The Passion of the Christ is back — and dubbed in English?

passionofthechrist-dubbedblurayThe Passion of the Christ broke a few records when it came out thirteen years ago: to this day, it is the top-grossing “faith-based” film of all time, the top-grossing R-rated film in North America, and — because Mel Gibson insisted on keeping all the dialogue in Aramaic or Latin — it is also the top-grossing film in which all of the dialogue is spoken in a language other than English.

At the time, it was widely reported that Gibson was so committed to these ancient languages — and to keeping us focused on the visual and visceral experience of Christ’s suffering — that he thought about releasing the film without subtitles.

But in the end he relented — with one significant exception, namely the scene in which the Jewish leaders say that the blood of Jesus will be on their heads and on the heads of their children, a la Matthew 27:25. Because that verse has often been cited to justify anti-Semitism, and because many people were accusing Gibson and his film of anti-Semitism, Gibson decided to let that line go untranslated.

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Watch: Sam Worthington talks to God in the first clip from The Shack, plus a new music video from the film

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Two more videos have dropped for The Shack, the upcoming adaptation of William P. Young’s best-selling novel about a grieving father who spends an unusual weekend with the three persons of the Trinity. You can watch the videos below the jump.

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Watch: New music video for The Shack with new footage

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Itching to see The Shack — or at least to get a taste of it before it comes out five weeks from now? Well, maybe this will tide you over: the powers that be have released two new songs from the film’s soundtrack, one of which even has a music video.

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Oscar winners slipping at the box office — 2016

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For most of the Academy’s history, the award for Best Picture has gone to a fairly big box-office hit, a film that appealed to the vast majority of moviegoers everywhere.

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Oscar nominations — my own two bits, and a complete list

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It looks like La La Land is the movie to beat at this year’s Oscars.

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Box office: Split completes the Shyamalan comeback

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The M. Night Shymalan comeback reached a new peak at the box office this week.

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