Mary Magdalene director Garth Davis says Rooney Mara’s version of the character will not be a prostitute

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Garth Davis is making the rounds to promote his first feature film Lion, which tells the true story of an Indian boy who was adopted by an Australian couple and then, as an adult, used Google Earth to find the village of his birth.

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Ben-Hur: some quick notes on the Blu-Ray bonus features

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Ben-Hur is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. My take on the film hasn’t changed much since I wrote my review — if anything, I was even more struck by the casually anachronistic dialogue this time (“Wow,” “Oh my God,” “opinion-makers,” etc.) — but I did want to jot down a few quick notes about the Blu-Ray’s bonus features.

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Jesus gets a digital tummy-tuck

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Yesterday I updated my post on movie depictions of the Crucifixion to take into account a couple of films that have come out since the last update, and along the way, I decided to replace one of the images from Risen.

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Box office: Office Christmas Party nearly topples Moana

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An R-rated comedy almost beat a Disney cartoon at the box office this week.

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Box office: Manchester by the Sea leads a pack of Oscar hopefuls in limited release in an otherwise slow week

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There was very little change among the top ten movies at the box office this week.

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The Star — the first major-studio animated feature based on the New Testament — has a plot synopsis now

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Every now and then, I like to check in on the Sony Pictures Animation website to see if there’s any new information about The Star, the animated Nativity movie coming out in eleven months. Today I noticed that the website now has more story details.

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