Walter Salles to co-produce Noah’s Ark cartoon in Brazil

Now that the apocalyptic version of Noah’s story has come and gone, filmmakers can get back to plotting more conventional animated versions of the story, versions that emphasize humour, cute animals and other kid-friendly things.

Variety reports that Walter Salles, the Brazilian director of acclaimed films like Central Station (1998) and The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), is going to co-produce a new animated version of the Noah story to be written and directed by Sergio Machado. The film will be based on the work of Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes.

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Noah comes to DVD, Blu-Ray and digital streaming in July

Get ready to watch the fountains of the deep burst forth from the comfort of your living room. Paramount’s home-video department announced today that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah will be available for streaming via Digital HD on July 15, and it will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 29. The Blu-Ray combo pack will include over an hour of special features, including ‘Iceland: Extreme Beauty’, ‘The Ark Exterior: A Battle for 300 Cubits’ and ‘The Ark Interior: Animals Two By Two’. It doesn’t sound like the film will have an audio commentary, so who knows, I may need to record my own; there’s certainly lots to talk about. Oh, and no, it does not appear that the 3D version will be released in North America — though you can always import it from overseas.

Robert Redford may play Oral Roberts in a movie about the protégé who stopped believing in Hell

Robert Redford is in talks to play Oral Roberts in a movie about Carlton Pearson, a Pentecostal minister who was a rising star within his denomination until he revealed that he no longer believed in Hell.

The Hollywood Reporter says the film, which was originally being developed for director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Machine Gun Preacher) under the name Heretics, is now being developed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married) under the name Come Sunday.

Jeffrey Wright, who has had key roles in the James Bond and Hunger Games franchises, is in talks to play Pearson himself. The script is by Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things), and it is based on an episode of This American Life that first aired in 2005.

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Box-office update: Is the “faith-based” streak almost over?

Ever since Son of God opened in theatres on February 28, there has been at least one “faith-based” movie in the North American top ten every week — and sometimes there have been two. But that streak could end after this week.

Heaven Is for Real, which is now in its sixth week, landed in the #10 spot this weekend with an estimated $1.95 million, thus raising its domestic total to $85.8 million. The film has earned another $2.5 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $88.2 million.

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King Solomon reimagined as a modern country-music star

“Even the wisest of men was a fool for love.”

So goes the tagline for The Song, an upcoming film that takes the story of the biblical Solomon and reimagines it as a story about a singer-songwriter dealing with fame and temptation in present-day America.

The biblical Solomon isn’t exactly known for his singing and songwriting — not like his father David, at any rate — but the Bible does say that “his songs numbered a thousand and five”. Two of the Psalms are attributed to him, and so, of course, is the Song of Songs. So it seems that this film is taking that as a jumping-off point.

The film will also make use of Ecclesiastes, a book of subversive wisdom that is also commonly attributed to Solomon.

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Review: Moms’ Night Out (dir. Jon & Andrew Erwin, 2014)

I saw Moms’ Night Out over a week ago and have been meaning to say something about it ever since, but until now I’ve had to juggle a couple of work assignments as well as the usual distractions that come with being a stay-at-home dad — and that’s kind of fitting, given that the film’s main character is a stay-at-home parent who also has a blog of her own.

So I can kind of relate to Allyson (Sarah Drew), the film’s protagonist. When, say, her kids and the messes they make drive her nuts, but she finds that she just can’t bear to paint over the stick-figure portraits that the kids have drawn on the wall, I know exactly what she’s going through.

And yet, I’m also quite conscious of the fact that this movie wasn’t exactly made for people like me. It’s a movie about moms, and it quite consciously extols the virtues of motherhood while portraying dads as the kind of people who are easily panicked and overwhelmed when someone asks them to “babysit” their own kids for a few hours.

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