifixion of Jesus.

All of that footage, however, has been cut from Son of God, the big-screen Bible spin-off opening next week — partly because of a bogus controversy that erupted last year over the actor’s alleged resemblance to President Obama.

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The Prodigal Son: three filmed interpretations (and more)

Today was the Sunday of the Prodigal Son in Eastern Orthodox churches, and once again, I found myself thinking about how our gospel reading for the day had been handled in different films.

The parable of the prodigal son appears just once in the Bible, in Luke 15, so of course it is featured in the word-for-word adaptation of that gospel produced by the Genesis Project in the 1970s. And just as the Genesis Project dramatizes some of the other parables while Jesus recites them, so too it dramatizes this one. You can watch the relevant sequence by clicking here.

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Noah: some new trailer images, and a new magazine article

I don’t know how I never noticed this before, but today I discovered a Brazilian trailer for Noah that includes a few shots that have not appeared in any of the trailers or TV spots that I have covered so far — and the Brazilian trailer has been online for three months! As ever, you can check it out, along with some screen captures, below the jump. And then, after that, you can check out some quotes from the director and the actors that recently appeared in Total Film magazine.

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Bible films (and other ancient epics) and Oscar nominations

As I mentioned yesterday, Son of God is coming to theatres the same weekend that this year’s Oscar ceremony takes place. This got me thinking: with three different Bible movies coming out this year, might we see any of these films represented at next year’s Academy Awards?

This, in turn, got me wondering what kind of attention the Bible-movie genre has received from the Academy in the past. We all know about Ben-Hur (1959) and its record-setting 11 awards — a record that has never been beaten, though it has since been matched by Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) — but what about all the other Bible epics (and not-so-epics) that have been produced over the years?

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New movie about the young Jesus in the works at Lifetime

Aside from the fact that he went to Jerusalem with his parents when he was 12, the gospels say almost nothing about Jesus’ life between his birth and his baptism at the age of 30 — but that hasn’t stopped filmmakers (and novelists, etc.) from trying to fill in the gaps.

The latest attempt comes courtesy of the Lifetime channel, which, according to Deadline, is developing a TV-movie called The One, described as “a coming-of-age story exploring Jesus’ early life and formative years as he comes to learn he is the Son of God and is destined for greatness.”

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