The prophet Isaiah at the movies: a quick round-up

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Today is the feast day for the prophet Isaiah in the Orthodox Church, so I figured it might be good to round up a few films that have referenced and depicted him.

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Casting news: The Shack! Miracles from Heaven! Ben-Hur!

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Here are a few recent bits of casting news with a “faith-based” angle.

1. Sam Worthington has been cast as the lead in The Shack, Stuart Hazeldine’s adaptation of the William P. Young novel. Worthington will play a grieving father who meets God in the shack where the father’s murdered daughter was found. Octavia Spencer is already on board as one of the actors who will play God.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings interview round-up: Dariusz Wolski

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You would think being the cinematographer on the first Bible epic shot in 3D might warrant a little attention, but Exodus: Gods and Kings DP Dariusz Wolski kept a fairly low profile during the run-up to that film’s theatrical release.

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Watch: Saul confronts Peter, and Caiaphas is undermined by his in-laws, in four new clips from A.D. The Bible Continues

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The Romans have stopped crucifying Jews for the moment, so it’s time for the Jews to start turning against each other in the next episode of A.D. The Bible Continues. Saul turns against the followers of Jesus, while Annas and his son Jonathan turn against Caiaphas, and you can catch a glimpse of it all in four new clips below the jump.

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TV newsbites: Of Kings and Prophets! Lucifer! Damien!

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1. We have a new Bible series! Deadline reports that ABC has picked up Of Kings and Prophets, which finished shooting its pilot episode just last week. So we’ll have at least one Bible-themed TV series next year, two if A.D. The Bible Continues gets renewed (and they both feature characters named Saul!). Deadline also reveals that an Israeli actor named Tomer Kapon is playing David’s nephew/general Joab.

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Watch: The awfully rushed martyrdom of Stephen from last night’s episode of A.D. The Bible Continues

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For the third week in a row, A.D. The Bible Continues held steady in the ratings last night but slipped in terms of total viewers. The 1.1 rating for last night’s episode matched the ratings for the previous two weeks, but the number of total viewers was down to 5.5 million (from 5.7 million last week and 6.3 million the week before).

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