Watch: A deleted scene and a bonus feature from Exodus: Gods and Kings, which comes out on Blu-Ray tomorrow

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Exodus: Gods and Kings comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow, and the studio has released a couple new videos to mark the occasion. Check them out below the jump — and while you’re at it, if you’re a subscriber to Books & Culture, you can also read my review of the film, which appeared in its March/April issue.

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The chronological Noah: an illustrated integration of the three origin stories in Darren Aronofsky’s film

There are two Creation stories in Genesis, and the details don’t always mesh. Likewise, there are three origin stories in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah — the opening prologue, the story of the Watchers told by Og, and the story of Creation and the Fall told by Noah — and the details there don’t always fit together all that comfortably, either.

Films, children’s books and other retellings of the Creation story sometimes integrate the two Genesis stories by omitting some details and rearranging the rest, so that, for example, Adam names the animals and Eve is taken from Adam’s rib (a la Genesis 2) before God tells the man and woman to be fruitful and multiply (a la Genesis 1).

Similarly, I thought it might be fun to take the three origin stories in Noah and weave them together into a single narrative that shows the creation and fall of the Watchers and early humans together. The screencaps below are only a sampling of the images from these sequences, but I have kept every word that accompanied them.

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Of Kings and Prophets finds its David… and Jesus (sort of)

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Three new actors have joined the Saul-and-David drama Of Kings and Prophets.

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Killing Jesus round-up: new photos, new interviews, and rumours of a swimsuit competition with the cast of A.D.

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Killing Jesus — the National Geographic Channel adaptation of the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard — had its world premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho last Saturday. I’ll have more to say about that in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a quick roundup of some of the stories about this film that have appeared over the last few weeks on other blogs and websites.

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Watch: Miracles and rebels abound in several new clips and trailers for A.D.: The Bible Continues

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It’s been a while since I posted any videos from A.D.: The Bible Continues, but that doesn’t mean the producers have stopped releasing them! Included in this post are the first clip from the film, plus four new ads and a couple of TV interviews as well.

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Casting news: The Shack, Of Kings and Prophets, Ben-Hur

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1. Big news regarding Stuart Hazeldine’s adaptation of The Shack: Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for The Help, has been cast as God — or at least as one of the manifestations of God. (In the book, God appears as a black woman, a Middle Eastern carpenter, and an Asian woman.) Back when Forest Whitaker was going to direct the film, it was widely buzzed that his The Butler co-star Oprah Winfrey might get this part, but Spencer is probably a better choice: more versatile, less baggage.

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