Box office: Three new wide releases flop in North America, but Bridget Jones’s Baby is a hit overseas

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Three new movies — including a couple of long-delayed threequels — got off to a poor start in North America this week, but one of them was a hit overseas, at least.

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If the “virtual reality” Jesus movie is full of distractions, can it still help pastors teach and evangelize?

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The Catholic News Agency has a new story about Jesus VR, the “virtual reality” Jesus movie that was previewed at the Venice film festival earlier this month.

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Newsbites: Mary Magdalene! Edgardo Mortara! Biblically!

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Just a few quick recent news items with a religious hook.

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Watch: The Rapture strikes in Left Behind spin-off Vanished

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It has been twenty-one years since Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins wrote the first book in the Left Behind series, and over the years, that book has spawned twelve sequels, three prequels, an astounding forty spin-off novels aimed at the young-adult market (called Left Behind: The Kids), and four feature-length movies.

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Watch: Seven clips from concert doc Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

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It’s been a bumpy road to the big screen for Hillsong: Let Hope Rise.

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Several Israeli actors join the cast of Mary Magdalene

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The Hollywood Reporter says Israeli actress Hadas Yaron has joined the cast of Mary Magdalene as the title character’s sister-in-law Sarah. The film’s previously announced co-stars include Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas Iscariot.

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