Exodus: Gods and Kings: the sound team speaks!

exodus-plagueThe Hollywood Reporter has a new story today on the sound editors and sound mixers who worked on three recent Oscar contenders, including Exodus: Gods and Kings. (The other films profiled by the Reporter are Unbroken and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.) Below is an excerpt from that story:
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Star Trek XIII has a new director and a release date — just 18 months from now — but does it have a script?

startrek-kirkspockbridgeA lot of developments on the Star Trek front these last few days. In a nutshell, the people who made the last two movies aren’t involved in the new film in any serious way, but the studio is determined to get the film out in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary — which is now only a year and a half away — and so they’ve hired a director who has experience making big-budget multi-ethnic action-oriented box-office hits and reviving troubled properties. Details below.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings interview round-up: production designer Arthur Max and costume designer Janty Yates

vlcsnap-2014-12-30-11h47m23s59Now that it is out there for everyone to see — and now that it is failing with critics and audiences alike — it seems highly unlikely that Exodus: Gods and Kings will be remembered for any major awards come Oscar time. The film has already, in fact, been snubbed by the Academy’s visual-effects and makeup & hairstyling branches, which neglected to include Ridley Scott’s Bible epic on their shortlists.

There is still hope for some of the other below-the-line talent, though, a few of whom are still promoting the film — and their role in making it — in the trades and other outlets. What follows is a round-up of some of the more recent interviews.

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Box office: Exodus: Gods and Kings falls some more in its third week while most other films go up

exodus-DF-04525Exodus: Gods and Kings is still falling at the box office, but not as fast it was.

As expected, the post-Christmas surge at the box office put the brakes on the film’s slide, so that it earned an estimated $6.7 million this weekend and dropped only 16.7% compared to last weekend.

This is better than the 46.7% and 55.7% by which Son of God and Noah dropped during their third weeks, respectively. Exodus has also grossed $52.5 million in total as of this Sunday, which puts it ahead of where Son of God was at a comparable point in its release for the first time ever.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings — the scholars speak!

vlcsnap-2014-10-01-12h41m11s250Yesterday it was reported that Egypt had banned Exodus: Gods and Kings because of the film’s “historical inaccuracies”.

Chief among these was the film’s suggestion that the pyramids were built by the ancient Hebrews, which Gaber Asfour, the Egyptian minister of culture, said was not only anachronistic but was also evidence of the film’s “Zionist” agenda.

But what do actual historians make of the film?

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Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in some Muslim countries

exodus-scott-baleNoah was banned from some Muslim countries earlier this year because it dramatized the life of one of the prophets. Now Exodus: Gods and Kings may be meeting a similar fate.

Various news sites are reporting that Morocco and Egypt have banned the film. This apparently came as a surprise in Morocco, as the authorities in question had previously been okay with the film. The Egyptian ban was reportedly prompted in part by the film’s anachronistic suggestion that Jews built the pyramids.

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